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Episode 198 - Innistrad Previews with Panahinuva

Yes, you read that correctly.  We are joined on this episode by Panahinuva, otherwise known as Ben.  He's one of those omnipresent listener-types, and we love him for it.  Apparently, since here he is on the show again.

But we begin with some news.  Well, it was news when we recorded, I'm sure no one really cares much anymore.  But that's okay, we still have to give you our take on it.  They made a slight change to drafting procedures vis a vis the double-faced cards.  The Banned & Restricted list has been updated, with Modern and Extended taking some pretty major changes in direction.  And there were a few key changes to the Commander Banned list too.  So we covered all of that of course.

Then there's Innistrad.  At this point, the entire spoiler had been revealed, so we just went through each color, pointing at various cards and going "Ooooo" at them until we were done.  I love this set.

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Double-Faced Draft Changes (at the bottom):
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/ld/160

B&R List update:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/161a

Commander update:
http://www.mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10749


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Episode 197 - Innistrad Previews with Stybs

Chewie here.  I got home from a long trip to find that my computer wasn't working...20 minutes before recording was supposed to start.  After trying to coax it back to life, I gave up and had to drive to Mike's place, forgetting to bring the microphone with me.  I also had to get food or I was going to die.  That's how this episode started.  That also explains why I didn't know what episode we were on at the beginning, give me a break.

But enough discussion!  This episode is all Innistrad previews, all the time!  We touch on every new card that had been shown since our last recording, this time with another special guest!  Adam Styborski joins us once again to interject random hilarity throughout the episode.  You can find him in a variety of places, wearing a variety of hats, in places like:

Weekly columnist for DailyMTG: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Archive.aspx?author=Adam%20Styborski
The Pauper Cube: http://thepaupercube.wordpress.com/
Writer for Gathering Magic: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/author/adamstyborski/
Casual Editor for Quiet Speculation: http://www.quietspeculation.com
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Episode 196 - Innistrad Previews with Some Limey

Welcome to another episode of The Mana Pool!  This time around we're joined again by Chris Lansdell, that limey podcast whore that you know from many other podcasts, most notably Horde of Notions and The Great Debate.  If you haven't listened to those, what's wrong with you?

We kick off the festivities with a discussion about the newly-revealed (at the time) Planeswalker Points system.  This is the new rating system that's going to replace the old DCI rating.  Thank goodness.  You can read all about it here:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/159b

We then take a few minutes to check out what happened at Pro Tour Philadelphia, which was the first official Modern tournament.  It made me happy to see a relatively healthy format after the first attempt, even though I have no interest in playing myself.  We discussed the decks that made the Top 8, which you can see here:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/eventcoverage/ptphi11/top8decklists

And then of course we have to talk about all the wondrous and crazy Innistrad previews that have shown up since our last recording session.  And there are some pretty good ones, as always.  You can find them all here:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/innistrad/cig#


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Episode 195 - Innistrad Previews 1

News news news!  We've got the announcements about the Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas deck lists and the Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 expansion, so of course we had to cover all that.  There was a lot of concern from our listeners regarding the various and sundry natural disasters that hit our area, so we had to talk about that a bit, including a mightily depressing hurricane story from Brian.
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/783

Oh, and there's Squeak.  Holy crap I'm in love.
http://girlsofgeek.com/squeak/

But really, you're all here for the Innistrad previews, so that's what we're going to give you.  We look at every freakin' card we could find and discuss them.  We weigh in on the double-faced cards, the flavor, being Morbid, and the return of Flashback. You can check it all out here:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/innistrad/cig#

Then we try desperately to get through some of our emails, which is why this episode went so long.  There were some good ones though, so stick around!

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Also, keep an eye out on the website for a few polls that have nothing to do with the show.  We're going to have you guys give us answers to a few questions just because.  There will be a new one every two days or so, so keep going back!


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