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Two “Rare” Puzzles from The Great (Puzzle) Designer Search [Solutions Added]

Theros: Beyond Death season is still a few weeks away, but we’ve got some bonus puzzles for you in the meantime. Check out these “Rare”-level submissions to our 2019 Great Designer Search contest from two of our Top 4 finalists!

Solutions included below each puzzle.

Great designer search puzzle #1
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Solution

  1. Play Viashino Pyromancer, dealing 2 damage to Sorin.
  2. Use Sorin’s -3 ability to put Bishop of Binding into play. Sorin dies.
  3. Target the opponent’s Deputy of Detention with Bishop of Binding. Your Lumbering Battlement returns to the battlefield.
  4. Exile all your creatures to Lumbering Battlement. Your Bishop of Binding leaves play, returning your opponent’s Deputy of Detention to the battlefield.
  5. Your opponent must target your only nonland permanent, the Lumbering Battlement, which leaves play & returns all your other creatures to the battlefield.
  6. Target your opponent with the Viashino Pyromancer & your opponent’s Deputy of Detention with the Bishop of Binding.
  7. This is infinite. Repeat until the opponent is dead!

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Great designer search puzzle #1
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Solution

  1. Play Viashino Pyromancer, dealing 2 damage to Sorin.
  2. Use Sorin’s -3 ability to put Bishop of Binding into play. Sorin dies.
  3. Target the opponent’s Deputy of Detention with Bishop of Binding. Your Lumbering Battlement returns to the battlefield.
  4. Exile all your creatures to Lumbering Battlement. Your Bishop of Binding leaves play, returning your opponent’s Deputy of Detention to the battlefield.
  5. Your opponent must target your only nonland permanent, the Lumbering Battlement, which leaves play & returns all your other creatures to the battlefield.
  6. Target your opponent with the Viashino Pyromancer & your opponent’s Deputy of Detention with the Bishop of Binding.
  7. This is infinite. Repeat until the opponent is dead!

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Great designer search puzzle #2
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Solution

  1. Setup: Play your land. Copy Salvager of Secrets with Lazav, the Multifarious, then cast Spark Double choosing Lazav. Return Macabre Waltz to your hand. Activate Lazav targeting Ruthless Knave, then use your last mana to sacrifice the spirit token to Ruthless Knave. Cast Justiciar’s Portal on Spark Double, choosing Elena, then sacrifice Elenda, 5 tokens, and Spark Double. [You have 8 Treasures and 9 Vampire tokens]
  2. Combo: Sacrifice 3 Treasures to draw a card. Cast Macabre Waltz targeting Salvager of Secrets and Elenda, discarding the card you drew. Cast Elenda, then sacrifice all creature tokens. Cast Salvager of Secrets, targeting Macabre Waltz. Sacrifice Salvager of Secrets, Elenda, and three tokens. [You have +2 Treasures and 9 Vampire tokens].
  3. Repeat step 2 about 25 times. Note the above is not an infinite combo, as you must draw a card each repetition. There are other options to this combo, the above is the simplest. To avoid decking, the opponent does best to activate Nezahal’s ability once they have three cards in hand.
  4. Sacrifice 3 treasure to draw a card. Cast Macabre Waltz targeting Salvager or Secrets and Tithe Taker, cast both, returning Justiciar’s Portal to your hand. In the end step, Nezahal returns to play, and you can repeatedly cast and return Justiciar’s Portal on Salvager of Secrets to win.

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Solution

  1. Setup: Play your land. Copy Salvager of Secrets with Lazav, the Multifarious, then cast Spark Double choosing Lazav. Return Macabre Waltz to your hand. Activate Lazav targeting Ruthless Knave, then use your last mana to sacrifice the spirit token to Ruthless Knave. Cast Justiciar’s Portal on Spark Double, choosing Elenda, then sacrifice Elenda, 5 tokens, and Spark Double. [You have 8 Treasures and 9 Vampire tokens]
  2. Combo: Sacrifice 3 Treasures to draw a card. Cast Macabre Waltz targeting Salvager of Secrets and Elenda, discarding the card you drew. Cast Elenda, then sacrifice all creature tokens. Cast Salvager of Secrets, targeting Macabre Waltz. Sacrifice Salvager of Secrets, Elenda, and three tokens. [You have +2 Treasures and 9 Vampire tokens].
  3. Repeat step 2 about 25 times. Note the above is not an infinite combo, as you must draw a card each repetition. There are other options to this combo, the above is the simplest. To avoid decking, the opponent does best to activate Nezahal’s ability once they have three cards in hand.
  4. Sacrifice 3 Treasures to draw a card. Cast Macabre Waltz targeting Salvager or Secrets and Tithe Taker, cast both, returning Justiciar’s Portal to your hand. In the end step, Nezahal returns to play, and you can repeatedly cast and return Justiciar’s Portal on Salvager of Secrets to win.

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Theros Beyond Death competitive season starts January 21. Sign up before then to earn prizes in a brand new, soon-to-be-announced way!

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