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!

This episode, there's not much going on other than the full reveal of Avacyn Restored.  So we go through each color, pointing stuff out.  Powerful cards, awesome (or gross) art, cards we can't wait to play with, stuff that we think is utter crap.  You know the drill.  Everyone's doing it this time of year.  But we do it with our own dorky style!  There's actually not much else to talk about on this one, so I'll leave you with a link to the full set so you can check it out yourself.

Avacyn Restored Card Image Gallery

 

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Break Music – Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65

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Direct download: Episode_227_-_All_the_AVR_All_the_Time.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:07pm EST

We're not even screwing around this episode, as we dive right into the Avacyn Restored previews.  Of course by now everyone has heard about the Soratami planeswalker that we speculated about at the end of the last episode.  A mere 2 hours later she was revealed in her entirety.  Then they threw a dapper devil dude at us!  Of course we covered both of those, along with everything else that had been previewed by the time we recorded!  Good stuff, man.

But when Brian unexpectedly had to leave just before we got to the inverted Zombie Apocalypse angel, something else happened.  After finishing up the previewed cards, we had a bit of a poetry reading.  It was a poem by our own KhaosKontrol over on the Mana Pool/Cardshark forums, and it was so awesome that we just had to read it on air.  Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.

Sprinkled throughout the rest of the show, Dirk has a strangest voice problem ever, Mike and Chewie recap some streaming shenanigans, Chewie recounts some powerful parental advice, and there are many dick jokes left unsaid.  Thanks for listening!


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – All I Need is a Miracle by Mike and the Mechanics
Background Music - Mantis' Hymn by Konami Computer Entertainment Sound Team Japan

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Direct download: Episode_226_-_Avacyn_Restored_and_Poetry.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

We're joined this episode by Bill, the voice of Squee, who haven't heard from in a good while.  We kick it off with a quick rules correction from last episode - Mike missed one small detail on the question about the single spell with Cascade, Storm, and Ripple.  Imagine that, something got missed in the most complicated spell ever.  No one is allowed to give Mike any crap about that one. All the others are fair game as usual though.

After that Chewie gives a quick rundown of all the podcast whoring he's been doing lately.  By lately we mean in the last couple months, because some of these took a while to show up.  He's been on Off-Color Cast, Kitchen Finks, Horde of Notions, and was one of the guys on the new Five Minutes of Magic cast that is, in fact, only five minutes long. He also had another video for CMDR Decks, his Spirit of the Night deck, which you can find right here:
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/cmdrspiritofthenight/

By now everyone's heard the news that came out of PAX East, and if not you'll hear it for the first time right here!  There's the Return to Ravnica, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, and Nicol Bolas showing up in the M13 Core Set.  Holy crap that's a lotta news keeping us from the spoilers!  There's one last thing before the spoilers though, as Chewie gets all mushy and heartfelt for once in his miserable life to extend a special thanks to some listeners for their generosity.

Oh, and then there's a whole MESS of Avacyn Restored previews.  We've got angels, demons, devils, BOOM, pants-crapping, stunned silence, angry eyebrows, miracles, and Elmer Fudd.  It's gonna be great.


Follow Bill/Squee on Twitter @SqueeGoblnNabob

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals by Raymond Scott

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Direct download: Episode_225_-_Avacyn_Restored_Previews_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:50pm EST

We begin this episode with a discussion of Avacyn, the first reveal from Avacyn Restored, and boy is she something!  From there we move into the double-faced tokens that were given away at FNM (sorry about the delay) and the fansite toolkit available from Wizards, featuring some nifty images for you to use whether you have a site or not.  Also, a big shoutout to Jeffrey Lombaro, who is @MuttZippy on Twitter, for buying us all lunch the last time we all got together to play Magic!  He's a sweetheart of a guy and he's doing giveaways and stuff on Twitter, so go follow him!

And since it's Springtime, Brian thought we should talk about those things that make people absolutely miserable and unable to see or breathe, plants!  Yes there are plenty of plants in Magic, we by the end of the show we'll have talked about almost all of them!  We even asked Twitter for some favorite plant creatures, which we promptly made fun of.  Okay, not all of them, just the ones that deserved it.  But if you've ever wanted to know about the Plant creature type in Magic, look no further!  Be sure to pack Benadryl and some tissues!


Decked Builder Giveaway!
Cardshark prices are now available on Decked Builder, an iPhone/iPad app that covers all your Magic deckbuilding needs!  If you want a chance to win a free redemption code, just go to this episode's post on TheManaPool.com and comment intelligently (also let us know that you want the app).  Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and Forums for more chances to win!


Avacyn Revealed:
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/525246_10151450289785307_201120755306_23094082_859257884_n.jpg

Double-faced Tokens:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/938

Fansite Toolkits:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Downloads.aspx

Ralph McQuarrie's Website: http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/


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Intro by Tosus!
Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – Requiem of the Gods from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by Michiru Yamane

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Direct download: Episode_224_-_Plants_and_Other_Things.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

For episode 223, the dorks gathered to discuss the Avacyn Restored trailer. After rambling on that for a while, we indulged the self-proclaimed Vorthos King and set some time aside to discuss the art and flavor of Venser vs Koth. We closed out the opener (does that even work?) with a Mad Lib about the new "Dark Romance" genre of teenage fiction.

Our main topic for the episode was the latest installment in our series "That's How We'd Do It." This time around, we tackled what we thought would be the best mechanics to bring back as the non-evergreen inclusion in Magic 2013. We touch on a number of recent and classic mechanics and try to decide how best to integrate the flavor and mechanics of the standard environment 2013 will be spending its otherwise lonely evenings with. We also talk about our candidates for who will replace the titans as the big mythic meanies of the new format.

After the break, we moved on to a popular recurring segment: the latest division of our flavorful throwdown between creatures from throughout the multiverse! Which creature will wield a mighty hobo knife? Which creature is the honey badger in disguise? Which card creeps us the eff out? You'll have to listen to find out!

Oh, and we had a guest join us at the end of the show. We don't really want to give away who it is, mainly because we're ashamed to admit we had him on.  We apologize ahead of time for that.

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Bill: @SqueeGoblnNabob
Jack: @JackLacroix
Ben: @Panahinuva
Eric: @EricMTGcast


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music - Theme from Sliders (Season 3)

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