I like her quite a bit and already designed a Commander deck around her, so let’s try this one as well. Feels pretty much like we only have to cut the EDH deck to pieces.
One of the cards leaked in Dominaria Release Notes was this:
Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive
Legendary Creature — Human Rogue
Creatures you control with power or toughness 1 or less can’t be blocked.
My favorite tribe: Wizards. Not very supported one in general, but here’s one:
Naban, Dean of Iteration
Legendary Creature — Human Wizard
If a Wizard entering the battlefield under your control causes a triggered ability of a permanent you control to trigger, that ability triggers an additional time.
Wow, a Jace I actually like. Now, don’t get me wrong. There’s been powerful Jace’s before, but this one I like for how it works and there’s a huge difference there.
Apparently there is finally a monoblue legendary sphinx that’s worth playing (sorry, [scryfall]Alhammarret, High Arbiter[/scryfall], 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. [scryfall]Disperse[/scryfall] can be easily replaced with cards that are strictly better, such as [scryfall]Compelling Deterrence[/scryfall], but [scryfall]Mage-Ring Network[/scryfall] 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. [scryfall]As Foretold[/scryfall] can replace the [scryfall]Brain in a Jar[/scryfall], especially in an environment with rampant artifact desctruction. Mix of both might also be a good idea.
[scryfall]Meloku, the Clouded Mirror[/scryfall] 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.
This deck would probably be better with some red in it. Red would give you [scryfall]Shrapnel Blast[/scryfall], but we can do without.