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Three Questions: GP Pittsburgh - Friday

2013-07-01
Length: 26s

Chewie enjoyed asking people Three Questions at GP Charlotte so much that he decided to truck up to Pittsburgh and do it again! As always, Chewie's asking Three Questions to anyone willing to answer them, whether they're a listener, judge, pro player, innocent bystander, or just someone that catches his eye. 

The real purpose of this show, like most of the stuff Chewie does, is to entertain you, the listener.  Rather than asking the same old questions that everyone else does, he's looking to give you a slightly more off-the-wall look into these Magic players and judges and what-have-you by catching them off guard and putting them on the spot. 

This episode covers the Friday of GP Pittsburgh.  The event was sort of dead by the time Chewie got there, but after being filled with glorious Indian food he was more than willing to wander around and talk to people.  He got some of his tournament buddies, a mess of judges, the judge manager, G-Fabs, and even a whole Commander game full of Twitter folks like Norbert88 and Brainstorm Brewery's Jason Alt.

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what your answers would be!

Your host: Chewie
Twitter: @TheManaPool
Email: chewie@mtgcast.com

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Episode 283 - What Happens in Vegas, Stays on the Podcast

2013-07-01
Length: 1s

This is the first episode after Chewie got back from his listener-supplied trip to Grand Prix Las Vegas!  So of course, he has to talk at great length about GP Vegas.  Because it was amazing in so many ways.  Like, SO many ways.  So I'm gonna go ahead and apologize for how long that took, because apparently no one realized just how long we went on about it.

Then there's all the other stuff!  Here are some handy links for you:

M14 previews: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2014coreset/cig
M14 promos and tokens: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1262
Super-sweet SDCC Garruk promo: http://geek-news.mtv.com/2013/06/24/magic-the-gathering-planeswalkers-san-diego-comic-con/
The GP Vegas infographic: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/james-arnold-design-art-06242013-grand-prix-las-vegas-an-infographic/
Inside the Deck from GP Vegas part 1: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/inside-the-deck-rich-castle-06232013-videos-from-grand-prix-las-vegas/
And part 2: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/inside-the-deck-las-vegas-video-06272013-videos-from-grand-prix-las-vegas-part-two/
 


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – nope, not this week

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Three Questions: GP Charlotte - Sunday

2013-06-25
Length: 1s

Since Grand Prix Las Vegas just completely destroyed the record for largest Magic event ever, it is a fine time to revisit the previous holder of that record, GP Charlotte.  Of course Chewie was there, armed as always with his trusty digital recorder, his wits, and spare batteries.  He and his fellow dorks concocted this edition of the Three Questions once they arrived in Charlotte, sitting in Buffalo Wild Wings actually.  Once the Questions were decided, all that was left was to go out and hit people over the head with them.

And hit them he did!  This show represents those that answered the questions on Sunday, which was Day 2 of GP Charlotte.  Judges, pros, local players, and even innocent bystanders all heard the questions and answered them.

Stay tuned for the next edition of Three Questions, coming straight from Grand Prix Pittsburgh and after that, the immense amount of content from GP Vegas!


Music:  The Journey Continues (Intermission) by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

Your host: Chewie
Twitter: @TheManaPool
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Episode 282 - Old vs. New: Hippie Edition

2013-06-16
Length: 2s

After a brief discussion about being the biggest idiot ever, the dorks head right into the Magic 2014 cards they showed the freakin' night after we recorded the last episode. It's just one per color, so it doesn't take that long.  ZOMG Fish Illusion!

Then Mike and Brian tell us all about a PTQ they went to at Atomic Empire in Durham North Carolina. It's a great shop, you should check it out.  If that's not funny to you, you need to listen to more Cluze. Just sayin'.  Non-spoiler: Mike finished a game in such an amazing way that I can't even bring myself to type it here. Just listen.

After a musical break, it's time for the topic Chewie has been trying to do for a month now.  We're taking a look at the various key elements of the guilds from the original Ravnica block and comparing them to the same elements in Return to Ravnica in an effort to determine which one is just, well, better.  This episode we're focusing on the hippies of the Selesnya guild.  So what's better, old weed-smoking hippies or new hemp-wearing hippies?  Let us know what you think!

Magic 2014 Card Image Gallery: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2014coreset/cig
Red Hexproof deck Mike liked so much: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/deck/1251
Nostalgia Critic videos: http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – No Love by Eminem (ft. Lil Wayne) – http://www.eminem.com

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Episode 281 - Look at All Those Previews!

2013-06-09
Length: 1s

We have an amazing episode lined up for you this time!  We're going all the way back to the first Ravnica block so we can compare it to...wait, what?

Oh, never mind.  There's an entire set of Modern Masters and a fair bit of Magic 2014 previews to discuss.  So I guess we'll do that instead.  Do enjoy!

There's also a pretty funny No Shyfts too.  Here's that link: http://www.5colorcontrol.com/noshyfts/?p=611
Modern Masters: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/modernmasters/cig
Magic 2014: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2014coreset/cig



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Kick Some Ass by Stroke 9 - http://www.stroke9.com

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Episode 280 - New Legendary Masters That Are...Modern?

2013-06-02
Length: 2s

The dorks are back! After inadvertantly taking a couple of weeks off, we are back with a vengeance.  Of course, there's plenty of big news that has popped up in our absence.  Since Brian loves Maze's End so much, we had to talk about the Maze's End deck that did so well at Pro Tour: Dragon's Maze. There was a big preview of the rules update that is coming up in Magic 2014. Legend rules, playing lands, sideboards...all kinds of stuff.  We cover it all.

Since we last recorded, they've started previewing cards from Modern Masters.  So of course, we're covering the cards that Wizards has previewed.  At this time this was recorded, only 3 days of previews had gone by, so there aren't terribly many just yet. Just wait for next episode though!


Maze's End PT deck - http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/eventcoverage/ptdgm13/video10
M14 Rules Update Preview - http://wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/248e
Modern Masters Card Image Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/modernmasters/cig#
No Shyfts about Rob Castellon - http://www.5colorcontrol.com/noshyfts/comics/2013-05-27-Rob%20Castellon.jpg


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music – Indestructible by Disturbed - http://www.disturbed1.com

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Three Questions: GP Charlotte - Friday

2013-05-26
Length: 31s

You’ve waited all this time, and now it is finally here.  Chewie went to Grand Prix Charlotte armed with his trusty digital recorder, his wits, and spare batteries.  After he stopped and bought them on the way.  He and his fellow dorks concocted this edition of the Three Questions once they arrived in Charlotte, sitting in Buffalo Wild Wings actually.  Once the Questions were decided, all that was left was to go out and hit the people over the head with them.

And hit them he did!  This show represents those that answered the Questions on the Friday of GP Charlotte.  You probably knew that from the title though.  Judges, players, a Pro Tour champion, and a certain basketball-infatuated writer all heard the Questions and answered them.

Stay tuned for GP Charlotte’s Saturday and Sunday coming soon, and after that the GP Pittsburgh edition

Music:  The Journey Continues (Intermission) by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

 

Your host: Chewie
Twitter: @TheManaPool
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Three Questions: GP Charlotte - Saturday

2013-05-26
Length: 1s

You've waited all this time, and now it is finally here...again.  Chewie went to Grand Prix Charlotte armed with his trusty digital recorder, his wits, and spare batteries.  After he stopped and bought them on the way.  He and his fellow dorks concocted this edition of the Three Questions once they arrived in Charlotte, sitting in Buffalo Wild Wings actually.  Once the Questions were decided, all that was left was to go out and hit the people over the head with them.

And hit them he did!  This show represents those that answered the Questions on Saturday, which was Day 1 of GP Charlotte.  You probably knew that from the title though.  Judges, listeners, some of Chewie's local players, and big-name pros all heard the Questions and answered them.

Stay tuned for GP Charlotte's Sunday coming soon, and after that the GP Pittsburgh edition!

 

Music:  The Journey Continues (Intermission) by Kazunaka Yamane (from Double Dragon)

 

Your host: Chewie
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Episode 279 - The Running Games

2013-05-14
Length: 1s

Bryan Prillaman steps in for our own Brian yet again this episode!  Yay having a Bryan! On this episode, we discuss the announcement of Slivers in Magic 2014, Sealed Deck play in Duels 2014, a teeny bit of the Dragon's Maze Rules Update, and of course, the Dragon's Maze Event Deck.  Man that's a lot of capitalization.  Also, nipples on men.  Yes, you read that correctly.  When you went back to read it again, it was still the same.  I apologize for that, I really do.

After a short but spirited discussion, we have to take our leave of you.  But don't worry, we filled up more time!  We've included the recording of the radio commentary for The Running Games that first aired on The Ocho Radio.  Even if you already know which guild managed to navigate the Implicit Maze and win the whole shebang, you should still listen in for our crack observations and general hilarity. 



Slivers in M14: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152787820210307.1073741829.201120755306&type=1

Doug Beyer's Sliver blog: http://dougbeyermtg.tumblr.com/post/49835902311/slivers-evolved

Rules update: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/244f&page=3

Dragon's Maze Event Deck: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1227



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - You're the Best by Joe Esposito - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Esposito_%28singer%29

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Episode 278 - Field Reports from the Dragon's Maze

2013-05-07
Length: 1s

It's prerelease time as Chewie, Mike, and Brian head over to Top Deck Games in Kernersville NC to take on the ten guilds of Ravnica!  Brian's law-school buddy John was there too (as he tends to be when there's a prerelease), as was our old pal Robert Waycaster.  We've got the handy-dandy ditital recorder and we're recording what happens just after it happens so you can get the full story without the passage of time to blur anything.  Follow the dorks (the ones that survive, anyway) as they run through each round.  Sometimes you'll hear from opponents, bystanders, store owners, crazy people, and assorted dorks too, which only makes things that much more fun!  There's really not much else to tell here, so we hope you enjoy!

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - You're the Best by Joe Esposito - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Esposito_%28singer%29

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Episode 277 - So...Dragon's Maze?

2013-04-29
Length: 2s

Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) joins us again this week, this time in lieu of our usual green man, Dirk.  The new baby caught up with him and he wasn't able to join us.  The first part of the show is a look at the entire set of...oh wait, no.  It's the Banned & Restricted list update, followed by a look at the the full Dragon's... Nope, not yet, then it's the Commander Banned list update.  Sigh.  After that, we move right into the Maze...oh.  The maze of grief that the passing of Quinton Hoover left us in.  That's really a shame, because his art really helped shape the early look of the game.

But then, after all that and probably some other stuff, we move right into the Dragon's Maze.  The full set is now available, so we're gonna run through the high points.  It turns out the high points are damn near every card we didn't mention yet...sorry about that.  This episode runs a little longer than we meant it to.


B&R list update: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/244b2
Commander Banned list update: http://www.mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15735
Quinton Hoover's Magic art: http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?output=spoiler&method=visual&action=advanced&artist=+[%22quinton+hoover%22]
Dragon's Maze Card Image Gallery: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/dragonsmaze/cig#

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat) by The Immortals

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Episode 276 - No Maze Puns Here!

2013-04-22
Length: 2s

We've got a full cast plus one this week, as Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) joins us to talk spoilers.  You know, because we always bring Bill on to talk spoilers.  I bet we bring him back next week too.  But...it's just Dragon's Maze pretty much the whole time.  So there's really nothing else to say here.  We didn't even do final thoughts because we went so long!  And that's pretty much it.  I mean, there were a lot of spoilers.  Like a whole lot.  But yeah, we're done here.  Stop reading.  No really, go away.

Seriously, bugger off.  Your girlfriend's calling you.  Hahaha, just kidding, of course you don't have a girlfriend.  Your mom's calling you.  And your mom's on Facebook.  HA!

Yeah, that was mean.  Sorry about that, I'm sure you have a girlfriend.  Or maybe you don't.  It doesn't matter either way.  Half of the hosts on this show are single.  No shame!


Dragon's Maze Card Image Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/dragonsmaze/cig



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - Save World Get Girl by I Fight Dragons - http://ifightdragons.com

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Episode 275 - A Small Handful of Dragon's Maze

2013-04-16
Length: 1s

Hey look, Dirk's back! He successfully populated, so now he has two little token dudes at home!

We start this episode off with what Brian assures us is quite possibly the most offensive Magic Mad Lib ever.  Sounds awesome!  We go from there to a brief discussion of a recent Standard tournament where a Turbo Fog deck got played!  Also, I point out how Sexy Jake Humphries made the top 8 of a Star City Open.  Aw yeah.

From there on, it's the handful of Dragon's Maze previews that had been revealed at this point.  So I guess you could say we go pretty in-depth on them.  I guess.

Also, there's a small life lesson at the end that everyone should take to heart. Just sayin'.


Dragon's Maze Card Image Gallery - http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/dragonsmaze/cig



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - Requiem for a Tower by Clint Mansell - http://www.clintmansell.com/

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Episode 274 - News with Stybs! (and His Lawyers)

2013-04-08
Length: 2s

We are joined this week by none other than Adam Styborski!  He's @the_stybs on Twitter.  For those of you that don't know...what rock have you been living under?  He's the (former) writer for Serious Fun on DailyMTG, the current writer of the brand new Commander column Command Tower on DailyMTG, he's on the text coverage team for Wizards, and he's all about some Pauper Cube.  Oh yeah, he's the Content Manager for GatheringMagic too. 

But he joins us this week to tell us all about Command Tower, how it came about, what you can expect, and assorted other things.  Really, Stybs just talks on and on about whatever we throw in his direction for a good long time, and it was really awesome.  You can REALLY feel how much he loves Commander as a format.  He even brought a tear to my eye at one point.  That could have been my roommate's cooking though...

After we had drained Stybs dry of his soul...I mean information...we still had PLENTY of news to talk about.  Rather than list it all here and then list it all again down there...we're just gonna put it down there.  Go look at all the nifty stuff we hit on!

News!
Duels 2014 - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1195
Leaked Cheevos - http://devinwatson.com/SteamSchema/213850.html
Duel Decks: Heroes vs. Monsters - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1202
Theros - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1196
Ruric Thar & Maze's End - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1197


The episode of Card Advantage w/ Mike - http://www.mtgcast.com/mtgcast-podcast-shows/active-podcast-shows/card-advantage/card-advantage-23-whos-got-the-fever



Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music - Requiem for a Tower by Clint Mansell - http://www.clintmansell.com/

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Episode 273 - Great Big Guest Star Episode!

2013-04-01
Length: 2s

We are eschewing the usual April Fool's nonsense this year here on The Mana Pool.  Yes I know you guys look forward to it every year (except perhaps Shred Memory) but it really gets harder and harder to come up with new original ideas.  So this time, instead of doing something weird (er than usual) we decided to just have a hell of a good episode! 

It's guest stars galore on this one!  At various points throughout the episode we had Cluze from Card Advantage (@lacluyze), Bryan Prillaman (@BryanPrillaman) from JudgeCast (and Avant-Card Show of course) and we even managed to dig up our old buddy Eric of Many Names (@EricMTGCast)!  We even had Adam Styborski (@the_stybs) on, by virtue of a few off-the-cuff bumpers he recorded for us at GP Charlotte!  We discuss everything from Prillaman's torried relationship with Claire (nonexistant) to what's REALLY under Mike's beard!  Due to the completely bizarre nature of this show, there's not really a main topic exactly, just a bunch of dorks having fun talking about whatever there is to talk about!  We hope you guys enjoy!

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Episode 272 - Story Circles for Everyone! (On the Show)

2013-03-26
Length: 2s

Remember the planeswalkers that the dorks made for each other a couple episodes ago?  Yeah?  Well this episode we're doing Story Circles to craft a deck around each of those dorky planeswalkers!  Pretty awesome huh?

Of course, that's not all we're up to.  Oh no.  Brian rambles on about Modern just a bit before we get going (weird I know).  We talk for a couple more minutes about the newest You Make the Card vote (at the time it was a runoff between land and enchantment).

At the end, we have another amazing rush of gratitude for a listener who, for reasons that continue to baffle us, sent us some stuff.  And I'm talking good stuff too.  Like damn. If you don't believe it, head over to this episode's post on TheManaPool.com to see the Nether Shadow alter he sent to Chewie.  It's totally badassed.  Thanks for everything Lou!

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Episode 271 - The Half Episode

2013-03-19
Length: 1s

This week is a bit of a strange one.  We're short one Lead Rambler, so there's (supposedly) a lot less talking going on.  We're also running out of server space on our hosting site, because Chewie's a big idiot.  Don't worry, all is well now - until he screws it up again.  The way we fixed it, oddly enough, was to record this episode.  With space running low, we realized that the best way to fix it would be to record a really short one at a slightly lower quality and then remember to make all episodes from here out slightly lower quality so they don't take up all the server space.  Duh.

So with those two things, this episode is just some news and nonsense. We talk about the Introduction to Grand Prix video that the Walk the Planes guys did.  Well, Chewie talked about it.  You should totally go watch it, it's awesome.  Then we hit the Sorin vs. Tibalt decklists and You Make the Card 4, along with a quick jaunt down memory lane for the last three YMTC cards.

And of course there's discussion of addictions (Chewie's playing Skyrim now), pregnancies (Dirk's wife is SOOOO pregnant), and assorted other nonsense.  Of course, what strange episode would be complete without a look a little too deeply into Chewie's personal life?  By the way, the Old Man is awesome.  Like damn.


Intro to GPs vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiakR7NgtF0
Sorin vs. Tibalt: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/237b
You Make the Card 4: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/238



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Episode 270 - Do You (or Have You) Kid?

2013-03-12
Length: 2s

Wow, is this really the first episode we've recorded since GP Charlotte?  In that case, we'll spend a few minutes looking back at the GP.  We also discuss the whole Cockatrice thing for a couple minutes.  Brian points out that what you should be doing is don't be moving.  There's fake new babies, a list of accomplishments (Mike is a failure, sadly) and the admission that we're all tired.  Like really tired.

But then we get into Dirk's episode topic!  Each dork get a planeswalker created for them by the other three dorks!  We take personality, play style, and whatever else we can think of into account when doing this.  Then we look at the 'walker from a flavor perspective, trying to figure out who their planeswalker allies and enemies would be, and figure out what planes they might want to frequent.  It's a lot of fun and actually, we ended up with some pretty good ones.  In fact, if you'd like to see them, you should head on over to this episode's post on TheManaPool.com.  The link is right down there.


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Episode 269 - On the Ground at GP Charlotte

2013-03-07
Length: 2s

So here it is, the long-awaited Grand Prix Charlotte episode!  Chewie is there with the digital recorder, capturing everything just after it happens!  Mike, Brian, Bill (@SqueeGoblnNabob) and JT (@NerdPop140) are basically always nearby, and Jonathan Harvell, Kevin Baldwin (@TaureanMauler) & his lovely wife Angie, and Lyall Alfred (@NewSpectrum) make guest appearances whenever they're nearby.  We talk about our records, the decks we're playing, the people we've met, the Goldrush, funny stuff, stupid stuff, how hungry we are, how tired we are, and how AWESOME the whole thing is!

There are also a few special cameos, most notably Mike Flores (@fivewithflores), Adam Styborski (@the_Stybs), and...you know what? It's really late and I can't remember who was on this show and who was just on the MTGCast part.  So you'll just have to listen to find out all this stuff.  HA!



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Episode 268 - The Magnor Criol of Deckbuilding

2013-02-21
Length: 2s

On this episode, of course we're gonna talk about From the Vault: Twenty.  I mean, duh.  Then we go on into more esoteric topics.  A listener known as Andrew Hunt (Magnor Criol on the forums) supplied us with six 60-card casual decks to talk about.  And we do.  At great length.  These are really pretty cool.  We go over each one, poking at the pros and cons, bouncing potential modifications off of each other, stuff like that.  The links to the TappedOut pages are below.

Then we have a slight interruption.  Jeremey Schofield (@J_Schofield) pops in to try to get money out of you!  Not for himself, but for Chewie!  Jeremey has spearheaded an operation to get Chewie a plane ticket to Grand Prix Las Vegas in June.  If you remember, GP Vegas is going to be Modern Masters Limited, which is most likely going to be completely amazing.  The GP itself is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever.  So if you'd like to chip in and help, all you have to do is click here: http://www.gofundme.com/2309p0

*Chewie note: By the time this was ready to be posted, we had already reached the goal of $500!  But if you still want to send in more, go right ahead.  Any excess funds will be split between beefing up the prize pool for the raffle-type thing he's doing and the rest will be donated to the MTGCast Network to keep it up and running.  Pretty cool huh?

Here are the decks in the order that we talked about them, feel free to follow along:

Shaper's Madness - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/shapers-madness/
Consumerism - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/consumerism/
Gloryscale Multifun - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/gloryscale-multifun/
Pointed - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/pointed/
Infinite Murkfiend - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/infinite-murkfiend/
A Draining Experience - http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/a-draining-experience/

From the Vault: Twenty - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1171

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Intro by Tosus!
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Episode 267 - Erryday I'm Cycling

2013-02-18
Length: 2s

Wow, we talked about a LOT of stuff this week.  We handled lots of it in quickfire, lightning-round fashion and you can find the links for those down there after these paragraphs.  Doing the live episode from the Prerelease and having Prillaman on one week means we missed a fair amount of news.  So even though it's not really news anymore, we still decided to weigh in with our opinions.  Yay opinions!

What does YOUR favorite guild-flavored floss taste like?

The main topic, however, is something new.  Yes, after more than five years of podcasting about Magic, Brian has managed to come up with something we've never talked about before.  We're all very proud of him.

I suppose I should tell you what that is.  There are a lot of cycles in Gatecrash.  Hey, there are a lot of cycles in every Magic set.  But outside of those cycles, there are a lot of really cool cards that stand alone.  Well this episode, we decided to take a look at those noncycled (uncyclic?) cards and imagine what they would look like as part of a cycle.  From Giant Vacuum to...well I'm sure we named some more, we made up some cycles that just seemed to work.  Or that sounded like fun.  Or that were completely ridiculous.  Whatever it was, we were all over it.  And it led to some fun and interesting discussions too, so we hope you guys enjoy it!

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B&R update: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/232
Extort in Commander: http://mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15321
Dragon's Maze buy-a-box is Render Silent: http://www.wizards.com/ContentResources/Wizards/Sales/Solicitations/2013_02_04_DGMBAB_Solicitation_en_US.pdf
DGM prerelease stuff: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1156
Guild letters: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1165

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Episode 266 - Let's Play Tag Like Adults

2013-02-10
Length: 1s

We're joined this episode by none other than Bryan Prillaman, one of our favorite dorks.  You know, the mossy guy formerly on Avant-Card Show and now JudgeCast.  We really love that guy.  And our own Brian got sick and died, so we had to find a replacement at the last minute.  And since it was last minute, this episode is all over the place.  We did cover a few important things though, so let's list those:

-Missed triggers policy update: http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/233
-Gatecrash Event Decks: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1161
-Gatecrash Intro Packs: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1152

Yeah, that's all the important stuff.  Now for some unimportant stuff that you will be far FAR more likely to remember:

-Children are plague factories
-Judge tag
-The baby on the meat hook twitched
-Condescending Charm, coming in Dragon's Maze

Man I've missed Prillaman.  Check out the picture for this post on the website, it's him.  Man he's a goober.

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Break Music - Psychosocial Baby by Isosine (Mashup of Slipknot's "Psychosocial" and Justin Bieber's "Baby")

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Episode 265 - Gatecrash Prerelease Live

2013-02-03
Length: 1s

Yes you read that correctly!  The dorks venture forth into the long dark of Lucky's Card Shop in Greensboro NC to bring you field reports straight from the Prerelease!  Actually it's quite well-lit in there, but that wouldn't have sounded anywhere near as cool.  But yes, Chewie brought his Tascam DR-08 recorder with him to catalogue everything we did while we were there.  Well, maybe not everything.  I mean, he didn't take it to the bathroom or to McDonald's with him.  Okay he did, but he didn't use it at those two places.

Anyway, Prerelease.  With a Simic, an Orzhov, and two Boros players in our crew, somebody was probably going to do well.  And they did, but you'll have to listen to find out who and how good.  Or just, you know, pay attention to the forums and Twitter and stuff.  Whatever.  We discussed how rounds went, talked to other players, got a few good stories, and had an all-around good time.  So give it a listen and let us know what you think, since this is the first time we've done this.

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Episode 264 - Stark Raving Mad

2013-01-28
Length: 2s

We are joined this episode by a VERY special guest, Graham Stark from LoadingReadyRun!  Graham, who is a very funny fellow it turns out, hangs out with us for the first half of the episode.  We talk about what LRR is, Magic, having a real job, drafting, Magic, Gatecrash, Guilds, and more Magic.  Probably some other stuff too, it's been a while since we actually recorded this one.

After Graham takes his leave of us so he can go be funny on camera and stuff (definitely a rough life), we turn our sights to the full Gatecrash set.  We take a look at some cycles that have been revealed or fully fleshed out, check out some reprints, hit the last of the mythics, and generally just go over anything that looks cool.  We hope you enjoy!


Follow Graham on Twitter: @Graham_LRR

Check out LoadingReadyRun at.... http://www.loadingreadyrun.com

Watch the Friday Nights series: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/936

Gatecrash full set: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/gatecrash/cig#




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Episode 263 - Slimy Hat Salesman

2013-01-21
Length: 2s

This episode had a great many possible titles to pick from.  Here are two of the ones I didn't choose:  Five Alarm Fire, How Much Mustard Did They Have?  And that's why I love this game.

We're joined this week by our old friend Bill Bloodworth, who is Kurai_Seraphim on the forums and @SqueeGoblnNabob on Twitter.  It's almost a tradition to have him here with us when preview season hits, so why change things now?  We talked a little bit about the GTC Event Decks (there's only a little bit of info, after all), and a fair amount about the tokens in Gatecrash.  And from there, it was all spoilers.  Yeah, there were a lot.  So...we hope you enjoy!


Gatecrash Spoilers
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/gatecrash/cig

Gatecrash Event Decks
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1146

Gatecrash Tokens
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1147
 
 
 
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Break Music - Lap Dancing Lady by Tony Ferrino

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Episode 262 - Uncommon Fish Mutant

2013-01-15
Length: 2s

This episode we are joined by none other than Dr. Science himself, Cluze!  He did a Magic Mad Lib with us, which is always fun.  Before that, we talked about a bunch of announcements and news and stuff.  No really, look at all these announcements and news and stuff we talked about!  Well, the links are down there somewhere.  I'm sure you'll find them.

Then we hit the Gatecrash previews, of course.  That's why you're all here, after all.  And we went on about them.  And on.  And then on some more.  Holy crap, the second part of this episode was as long as a normal episode!  But we were definitely thorough, and took at least a glance at everything that had been spoiled up to that time.  So sit back, enjoy, and let us know what you thought.

Follow Cluze on Twitter @lacluyze - he's a pretty cool guy.  Then go listen to him over at Card Advantage while you're at it.

Magic 2014
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1141

Fan Kits
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1142

Duels 2013 Deck Pack 3
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1143

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Episode 261 - Crashing All the Gates

2013-01-06
Length: 2s

We begin this episode short one host, but don't worry about him.  He'll show up in the nick of time.  Brian gives us his take on last episode, throwing out ideas for Hellsing seen through the lens of Magic cards.  Then he and Chewie tell us about some of their experiences with the Return to Ravnica Booster Battle Packs, or whatever they're called.  But of course, that's not why any of you are here, is it?

Yes, we're going to hit each and every Gatecrash card that had been revealed when we recorded this.  And holy crap there were a lot of them.  From the first five that revealed the new guild mechanics all the way down to everyone's favorite planeswalker bro, we're taking a look at them all.  And be sure you stay tuned until the very end, because we have some information about playing Extort cards in EDH that came all the way from a high-level judge.

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Episode 260 - Giant Chicken Token

2012-12-30
Length: 1s

Chewie got a 2013 Holiday Card!  That's the good news.  The bad news is that Brian was having technical difficulties, causing some serious feedback problems.  The majority of them were edited out, so just trust us that they were absolutely worse than you can hear.  There is also another of Brian's on-theme Magic Mad Libs.  Yay Mad Libs!

But this episode is more than problems and a Mad Lib.  This one is another of those free-form rambling discussions with no real point or purpose other than to entertain our thousands of listeners across the globe!  Or...at least the American ones, in this case.  Roughly a year ago, we did Episode 205 - Would Solid Snake Have Shroud?  It was jolly good fun, so Brian thought we should do it again.  But instead of looking at video games through the lens of Magic cards, this time we're doing television shows!  Shows we enjoy, shows we've seen, or just shows we think might work well with Magic.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for shows, then hit the forums or leave a comment on the site.  Hope you enjoy!

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Episode 259 - Tundra Wolves Man 13

2012-12-16
Length: 2s

Man, this episode is all over the place.  We have a Cardshark promotion to tell you about, first and foremost.  If you want a shot at winning the five best planeswalkers in Standard, you should definitely pay attention.  Here's the link, in case you can't pay attention:
http://www.cardshark.com/Promotions/Default.aspx

Then, we hear from a Russian listener.  We've been at this a long time (over 5 years now in fact) and that might be a first.  How cool is that?

Then we have another Magic Mad Lib.  If you thought last week's was funny, then you've got to hear this one.  Featuring 100% less singing (thank goodness), this Mad Lib might be Chewie's favorite ever.  No kidding.  The follow-up discussion was also some top-notch stuff.

"What are the monkey people called?" - Dirk

The rest of the episode (yeah, all that was only like a quarter of it at most) is taken up by our responses to two listener emails.  Tony Mendolia (who never fails to tell the world about our new episodes on Google Plus, even though we've pretty much given up on it) asks us a question about saving sets of commons and uncommons for his kids.  This was a really good discussion, plus it gave Dirk a chance to weigh in with some serious mic time!

The second half of the show is all about Ravnican flavor.  More specifically, the storyline of Return to Ravnica.  Andrew from CO in LA (confusing, innit?) wanted to know about it, since he wasn't exactly sure what was going on.  We ended up going over everything we know, or think we know, and connecting as much of it as possible to the original Ravnica storyline.  Another good discussion, and another satisfied listener (in theory anyway, since we didn't exactly run it past him ahead of time).

Hope you all enjoy, and try not to get stabbed in the uterus.  Just sayin'.

 

 

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Episode 258 - Into the Red Zone

2012-12-11
Length: 2s

We are joined this week by Calvin Russell, also known as Captain Red Zone, from the Off Color Cast.  If you've ever listened to that show, you'll know that he has a tendency to sort of run off at the mouth and end up talking to himself, which is perfect for our show!  We initially brought him on to talk about battle strategies or something, and he did...at first.  It was thoroughly entertaining though, so we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

That's not all though!  Before we cut Calvin loose, we had a lot to do.  Chewie spoke for a bit about Grand Prix Charleston, because believe it or not this is the first time we've recorded since then!  Incidentally, have you heard about playing Magic with The Stack?  It's pretty freakin' great.  There's a bit of news, with Duels 2013 getting a new deck pack featuring Orzhov and Gruul decks.  Also, there's a recent rash of card shop robberies in central California.  If you're out that way, beware.
Off Color Cast: http://www.offcolorcast.com
Calvin during the GP stories: http://i.imgur.com/tCp90.gif
Duels 2013 Deck Pack #2: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1118
Central California card shop breakins: http://www.kmph.com/story/20269093/thieves-target-game-shops-steal-magic-cards

Oh we're not done yet!  Brian had a very special (and ESPECIALLY HILARIOUS) Christmas-themed Magic Mad Lib.  Seriously, this one was great.  Not just because of the Mad Lib itself, but because of the circumstances surrounding it.  I mean damn.

And if you manage to make it all the way to the end, you can hear Chewie being not gracious at all as he thanks a few listeners for their generosity as well as Dirk complaining about his students.  That last part is pretty funny.  I'm just sayin'.

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music  - Warp Zone Music from Super Mario Sunshine
Calvin's New Jam created by Andy of CommanderCast fame, used with Chris's permission. Sorta. Whatevs.

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Episode 257 - Go Vacuum (Live)

2012-12-03
Length: 2s

Hey look, another live episode already!  Yeah, it turns out that the week after the week we took off due to Thanksgiving, Brian decided to go to Disney World and forget to remind us.  We determined that he was missing...about an hour or so before starting.  Since having Brian around was pretty essential for the topic we had in mind, we panicked.  Thus, I bring you the live episode we recorded just last month!

We start off with a nice and sorta quick Commander game.  Then we have a particularly brutal (and therefore short) Archenemy game played with 60-card casual decks.

Of course, we can't have two short games without having one stupidly long one.  Taking up fully half of the unedited time, we played a game of Planechase.  If I remember correctly...nope, I don't.  I've blocked it.  But don't worry, this game isn't actually all that bad.  This definitely wasn't the worst game we played that day.  Hope you enjoy!


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music 1 - Flash Man from Mega Man 2 on the Nintendo Entertainment System
Break Music 2 - Dust Man from Mega Man 4 on the NES

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Limited_Resources_158

2012-11-22
Length: 1s

The latest Limited Resources, posted here because MTGCast is full, and because Marshall is such a great guy that I finally got to meet.  Also, Jon Loucks is SUPER dreamy!

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Episode 256 - Don't Stop Living In the Red

2012-11-21
Length: 1s

We begin this episode by giving a quick rundown of the last EDH game that we played at Brian's house a few weekends ago.  It was glorious, and terrible, and bizarre, and epic, and ridiculous.  Yes, all those things.  Consecutively or concurrently, it doesn't matter.  Then we have to tell you all about the crazy first game we played that weekend.  It was not an ordinary game of Magic, and it involved yet another of Brian's crazy inventions.  I'm sure you guys will enjoy it though, I know we did.

Mad Lib!  Your filth has freed us!

Then we come to the good part.  There were some SERIOUS internet connection issues going on here.  We invited our old friend Professor J onto the show!  TheJaceKid.  Jace.  Javier.  He's almost on par with Eric here, holy crap!  The problems were pretty bad, but we soldiered through to give you a big discussion about the color Red in multiplayer.  We touched on lots of the big things Red can do, and why that does or does not work in multiplayer.  Of course, the discussion is a bit fragmented due to the constant dropoffs, but I think it's still good.  Be sure to follow Professor J on Twitter @JacevBeleren

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Monday Night Magic #337 - The GP Charleston Episode

2012-11-20
Length: 2s

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Episode 255 - The Unintentional Star Wars Episode

2012-11-12
Length: 1s

On this episode, we end up talking a lot about Star Wars.  Yeah, Disney bought LucasArts, or LucasFilm, or whatever the big thing is named and that's what kicked it all off, but we just went on about it for way too long.  We're dorks, we can't help it.  We also did another Magic Mad Lib, because they're entirely too much fun and we can't help ourselves.

Then we got into the meat of the episode.  We each ranked the guild mechanics of Return to Ravnica in terms of multiplayer usefulness.  Of course, as always happens when all 4 of us do something like this, we got VASTLY different results.  I love it.  So of course we have to discuss (argue) about each mechanic and why this one is better than that one.  It's a good one as usual.

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Episode 254 - Planechasing and Stuff Live

2012-11-05
Length: 2s

So here it is, the long-lost live episode of The Mana Pool!  Well, not so much long-lost as recorded-and-not-needed.  We recorded this way back in late June when Chewie, Mike, and Brian all got together to play some Magic.  Dirk was all up in Denver and stuff at the time.  So we played some Planechase, some EDH, maybe some other stuff?  I don't know, we're all learning this together.  There's never much to say with a live episode, so I hope you guys enjoy!

Also, don't forget that Chewie, along with his Monday Night Magic cohost Jack, will be at Grand Prix Charleston gunslinging!  That's November 16, 17, and 18!  Here's the link:
http://phoenixgamesinc.com/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/11/16/1455/-/mtg-grand-prix-charleston

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.myspace.com/swiftband
Break Music 1 – Korobeiniki by Ozma - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozma_%28band%29
Break Music 2 - Double Dragon Stronghold by The Minibosses - http://minibosses.com/
Break Music 3 - Who Do You Voodoo, Bitch? by Sam B - http://deadisland.deepsilver.com/dead-island/deadisland.php

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Episode 253 - Modern Multiplayer Masters

2012-10-28
Length: 2s

This episode is brought to you by: Bling!

We recorded this episode the night before the full reveal of Commander's Arsenal, so forgive us the lack of all the details.  I do, however, believe that most of what we discussed still applies, so just listen to the episode.  We have a nice big discussion about price points, and Commander, and greed, ballin' & flossin' and...I dunno, white people?  It's been a few days, give me a break.  Here's the entire Commander's Arsenal though, we'll get to it next episode.
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/218c

Also, here's the article on CommanderCast that Chewie mentioned:
http://www.commandercast.com/generally-speaking-32-commanders-arsenal-not-actually-for-commander-players

From there, we went on to the Modern Masters announcement.  More price points, greed, ballin' & flossin', and white people, this time with a Modern bent.  Ballin' I say!
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/218

This led us quite naturally into a multiplayer version of Modern Masters.  So we dug through Gatherer and found a whole lotta buncha Modern-legal cards from the Modern Masters reprint pool that we just LOVE for group games of Magic!  Let us know what we missed!



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Episode 252 - Rotated (and Touched)

2012-10-21
Length: 2s

As we tend to do with every Standard rotation, we're going to take a look at all the things that we won't be hearing about any more.  Scars of Mirrodin, Mirrodin Besieged, New Phyrexia, and Magic 2012 are all gone, and that means no more Titans, Infect, Elesh Norn, Bloodthirst, Heroes, Slagstorm, Ponder, Swords, and ALL KINDS of other stuff!

To help us out with this discussion, we brought on everyone's favorite podcaster, Chris Lansdell (@lansdellicious).  And I'm glad we did, because this show was entirely too much fun.

You may notice a very small difference in the intro.  That's all for you, Myke Okuhara!

Oh yeah, be sure you hang around until the end.  Trust me on this one.


Chris Lansdell on Mana Deprived: http://manadeprived.com/author/chris-lansdell/
Grand Prix Charleston Information: http://phoenixgamesinc.com/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2012/11/16/1455/-/mtg-grand-prix-charleston


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Episode 251 - Prerelease! (I'm Out of Control!)

2012-10-14
Length: 1s

Hey look, we're finally gonna talk about the Prerelease!  Oh shut up, it was worth the wait to have Squanto on episode 250 and you know it.  As you may know, ALL FOUR of the host dorks were at the Return to Ravnica prerelease!  Dirk (of all people) even did TWO!  We had Azorius, Rakdos, and Golgari represented at the one we all did together at Lucky's Card Shop in Greensboro, NC.  How'd we all do?  Well you're gonna have to listen for that one, aren't you?  And that's the majority of the episode, of course.

That's not all though!  We also took a look at the new Standard now that RTR is available.  Of course this isn't anything in-depth or even useful, we just wanted to poke at it and see what's changed.  My old favorite Kamikaze deck is still alive and kicking, in three different major variations!

We also have major problems with time dilation, time slipping slipping slipping, into the future, and Time Reversal being more than just a card.

Also, I got a ridiculously awesome gift from Wizards of the Coast and 360 Public Relations, and I have to take my final thought to explain it and thank everyone that might have had anything to do with it!  It's a Tablet of the Guilds print signed by a bunch of RTR's Design and Development team members!  Holy crap!  You can click on the link down there that says "This episode's post" to see the picture!

Also, I reveal the source of all my power!

 

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Episode 250 - The State of the Game

2012-10-07
Length: 2s

Here we are at another milestone episode for The Mana Pool!  It's been almost five years since we started this little show (that's another milestone for next month), and it's been a blast!  Lots of things have changed over the years, most notably our lineup.  Originally, the show was going to be Chewie and whoever he could track down to record with him any given week.  As we went on, the lineup settled into the four dorks that you all know and love, but we did have one other regular host back in the day.  He was responsible for MANY of the early topics for the show when we had no idea what to talk about.  He was our resident noob and minority.  Of course I'm talking about none other than Squanto!

Well I tracked him down (gave him a call) and convinced him (asked once) to come back for the big two-five-oh.  Since he's still a Magic player (thanks to Duels of the Planeswalkers on the iPad), he agreed!  He's taking an outsider's viewpoint on the game, picking our brains on the current state of the game and where it's heading.  We touch on tournaments, Magic Online, Duels of the Planeswalkers, the secondary market, media coverage, and really anything else we could think to include!  It was a really great discussion and we're all really happy to present it to you as our 250th episode!

But that's not all!  We also took a look at the Banned & Restricted List update that we missed a couple weeks ago (weird, I know).  We give you the rundown on the Return to Ravnica Event Decks, which were just released last week.  We go back to Magic nonsense to trash on the various Magic novels and thank goodness that they decided to just not release one rather than releasing straight crap.

B&R List Update: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/other/09202012a
RTR Event Decks: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1071

Of course, we go off topic a few times, Chewie is tormented by a couple flies in his room, Brian's sister is hot, Mike's beard is epic, and Dirk is replaced with Robot Dirk.  Basically everything's about where it should be.  Thanks for listening, and here's to another 250!
 
 
 
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Episode 249 - Return of the Ravnica or The Guildpact Strikes Back

2012-09-30
Length: 2s

The full set has been revealed, so we have to spend a nice long time talking about it!  You've come to expect this though, right?  All the shows out there are doing it, man.  Of course, we've been doing it longer, but that's beside the point, right?

But we're not going to start out with the awesome new stuff, no no.  We have to go back to the Commander banned list update, because we missed something the first time around.  Here's a link so you can follow along:
http://www.mtgcommander.net/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12253

The Intro Packs for Return to Ravnica have been revealed, so you should probably check those out too.  They seem pretty good with just a cursory glance:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1067

Also, our resident Rules Guy gets blue-balled by a less-than-interesting Rules Update:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/214b

And of course, the full set for RTR is here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/returntoravnica/cig


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Episode 248 - The Rules Guy Gets Busted!

2012-09-24
Length: 2s

Yup, it's more Return to Ravnica previews!  You know it, you love it.  Or maybe you just tolerate it.  I know we do!  Here's the link:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/returntoravnica/cig#

We also talked about these expensive guild shirts:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/213

And this No Shyfts comic:
http://www.5colorcontrol.com/noshyfts/?p=467

And we talked at length about the Escapist Expo tournament, which is pretty cool.  Chewie and Bill finished in the top 16, and Mike had a serious, SERIOUS problem.  No, I mean it.  I'm not even playing, this was really bad.  But you'll have to wait until the end of the episode to hear all about that!  HA!  That's called a teaser.
http://www.escapistexpo.com

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Episode 247 - Stack of Pancakes!

2012-09-14
Length: 2s

Look, it's really late.  You're getting this episode really early because I'm going to be at the Escapist Expo all weekend.  Mike and I were up way too late getting our respective decks for the big Saturday tournament up and running, then I had to go ask the hot nurse upstairs if she had a needle to help me get this MASSIVE splinter out of my hand.  Seriously, you guys should have seen it, it was crazy.  So now it's 3am and I still haven't finished posting this.  But you don't care about any of that, you just wanna know what we talked about don't you?

First off, Mike and Brian told us all about their experiences at the Magic Celebration, which was pretty awesome.  Then we had to...let's say discuss.  We had to discuss the fact that the Prerelease cards are the same as the Intro Pack rares.  See?
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1057

From there, it was pretty much just all previews all the time.  We covered everything that we could find that had been officially spoiled.  I wonder what they'll come out with next?  Probably a stack of pancakes!
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/returntoravnica/cig

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Episode 246 - Return to Ravnica, Address Unknown

2012-09-09
Length: 2s

Yup, it's preview time again!  We are returning to Ravnica in the next set, Return...to Ravnica.  Really?  Is that the best they could come up with?  Maybe the next time they do this we can just all it "Printing Money" or "Preying on Nostalgia".  Anyway, the Card Image Gallery is right here so you can follow along:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/returntoravnica/cig#

We also talked about the upcoming Duel Decks: Sorin vs. Tibalt.  Of course, that's basically all we know, so congratulations to us for covering that one so well.  Here's a link:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1049

Also, the first Magic Player's Championship happened, and it sounded completely awesome.  The new World Champion was...huh?  Not the World Champion?  Player of the Year?  But that's decided by pro point accumulation throughout the year isn't it?  Not anymore?  Weird.  Anyway, it was Yuuya Watanabe, and here's the full coverage:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/eventcoverage/tpc12/welcome

Also, Chewie is still going to the Escapist Expo in Durham next weekend (Sept 14-16).  If you're at all interested, here's a link to the Magic events that are happening all weekend:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/119032-The-Escapist-Expos-Official-Magic-The-Gathering-Schedule

And finally, Dirk has an important announcement, so don't leave until you get to the end!


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Episode 245 - Dredging in the Woods

2012-09-02
Length: 2s

We've got a lot of stuff going on here.  Chewie announces that he's going to the Escapist Expo in Durham.  For the full list of stuff going on at the Expo, you can just click here:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/119032-The-Escapist-Expos-Official-Magic-The-Gathering-Schedule

Brian's got a Magic Mad Lib for us!  It's totally not Boomerang.  Trust me on this.

Then we get into the first main topic, which is the fancy new Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari decklists.  We spend entirely too long discussing these, but it's all in good fun.  You can follow along here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/210

From there we've got a look at the Izzet and Golgari colored decks that we've built.  It's amazing how only one of these actually has anything to do with the guild itself, and it's twice the size of a normal deck.  Pretty cool huh?

Also, here's the Storage Wars episode we talked about at the very end:
http://www.aetv.com/storage-wars/video/sheets-and-geeks-33993138#33993138

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Episode 244 - Foolaroundishness

2012-08-27
Length: 1s

We have lots of stuff going on this week.  The World Magic Cup happened, for one.  That's about all the discussion we're gonna have about that.  WotC has revealed some information about some products (again) that we feel the urge to talk about.  There's the 2012 Holiday Gift Box, which you can find here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1039

There's the complete listing for From the Vault: Realms, which is right here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1040

They also revealed a Return to Ravnica card that will apparently be the Launch promo, which we're gonna talk about.  Yes I know it hasn't shown up on the Magic site anywhere just yet (for some reason) but it's official.  Trust us on this.

The main topic of discussion is all about Blue and how it fits into casual, multiplayer, and Magic in general. There's a lot of meat here that I'm just not gonna bother trying to write down, just listen. Also, a couple quick hits:

FNM: Friendly Neighborhood Monkey
"I don't know what number one is, but second place is a five-way tie." - Dirk

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Episode 243 - Up Your Arsenal (w/ Story Circle)

2012-08-19
Length: 2s

Hey look, we're doing another Commander episode!  Told you we weren't done with these, what now haters?  Or whatever.  Gimme a break, I never know how to start off these episode write-ups.  But we are focusing on Commander again this week, and of course we've got a guest host.  We managed to snag none other than Tom of the now-defunct MTG Radio podcast.   That show is the main reason Chewie decided to give EDH a try back in the day!

We begin with a discussion of competitive EDH that came from a listener email, then move over to the Commander's Arse(nal).  Everyone has their opinion on the product thus far.  Except for Mike, since we were apparently not listening to what he said.  He said stuff though, he assures us!

Commander's Arsenal:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1035

Then we decided to bring back the old Story Circle.  Aw yeah, you know you love it!  Our random general this time around was...Cromat.  Yeah, but we made the best out of it.  If you want to follow along or at least see what these cards are as we rattle them off, you can check out the post here:
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle243edh

Tom is @MTGRadio on Twitter by the way - you know what to do.

 

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Episode 242 - Listener-Submitted Ideas Appreciation Fortnight

2012-08-14
Length: 2s

We're back with another episode to entertain you all!  This one is again inspired by emails we've gotten from listeners like you.  These seem to be more personal in nature, beginning with our favorite tribes.  From there we move into how we started playing and what keeps us interested, and how one can go about getting cards without destroying your wallet.  Then we're asked about our favorite expansion/block, our favorite cards, the cards we've had the most fun with, and which planeswalker we identify with.  The final question, according to my notes, is about our personal idiosyncrasies when we're playing.  That on was fun, because we started pointing stuff out about each other.

Oh yeah, we also talked about Jarad and the Planeswalker Points achievements and badges, but we actually had astonishingly little to say about each one.
Jarad: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1033
Achievements: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/206

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Episode 241 - (Not Even) Quick-Fire Discussions

2012-08-06
Length: 2s

It's time once again for us to dig into our mailbag and come up with something to talk about!  This time we hit on an email about podcasting hardware and software because we seem to have gotten a lot of those lately.  How many of you are starting a podcast anyway?

Then we hit an email that asks about our card preference.  When building a deck, which version of any given card do we like to use?  A certain art, foil, promotional, non-English language, white or black border...what do we prefer?  We spent a good amount of time discussing the various ins and outs of how we pick cards to put in a deck.

From there we get to an email about power creep.  Sorta.  Basically it's the "creatures today are so good and spells are not compared to back in the day - discuss".  And we did.  For a long time.  We threw out lots and lots of points.  We're pretty sure it's worth listening to, so there's that. 

Of course, expect the usual tangents, sidetracks, and random nonsense that you've come to know and love from our show.  Hopefully I didn't forget anything...

Chewie's stand-up video (NSFW): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycdcevIHG6A&feature=g-up


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Episode 240 - Primal Ducks (Toolkit Deckbuilding)

2012-07-29
Length: 1s

We begin this episode with a look at the Magic 2013 Event Decks, now that they've FINALLY released them.  If you'd like to follow along, you can do so here: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1022

But of course that's not the real reason we recorded this episode.  Brian bought a brand-spanking-new Deckbuilder's Toolkit, opened everything up, catalogued it, and sent us our homework.  We were to take this pool and build a 60-card deck with an eye towards multiplayer of course.  Unfortunately, Mike was unable to join us for this one but perhaps he'll tell us about it next week.  As for the rest of us, I think you'll appreciate the decks we built as well as the decks we didn't build.  We spent a fair amount of time talking about both.  The pool was pretty deep (except for one color).  If you'd like to see the card pool in all its glory, here it is: http://themanapool.com/pool-notices/ep240pool/

By the way, here's the Onion link that Chewie mentioned during the final thoughts. It's meant to be funny, but do take it seriously: http://www.theonion.com/articles/sadly-nation-knows-exactly-how-colorado-shootings,28857

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Episode 239 - Dirk's on a Cruise!

2012-07-22
Length: 2s

Yes, we are without Dirk this episode.  He's not joining us on the show while on a cruise, that would be ridiculous.  But we kick off the festivities with another Magic Mad Lib from Brian, our first in quite some time.  It's a long one, and it turns out to be pretty damn funny.

Of course, that's not all.  We had a lot of announcements from the San Diego Comic Con that we just had to give you our opinions on (you know, like everyone else has been doing).  It's about Return to Ravnica, the RTR prerelease, From the Vault: Realms, and something called Commander's Arsenal.  I think I'll just call that Commander's Arse from now on.  Anyway, if you'd like to follow along you can read it all here:
http://www.gatheringmagic.com/devonerule-071612-sdcc-panel-return-to-ravnica-and-more/

Of course, we also have to tell you all about how we did at the Magic 2013 Launch, which no longer exists.  But Lucky decided to do one anyway, so Mike, Brian, and Chewie rolled out to play.  Remember from last episode how well Chewie did at the Prerelease?  Think he can repeat it?  Better listen to find out.

 

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Episode 238 - Extra Super Stupid Weird (Like Damn)

2012-07-16
Length: 2s

We are sadly without Brian this time around, but that's only because a) it's his wife's birthday (at least I'm pretty sure that's the excuse he used) and b) Skype absolutely would not let us record the night before.  It was completely weird.  I think it's plotting against us.  But of course it worked the next night, giving you this episode right here!  Yay!

We spent a little longer than anyone probably should have on the Magic 2013 Intro Pack decklists (since we sorta ran out of time last week).  Then we had to go into great detail about our Prerelease experiences!  Mike tells us all about his mediocre black and white deck (it appears lots of people were playing his deck just with better cards).  Then Chewie goes into all the smack he laid down with his blue and red deck.  Seriously, ALL the smack.

Then we dive into our neverending mailbag to point out a few interesting things to you listeners.  Here are a few of those things now! 

Andrew's Nicol Bolas Intro Pack Deck
http://meremortalblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/m13-the-nicol-bolas-intro-decklist/

Tosus' Math of Magic Blog
http://mathofmagic.wordpress.com

M13 Intro Pack Decklists
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1007

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Episode 237 - All the M13!

2012-07-08
Length: 2s

Because of the holiday (Independence Day here in America), Brian had family over and couldn't join us. We we tapped everyone's favorite goblin deck hand and MTGO draft recorder, Squee! I mean Bill. You know, the guy with the awesome last name! Bloodworth - isn't that cool? You should follow him on Twitter - he's @SqueeGoblnNabob. And his videos are right here too:
http://themanapool.com/category/videos/squee-draft/

Anyway, we had lots of M13 to discuss. All of it actually, as the name of the episode implies. Though it really doesn't imply it so much as state it explicitly. Anyway, to make up for the lack of Brian's rambling, we all sort of became long-winded. Not Limited Resources set review long-winded, but pretty long for us. But we had basically an entire set to fool around with. Next week you'll get to hear about the Prerelease, this week it's all theory and Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 experience. And as always, you can follow along in the Card Image Gallery:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2013/cig#

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Episode 236 - The Saga of Nicky B

2012-07-01
Length: 1s

A few days before recording this episode, one Daniel Beach (@beach7125) asked Chewie a question.  That question would lead to a conversation, which would then lead to this episode of The Mana Pool with guest host Daniel Beach.  Before we tell you the nature of this question, we have to talk about the tokens of Magic 2013 and the remaining preview cards that have been shown since our last episode.  Are we good with that?  The links to those are right here:
M13 Card Image Gallery: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2013/cig#
M13 Tokens: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/1002

The question and ensuing conversation involved the nature of Nicol Bolas as the big bad guy of Magic.  He's Dr. Doom.  Moriarty.  The Architect (or Agent Smith, depending on your take on the films).  And Beach had some issues with that.  So we asked him on the episode to help us air those issues and in generally discuss the nature of Nicol Bolas in Magic fiction.  So if you've read the novels...you have our condolences.  If you haven't read the novels, good on ya and enjoy our completely off-the-cuff and probably inaccurate recollections of the guy who's behind it all (no, not Mark Rosewater - we're not talking about real life this episode).
Nicol Bolas Wiki: http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Nicol_Bolas

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Episode 235 - Vampiric Geyser

2012-06-24
Length: 2s

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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Episode 234 - Innistrad Creature Awards Part 2

2012-06-18
Length: 2s

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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Episode 233 - New Planechase EDH! (Live)

2012-06-10
Length: 1s

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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Break Music – We can't take breaks! We're playing Magic!

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Episode 232 - The Innistrad Creature Awards, Part One

2012-06-03
Length: 1s

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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Episode 231 - How Many Years Has It Been?

2012-05-27
Length: 2s

Being that this is a casual-centric Magic podcast, we don't venture much into the world of competitive sanctioned Magic.  But when we do, we spend a LOT of time talking about it on the next show!  That is this show.  In case you haven't heard, Mike, Brian, and Chewie went to a Standard PTQ last week.  Why might you have heard?  Well, that would be because Chewie ended up making Top 8!  Of course, we have to spend a good amount of time talking about that, because it's not something that happens every day, you know?

Chewie's PTQ Tournament Report:
http://themanapool.com/articles/kamikaze-standard-ptq/

Oh yeah, and there's this weird little thing called Planechase that has been making the preview circuit lately.  We're going to talk about all the cards and planes and phenomena that were spoiled at the time of this recording.  Hope you all enjoy, and be sure to listen to the outro music.  It's really good.

Planechase Visual Spoiler:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/planechase2012edition/cig

Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – The Chase by Giorgio Moroder from Midnight Express

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Episode 230 - Commanders & Casuals & Hordes Oh My! (Live)

2012-05-21
Length: 2s

In which we discuss what happened to Dirk, refute the notion that there's no such thing as a free lunch, explain why it's good that we didn't record the previous game, and play some Magic.  No really!

Mike, Brian, and Chewie lead off with a fairly quick game of Commander, where Chewie's relatively new Johan deck got off to a ridiculous start.  Holy crap.  Then there's another Commander game after that!  After that, we clear up some confusion about whether or not Mike realizes we're not playing EDH anymore, and proceed to play a game with normal decks.  I can't really call it a 60 card game, but you'll see why.  And we decided to end up with a relatively quick game of Horde Magic again Brian's green Horde deck.  Been a while since you heard about that format, hasn't it?

So that's our second long-lost live episode.  During the last two games, Brian's daughter Sam was awake and running around and happy, so you'll just have to deal with all the assorted baby noises, toy noises, and Chewie turning around to talk to her.  She's so cute. And he has focus problems when there's a baby around.  Also, we hope you enjoyed the I Fight Dragons sampler platter.


Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Musics – All of these are by I Fight Dragons (played on the episode in this order) off their album Kaboom! - http://www.ifightdragons.com
Save World Get Girl
My Way
Kaboom!
With You


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Episode 229 - Mike's Demonic Defects

2012-05-14
Length: 2s

We begin by taking a quick look at the Avacyn Restored Event Decks, in all their glorious whatever-it-is.  After that, we have a riveting discussion about what happens when you cast Eaten by Spiders on Avacyn.  Another listener-inspired topic that we tackled is a simple one: What was the first card you ever really coveted?  This leads us to all kinds of nostalgia and manages to infiltrate the main topic of the episode.

Main topic you say?  Well AVR has lots of shiny new angels and a fair number of new demons, but what about the old guard?  Both have been around since the first printing of Magic, but what are we dealing with here?  What have these two types looked like throughout the history of the game?  We'll discuss some of the ancient creatures of each type and throw out plenty of personal experiences with them too of course.

Two things should become pretty obvious from this discussion.  First, Brian doesn't actually know the names of any angels or demons in the game of Magic.  And second, demons DO NOT get along with Mike, so much so that we named the episode after this phenomenon.  You're gonna love these horrible, horrible demonic bad beats stories all the more when you realize that these ALL come from the demons that Mike is playing WITH, not against!

Avacyn Restored Event Decks: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/967


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Episode 228 - The Helvault Experience (Play Boros)

2012-05-06
Length: 2s

Yeah, we just had 3 episodes of previews, so you know what that means - the Prerelease episode!  Bill Bloodworth (you know, @SqueeGoblnNabob) joins us for this one, since he was the cause of the funniest thing any of us have seen at a Prerelease for a VERY long time.  Brian talked about his experience, Bill told his story, and Mike and Chewie covered their two apiece.  Definitely a lot of fun.  So be sure to tune in to hear about the bitch scoop, slamming the door, How to Miracle (from Bill), How Not to Miracle (from Mike), Chewie Righteously Blowing things, and of course...GRISELBRAND!

Of course, before we get to the Sealed events, we have a few things to discuss.  In a quick message on DailyMTG by Helene Bergeot (and aren't they all quick?), it was revealed that Guillaume Matignon's suspension was cut in half.  If you'll recall, he was one of the Guillaumes responsible for GuillaumeGate.  Guillaume Guillaume.  Okay, I think that's out of my system now.  But he was one of the guys behind the New Phyrexia godbook leak.  Or so we thought...*dramatic pause*

Also, there was plenty of talk about the Helvault promotion on the whole.  We'll go over the ups, the downs, why it was or wasn't crazy good, and bat around a few ideas for improving future events and stuff.  Let us know what you think!

GRISELBRAND!


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Break Music – Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

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Episode 227 - All the AVR, All the Time

2012-04-29
Length: 2s

This episode, there's not much going on other than the full reveal of Avacyn Restored.  So we go through each color, pointing stuff out.  Powerful cards, awesome (or gross) art, cards we can't wait to play with, stuff that we think is utter crap.  You know the drill.  Everyone's doing it this time of year.  But we do it with our own dorky style!  There's actually not much else to talk about on this one, so I'll leave you with a link to the full set so you can check it out yourself.

Avacyn Restored Card Image Gallery

 

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Break Music – Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65

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Episode 226 - Avacyn Restored and Poetry

2012-04-22
Length: 2s

We're not even screwing around this episode, as we dive right into the Avacyn Restored previews.  Of course by now everyone has heard about the Soratami planeswalker that we speculated about at the end of the last episode.  A mere 2 hours later she was revealed in her entirety.  Then they threw a dapper devil dude at us!  Of course we covered both of those, along with everything else that had been previewed by the time we recorded!  Good stuff, man.

But when Brian unexpectedly had to leave just before we got to the inverted Zombie Apocalypse angel, something else happened.  After finishing up the previewed cards, we had a bit of a poetry reading.  It was a poem by our own KhaosKontrol over on the Mana Pool/Cardshark forums, and it was so awesome that we just had to read it on air.  Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.

Sprinkled throughout the rest of the show, Dirk has a strangest voice problem ever, Mike and Chewie recap some streaming shenanigans, Chewie recounts some powerful parental advice, and there are many dick jokes left unsaid.  Thanks for listening!


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Break Music – All I Need is a Miracle by Mike and the Mechanics
Background Music - Mantis' Hymn by Konami Computer Entertainment Sound Team Japan

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Episode 225 - Avacyn Restored Previews 1

2012-04-15
Length: 2s

We're joined this episode by Bill, the voice of Squee, who haven't heard from in a good while.  We kick it off with a quick rules correction from last episode - Mike missed one small detail on the question about the single spell with Cascade, Storm, and Ripple.  Imagine that, something got missed in the most complicated spell ever.  No one is allowed to give Mike any crap about that one. All the others are fair game as usual though.

After that Chewie gives a quick rundown of all the podcast whoring he's been doing lately.  By lately we mean in the last couple months, because some of these took a while to show up.  He's been on Off-Color Cast, Kitchen Finks, Horde of Notions, and was one of the guys on the new Five Minutes of Magic cast that is, in fact, only five minutes long. He also had another video for CMDR Decks, his Spirit of the Night deck, which you can find right here:
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/cmdrspiritofthenight/

By now everyone's heard the news that came out of PAX East, and if not you'll hear it for the first time right here!  There's the Return to Ravnica, Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013, and Nicol Bolas showing up in the M13 Core Set.  Holy crap that's a lotta news keeping us from the spoilers!  There's one last thing before the spoilers though, as Chewie gets all mushy and heartfelt for once in his miserable life to extend a special thanks to some listeners for their generosity.

Oh, and then there's a whole MESS of Avacyn Restored previews.  We've got angels, demons, devils, BOOM, pants-crapping, stunned silence, angry eyebrows, miracles, and Elmer Fudd.  It's gonna be great.


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Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals by Raymond Scott

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Episode 224 - Plants and Other Things

2012-04-09
Length: 2s

We begin this episode with a discussion of Avacyn, the first reveal from Avacyn Restored, and boy is she something!  From there we move into the double-faced tokens that were given away at FNM (sorry about the delay) and the fansite toolkit available from Wizards, featuring some nifty images for you to use whether you have a site or not.  Also, a big shoutout to Jeffrey Lombaro, who is @MuttZippy on Twitter, for buying us all lunch the last time we all got together to play Magic!  He's a sweetheart of a guy and he's doing giveaways and stuff on Twitter, so go follow him!

And since it's Springtime, Brian thought we should talk about those things that make people absolutely miserable and unable to see or breathe, plants!  Yes there are plenty of plants in Magic, we by the end of the show we'll have talked about almost all of them!  We even asked Twitter for some favorite plant creatures, which we promptly made fun of.  Okay, not all of them, just the ones that deserved it.  But if you've ever wanted to know about the Plant creature type in Magic, look no further!  Be sure to pack Benadryl and some tissues!


Decked Builder Giveaway!
Cardshark prices are now available on Decked Builder, an iPhone/iPad app that covers all your Magic deckbuilding needs!  If you want a chance to win a free redemption code, just go to this episode's post on TheManaPool.com and comment intelligently (also let us know that you want the app).  Keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and Forums for more chances to win!


Avacyn Revealed:
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/525246_10151450289785307_201120755306_23094082_859257884_n.jpg

Double-faced Tokens:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/938

Fansite Toolkits:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Downloads.aspx

Ralph McQuarrie's Website: http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/


Orbitars: A Kid Icarus Uprising Competitive Community
Blog: http://orbitars.wordpress.com/
Forums: http://orbitars.forumotion.com/
Twitter: @orbitars


Intro by Tosus!
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Break Music – Requiem of the Gods from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night by Michiru Yamane

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Episode 223 - Seismic Counter Bash Pro Head-to-Head Off-Road Haymaker Smackdown Gaiden 64 Game of the Year Edition

2012-03-31
Length: 1s

For episode 223, the dorks gathered to discuss the Avacyn Restored trailer. After rambling on that for a while, we indulged the self-proclaimed Vorthos King and set some time aside to discuss the art and flavor of Venser vs Koth. We closed out the opener (does that even work?) with a Mad Lib about the new "Dark Romance" genre of teenage fiction.

Our main topic for the episode was the latest installment in our series "That's How We'd Do It." This time around, we tackled what we thought would be the best mechanics to bring back as the non-evergreen inclusion in Magic 2013. We touch on a number of recent and classic mechanics and try to decide how best to integrate the flavor and mechanics of the standard environment 2013 will be spending its otherwise lonely evenings with. We also talk about our candidates for who will replace the titans as the big mythic meanies of the new format.

After the break, we moved on to a popular recurring segment: the latest division of our flavorful throwdown between creatures from throughout the multiverse! Which creature will wield a mighty hobo knife? Which creature is the honey badger in disguise? Which card creeps us the eff out? You'll have to listen to find out!

Oh, and we had a guest join us at the end of the show. We don't really want to give away who it is, mainly because we're ashamed to admit we had him on.  We apologize ahead of time for that.

Follow your hosts!
Bill: @SqueeGoblnNabob
Jack: @JackLacroix
Ben: @Panahinuva
Eric: @EricMTGcast


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Break Music - Theme from Sliders (Season 3)

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Episode 222 - There's Bears Outside

2012-03-25
Length: 1s

For episode 222, we are joined by The Many-Named One himself, Eric!  He's here to pick up the slack for Brian, who had no power at home and thus couldn't join us.

But because it's episode 222, we just had to spend a ton of time on everyone's favorite bears! You know, 2/2's for 2!  We're talking about bears of all shapes and sizes.  How the two-drop 2/2 impacts drafts and cubes, the original Alpha bears, the plethora of bears that are Knights.  We even touch on bears that have made an impact on the tournament scene and just which ones we've enjoyed over the years. 

After a while however, we ran out of gas on bears.  And without Brian's rambling, we sort of lost our focus.  We talked a fair bit about video games.  Chewie's playing Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the FIRST TIME so we had to spend some time there.  Really now.

And what's this talk of an Easter Egg on the site?

Eric's custom RK Post playmats (for the kids!)
http://yfrog.com/a/img736/1020/d11oq.jpg
http://yfrog.com/a/img861/5258/ja5go.jpg


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Break Music - The Bare Necessities (from Walt Disney's ''The Jungle Book'') by Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman

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Episode 221 - (Planes)Walk This Way

2012-03-19
Length: 2s

We begin the episode with a listener question (from Bacon!) about our favorite and least favorite cards.  And because of how our answers played into each other, I thought that might be a good one to answer on the air.  Yay Bacon!

That leads (almost) naturally into the rest of the show!  We go from favorite cards to favorite planeswalkers, which leads us to nice roundtable discussion about the 'walkers in general.  Favorites, most powerful in multiplayer and not, how do you play them, when do you put them in a deck, how do you play against them, etc etc.  All kinds of stuff came up, so hopefully you'll find it either interesting or informative.  If nothing else, you can laugh at how Brian's long confusing question caused Mike to completely lose track of the conversation. That was pretty awesome.

Also, I'd like to apologize ahead of time for the nonsense you'll find in the break music and the full nonsense at the end of the episode.  Once the notion took hold in my brain, I just couldn't resist.  For the full list of songs used, check the forum post that goes with this episode, the link is right down there.


Cast a Spell on MS charity Magic tournament - http://www.castaspellonms.org

Intro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break & Outro Music - Planeswalker, Memphis Ranger Medley by Chewie (I got bored)

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Mr. Suitcase #36 - Drafting with Sam Black

2012-03-18
Length: 28s

Chewie note: Eric wanted his GP Nashville episodes to go up as soon as possible, and Chris Otwell is unavailable to upload casts to the MTGCast Network until Sunday.  So I offered to help a brother out and get his casts out there ASAP for everyone’s listening enjoyment.  Keep an eye out, they’ll be going up as soon as I get them from him!

This episode starts with a conversation with Richard F. Castle, creator of Inside the Deck, a featured documentary-style video cast on Gathering Magic. We talk about his origin and what he does. Check out his blog at www.insidethedeck.com.

Next up is Evan Erwin (@misterorange on Twitter) of Star City Games. We talk about his expanding role in the SCG organization and he reveals that the life tracker in the Star City Mobile App will be getting an overhaul.

Then Sam Black (@SamuelHBlack on Twitter) takes some time to go over his 50 card draft deck with me (yes, you read that right). He answers the question “Can you draft too many Selhoff Occultist?” He certainly has an interesting view on the drafting format.

I end the episode by talking with Ethan Heilicher who has an amazing set of decks put together for battling with his friends. Some might call it a block of blocks. He was featured on the main coverage site. He is the president of RAWG (Rochester Wargamer’s Association & Guild). You can find him and contact him on Twitter as @Pokezel

I'd like to give a special thanks to Chewie for hosting these shows on his site and getting them up (almost) live for me.  And another special thanks goes out to Mana Deprived for hosting my text write-up, which will be going up after the weekend is over!

If you have any specific things you would like to hear on the show, please reach out to me on Twitter!  You can find me as @EricMTGCast there.

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Mr. Suitcase #35 - Drafting with Jon Finkel

2012-03-18
Length: 29s

Chewie note: Eric wanted his GP Nashville episodes to go up as soon as possible, and Chris Otwell is unavailable to upload casts to the MTGCast Network until Sunday.  So I offered to help a brother out and get his casts out there ASAP for everyone’s listening enjoyment.  Keep an eye out, they’ll be going up as soon as I get them from him!

I managed to follow Jon Finkel's draft, watching him pick up an aggressive black-blue deck. I managed to sit down with Jonny Magic after his deck building, and we talked about that as well as several other topics, including what he's doing at a Grand Prix. He gave me an update on the charity that he has been working on lately, Gamers Helping Gamers. Check out the site (which is currently still under construction) and follow @jonnymagic00 on Twitter for updates on when scholarship applications will be available.

I'd like to give a special thanks to Chewie for hosting these shows on his site and getting them up (almost) live for me.  And another special thanks goes out to Mana Deprived for hosting my text write-up, which will be going up after the weekend is over!

If you have any specific things you would like to hear on the show while I'm here in Nashville, please reach out to me on Twitter!  You can find me as @EricMTGCast there.

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Mr. Suitcase #34 - GP Nashville: Head Judge and Zac Hill

2012-03-17
Length: 18s

Chewie note: Eric wanted his GP Nashville episodes to go up as soon as possible, and Chris Otwell is unavailable to upload casts to the MTGCast Network until Sunday.  So I offered to help a brother out and get his casts out there ASAP for everyone’s listening enjoyment.  Keep an eye out, they’ll be going up as soon as I get them from him!

In this episode, I talk about what it takes to run a large 1000+ player Grand Prix with the Head Judge here in Nashville, level 4 judge Jeff Marrow. We also covered how to recover when an event starts to slow down.

Later I run the chats with Zac Hill (@zdch on Twitter), member of Magic R&D and author of the Latest Developments column on Daily MTG. We talk about card design process and how a recent column he wrote influenced how I and others build our cubes.

I'd like to give a special thanks to Chewie for hosting these shows on his site and getting them up (almost) live for me.  And another special thanks goes out to Mana Deprived for hosting my text write-up, which will be going up after the weekend is over!

If you have any specific things you would like to hear on the show while I'm here in Nashville, please reach out to me on Twitter!  You can find me as @EricMTGCast there.

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Mr. Suitcase #33 - GP Nashville: The Main Event and Cube Talk

2012-03-17
Length: 23s

Chewie note: Eric wanted his GP Nashville episodes to go up as soon as possible, and Chris Otwell is unavailable to upload casts to the MTGCast Network until Sunday.  So I offered to help a brother out and get his casts out there ASAP for everyone’s listening enjoyment.  Keep an eye out, they’ll be going up as soon as I get them from him!

I start this episode with a recap of the EDH (Commander) game that I played on site yesterday. Throughout the cast I talk about my struggles and successes in the main event of a 1000 person GP with no byes.

The meat of the show is a talk with Usman Jamil (@UsmanTheRad on Twitter), Reuben Bresler (@MoxReuby on Twitter), and Anthony Avitollo (@antknee42 on Twitter), all great cube experts.  We talk about the introduction of cube drafts on Magic Online, as well as the viability of storm in cube. The discussion definitely shows off our passion for this wonderful format, especially when we talk about how it has been impacted by the thefts at recent GPs.


Check out the sites these guys maintain:
www.incontentionmagic.com
www.idratherbecubing.wordpress.com


I'd like to give a special thanks to Chewie for hosting these shows on his site and getting them up (almost) live for me.  And another special thanks goes out to Mana Deprived for hosting my text write-up, which will be going up after the weekend is over!

If you have any specific things you would like to hear on the show while I'm here in Nashville, please reach out to me on Twitter!  You can find me as @EricMTGCast there.

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Mr. Suitcase #32 - GP Nashville: LSV Plus Sealed Deck Analysis

2012-03-16
Length: 10s

Chewie note: Eric wanted his GP Nashville episodes to go up as soon as possible, and Chris Otwell is unavailable to upload casts to the MTGCast Network until Sunday.  So I offered to help a brother out and get his casts out there ASAP for everyone’s listening enjoyment.  Keep an eye out, they’ll be going up as soon as I get them from him!

For my second show from GP Nashville, I sat down for a brief chat with Luis Scott-Vargas himself (@LSV on Twitter).  He gave some of his opinions about the new Grand Prix structure, the amount of teamwork that Team ChannelFireball puts into GP preparation, and the current Sealed Deck format.  (Chewie note: He even tried to get LSV to talk smack about double-faced cards!)

After that, there's some commentary about my sealed pool and performance in Grinder 4.  My friend Tony and I go over my pool again later to see what, if anything, could have been done differently.  If you have any specific things you would like to hear on the show while I'm here in Nashville, please reach out to me on Twitter!  You can find me as @EricMTGCast there.

And I'd like to give a special thanks to Chewie for hosting these shows on his site and getting them up (almost) live for me.  And another special thanks goes out to Mana Deprived for hosting my text write-up, which will be going up after the weekend is over!

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Mr Suitcase #31 - GP Nashville Introductions

2012-03-16
Length: 2s

Just arrived in Nashville!  Now to introduce the cast of characters for the weekend, including the one and only Usman from the Third Power podcast (@UsmanTheRad on Twitter), and to go over some of the plans for the weekend (spoilers: this includes a grinder and hitting up some artists.  Oh, and the GP itself of course).  If you have any specific things you would like to hear on the show while I'm here in Nashville, please reach out to me on Twitter!  I'm @EricMTGCast there.

And I'd like to give a special thanks to Chewie for hosting these shows on his site and getting them up (almost) live for me.  And another special thanks goes out to Mana Deprived for hosting my text write-up, which will be going up after the weekend is over!

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Episode 220 - Confronting the Horde (Live)

2012-03-09
Length: 2s

It's the long-lost live episode of The Mana Pool!  Well, not "lost" exactly.  More like "we haven't had a hole in recording to fill with this episode" but you know what I mean.  But yeah, this was recorded back in January when we all got together to play at Dirk's house.  We were joined by Ian Shepherd, a kid Dirk knows.  Turns out this kid is the son of the proprietor of Hypermind, a gaming shop not far from Dirk in Burlington, NC.  If you wanna check them out, you should click the link down there!

As for what we did this episode...I'm not going tell you.  Be surprised!

Okay fine, you waited me out.  In case you couldn't tell from the title, we played a couple games of Horde Magic, which we've discussed before, against Brian's monogreen Horde deck.  It was pretty cool, though I think the Horde deck still needs a bit of tweaking.  After we got done with the Horde Magic, we switched over to our normal 60-card casual decks.  To be honest, it's been a long time and I don't remember anything about these games, so I guess we'll be finding out together.  I do know the last game took a fair amount of time, but I don't think it was long in a bad way.  I could be wrong.  Feel free to let us know in the comments or the forums or an email or any of the other ways to get in touch with us if I was wrong.


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Episode 219 - Commander Month: The (First?) One with Bennie Smith

2012-03-03
Length: 2s

Yeah, you read it right - we got Bennie Smith! He writes for Star City Games now, he used to write for DailyMTG, and he's here with us to close out Commander Month!  I'm pretty sure this is what's known as "doing it right".  We spent a while picking his brain and asking all about his Magic history - all you've ever wanted to know about Bennie Smith? Aw yeah.

We got Bennie to help us answer some excellent listener questions, like how to deal with mass removal when you're playing a heavily creature-centric deck.  Tosus asked if he should use EDH to teach new players the game or if that risked scaring them away forever.  And there was the obligatory most over- and under-rated generals question, which we kinda sorta answered mostly. 

Then we moved from there into a Story Circle, with everyone's favorite not-vigilance-giving (Johangilence?) general, Johan!  You can find the complete list for that right below this paragraph so you can follow along at home.  Holy crap I loved the deck we came up with.  As soon as this is done uploading, I'm gonna trade Mike for his.  No really, he's sitting right here behind me!
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle219edh/

Oh, and if you're in or around London or you just enjoy tabletop, role-playing, or war games (or Magic of course) you should go visit Roll of the Dice Online Games (yes, it spells ROTDOG) - ROTDOG.co.uk/blog.

Follow Bennie on Twitter: @blairwitchgreen

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Episode 218 - Commander Month: Leaving a Crater with Laura by Spruke

2012-02-25
Length: 2s

We are joined this episode by none other than Laura Diemer and Bill Boulden, aka Laura by Spruke.  You might know them from clips played right here on the show, or perhaps you bought their album, Katana & Tonic, on iTunes or one of the other digital music distribution services.  If not, then maybe you should!

Last weekend most of us went to the SCG Open in Charlotte.  We played lots of EDH, so of course we're gonna talk about some of the crazy stuff that went on in a few of those games.  Bill (Bloodworth, not Spruke) and Brian played in the Standard Open.  Bill's going to write up a tourney report that I'll put on the site once it's done.  Brian went into detail about his rounds at the beginning of this episode.  If you wanna check out his deck, then I have the link for you!
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/brians-bw-tokens

After having a few random musical and Magical discussions with Laura, she tagged out and Bill took over.  Bizarre last-minute scheduling issues work out well every once in while, you know?  With Bill we did more random discussions and a Story Circle with one of the most...let's say interesting (yeah, that's it) generals ever.  If you'd like to follow along at home, you can find that right here:
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle218edh

Bill and Laura were both a lot of fun to have on the show!  If you guys enjoyed their presence, let us know and we'll see if we can't get one or both of them on again sometime in the future.  In the meantime, why not go buy their album over on iTunes?  It's called Katana & Tonic, and it's awesome!


Follow Bill on Twitter: @ThaGatherin
Follow Laura on Twitter: @LauraGDiemer


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For You (Mana Pool Mix) - Spruke (mix by Daniel Beach)

2012-02-20
Length: 2s

As featured in Episode 216, here is the awesome new audio montage made for us by Daniel Beach (who was also a guest host on that one).  He took an unfinished Sprukestep track from the upcoming Factor Friction album that Spruke posted up to SoundCloud and peppered in a lot of random Mana Pool goodness. He said he did it entirely in Audacity, which is pretty ridiculous for a free program.

Just like Jungle Rat Rob before him, Beach has managed to capture the essence of The Mana Pool.  As I've been saying for a very long time now, we're here for your entertainment first and foremost.  If you learn something along the way, that's freakin' great, but our primary function is just to ensure that you have fun listening to us.

And just because he gave it to me, here's the list of sources that Beach used to make this little bit of awesome.  I hope you all enjoy!

Background song: For You (Eldrazi Stomp Mix) by Spruke
Episode 85 - M10 Rules Update Discussion
Episode 88 - Magic 2010 Preview 2
Episode 97 - Land Before Time
Episode 113 - Multiplayer Mayhem Live
Episode 122 - Multiplayer Mayhem Live 2
Episode 129 - Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs!
Episode 140 - Duel Decks at Ten Paces
Episode 163 - All of MBS (and Half of Chewie)
Episode 172 - Adventures on Zendikar (Live)
Episode 200 - Blame It On the Listeners
Episode 209 - Dirk and a Half
Episode 213 - Rant Over (DKA Preview 2)
Episode 214 - Crisis II: Dork Harder (DKA Preview 3)
Avant-Card Show Episode 32

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Episode 217 - Commander Month: You Don't Know Jack!

2012-02-17
Length: 2s

It finally happened!  Yes, we finally remembered to grab none other than Jack Antonio Sabato De La Hoya Other Name Lacroix to guest host!  And let me just tell you, this guy is a wealth of information.  We talked briefly about the the latest SCG Open results, and Jack gave us some of his insight there.  With his help, we also covered a wide variety of Commander topics, such as the importance of versatility, misconceptions about the format, proper threat density, the number of lands and mana rocks you should play, politics, and who knows what else.  Well if you listen, you'll know what else!

But that's not all!  We did a Story Circle!  If you want to check out the full result list from that, there's a link right below this paragraph.  And of course we can't have an episode of The Mana Pool without a requisite amount of random nonsense, right?  Of course not.  It's there.  Trust me on this.  Would I lie to you?  About the important stuff, that is.  The answer I'm looking for here is no, by the way.  Jeez.
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle217edh/


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Episode 216 - Commander Month: A Day at the Beach

2012-02-12
Length: 2s

Welcome to the first show of Commander Month here on The Mana Pool!  We're kicking it off with one of our long time listeners and constant source of good ideas, Daniel Beach.  If you enjoyed Episode 214, he was the inspiration behind having the ACS guys on again.  If you didn't enjoy it...blame Beach for that.

But because it's Commander Month, we've asked Beach to do an Out of the Deck Box for one of his decks, and he chose the one he's named Progenitalia and Friends.  Back in Episode 192 I pulled my Progenitalia deck Out of the Deck Box, and it was fascinating to see just how incredibly different Beach's deck was from mine.  That's probably because he's a better player than me, just so we're clear.  If you want to check out either of these decks, you'll find a link on the next line down.

Beach's Progenitalia: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/progenitalia-and-friends/
Chewie's Progenitalia: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/progenitalia/

We didn't stop with that though!  We hit up the Random Card button on Gatherer until we bumped into a legendary creature and did a Story Circle! If you want to see the full list for that, it's right here:
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle216edh/

And other than that, we did an old Mad Lib again, talked about the Rules Update, discussed the Event Decks, discussed briefly the results of the first DKA-ready SCG Open (which had the best name for a Legacy deck EVER) and mentioned the Super Bowl Halftime show and how much we love Betty White.  We hope you enjoy!


Daniel Beach on Twitter: @Beach7125



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Episode 215 - DKA Prerelease and Mailbag

2012-02-05
Length: 2s

Well, it's the week after the prerelease, so you know what that means, right?  We've got to tell you all about how we did!  Find out who did well, who didn't do well, and how the webmaster Scott did in his first tournament ever!

But of course, prerelease episodes are more than just Sealed tourney reports.  We also took the second half of the show to run through some of the listener mail that needs to be read on-air.  Rules questions, prerelease stories, and general hilarity.  Interspersed throughout the episode are rants and discussions of various things.  These things include lame intro packs, a good game of EDH at Lucky's, Chewie not playing Thalia, Columbia House and BMG, and this one highly obnoxious guy who seems to run through the whole account of the prerelease.  We hope you enjoy!

Also, there were a few URLs from emails that we agreed to share with everyone:
Ace's Altered Art - http://AcesAlteredArt.com
Bury St. Edmunds Wargaming Club - http://burywargamers.blogspot.com/


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Episode 214 - Crisis II: Dork Harder (DKA Preview 3)

2012-01-30
Length: 2s

Yes, we're doing it again.  Joining us on this episode are Bryan and Christian from the currently-on-hiatus Avant-Card Show, and as always they are entirely too much fun.  This one's a little weird though (even for us) as life gets in the way a bit.  We started one host down and we lose two more hosts over the course of the show, but we still end the show with three of us!  Multiple guest hosts are cool.

Of course, we're gonna talk about the rest of the Dark Ascension spoiler now that it's all been revealed.  (Sorry I didn't get this up before the Prerelease, but it's not like we're giving you any vital information, right?)  But before that, we have to talk about what we think should go into a From the Vault: Casual.  We kicked around a lot of ideas both good and bad.  What would you put in there?

Of course, there's plenty of discussion of the flavor of certain cards, Bryan being old, the price of chase rares, how a Justin Bieber shirt almost destroyed Bryan's life, Edward G. Robinson, website development, Magic as Satan's Game, and lots of other nonsense.  And what episode would be complete without a little dig or two at Chris Lansdell?  HOpe you guys enjoy all this random conversating as much as we did!


Find Bryan and Christian over on http://avantcardshow.com

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Break Music - Double Dragon (Opening Theme) by Kazunaka Yamane

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Episode 213 - Rant Over (DKA Preview 2)

2012-01-22
Length: 2s

We are joined this week by Robert Martin, also known as The Beme.  You might recognize him from The Men of Magic interviews.  On this episode, we're covering all the Dark Ascension previews that had been shown when we recorded.  And let me tell you, there are some doozies this week.

Interspersed throughout the card discussions are a variety of tangents.  We'll talk about expensive Magic merchandise, jerks on forums, jerks playing Commander, dragons on Innistrad, money gouging and crooks, the Magic Twitter community, and a certain professional player that I had to interact with later that night.  He's not a bad guy it turns out, I just severely disagree with one of his opinions.  But still...screw him.


Follow Robert on Twitter - @TheBeme

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Episode 212 - Dark Ascension Preview 1

2012-01-16
Length: 2s

We've got the first of the Dark Ascension previews for you on this episode!  Of course, Sorin popped up after we recorded, so we'll talk about him next episode.  We do have the Zombie Apocalypse though, which is pretty freakin' sweet.  Because of when this was recorded, we're really only talking about the first few days' worth, so we were able to go a little more in-depth than usual.

But no matter how in-depth we get, two days of cards do not a full episode make!  But we didn't have time to go full-on into another topic, so a listener suggestion came to the rescue!  The question was "what's your favorite combo that you run in one of your decks?"  So we all dug through our decks and came up with the combos we love.  Except for Chewie, who brought every combo in his decks.  Don't worry, he shoots more for synergy in his decks, so he only has a few.  It gives a little glance to the way the dorks build decks.

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Episode 211 - Tribal Talk with CMDR Decks

2012-01-07
Length: 1s

Creatures!  Everyone loves creatures, right?  And what's the most fun way to play with creatures?  In tribes!  Everyone loves some tribal Magic, right?  There's even a format called Tribal, that's gotta mean something!  No we're not even going to talk about the format on this episode, we're being much more general.  This is just all about some of the various tribes in Magic.  We talk about our favorite tribes, most hated, what makes a good one, all kindsa stuff!

But we're missing Mike!  To help us out with this, we brought in Uriah Oxford, the man behind CMDR Decks on Youtube (and MTGcast).  Of course, we'll talk about tribal in EDH and get distracted by various EDH issues and discussions while we're at it.  I know, it's amazing that we Mana Pool boys can get distracted by anything, but believe me it happens.  And it's good stuff!

CMDR Decks on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/cmdrdecks
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Episode 210 - Seedborn Musings

2011-12-30
Length: 1s

On this episode we're missing Brian, who had a last-minute before-Christmas dinner thing.  So We're joined by Brandon Isleib, better known as the Seedborn Muse over on the Muse Vessel!  Of course, you'll be able to find him over on Gathering Magic on Tuesdays from now on, so maybe you should check that out too.  But since we had a guest host, we decided to make a potpourri episode of random smaller topics that have come up recently.

First off there's a quick discussion of the two cards Banned from Modern.  Then we took a quick look at Avacyn Restored.  We let Brandon cut loose on a topic we recently we recently talked about, keeping casual Magic casual.  Then there was a discussion of creatures with Defender in multiplayer Magic.  We finished up with a nice long discussion about the various mechanics in Future Sight and which of them were our favorites.  That one was a good one.

Big thanks to Brandon for joining us, we had a lot of fun with him!  You guys should definitely go check out his Musings, along with the other two guys over on The Muse Vessel!

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Episode 209 - Dirk and a Half

2011-12-18
Length: 2s

Hey look, Bill's back!  And since he's here, we begin this episode by talking all about the SCG Invitational we went to last week.  We've got all kindsa stories and people and things.  There are links to the two playmats we talked about a little further down.  And you know you wanna see ;)

Then we have a Magic Mad Lib from Myke Okuhara, which is seriously drop-dead hilarious.  No really.  I might die.  Then we did a real Mad Lib that Brian wrote, because it was there to do.  Just don't get used to this two-Mad-Libs-per-episode thing going on here, okay?

And we finish up with a sizable discussion about the pros and cons of each color, as seen from a gameplay perspective.  We started off with flavor, then realized that's not what the person was asking.  I wish I could remember who asked and where, but them's the breaks, you know?  Hope you enjoy!

Planeswalkers for Equality: http://www.steveargyle.com/?cmd=gallery_ext&art_id=411

Chandra closeup that Mike bought: http://www.steveargyle.com/?cmd=gallery_ext&art_id=368

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Episode 208 - Like for Bullets

2011-12-08
Length: 2s

This episode is a little out there.  First off, we're missing Dirk because it's his anniversary.  Because not just anyone can fill in for Dirk, we tracked down two old friends to help us out.  First we got Bill, who is kurai_seraphim on the forums and a recent guest host.  Then we tracked down Ben, who is Panahinuva on the forums, Twitter, and probably everywhere else.

We start off with a couple of listener-submitted Mad Libs, one from Jose Lorenzo de Jesus and one from Austin Abel.  Yeah I know we've done the first one before, shut up.  They're fun.  After that, it's time for a Story Circle.  But not just any Story Circle, this is a holiday special!  We're taking a look at the various holiday special promo cards that Wizards has released the last few years, then we're gonna concoct a Story Circle around one of them!  Trust me, it turned out great.

After that, things got a little unfocused.  We talked about some of the things that are coming up in the near future on TheManaPool.com and discussed our upcoming trip to the SCG Open Invitational in Charlotte.  Just a reminder, Mike's taking on all comers with his High Tide Eldrazi Archenemy deck!  Then we turned our attention to some listener mail and assorted ramblings.  Hope you enjoy!


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Episode 207 - Make It Count

2011-12-03
Length: 2s

We're joined this episode by Tom, formerly of the MTG Radio podcast.  He's always fun to have on the show, so hopefully you'll all enjoy it as much as we did.  We start off with a fair amount of news - new Planechase, Faithless Looting, and the latest WOTC holiday card.  Links to all those are right here:

Follow Tom on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MTGRadio

Planechase 2012
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/848

Faithless Looting
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/847

Yule Ooze
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/852


Then we get to the good stuff!  Way back in Episode 69 - Get A Life!, we each took the simple concept of "lifegain" and built a deck around it, completely separate from each other.  Then we compared and contrasted our decks on the show.  We each came up with something vastly different of course.  That episode got a really good response, and we've always meant to do it again.

Well we're finally doing it.  This time, we started with the idea of "counters" and ran with it.  And in case you're wondering, we're not talking Cancel here.  We're talking break out the Crown Royal bag full of dice.  So all five of us built a deck around this loose theme, and the results were again wildly different.  Brian, Mike, and Dirk each focused on one type of counter, while I decided to intentionally not focus on one type.  Tom, with his background as an EDH podcaster, built a Commander deck.  If you'd like to see what the decks looked like, here's where you can go to find them:
http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/make-itcount-deck-lists/

After that, we have a few good discussions that come from listener mail.  We discuss Magic Online vs. paper Magic.  We discuss some of the possible ways to get rid of your collection once you're done playing.  We even talked about Worlds for a minute.

And finally, if you're going to be at the Star City Games Open Series in Charlotte, NC (you know, the Invitational) then you might just see Chewie and Mike there, along with Bill (you know, from Episode 203 - Medium-Sized Discussions) and at least a few others from the podcasting community, including BigheadJoe, Jack LaCroix, and the crew from Runnin' the Gauntlet.  So come on out and see us in Charlotte on Dec. 10!

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Episode 206 - Kneel Before Mike (Four Years!)

2011-11-23
Length: 2s

We really went all out for our 4 year show.  We've got discussions on beating children, Graveborn, panties, laughing thoctars, Horde updates, and the realization that Mike is actually the ruler of all things.  But I'm sure some of you already knew that, you're very clever.  That's why you listen to us!

Actually, we didn't exactly realize that this was our 4 year anniversary show until just before we started.  But luckily, we had chosen a topic that was very much suited for it!  This episode is a whole mess of Out of the Deck Box!  Each of us took one of our favorite decks (or one that listeners have asked about) and go over it.  We're talking casual multiplayer here, so expect a lot of nonsense and fun!

Brian shared his Shared Fate deck at a listener's request.  We are awesome.  Chewie showed off his Primalcrux deck, even though he still needs 2 more Primalcrux.  No seriously, we're pretty great.  Dirk hauled out the aptly named X-Deck because he really doesn't like us at all.  Actually Mike is the awesome one.  And Mike discussed his themeless Black/Red deck, probably because it's one of the few decks he has that still just doesn't have a central idea running through it.  Kneel before Mike!

Stupid thoctars...


Uncle Zod by memorypalace
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Episode 205 - Would Solid Snake Have Shroud?

2011-11-15
Length: 2s

On this episode of The Mana Pool, we're talking video games!  Reminiscing, really.  But because we're actually a Magic podcast, we're gonna try to bring it back to Magic as often as possible.  What could the different video game genres bring to Magic?  What about the various characters and worlds that video games have given us?  And the question that Brian used to pitch this idea to me: Would Solid Snake have shroud?  I liked it so much I made it the title of this episode!

After that, we attempted to knock out some of the listener emails that have been piling up over the last month.  Rules questions, congratulations on hitting 200 (oops), and assorted other topics come up for discussion, so don't miss it!  You never know, you might learn something.


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Episode 204 - Hyper Instinct Turbo Third Strike Game of the Year Edition Alpha

2011-11-07
Length: 1s

It's that time again, where we use Gatherer to find a group of unwitting creatures to beat the crap out of each other for our amusement.  I mean...to compete for fame and glory on the battlefield. And charity! Yeah, that's it. Look, what's the point of being able to summon up creatures from around the multiverse if you can't have a little fun with it?

But yes, starting with one of the lamest creatures in Magic and going from there, we have pitched battles between random creatures.  By pitched battles, of course I mean nerd arguments about who would win (and yet Batman vs. Captain America doesn't come up once...huh).  Eight enter, but only one will come away victorious!  Feel free to join in the nerd arguments on the forums or in the comments, of course.

After that, Brian gives us an in-depth rundown of a draft he did on MTGO that he thought was especially interesting.  And it was, so listen up.  You in the back there!  Pay attention!

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Episode 203 - Medium-Sized Discussions

2011-11-02
Length: 2s

We're joined this week by Bill Bloodworth, who is Kurai_Seraphim on our forums.  Yes that's his real name.  I assure you he's not just an out of control LARPer.  He came down to hit a Sealed PTQ with Chewie and Brian, so we brought him on to tell us how it went and to join in the discussion.

Speaking of discussion, we had a lot of that on this episode.  Listeners send us emails all the time, and sometimes there's something in those emails that just need more attention than a quick email reading will give, so we file them away to discuss later.  Usually we don't actually get around to discussing them later because we're terrible people and miserably forgetful.

Mike made a list of these forgotten discussions and we tackled a few of them this episode.  Was putting Sol Ring in the Commander decks a good thing, or just a marketing ploy?  Should decks be played a certain way, or is it cool that some people play the same deck in a different way?  How might you attempt to control a difference in power levels in a multiplayer play group?  And finally, we take a look at Preordain, Ponder, and Brainstorm and the differences between them.


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Episode 202 - Bringing Back the Binder Pull

2011-10-25
Length: 2s

On this exciting episode of The Mana Pool we're bringing back a fan favorite segment, the binder pull! We're all just opening up our binders and picking out some cool cards to discuss. Then discussing them. You know.

After that, it's back to the emails! We've got a whole mess of interesting rules questions and little tidbits here and there. There's a short rant from Chewie about pottymouths and professionalism that will probably end up offending someone, but it happens. No harm meant I assure you.

At this point my show notes say "something at the end". It's been long enough since we recorded that I'm not entirely sure what that means. So if you hear something at the end, that's what it meant. And if you don't, then I've got nothing.

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Episode 201 - Armchair Art Critic

2011-10-21
Length: 2s

This episode is packed!  We start off with our traditional post-rotation discussion.  I'm not sure why we do this, not being Standard players for the most part and being a casual podcast, but we always do and we've always gotten positive feedback about it.  So here it is again!  Did you realize that something besides Squadron Hawk rotated out?  I didn't either!

Keeping with this Standard-centric topic, we then move to a quick discussion about the first couple of SCG Open with the new Standard.  It's amazing what these people are doing nowadays! Oh, and there are new Innistrad Event Decks to discuss.

That sounds like a full show right there, but we're not even close to done yet!  There's a new format that's been making the rounds lately, Horde Magic.  It was introduced to me by SkeetWo, a listener named Justin, when I met him at Curio Cavern in Springfield VA. It was a blast when I played the Horde with him, so I wanted to introduce it to my cohosts. Of course, since we recorded this it's been all over the place, including an article by Stybs on the mothership (where he also mentioned another favorite of the show, Respawn Magic).  Links for those are right here:


Peter Knudson: http://www.quietspeculation.com/2011/09/horde-magic-a-new-way-to-play-magic-and-survive-zombie-invasions/

Adam Styborski: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/sf/165


And that's not even the whole show!  Dirk had the brilliant (no really, no sarcasm at all) idea to talk about art.  Good art, bad art, creepy art, whatever.  And this led to the most fun discussion we've had in a while.  We picked out some stuff that was great, some stuff that was ridiculous, and we finally solved the long-standing mystery of what happened to Baron Sengir's legs.  Hope you guys enjoy it!

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Episode 200 - Blame It On the Listeners

2011-10-15
Length: 2s

This is it!  We've hit #200!  Because we couldn't do it without all of you out there, we decided to jump through a lot of hoops in an effort to get some listener participation.  If you'll recall, several weeks ago we put a bunch of questions on the website.  One was a poll about which decks of ours you guys liked, and the rest were asking for suggestions for cards of a particular type.  Well we took that information and came up with a bizarre Planechasey kind of thing.  We made a stack of all the cards you guys suggested and shuffled it up.  After 3 turns of buildup we drew from the listener-supplied stack along with our normal draw.  Whatever card we drew we HAD to play by our next turn.  No discarding it, no skipping out on it, nothing like that.  If you submitted it, we HAD to play it if at all possible.  Not only that, but when we played it we read off who submitted it and what their comment was about it.  So if you're lucky, you might just hear yourself on the show! 

Forgive us if we seem rushed, we recorded this the day of the Innistrad Prerelease and had to get the games finished with enough time for us to actually make it to the tournament.  And be sure you listen to the quick intro about Extra Life!  I'm uploading this after midnight the day before, so I really need to get some freakin' sleep.  If you're hearing this on Saturday, October 15, then you can check out the uStream the Extra Life game-playing here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/extra-life-2011

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Episode 199 - Prerelease and Rules, Lots of Rules

2011-10-05
Length: 2s

We are joined this week by Amanda Stevens, one of the originators of RedSiteWins.com and hosts of Red Cast Wins.  You guys remember her, right?  She interviewed us a long while back.  And it’s a good thing, because Brian was unable to join us this week.  Anyway, we’ve got to talk about the Innistrad Prerelease, because we recorded this right after that happened.  Mike, Brian, and Chewie (that’s me) all went to the tourney, so find out how we did and what we pulled.  Amanda did some spellslinging at her prerelease, so there’s another nifty story.  Of course, then we’ve gotta talk about how we like the set as a whole and all that.

There was a rules update!  Some of the updates are actually pretty cool, so we had to talk about them.  If you’d like to follow along at home, just click here.
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/161d&page=2

From there, we tackled our mountain of listener emails.  There were a lot of rules questions, funny comments, and completely random nonsense that have built up over the last several weeks.  So we’ve got to share those with you.  Whether you like it or not.  But I think you’ll like it.  So there.

 

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Episode 198 - Innistrad Previews with Panahinuva

2011-09-27
Length: 2s

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.

Find Ben on Twitter: @Panahinuva

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

2011-09-20
Length: 2s

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
Twitter: @the_stybs

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Episode 196 - Innistrad Previews with Some Limey

2011-09-15
Length: 2s

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

2011-09-02
Length: 2s

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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Episode 194 - Cleverly Titled Live Episode (Live)

2011-08-30
Length: 2s

Holy crap, a live episode?  Is this why there's no Innistrad episode yet?  I think it must be!  Dirk, Mike, and Chewie gathered together to play some Magic, and so of course we recorded some of it for you.  Because we love you guys.  No really.  You think we get together and have to put up with each other in person because we like each other or enjoy playing this game?  Nope, it's just to give our listeners something different to listen to, that's it!

First up we have a Commander game.  Mike's using his edited Mimeoplasm deck, I'm using Hanna, Ship's Navigator, and Dirk is using his brand new Sharuum the Hegemon deck.  This one was a lot of fun and fairly brutal.  You'll get a kick out of it.

After that we played a 60-card game that was completely brutal.  There was just little to no hope for those of us that didn't win.  You'll hear it.  We made up for that horrible beating by playing another 60-card game that was much more awesome.  Since it's such a great thing to finish on a good game, we called it there.  We went on to play some Planechase, more EDH, and more 60-card games, since we were there another 5 hours or so, but sadly we couldn't record them all for you.  Trevor wouldn't have let us anyway.


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Episode 193 - SCG Open Stories

2011-08-24
Length: 2s

This episode is all about recapping the events of the Star City Games Open Series that took place in Richmond just a couple weekends ago.  Do you want to know what the dorks were playing?  What led Mike on his winning, then losing, then winning tear?  What's up with Brian's odd silence on the matter?  And what the hell was Chewie doing the whole time, since he certainly wasn't playing?  All this and more will be covered right here in this very episode!

But that's not all!  There's also a discussion about the lineup of From the Vault: Legends. And the new artwork that some of the cards are showing off, of course.  Oh, and we weigh in with our two cents about the sudden announcement that Pro Tour Philadelphia was changed from Extended to Modern with only 3 weeks to go.  That's a big one, so even we casual players had an opinion on it.

From the Vault: Legends can be seen here: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/774

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Episode 192 - Completely Out of the Deck Box

2011-08-15
Length: 1s

Holy crap it's the Mana Pool!  Because you asked for it (well, at least a couple of you asked for it) this is an Out of the Deck Box episode!  We're taking a look at Mike's mono-white Wrath of Emeria deck in all its world-destroying glory.  Then Dirk cries havoc! and lets slip the Slivers of war.  Brian is up next with his Grixis-colored Phyrexia-aligned Rage Extractor deck, which made its first appearance at our last gathering.  I bring up the rear with a look at my Progenitus Commander deck, with a name that I blatantly stole from Claire, formerly of the Avant-Card Show.

Of course, that's not all we did this episode.  We took a look at the decks that were at the top of the standings at US Nationals, with their pigeons crapping all over everything and giving people meningitis.  And while Brian was away on baby care duties, we went over some emails, of course.  We always have emails.  And because I've patterned my podcasting manner (loosely, of course) after Kermit the Frog, the music is from The Muppet Show.  Oh yeah.


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Episode 191 - Bigheadjoe and the Mechanics

2011-08-08
Length: 2s

We are joined this week by the highly entertaining Bigheadjoe of Yo! MTG Taps and formerly of SCG Live.  He fits right in as one of the dorks, and I think you'll enjoy having him on to take Mike's place this episode.  Hold out until the end to hear an announcement from Joe about his new wrestling podcast.

We begin with Brian's experience at a recent FNM, followed by a massive bout of nostalgia.  I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I remember it was pretty awesome.  Then we have a nice discussion about the M12 Event Decks, FNM promo cards, and have a bizarre example of M12 print runs.  Blood Ogre, Angel's Mercy, Garruk's Companion, Child of Night - in that order, first 4 cards, of all three packs I opened on the air.  What the hell? 

Oh, and we finish the episode off with a nice big discussion about our favorite mechanics, a topic Dirk came up with a long time ago that we're finally getting around to.  Yeah, we've been putting it off for at least a couple months. 

I want to apologize for my (Chewie's) voice doing the Max Headroom thing this episode.  It starts around a third of the way through, and it lasts the entire damn episode.  I have no idea what caused it, but since it's just me and I wasn't speaking as much as usual this episode, I just let it go.  Sorry again, hope you can make it through.


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Episode 190 - Quick Hits (Well For Us Anyway)

2011-08-03
Length: 2s

Before recording this episode, I put out a call for some topics that we could talk about that required no preparation ahead of time, and boy did you guys come through!  We got a whole massive list of stuff to talk about.  After we covered the Innistrad news from the San Diego Comic Con, of course.  Don't let's be silly.  Mark Rosewater tweeted a recap of the information that was revealed, and I gathered up all those tweets so we could then share them with all of you listeners out there.

We go through a few emails, which is where we get our first major discussion.  Tosus asks what he should do with his $500 worth of free stuff, so we kick that around for a bit.  Then there's a bit of reflection on the multiplayer products Wizards has released over the last few years, followed by a discussion on whether or not Commander should become a sanctioned format.  Then there's some serious discussion about how to keep things fresh when playing with the SAME people all the time.  Even if it's the SAME people using the SAME decks, you can still change some stuff up to make it fun, and we're gonna give you some suggestions.

Thanks to everyone who gave us some show ideas, we're gonna hold on to the ones we didn't get to for future shows!


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Episode 189 - Magic Jeopardy (and the Movie)

2011-07-25
Length: 2s

This episode has it all - thrills, chills, suspense, controversy, a happy reunion and a heartfelt goodbye.  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll yell at your mp3 player.

Well, maybe not all of that.  But most of it!  This episode sees the return of our disease-ridden rambler Brian!  Okay, so that's a bit much, but whatever he's back yay!  To celebrate being back, he's got a brand new idea for the show - Magic Jeopardy!  With 30 questions across 6 categories, he's going to put the other three dorks to the test!  Who will come out ahead?  And what sort of controversy will arise?  Let us know what you think of the Magic Jeopardy so we'll know if we should bother doing it again.

After that, we answer another mess of emails and rules questions from our inbox, and one in particular catches our eye.  A couple episodes ago, Ben sent us a question about casting voice talents for a Magic cartoon, which we discussed briefly.  Ryan Gregersen went several steps beyond and sent us his ideas for the cast of a live-action Magic: the Gathering movie, complete with IMDB links!  So of course this discussion sidetracked us for a good long time while we looked up actors and kicked ideas around.  It was a lot of fun, we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

And if you are at all interested in helping out with Extra Life as described at the beginning of the episode, my good friend Dustin's donation page can be found below.  If you don't want to help him out, then start your own drive and get people to donate to you!  All that matters is that you're helping!
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Episode 188 - Horde of Serious Notions of Fun

2011-07-17
Length: 2s

After a bit of email and some news (including our long-lost interview with Amanda, which can now be found on Red Site Wins), we are joined by two very special guest hosts. No longer do we need wonder if these two are actually one and the same person, because I heard them both talking at the same time! Our two special guests are none other than the returning Adam Styborski and first time guest but long-time dork Chris Lansdell. If you want to find more about our guests, consult the links below.

With introductions out of the way, we proceeded to talk about the various M12 events we attended, which included a vicious bad beats story from Stybs. After spending some time on M12 as a whole, we decided to do a Story Circle with our hosts. Apparently Chris does this a lot, since he ripped off the idea for his own show. But that means a better deck for all involved, right? We started with Pyromancy, and it just went out of control from there. With all the cards we rattled off, there's a wonderful starting place for all you deckbuilders out there. Probably three or four starting places, actually. From here the discussion went far afield, covering such random topics as planking, scrapple, old Hot Pockets commercials, and Billy Madison. I really wish I was making this up. Hope you guys enjoy!


Our long-lost interview with Amanda Stevens is on Red Site Wins: http://redsitewins.com/2011/06/02/amanda-chewie-and-3-other-dorks-aka-the-mana-pool-interview/

Adam Styborski

Weekly columnist for DailyMTG: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Archive.aspx?author=Adam%20Styborski
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Writer for Gathering Magic: http://www.gatheringmagic.com/author/adamstyborski/
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Twitter: @the_stybs

Chris Lansdell
Host of Horde of Notions: http://www.hordeofnotions.com/
Writer for Mana Deprived: http://manadeprived.com/chris-lansdell
Occasional host of Mana Screwed: http://mtgcast.com/?cat=57
Twitter: @lansdellicious


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Episode 187 - Guest, Interrupted (and M12)

2011-07-12
Length: 2s

We are joined this episode by one Robert Martin, also known as The Beme. You might know him as the interviewer from The Men of Magic, or maybe from the Hardcast, or maybe even the suddenly-defunct Mana Screwed podcast (go listen to their episodes, dash it all!). He also pops up on Monday Night Magic sometimes! But today, he's here with us!

At least, he starts out here with us. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he had to leave us before we actually got to the meat of the episode. He did stick around long enough to give us his take on the new Chandra and Garruk though, and those are the important ones. Before he left, we were reading listener mail and determining the best way to tell our listeners to RTFC. Ah, like that.

But after that, we took a nice long look at the full set of Magic 2012, and I'm pretty sure we like it. I mean, it sure sounds like we do. Also, Dirk is calling it! Amphin Cutthroat is heralding the introduction of Salamanders in Innistrad! HA!

I'd like to apologize to everyone expecting something removal-related for this appropriately-numbered episode. In all honesty, we had forgotten that this one was going to be 187. We prostrate ourselves before you and humbly beg forgiveness.

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Episode 186 - Commander Shenanigans (Live)

2011-07-05
Length: 2s

After many requests for us to talk about the various cards in the new Commander decks, we decided to go one better.  We all gathered at Brian's house, picked out one of the Commander decks, and played them in a 4-player game.  Yeah yeah, we know everyone else is doing this too.  The reason everyone else did this is because these decks are freakin' awesome, and people love to hear about them!  So we jumped on the bandwagon with the rest of the world.  The upside of us doing it is you get to hear our...unique take on things.

Just so we're clear here, Brian chose Zedruu the Greathearted, Dirk was playing Kaalia of the Vast, Mike had Riku of Two Reflections, and Chewie was rolling with The Mimeoplasm.  Spoiler Alert: The Mimeoplasm became something completely ridiculous every time it got played, but Riku set the record for number of times entering the battlefield.  Oh, and Veteran Explorer is the greatest thing ever for multiplayer.  Trust me on this.  Go to Cardshark and buy some.


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Episode 185 - Cubes, Power Outages, and M12

2011-07-01
Length: 2s

This is a weird one.  Eric of Many Names joins us one final time before his family gets back into town, so we're trying to make the most of it.  We mine his brain for some information about Cube Draft on behalf of one of our listeners.  More specifically, he talks about creating your own Cube.  For reference, you can find Eric's own Cube list here.

And of course, we have a full load of M12 previews to go over, starting with the new Jace!  We recorded this well before they revealed any other new planeswalkers, so be patient and you'll hear us rant about them eventually.

There was also a momentous decision by the US Supreme Court that we discussed for a short while.  Don't worry, it's definitely something Magic dorks are interested in.  Well, a good number of you anyway.

I'd like to dedicate this episode to Mario, Jumpman, and Ryu Hayabusa.  They died so we could have appropriate music for the various times the call got cut off due to power outage at Chewie's house, Eric being forcibly muted, and Skype deciding it was sick of us being able to hear each other.  Remember them fondly, everyone!


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Episode 184 - Time Travel and Room Elephants

2011-06-23
Length: 2s

We're joined again here at The Mana Pool by Eric of Many Names, who can add one more name to his repetoire - Judge.  Yes, Eric went to GP: Kansas City and passed his test, so you guys get to hear all about it right here!

Then we've got another handful of listener mail, including one that we took extra care to answer.  It involved either moving cards from Standard back to Alpha, or bringing cards back from Alpha to the current Standard.  We weren't sure which, so Brian took one, and the rest of us went the other way.  Either way it was an interesting discussion, hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

Dirk and I discussed Duels 2012 a bit, and then we had to turn to the elephant in the room.  And yes, we talked about it for a good while.  And we have lots of good discussion about it and the reasons that we either are or are not surprised by it.  Let us know what you think!

We're talking about the Jace and Stoneforge Mystic bannings here, by the way.  Just so we're clear.

Eric on Twitter: http://twitter.com/thewachman


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Episode 183 - Drowning in Previews

2011-06-16
Length: 2s

No really.  They dropped a TON of stuff on us since our last recording.  Apparently I was even allergic to some of it.  Well, that or nerds, not sure which.  But yeah, we're trying desperately to keep up, so much so that we enlisted the aid of the ever-awesome Eric of Many Names once again!  He's going to help us out with the new M12 cards, the new Commander cards, and the other cards in the Commander decks.  Mike also guides us through a relatively painless Rules Update.  And of course, we knocked out a few of the many emails we've gotten since the last episode.  And now, a lot of links to all this stuff:

Eric on Twitter: http://twitter.com/thewachman

M12 previews
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/731

Commander previews
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/productarticle.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/commander/cig

Commander decklists
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/732

Rules update
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/146a&page=1


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Episode 182 - Commander & Conquer: Generals

2011-06-09
Length: 2s

After a few Skype problems that apparently cleared up just a short while before recording (for everyone but Brazil and Dirk it turns out) we finally got an episode started.  And after Dirk reinstalled Skype, he joined us too.  We started this episode off by catching up with our email!  Yes, we covered EVERY email we had in the inbox!

If you couldn't tell from the title, we spent the rest of the episode talking about the Commander previews.  We've only seen a couple days' worth at the time we recorded this, and it's already ridiculous. And these are just the new cards! I'm sure some of the stuff they've reprinted to put in these things is equally nuts.

Commander Image Gallery: http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/productarticle.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/commander/cig

And watch out for a small rant at the end by Chewie.  If you have any contact with Wizards, please refer them to this rant.  Thank you.


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Episode 181 - Cycles of Compleation

2011-06-05
Length: 2s

This time around, we've got even more listener mail!  Reading the mail leads to some interesting conversations.  We discussed cheating a little bit, complete with judge-type commentary by Bryan from the Avant-Card Show, who happens to be a Level 2 Judge.  There's a little bit of speculation about Innistrad (completely baseless, the best kind!).  And just in case we're right, you heard it here first!  Innistrad's going to deal with things dying and possibly life totals.  HA!

We've also got another listener-supplied Mad Lib!  This one is from Tosus, our old buddy out in Germany, and it's a good one.

Then we finally get to talk about the cycles in New Phyrexia, after a brief discussion of what cycles are in the first place.  Then we realized...there really aren't that many cycles in the set.  The Praetors, the Chancellors, the Exarchs, the Shrines, and the Souleaters.  I think that might be it.  But we went into detail for each cycle, so it works out well.  Let us know if you have any thoughts on the cycles of New Phyrexia.



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Episode 180 - Headline: M12 Goes Bloodthirsty, Dies

2011-05-27
Length: 2s

Even though we ran through over 30 emails in the last episode, we still have more! So we took another chunk out of the remaining emails. I really enjoy doing lots of listener mail, because it lets us talk about all kinds of things we wouldn't ordinarily talk about. For instance, an email gave me a perfect segue into discussing a new repacked product thing I got at Target!

But of course, we had to talk about lots of other things this episode! Which we were able to do, because Brian couldn't be with us. Apparently he couldn't stop coughing for more than a few seconds at a time, so he opted out. Of all people though, Dirk really picked up the slack Brian left us. He's on fire! (be sure to read that in the NBA Jam announcer voice)

As far as what other stuff, it was all M12 all the time baby! Well not really, but we did talk about all the M12 stuff that has come to light since our last recording. It's all down there in those links

Mechanics and whatnot: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/144
Buy-a-box Promo: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/716
Core Set Survivor: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/718
New Dragon: http://twitpic.com/51sipe
Old Dragon: http://twitpic.com/51sjyh


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Episode 179 - Listener Appreciation Sequel

2011-05-20
Length: 2s

It's that time again! We've left our listener emails for far too long, and now we've got to devote an entire episode to them! I was afraid this episode was going to end up kind of boring, but I was wrong. The great thing about going over a whole load of listener mail is that they lead us to all kinds of places. I'm talking everything from the Rapture to Standard to Cyndi Lauper to another take on a Magic RPG and all points in between. It's a heck of a trip, thanks to all of our emailers for leading us along! If you guys would like to email us in the future, we have a new email address! It's dorks@themanapool.com, please start sending your emails there!

In between all this nonsense, we managed to actually talk about some things that matter, like the new planeswalker and decklist and trailer from Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012, which you can find right here on http://themanapool.com. And we did a new Mad Lib too! We also talked about the New Phyrexia Event Decks (holy crap!) which you can find here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/714

Floor Rules in case of Rapture:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/408510/mrpg.txt

Abe Sargent's Magic RPG:
http://www.starcitygames.com/php/news/article/15084.html

Ed Grabianowski's Magic RPG:
http://io9.com/5799753/playing-magic-the-gathering-as-an-rpg


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Episode 178 - Serious Fun with Adam Styborski

2011-05-13
Length: 2s

We are joined this week by a very special guest, Adam Styborski.  He writes the Serious Fun column for the mothership, he writes for GatheringMagic, he's the Casual Editor over at Quiet Speculation, and he writes a Pauper Cube blog.  Here are the links!

- http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Archive.aspx?author=Adam%20Styborski
- http://thepaupercube.wordpress.com/
- http://www.gatheringmagic.com/author/adamstyborski/
- http://www.quietspeculation.com
- Twitter: @the_stybs

We talked to Adam for a while about his writing, his playing, and whatever else Brian thought up.  Then we all discussed the New Phyrexia Prerelease, which most of us ended up attending.  One of us was gunslinging, can you guess which one?  After that, we did one of our nonsensical but fun Magic Mad Libs! And yes, Stybs helped out!

Then we started talking about Equipment.  Which ones we love, which ones are awesome, which ones are awesome for multiplayer.  Whatever we could think of.  Adam had some especially interesting things to say on this topic, so pay attention.  You, in the back!  Head up off the desk!


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Episode 177 - Lots of Actual Content!

2011-05-06
Length: 2s

That's right, we've got a stupid amount of content for you on this episode of The Mana Pool!  First off, Brian's unable to join us until later, so we have a special guest host - Tosus!  You might remember him from the excellent custom cards posted on our Facebook page during our last big contest, or perhaps you remember that he's the guy who made the intro you hear on this episode.  Either way, here he is joining us for an episode while he's in the USA.

Right, content!  First off, I have to recount meeting Ben and Tosus in person last weekend, and how neither of them could stand up to my mighty Progenitus EDH deck.  So what if they stomped me every other game?

Then Mike tells us all about his experience at the SCG Open in Charlotte NC.  Since Brian wasn't with us to ramble on forever, Mike took care of it for him.  There was a rules update too, and Mike explains a couple of the interesting things that came out of that.  Then we have to give a bit of opinion about the New Phyrexia leak and the Guillaumes that caused it.  Oh look, there's Brian!

There's a short break followed by a big announcement for next episode, be sure to listen carefully!  Then Brian tells us all about his SCG Open weekend.  And finally, we're able to get to the New Phyrexia cards. We take a look at all the cards with Phyrexian Mana in their costs, so check it out to see what we think.  Then...we ran out of time, so we picked out a couple other quick ones and called it a night.  See?  Very little nonsense this episode!


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Episode 176 - Bludgeon Brawl at Lightning Helix Camp

2011-04-28
Length: 2s

This is one crazy episode we've got here for you, folks! New Phyrexia has been completely spoiled, and we decided to have fun with it this time. To that end, everything in this episode is a look at the new set, no exceptions (except for all the tangents, of course). I mean it, we had no other topics this time around, nothing else we wanted to talk about, not even listener mail! New Phyrexia is serious business, much like the internet.

And when Brian steps away for a few minutes on baby business, I bring in the heavy hitters. We're joined by a pair of old friends (podcast whores) to look over all this new stuff. First off, joining us for a short while from his car, we have Eric of Many Names. Rubber pants are optional, of course. Then we're joined by none other than our favorite Ben Shout-Out recipient...Ben! Known as Panahinuva on forums all across the internet, he had a class let out early and was able to join us for the second half of the show.

So yes, we're just crawling with dorks. It was really a stupid amount of fun having these guys on the show to talk about the compleation of Mirrodin, you guys are gonna enjoy it! Find out which card makes Mike want to go lie down for a while, causes Brian to wish suicide on his opponent, and forces Dirk to consider rage-quitting. Also find out which card has flavor implications that had me laughing uncontrollably for a long time. I blame Ben and his roommate, personally.

New Phyrexia Visual Spoiler:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/articl ... a/spoiler#

Oh, and just because I forgot to mention it this episode, don't forget that we still have lotsa free stuff to give away for random reasons. Try to impress us and you might just get something! Free stuff is courtesy of Top Deck Games in Kernersville, NC. Randy's the owner, and he can be reached at 336-996-8088. Give him a call and see if he'll cut you a deal! Be sure to tell him we sent you!


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Episode 175 - Heroes of Mike and Magic

2011-04-21
Length: 2s

We are living in an age of villains.  In case you haven't noticed, the bad guys are winning.  The Eldrazi are free.  Nicol Bolas is still scheming.  And now, the Phyrexians have taken over the plane formerly known as Mirrodin.  During these dark times, who do we turn to for hope?  The planeswalkers?  Bah.  Since this new breed of 'walkers came to light, the heroes haven't had much in the way of victory.  Dark times indeed.

To combat this, today we will remember the heroes of yore.  The ones who fought against, and triumphed over, the evils that now beset us daily.  Powerful planeswalkers, mere humans, and even artificial beings that we used to look to when things were at their darkest.  Perhaps this discussion will inspire a new hero to step forth and save us.  Is there a man among you here?  Is there not one who values courage over life?

Whoa, I sort of went off the deep end there.  And did I quote some Protomen there at the end?  That's the song featured in this episode, how appropriate.  Huh, I need to start sleeping more.  Right then, back to the episode.  We also have a brief discussion about the new Wizards event scheduling, particularly how it relates to a certain other high-level tournament series.  Then we've got the New Phyrexia preview cards that have been spoiled!  Yay!  There aren't many, but see which one had Dirk quite literally flustered.  Also, I used the word "eidetic" during this episode.  Go me.

Announcement about 2012's Tournament Structure:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/news/041411a

New Phyrexia Visual Spoiler:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/newphyrexia/spoiler#

Free stuff mentioned at the end of the episode courtesy of Top Deck Games in Kernersville, NC.  Randy's the owner, and he can be reached at 336-996-8088.  Give him a call and see if he'll cut you a deal!  Be sure to tell him we sent you!


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Episode 174 - Streets of Double Ransom: Championship Edition HD

2011-04-14
Length: 2s

Welcome to a very special episode of The Mana Pool, featuring a brand new guest host - Ralph the Guest Hosting Cricket!  He's a new addition to the show, and hopefully he'll be EATEN BY A F@#$ING GECKO soon.  Other than that, we've got a whole host of fun stuff to go over.

There's an exceptionally long listener Mad Lib to do first.  Then we've got a small rant about some EDH/Commander at a local card shop.  Then there's an entirely different small rant about the supposed balance of Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons. We couldn't find it! 

Then there's the main topic, which is another edition of the Mortal Guilty Edge Fighter Champion Tag Shodown, or whatever the hell it's called.  As always, this was entirely too much fun.  Spoiler alert: At least this time a green rare didn't win! 

And finally, we're going to throw out our own unique perspectives on the Ban Jace nonsense, as some guys who only sort of play Standard and have no personal stake in the debate either way.  I get the feeling this part will get us the most response.  Let us know what you guys think!

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Episode 173 - Phyrexian Ramblings (and Mail Call)

2011-04-08
Length: 3s

Just so everyone is aware, we started off this episode short one Brian.  We spend the first half of the show going over our neglected listener emails, which we've been skipping over for the last several episodes.  Guess who answered the most rules questions that were emailed to us?  Bet you guessed wrong!

Luckily after all this we were able to find a Bryan to fill the void in our show, so that's excellent.  We talked about New Phyrexia and gave our general opinions about it, then stepped into a Story Circle with Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.  You may or may not want to ignore one color that we added in.

After that, Dirk went to bed.  That means we had no one there to keep throwing out profound statements, so we lost our heads.  It just sort of degenerated into random conversations about whatever came to mind.  It happens.  Hope you guys enjoy!


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Episode 172 - Adventures on Zendikar (Live)

2011-03-25
Length: 1s

Hey, welcome back!  As you can tell, this is another episode where we play out a game of Magic for all to hear.  Well, we're all on our separate computers, but we're still playing, just for all you listeners out there!  Bear with us, it's our first time playing with the new M11 rules, since we didn't want to switch in the middle of a campaign, you know?

It's Brian's turn as Planar Guide this time, running one of the new Zendikar scenarios.  Hopefully this won't turn into another Romp on Ravnica that caused us to skip Mike's last turn.  Jeez.  Brian assures us he's going strictly by the book, but we'll see.


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Episode 171 - Unrest in the House of Eric

2011-03-25
Length: 2s

Is that Eric on two episodes in a row with us?  I think it is!  Eric brought us two very deep and interesting topics to discuss.  First off is a lot of talk about being casual, proxying, business models, and all sorts of nonsense.  It essentially boils down to a discussion on realizing that there are other reasons to play this game than the one you hold most dear, and you should freakin' realize that.

Follow Eric on Twitter - http://twitter.com/thewachman

After that, there's a long talk that actually outlasts two of the dorks (Brian Burrito and whatnot), and it's about threat selection in multiplayer.  In the middle there it turns into a brief discussion on playing jerk generals in EDH, but I'm not entirely sure how that happened.  Here's an article on Muse Vessel that Eric mentioned during this talk.
http://musevessel.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/gbm7/

And here's the infamous theory about the internet that I referenced at some point:
http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/3/19/

Of course, what episode would be complete without a Mad Lib?  This one is from our old buddy Jars, and we agree that it was pretty brilliant, even though none of us read it first and we had to take a musical break in the middle of doing it.  We also reveal the winners of the contest! If you heard your name on there and haven't contacted me, PLEASE DO!  And we did a quick rundown of the new Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons, which you can find here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/673


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Episode 170 - Enchanted Evening with Eric

2011-03-18
Length: 2s

We are joined this episode by none other than the Many-Named One himself, Eric!  Yay!  Lots of news this episode, from new Commander cards to M12 Planeswalker news to Planeswalker news from the next big set.  And we're on a new geeky network, and Swift is on iTunes!  Man that was a lot.  Of course Eric sidetracks us several times during all that.  Otherwise it wouldn't be any fun at all.


Don’t forget to enter the contest before it’s over on March 20!
http://themanapool.com/pool-notices/update-mana-pool-mbs-contest/

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M12 news:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/665

Innistrad:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/666

A.A.A. Network:
http://www.aaanetwork.org


Then Eric hits us with his Searing Meditation deck, which sounds like a lot of fun.  He got the set and didn't build a deck for roughly two and a half years, but I think it was worth the wait.  Of course, somehow this leads into some random discussions about EDH...somehow.  I'm not entirely sure how, really.  Better listen to find out.

From there, Brian takes us into the world of Mirrodin Besieged drafting, where he gives us a look at his first experience with it, which he claims was excellent.  We shall soon see.  From there the conversation turns to all kinds of nonsense, because Eric is here and he's entirely too much fun.

Quick aside: The music for this episode is from The Protomen.  It's Hope Rides Again, the first track from Act I, their first album.  I've given you 3 bits of it in an attempt to get you hooked.  They've taken the mythos of Mega Man and turned it into a badassed rock opera sort of thing, and it's seriously badassed.


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Episode 169 - Mailbag and Beasts

2011-03-13

Holy crap we've updated the contest we mentioned in the last episode!  If you'd like to see what we've changed, go here:
http://themanapool.com/pool-notices/update-mana-pool-mbs-contest

We then follow up with a Mad Lib sent in by one of our listeners, Alex.  How awesome was it?  Well ideally you'd listen to find out, but I'll issue a little spoiler - pretty awesome!  And if you like our Magic Mad Libs, then you'll love this new section of the website:
http://themanapool.com/category/mad-libs-2/

We've got a whole mess of emails, since we haven't managed to check them on-air in a few weeks.  I mean it, we've got a lot!  Look at the title of this episode!  We are not screwing around here!

And since I played the old Beast deck on the last live episode, Mike decided I should do an Out of the Deck Box with it.  It's been a while since I talked about it, so I dug through the deck, told everyone what it does, and realized it really needs some changes.  So we kicked around some ideas for updates, most of which I actually executed in the time between recording and uploading.  Let me know if you guys have any other suggestions for it, I'm always willing to ignore our listeners!  I mean...listen to them.


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Episode 168 - Tribal Time with Tom

2011-03-05
Length: 1s

What an episode we've got for you this time!  We've got a new contest, a super-secret special guest host, and...well that's about it.  But isn't that enough?

Okay, contest.  If you want the full skinny, you're gonna have to hit the website for the official rules and all that.  You can find it here:
http://themanapool.com/uncategorized/promo_contest/

Then there's a quick look at the new Deckbuilder's Toolkit, and some email, and really this was just a stalling tactic until our host arrived.  When he does arrive, holy crap it's Tom from Monday Night Magic!  I'm not entirely sure how I managed it, but I talked him into recording with us for a while!  He joins us to give us some insight into a Quest for Ula's Temple deck first, then we do some Tribal Story Circle shenanigans.  Of course with Tom on the job, all semblance of order went right out the window, so this isn't so much a deck as it is a lot of nifty possibilities.  We start off with Sunrise Sovereign, the giant that makes all other giants infinitely more terrifying.  Then there's the oldie-but-not-too-goodie Thrull Champion that made for an interesting deck idea.

After all that excitement, Tom turns and walks away, quite literally fading into the aether.  But we'll never forget Tom, for our man-crushes are far too strong for that.  Now, did I forget anything?


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Episode 167 - Three Person Sixty Card Mayhem Live!

2011-02-28
Length: 2s

Yes, it's time for another live episode!  Already you ask?  Yes, we answer.  I'm glad we had this conversation.

Sadly, Dirk isn't able to join us due to almost having a baby.  We start off with a little bit of Duel Decks news, since they've announced Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas.  Then we play a game of Magic.  Each of us is playing with a very special deck, and each deck is special for different reasons.  One is a blast from the past, one is returning from exile, and one has a lot more cash in it than it did before.

Then there's a new Mad Lib!  Then we play another game of Magic.  Then we break for lunch.  Then there's another game of Magic!  That's three games, plus a Mad Lib, plus some news, and we managed it all in about 2 and a half hours! Unheard of!  Stay tuned next episode for an episode that we hope will feature a super awesome special guest host!  And if not, then please disregard that bit of text as well as this one.


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Break Music - Dozen Elf Death Gel by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com

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Episode 166 - A Pool of Mirrodin

2011-02-21
Length: 2s
























After a mess of emails, we've got those first two cards from the set code-named Action, which everyone has already seen.  But of course, we have to give you our take on it.  Then there's a look at the Event Decks, a new product from Wizards, but that's not the important part.

And really, this isn't the important part either.  But this is the main topic!  Brian opened up a Scars Sealed pool, consisting of 3 packs of Scars and 3 packs of Besieged.  We're gonna take a nice long look at it and see what we can come up with.  Turns out we came up with two different decks, just so you know.  If you'd like to see the pool in its entirety, please direct yourself to the forums.  The link is right down there.  Apologies in advance for the long drawn out discussion, but I think it's a good one :p

So what if I just used a tongue-sticking-out emoticon in the show notes? Kiss my butt!

One more thing - beware the goats...


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Episode 165 - Fumiko the Underperforming

2011-02-16
Length: 2s

Magic Mad Lib!  Mailbag!  The homogenization of American music!  A contest that's already over!  And From the Vault: Legends starring Lawrence Fishburne!  And all that is just the first half of this episode of The Mana Pool!  Why can't I stop screaming?!

Fishburne Legends right here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/641

The gang's all here for this episode, if you ignore Brian wandering away a few times in the middle and leaving a bit early.  So ignore that.  But the second half of the episode is devoted to a special EDH edition of Pimp My Deckbox!  Mike built a deck using Fumiko the Lowblood that looks pretty good on paper, but he's not terribly happy with how it's working out in practice.  So we're going to poke at it a bit and try to figure out what's missing.  He's got it on Tapped Out, so feel free to play along with us and send in your suggestions.  Check it out right here:
http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/fumiko-edh/


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Episode 164 - MBS Prerelease and Story Circle

2011-02-08
Length: 2s

Have you noticed that all the planes in Magic are either terrifying or dangerous or miserable?  We determined this during a discussion of which plane we'd want to live on that came from an email.  It's like the Creative team at Wizards just wants to completely dry up the tourist trade on other planes!  I wonder if the head of Zendikar could sue Wizards for libel.  I'll have to get with Brian on that...

Anyway, good old Jungle Rat Rob sent me a link to a Magic set based on Zelda II: The Adventure of Link over on Games Radar.  If you wanna see it, just click here:
http://www.gamesradar.com/f/the-complete-zelda-ii-magic-the-gathering-card-set/a-2011011416369729007

And of course we had some Prerelease experiences to discuss!  By we I mean Brian and me, but that's still first person plural!  He went Mirran and I went Phyrexian - who do you think came out ahead?  Well I guess you'll just have to listen.

And finally, we finish off on a special Mirrodin Besieged edition of Story Circle.  I counted up the number of Rares and Mythics in MBS and put that number into random.org and it told me to use Shimmer Myr.  We didn't so much build a deck as much as throw out a lot of different ways you could build a deck around the Shimmer Myr.  You'll see what I mean when you give the episode a listen.

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Episode 163 - All of MBS (and Half of Chewie)

2011-02-04
Length: 1s

On this episode Mike, Brian, and Dirk take a look at the colored cards of Mirrodin Besieged while I (Chewie) am sitting at home with NO INTERNET!  But luckily the stupid connection kicked back in just in time for me to jump in at the artifacts.  Then there's a little bit of discussion about a recent rules update wherein we figure out about when Wizards realized we were all perverts.  But that's about it.  I'm just happy I managed to make it onto my own freakin' show.  At least the guys were able to cover for my shoddy ISP.

Mirrodin Besieged Visual Spoiler:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/mirrodinbesieged/spoiler#

Rules Update Bulletin:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/127a


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Break Music - Bigger Boards [with Bigger Nails [with Bees in Their Mouth]] (Final Fantasy 7 Battle Music) by Armcannon - http://www.armcannon.com

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Episode 162 - I Am the Elephant of Death (Live)

2011-01-31
Length: 2s

Once again, we all gathered at Dirk's house for Magic playing and snacks, and so you get to listen to us do so on this episode.  We start off with a nice LONG game of Elder Dragon Highlander, or Magic: The Gathering Commander if you prefer, or Dorky Card Game with Different Rules than Usual if you wanna be real about it.  But either way, that's what we're doing.  It's Fumiko the Lowblood vs. Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund vs. Tolsimir Wolfblood vs. Sliver Overlord (Brian's a filthy whore) in this knock-down, drag-out, hyphenated-words fight to the death!

Then we decided to show you guys that Brian isn't the only filthy whore and play a game of Archenemy.  Mike built a deck that only a horrible horrible person would build, then supplemented it with a Scheme deck that only makes it more horrible, and we decide to let him kill us for your amusement.  Well, I knew that's what would happen.  Brian and Dirk were more optimistic, but you know what they say about ignorance in this particular case.  But it does make for a good show, listening to Mike summon up a Shoggoth to have vicious sex with our faces while pouring sugar in our gas tanks and making us listen to miserble old twangy country music and Swedish death metal at the same time.

Wow, that was out there.  Uh, hope you enjoy the episode!  Next time is a look at Mirrodin Besieged as a whole, with a full Chewie-less hour! *gasp*


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Episode 161 - Mad Libs, MAGfest, and Mirrodin

2011-01-25
Length: 1s

I'd like to start off by apologizing for how scatterbrained I sound in this episode. I had just gotten back from the MAGfest trip roughly AN HOUR before we started recording, so I was still not quite with it.  But that aside, we started off with a Mad Lib that Tosus wrote for us that had us giggling like idiots as per usual.  Thank you Tosus!

Then there's short Star Wars retelling featuring our faces that Patrick sent us that had us rolling in the floor laughing.  You can see it here:
http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/337a8koVbYL4PoLz

After the rest of the emails, I go off on how awesome MAGfest was.  It really was great.  If you're interested, the website is here:
http://www.magfest.org

And after all that stuff, we finally get into the heavy Mirrodin Besieged previews.  And there is some crazy stuff here, let me tell you.  Next episode won't be previews, so you better get enjoy these while you can.  To see these cards and many more, click here for the Visual Spoiler:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/mirrodinbesieged/spoiler#


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Episode 160 - An Early Preview, But at What Cost?

2011-01-20
Length: 2s

Hello again, and welcome to the show notes! This is Mike, filling in for Chewie because he's out of town at MAGFest, having a nice time and being a generally all-around lucky jerk.

We were all feeling kind of wiped out by our various goings-on, but we kicked things off in the usual way: random banter and listener emails. After that, we decided to take a look at the Mirrodin Besieged Mechanics article Wizards posted earlier in the week, which previewed a number of very interesting cards from the upcoming set.

And finally, FINALLY, we get around to the mysterious topic that we keep mentioning having to put off because of time issues. Was it all worth it? Actually, that's kind of what the topic is about.

Thank you all for reading, and go listen to some dorks!


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Episode 159 - Obligatory Kermit-Referencing Title

2011-01-10
Length: 2s

Hello everyone!  Chewie here.  Welcome to 2011!  We kick this thing off with some listener mail, some of which we've had since last year (sorry about that).  Then there's a fair amount of other stuff to touch on, but nothing important enough to put in the show notes.  Moving on!

I got a copy of Stowaway from Cardshark for us to review a few weeks ago, and we finally got to get together and play!  The full review is in the episode, but it's a lot of fun and I think it's well worth the small investment if you enjoy playing card games.  You can check it out right here:
http://www.cardshark.com/stowaway

Then we've got the last color in the Core Set: Mana Pool Edition, and that color is Green.  I know you're all really waiting to hear what Dirk had to say, so we made him go last in each category.  Ha!  So sit back, take a listen, and enjoy all of what 2011 has to offer.


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Jungle Rat Rob - 150 Fast Effects Resolving

2011-01-09
Length: 4s

For hitting 150 episodes and/or 3 years of being on the air, our old buddy Jungle Rat Rob of The Retro League podcast has put together another one of his awesome audio montages, spliced together with Praise You by Fatboy Slim.  Lots of these clips came from our guest host episodes, so keep an eye out for some voices from other podcasts, including the Avant-Card Show, MTG Radio, and possibly even Rob himself.  There may or may not even be other voices on here somewhere, I'm not entirely sure.

As always, Rob has managed to capture the essence of the show's appeal.  I really believe that people listen to us because we remind them of their own group of friends.  We try to make each other laugh while we're sitting around talking about Magic.  I think everyone can relate to that, because anyone listening to this show probably does that on a regular basis.  Much like our podcast, there is very little actual Magic content here, so it's appropriate.  It really seems like I spend a lot of time giggling, doesn't it?  Thanks again to Rob for the most excellent hilarity, we appreciate it as always!

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Episode 158 - The Last Show of 2010

2010-12-31
Length: 2s

Just made it in before 2011!  On this episode we take a look at some listener mail, check out how Worlds ended this year (complete with a quick look at some of the decks in the Top 8), take a look at the nonsense surrounding the next two Magic expansions, and talk about the recent rules changes to EDH (or Commander if you prefer). 

Then we have the Black installment of the Core Set: Mana Pool Edition.  This time we have 6 staples from my favorite color!  I've typed about this several times before, so if you have no idea what I'm talking about, check the last few episodes.  I hope you guys enjoy it, and we'll see you again next year!


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Break Music - Brinstar from Metroid by Hirokazu Tanaka - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirokazu_Tanaka

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Episode 157 - Blue with a Splash of News

2010-12-22
Length: 2s

Just in time for Christmas, it's a late episode!  Sweet!  This episode has a lot of stuff going on, starting with emails covering everything from subliminal messages to holiday habits. Then we have news, which is really not news anymore but it's our take on these news items.  We've got the big Commander announcement, some decks from the Star City Invitational, and a quick rant about Tomoharu Saito's non-induction to the Hall of Fame and how little Wizards said about it.

Then there's a brief musical interlude and we go right back into Core Set: Mana Pool Edition.  In case you don't remember, Brian came up with this idea a while back.  For each color, he came up with six things that each color always does all the time, which I refer to as "staples".  Then each of us took this list of staples and found cards to fit them.  The catch is that each card we choose must be one that has never been printed in a Core Set.  Easy, right?  Well this time we're taking on Blue, and we've got lots of interesting choices.  Let us know what you think or what you'd throw in a Core Set.


Intro Music - Diamond by Swift - http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music - Zeromus by The Black Mages - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Mages

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Episode 156 - White with a Splash of Green

2010-12-13
Length: 1s

Other than the random technical issues that caused us to start late, caused Mike to sound funny this entire episode, and caused Brian to be muted for most of the episode, it went off without a hitch!  We went over a mess of emails, then did the White section of Brian's Core Set: Mana Pool Edition.  And to go along with the White section of that, Brian requested an Out of the Deck Box for Mike's mono-green mana ramp deck.

Yeah, it made no sense to us either.  Check the forum post for this episode for the deck list as usual.  Hope you guys enjoy!


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Episode 155 - Scars Intro Packs Live!

2010-12-06
Length: 2s

What's that?  A live episode?  Where did this come from?  Well honestly it came from Brian's house, but that's not important.  Due to a lack of Dirk during this episode's recording, Brian decided Mike and I should roll over there to play his newly-bought Scars of Mirrodin Intro Packs.  He had Myr of Mirrodin, Metalcraft, and Phyrexian Poison.  We played a three-man game, then traded decks and did it again, then traded again and did it one more time.  It was a lot of fun, and you'll get to hear some of our usual nonsense, including me trying to coax Brian's wife to actually say something on the air.  Spoiler alert - it doesn't work.

If you want to know what's in the decks, check here:
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/547


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Bonus Episode - Secret Cow Level

2010-11-23
Length: 36s

Moo.

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Episode 154 - Burninating the Countryside

2010-11-23
Length: 2s

After beginning with a study into arcane languages and comic strips, we're gonna set this thing on FIRE!  We'll take a look at a few of the new products Wizards has in store, the Magic Online Deck Series: Legacy and the Premium Deck Series: Fire & Lightning, then move into Brian's new idea for a segment.  There's no official name, so I'm going to call it Core Set: Mana Pool Edition. 

He has come up with 6 staple card ideas from each color and instructed us to pick cards to fulfill these roles in our Core Set.  The catch is, we have to use cards that have previously been printed that have never been in a Core Set before.  So to coincide with our Burn episode, we're doing Red.  Let us know what you think, and what your choices would be.

Then we take a closer look at Burn.  We're gonna focus on its role in multiplayer, a role that is classically underestimated.  We'll take a look at all the ways Burn can be used in multiplayer, as well as which flavors work the best.  All you red mages out there take note!

Magic Online Deck Series: Legacy
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/579

Premium Deck Series: Fire & Lightning
http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/576


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Break Music - Trogdor by the Brothers Chaps - http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html

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Episode 153 - Two for One Special

2010-11-14
Length: 2s

In this action-packed episode of The Mana Pool, we're taking a look at all the two-for-ones in Magic.  No, not Buy One Get One Free, and not killing a creature in response to it being targeted by an aura.  We're talking about a whopping TWO power for ONE mana!  Back in the day this defined entire tournament scenes, but were all of them that good?  Well stay tuned and find out, because we're gonna hit them all. 

While we're at it, we've got email spam replies (yes really), news about the third Duels of the Planeswalkers expansion, a couple of rules questions, and a discussion of Fran Drescher as a harpy.  I love doing this show sometimes.  Hope you all enjoy!


Intro Music - Diamond by Swift
Break Music - Double Dragon (Opening Theme) by Kazunaka Yamane

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Episode 152 - Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs 2 - 3D Alpha Forever

2010-11-07
Length: 1s


This episode is a little random.  We begin with a brief discussion of why not to buy cheap ice cream sandwiches.  I then offer up Mike's phone number in case anyone wants to call him.  Then we point out how we're not going to take money from our listeners, but gifts are appreciated when appropriate.

Of course, we have a main topic.  It's Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs 2 - 3D Alpha Forever!  Once again we use the Random Card button in Gatherer to draft up 16 fighters to go head to head (or claw, or tentacle, or stump, or whatever) for your enjoyment!  During the tournament you'll hear about vicious assistant birds, over-eager anti-assistant knights, and one contestant possibly passing a pearl to not be a dragon.  I didn't say it would make sense, I just said you'd hear it.  Who will join Troll Ascetic in our winner's circle?

And after the dust has settled, we have to bring back one of our favorite segments - Out of the Deck Box!  This time around we're taking a look at Brian's Archenemy Deck and the Scheme Deck that goes with it.  It's appropriately evil, and we hope you enjoy it!


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Episode 151 - Why the Good Old Days Won't Work Now

2010-10-31
Length: 2s


Hello again, and welcome to the show notes!  This is Mike, filling in on this for Chewie while he puts the finishing touches on the previous episode (the secret ingredient is love).

When Wizards decided to go back to Mirrodin for another block, of course they had to have in mind what had come before.  Today we all take the time to think and talk about cards from the original Mirrodin block that would be really awesome (or possibly miserable) to have around in this modern age, and also discuss the most probable reasons why things just can't be that way.

As always, we include in our ramblings some responses to listener emails, comments on notable Magical news, and the ever popular rant on a touchy subject.  Also - and I don't even remember what started it - Dirk, in his alternate role as the Greatest Ever, leaves us with one of the most truly amazing final thoughts we've ever had the pleasure of pondering.

Thank you all for reading, and go listen to some podcasts!


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Episode 150 - Standard Rotation: Exit Alara, Enter...Samantha?

2010-10-21
Length: 1s


Here it is, the long-awaited Episode 150!  What are we doing special to celebrate this landmark occasion?

...not much, really.  Eric of the Many Names made up a Mad Lib for us, which you'll hear in the intro.  He's a sweetie like that.  We talk about the new Premium Deck Series a bit, hit the announcement for the new Duel Decks (Knights vs. Dragons) and talk about the Faction Packs that will be in Mirrodin Besieged.

Then, as we always do when the time comes, we look back with fondness at the stuff that is leaving Standard forever.  Well, maybe not forever.  But at least until it gets reprinted in some other set in the future.  But we'll bid adieu to tournament staples, crazy Johnny cards, and the random multiplayer-only stuff that would never see the inside of a FNM.  It'll be great!

We finish it up with more of our signature nonsense, which turns somber for a minute before heading back into full-on ballyhoo.  So listen up and enjoy, my dorks!

...Oh yeah, you'll notice Brian isn't with us on this landmark episode.  Well that's because he and his wife were at the hospital having Samantha, their daughter!  Congratulations to you both, B!


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Episode 149 - How We Got Our Scars

2010-10-10
Length: 1s


On this fun-filled episode of The Mana Pool, we join three of our four heroes in a flashback to the Scars of Mirrodin Prerelease, where two of the three did very well, and the third of three did not so well.  And one of the three heroes opened two Mythics, but to find out which hero opened which Mythics, you'll have to listen!

Also included in this action-packed episode is a look at the Scars Intro Packs (teaser - which may be featured in an upcoming episode!) which are actually good for a change!  And for the kids, there is another Magic Mad Lib for wacky fun!  Don't wait, download now!


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Episode 148 - Showing Off Our Scars

2010-09-29
Length: 2s


This episode marks the somewhat-awaited return of Brian's Magic Mad Libs! We also take a look at the changes to the Banned & Restricted List as well as some of the changes in the Comprehensive Rules. Don't worry, Mike actually had some notes this time instead of just randomly poking through the list.

And it's time for us to take a look at the full card list for Scars of Mirrodin and poke through it. We'll dig around, and any card that catches our collective eye is going to get discussed, starting with the new rare dual lands and ending with us all sort of meandering around the visual spoiler aimlessly. We're sure to hit all the high notes during the trip though! Let us know how you feel about any of the cards in the set!


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Break Music - Bruces' Philosophers Song by Monty Python - http://pythonline.com

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Episode 147 - Scars of Mirrodin Previews with Zombie Chewie

2010-09-26
Length: 2s


Sorry to break the streak, but due to extreme overwork there is not a guest host this week.  Unless you count Zombie Chewie, who is filling in for Chewie this week.  It's hard to tell the difference but trust me, he's there.  Is two episodes in a row even considered a streak?  We'll start over if work ever calms down for me.  But instead, enjoy our admittedly late takes on some of the new cards from Scars.  They weren't new yet when we did this episode, but now they're new.  Yay new cards!


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Break Music - The Beast Appears by Yuzo Koshiro, from the SNES game ActRaiser

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Episode 146 - Exploitation of the Proletariat (Scars with MTG Radio)

2010-09-20
Length: 2s


We are joined this week by Trevor and Tom from MTG Radio, another fabulous podcast on the MTGCast Network, one that focuses primarily on the excellent format known as Elder Dragon Highlander.  If you're at all interested in EDH, you should definitely check them out.  If you're not interested in EDH, you should listen to them anyway because they're awesome.  Otherwise we wouldn't have them on the show, duh.  You can find them here:
http://www.mtgcast.com/?cat=63


So this episode it's all about Scars of Mirrodin previews!  Yes I know it's late, but I worked 75 hours last week, so I was delayed in getting it posted.  Check out some of the new planeswalkers (like the best card in the set, and the one that's actually better than that), new mechanics (one of which I absolutely can't pronounce), and all the rest of the cool new stuff right here in this episode!  Here's the Visual Spoiler:
http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/scarsofmirrodin/spoiler

Intro Music - Diamond by Swift - http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music - The Moon, from the NES game DuckTales, composed by Yoshihiro Sakaguchi

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Episode 145 - Deckbuilding with Jungle Rat Rob

2010-09-11
Length: 2s


Kicking off our series of episodes with guests hosts from all over the place, we are joined by none of than Jungle Rat Rob! You may know Rob as the guy who did No One Expects the Mana Pool and Mana Pool 2: Electric Boogaloo for us. He's also one of the hosts of The Retro League, a podcast about classic video games, which I've been listening to religiously for a few months now. It's awesome, you can find it here:

http://www.theretroleague.com

They showed the Elspeth vs. Tezzeret Duel Deck lists (yes I know they're out now, but they weren't when we recorded this) and we decided to take a look through them. Good stuff, good stuff.

Because of the revelation that Rob had never done any sort of Limited play, we thought we'd take a Sealed pool of M11 and see what we could do with it live on the air. It was a lot of fun and led to some very good discussion about how to build a Sealed deck. Not that we're experts or anything, but I think the debate about the deck was educational.

Then, while we were on the deckbuilding kick, we decided to do a Story Circle with Rob. The deck came out looking like a blast. If you want to see the completed list, hit the forum thread listed below to see it.


Intro Music - Intro Theme to Justice League, the animated series from Cartoon Network
Break Music - Penguin Cap by CarboHydroM - http://www.carbohydrom.net/ (Not actually on OCRemix...blame Mike)

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Episode 144 - Listener Appreciation Week

2010-09-06
Length: 2s


In this episode, we're going to veer off the usual beaten path a little bit.  First off, we have to talk some more about our last get-together at Dirk's house that was featured on the last episode.  Especially once we get to what happened after the last episode - Respawn Magic!  After we finished the Planechase game that you listened to, we shuffled up some decks and played one game of Magic that lasted for several hours!  Not the miserable kind of "this game's never gonna FREAKIN' END" several hours, but the "holy crap I can't believe this is still awesome" kind.  Find out who was the elephant, which unlikely decks lasted the longest, and which decks might not work so well in this format.

Of course, there's Infect.  At this point it's a little late, but don't worry, there's more coming.  Not next episode, but the one after that.

Then we have to reach into our massive mailbag.  Apparently 3 weeks worth of email tend to pile up when you don't get to any of it.  So this is our giant Listener Appreciation Week episode, where we touch on all the email we can find.  Since we read all these, we need some more, so send us an email!


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Break Music - Chainsaw Hedge Maze Mayhem from Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Super NES). Composed by George Alistair Sanger - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sanger_%28musician%29

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Episode 143 - Alternate Multiplayer Formats Live!

2010-08-28
Length: 2s


On Game Day, we all gathered at Dirk's place to play some Magic!  And you are listening to the fruits of that labor.  We started off with a quick recap of the day's events thus far, then played a knock-down, drag-out game of Archenemy, featuring Brian's custom Archenemy deck and Scheme deck.  No I'm not going to tell you who won.  Really now, listen to the episode.  The ending was really freakin' epic though.

But that didn't take nearly as long as we thought it would, so as an added bonus we decided to play a game of Planechase.  That also ended in epic fashion, but only after a string of griefer planes tortured us for a while.  So what did you guys think?

Featuring a cameo by Dirk's lovely wife Chelsea!


Intro by Tosus
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Episode 142 - Bits and Pieces

2010-08-22
Length: 2s


Are you ready for this? I CAN’T HEAR YOU! Are you ready for the latest, (probably not the) greatest, absolutely most current episode of the Mana Pool?! I hope so, because HERE IT IS!

Pumped yet? Well, you will be. This is Brian, here to bring you the highlights and higher-lights of episode 142 of the Mana Pool.

First off, we go over listener emails. Listen closely, listeners, because while you’re listening you just might get to listen to an email that you sent us (probably after listening to a previously listened to episode). Seriously, we really do appreciate the feedback that we get from you guys. Without you, we’d have about 141 copies of episode 1, and who wants that? Then we launch right into a review of a draft that Chewie, Mike, and myself participated in not too long ago. Actually, it was two different drafts, with two different groups of Mana Pool dorks. Why? You’ll have to find out… by listening!

We then cover an announcement regarding the Scars of Mirrodin Game Day. This hasn’t been covered too extensively elsewhere yet, and we only really found out because Mike is resourceful, but this is 100% accurate. What announcement? Keep listening to find out! If you don't want to hear it, skip ahead to 1:04:30 in the episode after we announce the spoiler section. After that, Chewie and I go over the first game of Archenemy that we had a chance to play. I know, I know, we’re about two months behind the rest of the world in that area, but it’s totally my fault. Listen to discover how it turned out, especially with Chewie’s multi-deck management skills.

Finally, we discover that we don’t actually have time to go over what we thought would be the main topic for this episode. I’d act surprised, but this has happened before. Instead, we take Dirk through his first Story Circle, a feature that we started way back in episode 117. While that may not sound too long ago- a short 25 episodes if my math is correct- that episode was recorded and put up way back in February. While this isn’t the first time we’ve come back to it, it’s definitely Dirk’s first time, and he approaches it with his own unique style. What style is that? I think you know what to do by now!
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Break Music - Tetris Music B, and we still don't know who it's by

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Episode 141 - Threats and Answers

2010-08-13
Length: 1s


Greetings!  A big hello and welcome to all of you Mana Pool listeners out there!  This is Brian!  I’m talking like this because I’ve taken the BAR EXAM and thus don’t have to/can’t complain about it anymore!

Ahem.

Thanks for tuning in.  We’ve got quite the interesting show for you hear today/tonight/tomorrow (how is that possible?).  However, we misplaced our Dirk, so you’ll have to wait til next week (or later- no spoilers!) for you to hear the glistening wisdom off of his tongue.  But let’s get back to what we do actually have for you this time.

First, we go over emails.  I know, I know, we do that every time, but we really do appreciate it when you guys take the time to send us your thoughts.  It makes us warm and fuzzy inside.  To prove it, we spend a fair amount of the first part of this episode talking about the emails that we’ve gotten.  We try to respond to each and every email that we get, provided that the content is appropriate for the show (a very low bar indeed).

Then, we talk for some length about a particular topic.  In fact, we talk about it so much you’d think that that was the actual theme for the show, but no!  So what was it?  Well, here’s the trick.  See, I’m a cryptic kind of guy.  Just ask the other players.  You already read the title for the episode, so you should know the main topic.  Let’s just call this preliminary topic the “secret thing.”  How you do discover the identity of the “secret thing?”  Why, by listening to the episode!  The actual idea behind this show is our next, and final, discussion.  It’s based off of a listener email (hint, hint) inquiring as to the role of control.  We take some liberty with the question and actually interpret it to refer to threats versus answers.  The dialog that results is quite fascinating, stimulating, and exhilarating.  Especially the part where Chewie wanders off.

That’s it for this week.  Be sure to check back next week, when the secret of the baboon is revealed!  No, that’s a different “secret thing” kind of thing.


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Episode 140 - Duel Decks at Ten Paces

2010-08-04
Length: 2s


Between vacations to Canada and the Bar exam, half of the host dorks have gone missing!  But never fear, we'll find them.  But until then, you're stuck with just me and Mike, taking it nice and easy this week.  We start off with a little bit of random nonsense, then jump right into the big spoiler for Scars of Mirrodin.  If you're looking to avoid this, skip ahead to about the 13 minute mark and you'll be good. 

Then we take up some Duel Decks, brought to you live!  It's a best of three with Garruk vs. Liliana followed by Phyrexia vs. the Coalition.  We'll talk you through the games while we play, and there's always the usual conversation and silliness.  Hope you enjoy this laid-back, no pressure episode as much as we did.


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Episode 139 - Create-a-Host

2010-07-27
Length: 2s


Well hello there everybody.  This is Mike, filling in for Chewie on the show notes because something something I don't even know.  There's probably a perfectly reasonable explanation.  But hey, that's what friends are for.  Speaking of, by way of Brian's creative genius, we have a very special episode for you tonight.

I'm sure all of you out there at some point have dreamed up some custom cards, or at least thought of some wacky abilities or nifty text to put onto a card.  Because Magic is a 2+ person game, I'm also assuming most of you play it with other people, some of them fairly regularly.  Every player has his or her own special quirks and characteristics (some endearing, some infuriating), so what if you took those gameplay elements and translated them onto cards?  Brian gave us all a homework assignment to do just that, and you'll be both surprised and unsurprised at many of our results.

Oh, and something about movies.  Rant rant rant.


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Episode 138 - Pick Your Controversy (and M11)

2010-07-22
Length: 2s


Well we've got lots of stuff for you this episode. First off, there's a Magic Mad Lib, provided by jars from the forums. Then we have some controversial stuff. We kick it off with Hornet Sting again, this time going into a deeper discussion about what may or may not be wrong with the card on any number of levels. Then we hit the Esper Charm incident described by Cedric Phillips on StarCityGames. This one gets deep. Feelings are hurt, friendships are destroyed, podcasts are forever ruined...and then Dirk proves once again why he's a genius.

Then we've got M11 as a whole. Two of us hit the Prerelease, which we'll tell you about. Then we all take a look at M11 in its entirety and ruminate and marinate on it for your amusement and edification.

Oh yeah, check out this awesome Legend of Zelda set that Monday Night Magic mentioned. It's awesome.
http://www.gamesradar.com/f/behold-our- ... 4459310090


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Episode 137 - M11 and Why Chewie is on Every Show

2010-07-14
Length: 2s

Hey there, all of you Mana Pool listeners! If you’re not a Mana Pool listener, you’re in the wrong place. Otherwise, hey! This is Brian. My rambling has spilled over onto the show notes, no longer content to take up 80% of the podcast air space.

Mike and I handle the usual tasks of intro matters, listener emails, and Cardshark member promotions for July. Why us instead of Chewie? You’ll have to find out!

Then it’s time for M11 previews. We definitely take our time with a fair number of these, but that’s because they are both sweet and great. By now, you can see the entire spoiler up on the Wizards page, but you’ll find exclusive ramble-lore-chewie content here that you can’t find anywhere else. If you happen to hear an inappropriate joke here or there, don’t worry about it- it’s just the voices in your head. Lines of Lay, Lichs (Liches?) that beat down, cards that aren’t Twincast, Destructive Force and the creatures that survive it (but only if you have enough Mountains), and the worst color pie related crime since ever await. We hope that you are just as excited about M11 as we are, and if you have your own thoughts about the previewed cards in this episode, head over to the forums and voice your opinion.

Sit back, turn down the lights, turn up the volume and leave the heat at medium well. The Mana Pool is here


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Episode 136 - M11 and Guest of Many Podcasts

2010-07-07
Length: 1s


Well hello there. What's a dork like you doing on an internet like this? Ah, that makes sense. No, I won't tell your mom. This is Mike, taking the reins of the show notes while Chewie is working hard preparing the previous episode, sneaking it in underneath our rolling storage limit on the hosting site. You'll notice a familiar unfamiliar voice on this episode, as we once again have Eric the Pluronymic joining us for a fun time all around.

M11 previews are still trucking right along, as would be expected. Thankfully, Wizards didn't drop another 80+ cards on us since the last time we recorded, so we're able to hit all of them. Among cards like Almost Johnny Magic, Sort of Man-o-War, Not Really Vengevine, and What Would Give You the Idea Scars of Mirrodin Has Artifacts, we have plenty to talk about. We start to bring home the second half of the show with a discussion of what the new Deathtouch templating actually means (for real this time [seriously]). It's a little embarassing to have jumped the gun when all the information I needed could have been inferred from what was already out there, but that just happens sometimes. Finally, we close with a special Out of the Deck Box segment from Eric, detailing a really amazing sounding deck that's all about wolves (feel free to Lock Up, Release, or associate with Winter, as appropriate to your personal Metal preference).


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Episode 135 - Double Standard, M11, and Spiders

2010-06-30
Length: 2s


NOTE:  THIS EPISODE (AND THUS THE DISCUSSION ABOUT POSSIBLE CHANGES TO DEATHTOUCH) WAS RECORDED WAY BEFORE WIZARDS SAID ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

THANK YOU,
THE MANAGEMENT


Eric of Many Names is back with us again, adding fuel to the various and sundry fires.  Speaking of fires, after a somewhat brief rant to clear out my system, we start this episode off right by looking at the new Extended format and the Banned and Restricted list changes.  What do you guys think about it?  We already know what one person thinks!  We have a recorded message from Tosus detailing some of his thoughts on this as well as Archenemy.  Note the fireworks going off behind him...you know, because it's funny.

Holy crap I hate spiders.  There's also some listener mail, the next Premium Deck Series announcement (Fire & Lightning - http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/arcana/477) and of course we have to take a look at some of the one million M11 cards that have already been shown (http://www.wizards.com/magic/tcg/article.aspx?x=mtg/tcg/magic2011/spoiler).

There's an interesting discussion about some possible changes to Deathtouch, stemming from the new reminder text on Greater Basilisk.  Of course, now we know all about what the changes are, but this entire discourse came about because Mike saw the new reminder text and tried to figure out why they would change it to that specifically.  It's an excellent look at why Mike is our rules guy.  Hope you enjoy!

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Episode 134 - Of Villainous Intent

2010-06-26
Length: 2s


We're all here this time!  First up it's our take on the M11 Prerelease and Launch cards, both of which are hardcore badassed.  Then there's the last Archenemy deck, so of course we have to read the Scheme flavor texts out loud.  And of course, my archnemesis has returned for this episode, those bastard clicks!  I dealt with them as best I could, but they're never gonna die!

Then we decide to take a look at some of the best antagonists in Magic history.  Yes, we're talking about the villains!  From Volrath to Leshrac to the big daddy evil dragon himself, we're checking out the bad guys!  Who is your favorite villain?

And to finish up, we end on a philosophical note regarding the actual villainy of the Eldrazi.  This was really only a few minutes, but it was my favorite part of this episode.  Let us know what you think on the forums!


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Bonus Episode - M11 Spoilers

2010-06-24
Length: 18s


Oh yes, it's spoiler time baby!  We got the pooled spoilers again, this time it's Magic 2011!  And it's not just us, oh no.  We called in the reinforcements again for the spoilers, this time in the form of the inimitable Eric of Many Names.  We've got the return of Mana Leak, who has been missing from Standard since 9th Edition rotated out oh so long ago.  And two new cards, Back to Nature and Gargoyle Sentinel.  On this bonus episode, your four host dorks and the special guest extraordinaire explore the flavor of these three cards and take a guess at what they might do for Standard (if anything).  If you'd like a more in-depth look at these cards, be sure to check out our preview blog posts on the home page at http://themanapool.libsyn.com, there's one for each new card!


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Episode 133 - Crappy Cracker and the Local Colloquial

2010-06-19
Length: 2s


Holy special guest hosts, Batman! Because we lost our own Brian, we decided the only way to possibly fill the void was with another Bryan. But since no one can possibly ramble as much as Brian, we threw in the added bonus of Christian. Both of these guys are from the (sabbaticalized) Avant-Card Show, and they were gracious enough to join in the fun this episode.

First up we have the Duels of the Planeswalkers paper decks. Then there are a couple more Archenemy decks to check out. Then there are a small handful of M11 cards that need to be addressed. That's about it for the first half of the show, really.

We decided that we really didn't have enough time to get into the intended topic for this episode, but judging from the discussion we had after the recording stopped, you guys really weren't missing much. Instead, we have a special Out of the Deck Box and take a look at Mike's Scion of the Ur-Dragon EDH deck! We hope you enjoy, and thanks again to Bryan and Christian for joining us!


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Episode 122 - Multiplayer Mayhem Live 2

2010-03-28

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Episode 121 - Pack Your Suitcases

2010-03-23

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Episode 120 - Rise of the Eldrazi Spoilers

2010-03-15

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Episode 119 - SCG 5K Richmond Highlights

2010-03-10

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Episode 118 - Duel Decks vs. The Winston Draft

2010-03-04

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Episode 117 - News, Rules, and a Story Circle

2010-02-19

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Episode 115 - Worldwake Previews 2

2010-01-31

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Episode 114 - Worldwake Previews 1

2010-01-28

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Episode 113 - Multiplayer Mayhem Live

2010-01-20

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Bonus Episode - Worldwake Spoilers

2010-01-15

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Episode 112 - Yeah I'll Keep

2010-01-14

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Episode 111 - Mechanical Flavor

2010-01-08

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Episode 110 - There Can Be Only One (or Four)

2009-12-30

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Episode 109 - 2009 in Review

2009-12-22

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Episode 108 - Show Me Yours

2009-12-12

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Episode 107 - Crisis on Infinite Dorks

2009-12-02

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Episode 105 - Alternative Lifestyles

2009-11-12

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Episode 104 - PTQ Results, Duel Decks, and Olive Oil

2009-11-01

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Jungle Rat Rob - Mana Pool 2: Electric Boogaloo

2009-10-29

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Episode 103 - Standard Rotation: The Faerie Tale is Over

2009-10-25

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Episode 102 - Zendikar Limited Experiences

2009-10-15

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Episode 101 - Late Zendikar Preview 3

2009-10-06

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Episode 100 - No Title Necessary

2009-09-27

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Episode 99 - Zendikar Preview 2

2009-09-22

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Episode 98 - Zendikar Preview 1

2009-09-16

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Episode 97 - Land Before Time

2009-09-08

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Episode 96 - Reflection on Ravnica

2009-09-05

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Episode 95 - Classical Mechanics

2009-08-28

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Episode 94 - The Hotness

2009-08-20

This is a look at all things Magic: The Gathering, brought to you with humor and a touch of evil. We focus mainly on what makes the game fun, from Multiplayer to flavor to general nonsense. Sponsored by Cardshark.com…

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Episode 93 - It Came...Out of the Deck Box!

2009-08-14

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Episode 92 - Use Silver for Werewolf Infestation

2009-08-06

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Episode 91 - M10 Launched

2009-07-31

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Episode 90 - Instructions on Not Attacking Dirk (Multiplayer Combat)

2009-07-21

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Episode 89 - Magic 2010 Preview 3

2009-07-10

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Episode 88 - Magic 2010 Preview 2

2009-07-08

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Episode 87 - Magic 2010 Preview 1

2009-07-03

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Episode 86 - A Truly Astonishing Amount of Random Magic Musings

2009-06-23

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Episode 85 - M10 Rules Update Discussion

2009-06-14

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Episode 84 - Can We Say That? (Multiplayer Deckbuilding)

2009-06-08

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Episode 83 - Testing: An Experiment

2009-06-02

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Episode 82 - Back in the Day (Multiplayer Cards)

2009-05-27

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Episode 81 - Would You Like Some Content with Your Technical Difficulties?

2009-05-19

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Episode 80 - Ready for Launch (ARB)

2009-05-12

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Episode 79 - Alara Reborn Prerelease Spectacular

2009-05-03

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Episode 78 - Alara Reborn Preview 3

2009-04-24

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Episode 77 - Alara Reborn Preview 2

2009-04-23

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Episode 76 - Alara Reborn Preview 1

2009-04-16

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Episode 75 - Halos, Horns, and Straw

2009-04-13

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Episode 74 - Gifts, Quitting, and Dragons

2009-04-06

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Episode 73 - Shred Memory

2009-03-31

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Episode 72 - Binder Pull 2

2009-03-22

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Episode 71 - Animal House

2009-03-13

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Episode 70 - Triple Conflux Draft

2009-03-08

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Episode 69 - Get a Life!

2009-02-26

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Episode 68 - The Reviews are In!

2009-02-21

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Episode 67 - Potent Potables

2009-02-12

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Episode 66 - Conflux Prerelease

2009-02-07

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Episode 65 - Conflux Previews 4

2009-01-30

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Episode 132 - Feel Human, Use Tools

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We start off this episode with lots of news. I mean lots of news. We have the colors for the Magic 2011 Intro packs, which ordinarily wouldn't be a big deal. But this time they're multicolored! Wha?

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Episode 131 - Brought to You by the Number L

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And the letter 6! We start off this episode with lots of little things. Explanations for late episodes, listener emails, new products (Archenemy) and old products available to new people (Duels of the Planeswalkers on…

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Episode 130 - EDH Live! (Mike is Dumb)

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Yes, we're finally doing an episode about EDH! Not just any episode about EDH, but a LIVE episode about EDH! You'll see Brian piloting a Doran the Siege Tower deck, Dirk with my Wort, Boggart Auntie build, Mike wi…

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Episode 129 - Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs!

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Welcome to this much-delayed episode of The Mana Pool!  Chewie here, and I'd just like to say sorry about that.  If this one wasn't worth the wait, the next episode should make up for it.  Trust me on this one.  But first, this episode…

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Episode 116 - Outta the Deck Box: Mike & Chewie Edition

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Chewie here. On this episode, it's just me and Mike. So this time, we decided to do something entertaining that wasn't an actual "topic," so we decided to do a couple of Out of the Deck Box comparisons. We both have a Grixis deck, and we both have a Bi…

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Episode 128 - The Second Coming

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On this episode, we have the second coming of the Eldrazi! In other words, found out how we all did at the various and sundry Launch Parties for Rise of the Eldrazi. There are 4 tournaments to discuss, but Dirk didn't go. Figure that out. Oh, then there's…

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Episode 127 - Eldrazi: First Contact

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This is it. The Eldrazi have been loosed upon this world.  It was only a matter of time until they crossed paths with the dorks of The Mana Pool - and that time has come. Inside this digital audio construct, you will learn what happens when an uns…

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Episode 126 - Rise of the Eldrazi Preview 3

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Thank you for purchasing the latest episode of The Mana Pool. A credit has been charged to your account. Don’t worry if you didn’t give us a card number; we know it already. The dorks have gathered once again to bring you a valuable, consum…

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Episode 125 - Rise of the Eldrazi Preview 2

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Hello again, and welcome to the second preview episode for the upcoming Rise of the Eldrazi release.  This is Mike, writing the show notes at the very last minute, several days after the recording, possibly because I'm a lazy dope.  I'll leav…

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Episode 124 - Rise of the Eldrazi Preview 1

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Surviving tornadoes, tearing the space-time continuum, attempting to predict the future, B&R list updates, the largest Magic event in history, nifty Tainted Sigil tech, Phyrexian boobs, reprint policies - and all that happens in the first quarter o…

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Episode 123 - Backdoor Shenanigans

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Hey there, fellow geeks. This is Dirk. I got roped into writing the show notes again since Brian didn't feel like getting around to them (Brian: hey! I'm a busy guy, what with all of this.. stuff... and other stuff!) So anyway, this wasn't a shorter ep…

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