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!

Hey look, here's the episode you probably should have gotten last time.  But you didn't, you got it this time.  So there.

Chewie, Mike, and Brian set out for Atomic Empire in Durham, North Carolina for the Magic 2014 Core Set Release.  While there, we met up with our old buddy AJ, everyone's favorite bowtie wearing L2 Cluze, and several other assorted listeners, opponents, judges, and what-have-you.  As always with these episodes, you'll be hearing what happens as it happens rather than having to listen to us fumble around for what happened days later.  And I especially hope you'll enjoy the talk with the guy who opened a truly ridiculous sliver deck.


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Direct download: Episode_287_-_M14_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:54pm EST

This episode is going to sound a little silly.  You see, we recorded a bunch of stuff at the M14 Prerelease, but I wanted to do some more.  So we recorded a "quick" Old vs. New to append to the end and have a full episode.  Of course, we're pretty much incapable of doing anything quickly, so we ended up with an hour and a half of Golgari discussion.  You know how we do it.

So, rather than release a 3 hour episode, I decided to release them separately.  But because the prerelease stuff was a live episode, I needed to actually listen to it, and the weekend was full of surprise familial visits, so I didn't have time to do so.  So I released them in reverse order to keep from delaying the release of an episode any further!  Look for the prerelease episode soon!


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Direct download: Episode_286_-_The_Post-Pre-Release_Episode_Pre-Pre-Release_Episode.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:44pm EST

Hey look, it's the full Magic 2014 set!  That's what we've got this episode.  It's all M14 all the time!  And because it's tradition, we brought our old buddy Bill Bloodworth to talk spoilers.  Or the full set.  Or whatever.  He's @SqueeGoblnNabob on Twitter, and you should totally follow him.  But yeah, there's nothing else to say here.  We did the Card Image Gallery the whole episode.  I should probably give you the link, I guess.  Here, hope you guys enjoy:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2014coreset/cig


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Direct download: Episode_285_-_Mike_Rosewaters_Vial_of_Leech.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

On this episode, we finally overcome one of our greatest weaknesses as podcasters - the inability to have Myke Okuhara on the show!  The scourge of TheManaPool.com's comments joins us from Honolulu, where the dolphins are ferrying his internet back and forth to us with great speed.  And to celebrate (not really, but it sounded good) we've got a brand new Magic Mad Lib courtesy of Brian!  This one is entitled...Science.

Then, of course, there's all the Magic 2014 previews.  And there were a lot.  Like damn.  If you'd like to follow along, I just happen to have this fancy link.  Of course now the entire set is revealed, but still. Click the link. Click it!
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2014coreset/cig#

By the way, Myke Okuhara is pretty awesome.  I'm just sayin'.


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Direct download: Episode_284_-_A_Pineapple_Based_System.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:59pm EST

Chewie enjoyed asking people Three Questions at GP Charlotte so much that he decided to truck up to Pittsburgh and do it again! As always, Chewie's asking Three Questions to anyone willing to answer them, whether they're a listener, judge, pro player, innocent bystander, or just someone that catches his eye. 

The real purpose of this show, like most of the stuff Chewie does, is to entertain you, the listener.  Rather than asking the same old questions that everyone else does, he's looking to give you a slightly more off-the-wall look into these Magic players and judges and what-have-you by catching them off guard and putting them on the spot. 

This episode covers the Friday of GP Pittsburgh.  The event was sort of dead by the time Chewie got there, but after being filled with glorious Indian food he was more than willing to wander around and talk to people.  He got some of his tournament buddies, a mess of judges, the judge manager, G-Fabs, and even a whole Commander game full of Twitter folks like Norbert88 and Brainstorm Brewery's Jason Alt.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what your answers would be!

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

Direct download: Three_Questions_004.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:41am EST

This is the first episode after Chewie got back from his listener-supplied trip to Grand Prix Las Vegas!  So of course, he has to talk at great length about GP Vegas.  Because it was amazing in so many ways.  Like, SO many ways.  So I'm gonna go ahead and apologize for how long that took, because apparently no one realized just how long we went on about it.

Then there's all the other stuff!  Here are some handy links for you:

M14 previews: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2014coreset/cig
M14 promos and tokens: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1262
Super-sweet SDCC Garruk promo: http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/06/24/magic-the-gathering-planeswalkers-san-diego-comic-con/
The GP Vegas infographic: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/james-arnold-design-art-06242013-grand-prix-las-vegas-an-infographic/
Inside the Deck from GP Vegas part 1: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/inside-the-deck-rich-castle-06232013-videos-from-grand-prix-las-vegas/
And part 2: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/inside-the-deck-las-vegas-video-06272013-videos-from-grand-prix-las-vegas-part-two/
 


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Direct download: Episode_283_-_What_Happens_in_Vegas_Stays_on_the_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:17am EST