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!

Since Grand Prix Las Vegas just completely destroyed the record for largest Magic event ever, it is a fine time to revisit the previous holder of that record, GP Charlotte.  Of course Chewie was there, armed as always with his trusty digital recorder, his wits, and spare batteries.  He and his fellow dorks concocted this edition of the Three Questions once they arrived in Charlotte, sitting in Buffalo Wild Wings actually.  Once the Questions were decided, all that was left was to go out and hit people over the head with them.

And hit them he did!  This show represents those that answered the questions on Sunday, which was Day 2 of GP Charlotte.  Judges, pros, local players, and even innocent bystanders all heard the questions and answered them.

Stay tuned for the next edition of Three Questions, coming straight from Grand Prix Pittsburgh and after that, the immense amount of content from GP Vegas!


Music:  The Journey Continues (Intermission) by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Your host: Chewie
Twitter: @TheManaPool
Email: chewie@mtgcast.com

Direct download: Three_Questions_003.mp3
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After a brief discussion about being the biggest idiot ever, the dorks head right into the Magic 2014 cards they showed the freakin' night after we recorded the last episode. It's just one per color, so it doesn't take that long.  ZOMG Fish Illusion!

Then Mike and Brian tell us all about a PTQ they went to at Atomic Empire in Durham North Carolina. It's a great shop, you should check it out.  If that's not funny to you, you need to listen to more Cluze. Just sayin'.  Non-spoiler: Mike finished a game in such an amazing way that I can't even bring myself to type it here. Just listen.

After a musical break, it's time for the topic Chewie has been trying to do for a month now.  We're taking a look at the various key elements of the guilds from the original Ravnica block and comparing them to the same elements in Return to Ravnica in an effort to determine which one is just, well, better.  This episode we're focusing on the hippies of the Selesnya guild.  So what's better, old weed-smoking hippies or new hemp-wearing hippies?  Let us know what you think!

Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2014coreset/cig
Red Hexproof deck Mike liked so much: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/deck/1251
Nostalgia Critic videos: http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – No Love by Eminem (ft. Lil Wayne) – http://www.eminem.com

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Direct download: Episode_282_-_Old_vs_New_Hippie_Edition.mp3
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We have an amazing episode lined up for you this time!  We're going all the way back to the first Ravnica block so we can compare it to...wait, what?

Oh, never mind.  There's an entire set of Modern Masters and a fair bit of Magic 2014 previews to discuss.  So I guess we'll do that instead.  Do enjoy!

There's also a pretty funny No Shyfts too.  Here's that link: http://www.5colorcontrol.com/noshyfts/?p=611
Modern Masters: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/modernmasters/cig
Magic 2014: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2014coreset/cig



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Kick Some Ass by Stroke 9 - http://www.stroke9.com

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Direct download: Episode_281_-_Look_at_All_Those_Previews.mp3
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The dorks are back! After inadvertantly taking a couple of weeks off, we are back with a vengeance.  Of course, there's plenty of big news that has popped up in our absence.  Since Brian loves Maze's End so much, we had to talk about the Maze's End deck that did so well at Pro Tour: Dragon's Maze. There was a big preview of the rules update that is coming up in Magic 2014. Legend rules, playing lands, sideboards...all kinds of stuff.  We cover it all.

Since we last recorded, they've started previewing cards from Modern Masters.  So of course, we're covering the cards that Wizards has previewed.  At this time this was recorded, only 3 days of previews had gone by, so there aren't terribly many just yet. Just wait for next episode though!


Maze's End PT deck - http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/eventcoverage/ptdgm13/video10
M14 Rules Update Preview - http://wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/248e
Modern Masters Card Image Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/modernmasters/cig#
No Shyfts about Rob Castellon - http://www.5colorcontrol.com/noshyfts/comics/2013-05-27-Rob%20Castellon.jpg


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Break Music – Indestructible by Disturbed - http://www.disturbed1.com

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Direct download: Episode_280_-_New_Legendary_Masters_That_Are_Modern.mp3
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