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Episode 167 - Three Person Sixty Card Mayhem Live!

Yes, it's time for another live episode!  Already you ask?  Yes, we answer.  I'm glad we had this conversation.

Sadly, Dirk isn't able to join us due to almost having a baby.  We start off with a little bit of Duel Decks news, since they've announced Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas.  Then we play a game of Magic.  Each of us is playing with a very special deck, and each deck is special for different reasons.  One is a blast from the past, one is returning from exile, and one has a lot more cash in it than it did before.

Then there's a new Mad Lib!  Then we play another game of Magic.  Then we break for lunch.  Then there's another game of Magic!  That's three games, plus a Mad Lib, plus some news, and we managed it all in about 2 and a half hours! Unheard of!  Stay tuned next episode for an episode that we hope will feature a super awesome special guest host!  And if not, then please disregard that bit of text as well as this one.


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Break Music - Dozen Elf Death Gel by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:36pm EDT

Episode 166 - A Pool of Mirrodin
























After a mess of emails, we've got those first two cards from the set code-named Action, which everyone has already seen.  But of course, we have to give you our take on it.  Then there's a look at the Event Decks, a new product from Wizards, but that's not the important part.

And really, this isn't the important part either.  But this is the main topic!  Brian opened up a Scars Sealed pool, consisting of 3 packs of Scars and 3 packs of Besieged.  We're gonna take a nice long look at it and see what we can come up with.  Turns out we came up with two different decks, just so you know.  If you'd like to see the pool in its entirety, please direct yourself to the forums.  The link is right down there.  Apologies in advance for the long drawn out discussion, but I think it's a good one :p

So what if I just used a tongue-sticking-out emoticon in the show notes? Kiss my butt!

One more thing - beware the goats...


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Break Music -  Techno (original track by Chris Keybor) by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm EDT

Episode 165 - Fumiko the Underperforming

Magic Mad Lib!  Mailbag!  The homogenization of American music!  A contest that's already over!  And From the Vault: Legends starring Lawrence Fishburne!  And all that is just the first half of this episode of The Mana Pool!  Why can't I stop screaming?!

Fishburne Legends right here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/641

The gang's all here for this episode, if you ignore Brian wandering away a few times in the middle and leaving a bit early.  So ignore that.  But the second half of the episode is devoted to a special EDH edition of Pimp My Deckbox!  Mike built a deck using Fumiko the Lowblood that looks pretty good on paper, but he's not terribly happy with how it's working out in practice.  So we're going to poke at it a bit and try to figure out what's missing.  He's got it on Tapped Out, so feel free to play along with us and send in your suggestions.  Check it out right here:
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/fumiko-edh/


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Break and End Music - Super Cranial Syphon (Super Metroid) by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com
Dirk's Rant Background Music - Wishmaster by Nightwish - http://www.nightwish.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

Have you noticed that all the planes in Magic are either terrifying or dangerous or miserable?  We determined this during a discussion of which plane we'd want to live on that came from an email.  It's like the Creative team at Wizards just wants to completely dry up the tourist trade on other planes!  I wonder if the head of Zendikar could sue Wizards for libel.  I'll have to get with Brian on that...

Anyway, good old Jungle Rat Rob sent me a link to a Magic set based on Zelda II: The Adventure of Link over on Games Radar.  If you wanna see it, just click here:
http://www.gamesradar.com/f/the-complete-zelda-ii-magic-the-gathering-card-set/a-2011011416369729007

And of course we had some Prerelease experiences to discuss!  By we I mean Brian and me, but that's still first person plural!  He went Mirran and I went Phyrexian - who do you think came out ahead?  Well I guess you'll just have to listen.

And finally, we finish off on a special Mirrodin Besieged edition of Story Circle.  I counted up the number of Rares and Mythics in MBS and put that number into random.org and it told me to use Shimmer Myr.  We didn't so much build a deck as much as throw out a lot of different ways you could build a deck around the Shimmer Myr.  You'll see what I mean when you give the episode a listen.

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Break Music - Cranial Syphon (Kraid from Metroid) by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

On this episode Mike, Brian, and Dirk take a look at the colored cards of Mirrodin Besieged while I (Chewie) am sitting at home with NO INTERNET!  But luckily the stupid connection kicked back in just in time for me to jump in at the artifacts.  Then there's a little bit of discussion about a recent rules update wherein we figure out about when Wizards realized we were all perverts.  But that's about it.  I'm just happy I managed to make it onto my own freakin' show.  At least the guys were able to cover for my shoddy ISP.

Mirrodin Besieged Visual Spoiler:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/mirrodinbesieged/spoiler#

Rules Update Bulletin:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/127a


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Break Music - Bigger Boards [with Bigger Nails [with Bees in Their Mouth]] (Final Fantasy 7 Battle Music) by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:32pm EDT