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've made it to 550! To celebrate, we apparently killed two of our hosts. Hopefully our reanimation spells will resolve before the end of the episode.

It's the end of the story of War of the Spark! We're covering all the story-focused cards we can find, so hey, spoiler warning! We're going all the way to the conclusion and talking all about it! Get ready to feel some feels, because once that's all done we're even going to mention the new Signature Spellbook that was revealed by Polygon!

War of the Spark story scenes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/war-story-scenes
War of the Spark Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/war-spark
Signature Spellbook reveal: https://www.polygon.com/2019/4/18/18412105/magic-the-gathering-war-of-the-spark-planeswalker-death 

 

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Direct download: Episode_550_-_The_Atrocity_Buffet.mp3
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The dorks are back with even more War of the Spark previews! We're starting off with all the cards in the Story Scenes, because the story is the whole point of this episode! Then we're jumping around to the planeswalkers we missed, the Gods (who were being previewed while we were recording), and a few other highlights.

And don't worry about the lack of Mike at the beginning, he'll show up partway through the episode. You won't have to do without the beard for an entire show!

RE: the title - it'll make sense, I promise.

War of the Spark story scenes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/war-story-scenes
War of the Spark Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/war-spark

 

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Direct download: Episode_549_-_Its_Almost_Noon_What_Are_You_Doing_With_Your_Life.mp3
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War of the Spark previews are upon us! And we just happen to have FIVE cards to show off! We're doing something a little different with our previews this time, we hope you enjoy it! Yay free previews!

But first Samantha joins us for a Sam Quiz! After that it's time to hit the War of the Spark mechanics and check out all the cards from the story scenes thus far! After finally finishing with all that we'll jump over to the Card Image Gallery to pick out a few more neat ones before we wrap up this epic length episode!

War of the Spark mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/war-spark-mechanics-2019-03-31
War of the Spark story scenes: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/war-story-scenes
War of the Spark Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/war-spark

 

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Direct download: Episode_548_-_Epic_War_of_the_Spark_Previews_with_Exclusives.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks have a fun little episode this week, even though Dirk is missing. For...reasons. Also, we weren't able to live stream this episode because of some bizarre issues. Sorry about that.

We begin with some news, some of which is real and some of which Brian may have found in questionable corners of the internet. Then it's time for another of Brian's Magic Mad Libs, which are always a hoot. Even though there are only two of us to give him cards, we still managed to make it pretty funny.

From there we go on to what we have decided to call a Flavor Fight! We've got a bracket of creatures ready to face off in a battle of Vorthosian proportions! This one got a little out of hand since I was kind of delirious when I made up the bracket. But bear with us! It is, as the title says, an epic flavor fight!

And don't forget, next week we finally get to show our FIVE War of the Spark preview cards as part of that day's scene! For more information there's a link down below!

Oh, and I was watching the Mythic Invitational while doing the editing, so if there are any problems I apologize.


Valor's Reach: https://toucharcade.com/2019/03/22/valors-reach-announced/
War of the Spark previews will tell a story: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/war-spark-preview-season-will-tell-story-2019-03-27


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Direct download: Episode_547_-_One_Epic_Flavor_Fight.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back with another edition of There's No Plane Like Home! We're tackling (sort of) three planes this episode...and they're all the same plane! We're starting on Argentum, then moving on to Mirrodin, and ending on New Phyrexia! From quiet empty paradise to mostly good generic fantasy world (plus metal) to horrific war zone, we're covering the entire history of the plane!


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Direct download: Episode_546_-_Tolkien_with_More_Clanking_and_Meowing.mp3
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After some technological difficulties on Mike's part, the dorks decide to forge ahead without him! We're doing a Mythic Conscription for Visions, the follow up to Mirage. But where Mirage was loaded with good fodder for a Mythic Conscription, Visions is a little less...diverse.

But hey, at least we got Mike back partway through the episode!


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Direct download: Episode_545_-_Firebreathing_and_Tree_Pants.mp3
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First up the dorks are taking a look at the brand new reveal of Modern Horizons! Two of them hadn't seen it yet, so we get actual first impressions!

Then it's time for the main topic of this week's episode, suggested by the TMP Discord server - deckbuilding! We'll explain why some old deckbuilding rules we learned aren't great and offer up plenty of actual tips. And we'll even go further than that and discuss building for different environments and playgroups with plenty of personal experiences thrown in for good measure.

Let us know what we missed!

Modern Horizons: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-modern-horizons-2019-02-28


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Direct download: Episode_544_-_Dorky_Deckbuilding_Advice.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back on Trivester with Brian's custom MTG RPG! This episode is pretty heavy on the combat encounters and light on the narrative, but I'm sure we'll get back to the mystery in the next installment! If you want to know who gets mauled horribly out of nowhere, who is stalking the party through the jungle, and who you should have rolling your D20s, you're in for a treat! 

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
Part 5 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-521
Part 6 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-531

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


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Direct download: Episode_543_-_Jungles__Panthers__Ants_Oh_My.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Don't worry, Dirk doesn't really ruin EVERYTHING. In fact, Dirk was on fire for most of this episode. Like in Overwatch or NBA Jam, not like actual fire. Anyway...

This episode we're putting Mirage through a Mythic Conscription. And unlike several of the Conscriptions we've done for older sets, this one actually has plenty of cards to talk about. During the episode we even dig up some actual recent evidence for why certain cards would be mythic! Be sure to let us know what you think about Mirage's potential mythics!

 

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Direct download: Episode_542_-_Dirk_Ruins_Everything.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks begin with an oddly appropriate Magic Mad Lib (written by Chewie this time!) and then dive into another edition of There's No Plane Like Home. To follow up last week's Theros episode we decided to go to the OTHER plane where the gods are definitely real and you can totally talk to them: Amonkhet.

It turns out the Amonkhet discussion is really...weird. Compared to other planes, Amonkhet really doesn't have normal life exactly. It's not really a place to live, it's a Nicol Bolas warrior factory. 

With the subject matter of the Mad Lib and the harsh reality of Amonkhet, this episode is surprisingly somber at times. But don't worry, we're still just as happy and dorky as usual!
 

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Direct download: Episode_541_-_Dont_Live_on_Amonkhet.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back! We've got an epic-length Mad Lib that Brian wrote! It's seriously long, but the payoff is totally worth it. Just don't deathtouch yourselves, please.

After that it's time to return to a segment we started late last year! It's (now) called There's No Plane Like Home! We're looking at how everyday life on the various planes of Magic might be. This episode we're focusing on Theros, the plane based on ancient Hellenic Greece. The gods are real and they are not to be trifled with. And watch out for hydras. And those savage brutes, the minotaurs. But don't worry, it's not all bad! Now offer up a sacrifice to John, God of Toilets and enjoy civilization!

Oh yeah, and there are tangents involving Super Smash Bros and Kingdom Hearts. You know, because reasons.
 

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Direct download: Episode_540_-_Theres_No_Plane_Like_Home_Theros.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are live at the Ravnica Allegiance Prerelease! Brian, Mike, and Chewie went to House of Cards in Winston-Salem, NC to partake in this sweet guildy goodness! Brian got his second choice (Gruul, they were out of Orzhov), Mike got his first choice (Gruul), and Chewie asked for the least popular guild and ended up with Azorius!

How'd we do? What'd we open? Who is this weird guy whose name is almost Chewie's? Find out these answers and more in this episode of The Mana Pool!

RNA Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ravnica-allegiance-2018-12-17
 

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Direct download: Episode_539_-_Ravnica_Allegiance_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

Not only are there more Ravnica Allegiance cards to talk about, but there's also actual news! News that dropped on the day of recording, so we can get in there early! Ravnica Allegiance: Mythic Edition was announced, complete with a less-stupid way to buy it and more super sweet planeswalker art! And that's not even the big news! The next set is called War of the Spark! And...okay that's literally all we know, but still.

Then it's time to dive into the RNA previews! these cards are awesome, the big-picture flavor is on point, the individual card flavor is AMAZING, and it just looks like a lot of fun. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these. And it looks like good news for some Ravnican citizens since the Orzhov seems to be relinquishing their hold on everyone's spiritual debts.  

RNA Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ravnica-allegiance-2018-12-17
RNA Tokens - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/tokens-ravnica-allegiance-2019-01-09
War of the Spark - https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/coming-soon
RNA Mythic Edition - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/ravnica-allegiance-mythic-edition-2019-01-10
RNA Planeswalker Decks - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/ravnica-allegiance-planeswalker-deck-lists-2019-01-10
RNA Arena codes - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/ravnica-allegiance-prerelease-codes-mtg-arena-2019-01-10

 

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Direct download: Episode_538_-_Debt_Forgiveness_Anyone.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

We're back for 2019! And so is preview season! That's right, it's time to take a look at the entire mess of new Ravnica Allegiance cards that have popped up since our last episode. We've got planeswalkers, four-power fliers, and...a mutant. Not any special kind of mutant. Not a Fish Crab Mutant or a Jellyfish Hydra Beast Mutant, just a mutant. He was made from the vat of forearm juice, apparently.

Also at the end there's a brief explanation (more of a rant really) about what's happened to MTGCast. If you've been curious about what's going on over there, this will give you a little bit of an idea, which is all we've got ourselves. 

Allegiance Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ravnica-allegiance-2018-12-17

 

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Direct download: Episode_537_-_The_Vat_of_Forearm_Juice.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT