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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!

It's Prerelease time! So of course, the dorks take the handy dandy digital recorder to Lucky's for what will be the final Prerelease there before it closes up (again). We'll check in before the event starts and between each round to let you know how the format looks, what cards are working or not working for us, things like that. You know the drill by now, right?

Also, the episode begins with a Sam Quiz from a few weeks ago that I didn't want to use in front of a 2.5 hour episode. Enjoy!

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Direct download: Episode_528_-_Guilds_of_Ravnica_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This episode is all about helping casual players manage their first tournament of each type. Starting with Prereleases then moving into FNM, PPTQ, and finally a Grand Prix or SCG Open, we'll give you some general tips for how to prepare and what to expect at each level. Whether you've never been to a tournament in your life or you're a regular FNM player that wants to attend your first GP, we've got you covered!

This may sound like a lot of information, but don't worry! We're sharing all this with you because it's all stuff that we, in our many years of attending various flavors of tournaments, have screwed up or run into in the past and we really just want to save you the hassle. Most of it is relatively simple and seems pretty obvious...until the one time you don't think about it. "Know where you're going." "Make sure you know the format you'll be playing." "Find out how to not starve to death." Just try to keep these seemingly obvious things in the back of your mind!

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Direct download: Episode_527_-_The_Casual_Players_Guide_to_Magic_Tournaments.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The full Guilds of Ravnica set is up, so the Dorks are poking around in there to find all the best and neatest stuff! There's a listening stick, a very friendly beast, and a chance for glory! We've got angels, vampires, bugs, and...lockets? This set looks SO sweet!

Oh, and the open beta for Magic Arena begins soon! You know, if you're interested at all.

Guilds of Ravnica Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/guilds-ravnica-2018-09-17
Magic Arena Open Beta: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-open-all-starting-september-27-2018-09-19


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Direct download: Episode_526_-_The_Medieval_Edgelord__the_Good_Kitty.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Our exclusive (and free) Guilds of Ravnica preview is here! It hits a note for all four dorks, which is pretty neat for a single card. After that there are a lot of sweet Guilds cards to talk about, so we're gonna spend the entire episode doing that!

Our exclusive preview card, Hatchery Spider - http://themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Hatchery_Spider_EN.png

Guilds of Ravnica Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/guilds-ravnica-2018-09-17


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Direct download: Episode_525_-_Why_Did_It_Have_to_Be_Spiders_Exclusive_GRN_Preview.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

It is time once again to return to Ravnica. Or return to Return to Ravnica. Ravnica 3: Secret of the Ooze. But enough with the jokes, Guilds of Ravnica is here! The dorks (minus Mike) are going over the guild mechanics and all the sweet promos that have been revealed thus far! We've got an enormous wurm with dainty little feet, Emmara on keto, super sweet basic lands and even sweeter Masterpiece-like Planeswalkers!

Look out for our exclusive Guild of Ravnica preview card on Monday, September 17!

Guild Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/guilds-ravnica-mechanics-2018-09-04
Guilds promos: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/guilds-ravnica-packaging-promos-and-more-2018-09-04


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Direct download: Episode_524_-_Pranked_by_the_Dimir.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

It's a live episode! The dorks gathered at Brian's house to play a game with the Commander 2018 decks! Will Chewie actually be able to play this time? Will the cats let us play the damn game? Will we be done in time for lunch? All these answers and more can be found in this episode of TMP!


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Direct download: Episode_523_-_Commander_2018_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Professor Beard is back! In his first lecture he taught us all about the evolution of the Graveyard (Episode 509), where we were amazed at just how much of the Graveyard's flavor and function came early in Magic's life. This time the Prof is teaching us all about RFG, which is Removed From Game. Also Set Aside. Also Hovering 8 Inches Above the Table. Eventually, it became the Exile we know and love today. And again, you might be as surprised as we were at how much of its flavor and functionality came from the early days of Magic.


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Direct download: Episode_522_-_Professor_Beard_Teaches_Exile.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

It's been a LONG time, but we're back with Brian's custom-made Magic-based RPG system! Karim, Alaric, and the Angel are still stuck on the mysterious plane of Trivester with no idea what's going on. Since it has been SO LONG, Brian gives a quick recap of what's happened thus far and then we dive right in!

Did you ever interrupt two Giant Warthogs during rutting season? Or set fire to an angry Primeval Force? Well you're in luck, because we...might have done those things. Also, Alaric (Dirk) is one hell of a shot with a bow & arrow. Holy crap.

The Trivester Map, courtesy of Jars Cristobal: http://themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/trivester-map-logo.png

If you have no idea what's going on here, please refer to these episodes for the full story of Heirs of Trivester:
Character Creation – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-407/
Part 1 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-423/
Part 2 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-430/
Part 3 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-450/
Part 4 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-471/


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Direct download: Episode_521_-_The_Long-Awaited_Return_to_Trivester.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Since Commander 2018 comes out this weekend, we've decided to do a couple Story Circles this episode! But since we're streaming the shows now, we've decided to give Twitch Chat some input. They get one entry per round AND they picked from three possibilities to decide who our second Commander would be! See? You should totally come hang out and watch the show live!

Also, Dirk is a monster.

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Direct download: Episode_520_-_Never_Trust_Twitch_Chat.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode we're taking a look at ALL the rest of the cards in Commander 2018 that we missed last episode! This leads to discussions about the HR manager in charge of hiring Humiliators, the Bane of enchanters, how the Ravenous Slime uses its skulls, and of course the titular arterial spritz of the Bloodtracker. We may or may not have been extra silly this episode.

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Commander 2018 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2018-edition-2018-07-27
Commander 2018 Tokens & Decklists - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2018-edition-decklists-and-tokens-2018-07-27

 

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Direct download: Episode_519_-_Arterial_Spritz.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

 

This is the first of our new live episodes! This one is ALL Commander 2018, because there's a lot of it. In fact, we didn't even finish it all, so we'll probably come back to it next week. We're covering all the new planeswalkers, all the new Commanders we could find, and a handful of the most entertaining/powerful/bizarre new cards in the set! Oh, and the Commander Storm cycle, because Twitch chat was going to riot if we didn't.

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Commander 2018 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2018-edition-2018-07-27

 

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Direct download: Episode_518_-_Ninja_Juice_Replentishment.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode begins with a little bit (like, a seriously tiny bit) of Commander 2018 news from the announcement that came from a stream on the day we recorded. We get deck names, colors, and a few pieces of art. But hey, we go over all that for you!

Then it's time for a glorious Battlebond Story Circle! Somehow we just never did one with any of the neat partner pairs, so it's time to fix that! The most wide-open pair seems to be Pir and Toothy, so we're all over it. And since we're in blue and green, Dirk is in absolute Story Circle Heaven.

Also, we have a few announcements about the future of the show. Nothing bad, don't worry! We're going to go for slightly shorter episodes, set up a Discord server, and start STREAMING THE SHOW!

Commander 2018 announcement summed up on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/8ye2gl/c18_news_from_todays_twitch_stream_colors_and

 

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Direct download: Episode_517_-_Seriously_Toothy_Content.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

With Core Set 2019 marking the return of the Core Set the dorks decided to take a look back at all its previous iterations. Starting with Alpha and moving through all the Nth Editions that happened every other year with their white-bordered insanity, through the Magic 201X that introduced new cards every year, we're hitting them all! All the trends (the removal of trample?), all the big news (RULES CHANGES!), and everything else that made each Core Set stand out as its own entity!

Of course, Core Sets were also the place where game-destroying things first appeared. Every single time the naysayers claimed that Magic would be dead soon, and yet here we are on the 25th anniversary. Feels good man.

Core Sets Wiki: https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Core_set 

 

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Direct download: Episode_516_-_The_History_of_Core_Sets.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are back for more Core Set 2019! In fact, it's ALL of Core Set 2019, since there was apparently only one week of previews. We're jumping around the set, talking about all the awesome flavor, sweet art, powerful cards, and useful answers that it's bringing us! 

Some of these cards really do rev Brian up. Seriously. Also, bear with Mike, we're still working on teaching him how to read. And talk. And count.

 

Core Set 2019 Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2019-2018-06-22
 

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Direct download: Episode_515_-_Revving_up_with_Core_Set_2019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

After not recording for a staggering 2 weeks in a row, the dorks are back! We've got a very cheeky Sam Quiz to kick off the whole thing, because what's a better way to get back into the groove?

After that, we're all-in on Core Set 2019 previews! After 3 years without a Core Set, Magic has decided that it's a necessity. So they've changed the way they build these sets, with beginner-friendly cards at common & uncommon and laser-focused answers and super-neat cards at rare & mythic!

Captain Sniffles rides again! And the Beardy Man has completely forgotten how Magic cards work! Will our heroes get through the episode without incident? You'll just have to listen to find out!

Core Set 2019 Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2019-2018-06-22
Core Set 2019 Promos: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/core-set-2019-packaging-promos-and-more-2018-06-11
Core Set 2019 Planeswalker Deck lists & cards: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/core-set-2019-planeswalker-deck-lists-2018-06-15
 

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Direct download: Episode_514_-_The_Return_of_the_Core.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode was recorded a few weeks ago, but it's going up now since we're not recording this week! But here's the hitch - it's not a live episode! Man, the title is right - time travel is weird.

On this episode we're going all the way back to the beginning. Not the VERY beginning, just after that. We're doing a pair of Mythic Conscriptions for Magic's first two expansions - Arabian Nights and Antiquities. Since the old expansions are small, we could easily knock two of them out. Well, maybe not easily. These sets represent the earliest days of MTG's expansion design...and it shows. Be sure to let us know what you think!
 

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Direct download: Episode_513_-_Time_Travel_Is_Weird.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

What's that? A Sam Quiz for a card none of us expected? And a listener-submitted Mad Lib? AND even more discussion of the crazy stuff going on in Battlebond? All in the same episode? That's awesome! Where do I sign up?

And get that look of Frog Tongue off your face!

Battlebond Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/battlebond-2018-05-25
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Direct download: Episode_512_-_Battlebond_and_BoneSawBall.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are here to discuss Announcement Day and our reactions to all the news that came out of it. Warning: some of these reactions might surprise you. They sure surprised me!

After that it's time to jump onto Battlebond previews! There's a lot of really neat stuff going on here. The mechanics are neat, the new cards are awesome, and the reprints are absolutely bonkers. Plus we get to explore a new relationship between an angel and a demon and make fun of Vince Russo. Everyone wins! 

As you might be able to tell from the title, we had some technical difficulties this week as Discord gave us our first ever hiccup! At least, as far as I can remember it's the first problem we've had with it. Still better than Skype!

Rest in peace John Bain, you will be missed.

Announcement Day video (sigh): https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/2018-spring-announcement-day-2018-05-18
Global Series planeswalkers: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/global-series-meet-jiang-yanggu-and-mu-yanling-2018-05-18
Battlebond Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/battlebond-mechanics-2018-05-21
Battlebond Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/battlebond-2018-05-25

 

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Direct download: Episode_511_-_Partner_with_Discord_the_Abruptly_Nonfunctional.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks gathered at Dirk's house to try out Brawl! Despite half of us not knowing how turn order actually works, we actually managed to play with the four Brawl decks Brian built for us! Our Brawl Commanders are Aryel, Muldrotha, Firesong & Sunspeaker, and Radha!

Have you given Brawl a shot yet? Let us know what you think about it!


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Direct download: Episode_510_-_Brawling_with_Buddies_Live.mp3
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Graveyards in Magic are an interesting thing. In so many other games it's just a discard pile, but MTG uses the graveyard for a variety of functions. Mike (Professor Beard) is going to walk us through the history of the graveyard from its origins in Alpha, set by set, until the current day. He'll point out mechanics (both keyworded and not) and new design space and ways to interact with the graveyard that come up as we move forward in time. Big thanks to Drew for the suggestion and to Mike for putting serious time into the research for this episode!

Oh yeah, we're covering the Brawl changes that were announced the day of recording. And Brian learned about something new and wants to share in his final thought. Here's a relevant friendly reminder to everyone: no one owes you any kind of physical gratification.

The Future of Brawl: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/future-brawl-2018-05-10


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Direct download: Episode_509_-_Professor_Beard_Teaches_Graveyards.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are back from our long recording hiatus! To celebrate the release of Dominaria, we're diving into not one but TWO Story Circles! There are a lot of legends, so we've narrowed it down to a small handful and randomly selected two for deckbuilding purposes! Also I finally remembered to put the Sam Quiz recorded weeks ago into the episode. Yay!


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Direct download: Episode_508_-_Dominarian_Story_Circles.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Magic is finally going home! The Dominaria prerelease is here, which means Chewie breaks out his trusty digital recorder! This year he did something a little different though. On Saturday he headed out to House of Cards in Winston-Salem, NC to hang out with Mike (not that one), Carter, and Andy to talk about Dominaria. There are discussions about broken cards they'll never print, Brawl, Prison decks, and the set in general.

Then on Sunday Chewie joins Mike (now it's that one) and Brian at Lucky's in Greensboro, NC to actually play in the prerelease. You'll get the usual round-by-round commentary as well as hearing how Brian did at the midnight on Friday. All in all, we all really enjoyed going back home to Dominaria. How was your prerelease experience?


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Direct download: Episode_507_-_Dominaria_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

To celebrate The Mana Pool's 500th episode our old buddy Jungle Rat Rob of The Retro League podcast put together another of his famous audio montages with the help of his girlfriend Cassandra! He's done this a few times before (links down below), but it has been a LONG time! There are bits from the other hundred episode milestones along with the usual assortment of nonsense from random places and even a few special guest moments sprinkled in!

A HUGE thanks to Rob & Cassandra for this! They've once again managed to capture the fun, entertaining, and goofy side of the show without worrying about the actual content. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

No One Expects The Mana Pool - http://themanapool.com/podcast/jungle-rat-rob-no-one-expects-the-mana-pool/
Mana Pool 2: Electric Boogaloo - http://themanapool.com/podcast/jungle-rat-rob-mana-pool-2-electric-boogaloo/
150 Fast Effects Resolving - http://themanapool.com/podcast/jungle-rat-rob-150-fast-effects-resolving/

Songs used in this montage:
- The Planet Krypton By John Williams
- The Avengers Theme Song by Alan Silvestri
- Can Can Music by Offenbach
- Woke Up by Hammerbox

Direct download: ManaPool_Science_Theater_500.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

A few weeks ago we recorded a live episode at Dirk's house! We were playing the Explorers of Ixalan multiplayer experience using the preconstructed decks that come with it. Dinosaurs, Pirates, Merfolk, and Vampires slam headfirst into each other to determine who will win the golden city of Orazca!

Seriously though, this was a lot of fun. The rules are set up to keep things from getting out of control, the decks feel pretty balanced, and the actual game setup isn't painful at all. It's a solid experience and we highly recommend it!

Check out Explorers of Ixalan here - https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/explorers-ixalan


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Direct download: Episode_506_-_Explorers_of_Ixalan_Live.mp3
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Dominaria is absolutely insane. The set is good on SO. MANY. LEVELS. The cards are good and interesting. The flavor is delicious. The nostalgia levels are through the roof, but not to the exclusion of fun and ease of understanding (looking at you, Time Spiral). And there's even another layer below that, for the hardcore and old-school MTG fans. The full set was conveniently revealed the day we recorded this, so we're just bouncing around calling out awesome cards.

We also spend the beginning of the episode thanking some extremely generous fans for a series of unrelated gifts. Tenthtechpriest, Stark Maximum, SogekingUsopp, and Stijn Meganck - you guys are amazing and we appreciate everything!


Dominaria Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/dominaria
Tokens of Dominaria: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/tokens-dominaria-2018-04-12
Dakkon Blackblade art: https://magic.wizards.com/sites/mtg/files/image_legacy_migration/mtg/images/daily/wallpapers/Wallpaper_DakkonBlackblade_1024x768.jpg
The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Accolade_by_Edmund_Blair_Leighton.jpg

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Direct download: Episode_505_-_Dominaria_Layers_of_Goodness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This is it! The Mana Pool has finally gotten our very own never-before-seen preview card! It seems fitting since we just hit 500 episodes AND we're going back home to Dominaria! Not only are we talking about our sweet card, but we're also covering a lot of the other completely awesome cards that have been revealed! The discussions to be had are a combination of power, flavor, value, and sheer awesomeness. From the new Weatherlight crew to the historical significance of legendary sorceries & sagas to the super sweet references, everything is awesome in Dominaria and we absolutely can't wait to get it in our hands!

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Dominaria Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/dominaria
Yawgmoth's Vile Offering full art - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZ3aQoqXkAEnwgR.jpg
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Direct download: Episode_504_-_Exclusive_Dominaria_Preview.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

This one should be a lot of fun! We've got Eric of Many Names with us for the first time in far too long! He's pretty awesome, which is why he's here of course. Brian's got a really long mad lib for us, but he assures us it will be totally worth it. Since it's extra long we'll be giving him card names throughout the episode while we talk about even more sweet Dominaria cards! More sagas, sweet flavor text, awesome art...I can't wait to go back home!

Find Eric on Twitter @EricMTGCast

Dominaria Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/dominaria
High-resolution Dominaria Map: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/wallpaper/dominaria-map-2018-03-28
Full art for The First Eruption: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/dominaria-card-day-first-eruption-2018-03-27
 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

There's SO MUCH STUFF! We've inundated with loads of Dominaria! The official explanations of the rules changes, mechanics, sick promos, and the shiny new Dominarian Crown Molding. Also we've got Jace's Signature Spellbook, a new format straight from Wizards, and a few "voice of reason" moments from the dorks. There's not much else to say, so let's dive right in! Enjoy the giant collection of links down below!

Signature Spellbooks - Jace: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/signature-spellbook-jace-packaging-and-contents-2018-03-20
Dominaria Templating & Rules updates: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-frame-template-and-rules-changes-2018-03-21
Dominaria Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/dominaria-mechanics-2018-03-21
Dominaria Buy-a-Box Promo: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-buy-box-pre-order-promotion-2018-03-21
Dominaria Promos: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/promos-dominaria-2018-03-22
Announcing Brawl: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/ways-play/join-brawl-2018-03-22
Dominaria Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex4ClzZ3oBM
MTG Arena's next step: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-development-next-closed-beta-phase-2018-03-20
Duel Decks: Elves vs Inventors Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/elves-vs-inventors

 


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Direct download: Episode_502_-_Dominarian_Crown_Molding.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

As we mentioned briefly at the beginning of 500, the release notes for Dominaria were accidentally released early. Bill (you know, that guy on Monday Night Magic) joins us to talk about it. Don't worry, we're spoiler-free here! The dorks go over the removal of the Planeswalker Redirection Rule, the upcoming templating changes, and the sweet first card reveal, Phyrexian Scriptures.

From there, Brian rants about how Wizards of the Coast handled this leak. From there we take a look back at the notable leaks of the past, all the way back to the year 2000, and how WotC handled them. These leaks cover everything from IP theft to packaging errors to ENTIRE SET LEAKS to WotC oopsies.

Also, the MTG Arena NDA lifts soon, but Chewie still isn't in the beta. If he gets in there will be content of some sort. Probably.

And finally, JungleRatRob has done another audio clip montage for us! Look for it on the website soon!

Original Dominaria leak post - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-leak-2018-03-08
Second Dominaria leak post (and preview card) - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/dominaria-previews-and-moving-forward-2018-03-12
Notable MTG Leaks - https://mtg.gamepedia.com/Spoiler
MTG Arena NDA lifting soon - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-nda-drops-march-22


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Direct download: Episode_501_-_Dominaria__the_History_of_MTG_Leaks.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Note: We livestreamed the entire episode complete with dork face cams, so if you want to watch that then check out the YouTube link down below.

This is it! Episode 500! We're celebrating with a full-on live stream game show. Due to legal reasons, we're calling it Jeopanaria! Our game show host is none other than Magic Judge and robotics guy Jake Janssens (@ZueluGaming), who just happened to have a full-blown Jeopanaria! game ready to go. And he offered to run it for us for the show! And it was AWESOME!

After the exciting end to the game, we spent a long while just talking about 500 episodes and doing an impromptu Q&A with the Twitch chat. It was awesome, and I want to thank you all for coming to hang out for this episode! It's extra long, but what would you expect from a 500th episode spectacular? 

Watch the full stream VOD here: https://youtu.be/Z7Bn-u0j12U


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

This episode is all about Masters 25! We're looking at all the cards that had been revealed by Thursday night, and there's SO MUCH AWESOME in it! Seriously, the episode is named this way because we said it so many times! There's even a Stangg Twin token! Come on man, this is just too good!

Masters 25 Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/masters-25


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Direct download: Episode_499_-_Masters_25_is_Sick.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Magic is venturing out into video games again! With Arena, a MOBA, and an MMO all in the works, we started wondering what other flavors of video games Magic would fit into. It turns out MTG fits into almost anything, from city building to fighting to 4X grand strategy to kart racing, with plenty of others besides. This is a fun one you guys!

Because we're talking about many different video game genres, I asked Cap, whose name really is Stephen Rogers, to join us. He's from the Lair of Lore, primarily focusing on streaming a ridiculous number of games on Twitch. Like a lot.

Oh yeah, we covered all the stuff in the Valentine's Day Mini-Announcement Day too.

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This episode is all over the place with a series of topical...topics. Ahem.

The dorks are showcasing several of the segments we do here on the show, beginning with the always-adorable Sam Quiz. We've also got a Magic Mad Lib (consequence-free this time) and an Ixalan block Story Circle! And if all that wasn't enough, we've also got a discussion about the addition of Jace the Mind Sculptor and Bloodbraid Elf to Modern! What an episode!

Changes to the Modern Ban List - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/february-12-2018-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2018-02-12

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Direct download: Episode_497_-_Topical_Medley.mp3
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We all love the Magic Mad Libs, right? We rattle off some cards, we get a funny story, we laugh, and that's it, right? But what if our Mad Lib was actually hiding something from us? What if...there were consequences?

In the aftermath of our Mad Lib, we're building a new set! With some stipulations coming from the Mad Lib itself, it's up to the dorks to figure out how to make this random nonsense work together in a way that isn't completely ridiculous. And you know what? We actually did a good job with it! Be sure to let us know what you think about our set and how you would have done it!

Masters 25 packaging - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/masters-25-packaging-2018-02-02
The MTG Mobile MOBA - https://venturebeat.com/2018/02/05/magic-the-gathering-and-netmarble-announce-project-m-for-mobile


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Direct download: Episode_496_-_Instant_Worldbuilding.mp3
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The dorks put TWO sets under the Mythic Conscription microscope, focusing on Homelands, originally part of Ice Age block, and Coldsnap, the eventual finish to the Ice Age block! With over a decade between the two releases, card and set design changed a lot, so let's take a look at each one and see what the differences are!


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Direct download: Episode_495_-_Ten_Years_Make_a_Difference.mp3
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Has your playgroup ever issued a ban on certain cards or combinations of cards? Have you ever made the decision to stop playing something because, while it might have been effective, it just wasn't FUN? That's what the dorks are discussing this week with our own experiences playing lots of Magic as a group over the years.

Also WotC has revealed the structure of MTG Arena's in-game economy and card acquisition, so we spent some time going over all that. Seems workable, so we can't wait to see how it feels!

MTG Arena Economy: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/developing-mtg-arena-economy-2018-01-17


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Direct download: Episode_494_-_Friendly_Bannings.mp3
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It's time! Chewie & Mike went to the Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease, so that means the handy digital recorder went too! We recorded our thoughts & experiences after deckbuilding and after each round, with a super special surprise in round 1! What did Chewie do that was incredibly impressive? What insane bomb did Mike not play? Listen to find out!

After the tourney we went to have celebratory Mexican food, but we didn't record that.

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Direct download: Episode_493_-_RIX_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
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The full Rivals of Ixalan set is upon us! The dorks spend this episode going through the Card Image Gallery picking out more sweet cards that we feel like talking about! There are a few reprints from Ixalan in Rivals of Ixalan, let's talk about that. Also the RIX rules update happened. Also Patrick Sullivan rants about Ravenous Chupacabra. Also we miss Brian.

Rivals of Ixalan Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/rivals-of-ixalan
Rivals of Ixalan Update Bulletin - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/rivals-ixalan-update-bulletin-2018-01-11
Patrick Sullivan on Game Design - http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/patrick_sullivan_on_game_desig.html


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Direct download: Episode_492_-_Horned_Turtle_Treasure_Pirate.mp3
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The dorks are back! We have returned from our holiday break just in time to take a look at the insane cards from Rivals of Ixalan! Seriously, have you looked at these? There's a lot of concentrated awesome going on here. The mythics seem to be nuts. We have a cycle of Elder Dinosaurs.

Elder.

Dinosaurs.

So awesome!

Rivals of Ixalan Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/rivals-of-ixalan

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Direct download: Episode_491_-_Rivals_of_Insanity.mp3
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