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ANSWERS to What Would Richie Do?
By Oscar Tan aka Rakso
I sure hope you guys had fun. (Or something close enough.)

Oscar Tan aka Rakso
Type I and Casual Maintainer, www.bdominia.addr.com
Team Ertai, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines


ANSWER TO #0:
Blessed Wind and any red X-spell. Dan Gordon also gave an alternate answer: Blessed Wind and Natural Affinity (or any other spell that turns your remaining land into attackers).


ANSWER TO #1:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… RING OF MA’RUF, play it to retrieve Timetwister, then play Time Walk.
The following turn, he would set up an infinite loop by casting Timetwister and Time Walk, then using Gaea’s Blessing.
Dominic Ortega loses again.

(Congratulations to Laveris from Beyond Dominia for being the first to get this one.)


ANSWER TO #2:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… KAERVEK’S SPITE, float all his mana, then cast Spite in response to his own Yawgmoth’s Will. Balance will do a lot of damage if you have no permanents in play, and he can use whatever he wants to finish.
Dominic Ortega loses again.

(Congratulations to Tenebrion from Beyond Dominia for being the first to get this one.)

Pox does pretty much the same thing, incidentally, according to Andrew Vance. I was trying to use Pox as a decoy, but made the mistake of including a Wasteland. This works because you can empty your hand by casting Vampiric Tutor and finding nothing.


ANSWER TO #3:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… GOBLIN ARTISANS (or any 1 mana Goblin). He would then cast and Fork a Goblin Grenade, then cast Chain Lightning and Fireblast using the alternate casting cost. He ends by tapping his Cities for mana, then responding to the damage with Lightning Bolt and Incinerate.
Dominic Ortega loses again.

(Congratulations to Andrew Vance for being the first to get this one. I was expecting Michael Kastberg, but Andrew beat him to it.)

Furnace of Rath does the same thing, according to Dan Gordon.

Seth Johnson aka Shadow, owner of Beyond Dominia, gets an A for effort with his answer of Mana Clash and a lucky coin.


ANSWER TO #4:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… PSYCHIC TRANSFER. He then taps five mana, declares his attack, casts the Transfer, then casts Psionic Blast and Psychic Purge for the kill.
Dominic Ortega loses again.

No one got the original answer but incidentally, Volcanic Eruption does the same thing because I used a puzzle that used Mountains, according to Laveris from Beyond Dominia and Tim Martoni.

Some people sent in things like Booby Trap and Bosium Strip, but Richie only had blue cards. Credit goes to Dan Gordon for naming Recall, but I specified that the puzzle used only obscure blue cards.


ANSWER TO #5:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… POX. He would play it, and let the rules interaction between the Pox, Personal Incarnation and Creature Bond bring Dominic down to 1 life, which is enough to let The Rack kill him.
Dominic Ortega loses again.

(Congratulations to Nevyn for being the first to get this one.)


ANSWER TO #6:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… CONCORDANT CROSSROADS after responding to Abeyance with his Disenchant, aiming for Parallax Wave. Crossroads would allow his creatures to attack, then allow Oscar to kill with his Morphling (and Oscar survives since Concordant Crossroad buries Forsaken Wastes due to Enchant World rules).
Dominic Ortega loses again.

(Congratulations to Andrew Vance for being the first to get this one.)


ANSWER TO #7:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… PALINCHRON, then tap the Volrath’s Birds of Paradise to activate Survival, pitching Palinchron for Reckless Embermage. Volrath’s Palinchron and the six lands can interact to form an infinite mana loop thanks to Dominic’s Mana Flare, producing an extra red mana with each iteration. Then, Richie would use Survival again and kill by stacking a million Volrath’s Embermage activations. (For style, he would respond to all these by making another transformation into a Volrath’s Cho-Manno to save his own creature, but that’s not necessary.)
Dominic Ortega loses again.

(Congratulations to Dan Gordon for being the first to get this after I dropped a few hints. His original answer was to draw Soul Warden, Survival it into Palinchron and cast Palinchron a million times, then Survival it to kill with Volrath’s Squallmonger.)

Andrew Vance deserves credit for coming in second, and his original solution used just one more creature than Dan’s. He would use Horseshoe Crab and Rofellos for some rules tricks to generate mana, then use Iff-Bith Efreet to deal the damage, and use Volrath’s El-Hajjaj to survive.

You can actually use any combination of creatures as long as you get one combo to generate mana and another to deal damage. This was the most open-ended of all the puzzles.


ANSWER TO #8:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… TABERNACLE AT PENDRELL VALE. Thanks to dumb luck and a Tangle, he would kill every land and artifact of Dominic’s just by playing this. Richie would then simply wait for Dominic to run out of cards.
Dominic Ortega loses again.

(Congratulations to Puschkin from Beyond Dominia for being the first one to get this one.)


ANSWER TO #9:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… REAP. He would then cast Sway of Illusion to turn all Slivers into black creatures, then create an infinite mana loop using Reap, Regrowth, Black Lotus, Lotus Petal and Lion’s Eye Diamond (this last one used in response to Regrowth). All that mana can fuel a pretty big Drain Life.

(Congratulations to me, since no one in the world solved this one. Chalk one up to Filipino ingenuity! )


ANSWER TO #10:
“Was that it?” Richie would say.
Then, Richie would topdeck a… CELESTIAL DAWN after paying the upkeep on Glacial Chasm. Playing Celestial Dawn would kill Ruham Djinn, and allow Drain Life to go through (which is now castable thanks to all the new Plains).

(Congratulations to me, since no one in the world solved this one. Chalk another one up to Filipino ingenuity! )

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