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 331 – (Squanto’s) Back in Black

Necropotence

Of course this episode, the dorks that attended Prereleases are going to tell you how they did.  That’s a given at this point, don’t you think?

But we’re throwing a curve at you this episode with the addition of an old friend.  Squanto is back this episode!  One of the founding members of The Mana Pool, Squanto has returned so you guys can get reacquainted with him before the livestream this weekend.  More on that later.

The real point of this episode is Black!  We’re talking all about the flavor, mechanics, and general awesomeness of Black as a color in Magic.  Did you know that Black can justify almost anything in you either make them sacrifice some resource or make it a zombie?  Apparently you can!  You can learn all this and more this episode!

In other news, WE DID IT!  We broke the first goal of $10,000 on the Kickstarter!  Not only did we break it, but we broke it WHILE RECORDING!  So you guys get to hear me lose my mind in the middle of the show.  So now that we’re good, let’s shoot for stretch goals! We’re no longer pushing so that you’ll get stuff, you’re guaranteed stuff now!  We’re pushing to get everyone BETTER stuff!  The more people pledge, the better everything gets for everyone!

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Episode 330 – Squee on M15

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It’s Magic 2015!  The full set!  We’ve got lots of discussion about the nifty looking cards we haven’t previously talked about.  There are also some rules clarifications from last episode.  We had a nice discussion about complexity or lack thereof, made fun of each other, and whatever else happens on preview episodes.

Oh yeah, we brought Bill on too.  You know, like we usually do for previews.  He’s @SqueeGoblnNabob on Twitter, and you should follow him.

 

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Episode 329 – M15 Looks Really Good

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As it’s preview season, there’s really not much else going on. Magic 2015 looks…well you read the title already.  The more I see, the more excited I get.  We also spend the requisite amount of time complaining about the crappy new Magic website redesign.  Because it’s awful.  And you guys know we’re not ones to complain about change.

And either I forgot to take notes or there was no point to doing so.  Just in case, here are a few links.

 

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Episode 328 – The Magic 2015 Designer Collection

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Here we see the fabulous new Magic 2015 Designer collection.  See how the fabulous non-Magic game designers turned their attentions to the intricacies of Magic design to create fabulous new cards.

Okay, enough of that.  M15 previews are here of course, and this episode we’re starting with the Designer Cards, made by various designers of other games.  They’re all pretty cool.  There are a few other cards to discuss, including a few that WE PREDICTED!  Holy crap we are so good!

Anyway, there are a few links to the Penny Arcade Watch Saga and an owl you DO NOT want to mess with.  Hope everyone enjoys!

 

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Episode 327 – Death’s Approach

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On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at death in Magic.  Some of the planes we’ve visited over the years actually go into specifics about what happens when you die.  Ravnica, Theros, and Innistrad, for example, paint a fairly clear picture of the afterlife.  Most of the other planes mention it only casually or only bring it up as a way to justify reanimation spells.

But we’re taking a look at all of them, whether it makes any sense or not.  We hope you enjoy the discussion, because it’ll be the last one you get for a while since previews will start next episode!

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