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!

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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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!

Your host: Chewie
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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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We're joined by another Kickstarter backer this week! Aaron comes on to talk about being That Guy. No no, not THAT That Guy. Not one of the bad ones. But the guy that's been playing forever and has lots of cards and lots of decks and actually has some money to spend on the game. Some casual players frown on That Guy, which gives That Guy some kind of stigma. Aaron wants to address that stigma and help change the opinion of That Guy. That Guy might not be all bad. You might even be able to learn something from That Guy's experiences! So don't dump on That Guy!

Of course it's also Magic Origins preview season! And today the last of the five double-faced Planeswalkers were revealed, so we're going to take the last bit of the show to cover them. And the new mechanics that we haven't talked about yet, Renown and Spell Mastery!

SCG Regionals that Brian was talking about: http://www.starcitygames.com/pages/scgop/regionalchampionships
Magic Origins Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/magicorigins
Bruce Richard's Serious Fun from this week: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/serious-fun/if-only-it-cost-less-2015-06-23

 

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Direct download: Episode_377_-_Aarons_Fifteen_Minutes_of_Fame_Being_That_Guy.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 MTGBroDeals writer (and purveyor of fine bacon) Zeki Alikaya, Not Another Magic Podcast host Jack LaCroix, Higher Standards host Renee Hupp, Pitt Imps host Angelo, CommanderCast writer Hayes (the Hayes), Level 3 Judge & former Judgecast host Riki Hayashi, and StarCityGames own Ben Bleiweiss. Of course I also talked to some well-known players! On this episode you'll hear answers from Osyp Lebedowicz, Gerard Fabiano, Gaudenis Vidugiris, and Jacob Wilson.

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 Charlotte coming VERY soon!

Your host: Chewie
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Direct download: ThreeQuestionsCharlotte2015Part2.mp3
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The dorks are loose at Grand Prix Charlotte! Chewie is there with his fancy-schmancy media badge asking people Three Questions and also checking in with the other dorks between rounds. Brian is playing his Jeskai Ascendancy combo deck! Mike is playing his Loam Assault deck! The other guys from our room (#Team230) are also playing in the main event. JT, who you know from previous episodes, is playing Merfolk. Stark Maximum, who you know from a recent Fifteen Minutes of Fame, is playing his GW Tokens deck.

This is a pretty normal Field Recordings episode, with Chewie tracking down the other dorks between rounds as often as possible to find out what's going on, and said other dorks telling you what happened in that round. There's a fairly large gap in the recording due to exhaustion, difficulty finding dorks, having other plans, and more exhaustion. But Mike and Chewie went back and covered everything we missed in the car on the way home!

Of course we can't stay on target completely, it's us! Other tales are contained within this episode. There's the horrible, horrible motel room! And the massive Podcaster Dinner that happened Saturday night! And the cop that flashed his lights and siren behind us while we were recording! We hope everyone enjoys this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! And for those of you we met in Charlotte, it was GREAT to meet you! Hopefully we can meet more of you in the future!

 

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Direct download: Episode_376_-_Grand_Prix_Charlotte_Field_Recordings.mp3
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Grand Prix Charlotte happened last weekend, so of course I was there asking Three Questions!

 

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 SCG commentators Cedric Phillips & Patrick Sullivan, L3 Judge John Alderfer, cosplayer Christine Sprankle, WotC coverage guys Adam Styborski & Corbin Hosler, and L2 Judge & former podcast whore Chris Lansdell! Of course I also talked to a fair share of well-known players! On this episode you'll hear answers from Brad Nelson, Gerry Thompson, Patrick Dickmann, Brian Kibler, Alexander Hayne, Chris VanMeter, Willy Edel, and someone I never thought I'd actually meet in person, Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa.

 

 

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 Charlotte coming VERY soon!

 

 

 

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Direct download: ThreeQuestionsCharlotte2015Part1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:12 AM

The dorks are taking a look at everyone's favorite big scary red creatures, Dragons! With a long and storied history dating back to the very beginning of MTG, Dragons are terribly popular. A constant source of wonder and amazement nowadays, you might be surprised to know that dragons weren't always so omnipresent in the early days, and it's really only recently that they've become super ridiculously everywhere.

Oh, and Chewie's final thought may or may not have led to a LONG rant about the Star Wars prequels. Just letting you know. It gets pretty intense.

The Links:
Magic Origins sample decks (previews!) - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/magic-origins-sample-decks-2015-06-08
Evergreen Keywords article by Rosewater - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/evergreen-eggs-ham-2015-06-08

 

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Direct download: Episode_375_-_A_Brief_History_of_Dragons.mp3
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