When Cards Collide
By Ryoga

15: Minefield
Edit 1: Meh...


Last Solution:

            This is another puzzle for my “evidence that I need a better pair of glasses” folder. I made some changes to try and reduce the number of answers, which was quite enormous, though there are still quite a few.

            However, because the original puzzle was so easy, I got quite a lot of e-mails, and I must thank all of you that sent in answers. They were almost all in very good English. Originally you could have been writing German and I wouldn’t have known. This time I understood! Wonderful! School has taught us all something, evidently. And, to those of you that hadn’t written in before, don’t make this a once off! I would like to hear from you, and in most cases, disagree with you (that is a joke)! Just, if everyone sends in, don’t expect an immediate answer. I only get about a half hour a day over my corn flakes to answer these.

            Ah, I liked my holiday last week. If anyone wants some Physics explained, try me. I'm sure I can balls it up. Anyway, the family is going to Wales at some point in two weeks. Not sure when. During this period, I won't be answering e-mails, just so you know.

  1. Normal Summon Mystic Tomato.
  2. Flip Summon Witch of the Black Forest.
  3. Activate Shooting Star Bow – Ceal, targeting your opponent’s Jinzo to make its ATK 1400.
  4. Activate Double Spell, discarding Axe of Despair, to activate Riryoku from your opponent’s Graveyard. Reduce the ATK of Jinzo by half to 700 and increase the ATK of one of the Mad Dog of Darkness’s by 700 to make it 2600.
  5. Activate Twin Swords of Flashing Light – Tryce, by discarding Double Spell, targeting your Mystical Tomato, making its ATK 900.
  6. Have Mystical Tomato attack your opponent’s Jinzo, doing 900 – 700 = 200 damage to your opponent’s Life Points (your opponent’s LP now 3500).
  7. Have Mystical Tomato attack the Mad Dog of Darkness that was not targeted by Riryoku. In response, activate Reverse Trap and Ring of Destruction, targeting Witch of the Black Forest.

a)      Ring of Destruction destroys Witch of the Black Forest and does 1100 damage to both player’s Life Points (your LP now 100; your opponent’s LP now 2400).

b)     Reverse Trap resolves, making the Mad Dog of Darkness that was targeted by Riryoku have an ATK of 1200 and Mystic Tomato have an ATK of 1900.

c)      Mystic Tomato attacks the Mad Dog, destroying both as the ATK’s are equal.

d)     Witch of the Black Forest resolves. Add Rare Metal Dragon to your hand.

e)      Mystic Tomato resolves. Special Summon Familiar Knight to the field in attack position.

  1. Have Familiar Knight attack the remaining Mad Dog of Darkness. Both are destroyed as their ATK's are equal. Use the effect of Familiar Knight to Special Summon Rare Metal Dragon to the field in attack position.
  2. Have Rare Metal Dragon attack your opponent’s Life Points directly to do 2400 damage.

Final Result: Him - 0, You – 100

Much more straightforward ways involve attacking directly with the amazing power of Shooting Star Bow - Ceal, such as:

  1. Normal Summon Mystic Tomato.
  2. Discard Twin Swords of Flashing Light – Tryce to activate Double Spell, targeting Riryoku. Reduce Jinzo’s ATK to 1200 and increase Mystic Tomato’s to 2600.
  3. Discard Axe of Despair to activate Double Spell, targeting Riryoku. Reduce Jinzo’s ATK to 600 and increase Mystic Tomato’s to 3200.
  4. Activate Shooting Star Bow – Ceal, equipping Mystic Tomato (its ATK now 2200).
  5. Attack your opponent directly with Mystic Tomato and attack Jinzo with Witch of the Black Forest to do 2200 + 1100 – 600 = 2700 damage (his LP now 1000).
  6. Activate Ring of Destruction, targeting Witch of the Black Forest.

Final Result: Him - (-100), You – 100

14/7/5: I noticed a lot of complaining about the battle phase in the past few articles. I've tried to get rid of most of it. The official line is:

After the Damage Step there a an End Step in which you can activate anything Spell Speed 2 or greater and then return Battle Step at your leisure.


Problem - Win the Game in One Turn:

            A nice small puzzle designed to demonstrate a point, and as such this should take you lot about two minutes. Also look at the conditions, they matter. I give no more hints.


Field: (the upper part of the screen are your opponent’s cards)

Trap Hole (face-down)   Trap Hole (face-down)   Trap Hole (face-down)
    Mad Dog of Darkness (face-up ATK)    
------------------ ------------------- ------------------ ------------------ -----------------
  Magician of Faith (face-down DEF)   Witch of the Black Forest (face-up DEF)  


  Ultimate Offering (face-up)    


Your Hand: 
The Warrior Returning Alive, Hayabusa Knight, The Agent of Judgement - Saturn, Cannon Soldier


Your Life Points:                                 1500  

Your Opponent’s Life Points:             3200


Your Deck Contains the Following Cards That You Can Obtain: 
Bazoo the Soul-Eater, Tribe Infecting Virus, Exiled Force


Your Graveyard Contains:
Mystical Space Typhoon, Smashing Ground, Premature Burial


In The Following Situations, Your Opponent Will Do the Following:

1.      Whenever you Normal Summon a monster with an ATK of 1000 or more that is NOT Witch of the Black Forest, your opponent will activate a single Trap Hole that they control at the first legal opportunity. When they have no Trap Holes, or they cannot be activated, this will NOT occur.

You start during your Main Phase 1 having done nothing this turn.

Interesting. For those of you that hadn't noticed, which each issue I've been adding a card that I've made up just for the humor to my spoiler at the bottom (the BOG-US set). However, I DO NOT need any recommendations for new cards. I have plenty. If you have some interesting ones, post them on the message board.
P.S. I'm about half way through Netrep.




Name # Type Other Attribute L A D Rarity ID # Text
Bazoo the Soul-Eater LON-064 Beast Effect EARTH 4 1600 900 Super Rare 40133511 (Edited) You can remove up to 3 Monster Cards in your Graveyard from play to increase the ATK of this monster by 300 points for each card removed from play until the end of your opponent's next turn. This effect can only be used once during your turn.
Cannon Soldier  MRD-106 Machine Effect DARK 4 1300 1400 Rare 11384280 (Edited) Tribute 1 monster on your side of the field to inflict 500 points of damage to your opponent's Life Points.
Cheaty Monkey BOG-US005 Beast Effect EARTH 3 500 800 Wonderfully Rare 01111011 FLIP: This effect may not be activated during the Battle Phase. Search your Side Deck for a card and add it to your hand. Then, place this card into your side Deck.
Exiled Force LOD-023 Warrior Effect EARTH 4 1000 1000 Super Rare 74131780 (Edited) Tribute this face-up card. Destroy 1 monster on the field.
Hayabusa Knight PSV-086 Warrior Effect EARTH 3 1000 700 Rare 21015833 This monster can attack twice during the same Battle Phase.
Mad Dog of Darkness IOC-057 Beast DARK 4 1900 1400 Rare 79182538 He used to be a normal dog who played around in a park, but was corrupted by the powers of darkness.
Magician of Faith  MRD-036 Spellcaster Effect LIGHT 1 300 400 Rare 31560081 (Edited) FLIP: Select 1 Spell Card from your Graveyard. Add the selected card to your hand.
Mystical Space Typhoon MRL-047 Quick SPELL Ultra Rare 05318639 Destroys 1 Magic or Trap card on the field.
Premature Burial PSV-037 Equip SPELL Ultra Rare 70828412 Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 Monster Card from your Graveyard, Special Summon it to the field in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card is destroyed, the monster is also destroyed.
Smashing Ground IOC-093 Normal SPELL Common 97169186 Destroy 1 monster with the highest DEF on your opponent's side of the field.
The Agent of Judgment - Saturn AST-006 Fairy Effect LIGHT 6 2400 0 Ultra Rare 91345518 If your Life Points are higher than your opponent's Life Points, activate this card's effect by offering this card as a Tribute from your side of the field. Inflict damage to your opponent's Life Points equal to the difference between you and your opponent's Life Points. If "The Sanctuary in the Sky" in not on your side of the field, this effect is not applied. When you activate this effect, you cannot conduct your Battle Phase this turn.
The Warrior Returning Alive LOD-030 Normal SPELL Rare 95281259 Select 1 Warrior-Type monster in your Graveyard and return it to your hand.
Trap Hole LOB-058 Normal TRAP Super Rare 04206964 If the ATK of a monster summoned by your opponent (excluding Special Summon) is 1000 points or more, the monster is destroyed.
Tribe-Infecting Virus MFC-076 Aqua Effect WATER 4 1600 1000 Super Rare 33184167 Discard 1 card from your hand and declare 1 Type of monster to destroy all face-up monsters of the declared Type on both sides of the field.
Ultimate Offering SDK-050 Continuous TRAP Common 80604091 At the cost of 500 Life Points per monster, a player is allowed an extra Normal Summon or Set.
Witch of the Black Forest  MRD-116 Spellcaster Effect DARK 4 1100 1200 Rare 78010363 (Edited) When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard, select 1 monster with a DEF of 1500 or less from your Deck, show it to your opponent, and add it to your hand. Then shuffle your Deck.