Paradox Rocks

Ever since the card was spoiled, players have been wondering when someone is going to break Paradoxical Outcome. The card is obviously busted in Vintage, where you can pair it with all manner of Moxen. It’s interesting in Legacy, where you can use Lion’s Eye Diamonds, Chrome Moxen, and Lotus Petals. But what about in Standard? For anyone who’s been dreaming of the day that they could use Paradoxical Outcome to draw billions of cards in Standard, this deck by Tiemuu may be exactly what you’ve been looking for:

Paradoxical Outcome
The core of this deck has existed since Kaladesh first became part of the Standard format. The combo involves using the early turns to play cheap, value artifacts like Prophetic Prism, Navigator’s Compass, and Renegade Map. You can use these to cast spells like Reverse Engineer to help dig through your deck for key combo pieces. Eventually, your goal is to resolve an Aetherflux Reservoir, cast a bunch of spells, and then deal fifty to your opponent all at once.

How exactly do you do that? It starts with Inspiring Statuary. This card lets you use your cheap utility artifacts as pseudo-moxes when casting your engine spells. The key engine for this deck is Paradoxical Outcome and Baral’s Expertise. These both help you cast extra spells, and play particularly well with cheap artifacts to help pay for them. Your goal is to string together enough Ornithopters and Mox Ambers to gain enough life to Aetherflux Reservoir your opponent to death. Alternatively, you can just leverage the engine to gain enough life to keep yourself alive against opposing aggressive decks while you build up to a big enough Paradoxical Outcome to actually kill them.

The two biggest changes for this deck are the inclusion of Baral, Chief of Compliance and Mox Amber. Baral makes all your spells cheaper and gives you the opportunity to have Mox Amber actually generate mana. Previous builds played cards that were always horrendous, like Bone Saw in these slots. Now, you get a little bit of consistent acceleration from Baral and the potential for truly explosive and unfair starts that leverage Mox Amber.

If you’ve been looking for a true combo deck in Standard, this may be as close as we’re going to get in this format. It’s been a long time coming, but maybe the Aetherflux Reservoir storm deck is finally consistent and resilient enough for real Standard play.

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