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 551 – War of the Spark Prerelease Field Recordings

The War of the Spark is upon us! That means it’s time for another Prerelease! Three of the dorks are at House of Cards in Winston-Salem, NC to go to battle! But this episode isn’t just Chewie, Mike, and Brian talking about their pools! We have a variety of guests on this episode! Mike’s cousin Joseph showed up for the Prerelease too! Mike & Brian both played against the lovely Chase (@ManaCurves on Twitter), so she joined us for two round recaps!

But our super special guest was none other than one Samantha Baker, who was playing in her VERY FIRST prerelease! Tara, the manager of House of Cards, took her under her wing to help her build her deck and play her games! And she even finished with a better record than one of the dorks! Holy crap!

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Episode 550 – The Atrocity Buffet

We’ve made it to 550! To celebrate, we apparently killed two of our hosts. Hopefully our reanimation spells will resolve before the end of the episode.

It’s the end of the story of War of the Spark! We’re covering all the story-focused cards we can find, so hey, spoiler warning! We’re going all the way to the conclusion and talking all about it! Get ready to feel some feels, because once that’s all done we’re even going to mention the new Signature Spellbook that was revealed by Polygon!

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Episode 549 – It’s Almost Noon, What Are You Doing With Your Life?

The dorks are back with even more War of the Spark previews! We’re starting off with all the cards in the Story Scenes, because the story is the whole point of this episode! Then we’re jumping around to the planeswalkers we missed, the Gods (who were being previewed while we were recording), and a few other highlights.

And don’t worry about the lack of Mike at the beginning, he’ll show up partway through the episode. You won’t have to do without the beard for an entire show!

RE: the title – it’ll make sense, I promise.

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Episode 548 – Epic War of the Spark Previews (with Exclusives!)

War of the Spark previews are upon us! And we just happen to have FIVE cards to show off! We’re doing something a little different with our previews this time, we hope you enjoy it! Yay free previews!

But first Samantha joins us for a Sam Quiz! After that it’s time to hit the War of the Spark mechanics and check out all the cards from the story scenes thus far! After finally finishing with all that we’ll jump over to the Card Image Gallery to pick out a few more neat ones before we wrap up this epic length episode!

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Episode 547 – One Epic Flavor Fight

The dorks have a fun little episode this week, even though Dirk is missing. For…reasons. Also, we weren’t able to live stream this episode because of some bizarre issues. Sorry about that.

We begin with some news, some of which is real and some of which Brian may have found in questionable corners of the internet. Then it’s time for another of Brian’s Magic Mad Libs, which are always a hoot. Even though there are only two of us to give him cards, we still managed to make it pretty funny.

From there we go on to what we have decided to call a Flavor Fight! We’ve got a bracket of creatures ready to face off in a battle of Vorthosian proportions! This one got a little out of hand since I was kind of delirious when I made up the bracket. But bear with us! It is, as the title says, an epic flavor fight!

And don’t forget, next week we finally get to show our FIVE War of the Spark preview cards as part of that day’s scene! For more information there’s a link down below!

Oh, and I was watching the Mythic Invitational while doing the editing, so if there are any problems I apologize.

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