The Deck Box

This is where we show off decks of all kinds. So named because of the podcast segment Out of the Deck Box.

Story Circles for Episode 358

Cats Vs Fish

For Episode 358 we brought on Greg, a longtime listener and Kickstarter backer! He wanted to discuss the various conflicts in fantasy in general and in Magic specifically that could be turned into a Duel Decks set. After kicking around a LOT of ideas both seriously good and incredibly goofy, we decided to two a pair of Story Circles to illustrate what one of these conflicts might look like as a Commander Duel Decks set.

This one was entirely too much fun. We talked a lot on the episode about how cats are apparently jerks since they work really well in a lot of conflicts. We took one of the sillier ones and built some decks! I give you Cats vs. Fish!

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Story Circle for Episode 342

Karador, Ghost Chieftain

With the release of Khans of Tarkir, we really wanted to do a wedge-based Story Circle with one of the Khans.  But then we looked at each of the Khan cards and decided that they were actually…kind of boring to build around.  But luckily, a listener had asked if we had any plans of building around some of the original Commander product Commanders.  Hey, they’re wedge-colored!  So we decided we’d do one of those for Episode 342. We discounted the ones that a dork had already built around and looked at what was left, and decided to see what we could do with Karador.  This one was fun, as most of them tend to be, and we hope you enjoy it!

For those that don’t know how this works, we start with a Legendary creature for the Commander, then we take turns adding cards to the deck.  It’s sort of like the camping thing where you start a story and go around the circle continuing it, thus the name.  Plus, you know, Story Circle.

 

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Exiled! Competition Decks (Episode 337)

Exiled!

On Episode 337 of The Mana Pool, we took a week off from news, discussions, and all the usual stuff to bring you one of Brian’s brilliant ideas: Exiled!  He took the basic idea of the Food Network show Chopped! and applied it to Magic.  For a full explanation, go listen to the episode, because everything in this post counts as a spoiler!

All the decklists that came out of the first episode of Exiled! are contained here.  If you don’t want to know who won or who got Exiled in what round, then seriously stop reading now.

There was a slight problem with one of the decklists.  It disappeared between now and recording.  I listened to the episode and attempted to recreate the deck from the description given in the episode.

 

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Story Circle for Episode 336

Ulasht, the Hate Seed

Some not-insignificant time ago, we got a listener request for a Story Circle with a certain Hellion Hydra that hangs out with the Gruul Clan.  Or eats them.  Or something.  And we always mean to do things like that for the listeners, but we either forget or don’t have time to do it, what with the never-ending preview season and great show ideas and whatnot.  But we do try to get around to some of the listener ideas when we get a chance no matter how long it takes, so we did it on Episode 336.  So bearing that in mind – Craig Scott, this one’s for you!

For those that don’t know how this works, we start with a Legendary creature for the Commander, then we take turns adding cards to the deck.  It’s sort of like the camping thing where you start a story and go around the circle continuing it, thus the name.  Plus, you know, Story Circle.

 

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Story Circle for Episode 325

Marchesa, the Black Rose

Here’s the Story Circle we did on Episode 325!  We were going to do something completely different this episode (which you can still hear on episode 326 once it goes up!), but we spent entirely too much time on Conspiracy card discussions.  Since we didn’t have time to give our intended topic the treatment it deserves, we hurriedly decided to pick one of the new legends from Conspiracy and do a Story Circle!  This one looks like a lot of fun to play.  That could be because it bears a small resemblance to some other Commander decks we’ve played or created in the past.  Either way, hope everyone enjoys!

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