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Merely Miracles


You’re playing some Avacyn Restored against your buddy Marshall, and you’re battling for your life. Marshall’s sitting comfortably at 12 life, and he has a very solid board presence. He has a Treacherous Pit-Dweller paired with a tapped Nightshade Peddler. He has a Maalfeld Twins and a Hound of Griselbrand enchanted with Guise of Fire.

You’re a little worse off with only 8 life. Both your Ulvenwald Tracker and your Scrapskin Drake are enchanted with Spectral Prison, although they’re also both untapped. You also have a Howlgeist, a Yew Spirit, a Rotcrown Ghoul, and an unpaired Pathbreaker Wurm.

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Win before Marshall takes his next turn if you draw any of the following cards: Vanishment, Temporal Mastery, or Blessings of Nature.

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

Good luck!

Special thanks to Liz Cady for creating the board-state image for this puzzle.

Solution to Last Week’s Puzzle

There was one very simple way to win turn three on the play. Motohide Higake was the first to submit it:

Play Mana Cards in Hand
Turn one 0 7
Temple Garden tapped 0 6
Turn two w 7
Forest gw 6
Fencing Ace 0 5
Turn three gg 6
Forest ggg 5
Giant Growth ×3 targeting Fencing Ace 0 2
Attack for 20. 0 2

Nick Conroy was the first to send in a solution that doesn’t use either Fencing Ace or Giant Growth. It works as follows:

Play Mana Cards in Hand
Turn one 0 7
Swamp b 6
Rakdos Cackler unleased 0 5
Turn two b 6
Forest bg 5
Lotleth Troll 0 4
Discard four Slitherheads to Lotleth Troll. 0 0
Scavenge four Slitherheads onto Rakdos Cackler. 0 0
Attack for 6. 0 0
Turn three bg 1
Cast Deviant Glee targeting Lotleth Troll. g 0
Attack for 14. g 0

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