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 591 – The Three Tarkirs

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

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

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Episode 590 – Not the Bees! (Heirs of Trivester)

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

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

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Episode 589 – I’m Not Going Out to Take Pictures

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

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

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Episode 588 – Companions and Ultimatums

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

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

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Episode 587 – The Biggs & Wedge Commanders

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

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

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