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!

Of course this episode, the dorks that attended Prereleases are going to tell you how they did.  That's a given at this point, don't you think?

But we're throwing a curve at you this episode with the addition of an old friend.  Squanto is back this episode!  One of the founding members of The Mana Pool, Squanto has returned so you guys can get reacquainted with him before the livestream this weekend.  More on that later.

The real point of this episode is Black!  We're talking all about the flavor, mechanics, and general awesomeness of Black as a color in Magic.  Did you know that Black can justify almost anything in you either make them sacrifice some resource or make it a zombie?  Apparently you can!  You can learn all this and more this episode!

In other news, WE DID IT!  We broke the first goal of $10,000 on the Kickstarter!  Not only did we break it, but we broke it WHILE RECORDING!  So you guys get to hear me lose my mind in the middle of the show.  So now that we're good, let's shoot for stretch goals! We're no longer pushing so that you'll get stuff, you're guaranteed stuff now!  We're pushing to get everyone BETTER stuff!  The more people pledge, the better everything gets for everyone!

To help with the big push to the end, we're doing a livestream this weekend on Twitch!  Join me (Chewie), Mike, Cluze from MNM and Card Advantage, Scott (roommate and webmaster) and Squanto (as producer) on Saturday starting at 10am Eastern time and going until we're sick of it.  Join us for some Magic and lots of insanity!

 

The Mana Pool's Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/themanapool/the-mana-pool-mtg-merchandise-videos-podcasts-and
Our livestream: http://twitch.tv/themanapool
Follow Squanto on Twitter: @EcksellHS
Squanto's Hearthstone stream: http://twitch.tv/ecksell

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Fade to Black by Metallica - http://www.metallica.com

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Direct download: Episode_331_-_Squantos_Back_in_Black.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:12 AM

It's Magic 2015!  The full set!  We've got lots of discussion about the nifty looking cards we haven't previously talked about.  There are also some rules clarifications from last episode.  We had a nice discussion about complexity or lack thereof, made fun of each other, and whatever else happens on preview episodes. 

Oh yeah, we brought Bill on too.  You know, like we usually do for previews.  He's @SqueeGoblnNabob on Twitter, and you should follow him.

 

Peter Mohrbacher's Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1680814846/mohrbacher-the-gathering-2014
Magic 2015 in Gatherer - http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?set=[%22Magic%202015%20Core%20Set%22]
M15 Release Notes - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/release-notes-2014-07-07

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Not today, Galvatron!

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Direct download: Episode_330_-_Squee_on_M15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56 AM

As it's preview season, there's really not much else going on. Magic 2015 looks...well you read the title already.  The more I see, the more excited I get.  We also spend the requisite amount of time complaining about the crappy new Magic website redesign.  Because it's awful.  And you guys know we're not ones to complain about change.

And either I forgot to take notes or there was no point to doing so.  Just in case, here are a few links. 

 

M15 Promos - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/promos-packaging-and-promos-some-more-2014-07-01
M15 Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-2015-tokens-2014-07-02
M15 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/content/magic-2015-core-set-card-set-archive-products-game-info

 

 

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Break Music – Not today, Galvatron!

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Direct download: Episode_329_-_M15_Looks_Really_Good.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16 AM

Here we see the fabulous new Magic 2015 Designer collection.  See how the fabulous non-Magic game designers turned their attentions to the intricacies of Magic design to create fabulous new cards. 

Okay, enough of that.  M15 previews are here of course, and this episode we're starting with the Designer Cards, made by various designers of other games.  They're all pretty cool.  There are a few other cards to discuss, including a few that WE PREDICTED!  Holy crap we are so good! 

Anyway, there are a few links to the Penny Arcade Watch Saga and an owl you DO NOT want to mess with.  Hope everyone enjoys!

 

The Watch Saga:
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/11/01
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/03/02
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/02/25
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/04/04

Designer Cards:
http://screenburn.kotaku.com/magic-the-gathering-cards-designed-by-star-video-game-1594801925?

M15 CIG:
http://magic.wizards.com/en/content/magic-2015-core-set-card-set-archive-products-game-info

Owl in the house!
http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/weird/2014/06/24/man-panics-owl-in-house/11306229/

 

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Direct download: Episode_328_-_The_Magic_2015_Designer_Collection.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:10 AM

Here it is everyone! I've been working on the super-secret project for over FIVE MONTHS now, and it's finally time to reveal it to the world!  We're doing a Kickstarter to get capital to create all the merchandise we could ever want - sleeves and stickers with the TMP logo, t-shirts, and tokens and playmats with EXCELLENT new Jars art!  If you want the full details, just click the link right down there!  Thanks a lot to everyone for everything over these last 6 and a half years, I honestly hope that they were just the beginning!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/themanapool/the-mana-pool-mtg-merchandise-videos-podcasts-and

Direct download: URGENT_ANNOUNCEMENT_FROM_THE_MANA_POOL.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:39 PM

On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at death in Magic.  Some of the planes we've visited over the years actually go into specifics about what happens when you die.  Ravnica, Theros, and Innistrad, for example, paint a fairly clear picture of the afterlife.  Most of the other planes mention it only casually or only bring it up as a way to justify reanimation spells.

But we're taking a look at all of them, whether it makes any sense or not.  We hope you enjoy the discussion, because it'll be the last one you get for a while since previews will start next episode!

 

Rob Pardo's Designer Card - http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1514
Duels 2015 Promo Packs - http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1514
Elspeth Comic - http://www.5colorcontrol.com/noshyfts/?p=1209
Theros block reels (the end bit) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C80w_qip5VU&feature=player_detailpage#t=345

 

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Break Music – Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie - http://robzombie.com

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Direct download: Episode_327_-_Deaths_Approach.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:02 AM

The dorks begin this episode by telling you all about how awesome Conspiracy draft is.  And it is.  Like a lot.  Seriously, go do some Conspiracy drafting, it's SO much fun!

But after that, we decided to do something silly.  We've done it before with video games and again with television shows, so it's time we do it again.  We're taking a look at movies and imagining what kinds of Magic cards we could get out of them.  With everything from Wizard of Oz to the Princess Bride to slasher movies to action movies, we're covering a lot of stuff.  And we're even staying away from most of the really obvious fantasy franchises like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and the like, just to make it more interesting.  Let us know what we missed!

 

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Break Music – The Hounds by The Protomen - http://protomen.com

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Direct download: Episode_326_-_At_the_Movies_with_The_Mana_Pool.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:31 AM

This episode begins with a short look at the rest of the Conspiracy Card Image Gallery, now that the full set is on there.  And by short, I mean we went on for EVER and EVER because there's SO MUCH good stuff!  No really, we had to put off what we were originally going to do this episode because we spent so long being Conspiratorial.

That being said, we panicked slightly and decided to do a Story Circle with one of the new Conspiracy legends.  We randomly picked one and took turns build a deck around it.  If you'd like to follow along, the link to the accompanying post is right below!

Conspiracy Card Image Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/conspiracy/cig
Episode 325 Story Circle - http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle325edh/

 

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Break Music – He's a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl by Klaus Badelt

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Direct download: Episode_325_-_Conspiring_on_a_Story_Circle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:28 PM

This episode is all over the place.  We didn't really have a central topic this week, so it's sort of a potpourri of nonsense.  We had plenty of speculation about the next block, then Brian left for the night.  Then there was lawsuit talk, which everyone should totally read.  There's a Kickstarter for crazy custom deck boxes, jailbait songs, sweet Terese Nielsen lands, and plenty of Conspiracy cards to talk about.  We hope you all enjoy the randomness!

 

Khans of Tarkir - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1496
WotC is suing Hex - http://company.wizards.com/content/wizards-coast-files-complaint-against-cryptozoic-entertainment-and-hex-entertainment
Hex response - https://hextcg.com/official-legal-statement/#more-6370
Custom Deck Box Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dogmight/build-your-own-custom-deck-box?ref=live
Conspiracy Draft video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U09xnozP3gQ
Conspiracy Card Image Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/conspiracy/cig
Top 10 JB songs - http://www.watchmojo.com/video/id/12409/
Terese Nielsen Judge foils - http://www.examiner.com/article/new-promotional-foil-full-frame-art-basic-lands-by-terese-nielsen
PT Coverage - https://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/eventcoverage/ptjou14/welcome

 

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Direct download: Episode_324_-_MTG_JB_Ctrl-V_OMG.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:37 AM

On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at old cards.  Not just because Vintage Masters is coming up soon on Magic Online, and not just because it's preview time YET AGAIN, but because a demon told us to.  A listener known only to Chewie as Shadow Demon asked a simple, innocuous question a while back, and ever since then it's been on the table as a possible show idea. 

The question was (nearly) "What would Brainstorm have to cost to be printed now?"  So we started there and went on to some of the other great old cards that are in Vintage Masters and those that aren't.  We tried to put ourselves in R&D's shoes and figure out how to make these old cards fair by changing nothing but the casting cost.  From there, we went on to some...less than powerful cards.  In fact, we turned our attentions to some of the worst cards we could come up with. 

After all of that, it's time for some final thoughts.  Network television, band-aid ripping, interruptions, and non-drunk expressions of affection are the key features, and we hope you all enjoy!

 

Modern Event Deck List - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/299a
Vintage Masters Card Image Gallery - http://wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/vintagemasters/cig

 

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Break Music – We sorta forgot to stop for music

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Direct download: Episode_323_-_What_If_It_Cost_2_Less.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33 PM