Mind Twists #12

Mind Twists is back with two head-scratching Magic puzzles and more awesome giveaways for your enjoyment!

Hello everybody! It’s been a while since you last heard from me, and I apologize for my unexpected disappearance. The past few weeks have been rough for me; I’ve been dealing with a family emergency, life issues, and the beginning of the semester. However, I come bearing good news! It looks like I’ll be able to continue Mind Twists every other week with more head-scratching puzzles and more awesome giveaways.

I realize it’s been a while, but the winners of the last puzzle raffles are Lyle Waldman ("Two-Turn Plan") and Russell Jones ("Everyday I’m Shuffling…"). Check your inboxes! Also, if you have won a previous Mind Twists raffle but have not received your prize, please contact me. I believe I mailed out prizes to winners who replied to my emails, but it’s possible that I may have missed one.

On to this week’s puzzles!

Puzzle #1: Burn, Planeswalker

Inspired by the Quarterfinals of the SCG Legacy Open in Los Angeles

Leaning on the remains of a wall destroyed long ago, you breathe deeply as you try to catch your breath. Sulfurous air burns your lungs, and you curse the Vortex you invoked earlier. This life-mage is more powerful than the others, you think to yourself. I’m not usually the hunted one.

The rush of mana temporarily blocks out the burning air and gives you renewed hope. I just need one shot at him. His Knight can finish the job, but he will want to witness his victory. His hubris will mark his demise.

"It’s not looking good for Patrick; he really has his back up against the wall. I think he has one more turn to try to turn things around, but I don’t see that happening."

Your lone Lavamancer finally catches up to you. "Master, we must flee. The life-mage is completely unfazed by your—"

"Flee? I would rather end my life as a smoldering crater than refuse to fight. I would rather end his life as a smoldering crater than anything. Prepare yourself, Tim. We will carry the day."

"Master, I have exhausted my—"

"Just wait."

Finally, the life-mage arrives surrounded by his Alaran army: a Knight of the Reliquary, an Ethersworn Canonist, and a Qasali Pridemage. "So," he begins, "here is the final resting spot of the famed pyromancer. Personally, I don’t understand how you earned your reputation, and as you can see I am remarkably unscorched."

Lovely, you think to yourself. Another monologue. You think I haven’t heard these before? Also, I didn’t know you were a pyromancer, or famed for that matter.

"Well, I see a Price of Progress in Patrick’s hand, but with that Wasteland untapped the Price of Progress might not even do much."

Your mana fully returned, a spark ignites above your palm. Smirking, you think to yourself, One smoldering crater, coming right up.

You have:

Opponent has:

It is currently your precombat main phase. You are at 5 life, while your opponent is at 13. Your opponent’s next draw step will be Umezawa’s Jitte, and your next draw step will be Mountain. Devise a plan to win with certainty.

Puzzle 1

Winner will receive a Fireblast signed by Patrick Sullivan himself!

Puzzle #2: Return to Ravnica

It’s the night before the Prerelease of Return to Ravnica. Unable to decide which guild to play tomorrow, you spend all night comparing which guilds have access to which cards until you succumb to exhaustion and fall into a deep slumber…

You find yourself above the clouds, with a majestic gate before you. A Blazing Archon approaches. He greets you with his resounding voice, "Welcome to Ravnica!"

Suddenly, a Simic Sky Swallower appears from the clouds and rams into you.

"You may not enter," the Archon continues, "Goodbye now!"

"Wait! I’ve waited seven years for this! You can’t take this away from me!" you plead.

"Fear not, planeswalker," a new voice speaks. Rising from below the clouds, Trostani appears. "Here, take this army, and earn your passage through the gate to Ravnica."

You Have:

Your opponent has:

You are at one life, and your opponent is at 40. It is currently your precombat main phase. Your library contains one of each Magic: The Gathering card ever printed, with plenty of basic lands. Figure out a way to win!

Puzzle 2

Winner of the raffle will receive a signed Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice (when available)!

Solutions to Mind Twists #11

Puzzles: http://www.starcitygames.com/magic/misc/24726-Mind-Twists-11.html

Puzzle #1: Two-Turn Plan


Puzzle #2: Everyday I’m Shuffling…


That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed this edition of Mind Twists, and if all goes well I’ll be back in two weeks. As always, you can contact me with questions/comments/solutions at [email protected].

Thanks for reading!

Dayv Doberne

@Sunyveil on Twitter

We are Selesnya. We all about the fair fight — Thalia and Ethersworn Canonist ensure that our adversaries play fair as well. It’s a harsh multiverse out there, full of agonizing tendrils, flying spaghetti monsters, and oversized insects. But if we can stand together and unite our powers, we can survive any battle, bolts of lightning, and even the sudden urge to plow fields.

We do not discriminate who joins our ranks. Humans, Elves, Kor, Dryads, Faeries — even Oozes, Giants, and the occasional Praetor — we all believe in the Worldsoul and stand to protect it.

We are Selesnya, and we will prevail.