As if you couldn’t tell from the title, we’re joined this episode by former Muse, former Gathering Magic writer, former Star City Games writer, current DailyMTG writer and longtime Mana Pool listener Bruce Richard! Be sure you pronounce that all French-like, it turns out he’s Canadian. But don’t hold that against him, he’s still completely awesome! You can follow him on Twitter @manaburned
We begin the episode by getting Bruce to give us some background. Who he is, where he came from, that sort of thing. From there we dive right into Commander previews, because heaven forbid we have any freakin’ time at all between preview seasons. But at least these cards are pretty cool, if not a little wordy at times.
After an appropriate enough musical break, we’ve got a really fun Magic Mad Lib, followed by a brand new Story Circle! We’ve gotta do a Commander-style Story Circle with one of these new legendary dudes, and if you were listening closely to the previews I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to figure out which one. If you want to see the full list we came up with, just click here: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle298edh/
On this episode, we finally overcome one of our greatest weaknesses as podcasters – the inability to have Myke Okuhara on the show! The scourge of TheManaPool.com’s comments joins us from Honolulu, where the dolphins are ferrying his internet back and forth to us with great speed. And to celebrate (not really, but it sounded good) we’ve got a brand new Magic Mad Lib courtesy of Brian! This one is entitled…Science.
Then, of course, there’s all the Magic 2014 previews. And there were a lot. Like damn. If you’d like to follow along, I just happen to have this fancy link. Of course now the entire set is revealed, but still. Click the link. Click it!
By the way, Myke Okuhara is pretty awesome. I’m just sayin’.
Hey look, Dirk’s back! He successfully populated, so now he has two little token dudes at home!
We start this episode off with what Brian assures us is quite possibly the most offensive Magic Mad Lib ever. Sounds awesome! We go from there to a brief discussion of a recent Standard tournament where a Turbo Fog deck got played! Also, I point out how Sexy Jake Humphries made the top 8 of a Star City Open. Aw yeah.
From there on, it’s the handful of Dragon’s Maze previews that had been revealed at this point. So I guess you could say we go pretty in-depth on them. I guess.
Also, there’s a small life lesson at the end that everyone should take to heart. Just sayin’.
We are eschewing the usual April Fool’s nonsense this year here on The Mana Pool. Yes I know you guys look forward to it every year (except perhaps Shred Memory) but it really gets harder and harder to come up with new original ideas. So this time, instead of doing something weird (er than usual) we decided to just have a hell of a good episode!
It’s guest stars galore on this one! At various points throughout the episode we had Cluze from Card Advantage (@lacluyze), Bryan Prillaman (@BryanPrillaman) from JudgeCast (and Avant-Card Show of course) and we even managed to dig up our old buddy Eric of Many Names (@EricMTGCast)! We even had Adam Styborski (@the_stybs) on, by virtue of a few off-the-cuff bumpers he recorded for us at GP Charlotte! We discuss everything from Prillaman’s torried relationship with Claire (nonexistant) to what’s REALLY under Mike’s beard! Due to the completely bizarre nature of this show, there’s not really a main topic exactly, just a bunch of dorks having fun talking about whatever there is to talk about! We hope you guys enjoy!
This episode we are joined by none other than Dr. Science himself, Cluze! He did a Magic Mad Lib with us, which is always fun. Before that, we talked about a bunch of announcements and news and stuff. No really, look at all these announcements and news and stuff we talked about! Well, the links are down there somewhere. I’m sure you’ll find them.
Then we hit the Gatecrash previews, of course. That’s why you’re all here, after all. And we went on about them. And on. And then on some more. Holy crap, the second part of this episode was as long as a normal episode! But we were definitely thorough, and took at least a glance at everything that had been spoiled up to that time. So sit back, enjoy, and let us know what you thought.