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February 2, 2017

Puzzle Time! Puzzle 14 – Totem Trouble!

Hello hello, MrShine here with yet another video from my puzzle series! Credit for this puzzle idea goes to ToyBee, who submitted this puzzle to I’m interested in seeing how difficult others find this puzzle – I think there will be a mix of players who will spot lethal right away, and others who will struggle for a long time :) Which will YOU be?

The same rules apply for this puzzles as before: try to spot the play that kills the opponent this turn.

Some tips before proceeding:


Many of these puzzles require a lot of thought to discover the solutions, so don’t be ashamed if you need to pause the video for a bit. There is almost no chance I would be able to solve these in the 90 seconds allotted during an actual game, and I doubt there are many out there who could. Instead, pause the video when the cards are up, and try to think critically through the possible outcomes. Every 10 seconds or so I reveal another hint, so you’ll have a bit of time before deciding if you want to get some extra help or if you’d rather pause without reading the hints.

Ties Don’t Count!

We aren’t playing to tie, we’re playing to WIN! And we can! Each puzzle has a solution that leaves us the sole winner, you’ll just need to dig a bit to find it sometimes.

Don’t Leave it to Chance

Sometimes puzzles have a solution if you get lucky, but we aren’t considering those valid because they won’t work every time. Each puzzle listed here has a solution that will ALWAYS work, and that’s the one you should be looking for. Same thing with card draw – unless the puzzle explicitly says what you have left in your deck, you can’t expect to top-deck the answer.

Help MrShine Create More Puzzles!

There’s a great puzzle-maker available that you can use to make your very own puzzles! Since I plan on making more of these videos I could use your help crafting some new ones. Comment below with a puzzle you’ve made or shoot me an email at If I like it, you may see it in a future video of mine! I’ll always give the maker credit in the videos. :)

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  1. Found a more complicated win over the simpler face one. Your final comment was very true in my case lol

  2. Anonymous says:

    I solved the puzzle in another, more complicated way, which made me facepalm so hard when I saw the video’s solution.

    1. Place Brewmaster to the left of Searing totem or to the right of Stoneclaw Totem, and bounce Wrath of Air Totem to your hand (8 mana left)
    2. Use hero power and play Wrath of Air totem anywhere that isn’t adjacent to Healing Totem (5 mana left)
    3. Play Flametongue Totem adjacent to Healing Totem (3 mana left)
    4. Kill Sludge Belcher with Healing Totem and Frost Shock (2 mana left)
    5. Kill Slime with Stoneclaw Totem
    6. Hit face with Searing Totem and 2 Lightning Bolts for lethal (0 mana left)

  3. Daren says:

    I don’t know, I found it easy, when I saw the 4 totems I thought let’s bounce one and play it again… then it was obvious wrath was the only smart choice… first I tried killing belcher with a lightning, so I would spend the 10 mana (flametongue to help deal 5 dmg) but I was 3 dmg short… and then I face-palmed and just cast spells on face.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I kept getting one damage off lethal with flame tongue+ panda I face palmed when I saw the solution.

  5. Smashthings says:

    nice puzzle.

    I spent ages trying to bounce the flametongue! :(