Magic: The Puzzling—Guildpact Solutions

Posted in Feature on March 1, 2006

By Jeff Till

Here are the solutions to Monday's Magic: The Puzzling puzzles.

Part I: Replication Aberration

Puzzle 1a:

Diagram 1a
  1. Play the Island from your hand.
  2. Tap enough of your lands to add seven Blue and two Red mana to your mana pool. Leave Steam Vents untapped.
  3. Use to animate Genju of the Spires.
  4. Use to cast Rain of Embers, killing your Mountain and returning Genju of the Spires to your hand.
  5. Use to animate Genju of the Falls.
  6. Use to cast Genju of the Spires on Steam Vents.
  7. Attack with your Genju.
  8. After no blockers are declared, use to animate your Steam Vents via Genju of the Spires. This makes it a 6/1 that will attack for lethal damage.

Puzzle 1b:

Diagram 1b
  1. Play the Island from your hand.
  2. Tap all your lands for nine Blue and two Red mana.
  3. Cast Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and Drowned Rusalka.
  4. Use to animate Genju of the Spires.
  5. Use to sacrifice your animated land via your Rusalka. Discard any card and draw a card. Target Gelectrode with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind's trigger.
  6. With Gelectrode out of the way, sacrifice Wild Cantor for and cast Surge of Zeal targeting Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind.
  7. Use to sacrifice your Rusalka. Discard any card and draw a card. Target your opponent with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind's trigger.
  8. Attack with Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind for the other four damage.

Puzzle 1c:

Diagram 1c
  1. Play an Island.
  2. Tap all of your lands except for one Island to add ten Blue and two Red mana to your mana pool. Make sure that the untapped Island is not the one you just played.
  3. Use to animate each of your Genjus.
  4. Use to cast Rain of Embers, killing your Mountain and returning Genju of the Spires to your hand.
  5. Use to cast Genju of the Spires on Steam Vents.
  6. Use to animate your Steam Vents via Genju of the Spires. It still has one damage on it, and will go to your graveyard. Both Genjus will return to your hand.
  7. Use to cast Genju of the Falls on an untapped Island.
  8. Use your remaining to animate your Genju, and attack for the final three damage.

Puzzle 1d:

Diagram 1d
  1. Play a Mountain.
  2. Tap enough of your lands to add five Blue and three Red mana to your mana pool. Leave your Genju of the Spires-enchanted land untapped.
  3. Use to cast Gelectrode.
  4. Use to cast Surge of Zeal targeting Gelectrode.
  5. Tap Gelectrode targeting Dripping-Tongue Zubera.
  6. Use to cast Rain of Embers. With that on the stack, Gelectrode will untap. Tap it to destroy the Zubera and put the 1/1 token into play.
  7. Rain of Embers will resolve, kill all of your opponent's potential blockers.
  8. Use to animate Genju of the Spires.
  9. Attack for the remaining six damage.
Part II: Ideas Unbound

Puzzle 2:

Diagram 2
  1. End your turn.
  2. The rest of the solution occurs as a stack of instant effects during your opponent's upkeep.
  3. Tap all lands for 27 mana.
  4. Tap Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind to draw a card. The Underworld Dreams' trigger is stacked, then Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind's, targeting Mandark. Let the Mizzet trigger resolve dealing one damage to Mandark.
  5. Cast Gigadrowse, replicate five times, all targeting your Guildmage. (21 mana, six Gigadrowse on stack)
  6. Cast Rewind, replicate four times, each other targeting a unique Gigadrowse copy (one being the original).
  7. Upon each resolution of Rewind, untap three Izzet Boilerworks and an Island, tapping them for eleven mana.
  8. This puts Rewind and Gigadrowse into your graveyard and leaves you with 56 mana and a copy of Gigadrowse on the stack.
  9. Cast Remand targeting Gigadrowse and replicate it. Target the original Remand with the copy.
  10. The copied Remand returns the original to your hand, and you draw a card. The Underworld Dreams' trigger is stacked, then Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind's, targeting Mandark. Let the Mizzet trigger resolve, dealing one damage to Mandark.
  11. This leaves a Dreams trigger on the stack and two cards in your library.
  12. Repeat steps 9-10 two times, leaving you with 44 mana. You deal two more damage and draw your entire library.
  13. Cast Stream of Consciousness with no targets, replicate once.
  14. Before the replicate trigger resolves, cast Induce Paranoia on the original Stream. This puts Stream, Induce Paranoia, Gigadrowse and Rewind in your grave. (36 mana)
  15. Let the replicate trigger resolve, targeting all four cards in your library with the copy of Stream.
  16. Repeat steps 9-10 four times to draw your library again. (20 mana)
  17. Cast Gigadrowse, replicate three times. (16 mana).
  18. Cast Rewind, replicate three times, each targeting one of the three new Gigadrowse.
  19. After getting the mana from the Rewinds, you will have 44 mana.
  20. Repeat steps 13-19 as often as needed to kill Mandark with a ton of Dreams triggers on the stack.
Part III: Battle Royale

Puzzle 3:

Playing as the Gruul:

  1. Both players will choose to put their shock lands into play untapped. (-2 life).
  2. With the Gruul Turf ability on the stack, Player A (called Alan) will tap Skarrg, the Rage Pits for mana. Alan will replay Skarrg, the Rage Pits.
  3. Player Alan will choose to enchant Djinn Illuminatus with Hypervolt Grasp.
  4. Before combat, Player B (Bob) will tap his Skarrg and Signet and activate Ulasht, the Hate Seed, targeting Petrahydrox. Petrahydrox will return to Alan's hand.
  5. Bob will pass priority. Alan will tap Gelectrode to deal one damage to Gruul Scrapper. Alan will take a damage (-3 total) from Burning-Tree Shaman (BTS).
  6. Alan will cast Gigadrowse targeting Ulasht, the Hate Seed (and grant Gelectrode flying). With Gelectrode's uptap ability on the stack, Bob will remove another Ulasht, the Hate Seed counter targeting Gelectrode.
  7. With Ulasht, the Hate Seed's ability on the stack, Alan will cast Leap of Flame targeting Steamcore Weird (triggering both of Gelectrode's and Tibor and Lumia's abilities – giving flying to itself.)
  8. Gelectrode will untap. Tap it to deal one damage to Gruul Scrapper (Alan takes one from BTS).
  9. Bob sacrifices Wild Cantor for and use Ulasht, the Hate Seed once more to target Ogre Savant.
  10. Tibor and Lumia's ability resolves, destroying every one-toughness creature, Ogre Savant, and Gruul Scrapper.
  11. Alan can use Ulasht, the Hate Seed to ping another of Bob's creatures, allowing for one more point of trample damage later.
  12. Bob attacks with all of his creatures. Alan's first-strike Steamcore Weird will block Streetbreaker Wurm, and Tibor and Lumia will block Skarrgan Skybreaker - otherwise specific blocks are fairly unimportant since all attackers have trample.
  13. Before damage is put on the stack, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind will use its ability to draw a card and deal one damage to Gruul Guildmage, killing it. (-1 due to BTS).
  14. Djinn Illuminatus will tap to deal one to Burning-Tree Bloodscale, killing it (-1 due to BTS).
  15. That leaves 32 points of offense and 16 points of defense, meaning Alan will take 16 more damage.
  16. Finally, Bob will sacrifice Skarrgan Skybreaker to deal three more damage to Alan, for a grand total of 25 damage.

Izzet Boilerworks

Playing as The Izzet:

  1. Bob will not will choose to put his shock lands into play untapped, but Alan will.
  2. Alan will choose to enchant Izzet Guildmage with Hypervolt Grasp.
  3. Alan will tap his lands and Signet for .
  4. Alan will tap Izzet Guildmage and Gelectrode to deal two damage to Bob.
  5. Alan will cast Gigadrowse targeting Skarrgan Firebird. Target Ogre Savant with Tibor and Lumia's ability.
  6. Untap Gelectrode and deal one more damage to Bob.
  7. Alan will cast Leap of Flame targeting Izzet Chronarch. Target Tibor and Lumia with its own ability, and allow the flying ability to resolve before the damage ability. Before either ability resolves, untap Gelectrode and deal one more damage to Bob.
  8. Bob will tap his land and Signet, and sacrifice Wild Cantor for a total of three mana. He will sacrifice Skarrgan Skybreaker to kill Wee Dragonauts, and remove two of Ulasht, the Hate Seed counters to kill Ogre Savant. In the process, Bob will take three damage from Burning-Tree Shaman. (6 damage total so far)
  9. Alan will attack with all of his remaining fliers, none of which can be blocked. They will deal a total of 15 damage.
  10. Bob can sacrifice Gristleback to gain two life back (and lose one to BTS).
  11. All together, 20 damage was done to Bob, falling short of the 25 dealt to Alan. Gruul wins.

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