Phenax, God of Deception
Legendary Enchantment Creature — God
As long as your devotion to blue or black is less than seven, Phenax isn't a creature
Creatures you control have ": Target player puts top X cards of their library into their graveyard, where X is that creature's toughness"
|Have (2)||metalmagic , gildan_bladeborn|
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- King Macar, the Gold-Cursed + Pemmin's Aura + Phenax, God of Deception
- Ashiok, Dream Render + Phenax, God of Deception
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Phenax, God of Deception Discussion
1 month ago
Interesting concept. I have a couple of thoughts. First, I would switch out the Leyline of the Meek for Sphere of Safety . That Leyline is only useful for CMC redundancy, and adding Sphere on top of Leyline of Sanctity and Suppression Field would give you a very solid defense. If you want to go even further with that, take out a Leyline of Vitality or two for Privileged Position .
Second, if you want a backup win condition, think about Keranos, God of Storms or Phenax, God of Deception . Their p/t drops slightly under Starfield of Nyx , but that shouldn't affect this deck too much.
2 months ago
Does it count if I lost in a glorious way?
I played my Rankle, Master of Pranks deck, on turn 6 I played a Gray Merchant of Asphodel that drained each opponent for 14 (I had quite a few permanents ramped out with Crypt Ghast and Nirkana Revenant on turn 3 and 4). It was a 5-player game, I extorted a bit, so I was at a comfortable 104 life. I swing in with Rankle, and put the trigger on the stack, choosing all modes. Then it happened.
The Phenax, God of Deception player used a dork to mill himself for 5, putting Tree of Perdition in the graveyard. He then activated the ability on his Lazav, the Multifarious in play to become a copy of the Tree. He tapped the Lazav to switch its toughness with my life total. Then he activated his Thousand-Year Elixir to untap it, then tapped it again with Phenax's ability, to mill me for 104. With the all-modes Rankle trigger... Still... On the stack...
3 months ago
Does Phenax, God of Deception have the creature type while in the graveyard, or is it just an enchantment?
4 months ago
I also have Phenax's Wallapalooza ft. Millipede which will have some cards you might want to put in your deck. It's not quite burn mill as I limit myself to focusing around Phenax, God of Deception x Consuming Aberration but try looking around the deck to see if there's anything you'd like in the deck.
4 months ago
xander11, you're not wrong. There are some easy targets that can net decent results, but it can also miss, like you are saying. I mean, if every Sol Ring and Command Tower are on the board. Really, you typically use Tunnel Vision with something like Hinder, but again, very situational. You are probably right and it wouldn't be hard to swap it out for Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker or Phenax, God of Deception
4 months ago
Thanks, xander11. Yep, I only stuck one infinite combo in intentionally as it's a bit too easy to put 5 in when working from Blue. I didn't want it to even be too much of a secondary part of the deck, so I picked one that can be fairly vulnerable. I had Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker in my maybe pile. I actually was making a choice between Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker and Nemesis of Reason and I choice the latter because of the trigger being on attack and his big butt. Either one probably isn't wrong and I'd wonder if you think adding Mirko in to replace a spell-based mill card would be more worthwhile (and which one)?
Thanks, MrXilas. Phenax, God of Deception was in my maybe pile, but I cut him in place of more cantrip mill. I'm definitely open to if people think it would be more valuable in the deck and what spell to replace. On the topic of Bloodchief Ascension, you are absolutely right it would be a good fit in the deck, though I may avoid also adding Mindcrank, because I am staying away from infinite combos. I also decided to leave Mindcrank out of the main deck because it paints a big target on your back, generally speaking, and I'd only include it if I was building the deck around pushing damage through myself.
4 months ago
May I suggest Bloodchief Ascension and Mindcrank as they are an infinite combo that clears an an opponent out the second they play a card? Also, Phenax, God of Deception makes your petitioners way more potent and not cost mana to mill.
5 months ago
TheVectornaut I'm not sure Walls or Defender are quite right for the name. Most of the cards do have defender or are walls, but Phenax, God of Deception , Assault Formation , Doran, the Siege Tower , and several other cards only care about toughness.
High Toughness as a hub might be okay, I've seen multiple decks with the idea, but I'm not really satisified with naming it that, either.