Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013: Drake Expectations Challenge Solution

Overview

Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers has become an annual release on XBox Live Arcade, Playstation Network and Steam for fans of Magic. 2013 is the newest iteration of the series, and was the first time the series was released for the iPad as well. One of the popular features of the games has been a series of challenges pitting the player in a pre-designed situation that he/she must figure out how to overcome and achieve victory from the jaws of defeat. In 2013 10 new challenges await to be uncovered...

The third challenge is Drake Expectations and has you mounting an assault on your opponent in a bid to take him out before his next turn.

This match puts you up against Garruk again. This time it's your turn and you need to defeat Garruk before he takes his next turn. Fortunately Time Warp will give you more than one chance to beat him.

Your Opponent
Your Opponent | Source
Your key to victory
Your key to victory | Source

Your Resources

Life
6

Cards in Play
3x Mountains, 4x Islands
Talrand Sky Summoner

Cards in Hand
Sage Owl
Reverberate
Rupture
2x Talrand's Invocation
Time Warp

These have to be dealt with before you can attack
These have to be dealt with before you can attack | Source

Garruk's Resources

Life
42

Cards in Play
7x Forests
4x Giant Spider
Pelakka Wurm

Cards in Hand
1 (Unknown)

Lets you plan for the future
Lets you plan for the future | Source
Makes one Time Warp into two Time Warps
Makes one Time Warp into two Time Warps | Source

Solution

Step 1: Cast Sage Owl. Click on Blaze first, then Furnace of Rath, then Mountain and lastly Time Warp (this puts Time Warp on top, you're essentially clicking them in the reverse order of what you want)

Step 2: Cast Time Warp and end your turn (don't attack)

Step 3: Cast Time Warp (the one you just drew) and click on "Stop Timer" before it resolves

Step 4: Cast Reverberate on the Time Warp you just cast. Allow both to resolve.

Step 5: End your turn (again, don't attack). You should have 3 2/2 flying Drakes in play from the spells you've cast.

Step 6: Play the Mountain you just drew. Cast both of your Talrand's Invocations. This will put 6 more Drakes in place, for a total of 9. Your turn ends without attacking once more

Step 7: Cast the Furnace of Rath you just drew

Step 8: Cast Rupture, sacrificing your Talrand Sky Summoner. All of Garruk's spiders will be killed and you'll be free to attack

Step 9: Attack with everything you have. You will do exactly enough damage to defeat Garruk

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Kratos5000 4 years ago

How do you choose what mana type you want to use? I keep trying to play

Step 3: Cast Time Warp (the one you just drew) and click on "Stop Timer" before it resolves

Step 4: Cast Reverberate on the Time Warp you just cast. Allow both to resolve.

But I cannot cast Reverberate because Time Warp does not leave me any Mountains.


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Suraph 4 years ago Author

I can only speak to the PC version of the game since that's the one I have. On that version you hover your mouse over the card you want to cast and hit Left Control, it will cycle through the various options for paying the casting cost.

You can go to Help & Options - Controls and it should tell you what the button is for the console and ipad versions of the game.

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