This episode begins with a surprise quiz from Brian’s daughter Sam, which we all…failed. But it’s great. D’awww.
Of course, we had to talk about all the reveals from gamescom! New Khans cards and mechanics, plenty of nifty artwork, and a Commander 2014 card are all there for us to talk about. From there we went to the fully revealed Duel Decks: Speed vs. Cunning decklists and discussed for a while.
After a short break, we decided to do a requested Story Circle. Never mind that it was requested a LONG time ago, that’s not important right now. What is important, is that we’re finally going to take on…The Hate Seed!
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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!
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/
Here’s the Story Circle we did for Episode 298 with our very special guest host Bruce Richard. When we previewed this card, we all seemed to REALLY like it, so we wanted to use it for a nice EDH/Commander deck. As usual when we have a guest host doing a Story Circle, this one turned out to be pretty freakin’ awesome. So awesome in fact that you might see it again somewhere else. Somewhere not on this site. Just sayin’. No I don’t know where, shut up.
Okay, yes I do know where, but I’m not going tell you. HA! How you like them apples?
I do hope you guys enjoy though, this one was a lot of fun. Bruce got all into it, which got all of us into it even more, and I really think that made it a good one.
Remember the planeswalkers that the dorks made for each other a couple episodes ago? Yeah? Well this episode we’re doing Story Circles to craft a deck around each of those dorky planeswalkers! Pretty awesome huh?
Of course, that’s not all we’re up to. Oh no. Brian rambles on about Modern just a bit before we get going (weird I know). We talk for a couple more minutes about the newest You Make the Card vote (at the time it was a runoff between land and enchantment).
At the end, we have another amazing rush of gratitude for a listener who, for reasons that continue to baffle us, sent us some stuff. And I’m talking good stuff too. Like damn. Check out the altered Nether Shadow that he sent to Chewie and tell us that’s not awesome: