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Episode 180 - Headline: M12 Goes Bloodthirsty, Dies

Even though we ran through over 30 emails in the last episode, we still have more! So we took another chunk out of the remaining emails. I really enjoy doing lots of listener mail, because it lets us talk about all kinds of things we wouldn't ordinarily talk about. For instance, an email gave me a perfect segue into discussing a new repacked product thing I got at Target!

But of course, we had to talk about lots of other things this episode! Which we were able to do, because Brian couldn't be with us. Apparently he couldn't stop coughing for more than a few seconds at a time, so he opted out. Of all people though, Dirk really picked up the slack Brian left us. He's on fire! (be sure to read that in the NBA Jam announcer voice)

As far as what other stuff, it was all M12 all the time baby! Well not really, but we did talk about all the M12 stuff that has come to light since our last recording. It's all down there in those links

Mechanics and whatnot: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/144
Buy-a-box Promo: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/716
Core Set Survivor: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/718
New Dragon: http://twitpic.com/51sipe
Old Dragon: http://twitpic.com/51sjyh


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Episode 179 - Listener Appreciation Sequel

It's that time again! We've left our listener emails for far too long, and now we've got to devote an entire episode to them! I was afraid this episode was going to end up kind of boring, but I was wrong. The great thing about going over a whole load of listener mail is that they lead us to all kinds of places. I'm talking everything from the Rapture to Standard to Cyndi Lauper to another take on a Magic RPG and all points in between. It's a heck of a trip, thanks to all of our emailers for leading us along! If you guys would like to email us in the future, we have a new email address! It's dorks@themanapool.com, please start sending your emails there!

In between all this nonsense, we managed to actually talk about some things that matter, like the new planeswalker and decklist and trailer from Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, which you can find right here on http://themanapool.com. And we did a new Mad Lib too! We also talked about the New Phyrexia Event Decks (holy crap!) which you can find here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/714

Floor Rules in case of Rapture:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/408510/mrpg.txt

Abe Sargent's Magic RPG:
http://www.starcitygames.com/php/news/article/15084.html

Ed Grabianowski's Magic RPG:
http://io9.com/5799753/playing-magic-the-gathering-as-an-rpg


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Break Music - no breaks this time!

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Episode 178 - Serious Fun with Adam Styborski

We are joined this week by a very special guest, Adam Styborski.  He writes the Serious Fun column for the mothership, he writes for GatheringMagic, he's the Casual Editor over at Quiet Speculation, and he writes a Pauper Cube blog.  Here are the links!

- http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Archive.aspx?author=Adam%20Styborski
- http://thepaupercube.wordpress.com/
- http://www.gatheringmagic.com/author/adamstyborski/
- http://www.quietspeculation.com
- Twitter: @the_stybs

We talked to Adam for a while about his writing, his playing, and whatever else Brian thought up.  Then we all discussed the New Phyrexia Prerelease, which most of us ended up attending.  One of us was gunslinging, can you guess which one?  After that, we did one of our nonsensical but fun Magic Mad Libs! And yes, Stybs helped out!

Then we started talking about Equipment.  Which ones we love, which ones are awesome, which ones are awesome for multiplayer.  Whatever we could think of.  Adam had some especially interesting things to say on this topic, so pay attention.  You, in the back!  Head up off the desk!


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Episode 177 - Lots of Actual Content!

That's right, we've got a stupid amount of content for you on this episode of The Mana Pool!  First off, Brian's unable to join us until later, so we have a special guest host - Tosus!  You might remember him from the excellent custom cards posted on our Facebook page during our last big contest, or perhaps you remember that he's the guy who made the intro you hear on this episode.  Either way, here he is joining us for an episode while he's in the USA.

Right, content!  First off, I have to recount meeting Ben and Tosus in person last weekend, and how neither of them could stand up to my mighty Progenitus EDH deck.  So what if they stomped me every other game?

Then Mike tells us all about his experience at the SCG Open in Charlotte NC.  Since Brian wasn't with us to ramble on forever, Mike took care of it for him.  There was a rules update too, and Mike explains a couple of the interesting things that came out of that.  Then we have to give a bit of opinion about the New Phyrexia leak and the Guillaumes that caused it.  Oh look, there's Brian!

There's a short break followed by a big announcement for next episode, be sure to listen carefully!  Then Brian tells us all about his SCG Open weekend.  And finally, we're able to get to the New Phyrexia cards. We take a look at all the cards with Phyrexian Mana in their costs, so check it out to see what we think.  Then...we ran out of time, so we picked out a couple other quick ones and called it a night.  See?  Very little nonsense this episode!


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