Melek, Izzet Paragon

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2015 Rare
Dragon's Maze Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Melek, Izzet Paragon

Legendary Creature — Weird Wizard

Play with the top card of your library revealed.

You may cast the top card of your library if it's an instant or sorcery card.

Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell from your library, copy it. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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Melek, Izzet Paragon Discussion

Daedalus19876 on Riku, the Clone Commander

19 hours ago

Here are some cards that I might immediately cut:

Academy Elite, Aeon Chronicler, Bloodbraid Elf, Bogardan Hellkite, Breaker of Armies, Dragon Mage, Flameblast Dragon, Hamletback Goliath, Hermit of the Natterknolls  Flip, Horizon Chimera, Hypersonic Dragon, Inkwell Leviathan, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Keranos, God of Storms, Kruphix, God of Horizons, Lorescale Coatl, Magus of the Future, Melek, Izzet Paragon, Memnarch, Mindwrack Liege, Murkfiend Liege, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Nylea, God of the Hunt, Psychosis Crawler, Purphoros, God of the Forge, Quicksilver Gargantuan, Rishkar, Peema Renegade, Scute Mob, Servant of the Conduit, Shipbreaker Kraken, Simic Sky Swallower, Somberwald Stag, Spellbreaker Behemoth, Spellheart Chimera, Surrak Dragonclaw, Talrand, Sky Summoner, Thassa, God of the Sea, Thromok the Insatiable, Tireless Tracker, Verdant Force, Vexing Shusher, Wall of Blossoms, Whisperwood Elemental, Wistful Selkie, Xenagos, God of Revels, Clan Defiance, Crater's Claws, Devastation Tide, Minds Aglow, Mizzix's Mastery, Reforge the Soul, Release the Gremlins, Seismic Stomp, Shamanic Revelation, Sylvan Scrying, Traverse the Ulvenwald, Unexpected Results, Urban Evolution, Volcanic Vision, Wheel of Fate, Arcane Denial, Clip Wings, Counterflux, Counterspell, Cyclonic Rift, Desertion, Disallow, Disdainful Stroke, Evacuation, Heroic Intervention, Insidious Will, Krosan Grip, Naturalize, Negate, Plasm Capture, Sulfurous Blast, Trap Essence, Turn Aside, Unsubstantiate, Visions of Beyond, Void Shatter, Voidslime, and TBH there are simply too many things to cut to list them all because my fingers are getting tired. I'd cut most of your planeswalkers, most of your non-ramp artifacts, and most of your enchantments.

My primary piece of advice here is that 1) You really should choose to prioritize abusing creatures OR spells, not both, because there are simply too few slots, and 2) you want your spells/creatures to do things in multiples. You don't need too much draw here because your mana is tied up doubling splashy spells, but you need a heck of a lot of mana ramp to keep up.

I don't mean to sound curt, sorry :( Hope this was at least a bit helpful! I agree with Lilbrudder that it's simply too many cards to reasonably cut down, and that you should take a little time and find a focus for the deck.

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 day ago

Epic game today! Melek, Izzet Paragon Aetherflux Reservoir spellslinger vs Karlov of the Ghost Council lifelink extort vs my Queen Marchesa deck.

Highlights were Felidar Sovereign coming out and threatening to give Karlov of the Ghost Council the game, it was immediately stolen by the Melek, Izzet Paragon player, then retrieved before the Melek, Izzet Paragon player's upkeep, but doing enough damage to stop the win by the Karlov of the Ghost Council player's next upkeep. This was followed by an epic counterspell battle I got into with the Melek, Izzet Paragon player over my Sunforger with Melek playing Counterspell, me playing Pyroblast, her playing Muddle the Mixture, and me then playing Mana Tithe against her tapped out board to allow the Sunforger to resolve!

The game went forever, and in the end, it was a Sunforger equipped Queen Marchesa that took out Melek, Izzet Paragon after a big Past in Flames turn she played took out Karlov of the Ghost Council, but failed to take me out due to a Deflecting Palm, and I protected Queen Marchesa with a Boros Charm against her Incinerate! Amazing game!

precociousapprentice on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

1 day ago

Epic game today! Melek, Izzet Paragon Aetherflux Reservoir spellslinger vs Karlov of the Ghost Council lifelink extort vs my Queen Marchesa deck.

Highlights were Felidar Sovereign coming out and threatening game, it was immediately stolen by the Melek, Izzet Paragon player, then retrieved before the Melek, Izzet Paragon player's upkeep, but doing enough damage to stop the win by the Karlov of the Ghost Council player's next upkeep. This was followed by an epic counterspell battle I got into with the Melek, Izzet Paragon player over my Sunforger with Melek playing Counterspell, me playing Pyroblast, her playing Muddle the Mixture, and me then playing Mana Tithe against her tapped out board to allow the Sunforger to resolve!

The game went forever, and in the end, it was a Sunforger equipped Queen Marchesa that took out Melek, Izzet Paragon after a big Past in Flames turn she played took out Karlov of the Ghost Council, but failed to take me out due to a Deflecting Palm, and I protected Queen Marchesa with a Boros Charm against her Incinerate! Amazing game!

SubWoofer on Extreme Budget No-Scoping-Updated Through AER

1 week ago

I would love to see a budget deck with Niv-Mizzet, Dracogenius or Melek, Izzet Paragon as the commander!

DrLitebur on Another thread asking for help ...

1 week ago

Ya know, another card you run as your commander is either Melek, Izzet Paragon or Mizzix of the Izmagnus. Both are interesting to run as commanders, and double-casting spells, or casting spells for free or much less never gets old. It is fun to take multiple turns (say with a well-timed Time Stretch from Melek). Yeah, some people will hate on you for the deck, but it is interesting to play regardless.

Just something to think about.

Lame_Duck on This is getting... Weird..

2 weeks ago

From my own experience with Weirds, I think Melek, Izzet Paragon is really bad; with no ramp in the deck, you're not casting it until turn 6 - assuming you hit all of your land drops - and even then it's just a vanilla 2/4 until at least turn 7 and it can very easily reveal one of the other 33 non-instant or -sorceries in the deck and still just be a 2/4. It certainly can be the nuts if you chain a bunch of spells off the top of the deck but I think overall it's just too expensive and too unreliable.

Manamorphose would be a solid inclusion as a basically free way of triggering the Weirds and, although you might have to alter the deck a bit to be heavier on the instants over the sorceries, Isochron Scepter has a ton of synergy.

joshuaizac on The Prowess of Sages

2 weeks ago

Ok so...i know you said you already have too many creatures.... but I think I'd actually cut a few you have (like Mistfire Adept & Dragon-Style Twins especially and possibly Cunning Breezedancer) to add a few or all of the following: Docent of Perfection  Flip, Young Pyromancer, Talrand, Sky Summoner, Guttersnipe and/or Melek, Izzet Paragon. Most of these would also help you step away from the voltron only path as you mentioned you'd like to do in your forum post. Empty the Warrens and Rise from the Tides are also good for this. I'm also a fan of Sphinx-Bone Wand in decks like this, though it's above most of your curve.

Speaking of your curve, I think with your current curve, I'd drop one land and two mana rocks unless you start throwing higher drops in after this point.

Anyways...looks pretty good so far....gl & hf

derposaurus on Izzet Midrange on a Budget

2 weeks ago

Thank you both for the input!

@lagotripha

  1. I feel like Think Twice and Jori En, Ruin Diver don't really fit that well, as TT is 5 mana for 2 cards in total and the flashback gets rid of any bonus for Spellheart Chimera, and Jori doesn't really fit if I'm trying to keep tight to the curve.

  2. As far as lands, I'm planning to go for Shivan Reef for now and then upgrade to Sulfur Falls and better lands as time goes on.

  3. How does Roast compare to other cards like Mizzium Mortars or even Lightning Bolt?

@TeamSDBags To answer your clarifying question, I mean there's not even a shop open near me currently and there won't be for another month, so being highly competitive isn't currently the top priority, but once the basic foundation of the deck is situated then I plan on upgrading to better cards (like expensive lands/mythics).

  1. I've been looking for a replacement for Dissolve but I'm torn between Mana Leak and Spell Pierce, what would you suggest?

  2. Didn't make the connection between discarding my hand and fueling the Spellheart Chimera, that's a perfect card for that.

  3. Out of all of the suggested I feel like Faithless Looting is perfect for this deck, since at best case (discarding 2 instant/sorceries) it puts 3 spells into my graveyard for the Spellheart Chimera and Bedlam Reveler.

  4. I'll aim for around 24-26 lands once I get the main deck situated and do some playtesting.

  5. Melek, Izzet Paragon has always been a mediocre card at best and I've planned to get rid of him once I can afford Keranos, God of Storms.

  6. Lightning Bolt > Magma Jet but I'm also going to ask you the same thing I asked the guy above you about how Roast compares to Mizzium Mortars and Lightning Bolt

  7. He's got no real purpose, he's pretty much a placeholder for now until I find something better.

  8. Sideboards have never been my strong suit, so thank you for the large amount of suggestions to get me started. Once I test out the final build then I can start building a competent sideboard.

Thanks again for the help!

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