GP Louisville has come and gone. I no longer have a major event to prepare for. While it is sad to see the GP in the rearview mirror, it is a bit freeing at the same time. After several months of playing grindy control I am ready for a change. I am sick of playing fair and square. I want to do big, dumb, crazy stuff.

Luckily for all of us, I played against a wonderful deck on MTGO that fits the bill perfectly. The creator of the deck was kind enough to share their decklist with me. They admitted that the deck was a bit rough around the edges, but that did not stop them from Brain Freeze-ing me out for 99 cards in one of our games.  

Paradox Deck

I liked the deck so much, I decided to polish off some of the rough edges. The end result is a crazy fun deck that makes me think that if High Tide and MUD had a baby, it would look like this.

It’s a Paradox!!!

Lands (24)
Ancient Tomb
Seat of the Synod
City of Traitors
Mox Opal
Chrome Mox
Mox Diamond

Creatures (4)
Snapcaster Mage
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn

Spells (33)
Grim Monolith
Basalt Monolith
Helm of Awakening
Cunning Wish
Paradoxical Outcome
Force of Will
Chalice of the Void
Power Artifact
Sideboard (15)
Defense Grid
Stroke of Genius
Surgical Extraction
Brain Freeze
Paradoxical Outcome
Hurkyl's Recall
Pact of Negation
Slaughter Pact
Wipe Away

Paradoxical Outcome

The concept is quite simple really.

Step 1: Play a bunch of mana rocks (Grim Monolith, Basalt Monolith, Chrome Mox, ect).

Step 2: Tap the rocks for a bunch of mana, cast Paradoxical Outcome, return the rocks to your hand and draw a bunch of cards.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have enough mana and storm count to cast Cunning Wish to find Brain Freeze in your sideboard and win the game.

Helm of Awakening makes your job extra easy by reducing the cost of pretty much every spell in your deck. Having multiples in play means you are casting most spells for next to nothing.

Grim Monolith

Snapcaster Mage will help keep the chain going by recasting Paradoxical Outcome from your graveyard. Bouncing Snapcaster Mage with Paradoxical Outcome to draw a card and reload your flashback enabler is just icing on the cake.

Between the natural copies of Paradoxical Outcome in the main deck, Snapcaster Mage, and grabbing the fourth Paradoxical Outcome in your sideboard with Cunning Wish, the deck has ten ways to start the combo. This means your chances of bricking on the combo and not being able to go off are very low.

Basalt Monolith

Chalice of the Void is one of the most backbreaking cards in Legacy right now. Chalice is able to shut off aggressive creatures, like Delver of Secrets, as well as many disruption cards like Flusterstorm, Thoughtseize, Spell Pierce, Surgical Extraction and many more. Any deck able to play a Chalice on one right at the beginning of the game will have an upper hand against the majority of the Legacy metagame. However adding Chalice of the Void means we need to cut our one mana cantrips like Ponder and Brainstorm.  

Intuition helps add a little consistency to the deck. When you factor in Snapcaster Mage, even the cards that go to your graveyard will remain available to you. This allows you to find exactly the right cards you need when it comes time to go off. Being able to power out a turn one Intuition is a very powerful play, that will be sure to put your opponent on the edge of their seat.


Adding Emrakul, the Aeons Torn to the mix seems a natural choice. The deck can get to 15 mana fairly quickly, even when not comboing off. Being able to recycle your graveyard back into your library is also another benefit of adding the flying spaghetti monster. This deck draws a lot of cards and if you are not careful, you may just lose yourself the game by running out. The main reason to add Emrakul though, is to have an alternate win condition to Brain Freeze. Sometimes you will play against a deck like Sneak and Show which runs its own big bad Eldrazi to shuffle their graveyards back in. For these situations you need to have a way to win the game when plan A fails.

Power Artifact

The Spicy 61st

A big thank you to Aaron Gazzaniga for reminding me of this sweet old school card from Antiquities. Throw Power Artifact on a Grim Monolith, or Basalt Monolith, and you are able to generate infinite mana. This will ensure that you can do any number of ridiculous things. You can cast Emrakul four or five times by bouncing it with Paradoxical Outcome. If you need protection you can cast Chalice of the Void on 1, 2, 3, 4, or any key numbers to shut off any answers your opponent may have. My personal favorite is to use all of that mana to cast Cunning Wish, to find Stroke of Genius in the sideboard and deck my opponent through card draw.

Hope you all enjoyed this week’s article!

Jerry Mee is a Boston Native who has been playing Magic since Onslaught Block. Primarily a Legacy player, he cohosts the weekly Leaving a Legacy Podcast found on He can be reached on Twitter at @Jmee3rd

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