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 back with...Monday Night Magic? Wait, this can't be right, let me go look.

Yeah, the dorks are actually looking at the news! First up, WotC swung their banhammer wide, with a massive pile of casualties across many many formats. Holy crap.

And then there was actual timely news! The day of recording, WotC unexpectedly revealed some information about the next set, Strixhaven. They explained what the five schools of magic are and showed us a Command from each school. Yup, that kind of Command.

B&R update: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/february-15-2021-banned-and-restricted-announcement
Strixhaven: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/first-lesson-introduction-strixhaven-2021-02-18


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Direct download: Episode_613_-_On_Hammers__Schools.mp3
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The dorks are back on card games this week! We begin by taking a look at a very important nugget of information hidden in an advertisement - the first time a ban was announced somewhere other than, you know, a ban announcement. Then we're changing gears to talk about what could very well be the biggest news Hearthstone has ever seen. Then we shift into high gear to do a Magic Mad Lib with Twitch Chat!

Hearthstone's Core Set - https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/news/23620129/introducing-the-core-set-and-classic-format


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Direct download: Episode_612_-_The_Surprise_Ban__Other_Stories.mp3
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This is our first non-Magic podcast episode! To help us out on this momentous occasion, we are joined by Squee, formerly of Monday Night Magic. We're taking a look at remakes, reboots, remasters, rereleases, and legacy sequels across several different media - movies, tv shows, and video games. First up we try to define what we mean by all of these different varieties and then discuss why they might be made in the first place. Then the five of us go over many (many) examples across all of those to try to determine what makes one good or bad.

This was a fun discussion with quite a few twists, turns and tangents (of course). Let us know what you thought! And if you have any ideas for topics for other non-MTG episodes, be sure to let us know!

 


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Direct download: Episode_611_-_Weaponized_Nostalgia.mp3
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The dorks head back into Kaldheim to check out all the Sagas that we just missed during the last two episodes. Some of these are absolutely ridiculous, while the rest are just...well, pretty good actually. The art though! The Saga art is AMAZING in this set!

Of course we also bounce around the rest of the card image gallery to find other neat stuff to talk about, and answer some questions from Twitch chat as usual. And we pitch an idea for the first non-Magic TMP episode of 2021 that we'll be doing next week!

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


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Direct download: Episode_610_-_The_Sagas_of_Kaldheim.mp3
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The dorks return to the Kaldheim Card Image Gallery and continue poking around at the awesome stuff inside. There's a brand new Vampire Dragon (Dragon Vampire?) that makes Brian extremely happy. There's a whole new pantheon of Gods to discuss, a whole mess of weird creatures to fear, the Snow Figure of Destiny to freak out about, and a land that REALLY pisses off our old buddy Xenagos.

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


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Direct download: Episode_609_-_Gods__Monsters_of_Kaldheim.mp3
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After not recording a show for a solid month the dorks are finally back! And we're taking a look at Kaldheim for the first time! We'll hit the mechanics first and then bounce around the Card Image Gallery talking about whatever new cards catch our eye! Planeswalkers, snow, gods, a legendary squirrel? What a weird set.

Kaldheim Mechanics: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/kaldheim-mechanics-2021-01-07
Kaldheim Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/kaldheim
Kaldheim Variants: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/kaldheim-variants


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Direct download: Episode_608_-_First_Look_at_Kaldheim.mp3
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This was recorded six months ago on Dec 17, 2020. It was recorded on Chewie's old laptop because the dead computer. It was supposed to get posted a few days later, but then I was delayed because of putting the new computer together, and then getting bummed out, and then getting distracted, and then holidays, and and and. But here it is now!

Chewie tells the tale of December, that has focused all of its 2020 wrath on him at once. We reflect on the frustrations that come from watching our fellow humans not take the massive global pandemic seriously. We all share personal stories of what this horrible hell year has been like for us. We head into Magic territory to discuss what WotC has been up to this year and why that's got us all vaguely (or in one case, specifically) disillusioned with it. Then we turn to the current political landscape in the US, but luckily not for long. Then we look at what we would all like for 2021 to make it a better year for everyone.

Sorry for not getting this out in 2020, but crap happens and decided to happen to me. I hope you're all being safe in 2021 since this first week has been the longest 3 months ever. 

 

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Direct download: Episode_607_-_The_Final_TMP_of_2020.mp3
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