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Feature Article – Magic: The Puzzling

Puzzle 1

Your friend Will has just released the hounds upon your RB burn deck. He taps out for his final spell, Leyline of Sanctity and passes the turn, confident he will triumph. You have just drawn Arc Trail, and realize that you can win this game.

How do you make your friend pay?

Opponent’s Life: 10
Opponent’s Cards in Hand: 0
Opponent’s Board:

Squadron Hawk, Spitemare, Vengevine (tapped), Fauna Shaman (tapped), Knight of the Reliquary (tapped), Leyline of Sanctity

4x Jungle Shrine (tapped), 2x Forest (tapped)

Your Board:

Koth of the Hammer (2 loyalty)

4x Mountain, Lavaclaw Reaches

Your Cards in Hand:

Arc Trail, Demigod of Revenge, Demigod of Revenge, Rakdos Guildmage, Seething Song

Your Life: 1

Puzzle 2

In a parallel universe, your nefarious opponent, Dr. Evil, has decided to toy with you. Your Pandemonium has done well to keep all creatures off the board, but he has just cast Donate to give you his Thought Nibbler. To absolutely ensure your demise, he casts a Megrim. You try to battle back with a topdecked Broodmate Dragon on your turn, but he casts a Gather Specimens, and chops your life to a precious single point.

You know you only have Islands left in your deck. This is it. You must destroy him this turn, but how?

Opponent’s Life: 10
Opponent’s Cards in Hand: 0
Opponent’s Board:

Broodmate Dragon, Dragon token

3x Celestial Colonnade (tapped), 2x Creeping Tar Pit (tapped), 2x Island (tapped), 2x Arcane Sanctum (tapped), 2x Plains (tapped), 1x Swamp (tapped)

Your Board:

Thought Nibbler, Jace, the Mind Sculptor (1 loyalty), Pandemonium, Vedalken Orrery

2x Plains, 2x Island, 2x Forest, 2x Swamp, 2x Mountain, 4x Savage Lands (tapped), 2x Rupture Spire (tapped)

Your Cards in Hand:

Hunted Horror, Stangg, Precursor Golem, Waterspout Elemental, Island, the last card in your hand from Puzzle 1

Your Cards in Library: 3

Your Life: 1

Solutions will be posted tomorrow.

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