Both these puzzles occurred in Hawaii. The first one is from our play test session, and the second is from a match I played at the Pro Tour. Both happened in real games, with no knowledge if there WERE even solutions. Still, being able to solve something you know is a puzzle will train your mind so that when you encounter another difficult situation ‘in the field’ as it were, you might just be able to solve it, like I did. Special thanks to Mani Davoudi, for help solving the 1st puzzle, and to Dan Lanthier, for the graphics.
Q: How do you not die on your opponent’s next attack?
Opponent: 13 lifeGavony Township tapped
2 Razorverge Thicket tapped
2 Sunpetal Grove tapped
Plains tapped Hero of Bladehold x 2 (with 3 +1/+1 counters) tapped
Doomed Traveler (with 4 +1/+1 counters) tapped
Fiend Hunter ( with 3 +1/+1 counters) tapped (removing strangleroot geist)
Gideon’s Lawkeeper (with +1/+1 counter) untapped, summoning sick
Honor of the Pure
No cards in hand
You: 9 lifeRootbound Crag 2 Woodland Cemetery 2 Forest Copperline Gorge Birthing Pod 2 Huntmaster of the Fells (NOT FLIPPED)
Birds of Paradise Strangleroot Geist Llanowar Elves
Graveyard relevant cards: Ratchet Bomb
Hand/draw for turn: Phyrexian Metamorph
Opponent: 6 lifeThrun, the Last Troll, Dungrove Elder
You: 3 Life
Your opponent has just shipped the turn after playing a Green Sun’s Zenith for Thrun and a Copperline Gorge. Little does he know that he is actually just dead. It is your opponent’s end step. How do you win?