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!

Hey look, a prerelease happened. Ordinarily that would mean a live episode recorded at said prerelease, but we didn't do this that time. Instead we're doing it old-school style and talking about it on the next episode! And since Dirk didn't hit a prerelease and we didn't want to bore him, we grabbed our old buddy Bill to take his place this week! You know Bill. He's also known as Squee over on Monday Night Magic. Yay! So yeah, set looks pretty cool.

 

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Direct download: Episode_428_-_Eldritch_Moon_Prerelease_Report.mp3
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A few weeks ago the dorks all gathered at Brian's house to play some Magic! And since we weren't able to record this week for various reasons, you get to hear it now. Yay!

On this episode we began with a game of Commander Planechase. It went for just about an hour and was a fun and (relatively) fast game! After that, we decided to just say screw it and do another one. But this time Brian had the idea that we should each pick a deck built by someone else! So Brian & Chewie swapped decks, Mike & Dirk traded, and we went at it with an unfamiliar deck. This game was slightly more epic in length (about 2 hours) but I don't remember it dragging or anything like that.

So strap in and enjoy a bunch of dorks playing Magic, picking on each other, giggling incessantly, and just having a good time. This is our first live episode with the new microphone, and I really think it turned out well. Let us know what you think!

 

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It's that time again! I went to a Grand Prix, so now you get more Three Questions! This is the third of four shows from GP Charlotte 2016.

When I find myself at a big Magic tournament, I take my trusty digital recorder and ask lots of people three questions that are a bit silly, because I'm not going to ask serious hard-hitting stuff to players between rounds, to judges during their shift, and to everyone else while they're doing...whatever it is they're doing. Besides, my off-the-wall questions put them on the spot and reveal a little bit more about who they are as a person and as a Magic player.

This episode is all about the pros and the content creators! I kick things off by talking to Reid Duke, Shahar Shenhar, and Jon Finkel all at once! I also hit up Andrew Cuneo, Mike Sigrist, Jeff Hoogland, Ali Aintrazi, Brian Braun-Duin, and Todd Anderson! As for my fellow content people, I got to bother CJ Shrader of JudgeCast, Meghan Wolff of Magic: the Amateuring, Cedric Phillips of Star City Games, and Reuben Bresler of Magic Mics. I also interviewed Aaron, known to all (because I just said so) as Father of The Beast, whom I will love forever.

I hope you guys enjoyed the extra work I put into these. Once I had the idea to include everyone's musical response, I couldn't not do it, you know? Be sure to hit me with your answers to these Three Questions!

Your host: Chewie
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These no-job-having zombies are a drain on the fragile (and tentacled) Innistradian economy! Once we overthrow this giant monster cosmic horror thing, they either need to become productive members of society or they need to go right back where they came from, whether that be a hole in the ground, the bottom of the sea, or all the way back to Hell itself! Make Innistrad great again!

Oh yeah, we're looking at the full Eldritch Moon set. It's pretty awesome.

Eldritch Moon Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/eldritch-moon-2016-06-28
JT's Yu Yu Hakusho tweet: https://twitter.com/NerdPop140/status/749634543074803712

 

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It's preview time! We're running through the Eldritch Moon cards that have been revealed thus far. Emrakul or not, the set looks pretty cool thus far. We've got good and useful new mechanics, expected returning mechanics, new takes on double-faced cards, tentacles, gentacles, not-quite-werewolves, and one amazing horse.

Oh, and Meld. You can turn two normal-sized creature cards into one hugely awesome creature card. It's a mechanic that is big, dumb, awesome, stupid, pointless, brilliant, and amazing all at once, and I personally can't wait to meld something together just once. That's all I need!

My horse is amazing.

Eldritch Moon Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/eldritch-moon-2016-06-28
Eldritch Moon Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/eldritch-moon-mechanics-2016-06-27

 

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On this episode we're spending the entire time discussing the big Emrakul reveal for Eldritch Moon. We go into detail about our reactions so everyone understands exactly what we're disappointed about and why. We really like the three cards they revealed though! We touched on a few other things, and you can find links to those things below!

Emrakul's reveal - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/access-magic-eldritch-moon-episode-1-2016-06-20
UNO Anime - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1XQduS6IfA
Fright Night poster - http://imgur.com/v3QV9MC
EU Referendum results - http://www.bbc.com/news/politics/eu_referendum/results
Daily Update with Peculiar Flavor - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/daily-magic-update/update-2016-06-21

 

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Direct download: Episode_424_-_Rise_of_the_Eldrazi_pt_4.mp3
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It is time! We're finally getting started on the Magic RPG that Brian cooked up! We created our characters back in Episode 407, so if you haven't listened to that you might consider doing that first. Only the first hour is character creation if that helps.

We had a good time on our initial outing as Alaric, Karim, and The Angel, getting sucked out of the Blind Eternities and into a strange new world. Now if only I could find a sword...

Be sure to let us know what you think! Bear in mind this is our first time actually playing Brian's game, so go easy on us. Actually it's Brian's first time as GM too. Actually, only Mike has done any tabletop RPGing more than once. So we're basically all new at this. Be kind and give us some feedback!

 

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It's that time again! I went to a Grand Prix, so now you get more Three Questions! This is the first of four shows from GP Charlotte 2016.

When I find myself at a big Magic tournament, I take my trusty digital recorder and ask lots of people three questions that are a bit silly, because I'm not going to ask serious hard-hitting stuff to players between rounds, to judges during their shift, and to everyone else while they're doing...whatever it is they're doing. Besides, my off-the-wall questions put them on the spot and reveal a little bit more about who they are as a person and as a Magic player.

I was all over the place in this episode. I bothered two SCG employees, Ben Bleiweiss and Jeremy Noell. I grabbed some former and current podcasters in Chris Lansdell, Joe Gardner, Alex Okowita, and Houston GingerAle. I had fun talking to Emma Handy, who writes about MTG every week. I even got answers from both ends of the spectrum, with pro players Craig Wescoe and Adrian Sullivan, and non-Magic player Andrea Robinson, who made the mistake of being with Adrian when I snagged him. Is no one safe? Won't someone think of the children?

Nope.

I hope you guys enjoyed the extra work I put into these. Once I had the idea to include everyone's musical response, I couldn't not do it, you know? Be sure to hit me with your answers to these Three Questions!

Your host: Chewie
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Email: chewie@mtgcast.com
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Direct download: ThreeQuestionsGPCharlotte2016pt2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

On this episode, the dorks have decided to take it nice and easy. Nothing stressful, nothing brain-intensive, just some simple segments that we can have some fun with. So we're starting out with a good old Magic Mad Lib! Cleanse!

After that, we're flexing our creative muscles with a pair of Commander Story Circles using two Standard-legal legendary creatures! They're both pretty awesome, which is good because they were the only ones in Standard worth building around that we hadn't done already. Let us know what you think about the decks we built!

Story Circle Decks: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle422edh/

 

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Direct download: Episode_422_-_A_Few_Relaxing_Segments.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

Since the full set of Eternal Masters dropped after just four days of previews (and we were in there! Yay!), we're spending this episode just looking at the Card Image Gallery. We're reminiscing about the cards in here we know and love, and...that's actually about it. There's a bit of discussion about why some cards are here, a bit of talk about what's not here, and plenty of tangenting and nonsense like you'd expect!

Eternal Masters Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/eternal-masters

 

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Direct download: Episode_421_-_Nostalgic_Masters.mp3
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