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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!

No we're not talking about spooky stories, we're doing a Mythic Conscription for Legends! And Legends is REALLY weird. Seriously. Legends was the third Magic expansion ever. It was the first set to introduce legendary cards and multicolored cards, so it makes sense that they hadn't exactly gotten a handle on it yet. 

You'll also get to hear about how we survived the latest hurricane and Brian's sick Guilds draft!

Seriously, Legends was super weird.

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Direct download: Episode_529_-_Weird_Legends.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

It's Prerelease time! So of course, the dorks take the handy dandy digital recorder to Lucky's for what will be the final Prerelease there before it closes up (again). We'll check in before the event starts and between each round to let you know how the format looks, what cards are working or not working for us, things like that. You know the drill by now, right?

Also, the episode begins with a Sam Quiz from a few weeks ago that I didn't want to use in front of a 2.5 hour episode. Enjoy!

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Direct download: Episode_528_-_Guilds_of_Ravnica_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This episode is all about helping casual players manage their first tournament of each type. Starting with Prereleases then moving into FNM, PPTQ, and finally a Grand Prix or SCG Open, we'll give you some general tips for how to prepare and what to expect at each level. Whether you've never been to a tournament in your life or you're a regular FNM player that wants to attend your first GP, we've got you covered!

This may sound like a lot of information, but don't worry! We're sharing all this with you because it's all stuff that we, in our many years of attending various flavors of tournaments, have screwed up or run into in the past and we really just want to save you the hassle. Most of it is relatively simple and seems pretty obvious...until the one time you don't think about it. "Know where you're going." "Make sure you know the format you'll be playing." "Find out how to not starve to death." Just try to keep these seemingly obvious things in the back of your mind!

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Direct download: Episode_527_-_The_Casual_Players_Guide_to_Magic_Tournaments.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The full Guilds of Ravnica set is up, so the Dorks are poking around in there to find all the best and neatest stuff! There's a listening stick, a very friendly beast, and a chance for glory! We've got angels, vampires, bugs, and...lockets? This set looks SO sweet!

Oh, and the open beta for Magic Arena begins soon! You know, if you're interested at all.

Guilds of Ravnica Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/guilds-ravnica-2018-09-17
Magic Arena Open Beta: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-open-all-starting-september-27-2018-09-19


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Direct download: Episode_526_-_The_Medieval_Edgelord__the_Good_Kitty.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Our exclusive (and free) Guilds of Ravnica preview is here! It hits a note for all four dorks, which is pretty neat for a single card. After that there are a lot of sweet Guilds cards to talk about, so we're gonna spend the entire episode doing that!

Our exclusive preview card, Hatchery Spider - http://themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Hatchery_Spider_EN.png

Guilds of Ravnica Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/guilds-ravnica-2018-09-17


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Direct download: Episode_525_-_Why_Did_It_Have_to_Be_Spiders_Exclusive_GRN_Preview.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

It is time once again to return to Ravnica. Or return to Return to Ravnica. Ravnica 3: Secret of the Ooze. But enough with the jokes, Guilds of Ravnica is here! The dorks (minus Mike) are going over the guild mechanics and all the sweet promos that have been revealed thus far! We've got an enormous wurm with dainty little feet, Emmara on keto, super sweet basic lands and even sweeter Masterpiece-like Planeswalkers!

Look out for our exclusive Guild of Ravnica preview card on Monday, September 17!

Guild Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/guilds-ravnica-mechanics-2018-09-04
Guilds promos: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/guilds-ravnica-packaging-promos-and-more-2018-09-04


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Direct download: Episode_524_-_Pranked_by_the_Dimir.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

It's a live episode! The dorks gathered at Brian's house to play a game with the Commander 2018 decks! Will Chewie actually be able to play this time? Will the cats let us play the damn game? Will we be done in time for lunch? All these answers and more can be found in this episode of TMP!


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Direct download: Episode_523_-_Commander_2018_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Professor Beard is back! In his first lecture he taught us all about the evolution of the Graveyard (Episode 509), where we were amazed at just how much of the Graveyard's flavor and function came early in Magic's life. This time the Prof is teaching us all about RFG, which is Removed From Game. Also Set Aside. Also Hovering 8 Inches Above the Table. Eventually, it became the Exile we know and love today. And again, you might be as surprised as we were at how much of its flavor and functionality came from the early days of Magic.


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Direct download: Episode_522_-_Professor_Beard_Teaches_Exile.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

It's been a LONG time, but we're back with Brian's custom-made Magic-based RPG system! Karim, Alaric, and the Angel are still stuck on the mysterious plane of Trivester with no idea what's going on. Since it has been SO LONG, Brian gives a quick recap of what's happened thus far and then we dive right in!

Did you ever interrupt two Giant Warthogs during rutting season? Or set fire to an angry Primeval Force? Well you're in luck, because we...might have done those things. Also, Alaric (Dirk) is one hell of a shot with a bow & arrow. Holy crap.

The Trivester Map, courtesy of Jars Cristobal: http://themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/trivester-map-logo.png

If you have no idea what's going on here, please refer to these episodes for the full story of Heirs of Trivester:
Character Creation – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-407/
Part 1 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-423/
Part 2 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-430/
Part 3 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-450/
Part 4 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-471/


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Direct download: Episode_521_-_The_Long-Awaited_Return_to_Trivester.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Since Commander 2018 comes out this weekend, we've decided to do a couple Story Circles this episode! But since we're streaming the shows now, we've decided to give Twitch Chat some input. They get one entry per round AND they picked from three possibilities to decide who our second Commander would be! See? You should totally come hang out and watch the show live!

Also, Dirk is a monster.

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Direct download: Episode_520_-_Never_Trust_Twitch_Chat.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode we're taking a look at ALL the rest of the cards in Commander 2018 that we missed last episode! This leads to discussions about the HR manager in charge of hiring Humiliators, the Bane of enchanters, how the Ravenous Slime uses its skulls, and of course the titular arterial spritz of the Bloodtracker. We may or may not have been extra silly this episode.

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Commander 2018 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2018-edition-2018-07-27
Commander 2018 Tokens & Decklists - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2018-edition-decklists-and-tokens-2018-07-27

 

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Direct download: Episode_519_-_Arterial_Spritz.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

 

This is the first of our new live episodes! This one is ALL Commander 2018, because there's a lot of it. In fact, we didn't even finish it all, so we'll probably come back to it next week. We're covering all the new planeswalkers, all the new Commanders we could find, and a handful of the most entertaining/powerful/bizarre new cards in the set! Oh, and the Commander Storm cycle, because Twitch chat was going to riot if we didn't.

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Commander 2018 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2018-edition-2018-07-27

 

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Direct download: Episode_518_-_Ninja_Juice_Replentishment.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode begins with a little bit (like, a seriously tiny bit) of Commander 2018 news from the announcement that came from a stream on the day we recorded. We get deck names, colors, and a few pieces of art. But hey, we go over all that for you!

Then it's time for a glorious Battlebond Story Circle! Somehow we just never did one with any of the neat partner pairs, so it's time to fix that! The most wide-open pair seems to be Pir and Toothy, so we're all over it. And since we're in blue and green, Dirk is in absolute Story Circle Heaven.

Also, we have a few announcements about the future of the show. Nothing bad, don't worry! We're going to go for slightly shorter episodes, set up a Discord server, and start STREAMING THE SHOW!

Commander 2018 announcement summed up on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/8ye2gl/c18_news_from_todays_twitch_stream_colors_and

 

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Direct download: Episode_517_-_Seriously_Toothy_Content.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

With Core Set 2019 marking the return of the Core Set the dorks decided to take a look back at all its previous iterations. Starting with Alpha and moving through all the Nth Editions that happened every other year with their white-bordered insanity, through the Magic 201X that introduced new cards every year, we're hitting them all! All the trends (the removal of trample?), all the big news (RULES CHANGES!), and everything else that made each Core Set stand out as its own entity!

Of course, Core Sets were also the place where game-destroying things first appeared. Every single time the naysayers claimed that Magic would be dead soon, and yet here we are on the 25th anniversary. Feels good man.

Core Sets Wiki: https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Core_set 

 

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Direct download: Episode_516_-_The_History_of_Core_Sets.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are back for more Core Set 2019! In fact, it's ALL of Core Set 2019, since there was apparently only one week of previews. We're jumping around the set, talking about all the awesome flavor, sweet art, powerful cards, and useful answers that it's bringing us! 

Some of these cards really do rev Brian up. Seriously. Also, bear with Mike, we're still working on teaching him how to read. And talk. And count.

 

Core Set 2019 Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2019-2018-06-22
 

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Direct download: Episode_515_-_Revving_up_with_Core_Set_2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

After not recording for a staggering 2 weeks in a row, the dorks are back! We've got a very cheeky Sam Quiz to kick off the whole thing, because what's a better way to get back into the groove?

After that, we're all-in on Core Set 2019 previews! After 3 years without a Core Set, Magic has decided that it's a necessity. So they've changed the way they build these sets, with beginner-friendly cards at common & uncommon and laser-focused answers and super-neat cards at rare & mythic!

Captain Sniffles rides again! And the Beardy Man has completely forgotten how Magic cards work! Will our heroes get through the episode without incident? You'll just have to listen to find out!

Core Set 2019 Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2019-2018-06-22
Core Set 2019 Promos: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/core-set-2019-packaging-promos-and-more-2018-06-11
Core Set 2019 Planeswalker Deck lists & cards: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/core-set-2019-planeswalker-deck-lists-2018-06-15
 

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Direct download: Episode_514_-_The_Return_of_the_Core.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode was recorded a few weeks ago, but it's going up now since we're not recording this week! But here's the hitch - it's not a live episode! Man, the title is right - time travel is weird.

On this episode we're going all the way back to the beginning. Not the VERY beginning, just after that. We're doing a pair of Mythic Conscriptions for Magic's first two expansions - Arabian Nights and Antiquities. Since the old expansions are small, we could easily knock two of them out. Well, maybe not easily. These sets represent the earliest days of MTG's expansion design...and it shows. Be sure to let us know what you think!
 

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Direct download: Episode_513_-_Time_Travel_Is_Weird.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

What's that? A Sam Quiz for a card none of us expected? And a listener-submitted Mad Lib? AND even more discussion of the crazy stuff going on in Battlebond? All in the same episode? That's awesome! Where do I sign up?

And get that look of Frog Tongue off your face!

Battlebond Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/battlebond-2018-05-25
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Direct download: Episode_512_-_Battlebond_and_BoneSawBall.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are here to discuss Announcement Day and our reactions to all the news that came out of it. Warning: some of these reactions might surprise you. They sure surprised me!

After that it's time to jump onto Battlebond previews! There's a lot of really neat stuff going on here. The mechanics are neat, the new cards are awesome, and the reprints are absolutely bonkers. Plus we get to explore a new relationship between an angel and a demon and make fun of Vince Russo. Everyone wins! 

As you might be able to tell from the title, we had some technical difficulties this week as Discord gave us our first ever hiccup! At least, as far as I can remember it's the first problem we've had with it. Still better than Skype!

Rest in peace John Bain, you will be missed.

Announcement Day video (sigh): https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/2018-spring-announcement-day-2018-05-18
Global Series planeswalkers: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/global-series-meet-jiang-yanggu-and-mu-yanling-2018-05-18
Battlebond Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/battlebond-mechanics-2018-05-21
Battlebond Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/battlebond-2018-05-25

 

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Direct download: Episode_511_-_Partner_with_Discord_the_Abruptly_Nonfunctional.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks gathered at Dirk's house to try out Brawl! Despite half of us not knowing how turn order actually works, we actually managed to play with the four Brawl decks Brian built for us! Our Brawl Commanders are Aryel, Muldrotha, Firesong & Sunspeaker, and Radha!

Have you given Brawl a shot yet? Let us know what you think about it!


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Direct download: Episode_510_-_Brawling_with_Buddies_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Graveyards in Magic are an interesting thing. In so many other games it's just a discard pile, but MTG uses the graveyard for a variety of functions. Mike (Professor Beard) is going to walk us through the history of the graveyard from its origins in Alpha, set by set, until the current day. He'll point out mechanics (both keyworded and not) and new design space and ways to interact with the graveyard that come up as we move forward in time. Big thanks to Drew for the suggestion and to Mike for putting serious time into the research for this episode!

Oh yeah, we're covering the Brawl changes that were announced the day of recording. And Brian learned about something new and wants to share in his final thought. Here's a relevant friendly reminder to everyone: no one owes you any kind of physical gratification.

The Future of Brawl: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/future-brawl-2018-05-10


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Direct download: Episode_509_-_Professor_Beard_Teaches_Graveyards.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are back from our long recording hiatus! To celebrate the release of Dominaria, we're diving into not one but TWO Story Circles! There are a lot of legends, so we've narrowed it down to a small handful and randomly selected two for deckbuilding purposes! Also I finally remembered to put the Sam Quiz recorded weeks ago into the episode. Yay!


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Direct download: Episode_508_-_Dominarian_Story_Circles.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Magic is finally going home! The Dominaria prerelease is here, which means Chewie breaks out his trusty digital recorder! This year he did something a little different though. On Saturday he headed out to House of Cards in Winston-Salem, NC to hang out with Mike (not that one), Carter, and Andy to talk about Dominaria. There are discussions about broken cards they'll never print, Brawl, Prison decks, and the set in general.

Then on Sunday Chewie joins Mike (now it's that one) and Brian at Lucky's in Greensboro, NC to actually play in the prerelease. You'll get the usual round-by-round commentary as well as hearing how Brian did at the midnight on Friday. All in all, we all really enjoyed going back home to Dominaria. How was your prerelease experience?


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Direct download: Episode_507_-_Dominaria_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

To celebrate The Mana Pool's 500th episode our old buddy Jungle Rat Rob of The Retro League podcast put together another of his famous audio montages with the help of his girlfriend Cassandra! He's done this a few times before (links down below), but it has been a LONG time! There are bits from the other hundred episode milestones along with the usual assortment of nonsense from random places and even a few special guest moments sprinkled in!

A HUGE thanks to Rob & Cassandra for this! They've once again managed to capture the fun, entertaining, and goofy side of the show without worrying about the actual content. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

No One Expects The Mana Pool - http://themanapool.com/podcast/jungle-rat-rob-no-one-expects-the-mana-pool/
Mana Pool 2: Electric Boogaloo - http://themanapool.com/podcast/jungle-rat-rob-mana-pool-2-electric-boogaloo/
150 Fast Effects Resolving - http://themanapool.com/podcast/jungle-rat-rob-150-fast-effects-resolving/

Songs used in this montage:
- The Planet Krypton By John Williams
- The Avengers Theme Song by Alan Silvestri
- Can Can Music by Offenbach
- Woke Up by Hammerbox

Direct download: ManaPool_Science_Theater_500.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

A few weeks ago we recorded a live episode at Dirk's house! We were playing the Explorers of Ixalan multiplayer experience using the preconstructed decks that come with it. Dinosaurs, Pirates, Merfolk, and Vampires slam headfirst into each other to determine who will win the golden city of Orazca!

Seriously though, this was a lot of fun. The rules are set up to keep things from getting out of control, the decks feel pretty balanced, and the actual game setup isn't painful at all. It's a solid experience and we highly recommend it!

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Direct download: Episode_506_-_Explorers_of_Ixalan_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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!

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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
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Direct download: Episode_504_-_Exclusive_Dominaria_Preview.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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!

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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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

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

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? 

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Direct download: Episode_500_-_Magic_Jeopanaria.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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

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

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

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

The dorks put TWO sets under the Mythic Conscription microscope, focusing on Homelands, originally part of Ice Age block, and Coldsnap, the eventual finish to the Ice Age block! With over a decade between the two releases, card and set design changed a lot, so let's take a look at each one and see what the differences are!


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Direct download: Episode_495_-_Ten_Years_Make_a_Difference.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Has your playgroup ever issued a ban on certain cards or combinations of cards? Have you ever made the decision to stop playing something because, while it might have been effective, it just wasn't FUN? That's what the dorks are discussing this week with our own experiences playing lots of Magic as a group over the years.

Also WotC has revealed the structure of MTG Arena's in-game economy and card acquisition, so we spent some time going over all that. Seems workable, so we can't wait to see how it feels!

MTG Arena Economy: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/developing-mtg-arena-economy-2018-01-17


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Direct download: Episode_494_-_Friendly_Bannings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

It's time! Chewie & Mike went to the Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease, so that means the handy digital recorder went too! We recorded our thoughts & experiences after deckbuilding and after each round, with a super special surprise in round 1! What did Chewie do that was incredibly impressive? What insane bomb did Mike not play? Listen to find out!

After the tourney we went to have celebratory Mexican food, but we didn't record that.

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Direct download: Episode_493_-_RIX_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The full Rivals of Ixalan set is upon us! The dorks spend this episode going through the Card Image Gallery picking out more sweet cards that we feel like talking about! There are a few reprints from Ixalan in Rivals of Ixalan, let's talk about that. Also the RIX rules update happened. Also Patrick Sullivan rants about Ravenous Chupacabra. Also we miss Brian.

Rivals of Ixalan Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/rivals-of-ixalan
Rivals of Ixalan Update Bulletin - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/rivals-ixalan-update-bulletin-2018-01-11
Patrick Sullivan on Game Design - http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/patrick_sullivan_on_game_desig.html


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Direct download: Episode_492_-_Horned_Turtle_Treasure_Pirate.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

The dorks are back! We have returned from our holiday break just in time to take a look at the insane cards from Rivals of Ixalan! Seriously, have you looked at these? There's a lot of concentrated awesome going on here. The mythics seem to be nuts. We have a cycle of Elder Dinosaurs.

Elder.

Dinosaurs.

So awesome!

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Direct download: Episode_491_-_Rivals_of_Insanity.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

It's the final TMP of 2017! We're talking about the newly revealed Rivals of Ixalan mechanic, Ascend. Then we have to talk about the end of Duel Decks, and how that's sad but not terribly sad.

The bulk of the episode is a Mythic Conscription for Alliances, the follow-up to Ice Age. This set...this set, man. It's uh...it's a set. Of cards. It's a tough one for the MC treatment because some of these cards are just..lame. Also, Force of Will? Uncommon. That's important.

We hope everyone enjoys the end of their year and any holiday celebrations you may partake in! Let's make 2018 awesome!

Ascend w/ Vona's Hunger
https://twitter.com/mtgaaron/status/942870273652436992
Duel Decks/Challenger Decks announcements - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/challenger-decks-and-final-duel-decks-2017-12-18
Some Disassembly Required - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/inkwell/gift-necromagi-2017-10-17


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Direct download: Episode_490_-_For_the_Alliances.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

We're back after Chewie's vacation! We begin with a Sam Quiz, like you do after a week off. We've got surreal Unstable variants to talk about. Like a lot of them. Holy crap these are insane. Then there's a tiny bit of Rivals of Ixalan. Then we have a long but well worth it listener submitted Magic Mad Lib, sent to us by Mike XIV. Thanks man!

We end the episode with some final thoughts as always. We have thoughts of bad news, of hope, of thanks, and of winning with your chin on the table. We love you all, and we're glad to have you with us!

Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable Variants - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/unstable-variants-2017-12-06
Everythingamajig art, annotated - https://i.redd.it/4gldht8dbq201.jpg
Rivals of Ixalan promos - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/rivals-ixalan-promos-packaging-and-more-2017-12-11

 

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Direct download: Episode_489_-_Oh_Is_THAT_What_That_Stands_For.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We begin this episode on a much less happy note and address the current ugly situation in the Magic online community. Seriously though, why is it so hard to just be decent to people?

Then it's on to the Unstable cards! We're bouncing around looking at whatever jumps out at us in the full set. And since there's just SO MUCH lunacy in the set, there are plenty of things to do the jumping. Like a lot. Wow.

For reals, just be decent to each other. It's not hard.

Open Letter from Pro Players - http://www.starcitygames.com/article/36242_An-Open-Letter-From-Members-Of-The-Professional-Magic-Scene-To-The-Magic-Community-At-Large.html
Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/unstable-faqawaslfaqpaftidawabiajtbt-2017-11-22
Unstable Tokens - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/tokens-unstable-2017-11-21

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Direct download: Episode_488_-_The_Terrible__the_Ridiculous.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On this episode of TMP, the dorks are giving a eulogy. Actually it's another Mad Lib by lvl99luck, but it'll make sense when you listen to it. Good night, sweet Rogue Kavu.

After that we're off to talk about Unstable! It's the first Un set in the podcast's lifetime, and we're all over it. We're making sense of all the jargon surrounding Contraptions, explaining Rules Lawyer, and taking turns making Chewie fall out laughing. Join us!

Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable Mechanics, pt 2 - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/unstable-mechanics-2017-11-13
Re: Female Spike - http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/167547562988/greetings-mr-rosewater-may-i-ask-why-spike-is
Full Contraption Art - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/un-ending-saga-part-2-2017-11-13

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Direct download: Episode_487_-_Doom_Has_No_Snooze_Button.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Happy Birthday TMP! After ten whole years of talking Magic almost every week, the dorks have decided to take a week off. Not from podcasting, from Magic-talking. Since we've been going for so long, we're looking back at the world of 2007 to see how things were back then. From there we sort of tangent off into things we've been into since then, things we're into now, and how we're all completely different people than we were back when. This episode is essentially an extended Odds & Ends, without the swearing.

Thank you all so much for sticking with us for so long! We absolutely wouldn't (and couldn't!) do it without you, and you mean the world to us. Here's to many more!

The Out-of-Time Commander Mention - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/casual-formats-2008-08-11
The New DailyMTG - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/new-dailymtg-2017-11-09

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Direct download: Episode_486_-_Ten_Years.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT

After another adorable Sam Quiz, we've got our work cut out for us. We have decided, perhaps foolishly, to do a Mythic Conscription for Magic's first full size expansion. If you know your history, you know that means Ice Age - the home of cumulative upkeep, massive text boxes, and commons sitting in the rare slot. This set was created in the dark days of Magic design, when no one really knew what they were doing.

Mike & Chewie were actually playing back when Ice Age was around so some of their picks are colored by their younger selves' experiences. Other picks are, as the title spells out, colored by experiences we've all had since then with some of these cards, not to mention the historical significance of a few.

Also, hiccups. Lots of hiccups.

 

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Direct download: Episode_485_-_Colored_By_Dumbness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Roughly once a year the dorks take a look at media outside of Magic and turn some bits of it into cards! We've done video games, movies, television, and books (we think that's all thus far). This time we're looking at sequential art, also known as comics! From comic books to webcomics to newspaper comics, we're covering some of all of it! What's your favorite thing in the medium of comics? And would it make for a good Magic card? Let us know!

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Direct download: Episode_484_-_Would_Spider-Man_Have_Reach.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

We need to have a talk. Why do nerds always react so negatively to new things? Why are they always so against new people liking the things they like? Why is it that they always seem like horribly entitled jerks? The dorks are looking to answer all these questions if we can.

Just to show that we're human too, we're starting off with many examples of times we've had nerd rage of our own. Then we'll spend a long time discussing the stereotypical nerd and some theories about why nerd rage is a thing. Let us know if you have any theories, any comments, or any delicious nerd rage!


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Direct download: Episode_483_-_The_Nerd_Rage_Episode.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

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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We're back with Level 3 judge and SCG writer Chris Lansdell to finish up the history of the Banned & Restricted List. From the Day 0 Modern Banned List to the most recent cleanup of the miserable state of Standard, we're covering it all! And since all the announcements still exist, we can give you actual explanations for each banning and unbanning. Then we'll wrap it all up by discussing why there is a B&R list and the reasons for constantly updating it.

Just remember - Dark Ritual is fine.

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions
History of the Banhammer, Pt 1: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-462/
History of the Banhammer, Pt 2: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-465/
Check out Chris Lansdell's articles: http://www.starcitygames.com/tags/ChrisLansdell 

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Direct download: Episode_472_-_History_of_the_Banhammer_pt_3.mp3
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Karim, Alaric, and The Angel are back to explore more of Trivester and see what they can get into! We're heading towards a huge tree, losing our way, and getting into a scrape with goblins! At least I get to use my awesome sword! Much love to Jars for the amazing map!

After that, we're catching up on stuff - Mike's prereleases, Dirk's job hunt, my trip to Busch Gardens, and Brian's anniversary!

In case you’re completely lost, Brian created this MTG RPG from scratch and we periodically play it on the show. This campaign is called Heirs of Trivester. If you’d like to hear the previous installments, here are some links to get you caught up!

Character Creation - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-407/
Part 1 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-423/
Part 2 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-430/
Part 3 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-450/

 

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Direct download: Episode_471_-_Fighting_a_Goblin_Mob_MTG_RPG.mp3
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The dorks are covering the rest of Hour of Devastation since the full set was revealed immediately after we recorded last week. There are quite a few bits of good stuff left. There's a lot of art on commons and uncommons that is just awesome too, so we'll be sure to point that out.

And there are discussions of StarCraft and copyright claim at the end. Just a warning.

Hour of Devastation Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Striped Riverwinder full art - http://imgur.com/gHOCZb4


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Direct download: Episode_470_-_Learning_to_Attack_Charitably.mp3
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The dorks are taking another look at Hour of Devastation previews! Torments, afflictions, curses, eternalization, more Hours, and lots of sand. I hate sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating...and it gets everywhere.

Also, now ALL my horses can be amazing, and there's a zombie camel. Oh yeah, you read that right.

Hour of Devastation Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Hour of Devastation Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/tokens-hour-devastation-2017-06-29

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Direct download: Episode_469_-_This_Plane_is_So_Boned.mp3
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The Hour of Devastation looms near! Brian is getting attacked by malicious flying creatures and Dirk is being stalked by the gods of sleep, but at least Mike's beard is still glorious. Thank goodness.

In case you can't tell, we're covering the early Hour of Devastation previews. The Invocations, the mechanics of the set, and all the really sick stuff that had shown up at this point. Bolas is a bad bad dude, and we're really concerned about what's going to happen. This whole story is getting seriously dark and depressing.

Invocations: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/masterpiece-series-hour-devastation-invocations-2017-06-19
Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/hour-devastation-mechanics-2017-06-16
Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Promos: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/promos-and-planeswalker-decks-hour-devastation-2017-06-16

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Direct download: Episode_468_-_Hour_of_Mournful_Overtones.mp3
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It's Announcement Week for Magic, and wow they've thrown a lot at us! There's a LOT of good stuff here! First there's Pro Tour news and yet another Standard banning. Then we've got to talk about all the Magic Digital Next news, which is bittersweet but probably still good. Then we spend a LOT of time on MaRo's Metamorphosis 2.0, which outlines the totally new direction Magic sets will be going in after Ixalan block. We're actually going through the article point by point to explain why they're doing what they're doing. It's good stuff. Then it's time to touch on all the upcoming products. Most of them are pretty standard, but there are a few that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND. No kidding.

 

Pro Tour stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/playing-pro-tour-2017-06-15
Banned & Restricted List stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/june-13-2017-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2017-06-13
Magic Digital Next stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/magic-digital-next-update-2017-06-13
Set structure stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/metamorphosis-2-0-2017-06-12
Upcoming products stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/25th-anniversary-announcement-day-2017-06-14

 

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Direct download: Episode_467_-_Announcement_Week.mp3
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On the day this episode was recorded, it was announced that Cryptic Studios is working on a Magic: The Gathering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game! This is absolutely unprecedented in MTG's history of licensing, and we decided to do an entire episode about it! We're beginning with Dirk's extensive MMO experience! He goes on at length about what Magic's world and mechanics could bring the MMO genre, and the rest of us pipe up whenever we have something to add.

After all the rampant speculation, it's time to talk about the dark side of all this. There has been a massive negative reaction to this from the MTG community, and it's because nerds are, I'm sorry to say, terrible people when it comes to the properties that they nerd over.

After that we're going over as many of the other ways MTG has attempted to expand its brand over the years as we can remember. Old video games, books & comics, a miniatures game, Jones Planeswalker Soda...just whatever. Be sure to let us know if we missed any good ones!

Announcement/Interview article - http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-07-06-taking-an-ip-and-making-it-your-own
Cryptic Studios - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_Studios
MTG Video Games - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic:_The_Gathering_video_games

 

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Direct download: Episode_466_-_Brand_Expansion_The_MTG_MMO_Episode.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

It's time to go back to the Banned & Restricted List! We've grabbed Chris Lansdell to join us again so we can cover the next several years of the banhammer's history. Since we have sources for some of these and we have some memory of them, we have a bit more to say this time. Last time we went from 1994 to 2001. This time we're covering 2002 to 2010, just before the inception of Modern as a format and a whole new Banned list to think about.

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions

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Direct download: Episode_465_-_History_of_the_Banhammer_pt_2.mp3
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We begin this episode with a listener-supplied Magic Mad Lib, sent in by lvl99luck. We learn all about enchantment speed and refuse to name Balance. This Mad Lib is nothing to Murder at!

Then it's time to get down to business. We're following up the last episode and diving right into a Mythic Conscription for Guildpact. It turns out that the enchantment speed we learned about in the Mad Lib is a pretty big thing in Guildpact. Like a lot. It also turns out that Guildpact's rares are actually... rares. So yeah, that's a thing.

 

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Direct download: Episode_464_-_At_Enchantment_Speed.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode is pretty simple. After the always-adorable Sam Quiz, we're doing a Mythic Conscription of Ravnica: City of Guilds! Depending on how you look at it, this one is either really easy or really hard, because the power level seems to be concentrated in just a few cards. But don't worry, there's plenty of discussion to be had!

There are also some discussions about streaming, cruises, and outnumbering children. You've been warned.

 

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Direct download: Episode_463_-_The_Ravnican_Conscription.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

With the weird out-of-sequence Felidar Guardian ban that just went down, we thought it would be a good time to look at the history of the Banned & Restricted Lists in Magic. Joining us for this adventure is none other than SCG writer, brewer, and longtime player Chris Lansdell! We're starting at the very beginning, waaaay back in 1994, with the first B&R update that predated even the existence of formats! We'll weave our way through the now-obvious and now-ridiculous additions to the list, giving you some historical reasons whenever we can. 

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions

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Direct download: Episode_462_-_History_of_the_Banhammer_Pt_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are live from the Amonkhet prerelease! Who did well? Who went undefeated? Who's the slow player? Who opened a shiny new Invocation? Who spat processed chicken parts at the person sitting next to them? Just how sexy is Sexy Jarod? All these answers (except the last one) and more are waiting in this very episode, recorded live from Lucky's Card Shop in Greensboro, NC! 

 

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Direct download: Episode_461_-_Amonkhet_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

There are a few bits of quick news that popped up over the last few days, but none of that matters. What matters is the full Amonkhet set is up! Sadly, you don't get to hear us discuss the whole thing, because some manner of technical difficulty resulted in the loss of the last...hour? Or so? Sorry about that, I have no idea what happened or why. It sucks. Let the cavalcade of links begin!

Amonkhet Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/amonkhet
Amonkhet Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/tokens-amonkhet-2017-04-13
Ixalan etc - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/ixalan-worlds-pro-tour-nationals-and-rptqs-2017-04-18
Commander 2017 - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-commander-2017-edition-2017-04-18
HasCon & Iconic Masters - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/hascon-and-kickoff-our-25th-anniversary-2017-04-20

 

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Direct download: Episode_460_-_Duster_the_Crash_Test_Mummy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

We have now seen all the Gods of Amonkhet, and they're pretty neat. We've also got a few stand out cards that will be powerful in various formats, like Harsh Mentor. We've got a few completely bizarre cards that will hopefully snatch a few games for people. We've also got a new and possibly improved Krosan Tusker, a new Desert, a fixed Unstable Mutation, and Fling. What is going on here?

Also, some discussion about the story of Amonkhet and beard oil. Not at the same time though. That would just be weird. Buh.

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Direct download: Episode_459_-_Gods_and_Callbacks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Age of Amonkhet is upon us! The new Masterpieces are called Invocations and they have the entire internet in an uproar. We'll touch on all the problems people have had and give our opinions. Then we'll cover all the mechanics and a handful of cards that are just sick, including a pair of awesome planeswalkers. The new set looks like fun!

 

Amonkhet Invocations - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/masterpiece-series-amonkhet-invocations-2017-03-29
Amonket Mechanics - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/amonkhet-mechanics-2017-04-03
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Direct download: Episode_458_-_Invoking_Amonkhet.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

 

A report of all the shenanigans the four of us got up to at GP Orlando! So sorry if we missed any of you while we were there! I'm exhausted so that's all I'm writing.

GP Orlando Coverage - http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/gporl17

 

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Direct download: Episode_457_-_The_Orlando_Report.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

This episode is a truly strange one. Brian's not here, he got sick and died since I saw him the previous night. We have a sponsor this week, Easy Roller Dice Co. We grabbed Cap from Lair of Lore to join us. We've got a truly epic listener-submitted Mad Lib. And our Flavor Fight has a dance number in it. Yup, it's definitely a weird one.

For those that don't know, the original incarnation of this segment was Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs. We use the Random Card function to find creatures, then pit them head to head in a single elimination tournament using only flavor to guide us! This time I limited the random creatures to the uncommon rarity just to keep the power level somewhat even. And it got bizarre this time. Do you believe in life after love? Do you like Hamilton? You're gonna love this!

Just don't click this, trust me. It's The Slug from Marvel Comics.

 

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Direct download: Episode_456_-_Ultimate_Kombat_Smashy_Smashy_Face_Punch_Konflict_F4RCE.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

Woo! Cosmic Larva in 2020! It's got to be better than the Desecration Elemental, right? Guys?

In this episode we're finishing off our look at Modern Masters 2017! The whole set looks like a lot of fun to draft. There are a few more rarity shifts to discuss, looking at how the overall strategies of each allied color pair overlap with each other, and more jaw-dropping and reminiscing. Ah yes, good stuff.

But that's not all! After that we're doing another Mythic Conscription, this time for the oddball final set of the Mirrodin block, Fifth Dawn! With its Beacons, Bringers, Sunburst, and assorted nonsense, what's going to be mythic? What's fine as a rare? How much disagreement can you fit into one episode? Why does Mike REALLY play Magic the way he does? Let's find out!

Modern Masters 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/modern-masters-2017-edition 

 

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Direct download: Episode_455_-_Cosmic_Larva_For_President.mp3
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No really. Have you seen the cards in Modern Masters 2017? It's completely bonkers. They've pulled out all the stops with this one, presumably to make up for the last two Masters sets. We're just diving right in and looking at all the stuff that has been revealed thus far, with plenty of talk about rarity shifts up and down. It's a fun one for remembering the amazing cards that defined their respective Standard environments back in the day!

Modern Masters 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/modern-masters-2017-edition 

 

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Direct download: Episode_454_-_This_Set_Is_Insane.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Not sure why we're talking about television shows at the beginning. We're just weird.

We begin the actual show by thinking about some things that may or may not (and also almost certainly won't) be in Modern Masters 2017. It turns out Dirk might be a terrible person. My money was on me or Mike. Oh well.

After that it's off to a Mythic Conscription for Darksteel! Could it be that none of the colored cards are mythic? And just all the artifacts? Maybe, I dunno. There are some pretty good discussions about cards with weird abilities, excessive power levels, and misery. Mispronunciations may or may not be a thing in this episode too.

 

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Direct download: Episode_453_-_The_Lichs_Tome.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

This episode begins with an extremely quick Sam Quiz followed by another user-submitted Magic Mad Lib from lvl99luck. Little did he know that it would play into our episode's theme! We didn't know that either! It's an amazing coincidence! Buy lottery tickets now!

After the awesome Mad Lib we're doing a neat twist on the Story Circle! This time we're randomly picking two legends with Partner and building a deck around the pair we come up with! It's really neat to have two different ideas to build around. Let us know what you think and we'll see if this is a thing we want to do again sometime!

Somehow at the end we ended up going off on a tangent about Batman: The Animated Series. Then we had another tangent about Overwatch that, oddly enough, was Dirk's fault, not Chewie's. How about that?

 

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It's time for a new episode of The Mana Pool! We've got a brand new Magic Mad Lib, except this one was written by Chewie for the first time ever! Be afraid, it's based on some of his recent experiences.

After that we're doing a Mythic Conscription of the first modern artifact-centric set, Mirrodin! This set is a little weird. So many of the rares are super lame and could never be Mythic...and then you get to the artifacts. Who'd have thought the artifacts in the artifact set would be massively overpowered?

 

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Direct download: Episode_451_-_Someone_To_Midnight_Ritual_With.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

It is time! Karim, Alaric, and The Angel are back to track down the mysteries of Trivester! Not because we want to, but because we can't freakin' leave the plane and we'd really rather be somewhere else. Plus apparently the dice have decided that we're going to have a nice easy time of it, and that is bothering Brian, our Game Master. Apparently he wanted us to suffer a bit more.

In case you're completely lost, Brian created this MTG RPG and we periodically play it on the show. If you'd like to hear the previous installments, here are some links to get you caught up!

 

Part 1 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-423/
Part 2 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-430/

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

It's Aether Revolt prerelease time! Since we all went to different prereleases, there were no field recordings this time. But don't worry, we did grab the one and only Chris Lansdell to join us, since he did 3x as many prereleases as the rest of the cast put together. Yeah, do that math and try not to let your jaw drop too far. Anyway, find out how everyone did and what we think of the set in general on this episode! Yay prereleases!

Check out Chris Lansdell's articles on StarCityGames 
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Aether Revolt Card Image Gallergy - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/aether-revolt

 

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Direct download: Episode_449_-_Aether_Revolt_Prerelease_Reports.mp3
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We've got to talk about the big news first, of course. There were cards banned in Standard for the first time since 2011. This is big. Like really big.

But after that we're back to more Aether Revolt! Yay new cards! And poor, poor Howard. I feel for that guy. But he does it to himself, so maybe I shouldn't. But I can't help it.

 

Banned & Restricted List Update - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-9-2017-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2017-01-09
Aether Revolt Card Image Gallergy - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/aether-revolt

 

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Direct download: Episode_448_-_Howard_of_Anguish.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

We're back for a new year and a new set! Of course Aether Revolt previews are going on, so that's what we're focusing on this episode! After a heartfelt talk from Chewie about his recent charity stream and depression and stuff that is.

We've got Aether Revolt mechanics, the Planeswalker Deck cards, plenty of new cards, and even some Star Wars Rebels to talk about this episode! All the links are down below, so be sure to tell us what you think of these cards!

 

Charity Stream video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHGizf1M2NE
Aether Revolt Card Image Gallergy - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/aether-revolt
Aether Revolt Mechanics - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/aether-revolt-mechanics-2017-01-02
Aether Revolt Planeswalker Deck Cards - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/exclusive-cards-aether-revolt-planeswalker-decks-2017-01-05
Star Wars Rebels New Season - http://ew.com/movies/2017/01/04/new-star-wars-rebels-video-teases-obi-wan-kenobi-rematch/

 

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Direct download: Episode_447_-_What_A_Revolting_Development.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

For the final episode of 2016 we've decided to take it easy. We're starting off with a listener-supplied Magic Mad Lib, sent in by Lvl99Luck. It's pretty great. From there it's on to a few more Aether Revolt previews. Then we're going over some feedback on last week's episode, both from Mike and the listeners! It turns out we came up with some entertaining and controversial ideas last week and several of you wanted to weigh in, which we love! Keep it coming!

 

Quicksmith Spy: http://media.wizards.com/2016/email/Uw4Ba8_aer_preview/Tn6Vw24gUi_AER_CardFrame_WAS.jpg
Consulate Crackdown: http://magic.wizards.com/en/products/aether-revolt-story
Tezzeret the Schemer: https://twitter.com/blakepr/status/810903551933292548

 

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Direct download: Episode_446_-_A_Chill_End_to_the_Year.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

 

First we have to talk about Ajani's upcoming induction into the Gatewatch, since it was revealed today and all. We're not sure how close we got when we made up an Oath for Ajani, feel free to let us know!

After that we're looking forward to Aether Revolt! And we're speculating WILDLY! We're trying to figure out what exactly we'd like to see in the new set. We're starting with the mechanics of Kaladesh and trying to determine how we'd like to see them (if at all) evolve when the Revolt happens. Between Fabricate, Vehicles, Energy, and even wilder speculation about other cards or mechanics we've got a lot of stuff to kick around. Let us know what you'd like to see in Aether Revolt!

 

Oath of Ajani & Standard Showdown Decks - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/standard-showdown-decks-and-oath-live-2016-12-15

 

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Direct download: Episode_445_-_Our_Aether_Revolt_Wish_List.mp3
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We have Aether Revolt previews! But wait, Aether Revolt previews haven't actually...started. And yet we have this stack of cards on the official site to talk about? I'm very confused. Clearly we did this to ourselves.

After we're done with those we're taking a look at various forms of vehicular transportation in Magic's history and sort of trying to turn them into modern Vehicle cards. There are plenty of tangents along the way, with everything from coin-flipping to ante (and yes, Amulet of Quoz has both of those things) popping up to distract us. But it's a lot of fun and we hope you all enjoy!

And by the way, Chewie is streaming video games on Twitch now! Come check it out at www.twitch.tv/themanapool!

 

Promo Cards - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/aether-revolt-packaging-promos-and-planeswalker-decks-2016-12-05
Card Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/products/aether-revolt-cards
Gideon & the Airships - https://twitter.com/FPiringer/status/806508192087834624

 

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Direct download: Episode_444_-_We_Did_This_To_Ourselves.mp3
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We spent the last two episodes telling you all about these decks, it's high time that we actually play them!

The dorks gathered at Brian's house just before the American Thanksgiving holiday to fool around, eat chili, and play some Magic! And since Mike picked up all the new Commander decks we just had to record a game with them, you know? Otherwise we'd have broken the streak, and we just can't have that.

 

Commander 2016 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2016
Commander 2016 Decklists - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/commander-2016-edition-decklists-2016-10-28

 

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Direct download: Episode_443_-_Commander_2016_Live.mp3
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After an accidental week off during our ninth anniversary (whoops) we're back to finish off what we started in the last episode! We're taking a look at the rest of the new cards in Commander 2016 and poking around in the reprints to see what's good there.

In the next episode we're actually going to play a live game with four of these new decks, so be sure to come back then!

 

Commander 2016 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2016
Commander 2016 Decklists - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/commander-2016-edition-decklists-2016-10-28

 

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Direct download: Episode_442_-_The_Moist_Curse.mp3
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The dorks are tackling the Commander 2016 set! Now that the whole thing is revealed we have plenty of stuff to go over - so much so that we didn't even finish this time. We are going into great detail about all the new legendary creatures since they are the focus of the Commander format in general, as well as a handful of the new cards! If nothing better comes along then next week we'll look at the rest of the new stuff as well as the insane number of reprints in these decks!

Commander 2016 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2016
Commander 2016 Decklists - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/commander-2016-edition-decklists-2016-10-28
Commander 2016 Legend Flavor Article - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-story/its-time-talk-commander-2016-edition-2016-10-26
Babymetal: Megitsune - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK3NMZAUKGw

 

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It's Halloween time! So we're celebrating by checking out some of the favorite creature types of the horror genre for the rest of the month. We've already covered the two most obvious types, Zombies and Vampires. Because the other horror creature types in Magic are either boring or extremely limited, we decided to lump all the rest together in one episode, and it's awesome!

I do have to apologize for the quality of my audio. The other dorks sound amazing because we started using Discord for the call. Windows decided that my headset should be my default microphone without sharing that bit of information with me, so the recording software recorded it instead of my actual mic. I really hope it doesn't keep you from listening, because I was REALLY proud of this one before I found out what happened. I just can't win.

 

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Direct download: Episode_440_-_Spooky_Subtypes_All_the_Rest.mp3
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It's Halloween time! So we're celebrating by checking out some of the favorite creature types of the horror genre for the rest of the month. We're following up last week's undead extravaganza with a more different undead extravaganza - Vampires! Because there were so few vampires in Magic's early days, we'll be focusing a little more on the individual cards. At least until Vampires underwent a massive change from "big bad iconic creatures" to "standard everyday race" in relatively recent years.

Wow, 7 years counts as "relatively recent". Man we're old. 

Next week: The rest of the spooky subtypes!

 

Standard Rotation: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/revisiting-standard-rotation-2016-10-19
Repentant Vampire/Gallantry full art: http://marktedin.com/FullMagicJpegs/40_41_Gall_RepentVamp.jpg

 

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Direct download: Episode_439_-_Spooky_Subtypes_Vampires.mp3
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It's Halloween time! So we're celebrating by checking out some of the favorite creature types of the horror genre for the rest of the month. We're starting off with the obvious choice, the undead superstar of pop culture, the zombie! We're going to take a stroll through Magic's history, checking out the different types, flavors, genres, and styles of zombies as we go. We're also looking at the zombie lords, tribal cards, and legends that we run across too. 

Next week: Vampires!

 

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Direct download: Episode_438_-_Spooky_Subtypes_Zombies.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

After taking a week off for the Prerelease episode, we had to come back with something big and awesome. And Brian came up with the perfect idea! We've done episodes like this before, making Magic cards out of our favorite video games, TV shows, movies, and books (links below). So rather than going for a different kind of media, we're going to tackle historical figures!

Each dork did some homework, coming up with a variety of ideas for cards based on historical figures. Brian made fully fleshed-out cards, Mike & Chewie made skeletons of some cards, with the basic idea figured out but that's about it. And Dirk came at it from the other direction, matching up historical figures with the mechanics of Magic!

Plus Chewie just had to make some historical villains. Sigh.

Episode 205: Would Solid Snake Have Shroud
Episode 260: Giant Chicken Token
Episode 326: At the Movies with The Mana Pool
Episode 368: Take a Look... (Reading WUBRG)

 

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Direct download: Episode_437_-_The_Magic_of_History.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

The dorks have ventured out into the world to record this episode! We attended the Kaladesh Prerelease at House of Cards in Winston-Salem NC and brought the trusty digital recorder with us! You'll get our reactions to the mechanics and cards immediately after we have them, and you'll get to hear all about how we did at the event! Spoiler alert: it was awesome!

Apologies as usual for the way Brian holds the recorder and thus the way it sounds. He's bad at this game.

 

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Direct download: Episode_436_-_Kaladesh_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

The full Kaladesh set has been revealed! That means we're poking around at all the neat stuff that we hadn't gotten to in the last two episodes! That means lots of commons and uncommons and some of the less-impressive rares get touched on. You know, all the stuff that makes the set actually work. We're hitting up more cars, talking about things driving cars, and celebrating those amazing Kaladeshi airhorns!

Kaladesh Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/kaladesh
Other Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/kaladesh-cards

 

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Direct download: Episode_435_-_Oh_Those_Kaladeshi_Airhorns.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

It's time for more Kaladesh! They revealed the existence of the new Masterpiece Series, then they immediately showed off all the Masterpieces for this set, the Kaladesh Inventions. We're covering those first, then we're heading into the Card Image Gallery to check out even more of the crazy fun stuff in this set! There's a LOT of good removal here. Like a lot.

The Kaladesh Inventions: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/masterpiece-series-kaladesh-inventions-2016-09-12
Kaladesh Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/kaladesh

 

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Direct download: Episode_434_-_A_Day_at_the_Inventors_Fair.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

After a week off we're back and tackling all the new stuff that has cropped up since we last recorded. First there was Announcement Day, which covered all the ways WotC is going to try to suck out your money in the next several months. PAX West also happened, which means a ridiculous amount of information about the new block was vomited out all over us. That's cool though, the new set actually looks like a fun one! When's the last time we had a Magic set that felt like fun?

Announcement Day: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/announcement-day-2016-08-31
Kaladesh Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/kaladesh-mechanics-2016-09-02
Kaladesh Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/kaladesh
Kaladesh Planeswalker B Team: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/kaladesh-packaging-promos-and-planeswalker-decks-2016-09-06

 

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More Conspiracy! We're poking around the full set, looking at all the cool stuff that wasn't out last week! This includes plenty of cards that do stuff during the draft, the Council's Dilemma cards, and the super-ridiculous money reprints. Oh, and the big dumb awesome reprints. And basically all the other stuff. There are a lot of really interesting things going on in this set, so we hope you all enjoy this episode!

Conspiracy: Take the Crown Card Image Gallery -http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/conspiracy-take-crown
The Other Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/conspiracy-take-crown-cards

 

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Direct download: Episode_432_-_Thank_You_For_Making_Me_King.mp3
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The latest version of Conspiracy brings with it a fascinating new meta-game. Not metagame like "what should I put in my sideboard?" but a new layer of game within the game. Much like the show on HBO, it's a Game of Delicious Potato. Who wants to be the Monarch? EVERYONE!

In case you can't tell, we're doing Conspiracy: Take the Crown previews. There are some doozies.

Conspiracy: Take the Crown mechanics - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/conspiracy-take-crown-mechanics-2016-08-15
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