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!

We begin this episode with a first-impressions review of the Arena of the Planeswalkers miniatures board game! Three of us took the time to figure out how to play (sort of) and successfully completed a game! We're coming at it from the perspective of Magic players trying it out, since most of us have no experience with miniatures games.

After that Brian's got another Magic Mad Lib, which is more hilarious than usual when all is said and done!

And after that it's time for a long-forgotten segment of the show - Out of the Deck Box! Because Chewie actually built a new Commander deck for the first time in some number of years, he's gonna tell you all about it this episode!

Chewie's Marath EDH Deck - http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/chewie-marath-edh
Chewie's Mom Opens Packs: Chronicles Edition - http://themanapool.com/videos/chewies-mom-opens-packs-chronicles-edition/

 

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Direct download: Episode_385_-_What_Exactly_Does_Squad_Mean.mp3
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It's time for another Mythic Conscription here on The Mana Pool! We're going through Mercadian Masques and trying (accent on trying) to find the rares that might possibly have been mythics if there was such a thing back then. We had some trouble this time around. Masques block was the beginning of a period of powering down, since the last block was the stupidly overpowered Urza block.

After that we take a quick look at the recently-revealed decklists for the Zendikar Vs Eldrazi Duel Decks for the sole purpose of checking out the new cards! The handful of new cards show off a mess of new AND returning mechanics! Check them out, they're pretty awesome!

Duel Decks: Zendikar Vs Eldrazi lists - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/duel-decks-zendikar-vs-eldrazi-2015-08-17

 

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The full list for From the Vault: Angels was revealed! Because so many of the included angels were touchstones of our Magic-playing careers, we decided to actually go deep on these! We're taking a look at each one and discussing why it's in the FTV, drooling over new art, and remembering our own experiences. And that's only half the episode!

One of our awesome Kickstarter rewards was for a Story Circle that we would then put together and send to the backer. And on this episode, we're finally getting around to it. He wanted a Captain Sisay deck, so this one's for you John! To see the full list that we came up with, check the link below!

FTV: Angels full reveal - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/vault-angels-2015-08-10
Backer Reward Story Circle - http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle383edh/

 

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Direct download: Episode_383_-_In_the_Arms_of_the_Angels.mp3
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After an unexpected hiatus last week, most of the dorks are back with a vengeance this week! Dirk is unforunately unable to join us, but we've got a replacement that is very much suited to the topic at hand. Chris Lansdell, former podcasting whore, is with us to talk coverage. Magic coverage has been a thing for a long time, and it's been a fairly regular thing for a pretty good amount of time. But what would it take to get Magic coverage on mainstream sports stations? We're tackling that discussion and all the tangential nonsense that goes with it!

There are several bits of news to cover first, and you'll find all the links below! And don't forget to follow Chris on Twitter @lansdellicious and check out his articles on SCG!

 

LINKS!
Maro on Zendikar lands: http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/125946926763/first-of-all-love-your-work-secondly-any-chance
Maro on Prerelease kits: http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/125230819733/when-do-bfz-spoiler-weeks-start
Commander 2015 announced: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/announcing-magic-gathering-commander-2015-2015-08-05
Duel Decks: Zendikar Vs Eldrazi cards: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/duel-decks-zendikar-vs-eldrazi-packaging-2015-07-29
Hall of Fame inductees: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/week-was/introducing-2015-class-pro-tour-hall-fame-2015-07-31
Player & Rookie of the Year: http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/ptori/meet-the-2014-15-player-and-rookie-of-the-year-2015-08-02

 

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Direct download: Episode_382_-_Making_Magic_Mainstream.mp3
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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 is the last of four from Grand Prix Charlotte 2015!

Appearing on this episode are The Lady Cluze (aka Dr. Mrs. Dr. Science), a Level 1 judge and general delight, and Jared Sylva, L4 judge, TO of GP Charlotte, and SCG OP guy! He's also a sexy robot. I also got to talk to some fellow podcasters on this episode! I hit up Mike, Morgan, and Jordan from the At Your End Step podcast as well as Jon Celso of Tap N Sac. The rest of the episode is all about the players. The episode kicks off with the inimitable Adrian Sullivan and just keeps on going! I talked to Justin Cohen, Tom Martell, Josh Utter-Leyton, Ari Lax, Brian Braun-Duin (BBD), Paul Rietzl, and Chris Pikula! Holy crap that's a lot of MTG talent all on one show!

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what your answers would be!

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This week the dorks are going back to everyone's favorite giant scaly fire-breathing mythical creatures - Dragons! We're heading over to Dirk's Creature Corner so he can tell us all the reasons that Dragons can't actually exist. Whether it's because they can fly even though they shouldn't be able to, because they don't make sense compared to the rest of the fossil record, or because they, you know, BREATHE FIRE, they just don't make sense in the real world. Don't worry though, we managed to have several entertaining and interesting tangents over the course of this conversation!

After that we decided to take it easy and just have some extended final thoughts, which we all did. Mike's building Goblins, Brian's building Jeskai Burn, Dirk's got a light at the end of the tunnel, and Chewie has YouTube updates!

Let us know what you think of Dragons in the real world, and if you have any other suggestions for future Creature Corners then tell us!

Flight of Dragons clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0j0Bjy6hFc

 

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Direct download: Episode_381_-_Here_There_Cant_Be_Dragons.mp3
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This episode begins with a brief recap of the Magic Origins Prerelease that Mike and Chewie went to. Then we head over to the San Diego Comic-Con Magic panel, which was really just about story and flavor. Fun stuff.

After that we go into Brian's topic idea, and boy is it a good one. Since Magic Origins seems to be so universally lauded, we figure it won't be too long until WotC decides to do Magic Origins 2. So we're checking out the remaining planeswalkers and trying to figure out whose origin should be spotlighted! Along the way we'll design a few of the Legendary Creature halves of these new transforming Walkers, talk about some of the origin stories we may or may not already know, and ramble on about whatever else comes to mind. Let us know who you guys would want to see!

SDCC Panel write-up - http://www.fetchland.com/the-magic-panel-and-the-battle-for-zendikar/

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Direct download: Episode_380_-_Magic_Origins_2_The_Originating.mp3
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The dorks are what the French call "sans Brian" this episode, but luckily Bill is able to join us! Yay Bill! We begin with a bit of news, like the Arena of the Planeswalkers board game and the sudden appearance and new information about Magic Duels. Get that Hearthstone money!

After that it's just a mess of Magic Origins previews! The full set is out, and we're just looking around at all the cool stuff. You know what? There's a LOT of cool stuff in this freakin' set! I mean a LOT. It's unreal. Even the boring commons and uncommons are either really good or really fun. I can't wait for the Prerelease!

Magic Origins Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/magicorigins

 

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Direct download: Episode_379_-_Firstest_Strike.mp3
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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 is the first of four, and covers the first handful of people to answer my questions.

Appearing on this episode are Brian and Mike, two of my cohosts from The Mana Pool and Cluze and Squee, my two cohosts from Monday Night Magic. Also, a more different Mike from the Pitt Imps Podcast, CJ Shrader from JudgeCast, and our buddy and occasional TMP guest JT answer my questions too. Of course we can't leave out the players! I talked to frequent SCG Open Top 8 competitor Rudy Briksza, Hall-of-Famers LSV and Patrick Chapin, and two-time Worlds winner Shahar Shenhar! This episode wraps up with "legendary streamer" (listen to the episode to see why that's in quotes) NumotTheNummy, also known as Kenji Egashira! He's got such a dreamy voice...

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

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Direct download: ThreeQuestionsCharlotte2015Part3.mp3
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PREVIEWS! Magic Origins is right around the corner, so we've got a lot of cards to hit! Since the new preview method makes hitting every card virtually impossible, we're just hitting up the mythics and then whatever else catches our eye. There are a lot of awesome cards in the new set, so we're pretty excited!

There's also some discussion at the beginning about the upcoming rules changes. I think I might be softening my stance just slightly. Be sure you stick around to the end to catch a nice happy feel-good story!

LINKS FOR DAYS!
Magic Origins Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/magicorigins
Upcoming rules changes - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/changes-starting-pro-tour-magic-origins-2015-06-29
Adrian Sullivan's response - http://www.starcitygames.com/article/31116_Some-Thoughts-On-Changes-To-Organized-Play.html
The Retro League 292 (Chewie was on it!) - http://theretroleague.com/2015/07/02/episode-292-time-travel-is-hard/
Matt's initial video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R6ArzQhXXA
Matt's followup video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgL90xXnetA
Evan's Reddit post about it - https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/3b8hxg/a_kid_loves_the_scg_creature_collection_stuff_so/
Quest: Awakening of Melior Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/588917308/quest-awakening-of-melior

 

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Direct download: Episode_378_-_Lots_of_Origins_Cards.mp3
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