Apparently there is finally a monoblue legendary sphinx that’s worth playing (sorry, Alhammarret, High Arbiter, but you really aren’t worth playing in EDH).
Let’s do something with it.
So, looking at Saffron Olive’s original list, we’ve lost a few cards, but not that many. Disperse can be easily replaced with cards that are strictly better, such as Compelling Deterrence, but Mage-Ring Network is a bit more problematic. Having played the deck some, it feels like a big loss.
On the other hand, there’s a number of cards with cycling, which could potentially be very good. As Foretold can replace the Brain in a Jar, especially in an environment with rampant artifact desctruction. Mix of both might also be a good idea.
Meloku, the Clouded Mirror is one of my favorite commanders.
I do have a certain affection for quite a few blue commanders, but with Meloku, the pull between wanting to play lands and having to bounce them, is quite interesting. This being said, I don’t want to play her too much, since she has a tendency to be a bit too consistent for my tastes. Despite this, I went to EDHREC (a great site, btw) to see if other people were doing something interesting with her. Apparently not really. However, I always found her very powerful in one specific regard, which didn’t seem to get any press on the page…
Wizards seems to always do this: There are decks that are really strong for a season. Then, after rotation, these decks are taken apart. They lose a number of key cards. But then, after a couple of sets, when rotation is once again closing in, they give those decks a second window.
In this case, Monoblue Devotion is getting a few minor improvements and one huge jump ahead.