Phenax, God of Deception

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"

Price & Acquistion Set Price Alerts Price Low Avg High Foil
  $2.59 $3.66 $7.8 $13.32
Cardhoarder (MTGO) Price Normal Foil
  2.16 TIX 17.0 TIX

Phenax, God of Deception Discussion

Fishtepher on Defender Mill Deck Idea

23 hours ago

I put Guard Gomazoa in there over Fog Bank because of the combat damage prevention. It's saved my ass a time or two. I REALLY like the Phenax, God of Deception idea! I'll have to look into that. As for the Illusionist's Bracers, I forgot to remove them. I originally had Hedron Crab in there for landfall mill wwhen I was tinkering with a U/G ramp landfall mill deck. I wanted to slap that dude with the bracers for a 2x mill. However, I went away from that idea and apparently forgot to take it out! Good catch. Ghost Quarter is a great idea too... I'll have to look into that.

Thanks for the comment! Really helped. I'm recently picking mtg back up after a long hiatus, so I'm a bit rusty.

Tormentero on Defender Mill Deck Idea

23 hours ago

Fog Bank would do the same thing as Guard Gomazoa, except it's a bit quicker to get out so that you aren't suffering that early damage. Also, Phenax, God of Deception would help you benefit from some of your walls that are kinda just loafing around that you might not need. Also I don't think I understand the place of Illusionist's Bracers.

Also, you could implement Ghost Quarter to help activate Archive Trap. I like the mill though! +1 from me.

StuntmanTheThird on It Puts da Bodies in da Hole

1 day ago

For some reason I keep thinking Deadeye Navigator is more expensive than it actually is. I really need to get off my lazy butt and pick up one or two, since it is such an EDH staple. Solemn Simulacrum also fell through the cracks, thanks for reminding me about it! Phenax, God of Deception is something I will keep an eye out for if more mill turns out to be needed. Now of course comes the difficult task of finding cards to swap out for them... maybe Beseech the Queen and Burnished Hart? Not sure, as both are nice cards for the deck.

Your other suggestions are great ones, just mostly out of my price range. I actually tried out Endless Ranks of the Dead in another Sidisi build. Interestingly enough it only works so-so in the deck. Add to the fact I'm trying to keep a threshold of creatures and I'm not sure if it should be included or not.

chirz2792 on It Puts da Bodies in da Hole

2 days ago

With all of the ETB effects you have in here I feel like Deadeye Navigator is a must have in this deck and if you're looking for graveyard advantage Genesis and Wonder are fantastic cards. Getting around boardwipes can be annoying so maybe try Golgari Charm to regenerate everything. Solemn Simulacrum seems like a really good card in here because it helps when it enters the battlefield and if it dies. If you're looking for more mill you should try Phenax, God of Deception and Mesmeric Orb. You're running a lot of creatures so i assume you want to create lots of tokens so maybe try Doubling Season, Parallel Lives, and Endless Ranks of the Dead. Finally Craterhoof Behemoth is a really good card in decks that can produce lots of creatures and tokens. Feel free to ignore everything I typed those are just my thoughts looking at the deck. Other than that +1 because sidisi is one of my favorite commanders and I always like looking at different ways to use her.

asasinater13 on Reanimation Deck Ideas

2 weeks ago

Phenax, God of Deception gives a reliable way to self-mill, but it's much slower than some other options. also others' assumption that you're on mill-them to begin can be fun.

Javaz on Ashiok's Nightmare Mill

2 weeks ago

Replace Flash Counter with Dispel, Sip of Hemlock and Wit's End with 2 more Doom Blade (on turn 7 the opponent will already have an empty hand), Phenax, God of Deception and Grindclock both seem useless here, so I'd add 2 more Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver instead of these. Painful Quandary and 2 Fate Unraveler for 3 more Liliana's Caress; and 1 Negate and Ultimate Price (both in the sideboard) for 2 more Nightveil Specter. Let me know what you think! +1

alchemist4533 on 2015-02-22 update of Why are ...

3 weeks ago

I understand the Sultai being too slow. As for revelation, if you scry'd away the top two cards, it is basically the same as throwing them away. And really you are using revelation to find what you need, Phenax, God of Deception. If you draw 4 cards and all 4 are critical for you to win...I would have to say you would probably wouldn't have lasted long enough to get all of them. I know I prefer it in my mill deck, it really is just a flavor preference, I mean, Read the Bones is hardly a wasted card. So I would just say playtest it and see what you think. Otherwise, I love the mill!

Power / Toughness 4/7
Color(s) Black Blue
Cost 3UB
Converted cost 5
Avg. draft pick 2.65
Avg. cube pick 4.03


Format Legality
MTGO Legal
Casual Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Pre-release Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Born of the Gods Mythic Rare

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