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!

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
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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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Direct download: Episode_452_-_Partnering_Up.mp3
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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
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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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Direct download: Episode_450_-_We_Have_Returned_MTG_RPG.mp3
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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 
Follow Chris on Twitter - @lansdellicious

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
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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
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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
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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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