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Single Scoop: Mono Blue Storm (Historic)

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The one thing people were excited to play with when Kaladesh Remastered came to Arena was Paradoxical Outcome. Unfortunately, the card was excluded from the set until Historic Anthology 4 brought it back for us to storm off! 

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The deck is loaded with a ton of cheap spells like Ornithopter, Chromatic Sphere, and Mox Amber. Combine that with Aetherflux Reservoir, we're able to cast a ton of spells for cheap to "storm" off in a turn. After dropping our cheap artifacts, we're looking to return everything to our hand and draw a ton more cards thanks to Paradoxical Outcome to repeat the process. Even better, we have cards like Sai, Master Thopterist to also generate a ton of 1/1 Flying Thopters as an additional way to close out games if we can't dunk our opponents for 50 damage. 

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Though the deck is fun, it does suffer from not being nearly as fast as an actual storm deck. Its a bit slow for Historic and especially for Historic best of one as the meta is hyper-aggressive and loaded with Thoughtseize. When we last saw the deck, there weren't cards like Narset, Parter of Veils to shut down all of our card draw. It's because of cards like Narset that I do think it's correct to run some number of Metallic Rebuke in the main. Historic has hit a point where there are just some threats you absolutely can't let resolve. With the format being Best of One, we have to trim the numbers somewhere to have a little something for most matchups so I shaved a few cheap artifacts to help us protect ourselves. 

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The deck has the ability to storm off and it's absolutely hilarious but I'm not sure the combo is fast enough to keep up with decks like Jund Sacrifice or Goblins. The deck is extremely fragile and almost too fragile for best of one. Maybe we can make more happen in best of three but for now, the deck feels like a Tier 2.5 deck at best. However, if you're looking for a fun artifact combo deck, take the deck for a run if you've got the spare wild cards laying around. Otherwise, we'll just have to wait until #MTGStrixhaven's arrival to get a real storm going with Grapeshot!

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