Phantasmal Image and Inkmoth Nexus

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If I animate my Inkmoth Nexus, then use Phantasmal Image to create a copy of it, then Phantasmal Image will enter as an unanimated Inkmoth Nexus, with the Illusion drawback.

Does it matter that the text of the drawback says "When this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it?"  For instance, if my opponent casts Beast Within on it while it is a land and not a creature, will it still die?  

What is the relevant rule for this?
201.5. If an ability of an object uses a phrase such as "this [something]" to identify an object, where [something] is a characteristic, it is referring to that particular object, even if it isn't the appropriate characteristic at the time.
Example: An ability reads "Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Destroy that creature at the beginning of the next end step." The ability will destroy the object it gave +2/+2 to even if that object isn't a creature at the beginning of the next end step.
Yes it will die. When things say "this creature" it really means "This permanent".

It's just shorthand.
… and then, the squirrels came.
And the caster of Beast within won't get a 3/3 creature because the image will be sacrificed before resolution of Beast within which will find no legal target upon resolving and do nothing.

But is that true? If you copy an activated Inkmoth with Phantasmal image you get an unactivated Nexus? 
A quick look at the Comp rules made that clear:


706.2. When copying an object, the copy acquires the copiable values of the original object’s characteristics and, for an object on the stack, choices made when casting or activating it (mode, targets, the value of X, whether it was kicked, how it will affect multiple targets, and so on). The “copiable values” are the values derived from the text printed on the object (that text being name, mana cost, card type, subtype, supertype, expansion symbol, rules text, power, toughness, and/or loyalty), as modified by other copy effects, by “as . . . enters the battlefield” and “as . . . is turned face up” abilities that set characteristics, and by abilities that caused the object to be face down. Other effects (including type-changing and text-changing effects), status, and counters are not copied.


Example: Chimeric Staff is an artifact that reads “{X}: Chimeric Staff becomes an X/X artifact creature until end of turn.” Clone is a creature that reads, “You may have Clone enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield.” After a Staff has become a 5/5 artifact creature, a Clone enters the battlefield as a copy of it. The Clone is an artifact, not a 5/5 artifact creature. (The copy has the Staff’s ability, however, and will become a creature if that ability is activated.)


Example: Clone enters the battlefield as a copy of a face-down Grinning Demon (a creature with morph {2}{B}{B}). The Clone is a colorless 2/2 creature with no name, no types, no abilities, and no mana cost. It will still be face up. Its controller can’t pay {2}{B}{B} to turn it face up. 
And the caster of Beast within won't get a 3/3 creature because the image will be sacrificed before resolution of Beast within which will find no legal target upon resolving and do nothing.

Note that it's not the caster of the Beast Within that gets the 3/3 Beast, but whoever controlled the targetted permanent. But yes, he will not be getting any, since the target will be sacrificed before the Beast Within resolves.

But is that true? If you copy an activated Inkmoth with Phantasmal image you get an unactivated Nexus?

Yes, you get what is printed on the card. Anything else (besides other copy effects) is ignored.

DCI Level 2 Judge

 

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