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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!

This episode begins with a discussion of the new Commander rules change that eliminates tucking and bouncing of Commanders. The dorks are split for and against this particular change, let us know how you feel about it!

Next up is a Mythic Conscription for the next set in the Tempest block - Stronghold! This is a seriously strange set, as each of us had trouble actually finding ten mythics! But the discussion is really interesting and entertaining. Let us know what you think should or should not have been mythic!

And finally, the dorks tell you all about their Prerelease experiences! Brian and Mike did two apiece and Chewie did one, so you'll get to hear all about that! What did you play and how did you do?

Commander rules chage: http://mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=17560

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Direct download: Episode_365_-_Stronghold_Very_Weird.mp3
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This episode the dorks are joined by an old friend - Eric of Many Names! (@EricMTGCast on Twitter) He used to hold the record for most guest appearances on the show (until Bill gradually stole it from him), and he's back this week to talk about Dragons of Tarkir! Rather than do the usual thing where we just pick cards we like seemingly at random, Brian had a neat idea. We're each going to create a pack of cards from the set - 9 commons, 3 uncommons, 1 rare, and a "foil" that can be anything. All five of us made up a pack, and there wasn't as much overlap as you might think! So get ready for a massive dose of Dragons with our friendly voice from the past!

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Direct download: Episode_364_-_Ancient_Carp_Best_Card_in_Dragons.mp3
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Of course we're gonna talk about all the news that came out of the Magic panel at PAX East! As usual, they dropped quite a few bombs on us, so we're gonna tell you all about it! If you'd like to see more about it, check out the latest TMP News so Chewie can tell you all about it with visual accompaniment!

Since the last episode, almost HALF of Dragons of Tarkir has been revealed! Since there were WAY too many cards to actually cover them all, we just hit the big awesome important things. Mythics, awesome cycles, and a few others that jumped out at us.

Chewie finally got the Patreon finished! If you want to help support the show a little bit at a time, that's the best way to go about it! You can find it here: https://www.patreon.com/themanapool

 

Latest TMP News - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPjPi5nzr94
PAX East panel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tadiOCUl7s
Dragons of Tarkir Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/dragonsoftarkir
Screenshot from the GP Miami finals -
How Do Chameleons Change Color? from Veritasium - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQggDnScsvI

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Direct download: Episode_363_-_Dagrons_of_New_Set.mp3
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Since neverending preview season is upon us yet again, we're taking a look at the first batch of new cards from Dragons of Tarkir. Previews just started the day before we recorded, so there aren't terribly many yet. Don't worry though, we'll make up for that on the next couple episodes.

Because we were so short on previews, we had to fill the time with something. Last week they announced Tempest Remastered for Magic Online, so what better way to finish the episode than to run a Mythic Conscription on Tempest? We couldn't think of anything better either, so that's what we did! Man, old Magic sets are SO incredibly bizarre by today's standards.

 

Dragons of Tarkir Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/dragonsoftarkir

 

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Direct download: Episode_362_-_Dragons_Tempest.mp3
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This episode was recorded at Brian's house last weekend! And thank goodness it was, because we didn't record a new episode this week because Chewie got sick and died. How convenient!

But yes, in this extra-long episode we play two games of four-player Commander! Nothing fancy this time, no Planechase, no Archenemy, no Tiny Leaders, no Assassin. Just good old EDH at its best! The first game was really good, while the second game was a normal good.  It was not one of those bad drag-on games that we sometimes accidentally record. There's really not much else to say, we hope you guys enjoy these games as much as we did!

 

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Look everyone, Bill joined us this week! After the Duel Decks and From the Vault announcements, we hit up another pre-mythic rarity set so we can pick out the rares we think would be Mythics if it had existed back then. After going over the many many name ideas we got, we decided to go with Mythic Conscription! Thanks a lot for all the suggestions! The set we're tackling this time is Scourge, the last set that was all about the Dragons! For the record, this one is REALLY weird. What would your mythics be?

There are rumors of Netflix planning to create a series based on The Legend of Zelda. We started there and tried to imagine what kind of show you could get out of the various stories and settings of Magic. From police procedurals to an Animatrix-style anthology, we kick around lots of totally brilliant ideas for episodic shows about Magic, and Wizards should TOTALLY hire us. Like seriously. What do you think would work?

 

FtV: Angels - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/announcing-vault-angels-2015-02-16
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/duels-decks-elspeth-vs-kiora-2015-02-16
Duels 2015 free expansion - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/master-monsters-pack-2015-02-11
Arena of the Planeswalkers - http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/02/11/magic-the-gathering-board-game-summons-title-box-art

 

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Direct download: Episode_360_-_Full_Circle.mp3
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After some massive pre-show technical difficulties on Brian's part that ultimately resulted in him falling off the call for the duration of the episode, we got a nice fast start this week. One of our listeners (Turner!) gave us an idea for a new recurring segment! We're going back to old sets that existed before the Mythic rarity and picking out which rares would be Mythics now. We don't have a name for it just yet, so feel free to send us any ideas. We're kicking it off with a look back at Legions, the first small set that came out once we all started playing together. Let us know what you think!

After that, we move on to another first appearance of a recurring segment! Dirk's Creature Corner makes its debut here! Since Dirk's background is in Biology, he's going to be leading us in a discussion about various creatures in Magic and how they just can't exist in the real world. We're kicking it off with everyone's favorite pop-culture horror icon, the Zombie!

Let us know what you think of our two new segments! We'll be coming back to them periodically in the future, so any suggestions are welcome!

 

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Direct download: Episode_359_-_Dual_Segment_Genesis.mp3
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Welcome to our second Kickstarter backer episode! This week we have on Greg, the MadStork, who has been listening to us for far, far too long. And we love him for it! He brings with him an episode idea that really appeals to us. Greg has us combining two things we love - Duel Decks and Commander!

The discussion begins with a brief recap of what Duel Decks in Magic actually are. We then roam around our brains trying to track down other conflicts that would be great as Duel Decks, no matter how ridiculous. Cats are apparently jerks, because we came up with a lot of different conflicts involving cats. It's pretty ridiculous.

So ridiculous in fact that we picked one of these cat conflicts to do a pair of Story Circles! One is a Cat Commander Duel Deck, because cats are jerks, and the opponent is...you know what? I'm gonna keep that a secret. Just listen and find out!

Commander Duel Decks from this episode: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle358edh/

 

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Direct download: Episode_358_-_Gregs_Fifteen_Minutes_of_Fame_Ask_Your_Parents.mp3
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This is our first episode featuring the Kickstarter backers who chose the "come on the show" reward tier! The inaugural guest is Bosco from Washington, who brings with him a nice wide-open topic. So wide-open in fact that we could easily do several episodes just on this sort of thing.

DECKBUILDING! We're taking a look at the various methods that we all use to build casual decks. There are many many ways to build a deck, whether it's a 60-card casual deck, a Commander deck, or a tournament deck. Building around a specific card, a mechanic, a tribe, flavor, tweaking something that's already been built, and more. We're taking a very quick look at them all, because taking a long look at each one would take several hours. I'm pretty sure we'll end up coming back to some of this in the future.

We hope you guys enjoy! Big thanks to Bosco for backing us and coming onto the show with an excellent topic! Keep an ear out for more Fifteen Minutes of Fame! episodes (Bosco's great idea for a title) in the next few weeks! Hopefully anyway.

 

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Direct download: Episode_357_-_Boscos_Fifteen_Minutes_of_Fame.mp3
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This week the dorks are going over the two big things that happened in the last few days.  First up is the Banned & Restricted List update. I know, I know, we're a casual podcast and this shouldn't really matter to us, but it does. Chewie doesn't even play tournament Magic and he has very strong opinions on the matter, probably because he holds the DCI to a higher standard than they hold themselves. But there's plenty of good discussion about the big news since Modern, Legacy, and Vintage all had big changes.

Then we have to talk about the Fate Reforged Prerelease! Three of us each went to one prerelease apiece. We played Temur, Abzan, and Sultai! Some of us did better than others, of course. But we'll tell you all about it, then we'll go over some cards that were great, or better than we thought, or whatever. Hopefully our technical difficulties this week don't bleed over into the episode too much!

 

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Direct download: Episode_356_-_Banned_in_Sealed.mp3
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