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Where the Wild Essence Are


With Avacyn Restored out and Innistrad block complete, it’s time for one final Essence of the Wild puzzle. In the first such puzzle, I challenged you all to create as many Essence copies as possible using only cards in Innistrad. In the second puzzle, I added Dark Ascension. Now let’s see what Avacyn Restored can do.


Create as many copies of Essence of the Wild as you can by the end of turn five on the play. You may only use cards from Innistrad, Dark Ascension, and Avacyn Restored other than Gravecrawler and Archangel's Light. Your deck must be exactly sixty cards.

With only Innistrad, the solution was 11,696 Essences. Dark Ascension’s solution created infinite Essences, but the key cards from that are no longer allowed.

Solution to Last Week’s Puzzle

Several people submitted nearly identical solutions for turn two on the play, but Aaron Golas was first. Here it is:

Play Mana Cards in Hand
Turn one 0 7
Forest g 6
Utopia Sprawl on Forest, naming blue 0 5
Turn two 0 6
Forest g 5
Utopia Sprawl on untapped Forest, naming blue 0 4
Tap untapped Forest guu 4
Wind Zendikon targeting first Forest gu 3
Instill Energy on first Forest, untapping and retapping guuu 2
Freed from the Real on first Forest infinite g and u 1
Abundant Growth on first Forest infinite 1
Firebreathing on first Forest infinite 0
Attack for infinite damage infinite 0

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