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My ‘condition' is a trial. The weak are consumed by it. The strong transcend it.
— Sorin Markov

Sorin Markov is a deadly vampire planeswalker who predates The Mending, and is among the most powerful of his kin in the Magic: the Gathering multiverse. The second vampire to exist on the plane of Innistrad, Sorin's planeswalker spark 'ignited' when the blood ritual his father had formed with the demon Shilgengar was successfully used on him. After that, Sorin used his god-like powers as a pre-Mending planeswalker to explore and reshape the multiverse, taking part in the imprisonment of the Eldrazi Titans as well as the creation of Archangel Avacyn and the Helvault, the immortal protectors of his home plane.

After the mending, which changed the nature of the planeswalker spark, Sorin lost his near-omnipotent powers. However, he is still a force to be reckoned with. As a master of death and blood magic, he has been observed to single-handedly dispatch five archangels and remove Avacyn from existence, the latter being one of the most powerful beings on Innistrad at the time. He can invade and control the minds of even well-seasoned planeswalkers, and turns his victims into vampiric thralls to fight for him. He has a strong healing factor, recovering from bone-deep slashes into his neck and chest within seconds of receiving them.

Sorin is not unchallenged, however. Seeking revenge for Sorin's impassiveness towards the plane of Zendikar being nearly destroyed, the lithomancer Nahiri went on a quest for vengeance that ended in the devastation of Sorin's home plane of Innistrad alongside Sorin himself being trapped in the very stones of Markov Manor after a fateful duel between the two ancient planeswalkers.

Battle vs. Alucard (Castlevania) (by Dargoo Faust)

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WINNER - ALUCARD

Expert's Opinion

In general, Alucard's vampiric abilities and dark magic are more potent than Sorin's. Death magic requires certain circumstances to be used effectively, while Alucard's magic is much more versatile. Sorin is also limited in his options for close combat, while Alucard's speed and shapeshifting would allow him to close the gap with ease and exploit this weakness. Sorin's powerful healing factor was the lone ability that Alucard did not have a clear counter for, but Alucard's swordsmanship, superior speed, and more potent magic gave him a variety of options for dealing enough damage to overcome it.

To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.

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