PokePuzzle #3

Welcome back for PokéPuzzle #3! We had a great response for Puzzle #2, so thanks to everyone that responded with answers. Congrats to Mekk Kah for being the lucky winner of a Tropical Beach on PTCGO. If you are interested in the answers to last week’s puzzle, the solutions are listed after this week’s puzzle. Yet again, the prize for the winner will be one Tropical Beach promo on PTCGO.

I will reprint the same disclaimer I had last week regarding the Beach: This means one copy of the card, NOT one code which is worth four copies. Unfortunately I don’t have an infinite supply of prizes, so I have to make what I do have last as long as possible. As I will be trading one copy of the card to the winner through PTCGO, all entrants will need to have a working PTCGO account with at least one tradable card. The winner will be randomly chosen from the correct entries received through 9/6/13 and revealed to the masses in the next PokéPuzzle.

PokéPuzzle #3:

mew

Important information:

Opponent:
Active Pokemon: Mew Ex – Dragons Exalted (40 damage, not affected by any special conditions, two Lightning Energy attached, has just used the attack Disconnect)
Benched Pokemon: Zebstrika – Next Destinies (80 damage, two Lightning Energy attached)
Deck: 6 Cards
Hand: 8 Cards
Prizes: 1

You:
Active Pokemon: Ditto (0 damage, not affected by any special conditions, in play for more than one turn)
Benched Pokemon: 2 Ditto (All in play for more than one turn, 0 damage), 1 Keldeo EX (two Water Energy attached)
Deck: 8 Cards (This INCLUDES the card you will be drawing for your turn which is given below)
Hand: 0 Cards
Prizes: 6

The Goal: To win before your opponent’s next turn ends.

The Rules: We begin action at the start of your current turn. You will be drawing a Professor Juniper as your one draw for the turn, which means you will be left with seven cards in your deck. Those seven cards can be any combination of currently legal modified (Next Destinies on) cards you think can earn you the victory, except those cards which you are explicitly not playing listed below. All normal rules of the Pokémon TCG apply (one Energy per turn, one Supporter per turn, etc.), and you must win before your opponent’s next turn ends. That means that an unusual win condition that occurs before the end of your opponent’s next turn such as Poison damage, decking, or anything else I might have forgotten, counts as a valid solution.

Assume all coin flips result in tails.

Please remember to take into account that your opponent has just used Disconnect and you cannot play any Item cards. I repeat, YOU CANNOT PLAY ANY ITEM cards on your turn.

Cards you are NOT playing in your deck: Ninetales – Dragons Exalted, Kingdra – Plasma Freeze, Flareon – Plasma Freeze, Rotom – Plasma Storm, Landorus EX – Boundaries Crossed, Virbank City Gym – Plasma Storm

Please send all solutions to ttcgiveaway@gmail.com and use a list format for your answer. For this puzzle everyone’s first step will be the same:

1. Draw a Professor Juniper.

Additionally, please list the eight cards you will be using as your deck. For this puzzle everyone’s first card will be the same:

1. Professor Juniper

The order you list the cards is irrelevant when submitting your answer. I believe there is only one answer this week, but is impossible for me to check every card combination when I come up with a puzzle.

Feel free to comment on the puzzle in the comments section but please do not post any potential answers down there. I will be posting a hint to my Twitter page @DrewHolton sometime Thursday for everyone that has not figured it out by then. I actually forgot to post a hint for puzzle two, so sorry to anyone that was expecting a hint. Good luck everyone and have fun!

Puzzle was edited on September 3, 2013 at 7:47 ET to ban additional cards.

Solutions to PokePuzzle #2:

There were three seven card combinations that lead to a victory over Pooka in last week’s puzzle:

#1. Bicycle, Aggron, Rare Candy, Aron, Hoothoot, basic energy, virtually any draw card (Bicycle, Juniper, Cheren, etc)

Bicycle into Aggron, Rare Candy, Aron and the draw card. Transform a benched Ditto into Aron. Rare Candy into Aggron and use Toppling Wind to discard Pooka’s deck down to one card. Use the draw card to draw into Hoothoot and the energy. Transform the active Ditto into Hoothoot and use Dual Draw. Kyle cannot draw a card at the start of his turn and loses.

#2. Bicycle, Aggron, Rare Candy, Aron, Scoop Up Cyclone, Rare Candy, virtually any draw card (Bicycle, Juniper, Cheren, etc)

Bicycle into Aggron, Rare Candy, Aron and the draw card. Transform a Ditto into Aron. Rare Candy into Aggron and use Toppling Wind to discard Pooka’s deck down to one card. Use the draw card to draw into Scoop Up Cyclone and the Rare Candy. Scoop Up Cyclone the Aggron and Transform a Ditto into Aron again. Rare Candy back into Aggron and deck Pooka with another Toppling Wind.

#3. Bicycle, Salamence, Rare Candy, Bagon, N, Hoothoot, basic energy

Bicycle into Bagon, Rare Candy, Salamence and N. Transform a benched Ditto into Bagon. Rare Candy into Salamence and use Scornful Storm to make Kyle discard his hand to four. Use N to force Pooka to draw two more cards from his deck, and also cause yourself to draw the Hoothoot and energy. Transform the active Ditto into Hoothoot and use Dual Draw. Kyle cannot draw a card at the start of his turn and loses.

25 responses to “PokePuzzle #3”

  1. kazambolt

    Got it in 6 cards, I’m pretty sure I got a new solution you didn’t think of.

    1. dothedrew730

      Indeed, the puzzle has now been edited to remove a few more cards. Feel free to try and come up with more solutions! (Answers received before the edit have been accepted as correct.)

  2. Andrew

    Uhhh, got it in 4 cards. Think you guys missed an important banned card lol

    1. Darkstripe2

      If it’s banned, you can’t use it, lol

  3. seafan13

    do you get to say what happens on your opponent’s turn? and a pokemon fanting do to confusion is during there turn, right?

  4. John Orgel

    Double rainbow energy would really help in this Situation…

    1. kazambolt

      Or Energy Switch/Scramble Switch or Rare Candy or BTS they would all be really fun.

  5. Sam

    i think I have gotten it so please tell me if I am right

  6. Kiet Ivy Vo

    I got the answer pretty easy

  7. TradingCARDZ

    Got it in 4 cards. Were do I post the answer?

    1. dothedrew730

      Send solutions to ttcgiveaway@gmail.com

  8. Violetwisp

    This would be so easy with Crobat G in the format, but I can’t figure it out without Landorus EX. Gotta keep thinking.

  9. Xiang Jie Lay

    omg the headaches I got from this!!

  10. NM2

    Got it with all 8 cards, loved the puzzle!

  11. Glaceon

    I miss Seeker now.

  12. Darkstripe2

    Dammit no rare candy

  13. Darkstripe2

    hint? please?

  14. skyshaymin49

    does Toppling Wind activate if you use rare candy?

    1. Darkstripe2

      It does, but you are item locked, so you can’t play rare candy

      1. skyshaymin49

        I was asking about the last one.

  15. Juge

    am I allowed to send another answer (a different one of course) =?

  16. pikachu_master

    Does your opponent play down a basic pokemon or do we assume it is just a draw and attack?

  17. soccerstud07

    I know the answer what do I do?

    1. Kyle Sucevich

      Email the answer to ttcgiveaway@gmail.com.

  18. Destiny Warrior

    Struggled a lot, but finally managed to come up with a solution :)

    Gotta give it to Drew – this was really interesting to think about. The algorithm to solve is simple, but actually finding cards to execute it was hell haha.