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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!

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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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 middle part of Day 2, which was Sunday. I was in a mad rush to make sure I found as many people as I could, and it shows. The episode kicks off with well-known MTG cosplayer Christine Sprankle and never slows down! I've got a few judges: Bryan Prillaman (just hours before he went L3), Cluze, John Alderfer, and the very intimidating Sheldon Menery. I talked to several members of the MTG community at large like Lauren Lee, Jonathan Richmond (Norbert!), Spencer Howland, and Jason Alt. I found a few more pros I hadn't bothered yet too: Willy Edel, James Searles, Reid Duke, and Andrew Cuneo. And finally, I ran into a couple masses of degenerates including but not limited to: Slick Jagger, Matty Studios, GingerItalian, Time_Elemental, Sup Stevie, and the incomparable Kevy Metal.

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 Vegas coming soon!

 

Your host: Chewie
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Music: The Journey Continues by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Direct download: Three_Questions_013.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:54 PM

The dorks are talking history this time around - more specifically the history of all the legends and planeswalkers from the new Commander 2014 decks. Wonder who Titania and Freyalise are? Want to know what's up with Ob Nixilis and his many forms? Think way too much about Lorthos' deal? Well worry no more, as we've got all kinds of stuff to tell you! Except for Lorthos, there is no deal. Sorry.

Not only are we talking Commander, but there's also a fair amount of other news that cropped up since the last time we recorded, so I hope everyone learns something this week!

 

Links!
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora announced - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-duel-decks-elspeth-vs-kiora-2014-11-03
Dragons of Tarkir announced - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/announcing-dragons-tarkir-2014-11-03
New card images from PAX Australia panel - http://imgur.com/a/r473G/all
Commander 2014 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/en-day-1-2014-10-23
Commander 2014 Deck Lists - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/commander-2014-edition-decklists-2014-10-31
Commander 2014 Tokens pt 1 - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/commander-2014-edition-tokens-2014-10-28
Commander 2014 Tokens pt 2 - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arc/commander-2014-edition-tokens-part-2-2014-11-04
The Story of Ob Nixilis - http://dougbeyermtg.tumblr.com/post/101238052859/is-the-commader-ob-nixilis-card-before-he-went-to

 

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This episode is all about the mechanic that caused many headaches back in the day and has recently started again - Morph! We're stepping back all the way to the Onslaught block to tell you about its origins, then jumping forward to Time Spiral to look at some of the insanity there, then moving on to the current take on Morph and what they've done to make it less painful for everyone involved.

Of course we begin the episode with a very silly Sam Quiz, then we end on the first batch of Commander 2014 previews. Yay Commander things and stuff!

 

Commander 2014 Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/en-day-1-2014-10-23

 

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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 end of Day 1 and the beginning of Day 2! My trusty digital recorder was perfectly timed, not running out of storage space until the end of the night on Saturday. This episode I snagged a lot of awesome people to interview, including some high-level judges (including former Judgecast host Sean Catanese), a YouTuber from Top and Go Productions, Pro Tour Historian and (sorta) podcaster Brian David-Marshall, Director of OP for WotC Helene Bergeot, and Magic entertainers Reuben Bresler and Nathan Holt! Of course I hit some big pro players too - LSV, Ben Stark, David Ochoa, and Shahar Shenhar! I'm pretty sure I left a few out, sorry about that.

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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Music: The Journey Continues by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Direct download: Three_Questions_012.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:30 AM

Due to scheduling issues, we don't have a proper episode for you this week. But never fear, there's still something to listen to! Back in September, Chewie went to the tiltEXPO to do a couple panels. One of those panels was all about podcasting. If any of you have ever wanted to know what it takes to start your own show, there are three podcasters giving their advice right here!

And don't worry, we'll be back with an actual episode next week!

 

Sean Ryan from Alpha Counter:
@AlphaCounter @thegreyghostnet
http://alphacounter.com

Kelley Hightower from Mating Habits of the Modern Geek
@MatingHabits
http://matinghabitsofthemoderngeek.com

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:48 PM

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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