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!

I enjoyed asking people Three Questions at GP Pittsburgh so much that the listeners decided to chip in and send me to Vegas to do it again!  As always, I'm asking Three Questions to anyone willing to answer them, whether they’re a listener, judge, pro player, innocent bystander, or just someone that catches my eye.

The real purpose of this show, like most of the stuff I do, is to entertain you - the listener.  Rather than asking the same old questions that everyone else does, I'm 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 Friday of GP Vegas.  I stood in a line for a ridiculous amount of time, survived it, and started asking questions.  I finally got to meet Jeremey Schofield face to face, which is good since he was the reason I made it to Vegas.  Other highlights were the Voice of the Pro Tour Rich Hagon, everyone's favorite silent Canadian assassin KYT, and a couple of pro players you might know about, David Williams and The Great One himself, Bob Maher.

Hope you enjoy!  Let me know what your answers would be!  And keep an eye out for the next batch of Three Questions from Grand Prix Vegas coming soon!

 

Your host: Chewie
Twitter: @TheManaPool
Email: chewie@mtgcast.com
Music: The Journey Continues by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Direct download: Three_Questions_008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

The dorks are telling you all about resources!  Magic is, at its cold dead heart, a game of resource management.  The most basic source of those resources are lands.  This episode, we're taking a look at lands as the fuel that makes the game go.  We're sharing stories about particular lands, comparing Magic to other games, and going off-topic.  Oh, there's also some news, of course.  We're also going to tell you why land destruction is SUCH a pain and go over a few bits of news.

There's also a very big announcement about a couple of last-minute additions to the Kickstarter!  Listen quickly, it runs out Thursday morning at 10:30 Eastern!

 

The Mana Pool's Kickstarter is ALMOST DONE! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/themanapool/the-mana-pool-mtg-merchandise-videos-podcasts-and

Clash Packs: http://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/products/card-set-archive/magic-2015-core-set-clash-pack-decklists
Counterfeiting Announcement: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/protecting-you-counterfeits-2014-07-22
Rules Bulletin update: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-2015-update-bulletin-2014-07-17 

Follow Squanto on Twitter: @EcksellHS
Squanto's Hearthstone stream: http://twitch.tv/ecksell

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Nothing today

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Direct download: Episode_332_-_Renewable_Resources.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:22am EST

Of course this episode, the dorks that attended Prereleases are going to tell you how they did.  That's a given at this point, don't you think?

But we're throwing a curve at you this episode with the addition of an old friend.  Squanto is back this episode!  One of the founding members of The Mana Pool, Squanto has returned so you guys can get reacquainted with him before the livestream this weekend.  More on that later.

The real point of this episode is Black!  We're talking all about the flavor, mechanics, and general awesomeness of Black as a color in Magic.  Did you know that Black can justify almost anything in you either make them sacrifice some resource or make it a zombie?  Apparently you can!  You can learn all this and more this episode!

In other news, WE DID IT!  We broke the first goal of $10,000 on the Kickstarter!  Not only did we break it, but we broke it WHILE RECORDING!  So you guys get to hear me lose my mind in the middle of the show.  So now that we're good, let's shoot for stretch goals! We're no longer pushing so that you'll get stuff, you're guaranteed stuff now!  We're pushing to get everyone BETTER stuff!  The more people pledge, the better everything gets for everyone!

To help with the big push to the end, we're doing a livestream this weekend on Twitch!  Join me (Chewie), Mike, Cluze from MNM and Card Advantage, Scott (roommate and webmaster) and Squanto (as producer) on Saturday starting at 10am Eastern time and going until we're sick of it.  Join us for some Magic and lots of insanity!

 

The Mana Pool's Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/themanapool/the-mana-pool-mtg-merchandise-videos-podcasts-and
Our livestream: http://twitch.tv/themanapool
Follow Squanto on Twitter: @EcksellHS
Squanto's Hearthstone stream: http://twitch.tv/ecksell

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Fade to Black by Metallica - http://www.metallica.com

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Direct download: Episode_331_-_Squantos_Back_in_Black.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12pm EST

It's Magic 2015!  The full set!  We've got lots of discussion about the nifty looking cards we haven't previously talked about.  There are also some rules clarifications from last episode.  We had a nice discussion about complexity or lack thereof, made fun of each other, and whatever else happens on preview episodes. 

Oh yeah, we brought Bill on too.  You know, like we usually do for previews.  He's @SqueeGoblnNabob on Twitter, and you should follow him.

 

Peter Mohrbacher's Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1680814846/mohrbacher-the-gathering-2014
Magic 2015 in Gatherer - http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?set=[%22Magic%202015%20Core%20Set%22]
M15 Release Notes - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/release-notes-2014-07-07

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Not today, Galvatron!

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Direct download: Episode_330_-_Squee_on_M15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56am EST

As it's preview season, there's really not much else going on. Magic 2015 looks...well you read the title already.  The more I see, the more excited I get.  We also spend the requisite amount of time complaining about the crappy new Magic website redesign.  Because it's awful.  And you guys know we're not ones to complain about change.

And either I forgot to take notes or there was no point to doing so.  Just in case, here are a few links. 

 

M15 Promos - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/promos-packaging-and-promos-some-more-2014-07-01
M15 Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-2015-tokens-2014-07-02
M15 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/content/magic-2015-core-set-card-set-archive-products-game-info

 

 

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Not today, Galvatron!

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Direct download: Episode_329_-_M15_Looks_Really_Good.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:16pm EST