Choose Wisely


Win the game as quickly as possible using only Modern-legal cards with a single converted mana cost and color identity, as well as basic lands.


You have perfect luck. For example, even after you shuffle your library, it’s ordered how you want. You may not assume anything about your opponent’s hand or library except that he won’t do anything relevant.

A card’s color identity is determined by its colors plus the colors of any mana symbols in the card's rules text. The color identity of all cards in your deck must be identical. This means that if you use Index, you can’t also use Chronomaton.

Winning “quickly” refers to both the turn of the game and whether you’re playing or drawing first. Turn three on the draw is quicker than turn four on the play but not as quick as turn three on the play.

You may only use four copies of any individual card other than basic lands.

Send your solutions to nex342+puzzle at gmail dot com with the subject line “Puzzle – Choose Wisely”, and I’ll include the best ones in next week’s article along with the next puzzle!

Good luck!

Solution to Last Week’s Puzzle

There were a bunch of solutions to last week’s puzzle that won on turn four on the play, but this one from Jason is the only one that won on turn three.

Play Mana Cards in Hand
Turn one {0} 7
Forest {G} 6
Arbor Elf {0} 5
Turn two {G}{G} 6
Swamp {B}{G}{G} 5
Bloodthrone Vampire {G} 4
Arbor Elf {0} 3
Turn three {B}{G}{G}{G} 4
Forest {B}{G}{G}{G}{G} 3
Arbor Elf {B}{G}{G}{G} 2
Sacrifice all three Arbor Elves to Bloodthrone Vampire to give it +6/+6 {B}{G}{G}{G} 2
Fungal Sprouting, creating seven 1/1 Saproling tokens {0} 1
Sacrifice all seven Saproling tokens to Bloodthrone Vampire to give it +14/+14 {0} 1
Attack for 21 {0} 1