Mon, 29 October 2012
This episode is brought to you by: Bling!
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Sun, 21 October 2012
As we tend to do with every Standard rotation, we're going to take a look at all the things that we won't be hearing about any more. Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, New Phyrexia, and Magic 2012 are all gone, and that means no more Titans, Infect, Elesh Norn, Bloodthirst, Heroes, Slagstorm, Ponder, Swords, and ALL KINDS of other stuff!
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Sun, 14 October 2012
Hey look, we're finally gonna talk about the Prerelease! Oh shut up, it was worth the wait to have Squanto on episode 250 and you know it. As you may know, ALL FOUR of the host dorks were at the Return to Ravnica prerelease! Dirk (of all people) even did TWO! We had Azorius, Rakdos, and Golgari represented at the one we all did together at Lucky's Card Shop in Greensboro, NC. How'd we all do? Well you're gonna have to listen for that one, aren't you? And that's the majority of the episode, of course.
That's not all though! We also took a look at the new Standard now that RTR is available. Of course this isn't anything in-depth or even useful, we just wanted to poke at it and see what's changed. My old favorite Kamikaze deck is still alive and kicking, in three different major variations!
We also have major problems with time dilation, time slipping slipping slipping, into the future, and Time Reversal being more than just a card.
Also, I got a ridiculously awesome gift from Wizards of the Coast and 360 Public Relations, and I have to take my final thought to explain it and thank everyone that might have had anything to do with it! It's a Tablet of the Guilds print signed by a bunch of RTR's Design and Development team members! Holy crap! You can click on the link down there that says "This episode's post" to see the picture!
Also, I reveal the source of all my power!
This episode’s post: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-251
Sun, 7 October 2012
Here we are at another milestone episode for The Mana Pool! It's been almost five years since we started this little show (that's another milestone for next month), and it's been a blast! Lots of things have changed over the years, most notably our lineup. Originally, the show was going to be Chewie and whoever he could track down to record with him any given week. As we went on, the lineup settled into the four dorks that you all know and love, but we did have one other regular host back in the day. He was responsible for MANY of the early topics for the show when we had no idea what to talk about. He was our resident noob and minority. Of course I'm talking about none other than Squanto!
Well I tracked him down (gave him a call) and convinced him (asked once) to come back for the big two-five-oh. Since he's still a Magic player (thanks to Duels of the Planeswalkers on the iPad), he agreed! He's taking an outsider's viewpoint on the game, picking our brains on the current state of the game and where it's heading. We touch on tournaments, Magic Online, Duels of the Planeswalkers, the secondary market, media coverage, and really anything else we could think to include! It was a really great discussion and we're all really happy to present it to you as our 250th episode!
But that's not all! We also took a look at the Banned & Restricted List update that we missed a couple weeks ago (weird, I know). We give you the rundown on the Return to Ravnica Event Decks, which were just released last week. We go back to Magic nonsense to trash on the various Magic novels and thank goodness that they decided to just not release one rather than releasing straight crap.
Of course, we go off topic a few times, Chewie is tormented by a couple flies in his room, Brian's sister is hot, Mike's beard is epic, and Dirk is replaced with Robot Dirk. Basically everything's about where it should be. Thanks for listening, and here's to another 250!