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That's a very smart suggestion harbingerofduh!

It certainly is a powerful card and definitely overpowers Dauthi Embrace. My only concern at the moment it's the price tag. I'll look forward to get one copy if I'll find it at a reasonable price. Up to that point, the Embrace will make do.

February 19, 2020 4:21 p.m.

That's a quite critic analysis, thanks multimedia.

I'll have to think a lot about the swaps for the next update, since trying to lower the curve and improve ramp will definitely go towards improving the deck's consistency.

Adding Muddle the Mixture is definitely a good idea, more so than Drift of Phantasms. Fact is that I don't want the deck to become too reliable or else it could overcome too easily the other decks in my playgroup.

I will also consider whether to add the fish, since it's very powerful. I don't see however Into the Story as a bad card, so I'll have to search a spot for the fish somewhere else.

The idea of keeping only Consuming Aberration and The Haunt of Hightower as */* creatures it's a bit of a stretch in my opinion, thus I will first try to cut in other areas. If this doesn't work out, I'll consider cutting the less efficient creatures.

Keening Stone is part of a very mana intensive combo with Traumatize, though I'll admit that it always felt like a dud card, so I will probably cut it for Altar of the Brood.

I'd however like to keep Dauthi Embrace since it can be used to make big creatures unlockable. Still, it's not what the deck wants to do, but it can work in a pinch.

February 19, 2020 8:29 a.m.

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That's what I thought smackjack. It's nice to have an objective opinion.

Given the fact that it's also a quite expensive combo to get in paper, I think I'll probably avoid to include it.

February 18, 2020 1:26 p.m.

Thanks for the suggestion, multimedia!

I never thought of including a Naru Meha line, but it's so brilliant!

I'll probably have to go a bit heavier on tutors to be able to pull this combo out, but it definitely seems like a fun inclusion: speaking of which, I was thinking of Scheming Symmetry.

Anyways, I see that this combo also works with Bloodchief Ascension or with Altar of the Brood (of which I have a copy in my binder). By stretching it a bit, it even works with Thousand-Year Elixir + Phenax, God of Deception, since I can use Naru Meha, Master Wizard to mill for 3 in between every cast of a copy of Ghostly Flicker.

I don't really feel the urge to include an Arcane Signet or Commander's Sphere since I can simply flicker any land that enters untapped and just go infinite mana from there.

I would definitely appreciate more advice from you, starting from which cards should I cut from the mainboard to include the new combo pieces.

February 18, 2020 1:24 p.m.

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I have been running a primer for Phenax, God of Deception for over a year now, and the deck went through many changes.

I play in a casual playgroup that has constantly kept raising the bar in terms of power level. The only notable bans in my playgroup are MLD, extra turns and infect.

When I decided to build my EDH mill deck, I knew from the start that it would have been tough, since it's not the most efficient strategy to go with. The deck features many notable combos to completely mill all my opponents and interactions between */* creatures (like Consuming Aberration) and Phenax. I know that the deck, containing many combos, could use some tutors, but I don't want to feel like the Johnny of the group every time I pull out the deck.

While trying to further improve the deck's win rate, I started to ask myself if I should include the Painter's Servant + Grindstone combo. This combo is very fast and powerful, since it can potentially fully mill somebody on turn 3. I'm however a bit skeptical about it, since the two pieces, apart from the combo, don't do anything on their own: Grindstone has only an expensive and ineffective repeatable mill ability, while Painter's Servant doesn't do absolutely anything, apart from maybe messing around with Protection and Fear/Intimidate.

The question is: should I include this two card combo? If yes, what would you take out to make room for it?

Moreover, any suggestions or thoughts on the deck and the primer are most welcome!

Here's the deck:


"Library.exe has stopped working" | Phenax Primer

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February 17, 2020 4:15 p.m.

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K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth is a much more "rush for the win" type of deck, but it's win it or lose it. If you'll always be playing such a deck in you new playgroup, you'll probably be always be kept in check by other players that will try to slow you down/interrupt you.

Tasigur, the Golden Fang is a way more resilient deck, since you get to use green for ramp and blue for card advantage. Tasigur's delve ability let's you exile useless cards from your graveyard, such that your opponents will be forced to choose between the "good" cards that still might be in your yard. Moreover, Tasigur's ability may be used politically with one opponent in order to team up against another opponent: "If you give me my Putrefy back, I'll get rid of that pesky Breya that's attempting to combo off"... Or similar, you got the point.

Reki, the History of Kamigawa is a good card in Legendary Tribal decks as one of the 99, but I probably won't pick him as a legendary tribal commander, as you're limiting yourself a lot in the possible card pool. One good commander for legendary tribal is Sisay, Weatherlight Captain. Moreover, trying to add on top of that an Infect subtheme without being able to run Blighted Agent, Inexorable Tide or Tainted Strike seems like a bad choice because, again, you're too limited in mono green to do that. One good commander for Infect is Saskia the Unyielding.

February 11, 2020 2:26 a.m.

Your post reminded me of another Dune-themed deck that came around almost a year ago with Dune-Brood Nephilim as commander. You probably already know about it's existence, but in case you don't, go take a look (for flavour's sake):


Dune: He Who Can Destroy a Thing, Controls a Thing

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February 4, 2020 3:28 p.m.

What about Ephemerate? It goes well with Tazri's tutor etb and is a better Cloudshift.

February 1, 2020 1:11 p.m.

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