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Martial Law


Since this is Azorius Week and the Azorius love nothing more than laws, I’m going to give you a challenge in the form of laws.


Win the game as quickly as possible while obeying the following laws:

  • 204.6d Limit on Magical Maturity. You may only use cards currently legal in Standard (cards from Innistrad, Dark Ascension, Avacyn Restored, Magic 2013, and Return to Ravnica).
  • 207.8 Ban on Reality-Threatening Nonfinite Actions. You may not use any infinite combos. This includes repeating only a few times a combo that could be infinite.
  • 383.1a-f Policy on Chromatic Diversity. You must actively make use of spells of all five colors. Subdefinition 383.f.1 defines a spell as “actively made use of” if, were the spell to remain uncast, the game would not have been won. As per subdefinition 383.f.2, multicolored spells count toward multiple colors at once.
  • 556.3k Budgetary Fulfillment Obligations. You must spend at least 8 mana in a single turn.


You have perfect luck. For example, even after you shuffle your library, it’s ordered how you want. You may not assume anything about your opponent’s hand or library except that he won’t do anything relevant.

Winning the game “quickly” refers to both the turn of the game and whether you’re playing or drawing first. turn three on the draw is quicker than turn four on the play but not as quick as turn three on the play.

You may only use four copies of any individual card other than basic lands.

Send your solutions to nex342+puzzle at gmail dot com with the subject line “Puzzle – Wurm Your Way”, and I’ll include the best ones in next week’s article along with the next puzzle!

Good luck!

Solution to Last Week’s Puzzle

Paul Schuster was the first to send in a solution for casting Worldspine Wurm on turn four on the play. Here it is:

Play Cards in Hand Mana
Turn one 7 0
Overgrown Tomb, untapped 6 b
Rakdos Cackler 5 0
Turn two 6 b
Overgrown Tomb, untapped 5 bg
Mana Bloom, X = 1 4 0
Turn three 5 bb
Mountain 4 bbr
Attack for 2 damage. 4 bbr
Remove a counter from Mana Bloom. 4 bbrr
Rakdos, Lord of Riots 3 0
Turn four 4 rrgg
Forest 3 rrggg
Attack for 8 damage. 3 rrggg
Worldspine Wurm 2 rr

Rast sent in this alternate solution, which is also for turn four on the play:

Play Cards in Hand Mana
Turn one 7 0
Forest 6 g
Turn two 7 g
Forest 6 gg
Gatecreeper Vine, finding a Forest 5 + 1 known 0
Turn three 6 + 1 gg
Forest 6 ggg
Axebane Guardian 5 0
Turn four 6 ggg
Gatecreeper Vine, finding a Forest 5 + 1 g
Forest 5 gg
Gatecreeper Vine, finding nothing 4 0
Tap Axebane Guardian 4 gggg
Savage Surge targeting Axebane Guardian 3 gg
Tap Axebane Guardian 3 urgggg
Cast Epic Experiment with X = 3, revealing three Savage Surges, all targeting Axebane Guardian. 2 g × 13
Worldspine Wurm 1 gg

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