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!
Episode 12  - Prerelease Anecdotes and More

On this episode, the whole dorky crew goes over what they played at the Morningtide Prerelease and how it went for them.  We cover our single Sealed flight experience, then how Two-Headed Giant treated us.  Spoiler:  It stomped us.  Hard.  Of course, then we just had to talk about some of the other stuff going on at the tournament, but that's nothing worth mentioning in the show notes.  Except that we were basically accused of cheating before the tournament even started.  How's that?  Listen and find out!


We couldn't let the new set come out without mentioning how some of the new cards in the set work with cards from previous sets, of course.  Here are the quick combos we came up with.

Everbark Shaman and Battlewand Oak

Slithermuse and Stormbind

Spitebellows and Momentary Blink

Veteran's Armanents and Militia's Pride

Maralen of the Mornsong and Aven Mindcensor


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Opening and closing music: Storm Warning by Ill Mic

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Direct download: Episode_12_-_Prerelease_Anecdotes__More.mp3
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Episode 11 - Final Morningtide Not-Quickie

You know, we do 13 cards and we go to right around an hour. This time we only had 5 cards, so how long did we go? Right around an hour. In this episode, we discuss, at great length, some of the things you can do with the 5 preview cards that have popped up since the last episode. We actually came up with some doozies this time, let us know what you think.

There's also Brian's Prerelease article thing that he's doing, where you guys tell us all about your Prerelease experience. The deck you played, how you did, what you thought, whatever you can think of. Brian will sift through all this and pick out some favorites, then use those to write an article for Cardshark about the Prerelease as a whole. Email all that to us or post them in the Prerelease thread here:

http://cardshark.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?t=105

We also take a fair amount of time to discuss the Prerelease experience, so if you're thinking about going, be sure to listen closely. Also check out my Prerelease Survival Guide, located on the home page of Cardshark. We also go into a few topics that we've had to put on the backburner due to Morningtide previews, but they'll all be coming up sometime soon. This is the last of the preview Not-Quickies, so next week we'll be back to the random stuff that we come up with off the tops of our heads, exclusive to the Mana Pool.

Big shoutout to wolfstalker for helping us spread the word!

Forum thread for this episode here: http://cardshark.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?t=107

Morningtide Card Preview Archive: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=magic/morningtide/preview

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Direct download: Episode_11_-_Final_Morningtide_Not-Quickie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

On the off chance anyone wants to help us out, here's the flyer my fabulous girlfriend and I designed (she did all the work, I watched in awe).  If you'd like, you can print this out, make some copies, cut them out, and hand them out to people.  Sure it's a large pain, but it's not so much pain that I'm not willing to put you guys through it.  You know, if you want me to.  Anyway, here it is.  Thanks a lot if you decide to help!
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Episode 10 - Morningtide Not-Quickie 2

Wow. We've done this for 10 episodes now. That's pretty crazy. Seems like only a couple months ago we got this whole thing started...

 

Oh wait, I guess that's when it was. Never mind then. Mike, Brian, Squanto and I (da Chewie, of course) discuss the 13 new Morningtide preview cards to come out since our last look. This was supposed to be a quickie episode, but with 13 cards to talk about, we're lucky to fit it to within an hour (PROTIP: We just missed it).

 

Also in this episode is the second mention of Brian's Prerelease article thing. We want you, the listeners, to hit us with your Prerelease experiences. Give us decklists, records, stories, whatever you can come up with. You can post them here on the forums in the Prerelease thread (not made yet) or you can email them to us. However you want to do it is fine with us. Brian will sift through the stuff, pick out some favorites, and incorporate that into his big Prerelease article that he'll write for Cardshark.



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Direct download: Episode_10_-_Morningtide_Not-Quickie_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:02am EST

Episode 9 - Morningtide Previews Not-Quickie

Well, this was supposed to be a quick episode. Mike, Brian and I take on seven more official Morningtide preview cards, four from the preview page and three from the Player Rewards Program email. Included is much discussion on these new cards, which are by far my favorite yet. We went a little bit longer than we meant to, but only so we could bring you the best discussion we possibly could.

We also mention a new way for you, the listener, to interact with us! If you attend the Morningtide Prerelease, send us your decklist and/or a quick rundown of your experience. You can email it to us or post it here on the forums. Brian will sift through any and all information you supply and pick out his favorites. He will include these favorites in a future article for the Cardshark content page about the Prerelease. So by all means, go to the Prerelease and take some notes!

This episode's forum thread:  http://cardshark.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?t=101

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:43pm EST

Hey look, an episode that's actually UNDER an hour long! Perfect for that drive to work, waiting for the bus, or ignoring your teacher/boss for 20 minutes!



In this quickie episode Squanto, Dirk, Mike, Brian and I (da Chewie!) discuss 5 Morningtide previews that have cropped up in articles and sidebars and whatnot on the Magic site since Sunday. Keep an eye out on Thursday for another quickie! 


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Direct download: Episode_8_-_Morningtide_Previews_Quickie.mp3
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In this episode Squanto, Mike, Brian, Dirk and I (da Chewie!) take on the issue of proxies.  When is it okay to use proxies?  When is it not okay?  And what should you do when confronted with someone using proxies?  And what about using your foil lands in place of normal lands at a Limited event?  We tackle these hot-button issues right here in the Mana Pool.

 

Next up we hit even more Morningtide preview cards on the official Wizards Morningtide previewed card archive.  Not content with the 16 we covered in episode 6, we discuss 12 more cards that have popped up since that episode was recorded.

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=magic/morningtide/preview

 

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Opening and closing music:  Lovesick by Swift

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Direct download: Episode_7_-_Etiquette_Question_2_and_More_Morningtide.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40pm EST

It's the Best of 2007 show for the Mana Pool!  Squanto, Brian, Dirk and I (da Chewie!) discuss all the best things to come out of the Mana Pool in 2007.  This includes but is not limited to the Best Single Card We Never Got Around To Discussing, the Thousand-Year Elixir.  We go over the Chris Millar article that discusses the Elixir, and talk about Brian's experiences both with and against it.  Here's the article: 

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=mtgcom/daily/cm99

 

Then comes the part everyone wants to hear, the Morningtide preview cards.  Wizards is doing something new this time around by having all the cards officially previewed in magazines and various other places listed in one spot.  At the time of this recording there were 16 cards here, but there are definitely more already, so go check it out.  We're going to cover anything that has come up since this episode next time, so stay tuned.  Here's the link:

http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=magic/morningtide/preview

 

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Direct download: Episode_6_-_Best_of_2007_and_Morningtide_Previews.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:12pm EST