The Mana Pool #346 – Or Be Doomed to Repeat It

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  On this episode the dorks are taking a look at all the legends and planeswalkers in Commander 2014. If there’s history there to tell you, we’ll tell you all about it. Or make something up. Or something. For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-346   The Mana Pool is brought…

The Mana Pool #345 – It’s Morphin’ Time!

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  On this episode the dorks are talking about the history of Morph. We’ll tell you what it was like originally and how Wizards has changed (improved?) it since its inception waaaaay back in Onslaught.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-345   The Mana Pool is brought to you…

The Mana Pool #344 – Meanwhile at the Hall of Fame

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  On this episode the dorks are joined by Serious Fun columnist Bruce Richard! Bruce gives us a behind-the-scenes look at all the work that went into the return of the Multiplayer Hall of Fame! For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-344   The Mana Pool is brought to you as…

The Mana Pool #343 – Return to Farewell to Return to Ravnica

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  On this episode the dorks are saying goodbye to all the cards in Return to Ravnica block and Magic 2014 as they finally rotate out of Standard.  There are some we’ll miss, and there are some that, once they’re out the door, we’re gonna throw a party.   For more information, check out this…

The Mana Pool #342 – Chieftain of Ghosts

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  On this episode the dorks start by answering a personal question about the gods of Theros. Then it’s Story Circle Time! This time it’s Karador, Ghost Chieftain from the first Commander product taking center stage!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-342   The Mana Pool is brought to…

The Mana Pool #341 – Khans Prerelease Field Recordings

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  On this episode, the dorks head to some Khans of Tarkir Prereleases to check out the set! The digital recorder came with us to record what happens as it happens.  Also, don’t be a dick.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-341   The Mana Pool is brought to…

The Mana Pool #340 – So Much Khansy Goodness

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  On this episode, the dorks do another Sam Quiz, hit some news, and dig around in the full Khans of Tarkir set to find the stuff that tickles our fancy.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-340   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com,…

The Mana Pool #339 – Looks Dragony

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  On this episode, the dorks bring you another adorable Sam Quiz and then hit the Khans previews HARD!  Seriously, we rushed through a crapload of them.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-339   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to…

The Mana Pool #338 – Presumitably All the Big News

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  On this episode, the dorks cover all the big news from previous weeks and covering the clans and their mechanics and Khans and whatnot!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-338   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy and…

The Mana Pool #337 – Exiled! (Series Premiere)

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  Welcome to the premiere episode of Exiled!  This may or may not remind you of Chopped! from the Food Network.  Just ignore that.  Be sure to give us some feedback so we’ll know if this was a good idea or not! For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-337   The…

The Mana Pool #336 – The Sam Quiz and The Hate Seed

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  On this episode, the dorks are quizzed by an adorable kid.  D’awwww.  Then there are some Khans and Commander spoilers, then we do a listener-requested Story Circle for Ulasht, the Hate Seed!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-336   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always…

The Mana Pool #335 – Drawing with All the Colors

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  On this episode, the dorks are talking all about the different forms of card draw and card selection and how each color does it!  The topic was a little too broad for a single episode, so I’m sure we’ll be revisiting at some point in the future!   For more information, check out this…

The Mana Pool #334 – Gods Be Praised! (or Not)

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  On this episode, the dorks are discussing the pantheon of gods of Theros.  We’re looking at their cards, why they did or did not work well, what they did in the story, and finding their Greek equivalents (which is harder than it sounds).   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com:…

The Mana Pool #333 – The Comic-Con One

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  On this episode, the dorks bring on former podcasting lady-of-the-night Chris Lansdell (@lansdellicious) to talk over all the news from the SDCC MTG panel! There’s also talk of the Modern PTQ that Mike & Brian attended, and a look at 3/3’s for 3.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com:…

The Mana Pool #332 – Renewable Resources

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  On this episode, the dorks discuss the core of Magic – the resource management system that underlies the entire game.  Stories about particular lands, comparing the system to other TCG games, and explaining exactly why land destruction sucks are all included!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-332  …

The Mana Pool #331 – (Squanto’s) Back in Black

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  On this episode, the dorks are telling you all about Black!  Flavor, motivations, mechanics, that sort of thing.  Not only that, but we bring on founding TMP member Squanto to help us out!   And not only that, but we also hit the $10k mark LIVE ON THE AIR!  So I hope everyone enjoys…

The Mana Pool #330 – Squee on M15

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  On this episode, the dorks bring Squee on to help us take a good hard look at ALL the stuff M15 has to offer.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-330   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy and…

The Mana Pool #329 – M15 Looks Really Good

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  On this episode, the dorks tell you how the title of this episode speaks for itself.  And it does.  Seriously, this is a pretty amazing Core Set.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-329   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way…

The Mana Pool #328 – The Magic 2015 Designer Collection

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  On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at the Magic 2015 designer cards.  They’re all pretty freakin’ sweet, so we hope you enjoy!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-328   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy…

The Mana Pool #327 – Death’s Approach

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  On this episode, the dorks are examining how the various planes of the multiverse deal with the concept of death.  Not many of them do, but those that do have a pretty interesting take on it.  Hope you enjoy it!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-327   The…

The Mana Pool #326 – At the Movies with The Mana Pool

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  On this episode, the dorks look at their favorite movies and try to figure out what kinds of Magic cards they could get out of them!  That is, after we tell you all about how sweet Conspiracy draft is.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-326   The Mana…

The Mana Pool #325 – Conspiring on a Story Circle

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  On this episode, the dorks go over all the awesome stuff that got printed (and reprinted) in Conspiracy!  Then there’s a Story Circle for a Marchesa, the Black Rose Commander deck!  You can follow along with that here: http://themanapool.com/the-deck-box/storycircle325edh/   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-325   The Mana…

The Mana Pool #324 – MTG, JB, Ctrl-V, OMG

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  On this episode, the dorks are all over the place.  With no central topic, we speculate on just what the upcoming Khans of Tarkir could be, discuss lawsuits, talk jailbait songs, and lots of other crazy stuff!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-324   The Mana Pool is…

The Mana Pool #323 – What If It Cost 2 Less?

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  On this episode, the dorks take a look at some old, overpowered cards as well as some old, really crappy cards and try to cost them fairly by today’s standards.  It’s not as easy as you’d think.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-323   The Mana Pool is…

The Mana Pool #322 – A Brief History of Centaurs

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  On this episode, the dorks give you some history on the game of Magic using centaurs to frame it all.  It sounds weird, but it was actually amazing!  And it all sort of happened accidentally, making it even better.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-322   The Mana…

The Mana Pool #321 – The Countdown (Not Really)

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  On this episode, the dorks give you their usual post-prerelease report. And go over a lot of now-outdated news.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-321   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy and sell collectible card games!  …

The Mana Pool #320 – The Full Journey Into Nyx

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  On this episode, the dorks grab Squee (Bill Bloodworth ya’ll!) to talk about the entire Journey Into Nyx set and cover some other news!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-320   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy and…

Urgent: Chewie’s Kickstarter for The Mana Pool is Now LIVE!

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  Here it is everyone! I’ve been working on the super-secret project for over FIVE MONTHS now, and it’s finally time to reveal it to the world!  We’re doing a Kickstarter to get capital to create all the merchandise we could ever want – sleeves and stickers with the TMP logo, t-shirts, and tokens and…

The Mana Pool #319 – The Baddest Chimera Ever! (JOU Previews)

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  On this episode, the dorks tell you all about more outdated Journey Into Nyx previews as well as go over the M15 Designer cards.  But really, look closely at the art on Riptide Chimera.  Completely terrifying.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-319   The Mana Pool is brought…

The Mana Pool #318 – Get On the Boat! (JOU Previews)

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  On this episode, the dorks run through some Journey Into Nyx previews, and hilarity ensues. Yes we know the set came out already, go subscribe to the RSS feed on our site.  The link is right down there.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-318   The Mana Pool…

The Mana Pool #317 – The Future is Amazing

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  On this episode, the dorks explain all their future plans and reveal their new sponsors!   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-317   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy and sell collectible card games!   If you want to…

The Mana Pool #316 – Live from Our Secret Undersea Base

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  On this episode, the dorks dredge up an old live episode we had in the can.  The sound is a little off, but you’ll get to hear us play a game of Assassin with five players and a “lightning round” Commander game with four players!     For more information, check out this episode’s…

The Mana Pool #315 – The GP Richmond Episode

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  On this episode the dorks that were at GP Richmond tell you all about it with the help of listener Corvin and Level 3 judge Bryan Prillaman!     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-315   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better…

The Mana Pool #314 – Kitchen 2 Tourney: The Sequel

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  On this episode, the dorks bring their old buddy JT on to continue last week’s discussion.  This time they’re telling you all about coming up with a deck, tweaking it, and how to acquire the cards for it.     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-314   The Mana…

The Mana Pool #313 – From Kitchen to Tourney

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  On this episode, the dorks prepare you to make the move from the kitchen table to some manner of tournament, be it FNM or something else.  This one is all about the mental prep, what you can expect, and general things you need to know.   For more information, check out this episode’s post…

The Mana Pool #312 – Vignere Ciphers and Standard Jund

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  On this episode, the dorks talk about all kinds of news and crazy nonsense, and Brian tells us all about his Standard Jund deck he put together to take to a SCG IQ.     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-312   The Mana Pool is brought to you…

The Mana Pool #311 – BotG Prerelease Field Recordings

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  On this episode, the dorks take the digital recorder to the Prerelease and record what’s going on while they’re there.  Also, Chewie finally does what people have been asking and records an entire round.  You asked for it!     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-311   The Mana…

The Mana Pool #310 – Bowtie of the Gods

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  On this episode, the dorks bring on their old buddy Cluze from Monday Night Magic and Card Advantage to take a look at the full Born of the Gods set!     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-310   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by…

The Mana Pool #309 – Inane Segues

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  On this episode, the dorks bring on their old buddy Bill (Squee) to talk Born of the Gods spoilers!  And Chewie gets whelmed, but don’t hold it against him.     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-309   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com,…

The Mana Pool #308 – Dual-Colored Gods

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  On this episode, the dorks bring on their buddy JT and talk Born of the Gods spoilers!     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-308   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy and sell collectible card games!   If…

The Mana Pool #307 – Old vs. New Wrap Up

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  We had lots of news to cover since we hadn’t recorded in two weeks.  We took the holiday weeks off don’t you know.  There’s the new planeswalker, the new card frame, and some other less impressive stuff.  We’ll give you our take on all of it, no matter how lame and/or insignificant.   After…

The Mana Pool #306 – The Mafia Church

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  On this episode, the dorks take a look at the black and white guild, the Orzhov, and give them the Old vs. New treatment.  Hope you enjoy!     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-263   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better…

The Mana Pool #305 – A Seriously Gruuling Show

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  On this episode, the dorks apologize for a few recent problems right off the bat.  Then we have to do the next Old vs. New.  In case you couldn’t tell from the title, we’re doing Gruul this time.  This discussion was really freakin’ good, we hope you guys enjoy it!     For more…

The Mana Pool #304 – From the Arcane Lavatory (Live)

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  On this episode…the dorks didn’t record that week, actually.  Originally recorded back in August, this episode has been in the can just waiting on us to miss a recording week.  The problem is that the laptop decided to use the built-in mic instead of the desktop mic that records every episode.  So…we sorta sound…

The Mana Pool #303 – Commander Shenanigans 2: Command Harder

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  On this episode the dorks gather together, add a fifth dork, and give the unedited Commander 2013 decks a run!  This is an epic live game, involving haymakers, board wipes, frustration, giggling, and other assorted antics.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-303   The Mana Pool is brought…

The Mana Pool #302 – What’s With the Elf Wizards?

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  On this episode, the dorks are turning the Old vs. New ray on the Simic Combine!  After discussing the True-Name Nemesis making a serious dent in the Eternal Weekend, of course.     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-302   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always…

The Mana Pool #301 – A Classic (and Boros)

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  In this episode, the dorks go over the SCG Classic that Mike and Brian attended a few weeks ago.  Then it’s time to hit Boros with the Old vs. New treatment!  We’re talking Racism, aggression, and angels.     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-263   The Mana Pool…

The Mana Pool #300 – The Six Year Retrospective

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  On this episode, the dorks take a look back at the last six years of our podcasting!  We’re looking at old segments, jokes, guest hosts, notable firsts, and more!  Thanks to everyone who has been with us all this time and welcome to all of you who are just joining us!     For…

Three Questions: GP Pittsburgh – Saturday Pt 1

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  Chewie enjoyed asking people Three Questions at GP Charlotte so much that he decided to truck up to Pittsburgh and do it again! As always, Chewie’s asking Three Questions to anyone willing to answer them, whether they’re a listener, judge, pro player, innocent bystander, or just someone that catches his eye.   The real…

The Mana Pool #299 – Commander 2013 with CMDR Decks

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  On this episode, the dorks are joined by Uriah Oxford, creator of the CMDR Decks video series, to talk all about the Commander 2013 decks!     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-299   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to…

The Mana Pool #298 – Serious Fun with Bruce Richard

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  On this episode, the dorks are joined by none other than Serious Fun columnist Bruce Richard!  He’s @manaburned on Twitter, you should follow him.  We’re covering Commander 2013 spoilers first off.  Then we do a Magic Mad Lib, which is always fun with a guest host.  Then we put Bruce through a Story Circle…

The Mana Pool #297 – Peacekeepers & Lawmakers

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  On this episode, the dorks are doing another Old vs. New for the guilds of Ravnica, this time focusing on the Azorius. This one gave us some of our closest matchups AND some of our most one-sided ones.  Pretty strange.     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-297  …

The Mana Pool #296 – Standard Rotation: Halfa Dirka Piece

  On this episode, the dorks are missing their Dirk, so they bring in Bill Bloodworth and JT “CyberPunkOtaku01″ Kohnen to help out.  There’s discussions of the Theros Prereleases that everyone (but Chewie) attended. After that, we’re looking back at the Standard environment that has just passed, and talking over all the annoying crap we’ll…

The Mana Pool #295 – The Full Theros

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  On this episode, the dorks are covering the entire Theros set.  When this was recorded, the full reveal was a brand new thing, so of course we had to talk all about it.  Hope you enjoy!     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-295   The Mana Pool is…

The Mana Pool #294 – Theros Spoilers with MTG Radio

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  The dorks take another look at Theros, this time with Tom Delia!  You know him, he’s one of the members of the winning Community Cup team!  You can follow him on Twitter @MTGRadio (and you probably should).   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-294   The Mana Pool is…

The Mana Pool #293 – Theros Spoilers with the Final Boss

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  The dorks cover the now-old Theros previews with one of our oldest young listeners, Ben Ahrendt, who is the Final Boss and @Panahinuva on Twitter.   For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-293   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy…

The Mana Pool #292 – Izzet Theros Time Already?

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  On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at Theros previews and doing an Old vs. New for the Izzet.     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-292   The Mana Pool is brought to you as always by Cardshark.com, a better way to buy and sell collectible…

The Mana Pool #291 – Old Monsters vs. New Heroes

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  On this episode, the dorks are taking a look at Heroes vs. Monsters, do an Old vs. New for Rakdos, and answer some listener mail that leads to some of our patent-pending life-enriching advice.     For more information, check out this episode’s post on TheManaPool.com: http://themanapool.com/podcast/episode-291   The Mana Pool is brought to…

The Mana Pool #290 – Horde Magic of Two Varieties (Live)

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  On this episode, the dorks gathered at Dirk’s house so we could play some Magic!  We kicked it off with a rousing game of Commander (or EDH if you prefer).  After that, we took on a listener-supplied Horde deck, treating all the */* Minion tokens as 2/2 zombies.  Then we tried it again treating…

The Mana Pool #289 – Vault Boy Turns Twenty

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  On this episode, the dorks take on From the Vault Twenty, one card at a time.  We’re talking serious in-depth digging here.  We explain why, in our estimation, each card should be in here.  And as always, I assure you this was actually relevant when it was originally posted.   For more information, check…