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!

We may be short one dork this week, but that's not gonna stop us! We're taking one of the (read: the only appropriate) Legendary creature from Battle for Zendikar and doing a Story Circle! And we end up with an awesome deck for our troubles!

But that's not all! After we're done with the Omnath deck with all its token-generating insanity, we decided to do a second Story Circle with a completely different flavor of token generation! Remember Endrek Sahr? Yay mono-black tokens!

Story Circle Decklists - http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle399edh

 

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There's only one thing going on in this episode, but there is seriously a lot of it! We're doing another Mythic Conscription, this time for a more recent example of the pendulum swinging back after a period of overpowered cards ruling Standard. So get to experience the lower power level but without the archaic design choices of the extremely old sets. Champions of Kamigawa was around the time when Wizards was starting towards the modern design philosophies that we currently know and love.

But because Kamigawa was printed during a time when we dorks were all playing together, we've got a LOT more to say about these rares. We've all got nostalgia goggles to see around, and some of them are just generally better than some stuff from older sets anyway. Let us know what you think would or wouldn't be mythic!

 

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This episode begins with Brian and Mike regaling us with the tale of their adventures in the blighted, frozen wasteland of Atlanta. They went to GP Atlanta, in case you didn't know. Between the main event, side events, meeting some of you guys, and the prize wall they've got plenty to tell! Sealed, Draft, Commander, and even Legacy all come into play!

After that we're doing a segment we haven't seen in a good long while. It has gone by many names, but this time we're simply calling it a Flavor Fight! The Random Card button in Gatherer gave us 8 rare non-legendary contestants, and we pitch them against each other in a single elimination tournament! We're ignoring card stats and going right to the art and flavor of the card to determine the winner! These are always a lot of fun, so let us know what you think!

 

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For our big EIGHT YEAR anniversary show, we're...not doing anything special. We're finishing up our look at the Commander 2015 previews! We've got the rest of the new stuff to go over and then we're gonna poke around the reprints to see what else we can find. There's plenty of discussion of random other nonsense, seemingly and unintentionally focused on 80's and 90's movies. No idea where that came from, but enjoy!

Commander 2015 Tokens: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/tokens-commander-2015-edition-2015-11-05
Commander 2015 Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander2015Commander 2015 Decklists: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2015-edition-decklists-2015-11-06
Oath of the Gatewatch Prerelease 2HG thing: http://wpn.wizards.com/en/event/prerelease-oath-gatewatch
Paranatural (the webcomic Brian talked about): http://www.paranatural.net
Tobey Maguire having a mild schizophrenic episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DocHKSaceM

 

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It's that time again! Commander 2015 is right around the corner, and previews are flowing like...something that flows a lot. So we're hitting all the cards that have been revealed thus far! Nothing much else to say really, so enjoy!

Duel Decks: Blessed Vs Cursed: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/announcing-duel-decks-blessed-vs-cursed-2015-11-02
Shadows Over Innistrad: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/announcing-shadows-over-innistrad-2015-11-02
Commander 2015 Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2015-mechanics-2015-11-02
Commander 2015 Tokens: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/arcana/tokens-commander-2015-edition-2015-11-05
Commander 2015 Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander2015
Episode 394 Odds & Ends: https://www.patreon.com/posts/3643206

 

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It's time for another Mythic Consultation! This week we're finishing off the Mercadian Masques block by hitting up Prophecy. There are THREE big cycles that run through the rares in this set, so we've got a lot to talk about. This is a really strange one you guys. Like seriously.

Also, Brian tells us about a Grand Prix Trial he went to. And he robots a lot. Sorry about that. He did well though! Yay!

Announcing the Odds & Ends! These are the recordings that are made before and after the podcast proper, both The Mana Pool and Monday Night Magic! They're going to be completely uncensored and unedited except for personal information and the like, and they'll be exclusively for Patreon patrons.  The first TMP Odds & Ends which comes from this very episode, is going to be public so everyone can see what they'll be getting (or missing). Let me know what you think! You can find it here:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/3643206

 

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Ladies and gentlemen, this is truly something special! Because we recorded on the weekend, Brian and Dirk were unable to join us but don't worry - I grabbed Bill and Cluze from Monday Night Magic to help us out. I reached out to Alex & Sharon Shaw from the School of Movies podcast and New Century audio drama series to join us, because this one is all about trying to make the Magic movie not suck a giant load of balls! Alex & Sharon talk about film adaptations of nerd culture films a LOT on their show, so they were perfect to bring on. Plus I LOVE their show and really wanted to have them on, so I made this topic up just for that purpose. And Cluze is a big fan of theirs too. And Bill consumes a RIDICULOUS amount of pop culture adaptations AND he's in marketing. And Mike's beard is AMAZING. So...yeah, that's why we're all here.

Seriously though, adapting a property into film is a dangerous prospect. Not only do you have all the normal problems, you also have to deal with another serious issue - US! The fans are JUST the worst. You know that. So with such an epic scope, you might notice that the episode has an epic length too. We covered how Magic has handled its story-telling over the years. We discuss potential problems that film adaptations have to watch out for. Alex gives us a list of things the Magic movie would need to be good. And of course we have plenty of tangents, movie discussions, and a borderline-unhealthy number of British colloquialisms. You know, because of the Brits.

Alex put the pre- and post-episode behind-the-scenes nonsense on his Patreon, but he made it public for all to enjoy! Be warned: it's completely raw and uncensored. And let me know if you enjoy it, because I'm thinking about doing this sort of thing for my own Patreon! Check it out here - https://www.patreon.com/posts/magic-movie-at-3595168

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It's time to discuss that yearly occurrence - the rotation of old Standard into new Standard. The dorks are taking a look at the cards and decks that came from Magic 2015 and the Theros block and bidding them a fond farewell. Or in a few cases, laughing maniacally as they disappear. Whichever.

But first, a bit of news about the upcoming Arena of the Planeswalkers expansion! Literally, just a bit. And there's the new Comp Rules update for those of you that care.

Arena of the Planeswalkers BFZ Expansion: http://toyland.gizmodo.com/the-magic-the-gathering-board-game-is-getting-a-new-g-1735154733
BFZ Comprehensive Rules Update: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/battle-zendikar-update-bulletin-2015-10-09

 

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Direct download: Episode_392_-_Standard_Rotation_Where_Are_Your_Gods_Now.mp3
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It's time to do another Mythic Conscription! We're continuing on with Masques Block, so the next set is Nemesis. And yes, this set was our nemesis. There just...isn't much going on here. But we had a lot of fun discussing it as usual!

But before that we're catching up on some of the news we've missed since our last non-live recording. The new Sealed Pool procedure for BFZ block, the Banned & Restricted List updates, news about Magic Duels, and the new eBooks of Magic fiction. Lots of stuff going on!

 

New Sealed Pool Procedure - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/sealed-pool-procedure-update-starting-gp-sydney-and-gp-madison-2015-10-08
B&R List Update - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/september-28-2015-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2015-09-28
Magic Duels BFZ patch delay - https://www.facebook.com/magicduels/posts/1660909567486588
Magic Fiction eBooks - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/magic-fiction-ebook-collection-2015-09-23
xkcd: Up Goer Five - https://xkcd.com/1133/

 

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Direct download: Episode_391_-_The_Nemesis_of_Good_Cards.mp3
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It's Prerelease time! Mike, Brian, and Chewie rolled out to Kit Kringle in Winston-Salem to play with Battle for Zendikar for the first time. It's a nice little shop, if somewhat unprepared for the massive turnout, and I highly recommend anyone in the area check it out.

As for the Prerelease itself, it turned out to be pretty awesome. Mike was playing Grixis Colorless, Brian was in Mardu Allies/Eldrazi, and Chewie played Bant Aggro. One of the dorks finished in the top 8, one of the dorks managed to fire off the Limit Break of a planeswalker, two of the dorks played against each other (of course), and one of the dorks forgot to RTFC - twice! To find out who did all this and more, you'll just have to listen!

BFZ Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/battleforzendikar

 

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Direct download: Episode_390_-_BFZ_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
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