Hour of Devastation – Puzzle #6
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- Cast Goblin Dark-Dwellers.
- Use the Goblin’s ETB ability to target Kari Zev’s Expertise and cast it for free, targeting Mina and Denn, Wildborn. As it resolves, decline to cast a spell with CMC 2 or less from your hand for free.
- Once you’ve gained control of Mina and Denn, use their ability to give themselves trample, bouncing a Mountain to your hand as part of the cost.
- Replay the Mountain, then go to combat, attacking with both Grim Flayers and Mina and Denn.
- Two different relevant blocking scenarios exist:
- If the opponent leaves Mina and Denn unblocked, cast Precise Strike on them and they will deal 5 for lethal.
- In any other blocking scenario, at least one Grim Flayer will be blocked by a creature with toughness 2 or less. After blockers are declared, cast Precise Strike on it. This will allow at least one point of first strike damage through.
When that Flayer deals first strike damage, its trigger goes off and you can put the Mountain into your graveyard, turning on Delirium to give the other Flayer +2/+2.
Effectively now, you have attacked with 3 + 4 + 4 = 11 power, all trample, and your opponent has total toughness of 1 + 2 + 3 = 6, and will therefore take at least 5 damage for lethal.
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