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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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how to find that 8 number puzzle is solvable or not?

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 ...
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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 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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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 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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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 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?

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 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 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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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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Epaminondas puzzle

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 ...
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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 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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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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Is it possible to position all chess pieces on the board such that all pieces defend at least one piece and attack at least one piece?

It cannot be done "naturally" in a normal chess game though. The pawns on columns A and H only have 1 square of influence for attacking/defending, since they are on the edge of the board. To move ...

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