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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!

Be warned: this episode begins with another adorably cute Sam Quiz. Don't listen to the first 3 minutes if you have a particular allergy to things that are "totes adorbs".

PREVIEWS!  Khans previews are in full swing, and we're talking about them all!  At least, everything on the Card Image Gallery the day we recorded plus the ones in the mothership articles that day.  There's a ridiculous amount of cool stuff, including all the mana fixing you could ever want and lots of nifty rares.  So yeah, that's what we're doing this week, so hope you guys enjoy!

 

Khans of Tarkir Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ktk-cig-en

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Can't stop won't stop

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Direct download: Episode_339_-_Looks_Dragony.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00 AM

Since last week's Exiled! was something we really wanted to do right, we focused on it exclusively and ignored the insanely huge news that dropped that week.  So this week we're making up for it by going extremely deep on the new way that Magic blocks will be done.  And I mean it, we're leaving no stone unturned here.

After that, we're telling you all about the different clans of Tarkir!  We're hitting their mechanics, their color identities, their khans, and anything else we can think of!  There were FAR too many preview cards to talk about this week, so we finish up by hitting the high notes and calling it done. 

It's a really long one (silence truncation knocked off, no kidding, 27 minutes!), but it's a really good one!  Let us know what you think about the new Standard, the clans, and whatever else you can think of!

 

LINKS!
Check out the Exiled! deck lists here: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/exiled-competition-decks-episode-337/
Mark Rosewater's Big Block Announcement: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mm/metamorphosis
Mechanics of Khans article: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/mechanics-khans-tarkir
Rosewater's first Khans set design article: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/khan-do-attitude-part-1-2014-09-01
Khans of Tarkir Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ktk-cig-en
Khans of Tarkir promo cards: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/khans-tarkir-promos-2014-09-04

 

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Direct download: Episode_338_-_Presumitably_All_the_Big_News.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54 PM

Welcome to the series premiere of Exiled! on The Mana Pool.  Conceived and hosted by our own Brian Baker, Exiled! may or may not...borrow...some ideas from the Food Network show Chooped!  But surely not, because that doesn't happen anywhere ever.

The idea is that the Judge gives the competitors three cards that they must use in their decks.  The competitors can then choose a card that only they can use in their deck, potentially hamstringing their fellow deckbuilders.  After a rushed 10 minute deckbuilding session, the decks are presented to the judge.  He then determines which deck is the least impressive, and that deckbuilder leaves the competition and joins the judging team.  There may or may not be additional rules in subsequent rounds.

Be sure to let us know what you think, because we had a LOT of fun with this and would love to do this again if you are interested!

And don't worry, we'll hit all the big news and stuff next week!

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Musics – Various tracks from Tetris on the NES

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Direct download: Episode_337_-_Exiled_Series_Premiere.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:03 PM

This episode begins with a surprise quiz from Brian's daughter Sam, which we all...failed.  But it's great.  D'awww.

Of course, we had to talk about all the reveals from gamescom!  New Khans cards and mechanics, plenty of nifty artwork, and a Commander 2014 card are all there for us to talk about.  From there we went to the fully revealed Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning decklists and discussed for a while.

After a short break, we decided to do a requested Story Circle.  Never mind that it was requested a LONG time ago, that's not important right now.  What is important, is that we're finally going to take on...The Hate Seed!

 

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Ulasht, the Hate Seed Story Circle - http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle336edh/
Reveals from GamesCom - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/revealed-gamescom
Duel Decks - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/duel-decks-speed-vs-cunning-2014-08-18

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Dragon Lair from Shadowgate by Hiroyuki Masuno - http://www.vgmpf.com/Wiki/index.php?title=Hiroyuki_Masuno

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Direct download: Episode_336_-_The_Sam_Quiz__The_Hate_Seed.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00 AM

On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at card draw across the different colors of Magic.  Card draw is a big and important thing in the game, so we're outlining how each color gets to do it.  Or, in the case of white, doesn't do it.  From card draw we move into the various forms of card selection, from Scry and Brainstorm to tutoring.

It turns out this topic was pretty broad, and in fact it was probably a little too broad for the show.  So after stumbling around for a while we decided to just call it.  The final thoughts get a little deep on this one, but you should listen to them.  They're important.  And you should really consider reading Jack's article.

 

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From the Vault: Annihilation revealed - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/look-inside-vault-annihilation-2014-08-11
Gabriel Nassif's Pro Tour Maze's End deck - http://www.channelfireball.com/articles/teamcfbp-deck-tech-mazes-end-and-more/Mike's GB Tron deck on the Mothership - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ftl/destructive-tendencies-2014-08-11
Jack LaCroix's Depression and MTG article - http://www.mtgbrodeals.com/2014/08/06/depression-and-mtg/

 

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Direct download: Episode_335_-_Drawing_with_All_the_Colors.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:51 PM

Just be glad I didn't name this episode ZOMG.  First up, after a long hiatus we've got a new Magic Mad Lib from Brian!  Yay!  Look up The Brute by the way, it's really weird.

Then we delve deep into our main topic - the Gods of Theros!  Now that we've had a chance to play with them and see how they've done in the tournament world, we decided to revisit them.  We're taking a look at what they do, how we like them, what you could do with them casually, their place in the Theros story, and their Greek pantheon equivalents.  It's a lot of fun and it's very long, so we hope you enjoy!

I had to actually do some editing this episode, so keep on eye on TheManaPool.com for the outtakes in the coming days!

 

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OH GOD WHY -http://imgur.com/VvCdXoJ
Hall of Fame announcement - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/twtw/2014-class-pro-tour-hall-fame-2014-08-01
2015 GP schedule - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/2015-pro-tour-and-grand-prix-schedule-revealed-2014-08-04
GODS - http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?sort=color+&output=spoiler&method=visual&action=advanced&subtype=%20[god]
Gods Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greek_mythological_figures

 

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Direct download: Episode_334_-_Gods_Be_Praised_or_Not.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:19 PM

This epic-length episode is brought to you by the San Diego Comic-Con MTG panel and by Modern PTQs.

We had so much stuff to talk about that we had to recruit a guest to help us all out, and it's none other than the @Lansdellicious himself, Chris Lansdell.  The former podcasting lady-of-the-night helps us cover all the ridiculous amount of information they hit us with at the MTG Panel at SDCC.  Also, Mike and Brian tell you how they did in their Modern PTQ last weekend!  Also, 3/3s for 3!  Also, STICKERS!

Check out Chris's stuff on ManaDeprived: http://manadeprived.com/author/chris-lansdell/

All the SDCC MTG Panel news - http://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/2bsv28/summary_of_reveals_at_sdcc_so_far/
Rosewater's handy-dandy pronunciation guide - http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/92957305833/for-those-of-us-who-couldnt-hear-them-in-person-how
New Commander announcement - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-magic-gathering-commander
BEAR PUNCH! - http://www.artofmtg.com/art/bear-punch/
The commercial we talked about - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FczvmLnBTEs
Mike's new 5-Color Black Standard deck - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/rtr-ths-m14-m15-5-color-black/

 

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Direct download: Episode_333_-_The_Comic-Con_One.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:20 PM

I enjoyed asking people Three Questions at GP Pittsburgh so much that the listeners decided to chip in and send me to Vegas to do it again!  As always, I'm asking Three Questions to anyone willing to answer them, whether they’re a listener, judge, pro player, innocent bystander, or just someone that catches my eye.

The real purpose of this show, like most of the stuff I do, is to entertain you - the listener.  Rather than asking the same old questions that everyone else does, I'm looking to give you a slightly more off-the-wall look into these Magic players and judges and what-have-you by catching them off guard and putting them on the spot.

This episode covers Friday of GP Vegas.  I stood in a line for a ridiculous amount of time, survived it, and started asking questions.  I finally got to meet Jeremey Schofield face to face, which is good since he was the reason I made it to Vegas.  Other highlights were the Voice of the Pro Tour Rich Hagon, everyone's favorite silent Canadian assassin KYT, and a couple of pro players you might know about, David Williams and The Great One himself, Bob Maher.

Hope you enjoy!  Let me know what your answers would be!  And keep an eye out for the next batch of Three Questions from Grand Prix Vegas coming soon!

 

Your host: Chewie
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Email: chewie@mtgcast.com
Music: The Journey Continues by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Direct download: Three_Questions_008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:48 PM

The dorks are telling you all about resources!  Magic is, at its cold dead heart, a game of resource management.  The most basic source of those resources are lands.  This episode, we're taking a look at lands as the fuel that makes the game go.  We're sharing stories about particular lands, comparing Magic to other games, and going off-topic.  Oh, there's also some news, of course.  We're also going to tell you why land destruction is SUCH a pain and go over a few bits of news.

There's also a very big announcement about a couple of last-minute additions to the Kickstarter!  Listen quickly, it runs out Thursday morning at 10:30 Eastern!

 

The Mana Pool's Kickstarter is ALMOST DONE! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/themanapool/the-mana-pool-mtg-merchandise-videos-podcasts-and

Clash Packs: http://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/products/card-set-archive/magic-2015-core-set-clash-pack-decklists
Counterfeiting Announcement: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/protecting-you-counterfeits-2014-07-22
Rules Bulletin update: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-2015-update-bulletin-2014-07-17 

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Break Music – Nothing today

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Direct download: Episode_332_-_Renewable_Resources.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22 AM

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!

 

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