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Paradox Engine
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Paradox Engine
- Aether Revolt

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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 James H.

 Paradox Engine (2/15)
 
This one is sure to get the creative juices flowing. Paradox Engine, like Gonti’s Aether Heart, also has abusable elements to it, and this one is specifically geared to work with Improvise, Convoke, mana rocks, and similar mechanics. Being able to untap everything that isn’t a land means, if you have mana rocks, spells can fuel future spells. This is part of an abusable combo in Standard with Aetherflux Reservoir; if you can untap all of your permanents to cats even more spells, you can build up a huge sequence of spells to drop a lethal Aetherflux Reservoir trigger on them.
 
Fun infinite combos aside, this is still a 5 mana artifact that has to sit around for at least a turn before it can really do what you want it to. It's going to have use in Standard and even other formats, because the effect is so powerful, but I don't think the ceiling on this is much higher than “fun toy".
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.75
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4
Commander: 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Paradox Engine
 
I don't have the book on hand right now, but I'm pretty sure that there's a Pathfinder RPG book that mentions a "Paradox Engine". It was a passage intended to illustrate that St. Cuthbert's Cudgel has been seen on innumerable mysterious worlds and dimensions, and so didn't have any detail so as to leave things ambiguous; we have no reason to think there's any relationship (the recent Zendikar and Innistrad mini-sourcebooks for D&D notwithstanding). I choose to believe there is, though. If Ajani shows up in Amonkhet carrying an unadorned wooden club that hits like a magic sword, we'll know for sure.
 
Paradox Engine looks like it has a built-in limitation, as our instinct is that we use lands to cast spells. Of course, that would be forgetting about Coalition Relic. Or Priest of Titania - I think there's probably some kind of infinite-mana combo possible with her (another one, that is). It's a little slow for constructed play, but the potential interactions are sure to be very attractive in more casual settings.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

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