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Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 Challenge #8: Near Death

Updated on June 27, 2013

Scenario Description

You have to survive the enemy's attack and turn certain death into victory. He has a Primordial Hydra (9/9), Fangren Firstborn (4/2, put a +1/+1 counter on creature that attacks with it), a 3/3 Elephant Token and a 2/2 Wolf Token.

You have Near-Death Experience (You win if you have exactly 1 hit point during your upkeep), a Glory Seeker (2/2), another Glory Seeker, equipped with Scourge of the Nobilis (3/3, Lifelink and tap R or W to get +1/+0) and Basandra, Battle Seraph equipped with Scourge of the Nobilis (6/6, Flying, Lifelink, tap R or W to get +1/+0 and tap R to make a creature attack, Players can't cast spells during combat). You have 2 life. Use this array to win.


Still want to try to solve this on your own? These tips can put you in the right direction.

  • Lifelink combined with Firebreathing can help you pick exactly how much life you will gain
  • There are many different ways to get your life to 1 HP, so long as you know how to do the math
  • In Duels of the Planeswalkers your life can go negative temporarily while damage is still resolving. Don't panic!
  • Your creatures don't have to survive so long as your health ends where you need it to


  1. Opponent attacks with everything, all his creatures get a +1/+1 counter
  2. Basandra blocks the Primordial Hydra
  3. Unenchanted Glory Seeker blocks the Wolf Token
  4. The enchanted Glory Seeker blocks Fangren Firstborn
  5. Activate the Scourge of the Nobilis +1/+0 ability once on Basandra
  6. Damage resolves, you should be at 1 life
  7. You win after the opponent ends his turn

Other Guides

You can check out guides for the remaining ten challenges from the list below, or go to the master list to find a complete list of guides for both the 2013 and 2014 incarnations of Duels of the Planeswalkers.

  1. Command the Dead
  2. Gird for War
  3. Battle Tactics
  4. Blood is Life
  5. Defeat the Troll
  6. Sliver Strike Team
  7. Go Berserk
  8. Near Death
  9. Get a Grip
  10. Sliver Infiltration

List of Challenge Guides for Magic 2013 & 2014


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    4 years ago

    You have to use her ability before declaring blockers starts. Press space and activate it once before the opponents declare attackers combat phase ends.

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    4 years ago

    Same here. Can't activate fire breathing. :(

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    4 years ago

    It's not letting me use her fire breathing. I'm sorry, but if this game keeps this up I want my money back. Playing magic like this is a pain in the ass and it shouldn't be this hard to make this game easier.


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