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Episode 184 - Time Travel and Room Elephants

We're joined again here at The Mana Pool by Eric of Many Names, who can add one more name to his repetoire - Judge.  Yes, Eric went to GP: Kansas City and passed his test, so you guys get to hear all about it right here!

Then we've got another handful of listener mail, including one that we took extra care to answer.  It involved either moving cards from Standard back to Alpha, or bringing cards back from Alpha to the current Standard.  We weren't sure which, so Brian took one, and the rest of us went the other way.  Either way it was an interesting discussion, hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

Dirk and I discussed Duels 2012 a bit, and then we had to turn to the elephant in the room.  And yes, we talked about it for a good while.  And we have lots of good discussion about it and the reasons that we either are or are not surprised by it.  Let us know what you think!

We're talking about the Jace and Stoneforge Mystic bannings here, by the way.  Just so we're clear.

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Episode 183 - Drowning in Previews

No really.  They dropped a TON of stuff on us since our last recording.  Apparently I was even allergic to some of it.  Well, that or nerds, not sure which.  But yeah, we're trying desperately to keep up, so much so that we enlisted the aid of the ever-awesome Eric of Many Names once again!  He's going to help us out with the new M12 cards, the new Commander cards, and the other cards in the Commander decks.  Mike also guides us through a relatively painless Rules Update.  And of course, we knocked out a few of the many emails we've gotten since the last episode.  And now, a lot of links to all this stuff:

Eric on Twitter: http://twitter.com/thewachman

M12 previews
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/731

Commander previews
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/productarticle.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/commander/cig

Commander decklists
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/732

Rules update
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/146a&page=1


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Episode 182 - Commander & Conquer: Generals

After a few Skype problems that apparently cleared up just a short while before recording (for everyone but Brazil and Dirk it turns out) we finally got an episode started.  And after Dirk reinstalled Skype, he joined us too.  We started this episode off by catching up with our email!  Yes, we covered EVERY email we had in the inbox!

If you couldn't tell from the title, we spent the rest of the episode talking about the Commander previews.  We've only seen a couple days' worth at the time we recorded this, and it's already ridiculous. And these are just the new cards! I'm sure some of the stuff they've reprinted to put in these things is equally nuts.

Commander Image Gallery: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/productarticle.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/commander/cig

And watch out for a small rant at the end by Chewie.  If you have any contact with Wizards, please refer them to this rant.  Thank you.


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Episode 181 - Cycles of Compleation

This time around, we've got even more listener mail!  Reading the mail leads to some interesting conversations.  We discussed cheating a little bit, complete with judge-type commentary by Bryan from the Avant-Card Show, who happens to be a Level 2 Judge.  There's a little bit of speculation about Innistrad (completely baseless, the best kind!).  And just in case we're right, you heard it here first!  Innistrad's going to deal with things dying and possibly life totals.  HA!

We've also got another listener-supplied Mad Lib!  This one is from Tosus, our old buddy out in Germany, and it's a good one.

Then we finally get to talk about the cycles in New Phyrexia, after a brief discussion of what cycles are in the first place.  Then we realized...there really aren't that many cycles in the set.  The Praetors, the Chancellors, the Exarchs, the Shrines, and the Souleaters.  I think that might be it.  But we went into detail for each cycle, so it works out well.  Let us know if you have any thoughts on the cycles of New Phyrexia.



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