Phenax, God of Deception


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Born of the Gods Mythic Rare

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Phenax, God of Deception

Legendary Enchantment Creature — God


As long as your devotion to blue or black is less than 7, Phenax isn't a creature

Creatures you control have " (Tap) target player puts top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is that creature's toughness"

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Phenax, God of Deception Discussion

DasTree on New Project

6 days ago

So this is what I ended up playing over Thanksgiving weekend. It was a little over my budget because I had most the cards laying around our in other decks. I faced off against my son's Rhys the Redeemed deck that is anything but standard. my brother-in-law played a Phenax, God of Deception mill deck. My other brother played Nekusar, the Mindrazer. A ton of fun. It was hard to get all four of us to sit at the same time with all the family there though. I went 3-0 in the 4 person table. Games were full of all sorts of shenanigans. My graveyard was always bigger than my library. LOL All in all it was a great time.

Your Loss is my Gain

Commander / EDH* DasTree


bosny on Defender EDH

2 weeks ago

Where is your Axebane Guardian!?

If you're looking for a specific card with your diabolic tutor you might be better with Transmute abilities or enchantment/artifact/creature tutors like Academy Rector Fabricate Enlightened Tutor or Worldly Tutor

If you're worried about your creatures getting hurt you might like Archetype of Endurance

I would cut cards like Tinder Wall and Sunscape Familiar since this deck doesn't seem to be as much about ramp as tempo or control, some fatter creatures and mana rocks (Thran Dynamo) might serve you better.

Also if you hold onto this many low cost defenders you may want to get more ways of drawing cards like Harmonize or if you stick with blue Blue Sun's Zenith or Stroke of Genius. If you do, you may also like Phenax, God of Deception as a win condition.


Timmmmey on Arcanis, The Omnipotent - Mill Deck

2 weeks ago

Not saying you should because you wouldn't be mono-blue, but think about Phenax, God of Deception, Consuming Aberration, and Glimpse the Unthinkable.

StopThatGuy09 on Hey its "Mill"er Time

2 weeks ago

I like your recommendations!! Thats a way better counterspell for this deck!! And I was pondering switching the commander to either Szadek, Lord of Secrets or Phenax, God of Deception

eulogy on Dimir Mill

3 weeks ago

no problem Freezingsteam =)

I'm relatively new to mtg but I played mill from the beginning of my "journey"I played the same type of a deck like you want to do now, but it did not work really well. Because you only win, when you mill your opponents whole deck.

I would put Consuming Aberration four times in your deck, cuz it's an 5 mana 20/20 beast, if you already milled 20 cards. I mean, there is no better wall than that. And even without Phenax, God of Deception you could kill your opponent in one turn. but yeah, very theoretical stuff.Jace's Phantasm is another great creature for a mill deck. 5/5 after you milled your opponent by 10 or more.Guard Gomazoa is e rally great defender.

For card drawing and milling: Pilfered Plans

Take Mind Funeral instead of Mind Grind

The Problem with your deck is, that you want to mill your opponent with just a few spells, but you want to mill him or her too with landfall and drawing cards by yourself. And on the other side you want to kill him with one of the two combos:- Duskmantle Guildmage + Mindcrank - Consuming Aberration + Phenax, God of Deception

Maybe you just need to minimize your idea of the deck, cuz you wanna do to many things and it wont work that well. I made the same mistake with one of my decks, when I went for a mill deck with ramp elements to play Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger and that did not work cuz I had too many useless cards, that did not mill my opponent.

kushsusername on Library Pains

1 month ago

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polonium231 on Breya, Etherium C-C-Combo Breaker!

1 month ago


Makes sense about the Hellkite Igniter.

I too proxied out this deck today and tested. I think it was turn 7 when I went infinite, against Thraximundar, Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, Phenax, God of Deception. Started out slow, but an Intuition managed to put Worldgorger Dragon into the grave. Enlightened Tutor put Animate Dead into hand. Just had some land troubles near the beginning but that was fixed when I managed to tutor out Chromatic Lantern. Don't remember exactly.

YamiMajin on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

1 month ago

Out of curiosity, does Dramatic reversal + Isochron Scepter Affect some of the tiers at all? It seems like a huge boon to Azami for one thing, but could also make Phenax, God of Deception go infinite (easily) and be useful for Dralnu, Lich Lord, both for untapping Dralnu and untapping mana sources to flashback more cards. Has anyone plinked around to see if this could qualify those two and others for higher tiers?

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