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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

With just 2 cards, you can be at arbitrarily many life points. The 2-card combo is Black Lotus and Game of Chaos. As long as both you and your opponent keep playing, the stakes increase indefinitely, ...
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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

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....
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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

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 ...
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What is the minimal number of permanents which, in a finite number of turns, can create a copy of each of themselves?

X=1 Chronozoa completes the first iteration in 0 turn thanks to the 1st rule, then each other iteration in 3 turns.
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What's the smallest starting library you can have in commander?

As far as I'm aware, the answer is 98: A companion does not count as part of the 100 cards; refer to comprehensive rule 702.139a: "Before the game begins, you may reveal one card you own from ...
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Planeswalker Infinite Ultimate Combo

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 +...
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What is the most mana that can be produced by tapping a single permanent in future standard?

At least 3^(2^^^^39) 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 ...
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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

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 ...
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Planeswalker Infinite Ultimate Combo

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 ...
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What is Ol' George's Nail Wail?

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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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

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 -> ...
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What is the minimal number of permanents which, in a finite number of turns, can create a copy of each of themselves?

A solution with X=3: Mycosynth Lattice 2 x Mechanized Production One Mechanized Production is attached to Mycosynth Lattice, and the other is attached to the first Mechanized Production, which is ...
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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

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 ...
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What is the minimal number of permanents which, in a finite number of turns, can create a copy of each of themselves?

X=1, but with two cards: Mirror-sigil sergeant with Sea-Dasher Octopus mutated onto it to make it blue. Works with any blue mutate creature.
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What is the highest possible score in Ticket To Ride: Europe?

I had the same question, but having scored 189 in a game a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't believe 195 is the max score. Edinburgh - Athína gets 21 points with 20 carriages, so I decided to explore ...
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What is the minimal number of permanents which, in a finite number of turns, can create a copy of each of themselves?

X=1 solutions can be accomplished in a couple of ways: Giant Adephage, Mist-Syndicate Naga, and Spawnwrithe can each simply attack and deal damage to the opponent, and they will create another copy of ...
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What is the most life you can have at the end of your first turn with only three cards?

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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Where can I find Magic: the Gathering puzzles?

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 ...
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Where can I find Magic: the Gathering puzzles?

ChannelFireball has a category mostly fed by LSV called What's The Play?, which features articles in sets of two, being a puzzle and LSV's respective solution that's realeased a few days later. The ...
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What's the best way to play the worst possible 4 hands in bridge

These hands are pathological for both sides. For example consider this example of one pattern you describe: NORTH S: AKQJT H: - D: AQT8 ...
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What is the minimal number of permanents which, in a finite number of turns, can create a copy of each of themselves?

A solution with X=4: Mirrorworks Sol Ring Mirage Mirror Phyrexian Metamorph (artifact) that is a copy of a Spark Double (non-legendary) that was a copy of a Brago, King Eternal Each turn, Brago ...
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What is the highest possible score in Ticket To Ride: Europe?

So myself and my daughter had a go at this and if you don't use stations i.e. you get 12 points for them, we got to 172 points going from Roma to Palermo and along the longest routes through Bucaresti,...
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What is better than fire and brimstone?

Knight Paladin, from Warhammer 40,000 Commander is probably as close as you're going to get. Knight Paladin can only be cast at sorcery speed, rather than instant speed, but in all other respects it ...
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What is better than fire and brimstone?

There really are no strictly better versions of "Fire and Brimstone" using the definition of strictly better as (with at least being an improvement): More powerful or equal effect Faster or ...
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What is better than fire and brimstone?

This Scryfall search should reveal any strictly better cards. (with false positives) They are all orthogonal (neither strictly better nor worse) to Fire and Brimstone, all involving preventing damage ...
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What is better than fire and brimstone?

Assuming "strictly better" does not include "must be mono white", a trivial Scryfall search finds many options: Chandra's Fury Consuming Sinkhole Flame Javelin Flame Lash ...
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What is the highest possible score in Ticket To Ride: Europe?

Link to the picture of the route I thought of: https://i.stack.imgur.com/zaLzd.png 45 trains + 3 trainstations Points for traincarriage: 52x Mountain routes: 4x Locomotives needed: 4x 21 tickets but ...
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What is the most mana that can be produced by tapping a single permanent in future standard?

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 ...
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what is the maximum number of achievements a player can have in an 2-player innovation game?

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 ...
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Is it possible to go from a Backgammon opening position to a Nackgammon opening position in 6 moves?

I don't have a lower bound on number of turns. However, 6 is not enough. (I'm assuming you meant 6 total turns, not 6 turns each.) You can work backward just from the second player finishing their ...
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