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Statue of Limitations

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Challenge

Using only cards from Mirage block (Mirage, Visions, and Weatherlight), attack with Xanthic Statue as quickly as possible.

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.

“Quickly” refers to both the turn of the game and whether you’re playing or drawing first. Turn three on the draw is quicker than turn four on the play, but not as quick as turn three on the play.

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

This week’s fastest solution is due to Abe Corson, who was the first to send in a solution for turn one on the play:

Play Mana Cards in Hand
0 7
Rainbow Vale b 6
Dark Ritual bbb 5
Dark Ritual bbbbb 4
Basalt Monolith 3bb 3
Implements of Sacrifice, sacrifice it uubb 2
Power Artifact targeting Basalt Monolith Infinite colorless, b 1
Phyrexian Portal Infinite colorless, b 0

We can now use Phyrexian Portal to get any given card by activating it, revealing nine Plains and the chosen card, choosing the pile with the non-Plains and taking it. We effectively have infinite cards in hand.

Infinite colorless, b Infinite
Three Implements of Sacrifice Infinite colorless, brrrrgg Infinite
Four Mana Flares Infinite colorless, bgg Infinite
Ley Druid Infinite colorless, bg Infinite
Concordant Crossroads Infinite colorless, b Infinite
Use Ley Druid to reuse Rainbow Vale Infinite colorless, uuuub Infinite

Now we can use Chain Stasis to repeatedly tap and untap Ley Druid, earning a u profit each cycle. This can then be turned into mana of any color with more Chain Stasis copies, allowing us to cast all five Elder Dragons.

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