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Episode 169 – Mailbag and Beasts

Krosan Tusker - not really a creature

Holy crap we’ve updated the contest we mentioned in the last episode!  If you’d like to see what we’ve changed, go here:

We then follow up with a Mad Lib sent in by one of our listeners, Alex.  How awesome was it?  Well ideally you’d listen to find out, but I’ll issue a little spoiler – pretty awesome!  And if you like our Magic Mad Libs, then you’ll love this new section of the website:

We’ve got a whole mess of emails, since we haven’t managed to check them on-air in a few weeks.  I mean it, we’ve got a lot!  Look at the title of this episode!  We are not screwing around here!

And since I played the old Beast deck on the last live episode, Mike decided I should do an Out of the Deck Box with it.  It’s been a while since I talked about it, so I dug through the deck, told everyone what it does, and realized it really needs some changes.  So we kicked around some ideas for updates, most of which I actually executed in the time between recording and uploading.  Let me know if you guys have any other suggestions for it, I’m always willing to ignore our listeners!  I mean…listen to them.

Intro Music – Diamond by Swift – http://www.swift-band.com
Break Music – Super Mario’s Sleigh Ride by The OneUps – http://www.theoneups.com

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  1. Abhishek Duggal
    March 14, 2011 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Your contest link points to http://themanapool.com/podcast/category/mad-libs-2/ and I click the following error when I click on it: “Error 404 – Page Not Found”

    • Chewie
      March 14, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

      I have no idea how that happened, but thanks for pointing that out! It is now fixed and should be working properly!

  2. March 14, 2011 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    The contest has me rather excited. D: I’m rarely involved in such things. ;_; Oh, about the playmats.. what are the designs on them?

    • Chewie
      March 14, 2011 at 1:42 am | Permalink

      I wasn’t going to give that away, but since you asked, here we go. We’ve got the following playmats right now:

      Infest (Shards of Alara)
      Lifelink (M10)
      Battlegrace Angel (Shards of Alara)
      Prince of Thralls (Shards of Alara)
      Angelic Arbiter (M11 Prerelease playmat)

      Randy has a Tenth Edition Incinerate playmat I really want to get for the contest on Tuesday. But that’s only 6, with 7 prizes. For the last one, I guess we’ll figure something out. Randy has two non-Magic ones, some kind of dragon thing and some kind of bikini angel chick thing, but I’d rather have Magic-related playmats if at all possible, you know?

      • March 14, 2011 at 2:13 am | Permalink

        Oh, I’m sorry man. I didn’t mean to ruin such a great surprise.The prince of Thralls playmat sounds really cool though.

      • Sandwich Dan
        March 14, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink

        Personally having the playmats signed by you guys would indeed be very Less-than-three worthy, keep doing what you do =3 Also Mike in general is not safe for work, When he was talking about Krosan tusker’s Oracle wording, the energy drink I was indulging in went, from the can to my mouth, then via my nose all over my Keyboard.

        Thanks again

        – The Sandwich

  3. Chewie
    March 14, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Double post! The other two that are at Top Deck Games are Female Hunter and Passage Denied. Google that with the word “playmat” and you can see what they look like.

  4. Banzai_Tree
    March 14, 2011 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    OhMyGod have you guys seen the ‘Announcing the name of the first set of the next block’ on the Wizards main site?!


    Huh, I just noticed the number at the end of the address. Ominous.

    Anyway, the real reason I’m so excited is that the art featured has Liliana Vess with that Veil-thingy (which is hot) and that means that we might finally get to see Zombie-beast-summoning-Garruk (After two blocks it’s about damn time).

    • Citizen Token
      March 14, 2011 at 8:32 am | Permalink

      Holy Crap, I saw that!!! Liliana Vess is by far my favorite planeswalker, both in terms of card and flavor. Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Innistrad before, but it doesn’t appear to be in a flavor text (Future Sight) or on a Planechase plane. And even though I have read every book, even the Harper Prism ones, I don’t remember exactly where it showed up. If anyone can help me out on that, I’d appreciate it. It wasn’t where Chandra and Gideon got stranded (Purifying Fire), was it? Or maybe I’m making it up…

  5. March 14, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    When Chewie said that Robert was me with respectability, I looked up from my lunch and said “Hey!” quite loudly, startling an entire table near me. Awesome.

    Chewie’s beast deck looks fun, but could definitely use some improvements from the new sets.

    And as for Innistrad, I suspect it’s a new world, since the plane where Gideon and Chandra visited got its “Curse of Darkness” dispelled when the leader got removed. I suspect it’s a different plane, perhaps Lilliana’s home base.

    • Chewie
      March 14, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      Oh? And what improvements might those be, Mr. Smarty Face Man?

  6. March 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Holy Crap, I didn’t even realize that was Liliana! What with all her lack-of-facial-tattoos (-slash-scarring-from-black-mana)!
    But what has me most excited about Innistrad isn’t the cool gothic horror theme (not seen since Homelands, yo!), but rather a little name second from the top in the list of designers…

    “Richard Garfield”

    Ah, Jaym! The last set Phelddagrif designed was Ravnica, and we all know how that turned out!
    I’m much more excited about this than I am about Action, or than I was about Scars in general. (Also, how odd is it that we know the name of the next large set, before we know the name of the small set before it?)

    Oh, and *cough* http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150158946857959&set=o.148858238504488&theater *cough*

  7. Cramble
    March 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    yo is the set symbol a jesters cap or a hydra? (please please please HYDRA!!1!)

  8. Poisoned Fly
    March 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I really like Beasts. I have tried Garruk’s Packleader in a similar deck and found it WAY too slow and changed to Wirewood Savage who has more than pulled her weight. I would also prefer to run Overwhleming Stampede over Master of Warcraft.

  9. March 14, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to hear you on Avant-Card Chewie! Two of my favorite podcasts together 😉

  10. Banzai_Tree
    March 15, 2011 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Chewie’s gonna be on the Avant-Card Show? I was wondering what it would take for me to listen to their next episode after Debby broke my brain while I was listening to the last one. I guess now I know.

  11. March 15, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    This is the second podcast I’ve heard to use the mario sleigh ride theme(chewie has probably heard it before)

    • Chewie
      March 15, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

      Oh cool, where else have you heard it? To be honest, I’d never heard it before, but I wanted to use something by The OneUps, so this happened to be the one I picked.

      Holy crap, you were our 100th comment!

      • March 15, 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

        The retro league episode 59

        • Chewie
          March 15, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink

          Ha! That’s awesome. But no, sadly I’ve only made it to their Episode 52. Anytime I’m on the road by myself, I tend to have their show ready to go on my iPod though. Aren’t they great?

  12. March 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Another great episode (now that I’ve listened to it), and a lot of mentions of my daily card creation self-challenge. Want to see today’s? Actually, no, you probably don’t, but I put two up today, so here’s the less eye-bleachy one:
    Also, hey! I put out a podcast! Check it out at http://www.mtgcast.com/?p=8572

  13. Chewie
    March 15, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    As much as I appreciate the discussion, for the comments on the site, let’s try to stay on-topic please? If you wanna go completely random, go to the forums at http://cardshark.freeforums.org.

  14. March 16, 2011 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Sweet. Congratulations to dirk and his lesser spawn. Brian sounded so tired throughout the episode, it really made it feel like Dirk was there in spirit.

  15. Phil Bohn
    March 16, 2011 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Hey. After listening to a few episodes where you spoke about Krosan Tusker, I finally put one in my Teneb EDH, and, so far, it’s one of the most awesome things ever. Thanks again, Mana Pool.

  16. March 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    glad you guys liked the mad lib!

    Totem speakers… straight from the command zone!

    (PS: for those of you who don’t believe i submitted the mad lib featured here, one of the dorks can see my email address and can comment proving that it is, in fact, moi)

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