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This or That Magic: Hot or Cold?

Welcome to the fifth 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 trying to figure out the right way to eat leftover pizza: hot or cold? Being that I'm from balmy upstate New York and Tomer is from the frigid north in Canada, I'll be representing the hot side of the battle, while Tomer will be doing his best for the cold side. By the time were done, we'll know once and for all which is correct: hot or cold!

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Well, there you have it—it seems that Cold has the advantage over Hot! As far as the games, I simply didn't have an answer for Tomer's big finish in Dark Depths making a 20/20 indestructible flier. My best hope was to be aggressive, and I think my sand creatures had the potential to get there, but Vampire Hexmage makes the combo super-fast. Of course, Tomer did get a bit lucky to even pull off the combo, considering his deck was 100% singleton. As for my deck, when I knew I was representing the Hot side of the battlefield, the one thing I wanted to avoid was being a Burn deck because it seemed like being Burn was taking the easy way out, especially when the focus of This or That Magic is flavor. Eventually, I settled on an arid- / desert-themed deck, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out—it has a somewhat reasonable curve, a bit of removal, and even some land destruction. Unfortunately, being desert themed means we pretty much had to play Oasis, Desert, and Dust Bowl, and we ended up getting punished one game by drawing way too many colorless lands. 

Anyway, like always, we want to know what you think of the decks. Which is more on point, flavor-wise: Tomer's Snow Mercy or Seth's Burning Sands?


Anyway, that's all for today. We'll be back in a couple of weeks with more This or That Magic. As always, leave your thoughts, ideas, opinions, and suggestions in the comments, and you can reach me on Twitter @SaffronOlive (and Tomer @Budget Commander) or at

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