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 covering the rest of Hour of Devastation since the full set was revealed immediately after we recorded last week. There are quite a few bits of good stuff left. There's a lot of art on commons and uncommons that is just awesome too, so we'll be sure to point that out.

And there are discussions of StarCraft and copyright claim at the end. Just a warning.

Hour of Devastation Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Striped Riverwinder full art - http://imgur.com/gHOCZb4


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Direct download: Episode_470_-_Learning_to_Attack_Charitably.mp3
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The dorks are taking another look at Hour of Devastation previews! Torments, afflictions, curses, eternalization, more Hours, and lots of sand. I hate sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating...and it gets everywhere.

Also, now ALL my horses can be amazing, and there's a zombie camel. Oh yeah, you read that right.

Hour of Devastation Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Hour of Devastation Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/tokens-hour-devastation-2017-06-29

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The Hour of Devastation looms near! Brian is getting attacked by malicious flying creatures and Dirk is being stalked by the gods of sleep, but at least Mike's beard is still glorious. Thank goodness.

In case you can't tell, we're covering the early Hour of Devastation previews. The Invocations, the mechanics of the set, and all the really sick stuff that had shown up at this point. Bolas is a bad bad dude, and we're really concerned about what's going to happen. This whole story is getting seriously dark and depressing.

Invocations: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/masterpiece-series-hour-devastation-invocations-2017-06-19
Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/hour-devastation-mechanics-2017-06-16
Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Promos: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/promos-and-planeswalker-decks-hour-devastation-2017-06-16

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Direct download: Episode_468_-_Hour_of_Mournful_Overtones.mp3
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It's Announcement Week for Magic, and wow they've thrown a lot at us! There's a LOT of good stuff here! First there's Pro Tour news and yet another Standard banning. Then we've got to talk about all the Magic Digital Next news, which is bittersweet but probably still good. Then we spend a LOT of time on MaRo's Metamorphosis 2.0, which outlines the totally new direction Magic sets will be going in after Ixalan block. We're actually going through the article point by point to explain why they're doing what they're doing. It's good stuff. Then it's time to touch on all the upcoming products. Most of them are pretty standard, but there are a few that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND. No kidding.

 

Pro Tour stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/playing-pro-tour-2017-06-15
Banned & Restricted List stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/june-13-2017-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2017-06-13
Magic Digital Next stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/magic-digital-next-update-2017-06-13
Set structure stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/metamorphosis-2-0-2017-06-12
Upcoming products stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/25th-anniversary-announcement-day-2017-06-14

 

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Direct download: Episode_467_-_Announcement_Week.mp3
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On the day this episode was recorded, it was announced that Cryptic Studios is working on a Magic: The Gathering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game! This is absolutely unprecedented in MTG's history of licensing, and we decided to do an entire episode about it! We're beginning with Dirk's extensive MMO experience! He goes on at length about what Magic's world and mechanics could bring the MMO genre, and the rest of us pipe up whenever we have something to add.

After all the rampant speculation, it's time to talk about the dark side of all this. There has been a massive negative reaction to this from the MTG community, and it's because nerds are, I'm sorry to say, terrible people when it comes to the properties that they nerd over.

After that we're going over as many of the other ways MTG has attempted to expand its brand over the years as we can remember. Old video games, books & comics, a miniatures game, Jones Planeswalker Soda...just whatever. Be sure to let us know if we missed any good ones!

Announcement/Interview article - http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-07-06-taking-an-ip-and-making-it-your-own
Cryptic Studios - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_Studios
MTG Video Games - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic:_The_Gathering_video_games

 

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Direct download: Episode_466_-_Brand_Expansion_The_MTG_MMO_Episode.mp3
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It's time to go back to the Banned & Restricted List! We've grabbed Chris Lansdell to join us again so we can cover the next several years of the banhammer's history. Since we have sources for some of these and we have some memory of them, we have a bit more to say this time. Last time we went from 1994 to 2001. This time we're covering 2002 to 2010, just before the inception of Modern as a format and a whole new Banned list to think about.

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions

Check out Chris Lansdell's articles: http://www.starcitygames.com/tags/ChrisLansdell 

 

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Direct download: Episode_465_-_History_of_the_Banhammer_pt_2.mp3
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We begin this episode with a listener-supplied Magic Mad Lib, sent in by lvl99luck. We learn all about enchantment speed and refuse to name Balance. This Mad Lib is nothing to Murder at!

Then it's time to get down to business. We're following up the last episode and diving right into a Mythic Conscription for Guildpact. It turns out that the enchantment speed we learned about in the Mad Lib is a pretty big thing in Guildpact. Like a lot. It also turns out that Guildpact's rares are actually... rares. So yeah, that's a thing.

 

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Direct download: Episode_464_-_At_Enchantment_Speed.mp3
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This episode is pretty simple. After the always-adorable Sam Quiz, we're doing a Mythic Conscription of Ravnica: City of Guilds! Depending on how you look at it, this one is either really easy or really hard, because the power level seems to be concentrated in just a few cards. But don't worry, there's plenty of discussion to be had!

There are also some discussions about streaming, cruises, and outnumbering children. You've been warned.

 

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Direct download: Episode_463_-_The_Ravnican_Conscription.mp3
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With the weird out-of-sequence Felidar Guardian ban that just went down, we thought it would be a good time to look at the history of the Banned & Restricted Lists in Magic. Joining us for this adventure is none other than SCG writer, brewer, and longtime player Chris Lansdell! We're starting at the very beginning, waaaay back in 1994, with the first B&R update that predated even the existence of formats! We'll weave our way through the now-obvious and now-ridiculous additions to the list, giving you some historical reasons whenever we can. 

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions

Check out Chris Lansdell's articles: http://www.starcitygames.com/tags/ChrisLansdell 

 

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Direct download: Episode_462_-_History_of_the_Banhammer_Pt_1.mp3
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The dorks are live from the Amonkhet prerelease! Who did well? Who went undefeated? Who's the slow player? Who opened a shiny new Invocation? Who spat processed chicken parts at the person sitting next to them? Just how sexy is Sexy Jarod? All these answers (except the last one) and more are waiting in this very episode, recorded live from Lucky's Card Shop in Greensboro, NC! 

 

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Direct download: Episode_461_-_Amonkhet_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
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