Phyrexia All Will Be One Early Look

Phyrexia: All Will Be One, an Early Look

Chris CornejoCommander, Products, Standard

After the trip to Magic’s past that was The Brothers’ War, everyone’s favorite game returns to its present… and things are looking grim. Phyrexia: All Will Be One is the first Standard set of 2023, and we’ve just gotten a ton of information about it all at once. We’re here to help you parse everything that’s out there, all in one convenient place before our presale starts on 1/13! 

The Story 

First, what’s actually going on in Phyrexia: All Will Be One? Short version: Things Have Gone Quite Badly, Heroes Attempt One Last Desperate Attack. 

So, the entire reason Teferi and Saheeli did the whole “let’s go to The Brothers’ War in the past and figure out how to beat the Phyrexians,” thing was because the Phyrexians had just beat the forces of good pretty decisively. They have taken Karn and his Sylex, have the fully functioning Planar Bridge and have started compleating Planeswalkers with working Sparks. 

All of this is extremely Not Good for anyone who isn’t really into becoming part of the works inspired by H.R. Giger. So, the remaining Planeswalkers are launching a desperate gambit: going to the heart of the Phyrexian force to try and stop them at the source before they can wreak even more havoc. 

Given what we know of the set and future sets, I’m going to go out on a small limb and say that things probably don’t go great. 

The Set 

Here’s what makes me think that — we know that ten planeswalkers will show up as cards in the set: 

  • Jace 
  • Kaito 
  • Kaya 
  • Koth (making his first appearance since Scars block) 
  • Lukka 
  • Nahiri 
  • Nissa 
  • Tyvar Kell 
  • Vraska 
  • The Wandering Emperor 
Koth, Fire of Resistance
Koth, Fire of Resistance

Now, those are only the ones who appear on cards. We’ve seen that Elspeth is around on some art for the set greeting her old friend Koth, so there’s more than just those ten present in the story. As we’ve seen, however, Planeswalkers aren’t safe from being completed, and we know that at least five of those Planeswalker cards are going to show those Planeswalkers after they’ve succumbed to the Phyrexian oil.

Resistance Reunited. Art by Aurore Folny
Resistance Reunited | Art by Aurore Folny

We’re also going to be seeing other returning characters from Mirrodin/New Phyrexia’s past…including the final Praetor that hasn’t shown up in the past year’s worth of sets: Elesh Norn herself. 

Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines
Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines

Karn isn’t alone in his resistance to the Phyrexians, as Jor Kadeen returns, as well. But other old friends have fallen along the way, as shown with Slobad, no longer content with tinkering on others. 

Jor Kadeen, First Goldwarden and Slobad, Iron Goblin
Jor Kadeen, First Goldwarden | Slobad, Iron Goblin

Other iconic cards will also be returning, either with direct reprints like Phyrexian Obliterator, or by updating classic cycles like Blue Sun’s Twilight. 

Phyrexian Obliterator and Blue Sun's Twilight
Phyrexian Obliterator | Blue Sun’s Twilight

And finally…look, this one makes me sad. We don’t have the actual card yet, but we do know one other old character will be returning. Venser, whose heroic sacrifice freed Karn and halted Phyrexia’s plans in the past, is back. And it doesn’t seem like the Phyrexians took too kindly to his past actions.

Venser, Corpse Puppet. Art by Igor Kieryluk
Venser, Corpse Puppet | Art by Igor Kieryluk

That’s what we know as of now — no other cards or specific mechanics have been officially previewed yet. We do know when we will know more, however. 


Here’s are all the key upcoming dates for Phyrexia: All Will Be One: 

Jan. 12: Building Worlds and Story Begins  

Jan. 12-17: The Story of Phyrexia: All WIll Be One  

Jan. 13: Card Kingdom’s Presale for Phyrexia: All Will Be One begins 

Jan. 17: Set Debut and Previews Begin 

Jan. 17-25: Card Previews 

Jan. 18: Commander Previews and Decklists 

Jan. 26: Complete Card Image Galleries 

Jan. 27: PrePrerelease with Loading Ready Run 

Feb. 3-9: In-Store Prerelease Events 

Feb. 7: MTG Arena and Magic Online Digital Release 

Feb. 10: Global Tabletop Release 

Feb. 10-12: In-Store Launch Party Events 

Feb. 17-19: MagicCon Philadelphia and Pro Tour Phyrexia: All Will Be One 

Feb. 25-March 5: Store Championship Events 

Products, Promos and More 

The set will be available in all the usual ways: Draft Boosters and Boxes, Set Boosters and Boxes and Collector Boosters and Boxes. There are also normal Bundles and Jumpstart boosters available.

The ONE Commander boxes
The ONE Commander decks will be white/black/green and red/white.

Additionally, there will be two Commander decks for the set: the white/green/black Corrupting Influence deck and the red/white Rebellion Rising deck. We don’t know what’s in them yet, but recent Commander Precons have been hitting it out of the park, so I’m looking forward to seeing what these have in store. Each of these also come with a Collector Booster Sample Pack. 

There is also a Compleat Edition Bundle, which comes with some extremely nifty looking Oil-Slick Raised Foil Basic lands. 

Oil Slick Raised Foils, which come with the compleat edition
Oil Slick Raised Foils, which come with the compleat edition

That particular Foil treatment will be showing up on more cards than just the basics, but we don’t have the full details on that yet. In the meantime, here’s a very fancy looking Elesh Norn: 

Oil slick Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines
Oil slick Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines

You might have seen Prereleases mentioned in the timeline above, and if you go to one at your local game store, you can pick up a promo pack. And if you do, you can pick up one of these (while supplies last): 

Kor Haven, Vindicate, Exalted Angel and Temple of the False God
The prerelease promos players will receive for attending the event.

Booster Fun 

No set nowadays would be complete without multiple art treatments on cards, and this set certainly delivers there. First, the basics. Literally. 

Basic plains, island and forest
Full art panoramic lands

Full art lands are here to show off the compleat beauty of New Phyrexia with the Panorama Full Art lands. But if you want to see those lands through more…glistening eyes, there’s always the Phyrexianized Full Art lands: 

Basic swamp and Mountain
Phyrexianized Lands

Meanwhile, Borderless Manga cards feature popular Manga artists interpretation of the cards, including Junji Ito’s take on Elesh Norn:

Manga Elesh Norn, Koth and Jor Kadeen
Manga versions of Phyrexia: All Will be One cards, which will represent a “what if” alternative art of the subject compleated.

Phyrexia wouldn’t be compleat without its Praetors, and while not all of them are appearing in the set, you can get Borderless Concept Art of all of their most recent iteration in Draft, Set, and Collector Boosters: 

Prototype Jin-Gitaxias, Sheoldred, Urabrask and Vorinclex.
Prototype art showcasing the new cycle of praetors from the past two years of Magic.

Also appearing in all of those boosters are Borderless Ichor art, which highlights the Phyrexian Oil which spreads the machine plague: 

Ichor art Elesh Norn, Phyrexian Obliterator and Slobad, Iron Golem
Borderless Ichor art versions of cards from Phyrexia: All Will Be One

Only Collector Boosters feature our last variation — Step-and-Compleat Foils! These can be any of the other special art types, otherwise normal cards, or even Phyrexian language versions of cards. 

The Step-and-Compleat treatment features the Phyrexian mana symbol in foil across the card. Apparently, these show up way better in person, but at the very least here’s that Phyrexian Language look I mentioned:

Phyrexian language Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines.
Phyrexian language Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines.

Universes Within 

If that section heading makes you go ”huh?” no worries, I’m here to explain. So, Universes Beyond cards have appeared in Secret Lairs and other random places. Universes Within are Magic-skinned versions of those Universes Beyond cards.  

Immard, the Stormcleaver, The Howling Abomination and Maarika, Brutal Gladiator
Immard, the Stormcleaver | The Howling Abomination | Maarika, Brutal Gladiator

Recently, Street Fighter had a run of Universes Beyond cards, and now those cards get their Magic version in Universes Within in Phyrexia: All Will Be One Set Boosters. More information about exactly how these appear in Set Boosters will be forthcoming in January, but for now, here’s the cards: 

End Step 

You can start preordering Phyrexia: All Will Be One from Card Kingdom on Jan. 13! Seems fitting that it’s also a Friday the 13th. What better date to celebrate beautiful compleation?