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Puzzle: Swingy Life Totals

This week’s puzzle features no less than FIVE unique ways for players to gain life, and as a result, your opponent starts at a big 26. Can you take them down to zero before the turn is up?
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It’s time for another Possibility Storm puzzle!

This week’s puzzle features no less than FIVE unique ways for players to gain life, and as a result, your opponent starts at a big 26. Can you take them down to zero before the turn is up?

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1. Cast Bishop of Wings. Because Arcane Adaptation is naming 'Angel', both Bishops trigger and you gain 4 life twice to go to 21. Each lifegain instance then triggers Twinblade Paladin (which becomes a 5/5), and Epicure of Blood, which takes your opponent down to 24.
2. Cast Stealth Mission on your Twinblade Paladin (now a 7/7).
3. Cast Release to the Wind on Arcane Adaptation, recasting it immediately and naming 'Vampire.
4. Go to combat and attack with all four creatures. Because they are all Vampires, Sanctum Seeker triggers four times, bringing you to 25 and your opponent to 20. Each of these triggers then triggers Twinblade Paladin (now an 11/11), and Epicure of Blood (taking your opponent to 16).
5. Twinblade Paladin is now doublestrike, so its first strike damage takes your opponent down to 5. Then at regular damage, they'll gain 6 from their blockers, but lose another 11 to land at exactly zero!

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This is the second puzzle in the Magic Core 2020 competitive puzzling season. See how the top performers are doing so far:

#PlayerPoints#PlayerPoints
1Ethan Brown2.85Eric Fletcher2.5
2Justin Francis2.76Tyler Marklyn2.4
3Matthew Williams2.77Christian John Hazlett2.3
4Allen Smith2.78Will Jennings-Hess2.2

Check out the rest of the leaderboard here.

Thanks for playing – see you again next week!

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