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!

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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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