Puzzle Answer

Posted in Arcana on February 4, 2003

By Wizards of the Coast

Here is the answer to last week's Magic Puzzle.

1) Tap all your lands for . Use Misery Charm to destroy Aven Soulgazer.

2) Play Standardize to turn all creatures in play into Wizards for the rest of the turn. Doubtless One becomes 0/0 and is destroyed.

3) Tap Frightshroud Courier to deal 2 damage to Gustcloak Skirmisher.

4) Tap Callous Oppressor to take control of Rorix Bladewing (which is no longer a Dragon).

5) Tap Aphetto Alchemist to untap Rorix.

6) Play Crown of Suspicion on your Goblin Piledriver. (Really, you could put it on any creature in play with toughness greater than 1 other than the Skirmisher.)

7) Pay to change your Mistform Stalker into a Goblin.

8) Tap your Imagecrafter, targeting Rorix.

9) While that ability is still on the stack, sacrifice Crown of Suspicion. All Wizards get +2/-1. Your Imagecrafter and Frightshroud Courier are destroyed. Martin's Gustcloak Skirmisher, Foothill Guide, Flamestick Courier, and Imagecrafter are destroyed. Fallen Cleric becomes 6/1, Rorix Bladewing becomes 8/4, and Goblin Piledriver becomes 3/1.

10) Your Imagecrafter's ability resolves. Choose "Goblin," turning Rorix into a Goblin.

11) Play Artificial Evolution on your Fallen Cleric. Change "Cleric" to "Wizard."

12) Enter your attack phase. Attack with Mistform Stalker, Fallen Cleric, Rorix Bladewing, and Goblin Piledriver. The Piledriver gets +4/+0 because you're attacking with two other Goblins.

13) Martin's only untapped creatures are Graxiplon and Slipstream Eel. Though he can block the Stalker, since both of his creatures are blue Wizards without flying, they can't block any of your remaining three attackers. You deal 21 damage to Martin and win the game!

Another possible solution uses Peer Pressure:

1) Tap all your lands for . Use Misery Charm to destroy Aven Soulgazer.

2) Tap Frightshroud Courier to deal 1 damage to Martin's Imagecrafter.

3) Play Standardize to turn all creatures in play into Goblins for the rest of the turn. Doubtless One becomes 0/0 and is destroyed.

4) Tap Callous Oppressor to take control of Rorix Bladewing (which is no longer a Dragon).

5) Tap Aphetto Alchemist to untap Rorix.

6) You now control 8 Goblins to Martin's 7. Play Peer Pressure and choose "Goblin." You gain control of all of Martin's creatures. None of them may attack, however, because you just gained control of them.

7) Enter your attack phase. Attack with Mistform Stalker, Fallen Cleric, Rorix Bladewing, Imagecrafter, and Goblin Piledriver. The Piledriver gets +8/+0 because you're attacking with four other Goblins.

8) Martin has no blockers. He takes 21 damage.

I received a bit of mail about this puzzle. Very few people got it right. Common mistakes included:

This sure was a toughie… thanks to everyone that gave it the old college try!

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