The Puzzling answer

Posted in Arcana on December 11, 2002

By Wizards of the Coast

Here is the answer to yesterday's Magic: The Puzzling. The most important card is Candelabra of Tawnos, and you must do everything in your power to cast, copy, and untap it as many times as possible.

The following chart goes through it step by step, and tracks your mana. Since mana from Mishra's Workshop can only be used to play artifacts, it must be tracked separately.

    Your Mana Pool
    Red Mana Blue Mana Colorless Mana Workshop Mana
Step 1 Tap Mox Ruby, Mox Sapphire, Sol Ring, Mana Vault, and Basalt Monolith for mana. 1 1 8 0
Step 2 Cast Mana Flare (cheaper due to Stone Calendar). 0 1 7 0
Step 3 Tap all your lands for mana. 2 3 27 4
Step 4 Use nine colorless mana to activate the Candelabra of Tawnos. Untap all nine lands. 2 3 18 4
Step 5 Tap all nine lands for mana again. 4 5 38 8
Step 6 Play Copy Artifact (cheaper due to Stone Calendar) and copy the Candelabra. 4 4 38 8
Step 7 Use eight colorless mana to activate the copied Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 4 4 30 8
Step 8 Tap those eight lands for mana. 6 6 50 8
Step 9 Play Twiddle to untap the Candelabra. 6 5 50 8
Step 10 Use eight colorless mana to activate the Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 6 5 42 8
Step 11 Tap those eight lands for mana. 8 7 62 8
Step 12 Play Boomerang to return the Candelabra to your hand, and replay it for 0 (cheaper due to Stone Calendar). 8 5 62 8
Step 13 Use eight colorless mana to activate the Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 8 5 54 8
Step 14 Tap those eight lands for mana. 10 7 74 8
Step 15 Play Hurkyl's Recall targeting yourself (cheaper due to Stone Calendar), returning your eight artifacts to your hand. 10 6 74 8
Step 16 Use one Workshop mana to play the Candelabra. Play Copy Artifact to copy it. 10 5 73 7
Step 17 Use one Workshop mana to play the Mana Vault, and tap it for three mana. 10 5 76 6
Step 18 Use eight colorless mana to activate the Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 10 5 68 6
Step 19 Tap those eight lands for mana. 12 7 88 6
Step 20 Use eight colorless mana to activate the copied Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 12 7 80 6
Step 21 Tap those eight lands for mana. 14 9 100 6
Step 22 Sacrifice the Candelabra and the copy to the Atog. 14 9 100 6
Step 23 Use 11 mana to play Recall (X=5). Discard Mox Sapphire, Mox Ruby, Stone Calendar, Basalt Monolith, and Sol Ring to get back Candelabra of Tawnos, Copy Artifact, Boomerang, Twiddle, and Hurkyl's Recall. 14 8 90 6
Step 24 Use one Workshop mana to play the Candelabra. Play Copy Artifact to copy it. 14 7 89 5
Step 25 Use eight colorless mana to activate the Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 14 7 81 5
Step 26 Tap those eight lands for mana. 16 9 101 5
Step 27 Use eight colorless mana to activate the copied Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 16 9 93 5
Step 28 Tap those eight lands for mana. 18 11 113 5
Step 29 Play Twiddle to untap the Candelabra. 18 10 113 5
Step 30 Use eight colorless mana to activate the Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 18 10 105 5
Step 31 Tap those eight lands for mana. 20 12 125 5
Step 32 Play Boomerang to return the Candelabra to your hand, and use a Workshop mana to replay it. 20 10 125 4
Step 33 Use eight colorless mana to activate the Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 20 10 117 4
Step 34 Tap those eight lands for mana. 22 12 137 4
Step 35 Play Hurkyl's Recall targeting yourself, returning your three artifacts to your hand. 22 11 136 4
Step 36 Use one Workshop mana to play the Candelabra. Play Copy Artifact to copy it. 22 10 135 3
Step 37 Use one Workshop mana to play the Mana Vault, and tap it for three mana. 22 10 138 2
Step 38 Use eight colorless mana to activate the Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 22 10 130 2
Step 39 Tap those eight lands for mana. 24 12 150 2
Step 40 Use eight colorless mana to activate the copied Candelabra. Untap all your lands except the Mishra's Workshop. 24 12 142 2
Step 41 Tap those eight lands for mana. 26 14 162 2
Step 42 Use all the mana (except the last two from the Workshop) to play a 201-point Fireball.       2

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