The Mana Pool
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!

The dorks are starting off by explaining what's up with new Akroma's art. It turns out she's got prosthetic legs, which is not something we knew about, so that's actually really cool! From there we head into the Card Image Gallery, bouncing around and talking about whatever cards catch our eyes. Yes we hit the Lotus this episode. No we weren't terribly impressed.

But Thumbles is (are?) clearly the best thing (things?) to come out of this episode. 

Commander Legends Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-legends


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Direct download: Episode_605_-_Beware_the_Thumbles.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

After accidentally not doing a show for longer than anticipated, the dorks are back to FINALLY take a look at Commander Legends! We're just bouncing around the Card Image Gallery and enjoying all the weird new stuff! And if we missed a card you wanted us to talk about (and I KNOW we did) don't worry, we're gonna come back to this set next week!

Commander Legends Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-legends


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Direct download: Episode_604_-_Cascading_Into_Commander_Legends.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EST

The dorks are back! And this time we're doing a Mythic Conscription for the final set of the Invasion block, Apocalypse. Apocalypse was a neat set full of all kinds of awesome cards, but how many of them could have been mythic? Weirdly enough, this is one of the hardest sets we've had to do just because so many of these cards are really good and solid rares, but not many seem to climb up into Mythic territory.

Stick around for the final thoughts, where we have black hole questions, Genshin Impact, Final Fantasy 8, Kingdom Hearts, Among Us, the upcoming hiatus of Monday Night Magic, and the Dresden Files TV show.


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Direct download: Episode_603_-_The_Borderline_Mythics_of_Apocalypse.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Hey look, the dorks return with even more Zendikar Rising stuff! We're looking through the Card Image Gallery and talking about whatever catches our eye whether it's a returning legendary creature, a bizarre faceless elemental thing, a lizard made out of vines, or a CLEARLY PSYCHOTIC MINOTAUR MOOSE THING OH GOD RUN!

Zendikar Rising Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/zendikar-rising

Variants Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/zendikar-rising-variants


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Direct download: Episode_602_-_Moosataur_and_Squirrel.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

The dorks are back with Zendikar Rising previews! Apparently the preview season for this set was extra short, because the full Card Image Gallery is up! In this episode we're going through the mythics and whatever else looks good to us. Yes this does include the adorable jerboa that will, in fact, lead us all to glory.

Zendikar Rising Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/zendikar-rising
Variants Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/zendikar-rising-variants
Tokens - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/tokens-zendikar-rising-2020-09-08


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Direct download: Episode_601_-_Lead_Us_To_Glory.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

THIS IS IT! This number is just ridiculous, so we decided to do something ridiculous to celebrate! We are joined by four excellent guests to be contestants in the return of Exiled, our deckbuilding game show! It's like Chopped, but with Magic cards! We've got the original voice of Casual Magic himself, Anthony Alongi (@anthonyaalongi), digital alterer and longtime listener ALK Alters (@AltersALK), content creator extraordinaire DeQuan Watson (@PowrDragn), and the always infectious & enthusiastic Chase (@ManaCurves). This is a long one (of course) but it's SO MUCH FUN the entire time! Who will come out on top as the Exiled Champion?

Be sure to check out all the stuff our wonderful guests do!
Anthony Alongi - Commander Community
ALK Alters - LinkTree
DeQuan Watson - Twitch, YouTube
Chase - LinkTree


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Direct download: Episode_600_-_Exiled.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

The dorks are back with another edition of There's No Plane Like Home! Do you like happiness and sunshine and friendly creatures? Or do you prefer darkness, creepiness, and danger? Either way, do we have a place for you! Lorwyn is for the sunshine people, where the most dangerous thing to worry about is...well, racist elves running you through simply for being ugly. But other than that, there's not much to worry about.

If horror and paranoia are more your style we've got Shadowmoor. Things wanting to kill or eat you are actually everywhere. In fact, one of the only safe parts of this world is...well, the friendly elves that are out to preserve beauty. Everything else either hates you, is terrified of you, wants to eat you, or is just mean and wants to kill you simply because you're there.

Be sure to hang out for a sneak peek at what we're doing for episode 600 and how YOU can help us out with it!

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Direct download: Episode_599_-_As_Different_As_Night__Day.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

The dorks are back! After a wonderful discussion about the Cube Rule of Food Classification, which is very important by the way, we're doing another Mythic Conscription! This time we're doing Planeshift, the second set of the Invasion block. Planeshift is...problematic. You'll see what we mean. 

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Direct download: Episode_598_-_If_Youre_Not_Draco.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

The dorks finally take a look at Double Masters! It's a reprint set, so it's a little weird to talk about all these cards that we already know about, but we managed to remember how to do it! After we give you the news about YET ANOTHER new kind of booster, that is. That doesn't show up until Zendikar Rising though, so who even cares right now, right?

Set Boosters - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/making-magic/set-boosters-2020-07-25
Double Masters Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/double-masters
Double Masters Variants Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/double-masters-variants
Double Masters Tokens - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/tokens-double-masters-2020-07-29


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Direct download: Episode_597_-_Double_Double_Toil__Trouble.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Wait, what? The dorks are doing a second RPG episode...IN A ROW? Inconceivable!

But yeah, with the party split during the last episode we were really hot to try to get back together, even though we literally had no idea what the other part of the group was up to. And since I haven't listened to any of the other part, I don't actually know how to write this. Let's just say some crazy stuff happens and leave it at that, shall we?

Also, an update on the YouTube side of things at the end!

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Direct download: Episode_596_-_Hello_Darkness_My_Old_Friend_Heirs_of_Trivester.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00am EST

We return to Brian's custom-made RPG on the strange plane of Trivester! Our party (Karim, Alaric, and the Angel) are heading towards a place called Aosk to find Gandr, who is apparently some manner of evil thing? Two of our heroes have some serious problems with their rolls, as 1s are popping up and causing all kinds of havoc. And then the unthinkable happens!

No no, not THAT unthinkable! Let's just say an exploding wurm splits the party! The dorks, wanting to be true to the adventure, actually take turns with the GM to further their own adventures while the others separated themselves from the call. It's going to be pretty awesome later when we all find out what the other party has been up to!

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Direct download: Episode_595_-_I_Rolled_Dysentery.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm EST

The dorks dive into Jumpstart! First we'll explain what it is, and the concept is actually pretty neat. Then we'll jump into the Card Image Gallery and go through all the new cards in it. The new cards are mostly really cool. Oh, and there are Legendary creatures that have actually interesting abilities! Remember those? Wow!

Jumpstart Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/jumpstart
Jumpstart Decklists: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/jumpstart-decklists-2020-06-18

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Direct download: Episode_594_-_Tinybones__the_Muxus_Cascade.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

New Shrines! Sure there are lots of other neat cards too, but new Shrines! There are new card versions of old characters, which is pretty awesome. We get to see more of Teferi's family. There are lots of doggos and kitty-kitties! Bronto-Dave is back! There are neat twists on old standard effects (Traitorous Greed is really cool)! There are some SWEET new goblins if that's your thing! There are some nifty brain-bending pieces of art alongside nifty brain-bending card text!

But really, none of that matters. Because NEW SHRINES!

Core Set 2021 Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2021
Core Set 2021 Variants Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2021-variants


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Direct download: Episode_593_-_Shrines__Stuff.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Hey we're back! We took a couple weeks off, first to do a non-podcast chatting stream and then out of respect for the Black Lives Matter movement. By the way, Black Lives Matter. Also, Trans Rights are Human Rights. Got that?

The dorks are first concerned for Dirk, who just hadn't responded to any of our attempts to contact him when he didn't show up for the recording. Then we cover the recent racism concerns that have come to light about Wizards of the Coast, including their decision to remove card images from Gatherer and straight-up ban a handful of potentially problematic cards.

So then we get to move over to the Core Set 2021 previews! Because yes, it's preview time again! There's a lot of neat stuff in here, so let's spend the rest of the episode having fun checking out all the new cards and reprints! AND SO MANY DOGGOS!

Oh, and Dirk did finally reappear, so you can stop worrying about him.

Lawrence Harmon's open letter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tKsYkdEEfU9u-_27ZvVWu8Wkm2bThe3lfov24f2brjM/edit
Zaiem Beg's article: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RDhVZ4x_Zf1abOpGfEGMI4xtYMA7AghCN5uWIfJRa6c/edit
Depictions of Racism in MTG: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/depictions-racism-magic-2020-06-10
Companion rules change: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/june-1-2020-banned-and-restricted-announcement
Core Set 2021 Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2021
Core Set 2021 Variants Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/core-set-2021-variants


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Direct download: Episode_592_-_The_Good_Boys___the_Ugly_Underbelly.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

The dorks are back with another edition of There's No Plane Like Home! This time we're taking a look at everyone's favorite (?) time-travel affected plane, Tarkir. Tarkir is based on various real-world Asian countries, so the physical aspects of the plane don't really change through the versions.

Of course, when you're hopping through timelines, it's not really the physical world you're worried about. In the past you're at war with the dragons and are in danger of getting eaten. In the Dragons timeline you're subservient to your dragon overlords. And in the Khans timeline...well that's actually not so bad. The one thing that is consistent throughout all timelines is that the Sultai... are just awful. The worst.

 


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Direct download: Episode_591_-_The_Three_Tarkirs.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

We now return to Trivester for another installment of Brian's custom MTG RPG! After the last installment's massive exposition dump Karim, Alaric, and the Angel are off to track down someone else that might have some idea what's going on. Along the way we'll be accosted by various critters that could potentially want to kill us. And of course, our beloved soldier boy really has a hang-up about fighting animals. Even when they're killer bees with little swords and shields!

After we're done with the RPG bit the final thoughts turn back to current events. You have been warned.

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Direct download: Episode_590_-_Not_the_Bees_Heirs_of_Trivester.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am EST

The dorks head back to the Ikoria Card Image Gallery to take a look at all the weird stuff this plane has going on. We begin, of course, with the actual Sharknado. From there we find more shark things, a ridiculous number of mashed-up creatures (like a Porcuparrot and a Tigorilla), and the usual assortment of neat spells, stories told through cards, and assorted other weirdness.

I'm still not going outside to take pictures of ANY of these critters!

Ikoria Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ikoria-lair-behemoths
Ikoria Variants Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ikoria-lair-behemoths-variants-2020-04-06

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The dorks are back on Ikoria! Since time is forever limited we weren't able to take a look at the ENTIRE set, but we did hit a lot of the high points. Brian is blown away by the Triomes (for some reason), the new cycle of wedge Ultimatums are pretty amazing, and the rest of the Companions are bizarrely entertaining. Then we circle around and hit the rest of the Mythic Rares that we hadn't covered yet and called it a night.

On the next episode we're gonna come back to Ikoria and take a look at all the bizarre nonsense that's going on in this set. In the meantime let us know what you think of any of the stuff in the set whether we've covered it or not!

Ikoria Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ikoria-lair-behemoths
Ikoria Variants Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ikoria-lair-behemoths-variants-2020-04-06

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Right smack in the middle of Ikoria previews, WotC decided to preview all of Commander 2020. Since that was confusing for a lot of people, we've decided to separate C20 and Ikoria previews on The Mana Pool. This episode is all about Commander, in case you couldn't tell from the title.

We're starting with the three-color legends and moving into the partnered legends. From there it's a free-for-all as we bounce around the card image gallery and call out whatever looks awesome. What are your favorite cards from the set?

Commander 2020 Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2020-edition
Commander 2020 Decklists - https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/commander2020

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The dorks are back! Why are we back? Because Godzilla!

No, seriously. Godzilla cards. In Magic. Like for real. Well, sort of for real. It's...bizarre.

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths previews are here! And there's some pretty awesome stuff here other than just the inclusion of everyone's favorite Kaiju. Join us as we talk about all the awesome new stuff!

Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ikoria-lair-behemoths
Variants Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ikoria-lair-behemoths-variants-2020-04-06
Collecting Ikoria: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/collecting-ikoria-2020-04-02
Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ikoria-lair-behemoths-mechanics-2020-04-02
Planeswalkers' Guide: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/planeswalkers-guide-ikoria-2020-04-02
Statement on Spacegodzilla: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/statement-spacegodzilla-2020-04-02

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This episode is going be a bit different. With all the coronavirus stuff going on across the world and tensions running high everywhere, the dorks couldn't just ignore it all and talk about Magic. While escapism is great, sometimes you've got to face the facts. So the first part of this episode is all about how COVID-19 is affecting us and why we need to embrace social distancing. This is genuinely important. Please stay home unless you HAVE to leave.

But after that, we decided to do something different. We're doing an entire episode of final thoughts! We're touching on the big Year of the Phoenix update from Hearthstone that introduces an ENTIRE NEW CLASS (!) and sends a lot of heavily-played cards to the Hall of Fame. Then there's the Castlevania anime, Designing Women, random bits of racism in public, working from home, DoorDashing during these troubling times, ManaStrike, and how movie theaters actually work. Then we're doing a new Mad Lib, sent to us by Infinious, and it turned out REALLY well. 

Oh by the way, Mike's getting married.


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The dorks are back! We're doing a Mythic Conscription for the original Gold set, Invasion! This was before they really figured out how to do a set focused on multicolored well, so there's some bizarre stuff in here. The gold cards are, by and large, REALLY good. The monocolored stuff is...well it's definitely monocolored. And yes, we did talk about Fact or Fiction. A couple times.

There was an excellent Sam Quiz at the beginning too, don't forget that! She's getting much better at describing card art.

Seriously though, everyone be safe out there in the midst of this global pandemic. Wash your hands.


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You like dragons, right? Of course you like dragons! Who doesn't like dragons? Dragons are quite possibly the biggest and most well known...thing to come out of fantasy. Ever. They're all over the place these days, from video games to a mega popular HBO series.

And we love dragons too! And since this is a Magic podcast, we're actually just going to talk about dragons in Magic. Like, the cards. Not a history lesson, not a biology lesson, none of that. We're just looking back at some of our favorite dragon cards, our least favorite dragon cards, dragon art that spoke to us, disappointing dragons, anything we can think of really. Feel free to let us know what are your favorite Magic dragons and let us know if there are any other creature types we should just talk about!


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The dorks are back, now that Chewie is no longer a walking corpse! And what are we doing for our triumphant return? We're doing another installment of There's No Plane Like Home, where we take a look at one of the planes of Magic to determine if it would be a good place to live. We'll take a look at the different locations of Kamigawa, the different groups and races that live in those locations, and of course the constant threat of getting murdered by random Kami.

But hey, there are Ninja! That means nowhere else is nearly as cool as Kamigawa, right?

Kamigawa info: https://magic.wizards.com/en/story/planes/kamigawa


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The dorks are finishing up their Mythic Conscription of the Urza block with the final set, Urza's Destiny! As is usually the case with older sets, some colors have plenty of possible mythics, and some just...don't. Old sets are kind of inconsistent like that.

Also, Chewie blows his own mind with a pair of clever ways to remember the order of the Urza block sets. Oh, and there's a brief discussion of hippos. And the horrible weather we were having. And probably a few other things.


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Out of nowhere, Unsanctioned was revealed on Tuesday. Unsanctioned is the latest silver-bordered product from WotC, but it's not a full new Un set. It's a boxed set that features five decks full of some of the greatest hits of silver-bordered cards along with a few new cards in each color. The dorks go in-depth on all the new cards and drop a few honorable mentions of the reprints.

During the final thoughts we ended up going off on a few topics. Brian & Sam's Prerelease experience, streaming Skyrim, and Dirk's hang up about the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Just good old random nonsense!

In other news, Brian upgraded his computer to Windows 10. That means he can use his headset mic, which is why he sounds drastically different now. 

Unsanctioned Card Image Gallery - https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/unsanctioned


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The dorks are back to cover the rest of the cards in Theros Beyond Death! Well, as many as we can get through in a single episode anyway. There are demigods, a new planeswalker, an elegantly designed cycle of Omens, a cycle of Interventions, a pair of Titans, plenty of analogues for Greek heroes, and more Sagas! Since this is apparently the wordiest set ever released, there's a LOT to get through.

That cat needs to get a job though. Dang.

TBD Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/theros-beyond-death
TBD Variants Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/theros-beyond-death-variants
TBD Tokens: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/tokens-theros-beyond-death-2020-01-09


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For the first TMP episode of 2020 we're continuing with Neverending Preview Season! We're looking at all the sweet Theros Beyond Death stuff that has popped up since our last episode. This includes some crazy new gods, a "fixed" Yawgmoth's Will, and a few neat Sagas. The new set looks pretty awesome!

Apologies for Chewie sounding weird in this episode. Something happened to his audio settings. To the stream audience he sounds normal, but he's extra loud in the recorded file. Hopefully that'll get figured out before the next episode, because it's highly obnoxious.

TBD Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/theros-beyond-death
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