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 562 – Commander 2019, Part 1

Commander 2019 is upon us! And since our Mike can’t be with us this week, we grabbed another Mike to join us – L2 judge and cohost of the Best of 3 podcast, Mike Moore!

It turns out that talking about Commander cards takes a while, so it turns out we’re only doing the first two decks this week – the Sultai Morph deck and the Jeskai Flashback deck. We’re going into detail on all the new cards in each deck and then taking a look at the reprints that make up the rest. Turns out the new cards are pretty good. Who’da thunk it?

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Episode 561 – The Trial of Icolnir

What’s that? Another episode of Brian’s custom MTG RPG already? Why yes actually! Before Neverending Preview Season(tm) kicks off yet again, we’re seizing the opportunity to follow up on the semi-cliffhanger from two episodes ago! We’re heading into the mountain to see what sort of trial Icolnir has (almost literally it turns out) cooked up for us!

Treasure? Check! Brutal combat? Check! Party wipe? I guess you’ll just have to see won’t you?


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Episode 560 – Down the Eldraine

Magic was at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and boy did they drop some doozies on us! On this episode the dorks are diving right into all the art and information revealed about Throne of Eldraine, the next Magic set. Be warned: there’s a lot of random speculation and nonsense. And yes we even talked about poop, albeit briefly.

After that we’re diving into the booster changes outlined in Mark Rosewater’s Project Booster Fun article. We’ll go over all the new flavors of boosters that aren’t new, the one that is new, and all the new promo cards (most of which aren’t new).

Let us know what you think about this unstructured discussion of news, which isn’t usually something we do.

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Episode 559 – In Search of Icolnir, Mistress of the Mountain

The dorks dive back into the Heirs of Trivester, Brian’s custom-made Magic-based RPG game! Last time Karim, Alaric, and the Angel were bumbling around the forest fighting big ants and big cats, but now we’re finally getting closer to tracking down the mysterious Icolnir. Apparently we’re not supposed to trust her appearance but we are supposed to show her great respect. No problem, right?

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Episode 558 – But No One’s Riding the Goblin

The dorks begin this episode by discussing the MTG Arena State of the Beta announcement. There are elemental cats, a Battle Pass, and the Historic format. Oh, and the London Mulligan and Core Set 2020. Those are important too I guess.

After that, the dorks turn their attentions to the full set of Core Set 2020. We’re checking out the rest of the mythics and cycles that weren’t finished last episode, then jumping around and looking at whatever catches our eye. Hate cards, colored artifacts, legendary creatures, you name it! This Core Set looks really awesome!

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