Puzzle Demo with Solutions

Uncommon: Hour of Devastation Season – Puzzle #8

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  1. Cast Mind Rot targeting yourself, discarding Driven and one of the other two discard spells.
  2. Cast Hollow One for 1, since its cost is reduced by 4 as a result of discarding two cards. Because it’s colorless, Sky Scourer gets +1/+0.
  3. Cast Despair from your graveyard, giving all your creatures Menace.
  4. Attack with Sky Scourer, Hound of the Farbogs, and Hazoret the Fervent (since you now have only one card in hand). Because they all have Menace and your opponent only has two creatures, they can at best block one of the 5-power attackers, and take 7 for lethal.

Rare: Ixalan Season – Puzzle #5

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  1. Play Inventors’ Fair.
  2. Cast Marionette Master, choosing to create three Servos since Solemnity won’t let you use the counters option.
  3. Sacrifice Dire-Fleet Hoarder to Ruthless Knave, making three Treasures.
  4. Use Tezzeret, Master of Metal‘s -3 to hit the opponent for 6. (3 Treasures, 3 Servos.)
  5. Sacrifice all three treasures for mana (opponent loses 3 more to go to 4, and spend it to sacrifice a Servo (opponent loses 1 more to go to 3) to create two more treasures.
  6. Sacrifice those two treasures to hit the opponent for 2 more and take them to 1.
  7. Either Fatal Push the Sacred Cat to get a final Treasure, or aim it at your own Servo. Either way gets you the final Marionette Master trigger.

Mythic Rare: Amonkhet Season – Puzzle #5

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  1. Activate Pathmaker Initiate, making Kari Zev, Skyship Raider unblockable this turn.
  2. Cast Consuming Fervor on Kari Zev, making her a 5/7.
  3. Attack with Kari Zev, and her trigger puts Ragavan on the battlefield attacking alongside her.
  4. Cast Djeru’s Resolve, untapping Pathmaker Initiate, and activating its ability again, this time targeting Ragavan.
  5. Neither attacker can be blocked. First strike damage resolves, and Kari Zev deals 5 damage to your opponent.
  6. After this, cast Disperse, targeting Consuming Fervor, and then recast it on Ragavan, making the monkey into a 5/4. Normal damage resolves, and your opponent has taken a total of 10!

Special: Unstable Puzzle

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At infinite life my opponent stands tall
Winning by damage won’t work at all
Attacks are off the table as my ideas I prepare
While I plot a solution in my Entirely Normal Armchair
Perhaps the puzzle’s title is also its theme
And I can make my opponent fall to my Squirrel-Powered Scheme
With two in play my dice rolls are high
Even rolling a one will get me a five
One is in play and the other my hand
I pay for the latter using only two land
The first is Watermarket for the league’s destructive pomp
The second gives black using my basic swamp
This leaves one colorless floating up in the sky
When I normally speak my voice isn’t so high
And with dice rolls at five I’m ready to clobber
By getting into play my lovely Lobe Lobber
I use a basic, any will suffice
The other two equip it. 5/7 with rice!
It gets a new master to give it a whirl
That master is none other than the Earl of Squirrel
With each tap I ping and each ping untap
Make two more squirrels for my opponent’s dirt nap
With enough squirrels made to mill my opponent’s deck
I look and I sigh, rubbing my neck
It’s not a lack of mana that has me concerned
But ripping up cards gets some people spurned
With gritty determination, I shred both Blacker Lotus
With a gleam in my eye the opponent can’t help but notice
Reassemble Neural Network since this turn I must win
Plus this rhyme’s growing long and its humor wearing thin
Target the Rules Lawyer with More or Less
Subtract one from its toughness and prepare for success
With four mana floating and two sources unused
I augment Ordinary Pony and with Robo- it’s fused
The last four mana gets the attention of the room
For its the key to my plan, my lone Clock of DOOOOOOOOOOOOM
I crank my contraptions, stealing a creature
As they mill their library, the primary feature
End of turn triggers my pony to flicker
And the result, well, it couldn’t be sicker
A new creature with flavor comes into play
My opponent can’t draw, and they die in this way