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Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) joins us again this week, this time in lieu of our usual green man, Dirk.  The new baby caught up with him and he wasn't able to join us.  The first part of the show is a look at the entire set of...oh wait, no.  It's the Banned & Restricted list update, followed by a look at the the full Dragon's... Nope, not yet, then it's the Commander Banned list update.  Sigh.  After that, we move right into the Maze...oh.  The maze of grief that the passing of Quinton Hoover left us in.  That's really a shame, because his art really helped shape the early look of the game.

But then, after all that and probably some other stuff, we move right into the Dragon's Maze.  The full set is now available, so we're gonna run through the high points.  It turns out the high points are damn near every card we didn't mention yet...sorry about that.  This episode runs a little longer than we meant it to.


B&R list update: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/244b2
Commander Banned list update: http://www.mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15735
Quinton Hoover's Magic art: http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?output=spoiler&method=visual&action=advanced&artist=+[%22quinton+hoover%22]
Dragon's Maze Card Image Gallery: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/dragonsmaze/cig#

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat) by The Immortals

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We've got a full cast plus one this week, as Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) joins us to talk spoilers.  You know, because we always bring Bill on to talk spoilers.  I bet we bring him back next week too.  But...it's just Dragon's Maze pretty much the whole time.  So there's really nothing else to say here.  We didn't even do final thoughts because we went so long!  And that's pretty much it.  I mean, there were a lot of spoilers.  Like a whole lot.  But yeah, we're done here.  Stop reading.  No really, go away.

Seriously, bugger off.  Your girlfriend's calling you.  Hahaha, just kidding, of course you don't have a girlfriend.  Your mom's calling you.  And your mom's on Facebook.  HA!

Yeah, that was mean.  Sorry about that, I'm sure you have a girlfriend.  Or maybe you don't.  It doesn't matter either way.  Half of the hosts on this show are single.  No shame!


Dragon's Maze Card Image Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/dragonsmaze/cig



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - Save World Get Girl by I Fight Dragons - http://ifightdragons.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:37am EST

Hey look, Dirk's back! He successfully populated, so now he has two little token dudes at home!

We start this episode off with what Brian assures us is quite possibly the most offensive Magic Mad Lib ever.  Sounds awesome!  We go from there to a brief discussion of a recent Standard tournament where a Turbo Fog deck got played!  Also, I point out how Sexy Jake Humphries made the top 8 of a Star City Open.  Aw yeah.

From there on, it's the handful of Dragon's Maze previews that had been revealed at this point.  So I guess you could say we go pretty in-depth on them.  I guess.

Also, there's a small life lesson at the end that everyone should take to heart. Just sayin'.


Dragon's Maze Card Image Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/dragonsmaze/cig



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - Requiem for a Tower by Clint Mansell - http://www.clintmansell.com/

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:20am EST

We are joined this week by none other than Adam Styborski!  He's @the_stybs on Twitter.  For those of you that don't know...what rock have you been living under?  He's the (former) writer for Serious Fun on DailyMTG, the current writer of the brand new Commander column Command Tower on DailyMTG, he's on the text coverage team for Wizards, and he's all about some Pauper Cube.  Oh yeah, he's the Content Manager for GatheringMagic too. 

But he joins us this week to tell us all about Command Tower, how it came about, what you can expect, and assorted other things.  Really, Stybs just talks on and on about whatever we throw in his direction for a good long time, and it was really awesome.  You can REALLY feel how much he loves Commander as a format.  He even brought a tear to my eye at one point.  That could have been my roommate's cooking though...

After we had drained Stybs dry of his soul...I mean information...we still had PLENTY of news to talk about.  Rather than list it all here and then list it all again down there...we're just gonna put it down there.  Go look at all the nifty stuff we hit on!

News!
Duels 2014 - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1195
Leaked Cheevos - http://devinwatson.com/SteamSchema/213850.html
Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1202
Theros - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1196
Ruric Thar & Maze's End - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1197


The episode of Card Advantage w/ Mike - http://www.mtgcast.com/mtgcast-podcast-shows/active-podcast-shows/card-advantage/card-advantage-23-whos-got-the-fever



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Break Music - Requiem for a Tower by Clint Mansell - http://www.clintmansell.com/

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

We are eschewing the usual April Fool's nonsense this year here on The Mana Pool.  Yes I know you guys look forward to it every year (except perhaps Shred Memory) but it really gets harder and harder to come up with new original ideas.  So this time, instead of doing something weird (er than usual) we decided to just have a hell of a good episode! 

It's guest stars galore on this one!  At various points throughout the episode we had Cluze from Card Advantage (@lacluyze), Bryan Prillaman (@BryanPrillaman) from JudgeCast (and Avant-Card Show of course) and we even managed to dig up our old buddy Eric of Many Names (@EricMTGCast)!  We even had Adam Styborski (@the_stybs) on, by virtue of a few off-the-cuff bumpers he recorded for us at GP Charlotte!  We discuss everything from Prillaman's torried relationship with Claire (nonexistant) to what's REALLY under Mike's beard!  Due to the completely bizarre nature of this show, there's not really a main topic exactly, just a bunch of dorks having fun talking about whatever there is to talk about!  We hope you guys enjoy!

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