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!

The dorks are joined this week by our third Kickstarter backer, Kim Ho! Kim is really awesome even though he lives in Canada! And that's racist. Prepare yourself, that's one of the running jokes here! You've been warned!

After explaining who he is and how he's doing, Kim directs us to a topic we did a while back on Episode 323 - What If It Cost 2 Less? that we didn't actually name. He has a list of old unfair cards for us to analyze and try to re-cost at a fair price by today's standards. There are also a few less-than-impressive cards in the mix too, just so we don't get bored adding mana to a bunch of stuff. We're pretty sure Kim hates us based on some of his choices. It's cool though, we kind of deserve it!

We end the episode with a quick game from Kim - Beast or Six Drop? Taken from former LR host Brian Wong, the idea is that he gives us a card name and we decide if it's a beast, a six drop, both, or neither. I think it was pretty funny, with us tripping over our own thoughts and definitely not cheating. I hope not anyway, because if we did we were cheating poorly.

Follow Kim on Twitter @RandomKHo, he's pretty awesome!

Mike's Game Day deck - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/dtk-game-day-nonsense/

 

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On this episode the dorks have two main topics. First up, Mike and Brian went to SCG Modern States this weekend! Brian took Jeskai Ascendancy (or Ascension, apparently) and Mike took his Loam Assault (with a dash of Smallpox) to do battle. How'd they do? Well that's why you listen to the episode, of course. I mean, duh.

After that it's time for the next entry in our semi-annual-ish series where we take a look at properties in other media to turn into Magic! We've done video games, television shows, and movies (that we can remember) so now it's time for books! The dorks take a look at some modern fantasy books, classic sci-fi, a bunch of favorites, and some seriously obscure stuff. Join us for a discussion of books we've known and loved with some Magic thrown in for good measure!

 

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On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at Exodus, the last set in the Tempest block! We're putting it through the Mythic Conscription, picking out the rares that would have been mythics if that was a thing back then. After we're done with Exodus, we pull up the rares and mythics from Tempest Remastered to see how we did over our last three Conscriptions. Spoiler alert: not bad, not bad at all.

Then it's time for a good old Magic Mad Lib! Brian cooked up a nice long one, and after all the old-school card discussion we were suitably silly. Shenanigans, shenanigans everywhere! And our final thoughts this week were pretty long, with Brian going over three different ones himself and Chewie telling a story about almost dying! We hope you all enjoy!

 

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The guys are back for their monthly Hearthstone episode! We begin the episode by answering the frequent question about how the five of us became a long-running Blizzard gaming podcast. If you've ever wondered about our humble origins, this is the episode to listen to! Learn all about how Chewie, Brian, Mike, Dirk, and Squanto (Ecksell) got together!

After that it's back to business as usual for a Hearthstone episode! We begin by going over new decks and recent changes to existing decks. Lots of discussions come out of this, including whether Dr. Boom should be nerfed and how they might do it and what decks we're sick of running into all the time.

After that, Dirk takes the reins for his Lore segment. This week, thanks to the imminent release of Blackrock Mountain, he tells us all about Ragnaros the Firelord. And what a Tolkien fever dream of a story that is, holy crap.

And finally, we each pick a pair of cards from Blackrock Mountain to talk about in depth. Don't forget, you can start playing the first wing on April 2nd!

 

Mike's MechWarrior -http://www.hearthpwn.com/decks/217570-mechwarrior
Dr. Boom is pretty good - http://www.dailydot.com/esports/dr-boom-nerf-hearthstone/
Blackrock Mountain full set revealed on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.875939775782125.1073741868.498467596862680

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Direct download: Episode_366_-_Blackrock_Mountain_Blues.mp3
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