It’s been a while since we recorded, so we’ve got news! An article on Gathering Magic about Vorthos podcasts (we got an honorable mention!), new Duel Decks, and a new eBook are all on the docket, so do enjoy that.
Then we get to the fun part, the first of the Journey Into Nyx previews! There’s a god, there’s all the mechanics (old and new), there’s lots of crazy stuff, and there’s a boat that screeches to a halt. Oh, and the credit card mask! Holy crap the credit card mask! GET ON THE BOAT!
We finish up the episode with the announcement of the first video on The Mana Pool’s YouTube channel! It’s a new Whazzap! video, so go watch it and enjoy and subscribe, because there will be more stuff in the future! We also spend a good amount of time thanking a listener for a major out-of-the-blue donation. If you’d like to send us money…don’t. Just trust me on this one. Hang onto it for a couple weeks, it’ll be worth your time, I assure you.
On this very special episode of The Mana Pool, the dorks are finally opening up to all the big plans they’ve had in the works for many months now. From e-books to quantum computing apps and everything in between, we’re revealing everything! This will also mark the first episode all our new sponsors are on board with some nice, unobtrusive commercials to help us pay for all these amazing plans. Oh, we also covered a few bits of news that we thought might be interesting. You can find the links right down there. See them? There you go.
Thanks so much to all of you for sticking with us all this time and making this all happen! We wouldn’t be here without any of you!
Following a week off to prepare for the insanity that was Grand Prix Richmond, here is the GP Richmond episode! It’s just Chewie and Mike from the standard-issue dorks, so to help us out we brought on two special Richmond dorks! First up is our (very) old pal, Level 3 Judge, podcaster, and horrible person Bryan Prillaman! You might remember him from the Avant-Card Show back in the day or his current podcasting deal, JudgeCast. Our second guest dork is Corvin Powell, a LONG-TIME listener we met in Richmond. He was pretty awesome and he was playing a deck running Mike’s favorite unplayed Modern-legal card.
We spent the entire episode talking all about the insane event. We had Mike and Corvin talking about their Death Cloud decks. Prillaman explained how the logistics of such a crazy event work. Chewie and Mike told us all about the friends and listeners we met while we were there. We even took a few minutes to talk about the whole image gallery that has become known as CrackGate, so keep an ear out for that.
Hey look, we actually did the follow-up to last week’s episode! Because this was a topic suggested by our friend JT (@NerdPop140), we brought him on this week to help us tell you all about it. But first, we have news! Anyone under 18 planning to attend Grand Prix Vienna needs to have written parental permission, so click the link below for all that information. WotC also released the full decklists for the upcoming Jace vs. Vraska Duel Decks, so we’re gonna tell you all about that. They’re mostly singleton decks, and we think that’s pretty good.
But on to the main topic at hand! Last week we told you all about the mental preparation for you to make the move from the kitchen table to the FNM or some other tournament scene. This time we’re focusing on the deck itself. How do you come up with an idea for your first tournament deck? How do you go about acquiring the cards for said deck? And how do you tweak the deck to make sure it’ll do the best it can? We’ll discuss all of that and more on this episode! As always, if you guys have any other ideas for any of this, let us know!
On this episode, the dorks cover a few more bits of news. Last week we missed that some of the Conspiracy cards are going to not be legal in Vintage and Legacy, which sparks some discussion about why that could be. Hasbro is loving the Magic, because it’s making them lots of money. Not only that, but they’re gonna be making some Pop! vinyl figures and actual action figures of your favorite planeswalkers…and Nissa. For links to all of this, just look down a bit.
But the meat of the episode comes from an idea from our old buddy JT. A very old idea. We’re going to prepare you to move from the kitchen table to the tournament scene. We’re not talking about cards or formats (at least not much), we’re primarily talking about mental preparations. Because we’re trying to cover everything it might sound a little intimidating, but it’s really not. It’s really hard to sum up all the different aspects we talked about on this episode, so you’re just going to have to listen.
It comes down to this: if you’ve been thinking about going to any sort of tournament, be it a prerelease, FNM, or a GP…then GO! Give it a shot, it’ll be fine. Just listen to us first.