[DGM-ICD] Melek, Izzet Paragon

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Melek, Izzet Paragon is unblockable.


Whenever Melek deals combat damage to a player, chose one - Melek deals 2 damage divided as you chose among one or two target creatures and/or players; or draw a card.


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Electrolyze sorta on the card is fun. 
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lol, an unblockable 2/2 that has last thoughts ciphered on it. But is izzet, so y'know. Also a 3 drop for izzet?!! xD 
looks good
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If this is real;
Shadowmage Infiltrator was great, and this does more things than he did. 
Yes this is awesome.

LEGENDARY WEIRD.
If this is real;
Shadowmage Infiltrator was great, and this does more things than he did. 


This card won't block like Finkle did, that's for sure. 
Yes this is awesome.

LEGENDARY WEIRD.



The only thing that could make this better is if it were a Legendary Weird Wizard. My mind would have been blown and I would have insta-bought two playsets.

As to the card's abilities, I'm happy that this is probably legitimately the best they could have done with this card short of just reprinting Electrolyze. Regardless of whether it sees standard (or any other format) play or not, I am happy that this is what we've got.

It is a little dissapointing that he doesn't have quite the synergy with Overload that Ruric-Thar has with Bloodrush.
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Wow, this guy is fantastic (if real). He'll see play.

I may even want to build a Voltron EDH around him. I've always loved Ophidian-esque effects.

It is a little dissapointing that he doesn't have quite the synergy with Overload that Ruric-Thar has with Bloodrush.

 
But drawing cards has synergy with everything! Wink

Oh, did I mention:




LEGENDARY WEIRD
Wow, this guy is fantastic (if real). He'll see play.

I may even want to build a Voltron EDH around him. I've always loved Ophidian-esque effects.

It is a little dissapointing that he doesn't have quite the synergy with Overload that Ruric-Thar has with Bloodrush.

 
But drawing cards has synergy with everything!




not everything.

Hellbent is sad =( 

But drawing cards has synergy with everything!



While true, I was more referring to blatant synergy rather than in-general synergy. He'll be a beast in RUG.
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deals two damage to target player

Draw a card, or electrolyze 

 
Honestly: opportunity missed. This could've been really cool. Gelectrode remains the coolest Weird.

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Huh... unblockably swinging for four damage each turn for three mana is fine in my books.

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Curves nicely into Rakdos, Lord of Riots. Legendary weird is a plus. Should be a staple commander for years to come, and hopefully sees Standard play.
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Neat- I've always wanted Electrolyze to have legs.
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So, he's a Weird of Fire and Ice? I have to admit, I was expecting more interaction with instants and sorceries. Between the two Ravnica blocks only one Izzet legendary has interacted with spells at all, Tibor and Lumia. His abilities seem to suggest blue just a tad over red. But he'll make a great UR aggro creature.

Weird of Fire or Ice.

I <3 it for something Grixis controlly.
This card is sweetness; even if it doesn't interact with instants and sorceries, it feels very R/U. 
Also, an Chaos pointed out: LEGENDARY WIERD! 

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Now that I think about it, they probably want the players to be able to play guild cards together, so they made sure Melek, Izzet Paragon can play nicely with Ruric-Thar, the Unbowed.

This is unconfirmed, and I doubt it's real. I don't think blatant undercosting is an Izzet thing.
I like this a lot. Would have liked it more if it had a Merfolk subtype, but I knew it was going to be Weird or Wizard, or both. Hoping it's real.
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This is unconfirmed, and I doubt it's real. I don't think blatant undercosting is an Izzet thing.



but then after Dimir, even Izzet seems undercosted
This is unconfirmed, and I doubt it's real. I don't think blatant undercosting is an Izzet thing.



So another neat fellow to pair with Nightshade Peddler?
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This is not Electrolyze attached to a creature. People seem to be missing where it says choose one.

You don't get the burn and the card, one or the other.

Still a cool idea though.
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This is not Electrolyze attached to a creature. People seem to be missing where it says choose one.

You don't get the burn and the card, one or the other.

Still a cool idea though.



Well, if you choose draw a card, then technically it's electrolyze but the damage is solely on 1 player. 

Think of it as 2+ electrolyze damage or draw a card. 
This is not Electrolyze attached to a creature. People seem to be missing where it says choose one.

You don't get the burn and the card, one or the other.

Still a cool idea though.



Well, if you choose draw a card, then technically it's electrolyze but the damage is solely on 1 player. 

Think of it as 2+ electrolyze damage or draw a card. 


got 'em!
I think that it's fake, because it's not only rather strong, but also because they still regret putting option #02 on Umezawa's Jitte.. Also, it's not 50% red / 50% blue, since red prevents creatures from blocking in different ways! :/
I think that it's fake, because it's not only rather strong, but also because they still regret putting option #02 on Umezawa's Jitte.. Also, it's not 50% red / 50% blue, since red prevents creatures from blocking in different ways! :/



While he definitely leans more towards blue he definitely is Red/Blue.
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As far as I know, each of the 30 previous guild champions / guild leaders were perfectly 50% first color / 50% second color, otherwise they wouldn't represent such two-colored guilds well enough..
Both of the Ghost Council cards definitely lean more towards black than white so it deifnitely isn't all of them. I'm too lazy to look through all of them to find any others that aren't perfectly 50/50 but I feel like there are one or two more that I can't recall offhand. The main reason the old champions were so even between their colours was mostly because they cared about each of their colours individually, and often gave different effects based on those colors ie. Tibor and Lumia. Ruric Thar shows us this isn't the case this time around and has a bit of a red lean himself so I don't think this is out of the question. Even though red usually gets it through effects like Wave of Indifference or Madcap Skills, hard to block is definitely something shared by red and blue. Putting both on the same card is useless so them going with the stronger of the two doesn't bug me any more than Izzet Charm having blue looting instead of red.
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I think that it's fake, because it's not only rather strong, but also because they still regret putting option #02 on Umezawa's Jitte.. Also, it's not 50% red / 50% blue, since red prevents creatures from blocking in different ways! :/

Good comparison with the Jitte.

The previous guild champions were necessarily 50/50 in a sense because they had an ability that related to each color. The guild leaders, on the other hand, are just creatures. Borborygmos does not have a red ability, for example.

You have a bit of a point on this Melek in the sense that he could be used as a mono blue creature if you always choose to draw a card.

There's also very little precedent for modal choices on damage triggers. Putrid Warrior has the lose life / gain life dichotomy, while Blizzard Specter has the established specter ability and the choice exists to deal with one of the weaknesses of that ability. Melek has no reason to have a modal choice here, it would make more sense to up his cost and make the trigger actually Electrolyze.

This Melek is a classic YmtC case. I'm calling it fake.   

Ruric Thar has two mono-green and two mono-red abilities, Ghost Council Of Orzhova + Teysa, Orzhov Scion + Obzedat, Ghost Council have only white-black abilities, Borborygmos has only (remember the many red vampires!) red-green abilities.. This card really sounds like YMTC, Wizards would combine the blue-red ability #02 with a blue-red ability #01, here are some examples:

1) "Whenever Melek attacks, it can't be blocked this turn except by target creature defending player controls."
2) "Whenever Melek attacks, it can't be blocked this turn except by X creatures, where X is the number of creatures defending player controls."
3) "Whenever Melek attacks, it can't be blocked this turn except by target untapped creature defending player controls."
4) "Whenever Melek attacks, it can't be blocked this turn except by X creatures, where X is the number of untapped creatures defending player controls."
Why not just Noggle Bandit or Pathrazer of Ulamog for u/r unblockability?

But I really don't think that they're counting abilities. Chorus of the Conclave has one mono green and one green white ability. Razia, Boros Archangel has one red and three white abilities.   
Is there precendant for a charm style wording on a trigger effect? The - I mean?
Yeah, Noggle Bandit comes with a very simple blue-red evasion ability! ^.^ I don't 100% agree on Chorus Of The Conclave + Razia, Boros Archangel, but let's use your numbers and then consider their power + toughness in addition to what you said, and then it's more obvious they're 50% first color / 50% second color.. It's pretty difficult to decide that for these other cards, but regarding the fake (?) card that we're talking about here, it's rather obvious that it's a blue-red ability plus a mono-blue ability! :/ Hey Flopfoot, you make really good points from a designer's perspective when suspecting that cards are fake, did Wizards ever surprise you with a bad YMTC design not being fake?
I hope this is real, but something tells me this isn't. Oh well, let's wait and see then. 

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