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 91 - M10 Launched

On this episode, we have even more Magic 2010! Don't worry, next week we're gonna ease up off the M10 for a while. But we had to stay with it this time, because there's a Launch discussion to be had! Brian and I attended, along with Jonathan and Logan. It was Logan's first tournament, so we asked him to join us on this episode, not only to tell us how he did, but to give us his perspective on the whole tournament thing.

And then, just to finish up with M10 for a little while, we decided to take a look at the set as a whole. Not just the rares or the previews, not just the mechanics involved, but the whole shebang. We're talking flavor, art, mechanics, love, hate, balls of wax, and whatever else comes to mind.

Then, just to spite our friends over at the Avant-Card Show, we're bringing back Out of the Deck Box. I've picked out a deck that go hurt a little bit by the rules change – the Chuck Deck! Of course, in the time since we recorded this, I've already made several changes, so no promises about the decklist in the forums and the one discussed on this episode actually being the same.


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Episode 90 - Instructions on Not Attacking Dirk (Multiplayer Combat)

Wow, we've made it up to 90. You believe that? To celebrate this auspicious occasion (not really) we have a whole mess of episode for you. After a somber intro, where we dedicate this episode to a friend who is no longer with us, we go into further detail about the new Duel Decks Contest here on The Mana Pool. You can find the official forum announcement for the contest here:
http://cardshark.freeforums.org/duel-decks-contest-t363.html

There's been a lot of super-neato stuff on the Magic site in the last week, so we go over all of it. The RYZ shoe design contest winners (Wrath and Damn is sweet!), some Magically delicious soda, and a teeny little hint of Planechase. Check out the links to all of those down below.

Then we finally come to the long-awaited topic at hand. We've been meaning to do an episode on multiplayer combat for at least a month or so, but lots of things kept getting in the way. But we've managed to get past all the events and updates and whatnot, and boy was Brian ready for this one. His lawyer side took over, and he categorized all the various important attacks that occur in multiplayer Magic. And I mean all of them. And then we discussed them all, offering anecdotes and examples where applicable. And don't ever attack Dirk. No really. Don't do it. You'll be sorry.

Then I finish us up with a quick recounting of my M10 Prerelease experience. I was with AJ (Kill AJ!), just outside of Washington DC, and the tournament was...let's say interesting. You can hear the full story right here. A teaser: I played black/red (big surprise).


The Planechase product images can be seen here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/234

The Magic-flavored Jones Soda can be seen here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/232

The announcement of the winners for the RYZ shoe design contest can be found here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/233


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Episode 89 - Magic 2010 Preview 3 This is truly a momentous occasion!  Not only do we have all four of the hosts of The Mana Pool present for this recording, but we also have everyone's favorite guy with a bullseye painted on him, AJ!  We also have Mrs. Kill AJ and The Hot One helping out for a moment in the intro.  You heard it, girls on The Mana Pool!  Even if it was just for a second.

Right then.  Previews!  We've got another full load of M10 previews for you on this episode.  We have everything from spiders whose art actually wasn't changed to legless angels to angels wearing pasties to the white Shock.  You'll hear us rant and drone on and on about the minutiae of each card, as well as the usual nonsensical conversating that you know and love. 


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Episode 88 - Magic 2010 Preview 2 Chewie here.  On this episode you've got me, Brian, and Mike going over a whole crapload of Magic 2010 previews.  There's really not much else to say about this particular episode, you know?  It's a preview episode, after all.  Although we do go over quite a few of the old Lords, so it's like a bit of a history lesson too.

There are, however, a few interesting questions to be answered in here.  Like will the Ant Queen get to finish her smoothie?  And what's up with that guy with the antlers, the cape, and the ZZ Top beard?  What's more terrifying that Jet Li coming at you with a boot to the skull?  And what's up with the lion turning into a soldier, and the insect into a vampire?  Listen in to find out...

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Episode 87 - Magic 2010 Preview 1 Brian here, yet again.  This episode sees the cast of The Mana Pool, with the long-awaited return of Dirk, finally getting to a subject we’ve been approaching for weeks: multiplayer combat!  Hold on to your hardhats, because here we...uh...wait.  Our plans, apparently more fragile than a Faberge Egg, have been broken in half by the launch of the Magic 2010 page on the main Magic website, complete with visual spoiler.  Yay for previews!  

The episode kicks off with a shout-out to the new members on the forums and to the Facebook group.  Welcome all.  Then, we go into some responses on the forums to our last few episodes.  Feedback is always appreciated and actually does help us when we record the shows.  Disagree with us about a point we make, think that Dirk is the funniest man alive, or catch us on a blatant error?  Head to the forums!  We then follow up on some reactions to the Magic 2010 rules changes, including Dirk’s first impressions, and the results of the first games Chewie and I have played under the new rules.  Chewie and Dirk have also been playing Duels of the Planeswalkers recently and briefly share their experiences.

After that, it’s on to Magic 2010 previews!  Join us as we walk down a sort of memory lane with standbys like Serra Angel (now Uncommon!), Clone, and Birds of Paradise.  We’ll also see old faces seeing new life like Black Knight (aww yeah), Ball Lightning, and Lightning Bolt (the one and only).  Finally, since Magic 2010 is the first Core Set since Beta with new cards in it, we have new favorites like Child of Night, new duel lands, and Ant Queen.  Do your exterminators have captains?  They better.

Finally, we’ve got some news.  I’d tell you what it is, but you need to listen to find out.  No cutting in line!  All I’ll say is, oh wait, you have to listen!  Ha.  Finally finally, we quickly hit the recent Banned/Restricted List announcements and Magic shoes.  Not magic shoes (Like Mike), Magic Shoes.  They are NOT guaranteed to make you into a basketball legend.  

Thanks for listening to The Mana Pool as always, and get ready for some goodness in Magic 2010.

LIGHTNING BOLT!


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:27am EST