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!

Due to Chewie being unfit for recording this week, it's time to get another live episode out of the can! A few weeks ago the dorks got together to play some Magic! We recorded the Commander 2017 show that went up two episodes ago, but we ALSO recorded some Archenemy: Nicol Bolas!

We played one game with Mike in the role of Bolas then we broke for dinner. It was delicious, in case you're interested. After that we fired up the recording again and it was Brian's turn to be the big bad. Those two games were drastically different. How were they different? Nope, you'll have to listen to the show to find that out.

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas info - https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/archenemy-nicol-bolas


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Direct download: Episode_482_-_Archenemy_Nicol_Bolas_Live.mp3
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The dorks have returned! It's been two weeks since we recorded a show, and we're dying to get back into it. We begin with a short Sam Quiz, then a long Mad Lib!

After that it's off to discuss our Prerelease experiences. Chewie & Brian did a Two-Headed Giant prerelease, Brian did a solo one, and Mike did some drafting the following week. Do you like pirates? How about dinosaurs?

Dr Langeskov, the Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cAQmXVDLWQ


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Direct download: Episode_481_-_Pirating_at_the_Prerelease.mp3
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Preview season for Ixalan was a little weird due to the big leak. So even though the entire set has been revealed now, there's just...not much left to talk about. And since we were going to be missing Mike anyway, we decided to get a live episode out of the can!

A few weeks ago the Dorks gathered at Brian's house to play some Magic! We played a game with the then-somewhat-newly-released Commander 2017 decks. We opened them just before starting the recording and shuffled up. Dirk was on Cats, Brian played Wizards, Mike was on Dragons, and Chewie was on Vampires. And yes, the length of this episode is accurate. It was an epic long game, but oddly enough there weren't any of those miserable chunks in the middle where nothing happens for anyone. Nice. Let us know what you think!


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Direct download: Episode_480_-_Commander_2017_Live.mp3
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This episode begins with super sexy Unstable lands. Then we bounce around Iconic Masters and try to figure out 1) what exactly is the point of this set? and B) why are there so many kitties in the art?

After that it's back to Ixalan! There's still a lot awesome stuff here to talk about, including the new Vraska, terrors of the sky, and what weird monkey goblins put in cannons.

Unstable Lands - https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/906268663015145474
Iconic Masters Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/iconic-masters
Ixalan Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ixalan


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Direct download: Episode_479_-_Interesting_Cannon_Ammunition.mp3
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We recorded this the same day as the MTG Arena reveal, so the first part of the episode revolves around that. How we feel about what we've seen, expectations, hopes & dreams, that sort of thing.

From there it's time to dive into more Ixalan! There's the new Cradle, the old dinosaurs, the promos, and of course, the Card Image Gallery! This set is a crazy mishmash of lots of things that nerds love...and also Merfolk.

MTG Arena write-up - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/everything-you-need-know-about-magic-gathering-arena-2017-09-07
MTG Arena FAQ - https://magic.wizards.com/en/mtgarena/faq
Magic Online isn't going anywhere - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/magic-online-moving-forward-2017-09-07
Old Dinosaurs! - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/royal-recipe-dinosaur-tribal-2017-09-06
Ixalan Promos etc - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/ixalan-promos-planeswalker-decks-packaging-and-fnm-tokens-2017-09-01
Ixalan Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ixalan


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Direct download: Episode_478_-_Arena_and_Paleontology.mp3
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Yarrr, it be a Sam Quiz, then story time! After that it's time to talk Ixalan! There are feathered dinosaurs, pirates with their treasure, beautifully colored merfolk, and religious fanatic vampires. This set is gonna be AWESOME! We also get to look at the new Jace and the new (lack of) Planeswalker Uniqueness Rule. After that we dive into a bunch of the revealed cards and marvel at how much fun all the lady pirates seem to be having. Yarrr!

Ixalan Mechanics - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ixalan-mechanics
Ixalan Leak Response & Cards - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/behind-scenes-alleged-ixalan-card-theft-2017-08-28

 

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Direct download: Episode_477_-_Feathers_Fangs_and_Treasure.mp3
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After a brief discussion about Fuller House and a not-so-brief discussion about our experiences with the Great North American Eclipse, we're actually going to talk about Magic! Seriously though, the total eclipse was amazing and moving. Like wow.

We're doing a Commander 2017 Story Circle! After discounting the Eminence commanders and a few of the less interesting legends in the set, we finally decided on Mairsil, the Pretender. The problem with Mairsil is...I guess you'll just have to listen and find out what the problem with Mairsil is!

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017
Full Travis art - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/cursed-commander-2017-edition-art-descriptions-2017-08-22


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Direct download: Episode_476_-_The_Post-Eclipse_Pretender_Episode.mp3
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Let us tell you a tale, a tale of a dude. That dude is Travis, and he just keeps having problems. Poor Travis. Maybe if he wasn't so awesome he wouldn't run into so much trouble. Or maybe he just really sucks.

Hey look, Brian's back! And look, we have a lot more Commander cards to talk about! Yay! And look, the Cat Dragon token is SO ADORABLE! I WANT ONE!

Please excuse Chewie's mic the first 2.5 minutes of this episode. That was weird.

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017
Commander 2017 Decklists - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2017-edition-decklists-2017-08-11
Commander 2017 Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2017-edition-decklists-2017-08-11


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Direct download: Episode_475_-_Travis_the_Cursed.mp3
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These Commander 2017 cards are SO MAJESTIC! Seriously. Mike forgot how to speak. Dirk forgot how to read. Chewie almost choked to death. And they were SO MAJESTIC that Brian wasn't even here. Look at all that majesty!

But because we got so caught up in the multicolored cards (mostly the legends), we opted to leave the monocolored cards until next week so Brian can join in on the fun.

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017


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Direct download: Episode_474_-_We_Cant_Handle_All_This_Majesty.mp3
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We begin with another Sam Quiz, which was a little tricksy. Then, after a brief story of personal injury and public surgery from Chewie we get right into it! We're doing a Mythic Conscription for Dissension, finishing out the original Ravnica block. This set, much like some of the other Ravnica sets, was a little hard to do. Or maybe easy. We're not sure. There's a bizarre switch with the leadership of the Azorius guild. Dirk actually leans towards a red rare enchantment as mythic. And then, at the very end, there's the big discussion about Simic Sky Swallower.


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Direct download: Episode_473_-_The_Sky_Swallower_Discussion.mp3
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