Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013: Goblin Raiding Challenge Solution

Introduction

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 tenth and final challenge is Goblin Raiding. Your opponent has some strong angels guarding them and you have a fleet of Goblins. Get past the Angels, and their lifelink ability, to win

Your Opponent
Your Opponent | Source

Challenge Setup

3 Baneslayer Angels block your path from victory, a straight assault would win the day but the Angels have Lifelink which will keep Ajani alive long enough to kill you. Neutralize the threat and win.

A quick bit of damage in a pinch.  Note the odd casting cost symbol
A quick bit of damage in a pinch. Note the odd casting cost symbol | Source

Your Resources

Life
8

Cards in Play
6x Mountains, 3x Swamps
Goblin Arsonist
Goblin Deathraiders
3x Goblin Raider
2x Goblin Wardriver

Cards in Hand
Furnace of Rath
Goblin Ringleader
Gut Shot
Predator Dragon

A formidable foe alone, much less as a trio
A formidable foe alone, much less as a trio | Source

Ajani's Resources

Life
14

Cards in Play
8x Plains
3x Baneslayer Angels
Glorious Anthem

Cards in Hand
None

Think a little outside of the box when using this card
Think a little outside of the box when using this card | Source
That one damage can be more useful than you'd think
That one damage can be more useful than you'd think | Source

Challenge Solution

Step 1: Play Goblin Ringleader. It doesn't matter what cards you draw

Step 2: Activate Temple Bell to draw a card, which will be Chandra's Fury (if you use this before Goblin Ringleader the Chandra's Fury will be discarded

Step 3: Attack with everything

Step 4: After blockers have been assigned, but before damage is resolved, cast Chandra's Fury on yourself.

Step 5: Use Goblin Artificer's special ability when it dies to kill one of your blocked Goblin Raiders

Step 6: Still before damage is resolved cast Gut Shot on your other blocked Goblin Raider. (Gut Shot can be cast even though all your Mountains are tapped because it has an alternative cost of 2 life, though the game never tells you that)

Step 7: All your blocked creatures will die before taking combat damage, so the Baneslayer Angels' lifelinks never kick in. You'll win after damage resolves.

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