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You can be at 105 life. With just 2 cards, you can be at 103 life. You can also be at arbitrarily high life with 2 cards, depending on how you and your opponent play it out. The 2-card combo is Black Lotus and Game of Chaos. If you win (+1), lose (-2), lose (-4), win (+8), lose (-16), win (+32), win (+64), assuming you both keep playing exactly until ...


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Here is my best solution (42 Life Points): 3 Cards: Black Lotus Illusions of Grandeur Radiant Fountain Turn Pass until Precombat Main Phase Play Radiant Fountain [gain 2 life] Cast Black Lotus Activate Radiant Fountain Activate Black Lotus's ability, adding Cast Illusions of Grandeur [gain 20 life] Pass until End Phase


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41 life without using Black Lotus This is a legacy/modern entry (i.e. doesn't use Black Lotus). Reveal Providence to go to 26 life. Then exile Autochthon Wurm to cast Nourishing Shoal to gain 15 life. Multiplayer: 20 + 9 * number of opponents The question clarifies that there are two players. If we relax that restriction, we can do better in cases ...


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It looks like a "nail balance" puzzle. It is very similar to some of the results of this Google Image Search.


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This article has an extensive discussion of the solution: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~mdr/teaching/modules04/java2/TilesSolvability.html The summary for the 3x3 board is: Lay out the board as a 9x1 row (row 1, then row 2, then row 3). Count the number of inversions (instances of a higher number coming before a lower number on this row). The board is ...


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I'm going to cheat a bit... because you didn't specifically state that this was a 2-player game only (though you did use the word "both"...) Hand: Black Lotus Black Lotus Blood Tithe This gives you an unbounded 3n life, where n is the number of opponents you have in the game. With only 2 cards, you can get 2n life using Syphon Soul instead.


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3 cards, in addition to the walker(s) you want to be hitting the ultimate of: Tezzeret the Seeker The Chain Veil Everflowing Chalice Chalice needs at least 4 counters, to pay for the veil, tezzeret +1 untaps both chalice and veil allowing infinite uses of veil which resets both tezzeret and the other walker(s), letting you rebuild the + abilities on those ...


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The simplest combo in general is 3 cards: Gilder Bairn, Banishing Knack, and Gemstone Array works for all planeswalkers. Explanation There are 3 card combos around the The Chain Veil (all you need to add is infinite mana and artifact untapping, such Astral Cornucopia with 4 counters and Filigree Sages, or the combo suggested by @Andrew). However, these ...


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Black Lotus x 2, Auriok Salvagers, Stream of Life Play the lotuses and crack them for white. Cast Salvagers, use the 2 leftover to return lotus. Cast lotus, crack for white, return lotus -> repeat as much as you want to gain a white mana each loop. Return lotus, crack for green mana, cast stream of life for x + arbitrarily large number .


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False Cure deck - I used to have a Vintage version of this deck, using proxies for all the expensive cards in the deck. Play Overgrown Tomb ($14) Cast 1xDark Ritual ($1) Cast 1xFalse Cure ($1.50) Cast 4xSkyshroud Cutter ($0.10) for alternate casting cost. First Skyshoud Cutter causes opponents gain 5 life (25 life), False Cures and opponents lose 10 life. ...


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A solution for turn 2 on the draw. I can't seem to hit turn 2 on the play, but I -think- it's possible. Edit: This looks kinda ugly, so here's a link to a picture: http://i.imgur.com/kSheO.png Mana Pool Cards in Hand Turn one ...


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"It would have worked if West had Q9 or QT and East had T73 or 973." I don't think that's the case; if they lie like that, East or West will win the T or 9, depending on whether you run the 8 or not. Laying out all the possibilities, I can see only one holding where the finesse succeeds against the correct defence Q T973 Fails QT 973 Fails ...


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Here's the game I think I was thinking of: LUNAR LOCKOUT http://www.funagain.com/control/product?product_id=010971&reviews_show_all=Y Here's how one of the reviews describes it: This is a great little solitaire game. It's quite similar to Ricochet Robot in theme, but there are some important differences. There are no walls--not even around the ...


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I just purchased one of these from an antique store yesterday. It's a puzzle called nail balance. You can Google nail balance and find out how to do the puzzle. Included is a picture of the solution.


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The best I can manage is 32 life: Black Lotus Phyrexian Dreadnaught Sheltering Word Cast Black Lotus and sacrifice for 3 green mana. Cast Phyrexian Dradnaught. In response to the etb, cast Shltering Word. [gain 12 life] A second solution for 32 life: Black Lotus Ritual of Restoration Weather the Storm Cast Black Lotus and sacrifice for 3 white mana. ...


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Black Lotus x2 Beacon of immortality Depends on the format how much life you gain. 20 on a default game for example or 40 in Commander for example


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Here's how to do it with Mindshrieker: Forest, Avacyn's Pilgrim. Island, Mindshrieker. Mountain, Infernal Plunge. Activate Mindshrieker three times on yourself, milling three Blasphemous Acts for +27/+27. Attack with Mindshrieker for 28 (-8). This uses only six cards, and even wastes a mana on turn 2. Here's a variant that doesn't use any red cards: ...


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At least 3^(2^^^40) Decklist: 4x Nyxbloom Ancient 2x Thousand-Year Storm 1x Repeated Reverberation 1x Narset's Reversal 1x Quasiduplicate 1x Dance of the Manse 1x Wilderness Reclamation 1x Teferi, Time Raveler 3x Breeding Pool 4x Steam Vents 1x Hallowed Fountain 20x Island 20x Mountain Setup for combo The setup involves the following: Drawing cards ...


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Damned Spirits - Spirits to grave, and turbo mana. Cheapest combo so far. Swamp ($0.05) {B} Dark Ritual ($1) 3x{B} Dark Ritual ($1) 5x{B} Priest of Gix ($0.25) 5x{B} Culling the Weak on Priest of Gix ($0.50) 8x{B} Iname, Death Aspect for 20 common Spirits ($0.20) 2x{B} Songs of the Damned ($0.10) B + 21 = 22x{B} Exsanguinate for 20. ($0.05) Stats 8 cards (...


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Geth's Grimoire deck - Win through discard. Half as cheap, with a better AVG life loss per dollar. Swamp ($0.05) {B} Dark Ritual ($1) 3x{B} Priest of Gix ($0.25) 3x{B} Priest of Gix ($0.25) 3x{B} Culling the Weak on Priest of Gix ($0.50) 6x{B} Culling the Weak on Priest of Gix ($0.50) 9x{B} Geth's Grimoire ($0.25) 5x{B} Rotting Rats ($0.05) 3x{B} 8th card ...


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The solution is for white to move their row of 3 one space forward. There are a bunch of possible moves for black but white can guarantee a win from all of them. If black moves away from their back line: If black moves their leftmost piece away from the line, then red pushes forward. Black is forced to use their remaining 2 to capture red, who captures ...


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How about an alternate win condition? Forest, Avacyn's Pilgrim. Island, Avacyn's Pilgrim. Island, Mirror-Mad Phantasm. Activate Mirror-Mad Phantasm, conveniently milling your entire library. Island, Laboratory Maniac, Thought Scour. You try to draw from your empty library, and win. You can use Cackling Counterpart to copy the Phantasm, which guarantees ...


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Storm Kobolds - Storm for infinite damage (could Brain Freeze for mill and then Burning Inquiry to draw opponents out). Swamp ($0.05) {B} Dark Ritual ($1) 3x{B} Priest of Gix ($0.25) 3x{B} Burnt Offering on Priest of Gix ($0.10) 2x{B} 3x{R} Cloudstone Curio ($2.50) 2x{R} 2xCrimson Kobolds ($1 each) For infinite bounce/Storm Grapeshot ($0.05) Statistics 8 ...


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Forest, Avacyn's Pilgrim. Forest, Strangleroot Geist, swing for 3. Mountain, Infernal Plunge the Pilgrim, then using the mana generated cast a 2nd Infernal Plunge on the Geist, Now with 5 Mana, cast Trepanation Blade and equip to the returned undying Geist, Swing with Geist. Enemy player reveals 14 non land cards, so you deal 17 damage.


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Turn 1) Island, Delver of Secrets. Turn 2) Reveal Dream Twist (Transform Delver of Secrets into Insectile Aberration), Forest, Wreath of Geists enchanting Insectile Aberration, Dream Twist (targeting self, milling 3 creatures). Attack with enchanted Insectile Aberration for 3+3=6 (13). Turn 3) Forest, Wreath of Geists, Wreath of Geists, Dream Twist (...


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Let's get the ball rolling: Forest, Young Wolf. (Reckless Waif would also work here.) Attack with Wolf for 1 (19). Mountain, Infernal Plunge, Markov Blademaster. Hunger of the Howlpack on the Blademaster. Furor of the Bitten on the Blademaster. Attack with Blademaster for 6 (13) and 7 (6) and Wolf for 2 (4). Mountain, Fling the Blademaster for 8 (-4). This ...


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These hands are pathological for both sides. For example consider this example of one pattern you describe: NORTH S: AKQJT H: - D: AQT8 C: KJ97 WEST EAST S: 8642 S: 9753 H: 9753 H: 8642 D: J9753 D: - C: - C: ...


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Pretty big I'm not going to do the math on this, and there may be more optimal configurations, but here's the basic idea: Ingredients Dance of the Manse Thousand-Year Storm Nyxbloom Ancient Quasiduplicate Narset's Reversal Lotus Field 54 Islands Gameplan Go second. Skip the first land play, and discard Thousand-Year Storm (TYS) Play 2 Islands ...


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I think I have a way (assuming that you get to finish your action). Dogma on computers, melds self-service. (universe achievement) and splays a color up (wonder). self services is used to dogma socialism (monument, empire and world follow from tucking many cards)


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Since March 2017, there is a blog-style collection of puzzles called Possibility Storm. As of now, the page is continuously updated Mondays, and features everything you need in a single image. All puzzles have a difficulty rating applied to them. Generally, the same blog post will have a solution hidden by default, although some of them are unfortunately ...


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