"Leovold Emissary of Trest: Annoying you dearly"
Virgilio F. De leon Jr.
Leovold , Emissary of Trest reminds me of a very slimy salesman that I once knew. The kind that offers you a hand so that you agree to a deal that usually proves that you got the bad end of the bargain in the long run. You also want to punch the said salesman when it comes down to it because of this unfairness and Leovold Emissary of Trest also oozes with the same kind of charm.
Probably the first Sultai or BUG commander in history Leovold Emissary of Trest proves to be an annoying hindrance to all of your opponents plans which is why a lot of people have experimented with him at the head of some new EDH decks.
So when it comes down to it this guy limits the amount of cards that all of your opponents draw to one per turn. Basically the one that they draw on their draw phase. Consecrated Sphinx gives Leovold Emissary of Trest a dirty glare and he would not give a damn. No draws from Jace Beleren or Howling Mine or any other spell that let's you draw cards.
In the meantime whoever has control of Leovold Emissary of Trest still gets the unfair advantage of drawing as many cards as they could.
So what does this do? It turns the elf advisor into the target of some removal spells as soon as possible.The only thing is that even in death the emissary still gives you an advantage. You see when you or a permanent you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls , you may draw a card. Yup. So the more threats you put on the battlefield or even permanents that are equally magnetic to removal these gives you card advantage.
Leovold Emissary of Trest becomes a highly political piece when you start asking opponents to ping a big creature for 1 damage or to tap one of your creatures so that you could draw a card. The challenge is in convinving an opponent to become a friendly and allow you to do that. I can already see some of you nodding and saying challenge accepted. Just another layer to an otherwise already layered EDH game.
I don't know what kind of builds that BUG will have