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Troubling Cube

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Last week, Wizards announced that a Cube Draft format would be added to Magic Online. And what do we do with new formats? Make puzzles, of course!

Challenge

Cause the opponent to lose as much life as possible turn one on the play (damage causes loss of life), using only cards in the MTGO Cube, and only one of each card.

Assumptions

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 and his hand size will always be seven.

Send your solutions to nex342+puzzle at gmail dot com with the subject line “Puzzle – Troubling Cube”, 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

The fastest anyone was able to bring the Dragons out was turn three on the play, and Rast was the first to submit such a solution. Here it is:

Play Life Mana Cards in Hand
Turn one 20 0 7
Forest 20 g 6
Llanowar Elite 20 0 5
Turn two 20 g 6
Mountain 20 rg 5
Thunderscape Familiar 20 0 4
Turn three 20 rg 5
Overabundance 20 0 4
Forest 19 gg 3
Primal Growth with kicker, sacrificing Llanowar Elite, searching for a Forest and a Swamp 17 bbgg 2
Desperate Research, naming Harrow, revealing four copies of Harrow and three basic lands 17 bgg 4 known + 1
Harrow, sacrificing a Forest and searching for a Forest and an Island 15 ggguu 3 + 1
Harrow, sacrificing a Forest and searching for a Forest and a Plains 13 ggggwwu 2 + 1
Allied Strategies, drawing five cards 13 gg 2 + 5
Harrow, sacrificing a Forest and searching for a Forest and a Mountain 11 rrgg 1 + 5
Overabundance 11 rg 1 + 4
Harrow, sacrificing a Forest and searching for a Forest and a Mountain 7 rrrggg 0 + 4
Overabundance 7 rrgg 0 + 3
Gaea's Balance, sacrificing one land of each type, tapping only Plains 4 gwwww 0 + 2
Wandering Stream, gaining 10 life 14 www 0 + 1
Tap the remaining four lands 4 wwwuuuubbbbrrrrgggg 0 + 1

From here, it’s easy to cast the legendary Dragons using Allied Strategies and Desperate Research to draw cards, Gaea's Balance to generate more mana, Wandering Stream and Hero's Reunion to ensure you don’t die to Overabundance, and Restock to bring back anything you need more of.

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