Warning: Chewie is sick. So he sounds a little different than usual, and he’s muted a lot.
The dorks bring lots of news this week! Since the last episode was a live one, we’ve got two weeks’ worth of stuff to talk about! They revealed an Event Deck, announced a new From the Vault, and teased us with a bizarre coded webpage. Luckily, people much more motivated than us went ahead and decoded it, so we told you all about it. Of course by now the official decoded page is up, but that’s to be expected, right?
So once we finished up the news, the discussion on Vigenère ciphers, and a new Penny Arcade comic, we actually had stuff to talk about! Mike attended a Sealed tournament last weekend, so he’s gotta tell you how he did there. Brian’s working on a Standard Jund deck to take to an SCG Invitational Qualifier, so he’s gonna tell us all about that. It sounds pretty sweet though, I must say. Links for all that stuff are below!
It’s the Born of the Gods Prerelease, so you know what that means! We took the recorder with us and recorded a bunch of stuff that happened! Listen as Chewie, Mike, and Brian let you know what happened after (almost) each round!
We’re joined by lots of guests, including our old friend Gabe! He’s the one that taught Mike how to play a thousand years ago! There are also appearances from listeners and opponents like Sam, Craig, Chris, Pete, and Nate! If anyone got missed, we apologize wholeheartedly.
Also, this one has something special included. For a long time now people have been asking for recordings of an actual Prerelease game. To show you all what a bad idea this is, Chewie recorded his 5th round against Jacob. It’s completely unedited, so you guys get the full effect. Let us know how much that’s not a good idea to do in the future!
Mike and Brian kick off the episode by telling us all about the SCG Classic they went to last weekend. Brian played a green-red deck, while Mike took his Maze’s End construction. After that, Chewie joined them for a couple games of EDH. Then we spend a bit of time discussing the Commander 2013 card that was TEARING UP the top tables at the Legacy AND Vintage Champs. How completely random.
Then, because we are Dirkless, we can’t do an Old vs. New for any of the guilds left that have green in them. Or blue. So we took to Boros! We compare crap with awesome, amazing with fantastic, decent with okay, and pretty good with also pretty good. Who won? We don’t remember, so you’ll have to listen to find out!
Sadly this episode we are one Dirk short of a full cast due to grad school holding him down and beating him. But to replace him, we brought along two guest hosts! We have a half-Dirk veteran, our old buddy Bill Bloodworth (@SqueeGoblnNabob) joining us again! And the other half of Dirk is our buddy from GP Charlotte and GP Pittsburgh, JT Kohnen (@NerdPop140)! You know and love him as CyberPunkOtaku01 on the forums.
So what were we actually talking about this episode? Well of course the Prerelease results were the first thing. Everyone but Chewie is here to tell you all about how they did and what they played. Chewie missed his first Prerelease in no one knows how long, but at least Brian’s sealed pool still thinks it’s a Ravnica block.
After that, we had to talk about all the cards that are rotating out of Standard. It’s not something that we usually talk about, but it’s a tradition here on The Mana Pool! Every rotation we rant and rave about all the crap we don’t have to hear about any more, and it’s great! Since Bill and JT pay attention to Standard, and Mike and Brian do too, it’s a really good discussion.
A moment of silence please for JT’s Deadeye Navigator deck. It will be missed.
JT’s NerdPop blog: http://nerdpopularity.blogspot.com/
Hey look, here’s the episode you probably should have gotten last time. But you didn’t, you got it this time. So there.
Chewie, Mike, and Brian set out for Atomic Empire in Durham, North Carolina for the Magic 2014 Core Set Release. While there, we met up with our old buddy AJ, everyone’s favorite bowtie wearing L2 Cluze, and several other assorted listeners, opponents, judges, and what-have-you. As always with these episodes, you’ll be hearing what happens as it happens rather than having to listen to us fumble around for what happened days later. And I especially hope you’ll enjoy the talk with the guy who opened a truly ridiculous sliver deck.