The heroes are running out of time and their numbers are falling. An ageless enemy, beings of perfection put their final plan in motion to plunge the multiverse into a new age of metal and sinew. This is Phyrexia: All Will Be One, the latest set from Magic The Gathering. Find out all about the latest set in our Phyrexia All Will be One review!
While we already have an article discussing the release of the set, Wizards of the Coast kindly sent us some product to open and with the latest pro tour and Magicon Philadelphia wrapping up recently, we decided to take another look at the set. Phryrexia: All Will Be One is the ninety-fifth expansion for the game and is our third time on the plane that was formerly Mirrodin.
The story of All Will Be One sees our ragtag team of planeswalkers arrive to try and destroy Realm Breaker, a perversion of The World Tree from the Norse themed plane of Kaldheim. If Realm Breaker is to be completed, The Phyrexians will be able to connect to all the other planes of the multiverse. T̴͇̋h̶̜̅o̴̞͠u̴͚̔ģ̵̏h̸̺͠ ̸̳́i̶͙̅ŝ̷̩ ̵̯̉t̴͕̽h̶̨̏a̵̗͌ẗ̶̗́ ̶̟͗r̸̮̆ě̶̮a̷̗̓l̷̰̿l̴̕͜ỳ̴̢ ̶̘̀ă̶̹l̸̮̆l̷̪̃ ̶͈͂b̴̩́ä̴͉d̵̳̃?̶̺̈
Phyrexia All Will be One Review – Mechanics
As with every set we see both a return of old mechanics as well as some new ones. Our returning faces are the woefully underused Battle Cry mechanic as well as the return of the much loved Proliferate and much loathed Poison Counters.
Instead of the busted mechanic of Infect from the last time we were on New Phyrexia, the Poison Counters are now added through the new “Toxic” mechanic. Whereby if a toxic creature even deals 1 damage to a player, that player will receive Poison counters equal to the creature’s Toxic value. And for those unaware, a player only needs to have 10 Poison counters to lose the game, essentially halving their life total.
The other new mechanics making their appearance are Corrupted, a mechanic that synergies with Toxic whereby if the defending player has 3 or more Poison counters, your creature will gain some extra value. Ă̵̮ ̸̝̈́ṗ̸͕ë̷̺́r̶͙͝f̵̹͘ẹ̴̊c̴̱̿t̵̟͗ ̶͙̓s̶͓̀y̴̛̺ǹ̶̤e̸̥͆r̷̜̄g̶̩̃y̵͖͂ ̵̺͑f̷͓̆o̷͎͘r̴̮͑ ̶̭͛p̵̛͖e̶̢̓r̴͕͋f̴̲̃e̸͉͘c̵̲͝t̷͎̒ ̵̣̋b̷̩̓ẹ̴̽ǐ̴̡ṋ̴̀g̸̣̊s̶͖͐.̵̥͑
While on the other side we have the mechanic “For Mirrodin”. This mechanic is strictly for equipment cards as when they enter the battlefield, you create a 2/2 Rebel creature token and equip them with the equipment. This is a notable upgrade from the similar Living Weapon mechanic from our last trip here which only created a 0/0 Germ, which would die once you unequipped the equipment. Looking over their mechanics, it’s easy to see that these are less brand new mechanics, but more reworkings of old ones.
Phyrexia All Will be One Review – Cards for Collectors
In recent times Wizards of the Coast have gone absolutely ham with the special collectible card art for different cards. In All Will Be One we see no less than 5 alternate collectible card art styles and that’s not including the foils. The face card of the set, Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines has 6 different styles: Normal, Phyrexian script, Ichor, Borderless Concept, Manga and Oil Slick (pictured in order below).
All of these are available in varying styles of normal, foil, Compleat foil (where you can see the Phyrexian symbol foil across the card, pictured in the gif) and raised textured for the Oil Slick style.
All up, it will take a significant amount of time and money if you are trying to obtain every single variation of the cards. Personally I prefer the manga style as Wizards have brought in manga artists to bring their unique talents to the art. Most famous of all is Junji Ito who’s body horror style of art fits perfectly in the world of Phyrexia: All Will Be One.
Phyrexia All Will be One Review – Cards for Competitive Play
With the set being out for a little while we can start to see how the cards are impacting the different formats. Looking to standard first, the meta seems to be on Mono White Midrange. This is thanks to powerful cards like Elesh Norn and Mondrak, Glory Dominus which have their prices set to $50 and $40USD respectively. Though I wouldn’t count some sort of blue/green toxic/proliferate deck out of the running yet. With the massive support it’s been given in the set, I can see it doing well in the future.
Another format that has benefited greatly from the set is Commander. Though more of a casual format, Commander got a lot of fun cards to play with. The eponymous card, ALL Will Be One, is and will be seeing play in any deck running red and has a focus on counters. Ichormoon Gauntlet is also the perfect card to throw in any planeswalker focused deck.
Mondrak is perfect for any deck looking at Tokens and Elesh Norn is just plain good to an almost busted degree. These cards are most likely at their lowest right now so I would suggest to anyone that if you even think you’ll potentially use these cards, find them and get them. They won’t get any cheaper, especially once the set rotates out. Ṭ̷̆h̴̫̔ẹ̸̍ỳ̵̨ ̷̡͋w̴̬̐ȉ̴̬l̶̩̊l̶̮͝ ̴̰̽n̶̨̒e̵̖̐v̶̟͝ē̸̦r̷̻͆ ̵͍̈́l̴̲͊e̸̞͠a̵͔͂v̵̖̒ē̸͖.̵̖́ ̷̙̎P̵̖͋é̷̞r̸̪̉f̷̨͝e̵̛̜c̸̊͜ẗ̶̨́i̸̓ͅo̴̳͌n̷͇̊ ̶̘̌i̶̦̾s̶͍̽ ̴̣̽e̴̙̚t̴̩͋ë̴̫́r̵͕̐n̷͜͝a̷͙͝l̸̞̃.̵͍̆
Phyrexia All Will be One – Commander Decks
Like all the other sets released recently there has been a couple of Commander decks released alongside All Will Be One. Wizards was kind enough to send us the Rebellion Rising deck. This is a red/white Commander that likes to go wide and buff tokens. The deck showcases the new For Mirrodin mechanic with a specific focus on tokens and equipment.
The other Commander deck available is Corrupting Influence, a white/black/green deck that has a focus on Poison counters and gaining extra advantage through the Corruption mechanic. Both decks come complete and ready to play with 10 double-sided tokens and a life wheel.
Phyrexia: All Will Be One is starting out to be a very fun and insane set when it comes to its collectible and competitive value. The art is to die for and the Phyrexians are the epitome of body horror in Magic as they meld metal with living flesh. T̵̺̀ỏ̷͓ ̶̱͑b̵͎͝e̸̙͐ ̸̡̕c̸̺̀o̶̖͝m̶̱̍p̴̮͝l̵͎̐e̸̳͆a̴̫̓t̸̺͘è̶͎d̵͒ͅ ̶̪̓i̶̼̔s̸̩̒ ̴̭̓t̸̥̎ō̷͓ ̶͒ͅb̷͈͗ě̵̲ ̸̬̃p̴̤̃e̸̼̾r̴̦͗f̵͓͒e̶͒͜c̷̥̑ẗ̶̬́.̷̲̓ A lot of the cards are seeing play in multiple formats and I can see many of them retaining their value well beyond the life of the set. T̸̢͗o̴͎̎ ̴̦͗b̴̩̋e̶̡̛ ̵͍͒c̵͔͋ŏ̶̤m̶̥̾p̸͖̑l̴͚̇ë̶̥́a̵̟͠t̷͎̋é̵̠d̵̬͋ ̴̝͑i̶̜͑s̷̤̏ ̴͈̊f̶̲̉i̸͉̕g̶̹̽h̴͖͋ť̵̜ ̵͇̽w̴̞͝i̶̫͝t̷̖̏h̴͚͛ ̷̹͠t̸͓̓h̸͕͌ḙ̶͒ ̶̪̃p̶̛͖õ̸͇ẅ̸̥ḛ̷͘r̸͈̕ ̸̙̐o̷͇͝f̶͇̓ ̸̗̒P̴̮̄h̴̘̑ÿ̶̜r̶̘͐ẻ̸͓x̶̲̔i̸͉̚á̴͎ ̵̘̓ḯ̴̟t̵͓̎s̸̢͂e̷͇̎l̸͇͂f̴̞̒.̴͔̽
The best part is the story has actually got high stakes rolling on it. With Realm Breaker complete, we just have to wait and see how the rest of the multiverse will handle the a̵̳͠ľ̶̯l̵̟̋ ̷̣̆m̵̡̎ì̶̤g̶̘͘ḫ̸͋t̸͇̊ŷ̵̪ ̴̙͆á̴͕n̷̗̈́d̶̗̽ ̵̞́d̷̫̈́i̵͎͝v̴̻̕i̷̊͜n̷͜͝e̸͌ͅ ̸̮́M̶͚̀õ̴͈t̸͔͐h̶̦̚ȅ̴͖r̷͚̂ ̷̙͝õ̷̧f̸̜͌ ̷̲͛M̴̜̒ạ̸̔c̸̨͝h̷̟̐i̸̭͑ņ̸͆e̵̙͋s̴̫̊.̴͎̅ ̴̥̇G̴̹̚l̸̫̚o̸̞̓r̴͕͆y̶̻͌ ̶̮̂t̸̤͒ò̸͈ ̴̮͘E̷̢̕l̷̦̅ė̷̝s̵̤͂h̷͒ͅ ̸͙͂N̸̞͊o̵̳̐r̸̡͋n̸̰̋.̷͘͜ ̶̗̆G̸̹̀l̶̰͐o̵̜̽r̷͎͝ỷ̷̭ ̵͙͂t̷͈̃o̷̖̅ ̵̮̕P̶̰͑h̴̙̑ȳ̸ͅr̴̳͛e̸̠̋x̵̖̐i̵͙̋â̶̺.̵̧̊ ̶͎̒M̵̈́͜a̵̢͠y̶̯̓ ̵͖̍ť̷̨h̶̛̜e̶̐͜ ̶̞̈m̵͓͐ú̶͕l̴̬͒t̵̝̂i̸͓͂v̸͍̈́ẻ̷̺r̴̬͒s̵̎͜ę̷̒ ̶̘̕k̸̹̓n̷̰̓ë̶̲e̶̻̾l̸̝̔ ̵̠̚b̶̤̋e̵̻͐f̷̗̔ȯ̵̬r̶̙̂è̷̮ ̴͒ͅt̷̰̔h̴̨̓o̵̹͆s̸̮͠e̴̛̺ ̵̙͋t̷̨͊h̴͙̋a̵̙̒t̸͖̆ ̵͝ͅà̵̭r̷̝͂ȩ̶̉ ̷͜͝ṛ̷͊į̶̍ǵ̵̳h̸̺̓ṫ̸̢ ̴͍̊a̴͓͑n̴̔ͅd̶͔͊ ̵̲̊f̵̹̉i̴͖̊ṇ̴͝ä̶̙́l̴͖̐l̴͓̍ỳ̸̥ ̸̺͐u̴̩̓ń̸̡ď̶͇e̶͔̓r̶̙͠s̴̫̈́t̴̠̓â̶͉n̸̰͌d̸̙̑ ̴̱̓w̵̘̍h̸͖͑a̷̪̿ṭ̵̆ ̴̞̕i̸̼̍t̶̯͌ ̸̫̅ỉ̷̹s̸͋͜ ̵̮̓ţ̶̚o̸̫͆ ̵̳͝b̸̤͊e̵̥̾ ̷̬͛c̷͉͒o̵̹̽m̶̢̅p̸̦̔l̸͖͑e̷̱̔ả̸̡t̶͖͠.̷̡̏ ̴̳͘Ẃ̸̫h̷̝̑a̴̍͜t̷̗̉ ̸̩̿i̵̼̐ţ̶̈ ̷͙͘ĩ̶̤s̷̛͜ ̸͍̋ṱ̷̔ơ̶̬ ̶̳̽b̸̤͘e̵̜͛ ̵͎̎o̸͉͝n̵̰͝e̵̛͖.̶̩̂ ̷̣͂W̵͔͠h̵͙͘a̴̛̭t̷̤͐ ̸̡́i̷̫̿ṱ̵͐ ̸̣̍ȉ̸̧s̷͈̿ ̵̲̀t̶̠̾o̴̙̓ ̷̲̔ḃ̴̮ė̵͕…̸̖͝ ̸̬͌p̵͈̾e̶͕͂r̸͎͗f̵̜̎e̵͆͜c̶̻̃t̶̫͆~̵̩̊
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