Phantasmal Bear


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) None
Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska (DDM) Common
2012 Core Set (M12) Common

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Phantasmal Bear

Creature — Bear Illusion

When Phantasmal Bear becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

Phantasmal Bear Discussion

dahhahm on Help beating the s**t out ...

1 month ago

A soul sister deck would give your friend a bit of trouble. If he's using Krovikan Mist , he's got a pretty heavy creature list. Could use more info on his playstyle. I wager he's going straight up aggro using dudes like Phantasmal Bear , Vapor Snag and Phantasmal Dragon but I could also see him doing something more control-like with Riftwing Cloudskate , Draining Whelk , meloku the cloud mirror and Counterspell since it sounds like he's pretty annoying.

A mid-range life gaining deck sounds like it will consistently give you more turns to play bigger threats and overall be winning more games. Blue has a lot of problem solving cards so I wouldn't rely on a single card to win you a game, especially if it can get countered. I'd lean more to redundancy and playing relevant cards.

Strategies that use creatures like Soul Warden , Thragtusk or making a deck around that new card Bishop of Wings since angels can block flyers or Suture Priest or Gray Merchant of Asphodel

Rhadamanthus on Redirct and Phantasms

5 months ago

For the benefit of anyone else who comes across this later looking for an answer:

The Phantasmal Bear will still be sacrificed. Once it becomes the target of a spell, its ability triggers and is put onto the stack. Changing the target of the spell to something other than the Bear won't back up the game and "un-trigger" the ability. The ability will still resolve unless something else specifically counters it ( Stifle , etc.).

jconeil1988 on Redirct and Phantasms

5 months ago

I can use Redirect or Spellskite to change the target of my opponents spell, but if I have an Phantasmal Bear on the field that my opponent targets, casting the Redirect or activating Spellskite would null that instance of targeting and I wouldn't have to sacrifice my bear, or would I?

saj0219 on Arena "Modern"

7 months ago

Even there, that is not true. Without putting much thought into it, I can tell you Path to Exile will not interact in the same way with Slippery Bogle , Eternal Scourge , Phantasmal Bear , or Tarmogoyf ... the point is t that it’s almost always the same. It’s that there are 12,000 cards and millions, even billions of possible interactions that need to be checked.

And even at 1%, even at 0.5%, the scale difference between standard and modern remains unchanged. How many hours do you think it took them to make arena as is?

Kogarashi on Grapeshot vs Things going off ...

10 months ago


The problem isn't the damage happening all at the same time (it doesn't), but rather when targeting happens.

First, when you cast Grapeshot, you'll need to choose a target when you put it on the stack. Then, if your storm count is at 3, you'll create three copies of Grapeshot on the stack above the original, and must also choose those targets at that point. Because Lord of the Unreal hasn't been killed yet, you can't target Phantasmal Bear with any of the copies of the spell or the original. So all four copies of Grapeshot will have to go elsewhere.

So you can still kill Lord of the Unreal with your Grapeshot and its copies, but you won't be able to take out the bear with this move. You'll have to have another way of killing it once Lord of the Unreal is gone. Luckily any old targeting spell will work, including a second Grapeshot (and you could then point all the extras at something else, such as your opponent).

belugawhaleonthefloor on Grapeshot vs Things going off ...

10 months ago

So my opponent has a Lord of the Unreal and a Phantasmal Bear Out, making the Bear Hexproof. If I have Storm for 3, can I direct the first two copies at the Lord, killing him, and then direct the last copy at Bear because the lord died? Or does the damage all happen at the same time, not letting me target the bear because of the hexproof?

Ballzanya on

1 year ago

Four copies of Phantasmal Bear. Enough said.

Politricks on All help is welcomed

1 year ago

This reminds me a lot of ninja bear delver. Phantasmal Bear is a low to the ground threat that usually is simply a 2/2 for one, any spell they target this thing with would probably kill it even without the draw back.

As previously mentioned Ninja of the Deep Hours is a great card in blue agro strategies.

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