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Duels of the Planeswalkers Challenges: Hints and Solutions

Challenge #1 – Garruk vs. Elspeth

Wings of Light Challenge

You're playing Garruk, and you're getting beat down by his Craw Wurms. You've got the situation under control, though, because you can win the game this turn. It's your turn, and you've already drawn your card. How can you win the game?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
Glorious Anthem
Mass Calcify
Pacifism
2 Angelic Blessing

Your life: 4

Permanents you control:
7 Plains (untapped)
Skyhunter Skirmisher (untapped)
Soul Warden (untapped)
Youthful Knight (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
Holy Day
Goldenglow Moth

Garruk's hand:
(no cards)

Garruk's life: 14

Permanents Garruk controls:
6 Forests (all tapped)
Wall of Wood (untapped)
Spined Wurm (untapped)
4 Craw Wurms (tapped)

Garruk's Graveyard:
Rampant Growth
Grizzly Bears



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Challenge #2 – Elspeth vs. Chandra

Hands of Flame Challenge

You've been playing a fevered game against Elspeth, and it's all come down to this. Although you've knocked Elspeth down to just 1 life, you're in grave danger of losing next turn thanks to the Serra Angel that's been taking big chunks out of your life total and the Voice of All with protection from red that just joined it. It's your turn, and you've already drawn your card. How can you win the game?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
Enrage
Raging Goblin
Threaten

Your life: 2

Permanents you control:
5 Mountains (untapped)
Earth Elemental (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
1 Lava Axe
1 Goblin Piker
1 Raging Goblin

Elspeth's hand:
(no cards)

Elspeth's life: 1

Elspeth's Graveyard:
Venerable Monk
Suntail Hawk

Permanents Elspeth controls:
5 Plains (all tapped)
Serra Angel
Soul Warden
Voice of All (the chosen color is red) enchanted with Holy Strength



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Challenge #3 - Garruk vs. Garruk

Teeth of the Predator Puzzle

Garruk is chewing into your life total with an unblockable Craw Wurm. It'll kill you next turn, so you have to win the game this turn. It's the beginning of your main phase, you've been stockpiling creature enhancing effects and it's now or never. Can you win on this turn?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
1 Roughshod Mentor
1 Blanchwood Armor
3 Giant Growths
1 Overrun
1 Might of Oaks
1 Duskdale Wurm

Your life: 5

Permanents you control:
5 Forest (untapped)
3 Grizzly Bears (untapped)
1 Elvish Piper (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
1 Spined Wurm
1 Rampant Growth

Garruk's hand:
(no cards)

Garruk's life: 8

Permanents Garruk controls:
7 Forest (tapped)
1 Craw Wurm (tapped) enchanted with Treetop Bracers
2 Civic Wayfinder (untapped)
1 Wall of Wood (untapped) enchanted with Blanchwood Armor
1 Wall of Wood (untapped)

Garruks Graveyard:
1 Rampant Growth
1 Giant Growth
1 Grizzly Bears



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Challenge #4 - Chandra vs. Liliana

Eyes of Shadow Puzzle

Your game against Chandra hasn't been going well. She's still at 19 life, and you're just at 1. Your opponent has a bunch of cards in her hand, and is playing a red deck – one burn spell and you're toast. It's your turn, and you've already drawn your card. How can you win the game?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
Final Revels
Megrim
Mind Rot
Ravenous Rats
Terror

Your life: 1

Permanents you control:
5 Swamps (untapped)
Abyssal Specter (untapped)
Crowd of Cinders (untapped)
2 Drudge Skeletons (untapped)
Phage the Untouchable (untapped)
Megrim (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
Terror
Terror
Severed Legion

Chandra's hand:
(5 cards)

Chandra's life: 17

Permanents Chandra controls:
6 Mountains (all tapped)
Earth Elemental (untapped)
Lightning Elemental (untapped)

Chandra's Graveyard:
Goblin Piker
Lightning Elemental
Lava Axe
Lava Axe



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Challenge #5 - Liliana vs. Nissa

Ears of the Elves Puzzle

Liliana is toying with you. She's assembled an impressive collection of gigantic black creatures, but she's been content to sit back and let Hollowborn Barghest whittle away your life total. You've got one turn left—and even if you get rid of the Barghest, Liliana can finish you off with a single attack. It's your turn, and you've already drawn your card. It looks like you have no choice but to win the game this turn! The only question is . . . how?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
Elvish Champion
Elvish Eulogist
Elvish Warrior
Eyeblight's Ending
Imperious Perfect
Overrun

Your life: 2

Permanents you control:
3 Forests (untapped)
3 Swamps (untapped)
Drove of Elves (untapped)
Elven Riders (untapped)
Immaculate Magistrate (untapped)
Lys Alana Huntmaster (untapped)
Moonglove Winnower (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
Gaea's Herald 
Giant Growth
Elvish Visionary

Liliana's hand:
(no cards)

Liliana's life: 13

Permanents Liliana controls:
7 Swamps (all tapped)
Crowd of Cinders (untapped)
Dread (untapped)
Hollowborn Barghest (untapped)
Nightmare (untapped)
Phage the Untouchable (untapped)

Lilana's Graveyard:
Unholy Strength
Raise Dead
Terror
Ravenous Rats



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Challenge #6 – Chandra vs. Jace

Thoughts of the Wind Puzzle

You're playing Chandra, and you're down to just 1 life. It's a dangerous position to be in, but you realize with delight that you can put Chandra away before she gets another untap step. It's your turn, and you've already drawn your card. How can you win the game this turn?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
Boomerang
Cancel
Counterbore
Deluge
Evacuation
Put Away

Your life: 1

Permanents you control:
7 Islands (untapped)
2 Cloud Sprites (untapped)
Phantom Warrior (untapped)
1 Persuasion enchanting a Prodigal Pyromancer (untapped)
2 Wall of Spears(untapped)
1 Memory Erosion

Your Deck
15 Islands
Your Graveyard:
2 Unsummon
1 Air Elemental

Chandra's hand:
3 Shocks

Chandra's life: 5

Chandra's Deck:
30 Mountains

Chandra's Graveyard:
6 Mountains
2 Incinerate
2 Goblin Piker
1 Goblin Sky Raider

Permanents Chandra controls:
7 Mountains (all tapped)
Earth Elemental (untapped)
Flamewave Invoker (untapped)
Goblin King (untapped)
Lightning Elemental (untapped)
Raging Goblin (untapped)
Shivan Dragon (untapped)
Shivan Hellkite (untapped)
Rage Reflection (untapped)



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Challenge #7 – Nissa vs. Sarkhan Vol

Scales of Fury Puzzle

Nissa has a small army of gigantic, forestwalking Elves. Even worse, she's been gaining life each time Rhys the Exiled attacked. She's at 26 life, you're at 1, and the situation looks bleak. It's your turn, and you've already drawn your card. How can you win the game?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
Broodmate Dragon
Naturalize
Sprouting Thrinax
Terror

Your life: 1

Permanents you control:
2 Swamps (untapped)
2 Mountains (untapped)
2 Forests (untapped)
2 Goblin Deathraiders (untapped)
3 Saproling tokens (untapped)
Sprouting Thrinax (untapped)
Flameblast Dragon (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
1 Incinerate
1 Civic Wayfinder
1 Rampant Growth

Nissa's hand:
(no cards)

Nissa's life: 26

Permanents Nissa controls:
5 Forests (all tapped)
1 Swamp (tapped)
Rhys the Exiled (tapped)
Elven Riders (tapped)
Elvish Champion (untapped)
Moonglove Winnower (untapped)
Coat of Arms (untapped)

Nissa's Graveyard:
Farhaven Elf
Elvish Visionary
Elvish Warrior



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Challenge #8 – Liliana vs. Ajani

Claws of Vengeance Puzzle

The fight with Liliana has been long and hard and she's pulled out all her unlocks. Next turn, the Corrupts she's taunted you with from her hand will defeat you. Do you have what it takes to deal 9 damage and defeat her on this turn?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
2 Incinerate
1 Sangrite Surge
1 Pariah
1 Wooly Thoctar
1 Rip-Clan Crasher

Your life: 1

Permanents you control:
9 Forest (untapped)
5 Mountain (untapped)
4 Plains (untapped)
1 Brion Stoutarm (untapped)
1 Mistmeadow Skulk (untapped)
1 Knight of the Skyward Eye (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
3 Rampant Growth
Farhaven Elf
1 Tundra Wolves

Liliana's hand:
1 Platinum Angel
2 Corrupt

Liliana's life: 9

Permanents Liliana controls:
19 Swamp (tapped)
1 Sengir Vampire (tapped)
1 Platinum Angel (tapped)
1 Dread (tapped)
1 Royal Assassin (untapped)
1 Ravenous Rats (untapped)
2 Megrim (untapped)
2 Underworld Dreams (untapped)

Liliana's Graveyard:
Raise Dead
Drudge Skeletons
Dusk Imp



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Expansion Pack 1 Challenges

Challenge #9 – Jace vs. Tezzeret

Relics of Doom Challenge

After Jace’s second Traumatize you’re feeling drawn and quartered. To make matters worse Jace’s Memory Erosion has scoured your library to the quick. You draw your last card; you must win on this turn to remove the millstone of Jace from around your neck.

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
1 Terror
1 Howling Mine
1 Loxodon Warhammer
1 Onyx Goblet
2 Etherium Sculptor
1 Master of Etherium
1 Dancing Scimitar

Your life: 1

Your Library: 0 cards

Permanents you control:
4 Swamp (untapped)
2 Island (untapped)
1 Etherium Sculptor (untapped)
1 Glaze Fiend (untapped)
1 Razormane Masticore (untapped)
1 Tidehollow Strix (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
12 Island
6 Swamp
3 Terror
3 Howling Mine
2 Wall of Spears
2 Ornithopter
3 Glaze Fiend
3 Tidehollow Strix
1 Sharding Sphinx
2 Alpha Myr
4 Bottle Gnomes
1 Leonin Scimitar

Jace's hand:
(no cards)

Jace's life: 17

Permanents Jace controls:
4 Island (tapped)
3 Plains (tapped)
2 Mahamoti Djinn (tapped)
1 Wall of Air (untapped)
1 Youthful Knight (untapped)
1 Memory Erosion (untapped)

Jace's Graveyard:
2 Traumatize
2 Condemn
1 Cancel



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Challenge #10 – Elspeth vs. Sarkhan Vol

Cries of Rage Challenge

Elspeth’s Angels have dealt you a righteous beating. Equally troublesome is Elspeth’s life gain, allowing her to stay out of range of your Lava Axe’s coup de grace. You think all is lost with the Angels readying a righteous smackdown on their next attack. You draw your card and smile as you realize you can now send Elspeth to her divine judgment.

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
1 Jagged Lightning
1 Obsidian Battle-Axe
1 Lava Axe
1 Bramblewood Paragon
1 Vengeful Firebrand

Your life: 1

Permanents you control:
3 Forest (untapped)
6 Mountain (untapped)
1 Bramblewood Paragon (untapped)
1 Mudbutton Torchrunner with a +1/+1 counter (untapped)

Your Graveyard:
Naturalize
Giant Growth

Elspeth's hand:
(no cards)

Elspeth's life: 7

Permanents Elspeth controls:
6 Plains (tapped)
1 Angel of Mercy (tapped)
1 Paladin en-Vec (tapped)
1 Angel of Mercy (untapped)
1 Suntail Hawk (untapped)
1 Venerable Monk (untapped)

Elspeth's Graveyard:
Glorious Anthem
Angelic Wall
Youthful Knight



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Challenge #11 – Liliana vs. Jace

Minds of Void Challenge

It’s been a long battle, filled with mutual destruction, counterspells, and multiple Wrath of Gods. The end is now in sight…because you have only one card left in your library. You know that it’s a Wrath of God; you’ve drawn everything else. You also have perfect knowledge of Liliana’s situation. You know that the three cards in her hand are Nekrataal, Nightmare, and Phage the Untouchable because you put them all there with Unsummons, and you know that the 10 cards left in her library are all Swamps because that’s all she’s got left. You can’t win the game this turn, but you can win the game. How?

Puzzle Setup

Your hand:
Plains
Plains
Condemn
Kiss of the Amesha
Unsummon

Your life: 2

Permanents you control:
7 Islands (untapped)
3 Plains (untapped)
Ambassador Laquatus (untapped)
Purity (untapped)
Deft Duelist (untapped)

Your Library
Wrath of God

Your Graveyard:
11 Islands
5 Plains
2 Sea Monster
4 Condemn
4 Air Elemental

Liliana's hand:
Nekrataal
Nightmare
Phage the Untouchable

Liliana's life: 2

Liliana's Library
10 Swamps

Permanents Liliana controls:
14 Swamps (all tapped)
Abyssal Specter (untapped)
2 Dusk Imp (untapped)
Drudge Skeletons (untapped)
Crowd of Cinders (tapped)
2 Severed Legion (tapped)

Liliana's Graveyard:
1 Swamp
2 The Rack
2 Raise Dead
3 Terror
4 Mind Rot
2 Underworld Dreams



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