Another puzzle which, like the previous one, can be quite unintuitive.
This puzzle actually had quite a few versions due to some mistakes on card wording. The original had a Magus of the Arena and was totally cooler, but what can you do?
Difficulty Rating: Medium.
Your opponent has two 2/2 and two 1/1 creatures – all untapped for whatever reason, and however many Forests. Let’s just assume they’ll win next turn. Maybe they have a few Uktabi Drakes in their hand or something. No one cares. They’re at 6 life.
You have Shared Animosity, a Greater Gargadon with 9 counters on it, and a Smokebraider (2 mana of any color as long as that mana is used to Elemental abilities/spells). Oh, and 7 untapped Mountains.
Your hand consists of a Fiery Temper (3 damage for 3 mana and an alternative madness cost of one), Threaten, Spark Elemental, and Sparkspitter. Your life is arbitrarily set to 1.
The puzzle is to win this turn. Or you get forced into watching a Gundam SEED Destiny marathon or Uwe Boll movies and lose 9000 life. Maybe both at the same time. Shit sucks.
Unrelated aside: We’ve checked online, and it seems that its possible to use Magus’s ability on creatures who are already tapped. But even stranger, he can tap himself with his ability due to the fact that the tapping symbol comes after a comma, separate from the activating mana cost. o_O
Answer will be posted in a few days or something.
Edit: Solution Posted.