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Tension permeates the air as you shuffle your deck as quickly as possible. You’re playing Game 2 of your win-and-in match for Top 8 of GP: Seattle/Tacoma, but Game 1 dragged on forever. Worse, you ended up losing. Not only do you have to win the next two games, but you have to do it fast or you’ll be out of contention.


Using only cards from Innistrad block, win the game in the least amount of time possible. Time is calculated as follows:

  • Casting a spell or activating a non-mana ability takes four seconds.
  • Drawing a card or attacking with a creature takes two seconds (per card drawn or creature attacking).
  • Playing a land takes one second.
  • Your opponent’s turn takes ten seconds.
  • Shuffling your library takes seven seconds.
  • Everything else takes no time.


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—including playing creatures.

Drawing your opening hand does not count against your time.

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

First of all, I want to apologize for not making the format of last week’s puzzle clear. The intention was that you only use cards in Standard, but that was only implied and never stated explicitly. For the record, Joshua Gang was the first to submit a solution using cards from outside Standard.

The first person to solve the puzzle under the intended parameters, though, was Joseph Klopchic. He used four Gut Shots to kill the Platinum Angel, followed by two Noxious Revivals to ensure that he loses first from being unable to draw a card.

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