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 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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Episode 474 – We Can’t Handle All This Majesty!

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These Commander 2017 cards are SO MAJESTIC! Seriously. Mike forgot how to speak. Dirk forgot how to read. Chewie almost choked to death. And they were SO MAJESTIC that Brian wasn’t even here. Look at all that majesty!

But because we got so caught up in the multicolored cards (mostly the legends), we opted to leave the monocolored cards until next week so Brian can join in on the fun.

Commander 2017 Card Image Gallery – http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/commander-2017

 

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Episode 473 – The Sky Swallower Discussion

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We begin with another Sam Quiz, which was a little tricksy. Then, after a brief story of personal injury and public surgery from Chewie we get right into it! We’re doing a Mythic Conscription for Dissension, finishing out the original Ravnica block. This set, much like some of the other Ravnica sets, was a little hard to do. Or maybe easy. We’re not sure. There’s a bizarre switch with the leadership of the Azorius guild. Dirk actually leans towards a red rare enchantment as mythic. And then, at the very end, there’s the big discussion about Simic Sky Swallower.

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Episode 472 – History of the Banhammer, Pt 3

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We’re back with Level 3 judge and SCG writer Chris Lansdell to finish up the history of the Banned & Restricted List. From the Day 0 Modern Banned List to the most recent cleanup of the miserable state of Standard, we’re covering it all! And since all the announcements still exist, we can give you actual explanations for each banning and unbanning. Then we’ll wrap it all up by discussing why there is a B&R list and the reasons for constantly updating it.

Just remember – Dark Ritual is fine.

Timeline of DCI bans & restrictions: http://mtg.gamepedia.com/Timeline_of_DCI_bans_and_restrictions
History of the Banhammer, Pt 1: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-462/
History of the Banhammer, Pt 2: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-465/
Check out Chris Lansdell’s articles: http://www.starcitygames.com/tags/ChrisLansdell

Check out the sweet cards inspired by our MTG RPG campaign from Shai Ofer! – http://themanapool.com/created-cards/custom-cards-trivester/

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Episode 471 – Fighting a Goblin Mob! (MTG RPG)

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Karim, Alaric, and The Angel are back to explore more of Trivester and see what they can get into! We’re heading towards a huge tree, losing our way, and getting into a scrape with goblins! At least I get to use my awesome sword! Much love to Jars for the amazing map! Here’s a link: http://themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/trivester-map-logo.png

After that, we’re catching up on stuff – Mike’s prereleases, Dirk’s job hunt, Chewie’s trip to Busch Gardens, and Brian’s anniversary!

In case you’re completely lost, Brian created this MTG RPG from scratch and we periodically play it on the show. This campaign is called Heirs of Trivester. If you’d like to hear the previous installments, here are some links to get you caught up!

Character Creation – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-407/
Part 1 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-423/
Part 2 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-430/
Part 3 – http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-450/

 

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