Brews for the Weekend: Paradoxical Colossus

Paradoxical Outcome has given rise to some incredible Vintage decks, like Paradoxical Storm or Paradoxical Mentor. Whenever a card has an impact on the most broken of formats, we should explore what else it can do.

The major reason for Paradoxical Outcome‘s success in Eternal formats is that the cheap artifacts create an incredible combo. Outcome may cost 4 mana, but if you’re bouncing artifacts that net 4 or more mana by being cast again (such as Moxes and Sol Rings which net 1 mana, or Mana Crypt and Mana Vault which net 2 mana), you come out far ahead. On top of that, you get to draw a card for each card returned, letting you find more copies, more artifacts, or whatever else you need to churn through your library.

Standard doesn’t have much in the way of acceleration, or a single card that’s going to net you mana. You do, however, have plenty of artifacts that add value.

Prophetic Prism and Metalspinner’s Puzzleknot will help churn through your deck. These artifacts will provide a little bonus, and then sit in play, ready to be bounced by a Paradoxical Outcome.

Prophetic PrismMetalspinner's Puzzleknot

With these artifacts on the battlefield, Metalwork Colossus is going to end up being incredibly cheap. It’s also a massive threat you can chain together with Sanctum of Ugin, like in classics Colossus Decks.

Metalwork ColossusSanctum of Ugin

While Cultivator’s Caravan and Hedron Archive won’t technically net you mana like a Sol Ring would, they do add quite a bit of mana and make your Colossus much cheaper.

Cultivator's CaravanHedron Archive

Aetherflux Reservoir is one of the coolest ways to win that I’ve ever seen. It would likely take 8 spells in a single turn to gain enough life to fire off the Reservoir for 50, but it’s certainly possible. At the very least, you’re looking at some serious incidental life gain and a potential Storm win condition.

Aetherflux Reservoir

While there are plenty of artifacts in your deck to help accelerate your mana, it’s still not easy to resolve too many spells in a single turn. Luckily, both Foundry Inspector and Herald of Kozilek will help deal with this issue. One of the best features of Paradoxical Outcome is that you don’t actually have to return all of your permanents to your hand. You can leave your Inspectors and Heralds in play while returning Prisms and Puzzleknots. With a couple of these in play, each of these artifacts will draw you a card from the Outcome, and then draw you another card for free when you cast them again. Every additional one you draw will continue to net you cards for free. Your Archives and Caravans will be mana neutral with 2 of these effects in play. Considering every Colossus and Sanctum is another free spell, the ability to completely go off with Aetherflux Reservoir is there. Even without a Reservoir in play, you’re looking at drawing a ton of cards and getting a bunch of 10/10s in play. If that’s not enough, these extra cards should find you a Reservoir and another Outcome to go crazy again!

Foundry InspectorHerald of Kozilek

Glint-Nest Crane happens to just find all of these pieces outside of Outcome, blocks really well, and then can be bounced by future Outcomes to help find more artifacts.

Glint-Nest Crane

Here’s the full list:

Creatures (16):

4 Metalwork Colossus
4 Herald of Kozilek
4 Foundry Inspector
4 Glint-Nest Crane

Spells (24):

4 Paradoxical Outcome
4 Aetherflux Reservoir
4 Prophetic Prism
4 Metalspinner’s Puzzleknot
4 Hedron Archive
4 Cultivator’s Caravan

Lands (20):

4 Sanctum of Ugin
9 Island
7 Mountain

Sideboard (15):

4 Ceremonious Rejection
4 Filigree Familiar
3 Radiant Flames
2 Negate
2 Summary Dismissal

This deck is super sweet, winning with Aetherflux Reservoir, Metalwork Colossus, and Paradoxical Outcome. What more could you ask for?

Thanks Everybody for reading,

Andreas

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