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This or That Magic: Heroes or Villains?

Welcome to the eighth episode of This or That Magic, the series where we answer life's most important questions the best way we know how: with a game of Magic! This week, we are answering the age-old question: Heroes or Villains? In the world of Magic, especially in this modern age of Magic, many of the most important characters are planeswalkers, and this shows in our battle. Tomer, who is supporting the Villains, is basically playing evil planeswalkers, headed by Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker, while Seth is representing the Heroes with his own Gatewatch-centric build. Which group of planeswalkers will come out on top? Let's see!

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Well, there you have it—score one for the good guys! Not only did the Heroes win, but it was a fairly dominating performance, taking the match 2-0. One thing I realized as a result of the match is the differences between good and bad planeswalkers. Many of the heroic planeswalkers are very aggressive, making tokens that can start getting in damage, with some (like Gideon, Ally of Zendikar) beating down themselves. Meanwhile, the villainous planeswalkers were a bit more durdly. While they can destroy stuff and generate card advantage, they aren't all that good at closing out the game quickly. Plus, the Heroes also stole a win thanks to their non-planeswalker heroes Hero of Bladehold and Hero of Oxid Ridge, which are great ways of killing the opponent before they have a chance to recover, while the support cards from the Villains deck were also a bit slow. Of course, part of the problem was that Tomer's Villains deck didn't really perform the way he was hoping (you know things are going poorly when the only real planeswalker you cast in your superfriends deck is Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded), so even though I think the Heroes are favored, I bet the Villains would put up more of a fight if we played the match a few more times. Anyway, what do you think? Which deck was more on point, flavor-wise: Tomer's Villains or Seth's Heroes?


Anyway, that's all for today! We'll be back in a couple weeks with another episode of This or That Magic! If you have some great ideas for this-or-that questions we can answer with a game of Magic, make sure to let us know in the comments. You can reach me on Twitter @SaffronOlive (and Tomer @BudgetCommander) or at

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