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Tree's a Crowd



Using only cards from Innistrad block, cast Ghoultree as quickly as possible. You may use only Dark Ascension cards spoiled before the day this was posted (Wednesday, January 18). MTGSalvation’s spoiler lists the date each card was spoiled.


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 – Tree’s a Crowd”, 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 solution comes from Nick Tower for turn one on the play. It really illustrates the explosive power of fast mana:

Play Mana Cards in Hand
0 7
Swamp b 6
Dark Ritual bbb 5
Lion's Eye Diamond bbb 4
Lion's Eye Diamond bbb 3
Lion's Eye Diamond bbb 2
Lion's Eye Diamond bbb 1
Infernal Contract 0 0
In response, sacrifice all four Diamonds bbbrrrrrrrrr 0
Infernal Contract resolves bbbrrrrrrrrr 4
Dark Ritual bbbbbrrrrrrrrr 3
Dark Ritual bbbbbbbrrrrrrrrr 2
Dark Ritual bbbbbbbbbrrrrrrrrr 1
Infernal Contract bbbbbbrrrrrrrrr 4
Xanthic Statue rrrrrrr 3
Activate Xanthic Statue rr 3
Chaos Charm giving Xanthic Statue haste r 2

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