Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013: Stolen Goods 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 fourth challenge is Stolen Goods and has you mounting an assault on your opponent in a bid to take him out this turn.

Your opponent
Your opponent | Source

Situation

You control all the creatures for now, but Talrand is going to steal your Cudgel Troll and try to beat you with it. End him this turn to win.

Useful for taking out pesky blockers
Useful for taking out pesky blockers | Source

Your Resources

Life
1

Cards in Play
3x Forest, Plains
Cudgel Troll
Garruk's Packleader
Leatherback Baloth (Enchanted with Pacifism)
Lightning Greaves (on Garruk's Packleader)
Ring of Kalonia (on Cudgel Troll)
Vulshok Battlegear (on Cudgel Troll)

Cards in Hand
Divine Verdict

Dangerous for attacking creatures
Dangerous for attacking creatures | Source

Talrand's Resources

Life
4

Cards in Play
3x Forest, 3x Island, 3x Plains
Pacifism (On Leatherback Baloth)
Pit Trap

Cards in Hand
Mind Control

Useful for preventing targeted spells
Useful for preventing targeted spells | Source
Trample is mighty useful
Trample is mighty useful | Source

Solution

Step 1: Watch as Talrand steals your Cudgel Troll with Mind Control and ends his turn.

Step 2: Draw a Plains, and play it.

Step 3: Equip Lightning Greaves to your Leatherback Baloth (You won't be able to equip the other equipment with this still attached because of the Shroud effect).

Step 4: Equip Ring of Kalonia to your Garruk's Packleader.

Step 5: Equip Lightning Greaves back on your Garruk's Packleader (this will prevent Talrand from using Pit Trap).

Step 6: Attack with Garruk's Packleader.

Step 7: After Talrand blocks your Garruk's Packleader with Cudgel Troll hit "Stop Timer" and cast Divine Verdict on his Cudgel Troll.

Step 8: Even though your Garruk's Packleader is considered blocked he has Trample (from the Ring of Kalonia) and will do 4 damage to Talrand, finishing him off.

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Comments 6 comments

shawn 4 years ago

Why wouldn't the troll regenerate?


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Suraph 4 years ago Author

If the troll was regenerated it would be removed from combat (as per the rules of regeneration) and the end result would still be the same.


Peter 2 years ago

The steps for this challenge are incorrect as listed above. All the Equipping needs to be done at the END of Talrun's turn, so that the Ring of Kalonia can add the +1/+1 counter at the beginning of your upkeep.


Peter 2 years ago

Nope - I was wrong - it actually works!


Altan 23 months ago

Did they say that there would be regular upaetds to the card base? I may have missed that part. I don't imagine that they would knowing how complicated programing all the cards seems to be with MTGO. I could see one update or expansion for sure.What I am holding my breath for is the suggested retail price. For a completely digital game, with premade decks and only 250ish cards, it better not be more than $40.


Mona 23 months ago

There's no way it will be $40. Normal XBLA games are priced at $10, with ceatrin exceptions costing $15 or $20. Nothing has ever cost more than $20 in the history of the service, and I doubt this will be the game to challenge that rule.

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