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 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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Episode 477 – Feathers, Fangs, and Treasure!

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Yarrr, it be a Sam Quiz, then story time! After that it’s time to talk Ixalan! There are feathered dinosaurs, pirates with their treasure, beautifully colored merfolk, and religious fanatic vampires. This set is gonna be AWESOME! We also get to look at the new Jace and the new (lack of) Planeswalker Uniqueness Rule. After that we dive into a bunch of the revealed cards and marvel at how much fun all the lady pirates seem to be having. Yarrr!

Ixalan Mechanics – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/ixalan-mechanics
Ixalan Leak Response & Cards – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/behind-scenes-alleged-ixalan-card-theft-2017-08-28

 

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Episode 476 – The Post-Eclipse Pretender Episode

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After a brief discussion about Fuller House and a not-so-brief discussion about our experiences with the Great North American Eclipse, we’re actually going to talk about Magic! Seriously though, the total eclipse was amazing and moving. Like wow.

We’re doing a Commander 2017 Story Circle! After discounting the Eminence commanders and a few of the less interesting legends in the set, we finally decided on Mairsil, the Pretender. The problem with Mairsil is…I guess you’ll just have to listen and find out what the problem with Mairsil is!

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017
Full Travis art – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/cursed-commander-2017-edition-art-descriptions-2017-08-22
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Episode 475 – Travis the Cursed

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Let us tell you a tale, a tale of a dude. That dude is Travis, and he just keeps having problems. Poor Travis. Maybe if he wasn’t so awesome he wouldn’t run into so much trouble. Or maybe he just really sucks.

Hey look, Brian’s back! And look, we have a lot more Commander cards to talk about! Yay! And look, the Cat Dragon token is SO ADORABLE! I WANT ONE!

Please excuse Chewie’s mic the first 2.5 minutes of this episode. That was weird.

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017
Commander 2017 Decklists – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/commander-2017-edition-decklists-2017-08-11
Commander 2017 Tokens – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/tokens-commander-2017-edition-2017-08-11

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