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!

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.

 

This episode is sponsored by Easy Roller Dice Co. Use promo code MANA when you check out to get 10% off and show them that we sent you!

 

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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
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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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