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!

On this episode we're spending the entire time discussing the big Emrakul reveal for Eldritch Moon. We go into detail about our reactions so everyone understands exactly what we're disappointed about and why. We really like the three cards they revealed though! We touched on a few other things, and you can find links to those things below!

Emrakul's reveal - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/access-magic-eldritch-moon-episode-1-2016-06-20
UNO Anime - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1XQduS6IfA
Fright Night poster - http://imgur.com/v3QV9MC
EU Referendum results - http://www.bbc.com/news/politics/eu_referendum/results
Daily Update with Peculiar Flavor - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/daily-magic-update/update-2016-06-21

 

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Direct download: Episode_424_-_Rise_of_the_Eldrazi_pt_4.mp3
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It is time! We're finally getting started on the Magic RPG that Brian cooked up! We created our characters back in Episode 407, so if you haven't listened to that you might consider doing that first. Only the first hour is character creation if that helps.

We had a good time on our initial outing as Alaric, Karim, and The Angel, getting sucked out of the Blind Eternities and into a strange new world. Now if only I could find a sword...

Be sure to let us know what you think! Bear in mind this is our first time actually playing Brian's game, so go easy on us. Actually it's Brian's first time as GM too. Actually, only Mike has done any tabletop RPGing more than once. So we're basically all new at this. Be kind and give us some feedback!

 

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It's that time again! I went to a Grand Prix, so now you get more Three Questions! This is the first of four shows from GP Charlotte 2016.

When I find myself at a big Magic tournament, I take my trusty digital recorder and ask lots of people three questions that are a bit silly, because I'm not going to ask serious hard-hitting stuff to players between rounds, to judges during their shift, and to everyone else while they're doing...whatever it is they're doing. Besides, my off-the-wall questions put them on the spot and reveal a little bit more about who they are as a person and as a Magic player.

I was all over the place in this episode. I bothered two SCG employees, Ben Bleiweiss and Jeremy Noell. I grabbed some former and current podcasters in Chris Lansdell, Joe Gardner, Alex Okowita, and Houston GingerAle. I had fun talking to Emma Handy, who writes about MTG every week. I even got answers from both ends of the spectrum, with pro players Craig Wescoe and Adrian Sullivan, and non-Magic player Andrea Robinson, who made the mistake of being with Adrian when I snagged him. Is no one safe? Won't someone think of the children?

Nope.

I hope you guys enjoyed the extra work I put into these. Once I had the idea to include everyone's musical response, I couldn't not do it, you know? Be sure to hit me with your answers to these Three Questions!

Your host: Chewie
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Direct download: ThreeQuestionsGPCharlotte2016pt2.mp3
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On this episode, the dorks have decided to take it nice and easy. Nothing stressful, nothing brain-intensive, just some simple segments that we can have some fun with. So we're starting out with a good old Magic Mad Lib! Cleanse!

After that, we're flexing our creative muscles with a pair of Commander Story Circles using two Standard-legal legendary creatures! They're both pretty awesome, which is good because they were the only ones in Standard worth building around that we hadn't done already. Let us know what you think about the decks we built!

Story Circle Decks: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle422edh/

 

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Since the full set of Eternal Masters dropped after just four days of previews (and we were in there! Yay!), we're spending this episode just looking at the Card Image Gallery. We're reminiscing about the cards in here we know and love, and...that's actually about it. There's a bit of discussion about why some cards are here, a bit of talk about what's not here, and plenty of tangenting and nonsense like you'd expect!

Eternal Masters Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/eternal-masters

 

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Direct download: Episode_421_-_Nostalgic_Masters.mp3
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It's that time again! I went to a Grand Prix, so now you get more Three Questions! This is the first of four shows from GP Charlotte 2016.

When I find myself at a big Magic tournament, I take my trusty digital recorder and ask lots of people three questions that are a bit silly, because I'm not going to ask serious hard-hitting stuff to players between rounds, to judges during their shift, and to everyone else while they're doing...whatever it is they're doing. Besides, my off-the-wall questions put them on the spot and reveal a little bit more about who they are as a person and as a Magic player. 

On this episode I spoke to a pretty good variety of players. I hit up some listeners in JT, Sexy Jarod, and AJ. I bothered judges Michael "Scary Judge" Arrowsmith, Casey Brefka, and Charles Featherer. I tormented fellow podcasters Bill Bloodworth of Monday Night Magic & Enchant World and Jordan Kennedy, formerly of At Your End Step. And to round it out there's MTG cosplayer extraordinaire Christine Sprankle and WotC coverage guy (and Pro Tour Champion) Jacob Van Lunen and his lovely wife Tara and ADORABLE daughter Luna. And how about we finish off the episode with SCG's own sexy robot, judge, and tournament-runner guy Jared Sylva, who has a baaaaaad feeling about this. Sometimes it really sucks to be right all the time doesn't it?

I hope you guys enjoyed the extra work I put into this one. Once I had the idea to include everyone's musical response, I couldn't not do it, you know? Be sure to hit me with your answers to these Three Questions!

 

Your host: Chewie
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Direct download: ThreeQuestionsCharlotte2016pt1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:22pm EDT

It is time! After a long, long, LONG time coming, we finally have our own exclusive preview card from Wizards of the Coast! It's for the upcoming Eternal Masters set (in case you couldn't tell from the ridiculous amount of EMA previews from the last couple days). If you want to cheat and check out the card, scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of this post to see it!

After we get done with our card we're gonna go over even more previews as well as all the announcements we missed when we took off last week!

Eternal Masters Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/eternal-masters
Announcement Day: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcement-day-2016-05-16

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:13am EDT

We weren't terribly excited about Battle for Zendikar. We were SUPER excited about Shadows Over Innistrad. What's the difference between these two sets? We're diving into the differences between both cases of nostalgia to figure out what's going on here. And since Brian's not here, we spend a lot of time rambling and tangenting in his honor. And because that's sort of what we do.

Be sure to stick around until the very end for a super awesome amazing announcement! And be sure to come back here on May 25th!

Mark Rosewater's mistakes article: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/because-salt-makes-mistakes-taste-great-2016-05-09

 

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Direct download: Episode_419_-_Recapturing_the_Magic.mp3
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We're finishing off the last of the Planeswalker Oath episodes! In case you haven't been around long, we're extrapolating Oath cards for all the other planeswalkers in the game! We're also spitballing some ideas for the flavor text for these cards as well!

After all that is done we're going over some of YOUR Oaths that you've sent us over the last few weeks! We were only able to find the ones from email, website comments, and Facebook page comments, so we're very sorry if we missed yours! Feel free to send us more to any of these places and we'll totally see them!

Also, I got a new mic. I figured after 8+ years of podcasting it was probably about time. Feels good man.

 

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To break up the Oaths a bit and to give us time to talk about some of the other stuff that's happened, we're doing something different this week. First off Mike & Brian recount their experiences at SCG States (while completely glossing over the fondue).

Then it's time for another Mythic Conscription, where we go through a pre-Mythic set and try to determine what might have been Mythic if such a thing existed. Because it shares some thematic similarities to Innistrad (and because it's so small) we went with The Dark. Pickings are slim, but the set is actually really neat and features some of the earliest versions of things we're seeing in modern times!

And of course we can't ignore some of the big news that's happened recently. There's the Pro Tour, the Platinum pay cut and following apology, and the judge lawsuit to talk about. That makes the episode title an unfortunate double entendre, but oh well.

 

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Direct download: Episode_417_-_The_Dark_Times.mp3
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