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!

Chewie got a 2013 Holiday Card!  That's the good news.  The bad news is that Brian was having technical difficulties, causing some serious feedback problems.  The majority of them were edited out, so just trust us that they were absolutely worse than you can hear.  There is also another of Brian's on-theme Magic Mad Libs.  Yay Mad Libs!

But this episode is more than problems and a Mad Lib.  This one is another of those free-form rambling discussions with no real point or purpose other than to entertain our thousands of listeners across the globe!  Or...at least the American ones, in this case.  Roughly a year ago, we did Episode 205 - Would Solid Snake Have Shroud?  It was jolly good fun, so Brian thought we should do it again.  But instead of looking at video games through the lens of Magic cards, this time we're doing television shows!  Shows we enjoy, shows we've seen, or just shows we think might work well with Magic.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for shows, then hit the forums or leave a comment on the site.  Hope you enjoy!

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Break Music  - Cheers Theme by Gary Portnoy

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Direct download: Episode_260_-_Giant_Chicken_Token.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

Man, this episode is all over the place.  We have a Cardshark promotion to tell you about, first and foremost.  If you want a shot at winning the five best planeswalkers in Standard, you should definitely pay attention.  Here's the link, in case you can't pay attention:
http://www.cardshark.com/Promotions/Default.aspx

Then, we hear from a Russian listener.  We've been at this a long time (over 5 years now in fact) and that might be a first.  How cool is that?

Then we have another Magic Mad Lib.  If you thought last week's was funny, then you've got to hear this one.  Featuring 100% less singing (thank goodness), this Mad Lib might be Chewie's favorite ever.  No kidding.  The follow-up discussion was also some top-notch stuff.

"What are the monkey people called?" - Dirk

The rest of the episode (yeah, all that was only like a quarter of it at most) is taken up by our responses to two listener emails.  Tony Mendolia (who never fails to tell the world about our new episodes on Google Plus, even though we've pretty much given up on it) asks us a question about saving sets of commons and uncommons for his kids.  This was a really good discussion, plus it gave Dirk a chance to weigh in with some serious mic time!

The second half of the show is all about Ravnican flavor.  More specifically, the storyline of Return to Ravnica.  Andrew from CO in LA (confusing, innit?) wanted to know about it, since he wasn't exactly sure what was going on.  We ended up going over everything we know, or think we know, and connecting as much of it as possible to the original Ravnica storyline.  Another good discussion, and another satisfied listener (in theory anyway, since we didn't exactly run it past him ahead of time).

Hope you all enjoy, and try not to get stabbed in the uterus.  Just sayin'.

 

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music  - Youth of America by Birdbrain - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birdbrain_%28band%29

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Direct download: Episode_259_-_Tundra_Wolves_Man_13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

We are joined this week by Calvin Russell, also known as Captain Red Zone, from the Off Color Cast.  If you've ever listened to that show, you'll know that he has a tendency to sort of run off at the mouth and end up talking to himself, which is perfect for our show!  We initially brought him on to talk about battle strategies or something, and he did...at first.  It was thoroughly entertaining though, so we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

That's not all though!  Before we cut Calvin loose, we had a lot to do.  Chewie spoke for a bit about Grand Prix Charleston, because believe it or not this is the first time we've recorded since then!  Incidentally, have you heard about playing Magic with The Stack?  It's pretty freakin' great.  There's a bit of news, with Duels 2013 getting a new deck pack featuring Orzhov and Gruul decks.  Also, there's a recent rash of card shop robberies in central California.  If you're out that way, beware.
Off Color Cast: http://www.offcolorcast.com
Calvin during the GP stories: http://i.imgur.com/tCp90.gif
Duels 2013 Deck Pack #2: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1118
Central California card shop breakins: http://www.kmph.com/story/20269093/thieves-target-game-shops-steal-magic-cards

Oh we're not done yet!  Brian had a very special (and ESPECIALLY HILARIOUS) Christmas-themed Magic Mad Lib.  Seriously, this one was great.  Not just because of the Mad Lib itself, but because of the circumstances surrounding it.  I mean damn.

And if you manage to make it all the way to the end, you can hear Chewie being not gracious at all as he thanks a few listeners for their generosity as well as Dirk complaining about his students.  That last part is pretty funny.  I'm just sayin'.

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music  - Warp Zone Music from Super Mario Sunshine
Calvin's New Jam created by Andy of CommanderCast fame, used with Chris's permission. Sorta. Whatevs.

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Direct download: Episode_258_-_Into_the_Red_Zone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

Hey look, another live episode already!  Yeah, it turns out that the week after the week we took off due to Thanksgiving, Brian decided to go to Disney World and forget to remind us.  We determined that he was missing...about an hour or so before starting.  Since having Brian around was pretty essential for the topic we had in mind, we panicked.  Thus, I bring you the live episode we recorded just last month!

We start off with a nice and sorta quick Commander game.  Then we have a particularly brutal (and therefore short) Archenemy game played with 60-card casual decks.

Of course, we can't have two short games without having one stupidly long one.  Taking up fully half of the unedited time, we played a game of Planechase.  If I remember correctly...nope, I don't.  I've blocked it.  But don't worry, this game isn't actually all that bad.  This definitely wasn't the worst game we played that day.  Hope you enjoy!


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music 1 - Flash Man from Mega Man 2 on the Nintendo Entertainment System
Break Music 2 - Dust Man from Mega Man 4 on the NES

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Direct download: Episode_257_-_Go_Vacuum_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT

The latest Limited Resources, posted here because MTGCast is full, and because Marshall is such a great guy that I finally got to meet.  Also, Jon Loucks is SUPER dreamy!

Direct download: Limited_Resources_158.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

We begin this episode by giving a quick rundown of the last EDH game that we played at Brian's house a few weekends ago.  It was glorious, and terrible, and bizarre, and epic, and ridiculous.  Yes, all those things.  Consecutively or concurrently, it doesn't matter.  Then we have to tell you all about the crazy first game we played that weekend.  It was not an ordinary game of Magic, and it involved yet another of Brian's crazy inventions.  I'm sure you guys will enjoy it though, I know we did.

Mad Lib!  Your filth has freed us!

Then we come to the good part.  There were some SERIOUS internet connection issues going on here.  We invited our old friend Professor J onto the show!  TheJaceKid.  Jace.  Javier.  He's almost on par with Eric here, holy crap!  The problems were pretty bad, but we soldiered through to give you a big discussion about the color Red in multiplayer.  We touched on lots of the big things Red can do, and why that does or does not work in multiplayer.  Of course, the discussion is a bit fragmented due to the constant dropoffs, but I think it's still good.  Be sure to follow Professor J on Twitter @JacevBeleren

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Break Music - Red Tide by School for Heroes - http://www.myspace.com/schoolforheroes

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Direct download: Episode_256_-_Dont_Stop_Living_In_the_Red.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT

Direct download: MNM_337.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

On this episode, we end up talking a lot about Star Wars.  Yeah, Disney bought LucasArts, or LucasFilm, or whatever the big thing is named and that's what kicked it all off, but we just went on about it for way too long.  We're dorks, we can't help it.  We also did another Magic Mad Lib, because they're entirely too much fun and we can't help ourselves.

Then we got into the meat of the episode.  We each ranked the guild mechanics of Return to Ravnica in terms of multiplayer usefulness.  Of course, as always happens when all 4 of us do something like this, we got VASTLY different results.  I love it.  So of course we have to discuss (argue) about each mechanic and why this one is better than that one.  It's a good one as usual.

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Break Music - Duel of the Fates by John Williams - http://www.johnwilliamscomposer.com/

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Direct download: Episode_255_-_The_Unintentional_Star_Wars_Episode.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58pm EDT

So here it is, the long-lost live episode of The Mana Pool!  Well, not so much long-lost as recorded-and-not-needed.  We recorded this way back in late June when Chewie, Mike, and Brian all got together to play some Magic.  Dirk was all up in Denver and stuff at the time.  So we played some Planechase, some EDH, maybe some other stuff?  I don't know, we're all learning this together.  There's never much to say with a live episode, so I hope you guys enjoy!

Also, don't forget that Chewie, along with his Monday Night Magic cohost Jack, will be at Grand Prix Charleston gunslinging!  That's November 16, 17, and 18!  Here's the link:
http://phoenixgamesinc.com/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/11/16/1455/-/mtg-grand-prix-charleston

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music 1 – Korobeiniki by Ozma - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozma_%28band%29
Break Music 2 - Double Dragon Stronghold by The Minibosses - http://minibosses.com/
Break Music 3 - Who Do You Voodoo, Bitch? by Sam B - http://deadisland.deepsilver.com/dead-island/deadisland.php

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Direct download: Episode_254_-_Planechasing_and_Stuff_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT

This episode is brought to you by: Bling!

We recorded this episode the night before the full reveal of Commander's Arsenal, so forgive us the lack of all the details.  I do, however, believe that most of what we discussed still applies, so just listen to the episode.  We have a nice big discussion about price points, and Commander, and greed, ballin' & flossin' and...I dunno, white people?  It's been a few days, give me a break.  Here's the entire Commander's Arsenal though, we'll get to it next episode.
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/218c

Also, here's the article on CommanderCast that Chewie mentioned:
http://www.commandercast.com/generally-speaking-32-commanders-arsenal-not-actually-for-commander-players

From there, we went on to the Modern Masters announcement.  More price points, greed, ballin' & flossin', and white people, this time with a Modern bent.  Ballin' I say!
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/218

This led us quite naturally into a multiplayer version of Modern Masters.  So we dug through Gatherer and found a whole lotta buncha Modern-legal cards from the Modern Masters reprint pool that we just LOVE for group games of Magic!  Let us know what we missed!



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Direct download: Episode_253_-_Modern_Multiplayer_Masters.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT