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Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!
Episode 15 - Multiplayer Free-For-All Extravaganza

Last weekend the dorks gathered!  With Mike visiting Brian, we set aside all of Saturday for Magic playing!  Dirk and I joined them at Brian's house, and much dorking ensued.  We started at about 10:30am.  There was a break for lunch, let's say an hour just to be safe.  Then we concluded the day's events around 8:30pm.  Yes friends, that is most definitely 9 hours of dorking.  There was a small break for something else Magic-related, keep reading for more info on that.


In all, 11 games were played.  I wrote down what everyone was playing and made a few notes about the big plays in each game.  Nothing terribly in-depth, just enough to remind us what was going on.  In this episode, we discuss these 11 games and tell you all about how awesome they were.  That's pretty much it, really.


We took another break from the free-for-all so Mike and I could do a Winston Draft with six packs of Scourge that I had for some reason.  For those of you that don't know, a Winston Draft is a two-man draft format that is loads and loads of fun.  I have written two Winston walkthroughs for Cardshark, and you guys should definitely check it out if you can't regularly get 7 other people together for a friendly draft.  Here are the articles.

Time Spiral Winston

Lorwyn Winston


And finally, for this episode's edition of Out of the Deck Box (Possibly Soon to be Renamed), Brian gives us a look at his Ink-Treader Nephilim deck, which is always a blast to play.  Here's the list, and check out the episode for Brian's explanation on how it works and why it's fun.


Land (22)
8: Forest
3: Island
3: Mountain
2: Plains
2: Azorius Chancery
2: Boros Garrison
1: Gruul Turf
1: Simic Growth Chamber
Creatures (11)
4: Ink-Treader Nephilim
3: Autochthon Wurm
2: Intet, the Dreamer
2: Razia, Boros Archangel
Non-Creature Spells (27)
4: Polymorph
2: Magma Jet
2: Cytoshape
2: Blind with Anger
2: Psychotic Fury
1: Vanish into Memory
1: Ovinize
4: Farseek
3: Journey of Discovery
3: Reminisce
2: Tel-Jilad Stylus
1: Seal of Primoridum


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February is Classical Music Month here at The Mana Pool!
Opening music: Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Closing music: O Fortuna by Carl Orff

Direct download: Episode_15_-_Multiplayer_Free-For-All_Extravaganza.mp3
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Episode 14 - Casual Etiquette and We Has a Flava

What is okay to play in a casual setting? Can you break out your hardcore land destruction deck around the kitchen table? Is it okay to play a 20-counterspell deck in the Casual room on MTGO? Do your friends hate you when you whip out your mono-black heavy discard deck? Brian leads us in a discussion of deck-type etiquette when playing in a non-tournament environment. Give us your opinions on the forums!

Have you ever read a Magic novel? Do you check out the flavor text and wonder what is going on? Or is it all just a card game to you? We discuss some of the flavor of the game, from stories and characters to the evolution of Magic art since Alpha. Let us know what you think about the flava of the game!

Out of the Deck Box!
This week Mike shows off a deck that has come to be known simply as "The 5-Color Deck". Here it is in all its unsleeved glory!

Land (20)
7: Forest
2: City of Brass
2: Island
2: Mountain
2: Plains
2: Reflecting Pool
2: Swamp
1: Crystal Quarry

3: Lotus Petal
2: Etched Oracle
1: Lotus Bloom
1: Platinum Angel

Multicolor (12)
4: Guided Passage
1: Cromat
1: Dune-Brood Nephilim
1: Genju of the Realm
1: Glint-Eye Nephilim
1: Nicol Bolas
1: Palladia-Mors
1: Vaevictis Asmadi
1: Witch-Maw Nephilim

White (1)
1: Honden of Cleansing Fire

Blue (1)
1: Honden of Seeing Winds

Black (1)
1: Honden of Night's Reach

Red (1)
1: Honden of Infinite Rage

Green (17)
4: Kodama's Reach
4: Utopia Tree
4: Wall of Blossoms
2: Forgotten Ancient
1: Constant Mists
1: Honden of Life's Web
1: Regrowth

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February is Classical Music Month here at The Mana Pool!
Opening music: Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
Closing music: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner

Direct download: Episode_14_-_Casual_Etiquette_and_We_Has_a_Flava.mp3
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Episode 13 - Deck Types and a New Segment

First we have to resurrect Squanto, since Vegas worked him to death.  From there, the episode takes off and never really stops.  Squanto, Mike, Brian, and I discuss the differences between the three major types of Magic decks:  Aggro, Control, and Combo.  At great length.  No really, we're really pretty thorough.  Pros, cons, examples, rantings, ravings, questions, arguments.  Pretty much everything except the kitchen sink and a shotgun blast. 


Then we introduce a new segment to the show, Out of the Deck Box (possibly to be renamed later), where one of us dorks just picks a deck from his casual collection and talks about it.  Since this was my idea, I started it up with my oldest surviving deck idea and one of my all-time favorites to play.  I simply call it the Graveyard Deck.  Here's the list:


4 Nether Shadow

4 Ashen Ghoul

4 Nether Traitor

4 Abyssal Gatekeeper

2 Phyrexian Plaguelord

1 each of the following:

Ascendant Evincar; Mortivore; Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder; Havoc Demon; Patron of the Nezumi; Braids, Cabal Minion; Magus of the Abyss; Woebringer Demon; Dross Harvester; Liege of the Pit; Devouring Strossus; Hell's Caretaker; Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper


4 Buried Alive

2 Dread Return

1 each of the following:

Recurring Nightmare; Attrition; Death Pit Offering; Hecatomb;


2 Cabal Coffers

1 Phyrexian Tower

19 Swamp


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February is Classical Music Month here on The Mana Pool!

Opening music:  Hallelujah chorus from Messiah by Handel

Closing music:  Mars, Bringer of War from The Planets by Gustav Holst

Direct download: Episode_13_-_Deck_Types_and_a_New_Segment.mp3
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