It is spoiler season again! Born of the Gods previews are in their second week now, and I have to say that I am increasingly impressed with Wizards of the Coast. They continue to put out sets that are just amazing, and they don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. My wallet does not like it, but I certainly do!
The cogs in my mind instantly started turning and I immediately sent this text to my friend: “Phenax, God of Deception looks like it could enable a viable mill strategy in Commander!” Think about it, a blue/black deck with tons of control, high toughness creatures, mill cards, discard, and a fair amount of instant speed graveyard hate to battle the inevitable Eldrazi. The real trick is getting the high toughness creatures AND Phenax to stick at the same time, but the silver lining is he doesn’t even have to be active to work on the rest of your creatures! As Gavin points out in his article, once he’s turned on due to devotion, he is milling seven per turn by himself!
I had a blue/black deck built around Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas… but I think I’m going to have to shift its focus!