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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!

The dorks are joined this week by our third Kickstarter backer, Kim Ho! Kim is really awesome even though he lives in Canada! And that's racist. Prepare yourself, that's one of the running jokes here! You've been warned!

After explaining who he is and how he's doing, Kim directs us to a topic we did a while back on Episode 323 - What If It Cost 2 Less? that we didn't actually name. He has a list of old unfair cards for us to analyze and try to re-cost at a fair price by today's standards. There are also a few less-than-impressive cards in the mix too, just so we don't get bored adding mana to a bunch of stuff. We're pretty sure Kim hates us based on some of his choices. It's cool though, we kind of deserve it!

We end the episode with a quick game from Kim - Beast or Six Drop? Taken from former LR host Brian Wong, the idea is that he gives us a card name and we decide if it's a beast, a six drop, both, or neither. I think it was pretty funny, with us tripping over our own thoughts and definitely not cheating. I hope not anyway, because if we did we were cheating poorly.

Follow Kim on Twitter @RandomKHo, he's pretty awesome!

Mike's Game Day deck - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/dtk-game-day-nonsense/

 

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On this episode the dorks have two main topics. First up, Mike and Brian went to SCG Modern States this weekend! Brian took Jeskai Ascendancy (or Ascension, apparently) and Mike took his Loam Assault (with a dash of Smallpox) to do battle. How'd they do? Well that's why you listen to the episode, of course. I mean, duh.

After that it's time for the next entry in our semi-annual-ish series where we take a look at properties in other media to turn into Magic! We've done video games, television shows, and movies (that we can remember) so now it's time for books! The dorks take a look at some modern fantasy books, classic sci-fi, a bunch of favorites, and some seriously obscure stuff. Join us for a discussion of books we've known and loved with some Magic thrown in for good measure!

 

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On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at Exodus, the last set in the Tempest block! We're putting it through the Mythic Conscription, picking out the rares that would have been mythics if that was a thing back then. After we're done with Exodus, we pull up the rares and mythics from Tempest Remastered to see how we did over our last three Conscriptions. Spoiler alert: not bad, not bad at all.

Then it's time for a good old Magic Mad Lib! Brian cooked up a nice long one, and after all the old-school card discussion we were suitably silly. Shenanigans, shenanigans everywhere! And our final thoughts this week were pretty long, with Brian going over three different ones himself and Chewie telling a story about almost dying! We hope you all enjoy!

 

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The guys are back for their monthly Hearthstone episode! We begin the episode by answering the frequent question about how the five of us became a long-running Blizzard gaming podcast. If you've ever wondered about our humble origins, this is the episode to listen to! Learn all about how Chewie, Brian, Mike, Dirk, and Squanto (Ecksell) got together!

After that it's back to business as usual for a Hearthstone episode! We begin by going over new decks and recent changes to existing decks. Lots of discussions come out of this, including whether Dr. Boom should be nerfed and how they might do it and what decks we're sick of running into all the time.

After that, Dirk takes the reins for his Lore segment. This week, thanks to the imminent release of Blackrock Mountain, he tells us all about Ragnaros the Firelord. And what a Tolkien fever dream of a story that is, holy crap.

And finally, we each pick a pair of cards from Blackrock Mountain to talk about in depth. Don't forget, you can start playing the first wing on April 2nd!

 

Mike's MechWarrior -http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/217570-mechwarrior
Dr. Boom is pretty good - http://www.dailydot.com/esports/dr-boom-nerf-hearthstone/
Blackrock Mountain full set revealed on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.875939775782125.1073741868.498467596862680

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Direct download: Episode_366_-_Blackrock_Mountain_Blues.mp3
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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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