January 15, 2018

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Rivals of Ixalan Preview Puzzle #2

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Here’s our second Rivals of Ixalan preview puzzle. Remember, solving it is about the Journey, not the destination.

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Think you’ve got it? Check your answer against the solution below:

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There may actually be one other way to beat this puzzle, but it’s still awfully similar. Think you can find it? Here is the official solution:

  1. Cast Resilient Khenra. Target Demon of Dark Schemes with its ETB trigger to make it a 7/7.
  2. Cast Journey to Eternity on Resilient Khenra, then sacrifice it to Defiant Salvager (putting a +1/+1 counter on it to make it a 3/3.) Demon of Dark Schemes gains you one energy.
  3. Journey triggers and returns Resilient Khenra, while also returning transformed itself as Atzal, Cave of Eternity. Target Demon of Dark Schemes with the Khenra’s ETB trigger again to make it a 9/9.
  4. Sacrifice Resilient Khenra and two of your other creatures to Defiant Salvager (making it a 6/6 – unless you sacrificed it to itself), gaining three more energy.
  5. Use your remaining mana and four energy to activate Demon of Dark Schemes’ ability, returning Resilient Khenra to the battlefield once again. Target Demon of Dark Schemes with its ETB to make it an 11/11.
  6. Swing for 11 in the air – they have nothing that can block fliers, so you connect for lethal.

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