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It's the final TMP of 2017! We're talking about the newly revealed Rivals of Ixalan mechanic, Ascend. Then we have to talk about the end of Duel Decks, and how that's sad but not terribly sad.

The bulk of the episode is a Mythic Conscription for Alliances, the follow-up to Ice Age. This set...this set, man. It's uh...it's a set. Of cards. It's a tough one for the MC treatment because some of these cards are just..lame. Also, Force of Will? Uncommon. That's important.

We hope everyone enjoys the end of their year and any holiday celebrations you may partake in! Let's make 2018 awesome!

Ascend w/ Vona's Hunger
https://twitter.com/mtgaaron/status/942870273652436992
Duel Decks/Challenger Decks announcements - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/challenger-decks-and-final-duel-decks-2017-12-18
Some Disassembly Required - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/inkwell/gift-necromagi-2017-10-17


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Direct download: Episode_490_-_For_the_Alliances.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

We're back after Chewie's vacation! We begin with a Sam Quiz, like you do after a week off. We've got surreal Unstable variants to talk about. Like a lot of them. Holy crap these are insane. Then there's a tiny bit of Rivals of Ixalan. Then we have a long but well worth it listener submitted Magic Mad Lib, sent to us by Mike XIV. Thanks man!

We end the episode with some final thoughts as always. We have thoughts of bad news, of hope, of thanks, and of winning with your chin on the table. We love you all, and we're glad to have you with us!

Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable Variants - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/unstable-variants-2017-12-06
Everythingamajig art, annotated - https://i.redd.it/4gldht8dbq201.jpg
Rivals of Ixalan promos - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/rivals-ixalan-promos-packaging-and-more-2017-12-11

 

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Direct download: Episode_489_-_Oh_Is_THAT_What_That_Stands_For.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

We begin this episode on a much less happy note and address the current ugly situation in the Magic online community. Seriously though, why is it so hard to just be decent to people?

Then it's on to the Unstable cards! We're bouncing around looking at whatever jumps out at us in the full set. And since there's just SO MUCH lunacy in the set, there are plenty of things to do the jumping. Like a lot. Wow.

For reals, just be decent to each other. It's not hard.

Open Letter from Pro Players - http://www.starcitygames.com/article/36242_An-Open-Letter-From-Members-Of-The-Professional-Magic-Scene-To-The-Magic-Community-At-Large.html
Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/unstable-faqawaslfaqpaftidawabiajtbt-2017-11-22
Unstable Tokens - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/tokens-unstable-2017-11-21

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Direct download: Episode_488_-_The_Terrible__the_Ridiculous.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On this episode of TMP, the dorks are giving a eulogy. Actually it's another Mad Lib by lvl99luck, but it'll make sense when you listen to it. Good night, sweet Rogue Kavu.

After that we're off to talk about Unstable! It's the first Un set in the podcast's lifetime, and we're all over it. We're making sense of all the jargon surrounding Contraptions, explaining Rules Lawyer, and taking turns making Chewie fall out laughing. Join us!

Unstable Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unstable
Unstable Mechanics, pt 2 - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/unstable-mechanics-2017-11-13
Re: Female Spike - http://markrosewater.tumblr.com/post/167547562988/greetings-mr-rosewater-may-i-ask-why-spike-is
Full Contraption Art - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/un-ending-saga-part-2-2017-11-13

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Direct download: Episode_487_-_Doom_Has_No_Snooze_Button.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Happy Birthday TMP! After ten whole years of talking Magic almost every week, the dorks have decided to take a week off. Not from podcasting, from Magic-talking. Since we've been going for so long, we're looking back at the world of 2007 to see how things were back then. From there we sort of tangent off into things we've been into since then, things we're into now, and how we're all completely different people than we were back when. This episode is essentially an extended Odds & Ends, without the swearing.

Thank you all so much for sticking with us for so long! We absolutely wouldn't (and couldn't!) do it without you, and you mean the world to us. Here's to many more!

The Out-of-Time Commander Mention - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/casual-formats-2008-08-11
The New DailyMTG - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/new-dailymtg-2017-11-09

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Direct download: Episode_486_-_Ten_Years.mp3
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After another adorable Sam Quiz, we've got our work cut out for us. We have decided, perhaps foolishly, to do a Mythic Conscription for Magic's first full size expansion. If you know your history, you know that means Ice Age - the home of cumulative upkeep, massive text boxes, and commons sitting in the rare slot. This set was created in the dark days of Magic design, when no one really knew what they were doing.

Mike & Chewie were actually playing back when Ice Age was around so some of their picks are colored by their younger selves' experiences. Other picks are, as the title spells out, colored by experiences we've all had since then with some of these cards, not to mention the historical significance of a few.

Also, hiccups. Lots of hiccups.

 

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Direct download: Episode_485_-_Colored_By_Dumbness.mp3
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Roughly once a year the dorks take a look at media outside of Magic and turn some bits of it into cards! We've done video games, movies, television, and books (we think that's all thus far). This time we're looking at sequential art, also known as comics! From comic books to webcomics to newspaper comics, we're covering some of all of it! What's your favorite thing in the medium of comics? And would it make for a good Magic card? Let us know!

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Direct download: Episode_484_-_Would_Spider-Man_Have_Reach.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

We need to have a talk. Why do nerds always react so negatively to new things? Why are they always so against new people liking the things they like? Why is it that they always seem like horribly entitled jerks? The dorks are looking to answer all these questions if we can.

Just to show that we're human too, we're starting off with many examples of times we've had nerd rage of our own. Then we'll spend a long time discussing the stereotypical nerd and some theories about why nerd rage is a thing. Let us know if you have any theories, any comments, or any delicious nerd rage!


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Direct download: Episode_483_-_The_Nerd_Rage_Episode.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Due to Chewie being unfit for recording this week, it's time to get another live episode out of the can! A few weeks ago the dorks got together to play some Magic! We recorded the Commander 2017 show that went up two episodes ago, but we ALSO recorded some Archenemy: Nicol Bolas!

We played one game with Mike in the role of Bolas then we broke for dinner. It was delicious, in case you're interested. After that we fired up the recording again and it was Brian's turn to be the big bad. Those two games were drastically different. How were they different? Nope, you'll have to listen to the show to find that out.

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas info - https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/archenemy-nicol-bolas


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Direct download: Episode_482_-_Archenemy_Nicol_Bolas_Live.mp3
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The dorks have returned! It's been two weeks since we recorded a show, and we're dying to get back into it. We begin with a short Sam Quiz, then a long Mad Lib!

After that it's off to discuss our Prerelease experiences. Chewie & Brian did a Two-Headed Giant prerelease, Brian did a solo one, and Mike did some drafting the following week. Do you like pirates? How about dinosaurs?

Dr Langeskov, the Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cAQmXVDLWQ


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Direct download: Episode_481_-_Pirating_at_the_Prerelease.mp3
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Preview season for Ixalan was a little weird due to the big leak. So even though the entire set has been revealed now, there's just...not much left to talk about. And since we were going to be missing Mike anyway, we decided to get a live episode out of the can!

A few weeks ago the Dorks gathered at Brian's house to play some Magic! We played a game with the then-somewhat-newly-released Commander 2017 decks. We opened them just before starting the recording and shuffled up. Dirk was on Cats, Brian played Wizards, Mike was on Dragons, and Chewie was on Vampires. And yes, the length of this episode is accurate. It was an epic long game, but oddly enough there weren't any of those miserable chunks in the middle where nothing happens for anyone. Nice. Let us know what you think!


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Direct download: Episode_480_-_Commander_2017_Live.mp3
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This episode begins with super sexy Unstable lands. Then we bounce around Iconic Masters and try to figure out 1) what exactly is the point of this set? and B) why are there so many kitties in the art?

After that it's back to Ixalan! There's still a lot awesome stuff here to talk about, including the new Vraska, terrors of the sky, and what weird monkey goblins put in cannons.

Unstable Lands - https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/906268663015145474
Iconic Masters Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/iconic-masters
Ixalan Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ixalan


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Direct download: Episode_479_-_Interesting_Cannon_Ammunition.mp3
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We recorded this the same day as the MTG Arena reveal, so the first part of the episode revolves around that. How we feel about what we've seen, expectations, hopes & dreams, that sort of thing.

From there it's time to dive into more Ixalan! There's the new Cradle, the old dinosaurs, the promos, and of course, the Card Image Gallery! This set is a crazy mishmash of lots of things that nerds love...and also Merfolk.

MTG Arena write-up - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/everything-you-need-know-about-magic-gathering-arena-2017-09-07
MTG Arena FAQ - https://magic.wizards.com/en/mtgarena/faq
Magic Online isn't going anywhere - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/magic-online-moving-forward-2017-09-07
Old Dinosaurs! - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/royal-recipe-dinosaur-tribal-2017-09-06
Ixalan Promos etc - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/ixalan-promos-planeswalker-decks-packaging-and-fnm-tokens-2017-09-01
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Direct download: Episode_478_-_Arena_and_Paleontology.mp3
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Yarrr, it be a Sam Quiz, then story time! After that it's time to talk Ixalan! There are feathered dinosaurs, pirates with their treasure, beautifully colored merfolk, and religious fanatic vampires. This set is gonna be AWESOME! We also get to look at the new Jace and the new (lack of) Planeswalker Uniqueness Rule. After that we dive into a bunch of the revealed cards and marvel at how much fun all the lady pirates seem to be having. Yarrr!

Ixalan Mechanics - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ixalan-mechanics
Ixalan Leak Response & Cards - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/behind-scenes-alleged-ixalan-card-theft-2017-08-28

 

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Direct download: Episode_477_-_Feathers_Fangs_and_Treasure.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

After a brief discussion about Fuller House and a not-so-brief discussion about our experiences with the Great North American Eclipse, we're actually going to talk about Magic! Seriously though, the total eclipse was amazing and moving. Like wow.

We're doing a Commander 2017 Story Circle! After discounting the Eminence commanders and a few of the less interesting legends in the set, we finally decided on Mairsil, the Pretender. The problem with Mairsil is...I guess you'll just have to listen and find out what the problem with Mairsil is!

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017
Full Travis art - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/cursed-commander-2017-edition-art-descriptions-2017-08-22


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Direct download: Episode_476_-_The_Post-Eclipse_Pretender_Episode.mp3
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Let us tell you a tale, a tale of a dude. That dude is Travis, and he just keeps having problems. Poor Travis. Maybe if he wasn't so awesome he wouldn't run into so much trouble. Or maybe he just really sucks.

Hey look, Brian's back! And look, we have a lot more Commander cards to talk about! Yay! And look, the Cat Dragon token is SO ADORABLE! I WANT ONE!

Please excuse Chewie's mic the first 2.5 minutes of this episode. That was weird.

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017
Commander 2017 Decklists - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2017-edition-decklists-2017-08-11
Commander 2017 Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2017-edition-decklists-2017-08-11


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Direct download: Episode_475_-_Travis_the_Cursed.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

These Commander 2017 cards are SO MAJESTIC! Seriously. Mike forgot how to speak. Dirk forgot how to read. Chewie almost choked to death. And they were SO MAJESTIC that Brian wasn't even here. Look at all that majesty!

But because we got so caught up in the multicolored cards (mostly the legends), we opted to leave the monocolored cards until next week so Brian can join in on the fun.

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017


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Direct download: Episode_474_-_We_Cant_Handle_All_This_Majesty.mp3
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We begin with another Sam Quiz, which was a little tricksy. Then, after a brief story of personal injury and public surgery from Chewie we get right into it! We're doing a Mythic Conscription for Dissension, finishing out the original Ravnica block. This set, much like some of the other Ravnica sets, was a little hard to do. Or maybe easy. We're not sure. There's a bizarre switch with the leadership of the Azorius guild. Dirk actually leans towards a red rare enchantment as mythic. And then, at the very end, there's the big discussion about Simic Sky Swallower.


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Direct download: Episode_473_-_The_Sky_Swallower_Discussion.mp3
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We're back with Level 3 judge and SCG writer Chris Lansdell to finish up the history of the Banned & Restricted List. From the Day 0 Modern Banned List to the most recent cleanup of the miserable state of Standard, we're covering it all! And since all the announcements still exist, we can give you actual explanations for each banning and unbanning. Then we'll wrap it all up by discussing why there is a B&R list and the reasons for constantly updating it.

Just remember - Dark Ritual is fine.

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions
History of the Banhammer, Pt 1: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-462/
History of the Banhammer, Pt 2: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-465/
Check out Chris Lansdell's articles: http://www.starcitygames.com/tags/ChrisLansdell 

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Direct download: Episode_472_-_History_of_the_Banhammer_pt_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Karim, Alaric, and The Angel are back to explore more of Trivester and see what they can get into! We're heading towards a huge tree, losing our way, and getting into a scrape with goblins! At least I get to use my awesome sword! Much love to Jars for the amazing map!

After that, we're catching up on stuff - Mike's prereleases, Dirk's job hunt, my trip to Busch Gardens, and Brian's anniversary!

In case you’re completely lost, Brian created this MTG RPG from scratch and we periodically play it on the show. This campaign is called Heirs of Trivester. If you’d like to hear the previous installments, here are some links to get you caught up!

Character Creation - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-407/
Part 1 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-423/
Part 2 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-430/
Part 3 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-450/

 

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Direct download: Episode_471_-_Fighting_a_Goblin_Mob_MTG_RPG.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are covering the rest of Hour of Devastation since the full set was revealed immediately after we recorded last week. There are quite a few bits of good stuff left. There's a lot of art on commons and uncommons that is just awesome too, so we'll be sure to point that out.

And there are discussions of StarCraft and copyright claim at the end. Just a warning.

Hour of Devastation Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Striped Riverwinder full art - http://imgur.com/gHOCZb4


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Direct download: Episode_470_-_Learning_to_Attack_Charitably.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are taking another look at Hour of Devastation previews! Torments, afflictions, curses, eternalization, more Hours, and lots of sand. I hate sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating...and it gets everywhere.

Also, now ALL my horses can be amazing, and there's a zombie camel. Oh yeah, you read that right.

Hour of Devastation Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Hour of Devastation Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/tokens-hour-devastation-2017-06-29

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Direct download: Episode_469_-_This_Plane_is_So_Boned.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The Hour of Devastation looms near! Brian is getting attacked by malicious flying creatures and Dirk is being stalked by the gods of sleep, but at least Mike's beard is still glorious. Thank goodness.

In case you can't tell, we're covering the early Hour of Devastation previews. The Invocations, the mechanics of the set, and all the really sick stuff that had shown up at this point. Bolas is a bad bad dude, and we're really concerned about what's going to happen. This whole story is getting seriously dark and depressing.

Invocations: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/masterpiece-series-hour-devastation-invocations-2017-06-19
Mechanics: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/hour-devastation-mechanics-2017-06-16
Card Image Gallery: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/hour-devastation
Promos: http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/promos-and-planeswalker-decks-hour-devastation-2017-06-16

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Direct download: Episode_468_-_Hour_of_Mournful_Overtones.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

It's Announcement Week for Magic, and wow they've thrown a lot at us! There's a LOT of good stuff here! First there's Pro Tour news and yet another Standard banning. Then we've got to talk about all the Magic Digital Next news, which is bittersweet but probably still good. Then we spend a LOT of time on MaRo's Metamorphosis 2.0, which outlines the totally new direction Magic sets will be going in after Ixalan block. We're actually going through the article point by point to explain why they're doing what they're doing. It's good stuff. Then it's time to touch on all the upcoming products. Most of them are pretty standard, but there are a few that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND. No kidding.

 

Pro Tour stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/playing-pro-tour-2017-06-15
Banned & Restricted List stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/june-13-2017-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2017-06-13
Magic Digital Next stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/magic-digital/magic-digital-next-update-2017-06-13
Set structure stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/metamorphosis-2-0-2017-06-12
Upcoming products stuff - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/25th-anniversary-announcement-day-2017-06-14

 

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Direct download: Episode_467_-_Announcement_Week.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

On the day this episode was recorded, it was announced that Cryptic Studios is working on a Magic: The Gathering Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game! This is absolutely unprecedented in MTG's history of licensing, and we decided to do an entire episode about it! We're beginning with Dirk's extensive MMO experience! He goes on at length about what Magic's world and mechanics could bring the MMO genre, and the rest of us pipe up whenever we have something to add.

After all the rampant speculation, it's time to talk about the dark side of all this. There has been a massive negative reaction to this from the MTG community, and it's because nerds are, I'm sorry to say, terrible people when it comes to the properties that they nerd over.

After that we're going over as many of the other ways MTG has attempted to expand its brand over the years as we can remember. Old video games, books & comics, a miniatures game, Jones Planeswalker Soda...just whatever. Be sure to let us know if we missed any good ones!

Announcement/Interview article - http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-07-06-taking-an-ip-and-making-it-your-own
Cryptic Studios - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_Studios
MTG Video Games - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic:_The_Gathering_video_games

 

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Direct download: Episode_466_-_Brand_Expansion_The_MTG_MMO_Episode.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

It's time to go back to the Banned & Restricted List! We've grabbed Chris Lansdell to join us again so we can cover the next several years of the banhammer's history. Since we have sources for some of these and we have some memory of them, we have a bit more to say this time. Last time we went from 1994 to 2001. This time we're covering 2002 to 2010, just before the inception of Modern as a format and a whole new Banned list to think about.

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions

Check out Chris Lansdell's articles: http://www.starcitygames.com/tags/ChrisLansdell 

 

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Direct download: Episode_465_-_History_of_the_Banhammer_pt_2.mp3
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We begin this episode with a listener-supplied Magic Mad Lib, sent in by lvl99luck. We learn all about enchantment speed and refuse to name Balance. This Mad Lib is nothing to Murder at!

Then it's time to get down to business. We're following up the last episode and diving right into a Mythic Conscription for Guildpact. It turns out that the enchantment speed we learned about in the Mad Lib is a pretty big thing in Guildpact. Like a lot. It also turns out that Guildpact's rares are actually... rares. So yeah, that's a thing.

 

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Direct download: Episode_464_-_At_Enchantment_Speed.mp3
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This episode is pretty simple. After the always-adorable Sam Quiz, we're doing a Mythic Conscription of Ravnica: City of Guilds! Depending on how you look at it, this one is either really easy or really hard, because the power level seems to be concentrated in just a few cards. But don't worry, there's plenty of discussion to be had!

There are also some discussions about streaming, cruises, and outnumbering children. You've been warned.

 

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Direct download: Episode_463_-_The_Ravnican_Conscription.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

With the weird out-of-sequence Felidar Guardian ban that just went down, we thought it would be a good time to look at the history of the Banned & Restricted Lists in Magic. Joining us for this adventure is none other than SCG writer, brewer, and longtime player Chris Lansdell! We're starting at the very beginning, waaaay back in 1994, with the first B&R update that predated even the existence of formats! We'll weave our way through the now-obvious and now-ridiculous additions to the list, giving you some historical reasons whenever we can. 

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions

Check out Chris Lansdell's articles: http://www.starcitygames.com/tags/ChrisLansdell 

 

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Direct download: Episode_462_-_History_of_the_Banhammer_Pt_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

The dorks are live from the Amonkhet prerelease! Who did well? Who went undefeated? Who's the slow player? Who opened a shiny new Invocation? Who spat processed chicken parts at the person sitting next to them? Just how sexy is Sexy Jarod? All these answers (except the last one) and more are waiting in this very episode, recorded live from Lucky's Card Shop in Greensboro, NC! 

 

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Direct download: Episode_461_-_Amonkhet_Prerelease_Field_Recordings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

There are a few bits of quick news that popped up over the last few days, but none of that matters. What matters is the full Amonkhet set is up! Sadly, you don't get to hear us discuss the whole thing, because some manner of technical difficulty resulted in the loss of the last...hour? Or so? Sorry about that, I have no idea what happened or why. It sucks. Let the cavalcade of links begin!

Amonkhet Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/amonkhet
Amonkhet Tokens - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/tokens-amonkhet-2017-04-13
Ixalan etc - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/organized-play/ixalan-worlds-pro-tour-nationals-and-rptqs-2017-04-18
Commander 2017 - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/announcing-commander-2017-edition-2017-04-18
HasCon & Iconic Masters - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/hascon-and-kickoff-our-25th-anniversary-2017-04-20

 

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Direct download: Episode_460_-_Duster_the_Crash_Test_Mummy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

We have now seen all the Gods of Amonkhet, and they're pretty neat. We've also got a few stand out cards that will be powerful in various formats, like Harsh Mentor. We've got a few completely bizarre cards that will hopefully snatch a few games for people. We've also got a new and possibly improved Krosan Tusker, a new Desert, a fixed Unstable Mutation, and Fling. What is going on here?

Also, some discussion about the story of Amonkhet and beard oil. Not at the same time though. That would just be weird. Buh.

Amonkhet Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/amonkhet

 

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Direct download: Episode_459_-_Gods_and_Callbacks.mp3
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The Age of Amonkhet is upon us! The new Masterpieces are called Invocations and they have the entire internet in an uproar. We'll touch on all the problems people have had and give our opinions. Then we'll cover all the mechanics and a handful of cards that are just sick, including a pair of awesome planeswalkers. The new set looks like fun!

 

Amonkhet Invocations - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/masterpiece-series-amonkhet-invocations-2017-03-29
Amonket Mechanics - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/amonkhet-mechanics-2017-04-03
Amonkhet Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/amonkhet

 

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Direct download: Episode_458_-_Invoking_Amonkhet.mp3
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A report of all the shenanigans the four of us got up to at GP Orlando! So sorry if we missed any of you while we were there! I'm exhausted so that's all I'm writing.

GP Orlando Coverage - http://magic.wizards.com/en/events/coverage/gporl17

 

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This episode is a truly strange one. Brian's not here, he got sick and died since I saw him the previous night. We have a sponsor this week, Easy Roller Dice Co. We grabbed Cap from Lair of Lore to join us. We've got a truly epic listener-submitted Mad Lib. And our Flavor Fight has a dance number in it. Yup, it's definitely a weird one.

For those that don't know, the original incarnation of this segment was Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs. We use the Random Card function to find creatures, then pit them head to head in a single elimination tournament using only flavor to guide us! This time I limited the random creatures to the uncommon rarity just to keep the power level somewhat even. And it got bizarre this time. Do you believe in life after love? Do you like Hamilton? You're gonna love this!

Just don't click this, trust me. It's The Slug from Marvel Comics.

 

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Woo! Cosmic Larva in 2020! It's got to be better than the Desecration Elemental, right? Guys?

In this episode we're finishing off our look at Modern Masters 2017! The whole set looks like a lot of fun to draft. There are a few more rarity shifts to discuss, looking at how the overall strategies of each allied color pair overlap with each other, and more jaw-dropping and reminiscing. Ah yes, good stuff.

But that's not all! After that we're doing another Mythic Conscription, this time for the oddball final set of the Mirrodin block, Fifth Dawn! With its Beacons, Bringers, Sunburst, and assorted nonsense, what's going to be mythic? What's fine as a rare? How much disagreement can you fit into one episode? Why does Mike REALLY play Magic the way he does? Let's find out!

Modern Masters 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/modern-masters-2017-edition 

 

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Direct download: Episode_455_-_Cosmic_Larva_For_President.mp3
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No really. Have you seen the cards in Modern Masters 2017? It's completely bonkers. They've pulled out all the stops with this one, presumably to make up for the last two Masters sets. We're just diving right in and looking at all the stuff that has been revealed thus far, with plenty of talk about rarity shifts up and down. It's a fun one for remembering the amazing cards that defined their respective Standard environments back in the day!

Modern Masters 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/modern-masters-2017-edition 

 

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Direct download: Episode_454_-_This_Set_Is_Insane.mp3
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Not sure why we're talking about television shows at the beginning. We're just weird.

We begin the actual show by thinking about some things that may or may not (and also almost certainly won't) be in Modern Masters 2017. It turns out Dirk might be a terrible person. My money was on me or Mike. Oh well.

After that it's off to a Mythic Conscription for Darksteel! Could it be that none of the colored cards are mythic? And just all the artifacts? Maybe, I dunno. There are some pretty good discussions about cards with weird abilities, excessive power levels, and misery. Mispronunciations may or may not be a thing in this episode too.

 

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Direct download: Episode_453_-_The_Lichs_Tome.mp3
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This episode begins with an extremely quick Sam Quiz followed by another user-submitted Magic Mad Lib from lvl99luck. Little did he know that it would play into our episode's theme! We didn't know that either! It's an amazing coincidence! Buy lottery tickets now!

After the awesome Mad Lib we're doing a neat twist on the Story Circle! This time we're randomly picking two legends with Partner and building a deck around the pair we come up with! It's really neat to have two different ideas to build around. Let us know what you think and we'll see if this is a thing we want to do again sometime!

Somehow at the end we ended up going off on a tangent about Batman: The Animated Series. Then we had another tangent about Overwatch that, oddly enough, was Dirk's fault, not Chewie's. How about that?

 

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It's time for a new episode of The Mana Pool! We've got a brand new Magic Mad Lib, except this one was written by Chewie for the first time ever! Be afraid, it's based on some of his recent experiences.

After that we're doing a Mythic Conscription of the first modern artifact-centric set, Mirrodin! This set is a little weird. So many of the rares are super lame and could never be Mythic...and then you get to the artifacts. Who'd have thought the artifacts in the artifact set would be massively overpowered?

 

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Direct download: Episode_451_-_Someone_To_Midnight_Ritual_With.mp3
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It is time! Karim, Alaric, and The Angel are back to track down the mysteries of Trivester! Not because we want to, but because we can't freakin' leave the plane and we'd really rather be somewhere else. Plus apparently the dice have decided that we're going to have a nice easy time of it, and that is bothering Brian, our Game Master. Apparently he wanted us to suffer a bit more.

In case you're completely lost, Brian created this MTG RPG and we periodically play it on the show. If you'd like to hear the previous installments, here are some links to get you caught up!

 

Part 1 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-423/
Part 2 - http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-430/

 

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It's Aether Revolt prerelease time! Since we all went to different prereleases, there were no field recordings this time. But don't worry, we did grab the one and only Chris Lansdell to join us, since he did 3x as many prereleases as the rest of the cast put together. Yeah, do that math and try not to let your jaw drop too far. Anyway, find out how everyone did and what we think of the set in general on this episode! Yay prereleases!

Check out Chris Lansdell's articles on StarCityGames 
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Aether Revolt Card Image Gallergy - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/aether-revolt

 

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We've got to talk about the big news first, of course. There were cards banned in Standard for the first time since 2011. This is big. Like really big.

But after that we're back to more Aether Revolt! Yay new cards! And poor, poor Howard. I feel for that guy. But he does it to himself, so maybe I shouldn't. But I can't help it.

 

Banned & Restricted List Update - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/january-9-2017-banned-and-restricted-announcement-2017-01-09
Aether Revolt Card Image Gallergy - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/aether-revolt

 

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Direct download: Episode_448_-_Howard_of_Anguish.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

We're back for a new year and a new set! Of course Aether Revolt previews are going on, so that's what we're focusing on this episode! After a heartfelt talk from Chewie about his recent charity stream and depression and stuff that is.

We've got Aether Revolt mechanics, the Planeswalker Deck cards, plenty of new cards, and even some Star Wars Rebels to talk about this episode! All the links are down below, so be sure to tell us what you think of these cards!

 

Charity Stream video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHGizf1M2NE
Aether Revolt Card Image Gallergy - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/aether-revolt
Aether Revolt Mechanics - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/aether-revolt-mechanics-2017-01-02
Aether Revolt Planeswalker Deck Cards - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/exclusive-cards-aether-revolt-planeswalker-decks-2017-01-05
Star Wars Rebels New Season - http://ew.com/movies/2017/01/04/new-star-wars-rebels-video-teases-obi-wan-kenobi-rematch/

 

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Direct download: Episode_447_-_What_A_Revolting_Development.mp3
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