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!
Bonus Episode - Secret Cow Level

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Episode 154 - Burninating the Countryside

After beginning with a study into arcane languages and comic strips, we're gonna set this thing on FIRE!  We'll take a look at a few of the new products Wizards has in store, the Magic Online Deck Series: Legacy and the Premium Deck Series: Fire & Lightning, then move into Brian's new idea for a segment.  There's no official name, so I'm going to call it Core Set: Mana Pool Edition. 

He has come up with 6 staple card ideas from each color and instructed us to pick cards to fulfill these roles in our Core Set.  The catch is, we have to use cards that have previously been printed that have never been in a Core Set before.  So to coincide with our Burn episode, we're doing Red.  Let us know what you think, and what your choices would be.

Then we take a closer look at Burn.  We're gonna focus on its role in multiplayer, a role that is classically underestimated.  We'll take a look at all the ways Burn can be used in multiplayer, as well as which flavors work the best.  All you red mages out there take note!

Magic Online Deck Series: Legacy
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/579

Premium Deck Series: Fire & Lightning
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/576


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Break Music - Trogdor by the Brothers Chaps - http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html

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Episode 153 - Two for One Special

In this action-packed episode of The Mana Pool, we're taking a look at all the two-for-ones in Magic.  No, not Buy One Get One Free, and not killing a creature in response to it being targeted by an aura.  We're talking about a whopping TWO power for ONE mana!  Back in the day this defined entire tournament scenes, but were all of them that good?  Well stay tuned and find out, because we're gonna hit them all. 

While we're at it, we've got email spam replies (yes really), news about the third Duels of the Planeswalkers expansion, a couple of rules questions, and a discussion of Fran Drescher as a harpy.  I love doing this show sometimes.  Hope you all enjoy!


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Break Music - Double Dragon (Opening Theme) by Kazunaka Yamane

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This episode is a little random.  We begin with a brief discussion of why not to buy cheap ice cream sandwiches.  I then offer up Mike's phone number in case anyone wants to call him.  Then we point out how we're not going to take money from our listeners, but gifts are appreciated when appropriate.

Of course, we have a main topic.  It's Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs 2 - 3D Alpha Forever!  Once again we use the Random Card button in Gatherer to draft up 16 fighters to go head to head (or claw, or tentacle, or stump, or whatever) for your enjoyment!  During the tournament you'll hear about vicious assistant birds, over-eager anti-assistant knights, and one contestant possibly passing a pearl to not be a dragon.  I didn't say it would make sense, I just said you'd hear it.  Who will join Troll Ascetic in our winner's circle?

And after the dust has settled, we have to bring back one of our favorite segments - Out of the Deck Box!  This time around we're taking a look at Brian's Archenemy Deck and the Scheme Deck that goes with it.  It's appropriately evil, and we hope you enjoy it!


Intro by Tosus, featuring Diamond by Swift - http://www.swift-band.com
Break music - Release the Wolves by Swift, at Mike's request

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