Convention season has passed, and I have returned to puzzle-crafting. Ironically, I return this week with a puzzle that was created not by me but by Jesse Mason. While Jesse is primarily known for his hatred of goldfish, he harbors a love of Elves that is yet stronger.
Jesse is bringing his Elf deck to bear against his opponent James, who’s playing a Show and Tell combo deck. Jesse (being a great reader of human emotions) is confident that James has Emrakul, the Aeons Torn and Show and Tell in hand, but not Force of Will. He knows he can’t beat the Eldrazi, so he sets his heart on winning this turn.
It’s Jesse’s first main phase, and he hasn’t yet played a land. He controls Heritage Druid, Wirewood Symbiote, two Llanowar Elves, and three Forests. His hand contains two Green Sun's Zeniths, and his deck contains Birchlore Rangers, Craterhoof Behemoth, Nettle Sentinel, and Quirion Ranger. James is at 18 life.
Win this turn.
Send your solutions to nex342+puzzle at gmail dot com with the subject line “Puzzle – Santa’s Workshop”, and I’ll include the best ones in next week’s article along with the next puzzle!
Special thanks to Liz Cady for creating the board-state image for this puzzle.