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I Love You, Mana

Mike Lester, Tor Uggen, Zach Kagan

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Mike Lester, Zach Kagan, Tor Uggen, and Micah (aka Belly) are four pals with varying degrees of experience in stand up comedy and fantasy card games. In I Love You Mana, they discuss Magic: The Gathering and its surrounding culture in a manner accessible to almost anyone, with a level of accuracy that will leave pedants with plenty to correct them on.
 
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Ricky Ramen saves Belly's Thanksgiving with a magical Pidsgiving clip show. But little do Ricky and Belly know what's in store for them as they peer into the twisted mind of Zach Kagan as he travels to the ChannelFireball MTG Las Vegas Weekend ... Important Plugs: Buy tickets to Mike’s album recording on Dec. 10th & 11th. Watch Mike's show "The Bro…
 
The angels return to do a comprehensive breakdown of the Innistrad: Crimson Vow set. Episode Shout-Outs Deep Rock Galactic (PC, Xbox One) Benjamin, friend of the show and insanely talented videographer Zach's Bo Burnham Tweet Mike’s Album Recording at Sisyphus Brewing - Dec 10th & 11 @ 8pm The grandma in Indianapolis who was ghosted for playing gru…
 
Belly takes Mike to Salt Court over a recent game of commander and their differing views on the meaning of "taksies backsies". The proceedings begin at (20:47) with Tor presiding as judge and Zach as bailiff. We also review a new listener voicemail (51:02) and do a full, comprehensive review (1:08:42) of the upcoming Innistrad: Crimson Vow Magic, t…
 
Mike, Zach, Tor & Belly ride the zeitgeist sandworm and talk Denis Villeneuve’s Dune (2021). This is a SPOILER HEAVY episode so if you haven’t read Frank Herbert’s Dune or watched any of the Hollywood adaptions, well, you’ll probably still be in luck because the first half of the episode is typical I Love You, Mana preroll nonsense. In the beginnin…
 
The THRILLING conclusion to the most ambitious ILYM role playing extravaganza, Back to School: Adventures into the Orbsah School of Wizardry (completely original and unique concept), is here! In the beginning, the holy trinity (Zach, Mike, and Tor) riff like old times; DM Mike (20:56) gives a recap of Pt.I; Pt.II of the Back to School RPG begins at…
 
In the fallout of the "I Love You, Mana Live! III" podcast show, Mike and Belly are left to pick up the pieces. Without the bosoms of Zach and Tor to keep them warm, M&M search for answers in this new, post-apocalyptic hell world and (1:29) try to remember what exactly happened on the night of October 9th. Luckily, an old, intergalactic friend come…
 
We welcome Sierkovitz—limited data specialist, frequent 17lands.com and channelfireball.com collaborator, and actual ILYM listener—to the I Love You, Mana HQ for an incredibly scholarly jaunt. To Zach’s horror, Sierkovitz allies himself with Mike and chooses chaos over order for almost the entirety of the ep. Mike, Belly, Zach, and Sierkovitz talk …
 
Mike, Tor, Belly, and Zach attempt to answer one of life’s most enigmatic questions: What is Jank? Mike and Belly start out the ep questioning Zach’s alibi and (4:45) reliving Mike’s week of EDH and cEDH; Tor and Mike (12:30) discuss St. Paul lore and the character of Little Susie; Zach finally calls in (20:30) and proceeds to give us an in-depth, …
 
In the most ambitious ILYM role playing extravaganza to date, the Holy Trinity embarks on a new quest of self discovery at the Orbsah School of Wizardry (completely original and unique concept). For the first part of the episode, Mike and Tor riff like old times as they patiently wait for Zach to return from a MTG draft. The RPG, Adventures into th…
 
We welcomed the hosts of The Memory Jar Podcast, David P. and Christian W., to the ILYM HQ for a special, crossover podcast bonanza. David and Christian dazzled Mike, Zach, Tor and Micah (Belly) with their knowledge of MTG history, lore and minutia; we learned about the origins of The Memory Jar Podcast*; Micah got valuable feedback from David on h…
 
That’s right, folks. we’re bringing back ILYM PRESENTS—a series that, in a departure from the chaos of our main feed, hones in on a specific topic related to the children’s card game we all know and love. And who better to deep dive MTG Stonks with than, friend of the show, Uber Chewy (Chris), who started it all with Stonks Part I (You can find Pt.…
 
With Mike Lester’s official return, the gang adventures into the Cave of The Mad Podcaster and attempts a “Roll a Nat 20” approach to covering Magic, The Gathering content. Other topics that the angels rigorously and fastidiously unpack include: Mike’s botched comedy set, the Minnesota State Fair, Sweet Martha’s Cookies, Joey Chestnut, the social p…
 
With Mike and Ricky Ramen still on the run, Micah, Zach, and Tor eat from the forbidden fruit (attempt to record a straight MTG episode) and are subsequently cast out from everlasting paradise. The premise of this episode was that we do a pure REACT podcast to the Magic, The Gathering Showcase 2021 event (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPrq5jk5J04…
 
Folks, this one’s pretty loose—an inexplicable free-flow of content from the deep recesses of the I Love You, Mana multiverse. Zach, Tor, and Micah are joined by special guests Aaron Isaacs (@AaronIsaacs69), country music star Mrs. R. McEntire, and Ricky Ramen as they discuss a variety of issues exclusively related to the topic of Magic, The Gather…
 
Zach, Micah (Belly), and Tor talk about chunking strategies, Zach’s wonderful man-child-plumbing story, Uber_Chewy’s various OP EDH decks, and pivoting to become either the first conspiracy theory MTG podcast, first Cuomo-apologist MTG podcast, or first anarcho-libertarian MTG podcast. We also debut our attempt at a reading series by making Tor rea…
 
DEBUTING THE JOE LESTER SESSIONS (exclusively on the ‘I Love You, Mana’ Patreon)—A series of raw and uncut recordings of Mike Lester with the being that sired him, Joe Lester. That’s right, folks. Mike has travelled across the country and ascended the great mountain to take in the teachings* of the wise sage. We here at the ILYM HQ are bottling up …
 
Zach, Tor, and Belly (Micah) discuss viruses, prestige television, the labor shortage in the fast food industry, anime, Alan Dershowitz, and the upcoming Magic the Gathering Jumpstart: Historic Horizons Arena Exclusive. They also bear witness/are subjected to a Greek tragedy featuring Mike, Mark Rosewater, and Ricky Ramen. Remember to catch Loki on…
 
In the Belly’s return, Mike, Zach, and Belly (Micah) discuss weddings, Micah’s list of gripes, the AFR Commander Precons, MTGA fatigue, and the long awaited WINNER of the RANDOM RARE GIVEAWAY. In the back half of the ep, the gang reviews Micah’s lore grades for each “Companions of the Hall” card printed in the Magic, The Gathering Adventures in the…
 
We discuss rifled holes, portable holes, old car bastards, and the movie From Dusk till Dawn. We litigate Belly’s webcam edh meltdown, issue a MEA CULPA regarding Jason Momoa (Belly’s Himbo Christ), answer a listener question, preview the upcoming D&D Adventures in the Forgotten Realms Magic set, make Zach go insane by discussing too much Dwarven l…
 
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