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 493 – RIX Prerelease Field Recordings

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It’s time! Chewie & Mike went to the Rivals of Ixalan Prerelease, so that means the handy digital recorder went too! We recorded our thoughts & experiences after deckbuilding and after each round, with a super special surprise in round 1! What did Chewie do that was incredibly impressive? What insane bomb did Mike not play? Listen to find out!

After the tourney we went to have celebratory Mexican food, but we didn’t record that.

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Episode 492 – Horned Turtle Treasure Pirate

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The full Rivals of Ixalan set is upon us! The dorks spend this episode going through the Card Image Gallery picking out more sweet cards that we feel like talking about! There are a few reprints from Ixalan in Rivals of Ixalan, let’s talk about that. Also the RIX rules update happened. Also Patrick Sullivan rants about Ravenous Chupacabra. Also we miss Brian.

Rivals of Ixalan Card Image Gallery – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/rivals-of-ixalan
Rivals of Ixalan Update Bulletin – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/rivals-ixalan-update-bulletin-2018-01-11
Patrick Sullivan on Game Design – http://www.starcitygames.com/events/coverage/patrick_sullivan_on_game_desig.html

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Episode 491 – Rivals of Insanity

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The dorks are back! We have returned from our holiday break just in time to take a look at the insane cards from Rivals of Ixalan! Seriously, have you looked at these? There’s a lot of concentrated awesome going on here. The mythics seem to be nuts. We have a cycle of Elder Dinosaurs.

Elder.

Dinosaurs.

So awesome!

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Episode 490 – For the Alliance(s)!

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It’s the final TMP of 2017! We’re talking about the newly revealed Rivals of Ixalan mechanic, Ascend. Then we have to talk about the end of Duel Decks, and how that’s sad but not terribly sad.

The bulk of the episode is a Mythic Conscription for Alliances, the follow-up to Ice Age. This set…this set, man. It’s uh…it’s a set. Of cards. It’s a tough one for the MC treatment because some of these cards are just..lame. Also, Force of Will? Uncommon. That’s important.

We hope everyone enjoys the end of their year and any holiday celebrations you may partake in! Let’s make 2018 awesome!

Ascend w/ Vona’s Hunger
– https://twitter.com/mtgaaron/status/942870273652436992
Duel Decks/Challenger Decks announcements – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/challenger-decks-and-final-duel-decks-2017-12-18
Some Disassembly Required – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/inkwell/gift-necromagi-2017-10-17

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Episode 489 – Oh Is THAT What That Stands For?

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We’re back after Chewie’s vacation! We begin with a Sam Quiz, like you do after a week off. We’ve got surreal Unstable variants to talk about. Like a lot of them. Holy crap these are insane. Then there’s a tiny bit of Rivals of Ixalan. Then we have a long but well worth it listener submitted Magic Mad Lib, sent to us by Mike XIV. Thanks man!

We end the episode with some final thoughts as always. We have thoughts of bad news, of hope, of thanks, and of winning with your chin on the table. We love you all, and we’re glad to have you with us!

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