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April 5, 2017

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Possibility Storm: Aether Revolt Puzzle #5

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Possiblity Storm - Aether Revolt Puzzle #5

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

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  1. Cast Fourth Bridge Prowler, targeting the opposing Servo token with its triggered ability, killing the Servo.
  2. Cast Night Market Lookout. Crew the Aethersphere Harvester with each Night Market Lookout**. For each Lookout tapped to crew it, their abilities trigger and drains the opponent for 1 life each. [2 x 1 = 2] These two instances of gaining one life in turn trigger Defiant Bloodlord’s ability twice. [2 x 1 = +2 = 4] Crew is an activated ability, so each of these two Crew instances trigger Crackdown Construct’s ability. It gets +2/+2, and is now a 4/4.
  3. Crew the Aethersphere Harvester with the Defiant Bloodlord, Fourth Bridge Prowler, and itself (since it is now a creature.) Each triggers Crackdown Construct again, giving it +3/+3, making it now a 7/7.
  4. Equip Captain’s Claws to Crackdown Construct three times. (Or to anything for the first two times, but Crackdown Construct the last time.) Equip is also an activated ability, so each of these three Equip instances trigger Crackdown Construct, giving it +3/+3 and making it now a 10/10.. Crackdown Construct gets +1/+0 from the Captain’s Claws, making it an 11/10.
  5. Attack with the 11/10 Crackdown Construct. Captain’s Claws triggers and creates a 1/1 attacking Kor Ally token. The opponent’s only blockers can only block flying creatures, so 12 damage comes through, bringing the total to 16 for lethal.

(**Note: It is also possible to attack with the non-summoning sick Night Market Lookout, crewing only with the new one, and get to the same total. The solution is effectively the same, but substitutes one +1/+1 trigger on the Crackdown Construct with one damage from the unblocked Lookout.)
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