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Puzzling Magic #19 – Essences Gone Wild



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, and your deck must be exactly sixty cards.


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 and he’s at an arbitrarily high life total. Only Essences that are on the battlefield at the end of turn five are counted.

Difficulty Levels

Level 1 (Easy): Create at least 20 copies.

Level 2 (Moderate): Create at least 100 copies.

Level 3 (Hard): Create at least 200 copies.

Level 4 (Insane): Create at least 275 copies.

Level 5 (Gibbering Madness): Create at least 425 copies. [Editor's Note: Nathan notified us on Thursday morning that he made a mistake in reaching level 5, so we have removed it.]

Send your solutions to nex342+puzzle@gmail.com with the subject line “Puzzle – Essences Gone Wild” 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

Two people get credit for submitting the first solution to last week’s puzzle. Michael Simon @mechalink on Twitter) solved it when I first Tweeted it, then Steve Guillerm was the first to solve it after it was posted on the column. Their solutions were much the same, and went as follows:

Play Mana Cards in Hand
Beginning of the game 0 7
Reveal two Chancellor of the Tangle 0 5 + 2 known
Reveal Chancellor of the Dross 0 4 + 3
Put Gemstone Caverns onto the battlefield b 2 + 3
Turn one bgg 3 + 3
Bazaar of Baghdad bgg 2 + 3
Activate Bazaar, discarding two Chancellors and a Golgari Grave-Troll bgg 3 + 1
Cycle Street Wraith, dredging Golgari Grave-Troll and milling another Grave-Troll, four Dragon Shadows, and an Extractor Demon bgg 2 + 2
Cycle Street Wraith, dredging Golgari Grave-Troll and milling another Grave-Troll, four Dragon Fangs, and a Dragon Scales bgg 1 + 3
Cycle Street Wraith, dredging Golgari Grave-Troll and milling three Dragon Scales and three basic lands bgg 0 + 4
Unearth Extractor Demon, attaching all twelve Dragon auras 0 0 + 4
Attack for 17 0 0 + 4

Solutions to Bizarre Traders

Just before I started writing this column, Vektus Prinek sent me a solution to Puzzle 17 . . . the first correct one I’ve received. It is as follows:

Limited time 35% buy trade in bonus buylist