With Return to Ravnica just around the corner, spoiler season is almost upon us. They've already revealed a few cards and some new mechanics to boot, largely thanks to the Duel Decks: Izzet vs Golgari feature article on Monday. We'll have our hands full in the coming weeks discussing the various guilds of Ravnica and their respective new mechanics, so I'd like to take this week to do some rules review. Below you'll find five questions of varying difficulty. Once you've answered it on your own, just click to view the correct answer.
You control an animated Mutavault, an Insectile Aberration, and two 1/1 Human Tokens all of which are attacking your opponent. Your opponent controls Ratchet Bomb with zero counters on it and no other nonland permanents. After no blockers are declared, but before combat damage is dealt, your opponent activates the Ratchet Bomb's second ability. What happens as Ratchet Bomb's second ability resolves, and how much combat damage will be dealt to your opponent?
You control two Conjurer's Closets, a Restoration Angel, and a Thragtusk. It's the beginning of the end step. How can you flicker Thragtusk twice with this setup to net 10 life and two 3/3 Beast tokens?
You control a Glistener Elf and Wild Defiance. You cast Mutagenic Growth on your Glistener Elf. Your opponent responds by casting Doom Blade, targeting your Elf. In response, you cast Ranger's Guile on the Elf. You and your opponent both pass priority, and the stack resolves. Is the Glistener Elf dead or alive, and what is/was its Power and Toughness?
You control True Conviction and an Undead Alchemist enchanted with Rancor. You are attacking with your Undead Alchemist, which your opponent blocks with Fog Bank. What is the maximum amount of damage that can be assigned to your opponent? How much life do you gain from Lifelink? How many cards will your opponent put into their graveyard?
You cast Genesis Wave with X=6. When it resolves, you reveal a Forest, a Genesis Wave, Elvish Archdruid, Arbor Elf, and two Soul of the Harvests. What is the maximum number of cards you can draw from the two Soul of the Harvest's abilities?
If you've got any questions of your own that you'd like to share, take them to the forums! With that, I'm off to PAX to see what Wizards has in store for us with Return to Ravnica! Check back next week to find out for yourself.