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 (3)||metalmagic , curvedlines , 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
2 days ago
Millstone , Inaction Injunction , and Geralf's Mindcrusher are three cards that seem on the weak side here. For the first, maybe something like Sphinx's Tutelage could make the best use of your cantrips for maximum cards milled. It would also make the detain card better, although I think I'd still prefer a more permanent answer like additional Detention Sphere , Darksteel Mutation , or the weaker but thematically consistent Deep Freeze . When it comes to the Mindcrusher, I think he's just too slow to only be milling 5-10 cards while not contributing to the defender gameplan. I'd probably just hard swap him for 3 more Wall of Lost Thoughts , Wall of Omens , or maybe Mnemonic Wall . Also, if you don't mind splashing black, Phenax, God of Deception is a great bomb to supplement Doorkeeper s.
3 days ago
Phenax, God of Deception is a solid blocker and steady mill.
4 days ago
Thank you! I didn't even think about having multiple possible commanders but it makes sense. If money didn't exist I feel like Phenax, God of Deception would be the best for this but I landed at Mirko because he's cheaper and still effective I think. Szadek, Lord of Secrets is another good one. How does it work having the starting cmc be so high at 7? If it gets removed it would suck to put it back for 9 already but I haven't played commander so maybe this isn't as much of an issue. I updated the maybe board to have what I currently own (I know some don't fit but I just wanted to let you know what I'm working with). Once again thank you for helping me on my first EDH!
2 months 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.
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3 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...
4 months ago
Does Phenax, God of Deception have the creature type while in the graveyard, or is it just an enchantment?
5 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.
5 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