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Phenax, God of Deception
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He likes big butts, and can not lie (except when he wants to).
Posted By: Shadowcaster3975 (1/29/2014 1:26:16 PM)


Stall with walls and tap out at the end of their turn to mill them out?
Posted By: 00zau (1/28/2014 5:51:39 PM)


Consuming Aberration for some exponential funtimes.
I can see this bringing back mill decks in Standard.
It's been a while, hasn't it?
Posted By: SirLibraryEater (1/28/2014 5:21:31 PM)


Consuming Aberration and this guy are going to have some fun!
Posted By: dlsampson (1/28/2014 3:40:47 PM)


Fun times with Tower Defense.
Posted By: Spartan_X (1/28/2014 11:24:11 PM)


Come on guys. Don't just hate on this card because you don't like mill.
Posted By: WilyWiley (1/28/2014 7:32:37 PM)


Now my nemesis of reason can mill them for 7 every turn!!!


Seriously though. Knacksaw Clique. 2 Mana repeatable mill 5.
Posted By: leingodf8 (1/28/2014 7:20:40 PM)


How to instantly mill someone by using this guy:
Step 1: Consuming Aberration
Step 2: This guy
Step 3: Traumatize
Step 4: Tap aberration for the win
Posted By: Rydoste (1/29/2014 1:43:21 AM)


Phenax, God of Hedron Crab.
Posted By: NinStarRune (1/30/2014 4:13:13 PM)


Yes, Phenax is really powerful, it's really ridiculous mill. Awesome. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only blue black mage out there who actually likes combat and wants to participate in it and you know...not sit behind walls and mill my opponent to death.
So why is this the God of Deception? The best thing I can come up with is this: the fact that mill decks snap 4 of this guy as soon as they can is obvious. The mill is just too effective not to...however, since it is so enables mill for non-mill decks, too. By that I mean, finally we have a very good, repeatable mill effect on a pretty sturdy stick for our blue black decks that -don't- necessarily use mill as their win condition, but just use the graveyards as a resource. Mill stuff for your Rise from the Grave effects. Mill stuff for your Memory Plunder or Psychic Intrusion. This card enables graveyard shenanigans like no other in a neat package, saving you lo... (see all)
Posted By: LungDrago (2/2/2014 6:49:52 PM)


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I run this god as a one-of in my current Standard BUG list, along with one Thassa (soon to be a one-of Kruphix as well), and this guy packs a whallop. The deck packs a ton of removal and answers to other control decks. Also, no one expects him late game, so dropping him down and then decking your opponent on the spot always feels good.

I also participated in an unsanctioned four-man draft recently, and this guy was my rare-slot in pack one. I'm a U/B Timmy/Johnny by nature, so this was an easy pick one. No one else ended up drafting my colors, so the slate was open for me. I didn't end up winning overall, but I did mill two separate opponent during my matches. Felt good, man.
Posted By: kor6sic6 (4/23/2014 1:12:25 PM)


@JailedWanderer: You mean, mill hosers like Emmy, Kozilek, Ulamog, Elixir, or even Lab Maniac?

There's plenty of mill hosers out there. It's powerful when it goes off, and lays waste when you're unprepared, but it's far from unbeatable, and it's far from having no hosers.
Posted By: Magnor_Criol (4/6/2014 11:23:55 PM)


Because players need another annoying card to use in mill strategies. I love using mill, don't get me wrong, but after halimar excavator I had hoped there would be less cards for mill. With excavator people were already milling people out ridiculously fast, and I hoped that WoTC would maybe print a mill hoser. Instead we get something that makes mill slowdown a ton more playable.
Posted By: JailedWanderer (4/3/2014 8:17:14 AM)


Dear WotC,

PLEASE STOP forcing Blue/Black mill.
I know players like milling someone out but its getting old.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy mill but this is starting to get ridiculous.
Please go back to cards like Recoil, Undermine, Agony Warp, Diabolic Vision.

Out of the 20 U/B legendary creatures: 5 are mill, 2 are mill dependent, 8 are unplayable (all the old bordered ones are bad), the other 5 have various degrees of playability.
I'm not saying get rid of mill forever just give it a break for a while, please.
Posted By: The_USAgent (3/29/2014 7:24:14 AM)


Fat-bottomed gods, you make the rockin' world go round!
Posted By: syrazemyla (3/18/2014 12:45:54 PM)


Once this dude is a creature, he pairs pretty great with duskmantle guildmage's first abilty.
Posted By: Slaughterswag (3/17/2014 4:59:10 PM)


Oh look, the UB God relies on having creatures turn sideways to mill opponents. I probably should have seen this coming.
Posted By: BongRipper420 (3/2/2014 9:20:12 AM)


Goddamit, Hedron Crab. As if you weren't already annoying enough.
Posted By: LordRandomness (2/27/2014 8:16:07 PM)


Finally a use for wall of frost!
Posted By: Umbric (2/26/2014 9:44:56 AM)


Turn 1: Elvish Mystic
Turn 2: Second Elvish Mystic or Sylvan Caryatid
Turn 3: Elite Arcanist with Triton Tactics exiled
Turn 4: Play Phenax, God of Deception and then infinite Elite Arcanist with Triton Tactics until you have enough to deck the opponent.
Posted By: CamperCarl00 (2/23/2014 1:42:27 AM)


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