Ixalan Season – Puzzle #8
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We called this one uncommon because it’s mostly just a combat math one, but it turns out the trick is a lot harder to spot than we first thought, as our fastest Patreon supporter still took 19m 30s to solve it! Think you can do it faster?
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- Cast Crocodile of the Crossing. Choose the Fathom Fleet Captain to get +2/+2 and trample from the Rhonas’s Monument trigger. Croc resolves and no ETB trigger happens thanks to Overwhelming Splendor.
- Use Consign // Oblivion to bounce Overwhelming Splendor. Croc now has haste.
- Attack with all.
- Since your opponent only has one flying blocker, their reasonable options can be simplified as a) double-block the Captain and chump the Skyship Plunderer, b) double-block the Croc and chump the flier, or c) double-block the Captain and chump the Croc.
- In either case, cast Bloodcrazed Paladin during combat, thanks to its Flash ability, and put the +2/+2 and trample bonus on the creature which would get through the most damage. (a – Skyship Plunderer, getting through for 4+0+1+5, b – Skyship Plunderer, getting through for 4+5+1+0, and c – Crocodile of the Crossing, getting through for 3+0+1+6. 10 any way you slice it!
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