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Not one, but TWO guest hosts join us for this episode!  Everyone's old favorite Eric (of the Many Names) resurfaces to shoot the breeze and drink Southern Comfort while recording with us.  The other host is Joseph A, better known as Khaos Kontrol (to Chewie anyway, who kept just calling him Khaos) on our forums.  You know, the guy that wrote the awesome poem that we featured a while back on Episode 226.  He also did a CMDR Decks video that you might recognize if you hang around on The Mana Pool at all.  But because of those things (and he's got a podcast coming up sometime soon), we had him on to help spread the joy around.

We kick off the episode by opening up a package from Tim (@planar_snap ), one of our favorite listeners from the UK.  That's vague, lemme rephrase.  He's from the UK, and he's one of our favorite listeners.  Much better.  But he sent us a package with stuff in it, which was opened on the air.  And HOLY CRAP what stuff we got!  If you want to find out what, you'll have to listen.  Tim, we really appreciate all of it.  You really didn't have to do that.  Damn.

Then of course there's all that other stuff that happened.  The Commander/EDH bannings, the Standard (non) bannings, and the Legacy unbanning all happened.  Then we had to talk about the Magic 2013 promo cards that they revealed, and Mike noticed something we've been missing for the last several months.  How about that?  From there we cover the rest of the M13 previews of course.

Commander Ban List Update - http://mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12073
DCI Banned/Restricted List Update - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/other/06202012a
M13 Promo Cards - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/998
M13 CardImage Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2013/cig#

From there we have to talk about Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, which had JUST come out the day we recorded this.  Then Khaos (I mean Joseph) has another poem that he wrote for us for having him on the show.  Hell yeah epic background music!  There's also some random discussion of things that I only barely remember as well as some very important, very somber, and very true advice.  So listen up!

Also, here's the link to the trailer for Wreck-It Ralph.  Holy crap this looks like fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btB8tb8fLYM

 

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Break Music – All Beauty Destroyed by Laura by Spruke - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVuTT-1puIM&feature=youtu.be

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So we lied.  Sorry about that.  But surely you'll forgive us for skipping a week because of a LIVE episode!  That wasn't even one that was in the can!  It was recorded so we could put it up while Planechase was still somewhat relevant!  Put down your torches and pitchforks, you can hear the second part of the Awards right here.  See the title?  We covered Cuddliest Werewolf, Most and Least Scary Spirit, Most Dapper Vampire, and of course Best Creature in a Supporting Role and Best Creature in a Leading Role.  Brian sorta forgot the difference for a minute, but give him a break.  He's cute.

Anyway, what else was there?  A bit of news of course, then we hit up the M13 previews.  Mind you, we recorded this on Wednesday of last week, so it's not completely up to date.  But we weighed in on everything that had been officially spoiled at that point.  If you'd like to check these out, you can find them all right here in the M13 Card Image Gallery:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2013/cig#

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I'll bet you didn't expect another live episode so soon, did you?  Well tough.  We all went over to Dirk's house to play with the new Planechase cards!  Except we did that at the store.  So when we got back to Dirk's house, we threw ALL the new Planes and Phenomena (doot dooo doo-doo-doo) into a pile, grabbed up some EDH decks, and started Planechasing away!

I'm sorry to say we only got in one game, and it was a LONG one.  But at no point did it become miserable or stupid.  It was actually pretty awesome the whole time.  And the end!  Not to spoil anything, but the end is completely nuts and epic and holy crap was it awesome.  Be sure you stick around for the whole thing.  Due to the magic of editing, you'll actually get there about 20 minutes before we actually did.

Also, Trevor wasn't terribly happy when we started recording, so you'll hear a lot of him at the beginning.  But bear with us, he passed out not long after we started.  He's a cute little 3/3 with trample and haste.

And also, if you're not currently on TheManaPool.com, you should go there and check out the pictures I took during the recording session.  This is some crazy stuff right here.

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

This episode marks the first of the Mana Pool Creature Awards!  We covered our first few categories here, including Best and Worst Dressed Humanoids and Not-At-All-Humanoids (see image for Worst-Dressed Humanoid nominees), Best Use of Scale Birds, Best Art on a Bad Creature, and Most Disturbing Depiction of a Creature.  Stay tuned to a future episode for the rest of the categories!

Oh, right. Planechase. The entire decklists were revealed and all that, so we had to check those out too.  All four of these decks look like serious fun, and the Planes and Phenomena (doot dooooo doo-doo-doo) are seriously ridiculous.  Like damn.

Planechase Decklists:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/981

 

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