The Mana Pool
Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!

Last week's episode about The Aveng....I mean the Gatewatch was so much fun that we decided to do it again! We're covering another handful of planeswalker Oaths this week, so be sure to let us know what you think! We'll knock out the rest of them very soon, so if we missed one you like don't worry!

 

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Direct download: Episode_416_-_More_Gatewatcher_Oaths.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

We all know & love the Avengers of the Planeswalkers, the Gatewatch, right? What if they were to add to their numbers? Sure four planeswalkers are a force to be reckoned with, but what if they needed even more power? Well of course anyone that becomes a member must take an Oath, and that's what we're really interested in! We've come up with some Oaths for other planeswalkers that might join the Gatewatch, both the card text and the flavorful oath itself. We couldn't get to them all in one episode, so expect another one soon!

 

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Direct download: Episode_415_-_Gatewatchers_Assemble.mp3
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The dorks are live from the SOI Prerelease at Lucky's Card Shop in Greensboro NC! Mike, Brian, and Chewie are there to play with some creepy new cards, and we have the handy digital recorder so you guys get our live thoughts as we have them! We're joined on occasion by Chris, a local listener who frequents Lucky's, and Sexy Jarod, who is sexy. Like damn. Just for some flavor there's some talk about The Beast, Chewie's new computer, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, and the French version of Thundercats. We can't get through an entire episode without some tangents!

Be sure to let us know how your prerelease went!

 

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Direct download: Episode_414_-_Shadows_Over_Innistrad_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
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I guess every show that goes long enough eventually does a clip show, right?

The details of what happened this week are a little...bizarre. But if you listen it'll all make something that resembles sense. Enjoy the clips!

 

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Direct download: Episode_413_-_Vanish_Into_Memory.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:20am EDT

Even more Shadows Over Innistrad previews! To help celebrate this awesome set, we've brought back one of our favorite guests from back in the day! He has gone by a multitude of handles over the years - Mr. Suitcase, Eric from St. Louis, and plenty more, but he'll always be Eric of Many Names to us! His family has abandoned him again for a brief vacation, so he's taking advantage of that by podcasting with us and scanning cards into a QS database.

As far as the set is concerned, it's still awesome! There are plenty of new cards to talk about this week, so many that we're not even bothering to try to hit them all. So it's a much more free-form discussion, bouncing around the card image gallery to hit whatever tickles our fancy. So sit back, relax, and let us know what you think of anything we mentioned this episode!

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LINKAGE
SOI Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/shadowsoverinnistrad

 

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Direct download: Episode_412_-_Eric_of_Many_Shadows.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

More Shadows Over Innistrad previews! Since we're all really excited about the set, we're doing another preview episode where we're just hitting everything! All the Planeswalkers in the set have been revealed, but we can't talk about them until Brian gets here. Luckily, he arrives halfway through the episode so we can hit them all in rapid succession. 

And yes I know the episode name is dumb. It's late, give me a break.

LINKAGE
SOI Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/shadowsoverinnistrad

 

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Direct download: Episode_411_-_The_411_on_SOI_Planeswalkers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It's preview time baby! Even though Shadows Over Innistrad previews don't actually start until next week, there are plenty of cards to discuss! And mechanics! And changes to returning mechanics! And Dirk is back! And Chewie is super excited about an upcoming set for the first time in like two years! And Mike has a beard! And Brian is awake! I sort of lost my train of thought there...

LINKAGE
All the GP Escape Rooms - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/shadows-over-innistrad-weekend-experience-recap-2016-03-08
SOI Mechanics - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/shadows-over-innistrad-mechanics
SOI Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/shadowsoverinnistrad
The disturbing story we mentioned several times - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/gaze-blank-and-pitiless-2016-03-09

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode is a weird one. Dirk is on vacation, unbeknownst to us. We thought it was next week. The big Shadows countdown reveal was lame, so that didn't take up much of the show. We didn't have terribly much planned for this episode other than a few loose ideas and taking Mike's Hedron Alignment deck Out of the Deck Box.

Luckily, we turned complaining about the Wizards website into a pretty good conversation. Out of the Deck Box led organically into several good discussions about how and why we play Magic. The Eternal Masters announcement led to a rambling rant/talk about the Reserved List and its implications. And then the final thoughts were rambling and out there as usual. So let us know what you think about...just any of that!

LINKAGE
Shadows Over Innistrad page - http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/shadows-over-innistrad
Werewolf Planeswalker - http://magic.wizards.com/en/story/planeswalkers/arlinn-kord
Mike's Hedron Alignment Deck - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/ktk-bfz-ori-hedron-alignment/
Reserved List - http://mtgsalvation.gamepedia.com/Reserved_List
FTV: Lore - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-vault-lore-2016-02-29

 

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Direct download: Episode_409_-_Stream_of_Consciousness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

Yes everyone, the MTG RPG material will be available for everyone in the future. We promise! We'll get it to you when it's ready. Now please stop asking!

This episode begins with a wee bit of email feedback, then some news, then we get into the main topic! We're finishing up our Mythic Conscription of Kamigawa block by poking at Saviors. This set is definitely a weird one with its legendary spells, its flippy enchantment guys, and its lame horse spirit things. Buh!

After we're done with that, things take a bit of a turn when Dirk's final thought leads us into a conversation that lasts longer than Dirk himself does. It's a serious topic, so pay attention.

LINKAGE
We made the Daily Update on the WotC website! - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/daily-magic-update/update-2016-02-22
Then we made it again the next day! - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/daily-magic-update/update-2016-02-23
Conspiracy 2 announced - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-conspiracy-2

 

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Direct download: Episode_408_-_Wood_of_Bline_and_Iron.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:30pm EDT

The time has come! We're bringing back one of our most popular ideas EVER. This is also one of our most requested things to return to, but we were just unable. But now thanks to LOADS of work on Brian's part, it's time to do it again. We're bringing back the Magic RPG! Originally just a one-shot, Brian has crafted a whole new thing that will be a long-running, periodic addition to the show. In this episode, for instance, we're just doing character creation. Do let us know what you think, because we're planning on this popping up from time to time whenever Brian gets more things ready to go!

There's also a few bits of news of course. Eternal Masters, new Shadows Over Innistrad cards and mechanics, an upcoming charity tournament, that sort of thing. You know how it is.

LINKAGE
Episode 172 - Adventures in Zendikar: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-172-adventures-zendikar-live/
Hunter Burton Memorial Magic Open: https://www.facebook.com/events/855810764531913/
Eternal Masters announced: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-eternal-masters-2016-02-15
Duel Decks: Blessed vs Cursed with new Shadows Over Innistrad cards: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/duel-decks-blessed-vs-cursed-2016-02-15

 

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Direct download: Episode_407_-_Character_Creation_MTG_RPG.mp3
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