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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!

This week the dorks are going over the two big things that happened in the last few days.  First up is the Banned & Restricted List update. I know, I know, we're a casual podcast and this shouldn't really matter to us, but it does. Chewie doesn't even play tournament Magic and he has very strong opinions on the matter, probably because he holds the DCI to a higher standard than they hold themselves. But there's plenty of good discussion about the big news since Modern, Legacy, and Vintage all had big changes.

Then we have to talk about the Fate Reforged Prerelease! Three of us each went to one prerelease apiece. We played Temur, Abzan, and Sultai! Some of us did better than others, of course. But we'll tell you all about it, then we'll go over some cards that were great, or better than we thought, or whatever. Hopefully our technical difficulties this week don't bleed over into the episode too much!

 

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Direct download: Episode_356_-_Banned_in_Sealed.mp3
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Fate Reforged has been revealed in its entirety. So as per usual, we spend this episode poking around the Card Image Gallery pointing out all the cool stuff from the rest of the set. Of course we have to figure out what we're going to play at the prerelease too while we're at it. Oddly enough, we're all leaning towards one clan. Can you guess which one?

We also spend some time at the beginning rambling pointlessly about some potential upcoming bannings or unbannings, but what do we know?

Fate Reforged Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/frf-cig-en
Prerelease Primer (Ugin's Fate Packs): http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/fate-reforged-prerelease-primer-2015-01-12

 

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It's preview season! That means we brought Bill (Squee) on, as is tradition. We start with a look at the newly-revealed Clash Packs, which are full of nifty rares and new art. And from there we move directly to the previews. There are dragon cycles, ridiculous cards, proto-Khans, non-legendary mythics, a spider-elephant, broken windows, and butt-fighting. Hope everyone enjoys!

Fate Reforged Clash Packs: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/fate-reforged-clash-pack-2015-01-06
Fate Reforged Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/frf-cig-en
Click here when you get to Grim Contest: http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140929040830/donbluth/images/c/c3/Kinggator.jpg
Check out Squire Cast, another casual podcast! - http://mtgcast.com/topics/mtgcast-podcast-shows/active-podcast-shows/squirecast

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It's the first week of Fate Reforged previews, and none of us are completely with it. Seriously, we can't seem to get our words working properly. We're bad at this game.

As we usually do during the first week, we begin with the mechanics of the new set! So of course we spent a nice long time on Manifest, which is easily one of the most interesting Magic mechanics in recent memory, possibly ever. From the mechanics we move on to the rest of the Card Image Gallery and hit up every card that was listed there at the time!

Be prepared for lots of Back to the Future references this episode. Seriously, we refer to Khans as the beginning of the film's version of 1985, Fate Reforged as 1955, and Dragons as end of the film's 1985. If you haven't seen the first movie, I HIGHLY recommend you look it up. Not because of this episode, but because it's FREAKIN' AWESOME!

 

Fate Reforged Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/mechanics-fate-reforged-2014-12-29
Fate Reforged Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/frf-cig-en

 

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This week we're finishing up our series about the clans of Tarkir with a look at the Mardu and the Temur. Again, we're looking at what each clan is trying to do mechanically and examining how the colors and guilds that make up each clan help or hinder that goal. If you haven't, I recommend you listen to the last two episodes to hear how we handled the other three clans.

That's only part of the episode though! The final thoughts this time took on a life of their own. The discussions range from the new Ninja Turtles and Hobbit movies to Final Fantasy games throughout the years to some Hearthstone (of course), we covered a lot of ground in nerd culture.

Happy winter-holiday-of-your-choice to all of you listening! We appreciate you guys being with us!

 

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Direct download: Episode_352_-_The_Last_Two_Clans.mp3
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We begin this episode with another insanely adorable Sam Quiz. After that there's a bit of discussion about the recent tournament rules change regarding revealing Morph creatures.

Then we return to last week's topic, taking on the Jeskai and Sultai clans. We're looking at how each clan's constituent colors/guilds and their abilities work towards the overall goal of the clan. And since the Jeskai and Sultai are so incredibly different, this episode was a lot of fun!

 

Morph tournament rule change: http://blogs.magicjudges.org/telliott/2014/12/12/changing-morph-handling-in-the-ipg/
Star Wars: Episode VII Trailer - George Lucas' Special Edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v93Jh6JNBng

 

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Yeah, we didn't really care that this was a big milestone episode. It's like we've done six other 50-episode increments!

We started off this episode with a bit of news, then go into one of Brian's Magic Mad Libs! This one was pretty funny, so we hope you guys enjoy. All the links for the news are down below!

From there, we dove into the main topic of the episode. You know, once we finally all got on the same page during the musical break. We're taking a deep look at the Abzan clan (not tribe!) of Tarkir. More specifically, we're looking at how the colors (and guilds) that make up the Abzan work with the Outlast mechanic. This is a pretty good mental exercise that allows us to look at the fundamentals and see how all the pieces fit together, which is pretty nice.

 

Kenny McCormick invited to the Pro Tour - http://magic.wizards.com/en/protour/frf/invitations
Word Championships coverage - http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/2014WC
World Magic Cup coverage - http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/2014WMC
Modern Masters 2015 FINALLY announced - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/announcing-modern-masters-2015-edition-2014-12-08

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Happy Dorksgiving everyone! Before Thanksgiving, Brian invited us all over to his house to have a big meal and some Magic. He also invited our good friend (and Monday Night Magic cohost) Bill Bloodworth (Squee) to join us. During all that time, we wanted to do a new installment of our Commander Shenanigans series, which we do whenever a new Commander product is released. To keep it from becoming an extra-long monstrosity of an episode, and since there were five monocolored decks, we decided to play a game of Star. If you don't know what that is, don't worry - we explained it in the show.

Since the Dorksgiving portion of the show was not an extra-long monstrosity, it just didn't feel right. So we decided to put one of our Kickstarter backer rewards on here too! Two people took the "Send us a decklist and we'll play it" reward tier - Michael Serrahn and Rachel Franzen. Michael sent in a mono-white Avacyn, Angel of Hope equipment-based deck, and Rachel submitted her "hippy-dippy Trostani EDH deck". So Mike came over to Chewie's house and after a VERY long setup time (holy crap), we knocked out a few games as promised!

 

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It's back! We haven't done one of these flavor-fights in a long time, so here's how it works:

- We use the Random Card button on Gatherer to find 8 creatures that go into a tournament bracket.
- We take their art, flavor text, and abilities into account and ignore their power and toughness.
- We argue with each other until we determine a winner!

Here's the bracket for this tournament:
Deadly Recluse vs. Blood Celebrant
Aven Mimeomancer vs. Gnat Miser
Tar Pit Warrior vs. Meglonoth
Megatherium vs. Duskrider Peregrine

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It's our seventh birthday here on The Mana Pool! To celebrate, we're taking a look back at where things were way back when we started. How our personal lives were going, how Magic was looking, that sort of thing. We then take a look at where we are now and where we're going, both with life and Magic. It's a more personal episode, with less Magic than usual, but very much worth the listen.

Also, Sam Quiz and Hearthstone included at no extra charge!

 

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Direct download: Episode_347_-_The_Dorks_Then_and_Now.mp3
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