Magic puzzle answer #2

Posted in Arcana on March 11, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

Cruel Revival

Many people figured out last week's Magic puzzle the way we had anticipated, using Infest to eventually clear the board. But Arjan Schuurmans found out a way to deal a whopping 20 damage to Carrot Top, using the Cruel Revival instead of the Infest.

Follow along…

  1. During Carrot Top's end of turn step, tap all your lands for mana. Use Smokespew Invoker's ability to give Carrot Top's Wretched Anurid -3/-3. It's destroyed.
  2. Still during Carrot Top's end of turn step, tap any five of your Zombies to activate Gravespawn Sovereign, putting Carrot Top's Wretched Anurid into play under you control.
  3. Untap at the start of your turn.
  4. During your upkeep, sacrifice Festering Goblin to the Nantuko Husk, which is now 4/4. Give Prowling Pangolin –1/-1, making it 5/4.
  5. Still during your upkeep, tap Aphetto Vulture, Smokespew Invoker, Gravespawn Sovereign, Noxious Ghoul, and Wretched Anurid to activate the Sovereign's ability. Target Festering Goblin.
  6. With this ability on the stack, sac Wretched Anurid to the Husk, which is now 6/6. (Very tricky!)
  7. Festering Goblin comes into play. Noxious Ghoul gives all of Carrot Top's creatures –1/-1.
  8. Still during your upkeep, sac the Goblin to the Husk (8/8). Give the Pangolin -1/-1; it is now 3/2.
  9. Still during your upkeep, sac the Vulture to the Husk (10/10). Put Festering Goblin on top of your library.
  10. Draw your card (Festering Goblin).
  11. During you first main phase, tap a Swamp and play the Goblin. Noxious Ghoul give all of Carrot Top's creatures another –1/-1.
  12. Sac the Goblin to the Husk (12/12). Give the Treespring Lorian -1/-1; it is now 2/1.
  13. Tap five more Swamps, play Cruel Revival targeting Canopy Crawler and Festering Goblin. The Crawler dies, and you get your Goblin back in your hand.
  14. Tap a Swamp and play the Goblin. Noxious Ghoul give all of Carrot Top's creatures another –1/-1, killing all of them except the Spitting Gourna, which is 0/1.
  15. Sac Goblin to the Husk (14/14). Give the Spitting Gourna -1/-1; it dies.
  16. Sac your remaining three Zombies (Invoker, Ghoul, and Sovereign) to the Husk, which is now 20/20.
  17. Attack for 20 damage.

Congratulations to Arjan and anyone else who found this even better answer!

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