The Mana Pool (podcasts)
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!

This episode is going be a bit different. With all the coronavirus stuff going on across the world and tensions running high everywhere, the dorks couldn't just ignore it all and talk about Magic. While escapism is great, sometimes you've got to face the facts. So the first part of this episode is all about how COVID-19 is affecting us and why we need to embrace social distancing. This is genuinely important. Please stay home unless you HAVE to leave.

But after that, we decided to do something different. We're doing an entire episode of final thoughts! We're touching on the big Year of the Phoenix update from Hearthstone that introduces an ENTIRE NEW CLASS (!) and sends a lot of heavily-played cards to the Hall of Fame. Then there's the Castlevania anime, Designing Women, random bits of racism in public, working from home, DoorDashing during these troubling times, ManaStrike, and how movie theaters actually work. Then we're doing a new Mad Lib, sent to us by Infinious, and it turned out REALLY well. 

Oh by the way, Mike's getting married.


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Direct download: Episode_585_-_Just_Chatting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back! We're doing a Mythic Conscription for the original Gold set, Invasion! This was before they really figured out how to do a set focused on multicolored well, so there's some bizarre stuff in here. The gold cards are, by and large, REALLY good. The monocolored stuff is...well it's definitely monocolored. And yes, we did talk about Fact or Fiction. A couple times.

There was an excellent Sam Quiz at the beginning too, don't forget that! She's getting much better at describing card art.

Seriously though, everyone be safe out there in the midst of this global pandemic. Wash your hands.


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Direct download: Episode_584_-_The_Original_Gold_Set.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

You like dragons, right? Of course you like dragons! Who doesn't like dragons? Dragons are quite possibly the biggest and most well known...thing to come out of fantasy. Ever. They're all over the place these days, from video games to a mega popular HBO series.

And we love dragons too! And since this is a Magic podcast, we're actually just going to talk about dragons in Magic. Like, the cards. Not a history lesson, not a biology lesson, none of that. We're just looking back at some of our favorite dragon cards, our least favorite dragon cards, dragon art that spoke to us, disappointing dragons, anything we can think of really. Feel free to let us know what are your favorite Magic dragons and let us know if there are any other creature types we should just talk about!


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Direct download: Episode_583_-_Just_Talking_Dragons.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back, now that Chewie is no longer a walking corpse! And what are we doing for our triumphant return? We're doing another installment of There's No Plane Like Home, where we take a look at one of the planes of Magic to determine if it would be a good place to live. We'll take a look at the different locations of Kamigawa, the different groups and races that live in those locations, and of course the constant threat of getting murdered by random Kami.

But hey, there are Ninja! That means nowhere else is nearly as cool as Kamigawa, right?

Kamigawa info: https://magic.wizards.com/en/story/planes/kamigawa


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Direct download: Episode_582_-_Everything_Changed_When_the_Kami_Nation_Attacked.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are finishing up their Mythic Conscription of the Urza block with the final set, Urza's Destiny! As is usually the case with older sets, some colors have plenty of possible mythics, and some just...don't. Old sets are kind of inconsistent like that.

Also, Chewie blows his own mind with a pair of clever ways to remember the order of the Urza block sets. Oh, and there's a brief discussion of hippos. And the horrible weather we were having. And probably a few other things.


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Direct download: Episode_581_-_Urzas_Salad.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Out of nowhere, Unsanctioned was revealed on Tuesday. Unsanctioned is the latest silver-bordered product from WotC, but it's not a full new Un set. It's a boxed set that features five decks full of some of the greatest hits of silver-bordered cards along with a few new cards in each color. The dorks go in-depth on all the new cards and drop a few honorable mentions of the reprints.

During the final thoughts we ended up going off on a few topics. Brian & Sam's Prerelease experience, streaming Skyrim, and Dirk's hang up about the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Just good old random nonsense!

In other news, Brian upgraded his computer to Windows 10. That means he can use his headset mic, which is why he sounds drastically different now. 

Unsanctioned Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unsanctioned


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Direct download: Episode_580_-_So_Crisp_and_Unsanctioned.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

The dorks are back to cover the rest of the cards in Theros Beyond Death! Well, as many as we can get through in a single episode anyway. There are demigods, a new planeswalker, an elegantly designed cycle of Omens, a cycle of Interventions, a pair of Titans, plenty of analogues for Greek heroes, and more Sagas! Since this is apparently the wordiest set ever released, there's a LOT to get through.

That cat needs to get a job though. Dang.

TBD Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/theros-beyond-death
TBD Variants Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/theros-beyond-death-variants
TBD Tokens: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/tokens-theros-beyond-death-2020-01-09


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Direct download: Episode_579_-_Unemployed_Cat__the_Titan_Leftovers.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

For the first TMP episode of 2020 we're continuing with Neverending Preview Season! We're looking at all the sweet Theros Beyond Death stuff that has popped up since our last episode. This includes some crazy new gods, a "fixed" Yawgmoth's Will, and a few neat Sagas. The new set looks pretty awesome!

Apologies for Chewie sounding weird in this episode. Something happened to his audio settings. To the stream audience he sounds normal, but he's extra loud in the recorded file. Hopefully that'll get figured out before the next episode, because it's highly obnoxious.

TBD Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/theros-beyond-death
TBD Variants Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/theros-beyond-death-variants


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Direct download: Episode_578_-_Still_Beyond_Death.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Neverending Preview Season has returned! We're talking about all the Theros Beyond Death cards that had been previewed when we recorded! We're covering the mechanics, the planeswalkers, and everything else! We're also discussing (briefly but importantly) the lack of a colon in the title of the set, when the next set clearly has a colon in it. Chewie has a theory!

Also, it's the last episode of TMP of 2019! We hope you all have a fabulous winter holiday and the end of your year is awesome! We'll see you in 2020!

TBD Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/theros-beyond-death-mechanics-2019-12-12
TBD Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/theros-beyond-death
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Direct download: Episode_577_-_Theros_Beyond_Punctuation.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

It's time for another installation of Brian's custom MTG RPG, Heirs of Trivester! The last time we saw our heroes they had barely taken out a vicious noggle mage controlled by Icolnir after making their way through a cavernous labyrinth. This episode picks up right there, with our weary travelers still bleeding on the floor of the cave.

We'll hear all about what is happening on this plane, get a bit of a history lesson, and manage to pick up some sweet new gear! You know, since most of ours didn't survive the boss fight. It's one of our mostly-narrative RPG episodes, but it's all stuff we're gonna need to know to find our way off of this freakin' plane!

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Direct download: Episode_576_-_The_Revelations_of_Icolnir.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back after taking the week off for Thanksgiving, and we are in rare form. The actual point of this episode is simple - do a Mythic Conscription for Urza's Legacy. Nice and simple, right?

But since the dorks were in such rare form, we sort of strayed off topic. A lot. Pretty much everyone says something that, in a perfect world, would be cut from the final podcast. But as this is not a perfect world, you get to hear all our nonsense!


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Direct download: Episode_575_-_Urzas_Mythic_Legacy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back with more timely content! First up we have to comment on the recent massive B&R update, because it was pretty big. But then we're shifting to the Historic Anthology announcement for Magic Arena! They're adding 20 cards from the pre-Historic era (can't believe we missed that joke on the show!) to Arena for use in the new format and Chewie thought we could totally do that too!

Each of the four dorks picked out five cards of our own to add to Historic! We each came at this from a different angle, so we ended up with a pretty sweet Historic Anthology: TMP Edition. Let us know what you'd put into Historic!

MTG Arena Historic Rollout: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-historic-rollout-2019-11-13


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Direct download: Episode_574_-_Historic_Anthology_TMP_Edition.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

The dorks are back with a big episode all about Commander! First off we have to discuss all the Commander products that were announced for 2020. We'll also address the potential for supplemental product fatigue that might come from these products, but it's not as bad as you might think at first blush. Plus, find out who finally has a suggestion of legs after all these years...

From there, we're turning our attention to The Mana Pool Story Circles. Turns out it's been over a year since we did one! We'll spend a good while discussing how the changing design of legendary creatures over recent years has affected the Story Circle.

But then it's time to do the thing! I found a perfect candidate for a Commander to build around, not too narrow but not too wide open - Kykar, Wind's Fury! Twitch chat even got in on the action and helped us flesh out more cards for the deck!

Commander products for 2020: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/big-things-are-coming-commander-2020-2019-10-30


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Direct download: Episode_573_-_The_Return_of_the_Story_Circle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Pioneer was announced as a brand new competitive format, which is something that hasn't happened on this scale since Modern was announced 8 years ago. We thought it would be cool to go back and look at the history of competitive Magic formats since the beginning. We're talking Type I, Type II, Type 1.5, and even Type 1.x. Remember Extended? Poor Extended.

To clarify, we're only talking about Constructed formats that were sanctioned for paper to play at premier events. No online-only formats (though we will mention a couple standouts) and no casual formats (though Commander and Brawl do get honorable mentions for being officially-sanctioned casual formats). 

And go easy on Dirk, who is 100% kitchen table and didn't even know what Pioneer was until we got to that part of the episode. We forgot he doesn't pay any attention whatsoever to Magic news.

And we finish this episode up with two quick Magic Mad Libs from Magnor Criol!

Pioneer announcement: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-pioneer-format-2019-10-21


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Direct download: Episode_572_-_A_Brief_History_of_Magic_Formats.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Since Standard rotated with Throne of Eldraine that means Brawl rotated too! And our own rambling dork Brian is ALL ABOUT some Brawl, so he wanted to do an episode about it! So we're gonna hit what left Standard and what that means for Brawl, with Brian's decks as an example. There's a good amount of discussion with the live Twitch chat too, which is why you should come join us live on Thursday nights!

If you have any Brawl plans in the new post-rotation format, let us know!


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Direct download: Episode_571_-_Brian_Talks_Brawl_Rotation.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back from a two week podcasting break, and we're coming out firing! We're giving the Mythic Conscription treatment to a notoriously overpowered set, Urza's Saga! In this discussion we'll point out the difference between powerful cards and, well, design mistakes. Which color is loaded with potential mythics? Which color just doesn't seem to have much for the discussion? And what about Tolarian Academy?


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Direct download: Episode_570_-_The_Saga_Conscription.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

It's Prerelease time again! Chewie, Mike, Brian, and Sam (!) all went to House of Cards in Winston-Salem NC to play! First, Chewie tells the story of the weekend of Scott's wedding and the horrible, horrible sunburn while he & Mike are in the car on the way to the shop. We didn't get any pre-tournament recordings with Brian & Sam because they were playing a game of Brawl.

Once the tournament begins you'll get to hear from us all between rounds as we discuss how the games went. Which dork will be undefeated? Which dork couldn't win even if his opponent left halfway through the round? I guess you'll just have to listen!


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Direct download: Episode_569_-_Throne_of_Eldraine_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks dive once more into the Throne of Eldraine previews! We've got plenty of cycles to finish - hybrid cards, lands, uncommon knights, legendary creatures and artifacts, lots of stuff! While we're at it we're bouncing around and hitting whatever other good stuff we can find, whether it's super flavorful, an obvious fairy tale reference, or blatantly powerful. We'll even hit that one blue mythic (yeah, you know the one) and discuss reasons it could be mythic and just how powerful it really could be.

Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/throne-eldraine
Varient Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/throne-eldraine-variants


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Direct download: Episode_568_-_Happily_Ever_After.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are back to discuss even more Throne of Eldraine cards! You like fairy tales? What about knights? What about fairy tales...with knights? What about flavorful cards? Or billy goats? Big bad wolf? Excalibur? Trolls? The Questing Beast? The way every fairy tale begins? Randomly suplexing bears? Is any of this sounding good yet?

...what if I offered you a Bog Naughty?

Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/throne-eldraine
Varient Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/throne-eldraine-variants


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Direct download: Episode_567_-_Run_Run_As_Fast_As_You_Can.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Throne of Eldraine is almost upon us, so we're here to talk about as much of the new stuff as we can! We've got Adventures, we've got Food, we've got Knights, we've got Brawl legendaries...there's a lot going on here. And all of it looks neat! So join the dorks as we discuss the cards, the flavor, and the art of a bunch of the Eldraine set!

Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/throne-eldraine
Varient Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/throne-eldraine-variants
Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/throne-eldraine-mechanics-2019-09-04
Further clarifications for Adventures: https://www.reddit.com/r/magicTCG/comments/d03ui9/eld_mechanic_spotlight_adventures/


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Direct download: Episode_566_-_The_Eldraine_Adventure.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

We're doing another edition of There's No Plane Like Home, where we take a look at one of the many planes of the Magic multiverse and try to figure out if we'd actually mind living there. This time we're focusing on the home of both Chandra Nalaar and the Inventors' Fair. So fire up the aether harvester, hop in your filigreed race car, and decorate some giants - we're going to Kaladesh!


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Direct download: Episode_565_-_Form_Function_and_Filigree.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Back in June, I got a mystery package in the mail from longtime listener Magnor Criol. Inside was an amazing thing that took an insane amount of time, effort, and dedication to create. We've decided to call it the Magnor Stack. It was a collection of cards, real and custom, that represented a new way for us dorks to play Magic whenever we get together. The custom cards were all in-jokes of some sort, and a lot of the real cards had new flavor text that were references to our silliness.

We finally got together to play this weekend, and 2/3 of our games were played with the Magnor Stack. And IT. WAS. AWESOME! On this episode we're just going to show off a bunch of the cards from the Stack that we played and what was going on when we played them.

Huge huge HUGE thanks to Magnor Criol for the amazing gift! We love it and we're totally gonna keep playing with it whenever possible!

Opening a Mystery Package: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4suED1FIoMk
Historic Cards in the Stack: themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Historic-Dork-Cards.pdf
Custom Dork Cards: themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Custom-Dork-Cards.pdf
Dork Deck Sagas: themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Dork-Deck-Sagas.pdf


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Direct download: Episode_564_-_The_Magnor_Stack.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

It turns out Commander 2019 was too big for one podcast! So we're back this week with our look at the Naya Populate deck and the Rakdos Madness deck! And we're joined by Chase from Best of 3, who you might remember from our War of the Spark prerelease episode. She's really into eggs. Like...REALLY into them. Like damn.

And I assure you we didn't actually kidnap her. She was totally on the show of her own free will. Seriously! 


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Commander 2019 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2019-edition
Commander 2019 Decklists - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/decks-commander-2019-edition-2019-08-08


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Direct download: Episode_563_-_Commander_2019_Eggstravaganza.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

 

Commander 2019 is upon us! And since our Mike can't be with us this week, we grabbed another Mike to join us - L2 judge and cohost of the Best of 3 podcast, Mike Moore!

It turns out that talking about Commander cards takes a while, so it turns out we're only doing the first two decks this week - the Sultai Morph deck and the Jeskai Flashback deck. We're going into detail on all the new cards in each deck and then taking a look at the reprints that make up the rest. Turns out the new cards are pretty good. Who'da thunk it?

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Commander 2019 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2019-edition
Commander 2019 Decklists - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/decks-commander-2019-edition-2019-08-08


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Direct download: Episode_562_-_Commander_2019_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

What's that? Another episode of Brian's custom MTG RPG already? Why yes actually! Before Neverending Preview Season(tm) kicks off yet again, we're seizing the opportunity to follow up on the semi-cliffhanger from two episodes ago! We're heading into the mountain to see what sort of trial Icolnir has (almost literally it turns out) cooked up for us!

Treasure? Check! Brutal combat? Check! Party wipe? I guess you'll just have to see won't you?


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Direct download: Episode_561_-_The_Trial_of_Icolnir.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Magic was at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and boy did they drop some doozies on us! On this episode the dorks are diving right into all the art and information revealed about Throne of Eldraine, the next Magic set. Be warned: there's a lot of random speculation and nonsense. And yes we even talked about poop, albeit briefly.

After that we're diving into the booster changes outlined in Mark Rosewater's Project Booster Fun article. We'll go over all the new flavors of boosters that aren't new, the one that is new, and all the new promo cards (most of which aren't new).

Let us know what you think about this unstructured discussion of news, which isn't usually something we do.

Project Booster Fun - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/project-booster-fun-2019-07-20
New Era of Brawl - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/new-era-brawl-2019-07-22


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Direct download: Episode_560_-_Down_the_Eldraine.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

The dorks dive back into the Heirs of Trivester, Brian's custom-made Magic-based RPG game! Last time Karim, Alaric, and the Angel were bumbling around the forest fighting big ants and big cats, but now we're finally getting closer to tracking down the mysterious Icolnir. Apparently we're not supposed to trust her appearance but we are supposed to show her great respect. No problem, right?

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 – themanapool.com/podcast/episode-407/
Part 1 – themanapool.com/podcast/episode-423
Part 2 – themanapool.com/podcast/episode-430
Part 3 – themanapool.com/podcast/episode-450
Part 4 – themanapool.com/podcast/episode-471
Part 5 – themanapool.com/podcast/episode-521
Part 6 – themanapool.com/podcast/episode-531
Part 7 – themanapool.com/podcast/episode-543/

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_559_-_In_Search_of_Icolnir_Mistress_of_the_Mountain.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

The dorks begin this episode by discussing the MTG Arena State of the Beta announcement. There are elemental cats, a Battle Pass, and the Historic format. Oh, and the London Mulligan and Core Set 2020. Those are important too I guess.

After that, the dorks turn their attentions to the full set of Core Set 2020. We're checking out the rest of the mythics and cycles that weren't finished last episode, then jumping around and looking at whatever catches our eye. Hate cards, colored artifacts, legendary creatures, you name it! This Core Set looks really awesome!

Core Set 2020 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2020
MTG Arena State of the Beta - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/mtg-arena-state-beta-june-27-2019


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Direct download: Episode_558_-_But_No_Ones_Riding_the_Goblin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

First, we have another adorable Sam Quiz! Then Mike & Brian do their brief recap of their time at MagicFest Washington DC. After that we're talking about a gift that we got from a longtime listener after well over a year of work!

And then we get to the main topic, going over Core Set 2020 previews! These cards are pretty nuts for a Core Set, and we're very excited to dig our teeth into them!

At the end there's a bit of a tangent about year-round school vs. a huge summer break, pretty much out of nowhere. Because we're cool like that.

Opening the Mystery Package - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4suED1FIoMk
Core Set 2020 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2020


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Direct download: Episode_557_-_Cavaliers_Dinosaurs_and_Gang_Signs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

We begin this episode with brief discussions about losing power. Then we're off to review the three new versions of Chandra that were revealed recently. After that we realized we sort of forgot to mention the upcoming animated Netflix MTG series on this show! 

The main topic of this episode, however, is a Mythic Conscription for Weatherlight! Since we just wrapped up a years-long storyline, we thought we'd go back to the beginning of the original years-long storyline! 

M20 Chandras reveal article - https://io9.gizmodo.com/get-to-know-magics-most-famous-fire-mage-in-these-brand-1835412320
Magic Netflix show announced - https://ew.com/tv/2019/06/03/netflix-magic-the-gathering-series-joe-anthony-russo/


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Direct download: Episode_556_-_Yeah_Its_a_Book.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

The dorks are back with a listener Mad Lib, even more Modern Horizons cards to talk about, and a whole slew of completely pointless truisms!

There's also the full list of Horizons mechanics - but can Chewie read through it all in one breath? Or will he die trying? He better not, otherwise no one's getting this episode!

Modern Horizons Mechanics - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/modern-horizons-mechanics-2019-05-31
Modern Horizons Tokens - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/modern-horizons-tokens-and-art-series-2019-05-30
Modern Horizons Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/modernhorizons/cards


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Direct download: Episode_555_-_Dorky_Truisms.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

We're back with more Modern Horizons previews! I've been saying it for a couple weeks now, but this set really is Time Spiral all over again. There's a ridiculous amount of old mechanics coming back, and so many cards are not only good on their own, but are also references to many things throughout the history of Magic. It's so great!

Modern Horizons Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/modernhorizons/cards


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Direct download: Episode_554_-_Time_Spiral_Two_Point_Oh.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Modern Horizons previews have begun! This set is like another version of Time Spiral, with old keywords and references to all kinds of old Magic things. So the dorks are going through as many of the previewed cards as we can!

Also, Mike may or may not be getting mauled by a bear during the show. No one knows for sure. All hail Queen Ayula!

Modern Horizons Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/modernhorizons/cards
Where to Find Modern Horizons Previews - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/where-find-modern-horizons-previews-2019-05-16 


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Direct download: Episode_553_-_Mauled_By_a_Bear.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

It's time for another Flavor Fight! This time the contestants are mustard, mayo, honey, and...wait, what? NO!

Okay, now that THAT'S out of the way, let's actually do another Flavor Fight! As you might have been able to tell from the title and/or thumbnail, we're doing a Planeswalker Flavor Fight!

But also because I'm pretty sick of hearing about the 37 planeswalkers that got cards in War of the Spark, we're limiting our contestants to ones that A) had no card in War and 2) we know more than two lines' worth of information about. Sorry to all you Will & Rowan Kenrith fans out there - both of you.

 

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Direct download: Episode_552_-_Flavor_Fight_Planeswalker_Edition.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The War of the Spark is upon us! That means it's time for another Prerelease! Three of the dorks are at House of Cards in Winston-Salem, NC to go to battle! But this episode isn't just Chewie, Mike, and Brian talking about their pools! We have a variety of guests on this episode! Mike's cousin Joseph showed up for the Prerelease too! Mike & Brian both played against the lovely Chase (@ManaCurves on Twitter), so she joined us for two round recaps!

But our super special guest was none other than one Samantha Baker, who was playing in her VERY FIRST prerelease! Tara, the manager of House of Cards, took her under her wing to help her build her deck and play her games! And she even finished with a better record than one of the dorks! Holy crap!

 

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Direct download: Episode_551_-_War_of_the_Spark_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

 

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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

Ravnica Allegiance has started peeking out from the Christmas presents, so we're looking at the mechanics! Remember this was recorded on Thursday, so we didn't have the Azorius mechanic yet. Sorry about that. We're also checking out the promos and whatnot while we're on the Allegiance kick.

Then it's time for reflection. We're going to look back at Magic's 25th anniversary, for better and worse. After trying to make sense of it all, let's take a look forward. What are we expecting or hoping for in 2019? What are YOU hoping for next year?

Thank you all so very much for everything! We hope you have a fabulous holiday season if that's your thing, and we'll see you all next year!

Ravnica Allegiance mechanics - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ravnica-allegiance-mechanics-2018-12-17
Allegiance promos - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/ravnica-allegiance-promos-and-packaging-2018-12-17
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Direct download: Episode_536_-_Allegiance_and_Vengilance.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks slog through...I mean take on a Mythic Conscription for Fallen Empires! This is a set that is notorious for its lack of...well, much of anything. As a result, we'll be looking at the entire set rather than just the "rares" and talking about a lot of tangentially related stuff!

After that it's time to have some fun with another listener-submitted Mad Lib! This one is from Eric He, and I think it actually broke Brian at one point. Maybe two points. 

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Direct download: Episode_535_-_Why_the_Empires_Fell.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks bring back a featured segment they haven't done a good long while...a Flavor Fight! We've called it many things over the years, mostly involving words from the titles of fighting games. This time, we went with the Random Card feature in Gatherer until we hit gold creatures! The bracket is set, the rules are fuzzy, and the dorks are ready to argue! Can a monk withstand a faerie's feminine wiles? Can a demon look madness in the tentacled face without blinking? How much does size matter?

Oh, and there's another adorable Sam Quiz at the beginning. I think she might have been reading too much Harry Potter. Just saying.

 

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Direct download: Episode_534_-_Solid_Gold_Flavor_Fight.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

We've got a card to reveal for UMA! It's Visions of Beyond! We spend some time wondering what that means for the rest of UMA (like, is there some kind of milling subtheme?) then go over the cards that were revealed via the Ultimate Box Toppers.

After that we've got a pretty sweet Mad Lib, sent in to us by listener Magnor Criol. It's a good one, so thanks a lot Andrew!

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Direct download: Episode_533_-_Our_Ultimate_Masters_Preview_Card.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30am EDT

The planes of existence in Magic are plentiful, and each one is loaded with its own flavor and history. Given that, it's only natural that almost every playgroup has had a discussion about which plane would be the best (or worst) one to live on! The dorks are going deep on that conversation on this episode, trying to figure out what it would be like for the average everyman to live on Ravnica and Innistrad. If you'd like to hear more discussions about everyday life on other planes, let us know!

We finish this episode off with another of Brian's Magic Mad Libs! And of course Twitch chat joins in on the fun, giving us some really great (terrible?) cards to fill in those blanks. We hope you enjoy!

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Direct download: Episode_532_-_Where_Would_You_Live.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

The dorks are returning to Trivester for the MTG RPG! And it hasn't even been a year this time! Karim, Alaric, and the Angel are heading towards the tower in the distance. As they make their way through the jungle they'll encounter some...interesting wildlife. Once they get to the tower they've got to deal with a crazy mage, a mysterious door, and an adorable dinosaur before a sudden revelation leads to an even more distressing question about one of the party members!

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Direct download: Episode_531_-_The_Tower_of_Donothir.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

This week, Brian really wanted to talk about how the Standard rotation affected Brawl. Not how it affected Brawl in general exactly, but how it affected his Brawl decks specifically. So we're talking about what's coming out of his five decks and talking to chat for replacements! It's essentially a big deck-tweaking episode! Let us know what you think!

And if you think this episode's name is weird, wait until you hear the one I didn't use!

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Direct download: Episode_530_-_Ms_Pashiri_If_Youre_Nasty.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

No we're not talking about spooky stories, we're doing a Mythic Conscription for Legends! And Legends is REALLY weird. Seriously. Legends was the third Magic expansion ever. It was the first set to introduce legendary cards and multicolored cards, so it makes sense that they hadn't exactly gotten a handle on it yet. 

You'll also get to hear about how we survived the latest hurricane and Brian's sick Guilds draft!

Seriously, Legends was super weird.

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Direct download: Episode_529_-_Weird_Legends.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

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

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

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!

Click here to see our super sweet exclusive preview card! - http://themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/TMP-DOM-card.png

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
Old-school depiction of Yawgmoth - http://www.5colorcontrol.com/images/fanart/random/Yawgy.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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Direct download: Episode_503_-_The_Epic_Mad_Lib.mp3
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? 

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Direct download: Episode_500_-_Magic_Jeopanaria.mp3
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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Direct download: Episode_498_-_Magic_the_Video_Gamening.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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

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

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

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

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

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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

It's the final TMP of 2017! We're talking about the newly revealed Rivals of Ixalan mechanic, Ascend. Then we have to talk about the end of Duel Decks, and how that's sad but not terribly sad.

The bulk of the episode is a Mythic Conscription for Alliances, the follow-up to Ice Age. This set...this set, man. It's uh...it's a set. Of cards. It's a tough one for the MC treatment because some of these cards are just..lame. Also, Force of Will? Uncommon. That's important.

We hope everyone enjoys the end of their year and any holiday celebrations you may partake in! Let's make 2018 awesome!

Ascend w/ Vona's Hunger
https://twitter.com/mtgaaron/status/942870273652436992
Duel Decks/Challenger Decks announcements - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/challenger-decks-and-final-duel-decks-2017-12-18
Some Disassembly Required - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/inkwell/gift-necromagi-2017-10-17


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Direct download: Episode_490_-_For_the_Alliances.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

We're back after Chewie's vacation! We begin with a Sam Quiz, like you do after a week off. We've got surreal Unstable variants to talk about. Like a lot of them. Holy crap these are insane. Then there's a tiny bit of Rivals of Ixalan. Then we have a long but well worth it listener submitted Magic Mad Lib, sent to us by Mike XIV. Thanks man!

We end the episode with some final thoughts as always. We have thoughts of bad news, of hope, of thanks, and of winning with your chin on the table. We love you all, and we're glad to have you with us!

Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable Variants - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/unstable-variants-2017-12-06
Everythingamajig art, annotated - https://i.redd.it/4gldht8dbq201.jpg
Rivals of Ixalan promos - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/rivals-ixalan-promos-packaging-and-more-2017-12-11

 

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Direct download: Episode_489_-_Oh_Is_THAT_What_That_Stands_For.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We begin this episode on a much less happy note and address the current ugly situation in the Magic online community. Seriously though, why is it so hard to just be decent to people?

Then it's on to the Unstable cards! We're bouncing around looking at whatever jumps out at us in the full set. And since there's just SO MUCH lunacy in the set, there are plenty of things to do the jumping. Like a lot. Wow.

For reals, just be decent to each other. It's not hard.

Open Letter from Pro Players - http://www.starcitygames.com/article/36242_An-Open-Letter-From-Members-Of-The-Professional-Magic-Scene-To-The-Magic-Community-At-Large.html
Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/unstable-faqawaslfaqpaftidawabiajtbt-2017-11-22
Unstable Tokens - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/tokens-unstable-2017-11-21

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Direct download: Episode_488_-_The_Terrible__the_Ridiculous.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On this episode of TMP, the dorks are giving a eulogy. Actually it's another Mad Lib by lvl99luck, but it'll make sense when you listen to it. Good night, sweet Rogue Kavu.

After that we're off to talk about Unstable! It's the first Un set in the podcast's lifetime, and we're all over it. We're making sense of all the jargon surrounding Contraptions, explaining Rules Lawyer, and taking turns making Chewie fall out laughing. Join us!

Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable Mechanics, pt 2 - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/unstable-mechanics-2017-11-13
Re: Female Spike - http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/167547562988/greetings-mr-rosewater-may-i-ask-why-spike-is
Full Contraption Art - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/un-ending-saga-part-2-2017-11-13

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Direct download: Episode_487_-_Doom_Has_No_Snooze_Button.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT