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 455 – Cosmic Larva For President

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Woo! Cosmic Larva in 2020! It’s got to be better than the Desecration Elemental, right? Guys?

In this episode we’re finishing off our look at Modern Masters 2017! The whole set looks like a lot of fun to draft. There are a few more rarity shifts to discuss, looking at how the overall strategies of each allied color pair overlap with each other, and more jaw-dropping and reminiscing. Ah yes, good stuff.

But that’s not all! After that we’re doing another Mythic Conscription, this time for the oddball final set of the Mirrodin block, Fifth Dawn! With its Beacons, Bringers, Sunburst, and assorted nonsense, what’s going to be mythic? What’s fine as a rare? How much disagreement can you fit into one episode? Why does Mike REALLY play Magic the way he does? Let’s find out!

Modern Masters 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/modern-masters-2017-edition

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Episode 454 – This Set Is Insane!

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No really. Have you seen the cards in Modern Masters 2017? It’s completely bonkers. They’ve pulled out all the stops with this one, presumably to make up for the last two Masters sets. We’re just diving right in and looking at all the stuff that has been revealed thus far, with plenty of talk about rarity shifts up and down. It’s a fun one for remembering the amazing cards that defined their respective Standard environments back in the day!

Modern Masters 2017 Card Image Gallery - http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/modern-masters-2017-edition

 

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Episode 453 – The Lich’s Tome

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Not sure why we’re talking about television shows at the beginning. We’re just weird.

We begin the actual show by thinking about some things that may or may not (and also almost certainly won’t) be in Modern Masters 2017. It turns out Dirk might be a terrible person. My money was on me or Mike. Oh well.

After that it’s off to a Mythic Conscription for Darksteel! Could it be that none of the colored cards are mythic? And just all the artifacts? Maybe, I dunno. There are some pretty good discussions about cards with weird abilities, excessive power levels, and misery. Mispronunciations may or may not be a thing in this episode too.

 

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Episode 452 – Partnering Up

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This episode begins with an extremely quick Sam Quiz followed by another user-submitted Magic Mad Lib from lvl99luck. Little did he know that it would play into our episode’s theme! We didn’t know that either! It’s an amazing coincidence! Buy lottery tickets now!

After the awesome Mad Lib we’re doing a neat twist on the Story Circle! This time we’re randomly picking two legends with Partner and building a deck around the pair we come up with! It’s really neat to have two different ideas to build around. Let us know what you think and we’ll see if this is a thing we want to do again sometime!

Somehow at the end we ended up going off on a tangent about Batman: The Animated Series. Then we had another tangent about Overwatch that, oddly enough, was Dirk’s fault, not Chewie’s. How about that?

 

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Episode 451 – Someone To Midnight Ritual With

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It’s time for a new episode of The Mana Pool! We’ve got a brand new Magic Mad Lib, except this one was written by Chewie for the first time ever! Be afraid, it’s based on some of his recent experiences.

After that we’re doing a Mythic Conscription of the first modern artifact-centric set, Mirrodin! This set is a little weird. So many of the rares are super lame and could never be Mythic…and then you get to the artifacts. Who’d have thought the artifacts in the artifact set would be massively overpowered?

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