Podcast

This is probably the reason you’re here, but I’ll explain just in case. Started in November of 2007, The Mana Pool is a podcast for all the things that casual Magic players might enjoy. We talk about new cards, old cards, decks we’ve played, Commander/EDH, drafting, tournaments we attend, flavor, tribal, basically anything we can think of. We answer rules questions for listeners. We have segments like Out of the Deck Box (showing off our decks), Story Circle (building a deck on the fly live on the air), Magic Mad Libs (just what it sounds like), Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs (a flavorful random creature tournament fight), and several others that show up from time to time. Whenever we all get together, we record a live episode of us playing games, which listeners seem to enjoy because it gives more insight into who we are rather than because of the games themselves. Hope you enjoy!

Episode 571 – Brian Talks Brawl Rotation

Since Standard rotated with Throne of Eldraine that means Brawl rotated too! And our own rambling dork Brian is ALL ABOUT some Brawl, so he wanted to do an episode about it! So we’re gonna hit what left Standard and what that means for Brawl, with Brian’s decks as an example. There’s a good amount of discussion with the live Twitch chat too, which is why you should come join us live on Thursday nights!

If you have any Brawl plans in the new post-rotation format, let us know!

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Episode 570 – The Saga Conscription

The dorks are back from a two week podcasting break, and we’re coming out firing! We’re giving the Mythic Conscription treatment to a notoriously overpowered set, Urza’s Saga! In this discussion we’ll point out the difference between powerful cards and, well, design mistakes. Which color is loaded with potential mythics? Which color just doesn’t seem to have much for the discussion? And what about Tolarian Academy?

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Episode 569 – Throne of Eldraine Prerelease Field Recordings

It’s Prerelease time again! Chewie, Mike, Brian, and Sam (!) all went to House of Cards in Winston-Salem NC to play! First, Chewie tells the story of the weekend of Scott’s wedding and the horrible, horrible sunburn while he & Mike are in the car on the way to the shop. We didn’t get any pre-tournament recordings with Brian & Sam because they were playing a game of Brawl.

Once the tournament begins you’ll get to hear from us all between rounds as we discuss how the games went. Which dork will be undefeated? Which dork couldn’t win even if his opponent left halfway through the round? I guess you’ll just have to listen!

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Episode 568 – Happily Ever After

The dorks dive once more into the Throne of Eldraine previews! We’ve got plenty of cycles to finish – hybrid cards, lands, uncommon knights, legendary creatures and artifacts, lots of stuff! While we’re at it we’re bouncing around and hitting whatever other good stuff we can find, whether it’s super flavorful, an obvious fairy tale reference, or blatantly powerful. We’ll even hit that one blue mythic (yeah, you know the one) and discuss reasons it could be mythic and just how powerful it really could be.

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Episode 567 – Run, Run As Fast As You Can

The dorks are back to discuss even more Throne of Eldraine cards! You like fairy tales? What about knights? What about fairy tales…with knights? What about flavorful cards? Or billy goats? Big bad wolf? Excalibur? Trolls? The Questing Beast? The way every fairy tale begins? Randomly suplexing bears? Is any of this sounding good yet?

…what if I offered you a Bog Naughty?

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