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 482 – Archenemy: Nicol Bolas Live

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Due to Chewie being unfit for recording this week, it’s time to get another live episode out of the can! A few weeks ago the dorks got together to play some Magic! We recorded the Commander 2017 show that went up two episodes ago, but we ALSO recorded some Archenemy: Nicol Bolas!

We played one game with Mike in the role of Bolas then we broke for dinner. It was delicious, in case you’re interested. After that we fired up the recording again and it was Brian’s turn to be the big bad. Those two games were drastically different. How were they different? Nope, you’ll have to listen to the show to find that out.

Archenemy: Nicol Bolas info – https://magic.wizards.com/en/products/archenemy-nicol-bolas
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Episode 481 – Pirating at the Prerelease

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The dorks have returned! It’s been two weeks since we recorded a show, and we’re dying to get back into it. We begin with a short Sam Quiz, then a long Mad Lib!

After that it’s off to discuss our Prerelease experiences. Chewie & Brian did a Two-Headed Giant prerelease, Brian did a solo one, and Mike did some drafting the following week. Do you like pirates? How about dinosaurs?

Dr Langeskov, the Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cAQmXVDLWQ
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Episode 480 – Commander 2017 Live!

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Preview season for Ixalan was a little weird due to the big leak. So even though the entire set has been revealed now, there’s just…not much left to talk about. And since we were going to be missing Mike anyway, we decided to get a live episode out of the can!

A few weeks ago the Dorks gathered at Brian’s house to play some Magic! We played a game with the then-somewhat-newly-released Commander 2017 decks. We opened them just before starting the recording and shuffled up. Dirk was on Cats, Brian played Wizards, Mike was on Dragons, and Chewie was on Vampires. And yes, the length of this episode is accurate. It was an epic long game, but oddly enough there weren’t any of those miserable chunks in the middle where nothing happens for anyone. Nice. Let us know what you think!
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Episode 479 – Interesting Cannon Ammunition

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This episode begins with super sexy Unstable lands. Then we bounce around Iconic Masters and try to figure out 1) what exactly is the point of this set? and B) why are there so many kitties in the art?

After that it’s back to Ixalan! There’s still a lot awesome stuff here to talk about, including the new Vraska, terrors of the sky, and what weird monkey goblins put in cannons.

Unstable Lands – https://twitter.com/wizards_magic/status/906268663015145474
Iconic Masters Card Image Gallery – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/iconic-masters
Ixalan Card Image Gallery – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ixalan
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Episode 478 – Arena and Paleontology

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We recorded this the same day as the MTG Arena reveal, so the first part of the episode revolves around that. How we feel about what we’ve seen, expectations, hopes & dreams, that sort of thing.

From there it’s time to dive into more Ixalan! There’s the new Cradle, the old dinosaurs, the promos, and of course, the Card Image Gallery! This set is a crazy mishmash of lots of things that nerds love…and also Merfolk.

MTG Arena write-up – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/everything-you-need-know-about-magic-gathering-arena-2017-09-07
MTG Arena FAQ – https://magic.wizards.com/en/mtgarena/faq
Magic Online isn’t going anywhere – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/magic-online-moving-forward-2017-09-07
Old Dinosaurs! – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/royal-recipe-dinosaur-tribal-2017-09-06
Ixalan Promos etc – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-preview/ixalan-promos-planeswalker-decks-packaging-and-fnm-tokens-2017-09-01
Ixalan Card Image Gallery – https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/ixalan
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