Podcast

This is probably the reason you’re here, but I’ll explain just in case. Started in November of 2007, The Mana Pool is a podcast for all the things that casual Magic players might enjoy. We talk about new cards, old cards, decks we’ve played, Commander/EDH, drafting, tournaments we attend, flavor, tribal, basically anything we can think of. We answer rules questions for listeners. We have segments like Out of the Deck Box (showing off our decks), Story Circle (building a deck on the fly live on the air), Magic Mad Libs (just what it sounds like), Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs (a flavorful random creature tournament fight), and several others that show up from time to time. Whenever we all get together, we record a live episode of us playing games, which listeners seem to enjoy because it gives more insight into who we are rather than because of the games themselves. Hope you enjoy!

Episode 337 – Exiled! (Series Premiere)

Exiled!

Welcome to the series premiere of Exiled! on The Mana Pool.  Conceived and hosted by our own Brian Baker, Exiled! may or may not…borrow…some ideas from the Food Network show Chopped!  But surely not, because that doesn’t happen anywhere ever.

The idea is that the Judge gives the competitors three cards that they must use in their decks.  The competitors can then choose a card that only they can use in their deck, potentially hamstringing their fellow deckbuilders.  After a rushed 10 minute deckbuilding session, the decks are presented to the judge.  He then determines which deck is the least impressive, and that deckbuilder leaves the competition and joins the judging team.  There may or may not be additional rules in subsequent rounds.  We brought in our old buddy Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) to help us out with this too!

Be sure to let us know what you think, because we had a LOT of fun with this and would love to do this again if you are interested!

And don’t worry, we’ll hit all the big news and stuff next week!

 

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Episode 336 – The Sam Quiz & The Hate Seed

Ulasht, the Hate Seed

This episode begins with a surprise quiz from Brian’s daughter Sam, which we all…failed.  But it’s great.  D’awww.

Of course, we had to talk about all the reveals from gamescom!  New Khans cards and mechanics, plenty of nifty artwork, and a Commander 2014 card are all there for us to talk about.  From there we went to the fully revealed Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning decklists and discussed for a while.

After a short break, we decided to do a requested Story Circle.  Never mind that it was requested a LONG time ago, that’s not important right now.  What is important, is that we’re finally going to take on…The Hate Seed!

 

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Episode 335 – Drawing with All the Colors

Ancestral Dork Recall

On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at card draw across the different colors of Magic.  Card draw is a big and important thing in the game, so we’re outlining how each color gets to do it.  Or, in the case of white, doesn’t do it.  From card draw we move into the various forms of card selection, from Scry and Brainstorm to tutoring.

It turns out this topic was pretty broad, and in fact it was probably a little too broad for the show.  So after stumbling around for a while we decided to just call it.  The final thoughts get a little deep on this one, but you should listen to them.  They’re important.  And you should really consider reading Jack’s article.

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Episode 334 – Gods Be Praised! (or Not)

Gods

Just be glad I didn’t name this episode ZOMG.  First up, after a long hiatus we’ve got a new Magic Mad Lib from Brian!  Yay!  Look up The Brute by the way, it’s really weird.

Then we delve deep into our main topic – the Gods of Theros!  Now that we’ve had a chance to play with them and see how they’ve done in the tournament world, we decided to revisit them.  We’re taking a look at what they do, how we like them, what you could do with them casually, their place in the Theros story, and their Greek pantheon equivalents.  It’s a lot of fun and it’s very long, so we hope you enjoy!

I had to actually do some editing this episode, so keep on eye on TheManaPool.com for the outtakes in the coming days!

 

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Episode 333 – The Comic-Con One

Bear Puncher

This epic-length episode is brought to you by the San Diego Comic-Con MTG panel and by Modern PTQs.

We had so much stuff to talk about that we had to recruit a guest to help us all out, and it’s none other than the @Lansdellicious himself, Chris Lansdell.  The former podcasting lady-of-the-night helps us cover all the ridiculous amount of information they hit us with at the MTG Panel at SDCC.  Also, Mike and Brian tell you how they did in their Modern PTQ last weekend!  Also, 3/3s for 3!  Also, STICKERS!

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