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Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!

Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!
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Join Brian, Mike, Dirk and Chewie as they discuss all things Magic: The Gathering. Since there are plenty of tournament and strategy podcasts out there, we've decided to focus on the fun of the game in all its many forms, from Prereleases to multiplayer free-for-alls to whatever else we can come up with. Give us a listen!

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Episodes

Episode 525 - Why Did It Have to be Spiders? (Exclusive GRN Preview)

9/17/2018
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Our exclusive (and free) Guilds of Ravnica preview is here! It hits a note for all four dorks, which is pretty neat for a single card. After that there are a lot of sweet Guilds cards to talk about, so we're gonna spend the entire episode doing that! Our exclusive preview card, Hatchery Spider - http://themanapool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Hatchery_Spider_EN.png Guilds of Ravnica Card Image Gallery:...

Duration:02:04:33

Episode 524 - Pranked by the Dimir

9/9/2018
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It is time once again to return to Ravnica. Or return to Return to Ravnica. Ravnica 3: Secret of the Ooze. But enough with the jokes, Guilds of Ravnica is here! The dorks (minus Mike) are going over the guild mechanics and all the sweet promos that have been revealed thus far! We've got an enormous wurm with dainty little feet, Emmara on keto, super sweet basic lands and even sweeter Masterpiece-like Planeswalkers! Look out for our exclusive Guild of Ravnica preview card on Monday,...

Duration:01:36:46

Episode 523 - Commander 2018 Live!

9/2/2018
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It's a live episode! The dorks gathered at Brian's house to play a game with the Commander 2018 decks! Will Chewie actually be able to play this time? Will the cats let us play the damn game? Will we be done in time for lunch? All these answers and more can be found in this episode of TMP! Come join us in the future! The show will be live on Thursdays around 8pm(ish) Eastern time on twitch.tv/themanapool Support us on Patreon! – https://www.patreon.com/themanapool Intro & Outro Music:...

Duration:02:11:42

Episode 522 - Professor Beard Teaches Exile

8/26/2018
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Professor Beard is back! In his first lecture he taught us all about the evolution of the Graveyard (Episode 509), where we were amazed at just how much of the Graveyard's flavor and function came early in Magic's life. This time the Prof is teaching us all about RFG, which is Removed From Game. Also Set Aside. Also Hovering 8 Inches Above the Table. Eventually, it became the Exile we know and love today. And again, you might be as surprised as we were at how much of its flavor and...

Duration:02:15:51

Episode 521 - The Long-Awaited Return to Trivester

8/19/2018
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It's been a LONG time, but we're back with Brian's custom-made Magic-based RPG system! Karim, Alaric, and the Angel are still stuck on the mysterious plane of Trivester with no idea what's going on. Since it has been SO LONG, Brian gives a quick recap of what's happened thus far and then we dive right in! Did you ever interrupt two Giant Warthogs during rutting season? Or set fire to an angry Primeval Force? Well you're in luck, because we...might have done those things. Also, Alaric (Dirk)...

Duration:02:00:43

Episode 520 - Never Trust Twitch Chat

8/12/2018
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Since Commander 2018 comes out this weekend, we've decided to do a couple Story Circles this episode! But since we're streaming the shows now, we've decided to give Twitch Chat some input. They get one entry per round AND they picked from three possibilities to decide who our second Commander would be! See? You should totally come hang out and watch the show live! Also, Dirk is a monster. Come join us in the future! The show will be live on Thursdays around 8pm(ish) Eastern time on...

Duration:01:51:08

Episode 519 - Arterial Spritz

8/5/2018
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This episode we're taking a look at ALL the rest of the cards in Commander 2018 that we missed last episode! This leads to discussions about the HR manager in charge of hiring Humiliators, the Bane of enchanters, how the Ravenous Slime uses its skulls, and of course the titular arterial spritz of the Bloodtracker. We may or may not have been extra silly this episode. Please, give us feedback! Let us know how the change has impacted your experience with the show, whether it's in audio form,...

Duration:01:48:15

Episode 518 - Ninja Juice Replentishment

7/29/2018
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This is the first of our new live episodes! This one is ALL Commander 2018, because there's a lot of it. In fact, we didn't even finish it all, so we'll probably come back to it next week. We're covering all the new planeswalkers, all the new Commanders we could find, and a handful of the most entertaining/powerful/bizarre new cards in the set! Oh, and the Commander Storm cycle, because Twitch chat was going to riot if we didn't. And please, give us feedback! Let us know how the change...

Duration:01:53:47

Episode 517 - Seriously Toothy Content

7/15/2018
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This episode begins with a little bit (like, a seriously tiny bit) of Commander 2018 news from the announcement that came from a stream on the day we recorded. We get deck names, colors, and a few pieces of art. But hey, we go over all that for you! Then it's time for a glorious Battlebond Story Circle! Somehow we just never did one with any of the neat partner pairs, so it's time to fix that! The most wide-open pair seems to be Pir and Toothy, so we're all over it. And since we're in blue...

Duration:01:33:14

Episode 516 - The History of Core Sets

7/8/2018
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With Core Set 2019 marking the return of the Core Set the dorks decided to take a look back at all its previous iterations. Starting with Alpha and moving through all the Nth Editions that happened every other year with their white-bordered insanity, through the Magic 201X that introduced new cards every year, we're hitting them all! All the trends (the removal of trample?), all the big news (RULES CHANGES!), and everything else that made each Core Set stand out as its own entity! Of...

Duration:02:18:41

Episode 515 - Revving Up with Core Set 2019

7/1/2018
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The dorks are back for more Core Set 2019! In fact, it's ALL of Core Set 2019, since there was apparently only one week of previews. We're jumping around the set, talking about all the awesome flavor, sweet art, powerful cards, and useful answers that it's bringing us! Some of these cards really do rev Brian up. Seriously. Also, bear with Mike, we're still working on teaching him how to read. And talk. And count. Core Set 2019 Card Image Gallery:...

Duration:02:09:35

Episode 514 - The Return of the Core

6/24/2018
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After not recording for a staggering 2 weeks in a row, the dorks are back! We've got a very cheeky Sam Quiz to kick off the whole thing, because what's a better way to get back into the groove? After that, we're all-in on Core Set 2019 previews! After 3 years without a Core Set, Magic has decided that it's a necessity. So they've changed the way they build these sets, with beginner-friendly cards at common & uncommon and laser-focused answers and super-neat cards at rare & mythic! Captain...

Duration:02:15:12

Episode 513 - Time Travel Is Weird

6/10/2018
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This episode was recorded a few weeks ago, but it's going up now since we're not recording this week! But here's the hitch - it's not a live episode! Man, the title is right - time travel is weird. On this episode we're going all the way back to the beginning. Not the VERY beginning, just after that. We're doing a pair of Mythic Conscriptions for Magic's first two expansions - Arabian Nights and Antiquities. Since the old expansions are small, we could easily knock two of them out. Well,...

Duration:02:06:54

Episode 512 - Battlebond and BoneSawBall

6/3/2018
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What's that? A Sam Quiz for a card none of us expected? And a listener-submitted Mad Lib? AND even more discussion of the crazy stuff going on in Battlebond? All in the same episode? That's awesome! Where do I sign up? And get that look of Frog Tongue off your face! Battlebond Card Image Gallery: https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/card-image-gallery/battlebond-2018-05-25 The new TMP subreddit: r/themanapool Support us on Patreon! –...

Duration:02:08:34

Episode 511 - Partner with Discord, the Abruptly Nonfunctional

5/27/2018
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The dorks are here to discuss Announcement Day and our reactions to all the news that came out of it. Warning: some of these reactions might surprise you. They sure surprised me! After that it's time to jump onto Battlebond previews! There's a lot of really neat stuff going on here. The mechanics are neat, the new cards are awesome, and the reprints are absolutely bonkers. Plus we get to explore a new relationship between an angel and a demon and make fun of Vince Russo. Everyone wins! As...

Duration:01:57:24

Episode 510 - Brawling with Buddies Live!

5/20/2018
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The dorks gathered at Dirk's house to try out Brawl! Despite half of us not knowing how turn order actually works, we actually managed to play with the four Brawl decks Brian built for us! Our Brawl Commanders are Aryel, Muldrotha, Firesong & Sunspeaker, and Radha! Have you given Brawl a shot yet? Let us know what you think about it! Support us on Patreon! – https://www.patreon.com/themanapool Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – https://myspace.com/swiftband This episode’s post:...

Duration:01:54:44

Episode 509 - Professor Beard Teaches Graveyards

5/13/2018
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Graveyards in Magic are an interesting thing. In so many other games it's just a discard pile, but MTG uses the graveyard for a variety of functions. Mike (Professor Beard) is going to walk us through the history of the graveyard from its origins in Alpha, set by set, until the current day. He'll point out mechanics (both keyworded and not) and new design space and ways to interact with the graveyard that come up as we move forward in time. Big thanks to Drew for the suggestion and to Mike...

Duration:02:09:54

Episode 508 - Dominarian Story Circles

5/6/2018
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The dorks are back from our long recording hiatus! To celebrate the release of Dominaria, we're diving into not one but TWO Story Circles! There are a lot of legends, so we've narrowed it down to a small handful and randomly selected two for deckbuilding purposes! Also I finally remembered to put the Sam Quiz recorded weeks ago into the episode. Yay! Support us on Patreon! – https://www.patreon.com/themanapool Intro & Outro Music – Diamond by Swift – https://myspace.com/swiftband This...

Duration:01:44:50

Episode 507 - Dominaria Prerelease Field Recordings

4/29/2018
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Magic is finally going home! The Dominaria prerelease is here, which means Chewie breaks out his trusty digital recorder! This year he did something a little different though. On Saturday he headed out to House of Cards in Winston-Salem, NC to hang out with Mike (not that one), Carter, and Andy to talk about Dominaria. There are discussions about broken cards they'll never print, Brawl, Prison decks, and the set in general. Then on Sunday Chewie joins Mike (now it's that one) and Brian at...

Duration:01:51:28

ManaPool Science Theater 500 by Jungle Rat Rob

4/25/2018
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To celebrate The Mana Pool's 500th episode our old buddy Jungle Rat Rob of The Retro League podcast put together another of his famous audio montages with the help of his girlfriend Cassandra! He's done this a few times before (links down below), but it has been a LONG time! There are bits from the other hundred episode milestones along with the usual assortment of nonsense from random places and even a few special guest moments sprinkled in! A HUGE thanks to Rob & Cassandra for this!...

Duration:00:09:03