After a few weeks of wielding the green splash in Paradoxical Outcome, I figured it was time to share my thoughts behind my current favorite build of the deck. After all, I had quite some success with it in the Vintage Super League and also ran it in the MTGO Vintage Playoffs, which got a bunch of attention from fellow Vintage lovers.

Green Outcome by Andreas Petersen

Creatures (2)
Snapcaster Mage
Monastery Mentor

Spells (46)
Voltaic Key
Force of Will
Tolarian Academy
Dig Through Time
Treasure Cruise
Ancestral Recall
Time Walk
Merchant Scroll
Mox Pearl
Sensei’s Divining Top
Mox Sapphire
Black Lotus
Mox Ruby
Sylvan Library
Gitaxian Probe
Ponder
Preordain
Brainstorm
Mana Crypt
Sol Ring
Mana Vault
Mox Jet
Mox Emerald
Paradoxical Outcome
Time Vault
Brain Freeze
Flusterstorm
Mox Opal
Hurkyl’s Recall
Repeal
Lands (12)
Tundra
Island
Polluted Delta
Tropical Island
Scalding Tarn
Misty Rainforest
Karakas
Flooded Strand

Sideboard (15)
Karakas
Island
Managorger Hydra
Hurkyl’s Recall
Tormod’s Crypt
Flusterstorm
Lavinia, Azorius Renegade

What does Green offer?

Sylvan Library from Eternal Masters

Sylvan Library from Eternal Masters

If you start with a land and a Mox, the powerful green enchantment offers a strong turn one play that will upgrade your card quantity and quality. Especially in the blue matchups, your life total isn’t too important, so you can usually grab two or three extra cards from your library. On the turns after you ran out of expendable life points, you still get better card selection. When it’s time to go off, it is not irrelevant at all to have an extra permanent to target with Paradoxical OutcomeParadoxical Outcome. Just like Night’s WhisperNight’s Whisper, which is basically the black version of Sylvan LibrarySylvan Library, it’s not great against Dredge and especially against Shops, where your priority is to fetch out basic Islands.

Managorger Hydra from Magic Origins

Managorger Hydra from Magic Origins

My favorite multi-headed monster shores up your worst matchup, which is Blue-Red-based Xerox decks by far. They have piles of PyroblastPyroblasts, FlusterstormFlusterstorms and artifact removal to keep your main plan in check. Lightning BoltLightning Bolt only has a small window to take down the Hydra and Jace, the Mind SculptorJace, the Mind Sculptor is a bit too slow for the format right now. That leaves Force of WillForce of Will as their only safe answer, and Managorger HydraManagorger Hydra as the most effective thing you can currently do to turn the tables in this matchup.

Brain Freeze is a Win Condition for Storm in Vintage Cube, right?!

Brain Freeze from Scourge

Brain Freeze from Scourge

I noticed that the commentators of the Vintage Super League finals agreed that Brain FreezeBrain Freeze is a cute card that I play only to “show off”. And don’t get me wrong, I can definitely see why this would be the impression on the surface. If you look into it further, you will notice that this color combination can’t play Demonic TutorDemonic Tutor to put together Time VaultTime Vault and Voltaic KeyVoltaic Key reliably on combo turns. Aside from that combo, other versions have used Tendrils of AgonyTendrils of Agony to finish the game in one turn, which can be very important against especially the non-blue decks that build up threatening board states. This particular version can win with Vault/Key (remember, you need to find the one copy of Time VaultTime Vault to do so) or set up Monastery MentorMonastery Mentor and Time WalkTime Walk. For a better chance to finish the game on the same turn I start comboing off, I wanted to add a card that I can find with Merchant ScrollMerchant Scroll, pitch to Force of WillForce of Will and flash back with Snapcaster MageSnapcaster Mage. That is a lot better than not playing it and giving up games you should’ve won or playing a hard-to-cast “blank” card like Tendrils of AgonyTendrils of Agony. Tendrils requires less storm as the only upside. One of the commentators did mention that Brain FreezeBrain Freeze can win the game in the mirror match when the opponent plays their second copy of Paradoxical OutcomeParadoxical Outcome which I’m sure will come up from time to time. Just keep in mind they can probably counter their own Outcome and are likely miles ahead on cards at this point, so you need to get pretty lucky to pull it off. I will, however, sideboard out Brain FreezeBrain Freeze against fair decks because Hydra becomes our main gameplan.

Lavinia, Azorious Renegade and Two Karakas

Lavinia, Azorius Renegade from Ravnica Allegiance

Lavinia, Azorius Renegade from Ravnica Allegiance

White is mandatory in this deck thanks to the strength of Monastery MentorMonastery Mentor, and the only other white card I bothered to run is a duo of hatebears in the sideboard for the mirror match specifically. Lavinia, Azorius RenegadeLavinia, Azorius Renegade disrupts everthing from Moxen and Force of WillForce of Will to Paradoxical OutcomeParadoxical Outcome and delve spells. It does require an answer most of the time. On the flipside, your opponent could be on the same plan, so you need a couple of answers to Lavinia yourself.

Karakas from Ultimate Masters

Karakas from Ultimate Masters

I really like how KarakasKarakas can pull triple duty as an answer to Lavinia and an extra land for the Shops matchup. There are a handful of other relevant legendary creatures in the metagame which are all relevant against Outcome. Thalia, Guardian of ThrabenThalia, Guardian of Thraben, Leovold, Emissary of TrestLeovold, Emissary of Trest, Jace, Vryn’s ProdigyJace, Vryn’s Prodigy and GriselbrandGriselbrand come to mind before the list gets a bit more fringe. The bottom line is that you get a lot of mileage out of cutting Library of AlexandriaLibrary of Alexandria for KarakasKarakas in the main deck and spending one more slot in your sideboard that you were going to spend on another land anyway. However, you give up the Library hands that can run away with the game against blue matchups, which is certainly not nothing.

Farewell Black Splash, I Hardly Knew Ya

Demonic Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Night’s Whisper
Kambal, Consul of Allocation

Let’s get the real cost of cutting black out of the way first. Demonic TutorDemonic Tutor did everything for this deck. Be it searching for Ancestral RecallAncestral Recall, Monastery MentorMonastery Mentor, Mana CryptMana Crypt, Force of WillForce of Will, TinkerTinker or of course the missing piece of your Time VaultTime Vault and Voltaic KeyVoltaic Key puzzle. Night’s WhisperNight’s Whisper gets replaced by Sylvan LibrarySylvan Library and they are comparable in terms of impact, and Vampiric TutorVampiric Tutor hasn’t been in my version of the deck for a long time because I wanted to improve the matchup against Xerox and topdeck tutors don’t exactly help against the quad PyroblastPyroblast deck. The dominance shown by Xerox decks also makes TinkerTinker into Blightsteel ColossusBlightsteel Colossus a lot less attractive. Lastly, Kambal, Consul of AllocationKambal, Consul of Allocation was a great tool for me for a long period of time, but these days it’s only good against Outcome, because of Lightning BoltLightning Bolt in the Xerox decks. Lavinia has a similar impact in the mirror match but you can also pitch it to Force of WillForce of Will if your opponent has KarakasKarakas or a lot of lands. The short version is I will miss Demonic TutorDemonic Tutor for consistency, but until the metagame changes radically, everything else are perfectly acceptable casualties.

Metagame Reactions to Quadruple Hydra

Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Swords to Plowshares
Abrupt Decay
Assassin’s Trophy
Mind Harness

A simple way for the Xerox opposition to adapt is to change their removal suite and manabase a little bit. The problem with this solution is that they will pay the toll in other matchups that can prey on a weak manabase. If you suddenly have to cast Dack FaydenDack Fayden and Swords to PlowsharesSwords to Plowshares with your manabase, WastelandWasteland will get you eventually. Jace could go up to a two-of without much cost and has the upside that he is a really good Magic card that wins games. His ability to deal with a large Managorger HydraManagorger Hydra is just added flexibility rather than a factor that gets him hand-picked for the job. Sultai-based decks have access to great flexible answers, so maybe that will be the color combination of choice in the near future. Lastly, I listed Mind HarnessMind Harness and hear me out. Mind HarnessMind Harness is a one-mana (I know about the cumulative upkeep, but stay with me here) answer to a bunch of high impact creatures in the format. Aside from the Hydra, which you might only need one or two attacks with, grabbing a Young PyromancerYoung Pyromancer or Leovold, Emissary of TrestLeovold, Emissary of Trest can be huge game. We are not there yet, but if the green version of Paradoxical Outcome takes off and people move away from the Esper version, I know I’ll try out a couple of one-mana Control MagicControl Magic in my sideboard.

That’s it for today. Let me know if you liked the article or need some information that I didn’t write about. Also look out for some awesome announcements from me in the future – I’m very excited to tell you about them at a later point!

 

 

This article was written by Andreas Petersen in a media collaboration with mtgmintcard.com

Andreas Petersen

Andreas Petersen

Andreas is probably better known as "ecobaronen" on MTGO. After 2nd place of Team Trios #GPMadrid playing Modern he's heading to his second Pro Tour in Minneapolis this year. Andreas has an opinion about every constructed format except Standard.