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!
In this episode Mike, Brian, and Thomas join me (the Chewie!) for some scrumptious dorkiness! This time we go over some of the Standard decks that did well and made it big at Worlds this year. The big standout is the return of Dragonstorm, this time in mono-red with Spinerock Knoll as the super-secret tech. But we cover several other big decks too. In the middle of that there's a very short rant about playing tournament-level decks in the Casual Magic room on Magic Online, just to warn you.

Then Mike poses a question about playing in multiplayer. What if you have a guy who just plays one deck all the time? Not one semi-decent deck because it's all he has, but one seriously overpowered infinite combo mill-you-all-for-your-entire-library deck? We discuss a few options for what to do about this guy, and not all of them are nice. Then it sort of turns into a semi-intervention. Then we finish with my favorite Swift song of all time.

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Opening music: Swell Guy by Swift

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Direct download: Episode_5_-_Worlds_Standards_and_a_Multiplayer_Etiquette_Question.mp3
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Note:  This episode was recorded the night before Rosewater's article "What Do You Know, Part II", but due to technical difficulties and time constraints, it was not posted before the article came out. 

The rotating cast of dorks keeps on spinning. Joining me again this episode is Mike, our resident rules guru and all-around Mike kinda guy. The latest edition to the cast joins me as well. That's Thomas, who is Mike's brother and freshly bearded.

First on the agenda is a price comparison. We compare all the Future Sight and Lorwyn rare dual lands at Cardshark and at our unnamed-yet-really-well-known competitor. Spoiler alert: Cardshark is really a lot cheaper. No kidding.

Next up, we discuss how the Time Spiral block and 10th Edition managed to sneak members of the Lorwyn tribes in under a big sheet that said “Nostalgia?. No really, did anyone really expect anything when they timeshifted Verdeloth the Ancient or Lord of Atlantis? Of course not, you just thought it was a nod to the old-school. What about Merfolk Looter and Siege-Gang Commander in 10th Edition? Didn't notice that either, did you? We touch on lots of these cards and how they fit into Lorwyn's race-based tribes.

And before anyone gets lost in all the hype surrounding the races of Lorwyn, we talk about how the classes of Lorwyn can matter too. Do you have a Soldier deck that needs some attention? Militia's Pride doesn't need Kithkin to work well, and neither does the Kinsbaile Balloonist. Veteran of the Depths works wonders with the Catapult Squads and Catapult Masters in my Soldier deck, and there's not a single other Merfolk in there. Just some food for thought about a few of the classes that are prevalent in Lorwyn and how they could fit into your class-based tribal decks.

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Opening music: Whack It by Swift

Closing music: Enjoy the Silence by Swift

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Direct download: Episode_4_-_Dual_Costs_the_Sneaky_Setup_and_a_Classy_Finish.mp3
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Welcome to The Mana Pool.  Come on in, the water's fine.  I'm Chewie, as always.  Joining me today:
Squanto - n00b, American Indian, and head writer for the show
Dirk - still the greenest player alive, and casual player extraordinaire
Mike - our resident rules guru and all around Magic know-it-all (but in a good way)

In this episode, we revisit last episode's Clash deck and discuss how it performed and how we could possibly improve it.  Spoiler alert - It went 2-6 and needs some card draw BADLY.

Then we let Squanto throw random cards from Lorwyn at us and see what we come up with for them.  Being a n00b and also a sponge for Magic knowledge (luckily his pants are not square in the least) he picked out some artifacts and enchantments from the new set that interested him and decided to ask us some questions about each one.  In the order we tackled them - Zephyr Net, Faerie Tauntings, Deathrender, Rings of Brighthearth, and Runed Stalactite.

And at the end we take a quick and impromptu look at the new boxed set, Duel Decks:  Elves vs. Goblins.  It looks pretty cool.

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Direct download: Episode_3_-_Clash_Revisited_Random_Lorwyn_and_Duel_Decks.mp3
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Welcome to the second episode of The Mana Pool!  I'm your host, Chewie, and I'm joined by another group of dorks this time. 

Brian - occasional writer for Cardshark, law student, and not a pro.
Squanto - token n00b, token Indian (that's American Indian), and all around, uh, guy.

In this episode, we discuss a few cards from Lorwyn that aren't tournament killers, aren't big cash cards, and aren't getting the respect or attention they deserve.  Brian has come up with five cards to check out, keep an eye on, and get your creative synapses firing. 

Then we tackle an idea that Squanto had while work was slow one day.  Clash is a cool new mechanic, but is it feasible (or even possible) to build a deck that uses clash specifically to win?  I came up with a red and white deck skeleton that does just that.  Here's that list for your perusal.

Creatures (20)
4 Flamekin Harbinger
4 Springjack Knight
4 Sentry Oak
2 Glarewielder
4 Squall Drifter
2 Incandescent Soulstoke

Spells (20)
4 Lash Out
4 Pollen Lullaby
4 Entangling Trap
3 Rebellion of the Flamekin
3 Judge Unworthy
2 Riddle of Lightning

This deck is completely untested and is only theoretical, but we're going to put it together, test it out, and get back to you in an upcoming episode about how it performs.

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A big thanks to my podcasting mentor James.  He's teaching me all the ins and outs of podcasting.  If something's not right on my show, it's because I didn't get his help with it.  If you like comics at all, check out his podcast at  He's in the middle of his 50th episode extravaganza at the moment, so jump right in and have fun.

Direct download: Episode_2_-_Fun_Rares_and_Clashing_to_Win.mp3
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Welcome to the first episode of The Mana Pool!  I'm your host, Chewie, and I'm joined by a big group of dorks that consist of:

Brian - occasional writer for Cardshark
Dirk - greenest Magic player alive
Squanto - token n00b



In this episode, we roll over to Cardshark and explain how it works and why it's great.  Then we hit many of the new Standard decks that have cropped up since Lorwyn became legal, including the decks that made Top 8 at Grand Prix Krakow.  Join us as we pick apart the new decks and pick on each other.


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This episode's music by Social Outcast UB

Special thanks to Rhadamanthus for all the behind the scenes help!  Mike rules!

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The Mana Pool is open!  I just need to pour in some chlorine, get the pump up and running again, and erase all the graffiti those lousy planeswalkers left all over the place.  Honestly now, who really needs to know "Vess Pwnz" or "LOL @ Teferi" or "For a good time, 'walk to Ravnica"?  As soon as I get all this mess cleaned up, then we'll be open for business. 

The Mana Pool, brought to you by Cardshark and hosted by your favorite lovable Content Editor, Chewie, is a new Magic: The Gathering podcast.  The first episode will be up later this week.  Until then, check out this promo for a taste of things to come.


Direct download: mana_pool_promo.mp3
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