Last week I led off with a scenario, and today I’m going to dive into the potential plays.

I do first have to apologize, as the email description I got with the play accidentally said you were on the draw, but you were indeed on the play (as many sharp-eyed readers pointed out). My fault for not checking closely enough, though I think the situation is interesting even with that misinformation. I was just testing you to make sure you could really put the pieces together.

The Situation

Whats the play (1)

One of the reasons I like this situation is that you can cast any card in your hand, so you have a lot of options. The interesting part is that by focusing on what matters, you can quickly rule out most of those options, which is exactly what you need to do during events.

Step 1: Figure out what matters.

The most important thing you need to accomplish this turn is to get rid of Kytheon. At the very least, you need to make sure he doesn’t flip, since none of your removal is great against Gideon, and if you are going to kill any of their creatures, Kytheon is by far the best one. There is a minor thought to trying to strand multiple (legendary) Kytheons in hand by killing other creatures, but that ends up with you needing to kill Thraben Inspectors, which is not a good place to be.

Once you’ve decided to kill Kytheon, things get simpler. Let’s eliminate each removal spell until you figure out the one you want to cast.

This costs 3 mana, and restricts you to just 1 spell this turn. It’s better to play 2 spells early, which leads you to one of the other spells.

Declaration can not only hit more cards than Silkwrap, it’s also good against multiple copies of the same creature or tokens. You should cast Silkwrap here, as it does what you want with no downside.

Given that you are casting Silkwrap, the last thing to decide is what 1-drop to play.

You can rule out Gryff’s Boon, as that’s better served on a bigger creature than Inspector, and you want to block with Inspector anyways.

Of the Envoy and second Inspector, I’d lean toward playing Inspector. It’s not a huge problem if the opponent has Declaration in Stone, and playing Inspector lets you use a Clue next turn before deciding what else to play. Additionally, even if the opponent has Always Watching, you can double-block Dragon Hunter and still trade just 1 Inspector for it.

My Play

Cast Silkwrap on Kytheon. Cast Thraben Inspector. Pass the turn without attacking.

LSV

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