The Mana Pool
Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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

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

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

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