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Paradoxical Outcome Discussion
3 days ago
I wouldn't say buying into the best strategy is necessarily the worst thing you can do. The cards that get banned are the ones that remove variance from the game. Splinter Twin, eggs, dredge, those decks came to represent too much of the meta. The best deck in modern doesn't mean they ban a piece, especially if there is hate for it. Take affinity, consistently it has been near or at the top of the modern meta for a very long time now, with that said there is probably less than 1% chance that Arcbound Ravager (one of the key cards to that deck) gets banned.
With this said there are a few cards I would try to stay away from to be safe.
Baral, Chief of Compliance: Arguably makes storm too fast and given Wizards relationship with the mechanic I wouldn't be shocked to see them try to cripple storm again.
Scapeshift: A very powerful combo piece, the deck can work without it but if it gets to a point where it is excessively popular it may be a bit risky.
Paradoxical Outcome: Doesn't really see any play in modern however I really think its just waiting to be abused prompting me to buy a few but stay away from building with it.
I would also in your case stick with the mono black agro type deck, maybe add something like Gray Merchant of Asphodel and start making pox or devotion. No point in not having a functional deck whilst collecting cards for a new one, trust me I've been there.
3 days ago
i think you need something that the infinite colorless mana can be used for. One way of using this mana is to use Retraction Helix. you have a few creatures in the deck this can be used on.(note that you will have to have Isochron Scepter out exiling Dramatic Reversal to untap your creature
For example, you can use it on Monastery Swiftspear. you tap your 2 or more Sol Ring then tap the Swiftspear to return 1 to hand. Then you can keep playing and untapping with the Scepter. This will give you infinite casts while also giving infinite colorless mana. This will be great with Aetherflux Reservoir on field. also, the Swiftspears Prowess will activate, making it even larger each time you recast a mana rock.
as another way of getting the storm going off quickly, you may use Paradoxical Outcome. this allows you to return all mana rocks to your hand then play them again. just another suggestion. With this you can use Prophetic Prism to draw more cards or to use it to get colored mana off the infinite colorless.
in standard i used to try and run a storm deck a little like this. the good thing about building it in casual is that theres no limit. you dont have to care what cards are banned or what cards are in the meta. you just build a deck and see how it goes. i hope i helped you out in any way.
6 days ago
Have you considered Paradoxical Outcome as a way to save/reuse/find combo pieces? Disappearing Act could also be a very good card for you if you can return a Dowsing Dagger or any of your other creatures.
1 week ago
Well I have some suggestions. First you have way too many mana rocks. Gilded Lotus, Coalition Relic and Chromatic Lantern should be the first to go. With the mana base you have there is no need for sub-optimal ramp such as Chromatic Lantern or Coalition Relic and your mana curve is low enough that Gilded Lotus is just too much. You should also cut at least 1 signet or 1 talisman maybe one of each. Other artifacts that should go are Lightning Greaves because Kess, Dissident Mage is not at all necessary to a full storm build and having a card just to protect her from destruction isnt worth a card slot. Now as for your win conditions, if your going 1 creature then you should really just use Aetherflux Reservoir. Using Reiterate on Lightning Bolt with Paradox Engine is kinda clever but its very mana intensive, requires you to run lots of sub-optimal mana rocks and if you streamline your deck you will consistently get to an Aetherflux Reservoir win much faster. Take out Tendrils of Agony and Lightning Bolt. Now for Paradox Engine. This card doest synergize at all with Kess, Dissident Mage's ability and since you only get one spell each turn from her your going to need to rely on your deck for your gas. You should 100% replace Paradox Engine with High Tide and build your deck around that card. Add cards like Frantic Search, Time Spiral and Snap. Replace Vault of Whispers, Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, Sulfur Falls, Seat of the Synod, Great Furnace, Glimmervoid, Drowned Catacomb and Dragonskull Summit with Island's. You should also take out Winds of Change, without Notion Thief its not really a great card since you might just refill your opponents hands. There are several other questionable instants and sorceries but this is already a lot coming at you so ill just link to a couple different decks people have been trying out to give you examples. The final few cards I will suggest are Mystic Remora, Paradoxical Outcome, Future Sight, Necropotence, Helm of Awakening, Sensei's Divining Top and Hurkyl's Recall
2 weeks ago
Leaner and meaner:
2 weeks ago
Never > DreadboreCruel Ultimatum > TerminateCrosis's Charm > VandalblastVoltaic Key > Pacification ArrayObelisk of Grixis > Chrome MoxManalith > Coldsteel Heart Decree of Pain > Crook of CondemnationHollowborn Barghest > Rampaging FerocidonNicol Bolas, Planeswalker > Dimir House GuardRazaketh's Rite > PerplexPlanar Portal > Mystical TutorCurator of Mysteries > Muddle the Mixture
2 weeks ago
Madcookie the deck surely was never viable. With 'being dead now' I mean that at least in BFZ-HOU Standard it had a plan it could reliably carry out in a not too much embarassing time window (not enough too min, but enough to still being a Magic deck). Now not only you cannot find Paradoxical Outcome reliably - the only reasonable way left being Commit / Memory, which is now utterly uncastable - but in order to combo out now you need a piece more in Foundry Inspector, which on top of everything is super frail. I mean, I am not even sure an Aetherflux Reservoir list in the current Standard could win against a Draft 40-cards deck! :C
2 weeks ago
Peisistratos Hi mate, thank you for the comment.
I looked at your deck and your list seems solid. There are some points however: first I think Commit / Memory is a bit slow especially in my meta (which is very and I mean very competitive) and because of the lack of the 0 cost artifacts to improvise with. However I might give it a try maybe in place of Reverse Engineer as draw 7 for 1 more or instead of the cranes that can send Paradoxical Outcome to the bottom.
I agree with you that the need for Foundry Inspector in play complicates the combo even more.
As for is the deck dead, well I don't think it was ever top tier Pro Tour viable, otherwise it wouldn't be 20$ in total. It is however fun to play and I have 99% of the cards for it so I'll give it a try and see how it goes.