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!

Dominaria is absolutely insane. The set is good on SO. MANY. LEVELS. The cards are good and interesting. The flavor is delicious. The nostalgia levels are through the roof, but not to the exclusion of fun and ease of understanding (looking at you, Time Spiral). And there's even another layer below that, for the hardcore and old-school MTG fans. The full set was conveniently revealed the day we recorded this, so we're just bouncing around calling out awesome cards.

We also spend the beginning of the episode thanking some extremely generous fans for a series of unrelated gifts. Tenthtechpriest, Stark Maximum, SogekingUsopp, and Stijn Meganck - you guys are amazing and we appreciate everything!


Dominaria Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/dominaria
Tokens of Dominaria: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/tokens-dominaria-2018-04-12
Dakkon Blackblade art: https://magic.wizards.com/sites/mtg/files/image_legacy_migration/mtg/images/daily/wallpapers/Wallpaper_DakkonBlackblade_1024x768.jpg
The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Accolade_by_Edmund_Blair_Leighton.jpg

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Direct download: Episode_505_-_Dominaria_Layers_of_Goodness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is it! The Mana Pool has finally gotten our very own never-before-seen preview card! It seems fitting since we just hit 500 episodes AND we're going back home to Dominaria! Not only are we talking about our sweet card, but we're also covering a lot of the other completely awesome cards that have been revealed! The discussions to be had are a combination of power, flavor, value, and sheer awesomeness. From the new Weatherlight crew to the historical significance of legendary sorceries & sagas to the super sweet references, everything is awesome in Dominaria and we absolutely can't wait to get it in our hands!

Click here to see our super sweet exclusive preview card! - http://themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/TMP-DOM-card.png

Dominaria Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/dominaria
Yawgmoth's Vile Offering full art - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZ3aQoqXkAEnwgR.jpg
Old-school depiction of Yawgmoth - http://www.5colorcontrol.com/images/fanart/random/Yawgy.jpg
 

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Direct download: Episode_504_-_Exclusive_Dominaria_Preview.mp3
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This one should be a lot of fun! We've got Eric of Many Names with us for the first time in far too long! He's pretty awesome, which is why he's here of course. Brian's got a really long mad lib for us, but he assures us it will be totally worth it. Since it's extra long we'll be giving him card names throughout the episode while we talk about even more sweet Dominaria cards! More sagas, sweet flavor text, awesome art...I can't wait to go back home!

Find Eric on Twitter @EricMTGCast

Dominaria Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/dominaria
High-resolution Dominaria Map: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/wallpaper/dominaria-map-2018-03-28
Full art for The First Eruption: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/dominaria-card-day-first-eruption-2018-03-27
 

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Direct download: Episode_503_-_The_Epic_Mad_Lib.mp3
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There's SO MUCH STUFF! We've inundated with loads of Dominaria! The official explanations of the rules changes, mechanics, sick promos, and the shiny new Dominarian Crown Molding. Also we've got Jace's Signature Spellbook, a new format straight from Wizards, and a few "voice of reason" moments from the dorks. There's not much else to say, so let's dive right in! Enjoy the giant collection of links down below!

Signature Spellbooks - Jace: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/signature-spellbook-jace-packaging-and-contents-2018-03-20
Dominaria Templating & Rules updates: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-frame-template-and-rules-changes-2018-03-21
Dominaria Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/dominaria-mechanics-2018-03-21
Dominaria Buy-a-Box Promo: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-buy-box-pre-order-promotion-2018-03-21
Dominaria Promos: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/promos-dominaria-2018-03-22
Announcing Brawl: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ways-play/join-brawl-2018-03-22
Dominaria Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex4ClzZ3oBM
MTG Arena's next step: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-development-next-closed-beta-phase-2018-03-20
Duel Decks: Elves vs Inventors Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/elves-vs-inventors

 


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Direct download: Episode_502_-_Dominarian_Crown_Molding.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

As we mentioned briefly at the beginning of 500, the release notes for Dominaria were accidentally released early. Bill (you know, that guy on Monday Night Magic) joins us to talk about it. Don't worry, we're spoiler-free here! The dorks go over the removal of the Planeswalker Redirection Rule, the upcoming templating changes, and the sweet first card reveal, Phyrexian Scriptures.

From there, Brian rants about how Wizards of the Coast handled this leak. From there we take a look back at the notable leaks of the past, all the way back to the year 2000, and how WotC handled them. These leaks cover everything from IP theft to packaging errors to ENTIRE SET LEAKS to WotC oopsies.

Also, the MTG Arena NDA lifts soon, but Chewie still isn't in the beta. If he gets in there will be content of some sort. Probably.

And finally, JungleRatRob has done another audio clip montage for us! Look for it on the website soon!

Original Dominaria leak post - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-leak-2018-03-08
Second Dominaria leak post (and preview card) - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-previews-and-moving-forward-2018-03-12
Notable MTG Leaks - https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Spoiler
MTG Arena NDA lifting soon - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-nda-drops-march-22


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Direct download: Episode_501_-_Dominaria__the_History_of_MTG_Leaks.mp3
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Note: We livestreamed the entire episode complete with dork face cams, so if you want to watch that then check out the YouTube link down below.

This is it! Episode 500! We're celebrating with a full-on live stream game show. Due to legal reasons, we're calling it Jeopanaria! Our game show host is none other than Magic Judge and robotics guy Jake Janssens (@ZueluGaming), who just happened to have a full-blown Jeopanaria! game ready to go. And he offered to run it for us for the show! And it was AWESOME!

After the exciting end to the game, we spent a long while just talking about 500 episodes and doing an impromptu Q&A with the Twitch chat. It was awesome, and I want to thank you all for coming to hang out for this episode! It's extra long, but what would you expect from a 500th episode spectacular? 

Watch the full stream VOD here: https://youtu.be/Z7Bn-u0j12U


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Direct download: Episode_500_-_Magic_Jeopanaria.mp3
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This episode is all about Masters 25! We're looking at all the cards that had been revealed by Thursday night, and there's SO MUCH AWESOME in it! Seriously, the episode is named this way because we said it so many times! There's even a Stangg Twin token! Come on man, this is just too good!

Masters 25 Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/masters-25


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Direct download: Episode_499_-_Masters_25_is_Sick.mp3
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Magic is venturing out into video games again! With Arena, a MOBA, and an MMO all in the works, we started wondering what other flavors of video games Magic would fit into. It turns out MTG fits into almost anything, from city building to fighting to 4X grand strategy to kart racing, with plenty of others besides. This is a fun one you guys!

Because we're talking about many different video game genres, I asked Cap, whose name really is Stephen Rogers, to join us. He's from the Lair of Lore, primarily focusing on streaming a ridiculous number of games on Twitch. Like a lot.

Oh yeah, we covered all the stuff in the Valentine's Day Mini-Announcement Day too.

Check out Cap's channel: twitch.tv/lairoflore
Also Twitter @LairofLore


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Direct download: Episode_498_-_Magic_the_Video_Gamening.mp3
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This episode is all over the place with a series of topical...topics. Ahem.

The dorks are showcasing several of the segments we do here on the show, beginning with the always-adorable Sam Quiz. We've also got a Magic Mad Lib (consequence-free this time) and an Ixalan block Story Circle! And if all that wasn't enough, we've also got a discussion about the addition of Jace the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf to Modern! What an episode!

Changes to the Modern Ban List - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/february-12-2018-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2018-02-12

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Direct download: Episode_497_-_Topical_Medley.mp3
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We all love the Magic Mad Libs, right? We rattle off some cards, we get a funny story, we laugh, and that's it, right? But what if our Mad Lib was actually hiding something from us? What if...there were consequences?

In the aftermath of our Mad Lib, we're building a new set! With some stipulations coming from the Mad Lib itself, it's up to the dorks to figure out how to make this random nonsense work together in a way that isn't completely ridiculous. And you know what? We actually did a good job with it! Be sure to let us know what you think about our set and how you would have done it!

Masters 25 packaging - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/masters-25-packaging-2018-02-02
The MTG Mobile MOBA - https://venturebeat.com/2018/02/05/magic-the-gathering-and-netmarble-announce-project-m-for-mobile


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Direct download: Episode_496_-_Instant_Worldbuilding.mp3
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