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This or That Magic: Lobster People or Fishermen?

Welcome to the third 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 going Deadliest Catch with a Magic twist to answer the question, Lobster People or Fishermen? Tomer will be representing the Lobster People (which in Magic are the Homarid creature type) side of the battle, but he had to call in some reinforcements from other sea creatures because most of the Homarids are from super-old sets, and some never found their way onto Magic Online. Meanwhile, I'll be playing Fishermen and attempting to reel in the catch of the day. Will Tomer pinch his way to victory, or will my Rod of Ruin and Wall of Nets be enough to pull off a Catch // Release win? Let's see!

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The Decks


Well, we have a pretty clear answer to the question, as perhaps unsurprisingly, the Fishermen beat the Lobster People. I have to say that this was my favorite episode of This or That Magic so far (and not just because it's the only one that I've actually won) because the game play was actually on point with the flavor of the deck. Old Man of the Sea was quite literally catching Starfish, while the Lobster People kept the fishing boat rocking by bouncing everything back to our hands with Whelming Waves that would occasionally even Engulf the Shore

As far as the game play, it seems like having a bunch of tappers is good against big blue creatures, although the Crab Umbra tech from Tomer was amazing and may have been enough to win him the game if he hadn't flooded out (although maybe flooding out is on flavor too, considering the theme). Anyway, let us know what you think: which deck was more on point, flavor-wise: Tomer's Lobster People or my Fishermen!


Anyway, that's all for today. Moving forward, we're going to put This or That Magic into the regular rotation on a biweekly basis, so expect a new episode every other Thursday night! As always, leave your thoughts, opinions, and questions in the comments, and you can reach me on Twitter @SaffronOlive (and Tomer @BudgetCommander) or at

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