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"

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Phenax, God of Deception Discussion

edwickvon on Modern Aggro Mill

1 day ago

Also somewhat worth considering is Phenax, God of Deception . i really love this deck idea

limpNuZZle on Mono Green... Mill?

3 days ago

Thanks for the suggestion. However, Mind Grind was in this deck initially. Casting with X as 15 or more (which is very easy) is gg but I decided not to put any cards whatsoever that exclusively mill. The theme of this deck is to apply huge pressure via ramp/heafty creatures, walkers, and gods.. Then resolving a Phenax, God of Deception or tudoring him up with a huge Genesis Hydra for an instant win. Either strategy works but this one seems to work more frequently than when I was running Mind Grind .

kosloskya on Zombie Mill

4 days ago

Niljick I have Rooftop Storm as well as Undead Alchemist . I love Waste Not and Phenax, God of Deception though!! Thank you!!

Niljick on Zombie Mill

4 days ago

I suggest Waste Not , and Undead Alchemist , Possibly some walls and Phenax, God of Deception . Also some hand disruption might help and would work with Waste Not

ducttapedeckbox on Perfection of Milling 4.0

5 days ago

@ Babuchas3000 -- I recognize that Altar of the Brood may not be the best base for a deck, but I want to do it anyways. I want this to be a fun deck, it doesn't have to be a top tier standard build. If you read the end of the discussion in today's Update, you'll notice that this deck is/will be designed to mill out slower control and midrange decks, while provide beaters to sustain against an aggro build.

I have built a shell for Phenax, God of Deception called Perfection of Milling 2.0, but I haven't updated it for the current standard as I found the play to be rather stale and boring.

Most importantly, I would like to point out that while there may be some truth to your advice, it is inaccurate to state that a mill deck must be control-oriented. I know that this can work in a standard (and budget) environment (see Perfection of Milling), but again this is my attempt at something outside the box. Hell, maybe it will work. The deck is built to have enough ramp (in the form of permanents of course) to adequately trigger the Altar while also maintaining a competitive board state in case my mill engines are cluttered at the bottom of my library.

I greatly appreciate your suggestions, but I will be sticking to an Altar of the Brood -midrange build for the time being. If you have more suggestions, feel free to share them :)

Babuchas3000 on Perfection of Milling 4.0

5 days ago

If you want to do a standard mill deck you can think of Phenax, God of Deception as your start flag, then you can add Wall of Frost and other creatures with high toughness for defense and mill pruposes, Meandering Towershell looks to be awesome in combination with Phenax, since it give you a hard body and the milling is just ridiculous.

Take this as an advice: if you want to make a mill deck, then you must turn the deck to be control oriented, because you have your win-con already chosen, and you don't want to end the game by life loss, but by 'decking', i mean, i know what you want to do here, but you can't be sure if you gonna start with Altar of the Brood or with Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver , so, you must make time to reach them, and as timing is so important, you've to think the oppose also; you can't give the opponent the chance to draw the answers they need to sabotage your plans, and as far as i can see this deck works way too slow. For control you can add Despise , Thoughtseize , Brain Maggot , Hero's Downfall , counterspells like Dissolve or Dissipate , etc. Just find the way it adapts to your kind of play and choose what's the best strategy that fits for you! +1

Kozelek on 1st EDH

5 days ago

You literally have 3 white cards and 3 green cards and your trying to justify running progenitus as your commander? And the only thing with red you have is bolas so drop those 7 cards change your general to Phenax, God of Deception add in any of the mana rocks I mentioned earlier add in Freed from the Real ,Pemmin's Aura ,Horseshoe Crab and Slagwurm Armor Price

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Power / Toughness 4/7
Color(s) Black Blue
Cost 3UB
Converted cost 5
Avg. draft pick 2.73
Avg. cube pick 3.46


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

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Set Rarity
Born of the Gods Mythic Rare


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