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!

In honor of Multiplayer Week over on the Magic site, we're joined this week by Serious Fun columnist Bruce Richard! Bruce spearheaded this week's awesome return of the Multiplayer Hall of Fame! And since anyone can just go to the articles and see the rankings, we got Bruce to go into far more detail about what the Hall actually IS, its origins, and the insane amount of work that went into bringing it back.  There's also a bit of musing about possible changes in the far future and plenty of credit-sharing from Bruce.

 

Follow Bruce on Twitter: @manaburned
Check out the Hall of Fame here: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/mhof/welcome-multiplayer-hall-fame-2014-10-13
MTG Board Game teaser: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/news-10142014-magic-the-gathering-strategy-board-game-announced/
New FNM Formats: http://i.imgur.com/2tYRiR3.png
Pro Tour Infographics: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/nickvigabool-101314-standard-snapshot-pro-tour-khans-of-tarkir/

 

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Break Music - Not this week

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We're back at GP Las Vegas!  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 the third bit of Day 1, from the end of round 6 until round...8 or 9, I can't really tell.  This time around I'm talking to listeners, high-level judges, Twitter people, and an angel that was walking around the building.  I've also got the writer and one of the actors from Top Decking, a live-action series on YouTube that I recommend you watch.  Oh, I talked to a few pro players too - Roberto Gonzalez, Alexander Hayne, Sam Black, and Melissa DeTora.

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
Twitter: @TheManaPool
Email: chewie@mtgcast.com
Music: The Journey Continues by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Direct download: Three_Questions_011.mp3
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After falling into a time warp, the dorks are looking at all the stuff from Return to Ravnica and Magic 2014 that rotated out of Standard recently.  All those cards that Chewie got sick of talking about on Monday Night Magic and the ones Mike and Brian got sick of seeing at Friday Night Magic.  We've got the whole week covered!

After that we're telling you all about the Khans Sealed PTQ we went to last weekend.  A good time was had by all!  Find out who did well and who did REALLY well!

 

Patrick Chapin's Gerry Thompson's article about Jeskai Ascendancy: http://www.starcitygames.com/article/29484_Daily-Digest-Banworthy.html

 

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Break Music - Not this week

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The dorks kick this episode off with some news and a few updates, just some things you might want to know.  After that, we have a very personal listener question.  We were asked a very simple question that revealed a lot about us: If we lived on Theros, which of the pantheon of gods would we be most devoted to?  It led to a really good discussion.

After that, it's on to a Story Circle!  This one is at the same time topical, being wedge-based, and completely not topical, because we picked Karador, Ghost Chieftain from the first Commander product.  The direction we took ended up being pretty cool, with one dork laying claim to it when all was said and done.  We hope you enjoy!

 

Karador Story Circle: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle342edh/

Banned & Restricted (non) Update - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/september-22-2014-dci-banned-restricted-list-announcement-2014-09-22
First look at new Standard - http://www.starcitygames.com/events/270914_newjersey.html
Uncharted Realms takes over instead of a novel or novella - https://twitter.com/mtgaaron/status/515030156109295616
Duel Decks Anthology availability - http://wpn.wizards.com/en/event/duel-decks-anthology

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - The Woods from Mickey Mousecapade (NES) by Takeaki Kunimoto - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeaki_Kunimoto

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00 AM

It's Prerelease time again!  You know what that means - Chewie and the dorks are heading out to play some Magic, and the digital recorder is coming with them!  On this episode, follow Mike and Chewie as they check out Khans on Saturday at Lucky's Card Shop in Greensboro, then Brian joins them for Sunday to have a second go at the format!

Find out which clans the dorks played as well as what lots of other dorks in the room were playing!  Learn why Round Two is Chewie's least favorite round number ever!  Marvel as Mike plays a supposedly crappy Sealed card to great effect!  And listen as Brian tells you all about his midnight prerelease experience in one go!

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - First Place music from Excitebike on the NES
Quick Break Music - Pause Music from Battletoads on the NES

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Direct download: Episode_341_-_Khans_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
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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 the second bit of Day 1, from round 3 until round...5 or 6, I can't really tell.  This time I'm talking to a variety of people from the Magic community, starting with Matt Jones, writer for HipstersOfTheCoast.com.  Then there's a judge with seriously awesome hair, a Hall of Famer and a probable future one (Jensen and Turtenwald) and Josh Utter-Leyton and his crew.  Also on this episode are commentator and podcaster Marshall Sutcliffe, current R&D intern and pro player Jackie Lee, the man behind CMDR Decks Uriah Oxford, everyone's favorite Twitter angel Heather Dawn, plus a handful of listeners as usual!

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
Twitter: @TheManaPool
Email: chewie@mtgcast.com
Music: The Journey Continues by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Direct download: Three_Questions_010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:26 PM

This episode begins with another Sam Quiz, be warned!  After that there are a few bits of news to talk about, then it's off to the full set of Khans of Tarkir!  We jump around the Card Image Gallery picking out stuff that's cool, pointing out some seriously amazing art, and generally taking it all in.  It's a fun episode and we hope you all enjoy!

Commander B&R update: http://forum.mtgcommander.net/EDH_Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=17210
Holiday Box info: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/announcing-2014-holiday-gift-box-2014-09-11
Community Cup coverage: http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/occ14
Khans of Tarkir Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ktk-cig-en

 

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Direct download: Episode_340_-_So_Much_Khansy_Goodness.mp3
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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 the very first part of Saturday at GP Vegas.  I played a round then walked around and talked to a bunch of people.  Then I played another round and talked to a bunch more people.  That’s about it, I didn’t even have time to get hungry during the time this episode covers!  I talked to The Lady Cluze, Will Blondon (formerly of Horde of Notions), Marcel and Corbin from Brainstorm Brewery, another lapsed podcaster from Scrubland, another pair of casters from Planeswalker Asylum, and even one of the former owners of MTGCast!  And that’s not even everyone on this episode!

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
Twitter: @TheManaPool
Email: chewie@mtgcast.com
Music: The Journey Continues by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Direct download: Three_Questions_009.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:13 PM

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

 

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Break Music – Can't stop won't stop

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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

 

Come to the tiltEXPO for Chewie’s podcasting panel and more! – http://www.tiltexpo.com/guests/

 

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Break Musics – Can't stop won't stop

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