The top five I can't wait to open in Magic's latest set, Phyrexia: All Will Be One.

Top 5 Cards I Can’t Wait To Open From Phyrexia: All Will Be One

What's up, everyone? It's Mashi from Card Shop Live coming at you with the top five cards I can't wait to rip out of Phyrexia: All Will Be One (as of 1/20/23). We check back in with the Borg-Zombie-Phyrexian menace on New Phyrexia (that’s Mirrodin to you boomers) and a misguided attempt by members of the Gatewatch and other Planeswalkers to take the war of them. Let’s just say, it doesn't work out for them. We’re seeing all these planeswalkers get “compleated” and taken over or (as seems to always be the case for Elspeth) simply killed. That's the storyline of Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Let's dive into the top five cards I want to open from this set.

5. Phyrexian Basic Lands

It's a bit of a cop out, but I'm going to say it. Number five on the list, are these incredible Full At Phyrexian Basic lands. Have you seen these things? They look amazing. I'm going to save all the treatments for the end of this article, but just look at these Phyrexian Basic lands. They look incredible. I can't wait to rip them open. I know that a lot of value will be lost after the 100th or 200th pack - but remember we all need lands! For now, I can't wait to get my hands on these Phyrexian basics (I’m a sucker for any cards written in Phyrexian) for Phyrexia: All Will Be One.

Phyrexian basic lands from Phyrexia: All Will Be One.

4. Phyrexian Obliterator

Number four is a reprint. I love Phyrexian Obliterator. It has four black mana, making it a black mana commitment, but for the low-low price of four black you get a five-five trampler that forces the controller of every source of damage it receives to sacrifice permanents equal to the amount of damage received! Phyrexia has made massive improvements since Urza’s block. Back then we got a five-five trampler for one black three, but WE had to sacrifice the permanents. Now opponents sacrifice the permanents and we just keep swinging. If your plan is to chump or burn this Phyrexian Obliterator out - you’re in for a bad time. Fond memories of playing Phyrexian Negator will always buoy up the joy of seeing big brother Phyrexian Obliterator in packs.

Phyrexian Obliterator from Phyrexia: All Will Be One.

3. Sword of Forge and Frontier

Number three is a new sword! It was way back in Mirrodin Block, where we saw our first swords - Fire and Ice and Light and Shadow and ever since I’ve been hyped to see more. So, at number three we have Sword of Forge and Frontier. The way swords work is you have a three Mana equipment that gives plus two plus two and the title indicates what colors are being evoked by the sword (Fire and Ice = Red and Blue, Light and Shadow = White and Black, etc.). With Forge and Frontier we get Green and Red which means protection from both colors AND abilities tied to both Red and Green that trigger every time you deal combat damage to your opponent. Every time we do hit - Bang, Bang, we get to exile our top two cards, and play them as if they were in our hand - that's the red side. Our green ability allows us to play an extra land. The synergy here is awesome - you’ve already played a land AND you get to flip a land OR you hold on playing lands and flip two and play both. Hitting land with with Forge is never a waste! Either way, it’s always a thrill to see new swords and Wizards has done a great job incorporating the color theme into all these swords and it’s exciting to see how they make them work with each new sword!

Sword of Forge and Frontier from Phyrexia: All Will Be One.

2. The Eternal Wanderer

Number two, is my empress. Wow, I love her. The Wanderer is back! The Eternal Wanderer comes in at the two spot. She's six mana (two white and four other) with loyalty is five, so she comes at a steep, steep price. She's got a native ability protecting her (only one creature can attack her at a time), preventing her from getting swarmed. Plus one - she's going to blink an artifact or creature. You can blink out an obstacle, or use it on your own stuff to get an extra bite out of an Enter the Battlefield effect and some extra value out of those triggered abilities for when creatures or artifacts come into play on your side. She's also came with back up, two-two double striking samurai back up! Finally she can (nearly) wipe the board. More than anything, I love her cause she's a total badass and in her regular art, she's slicing and dicing some Phyrexian monsters. 

The Eternal Wanderer from Phyrexia: All Will Be One.

1. Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines

And number one, you hear that key hitting the door? You know what that means, Mommy’s home. That's right, Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines. Mommy is here and she ain't happy. One white, four other for a four-seven vigilance (that's just textbook Elesh Norn a four-seven vigilance, we know who she is). If a triggered ability from a permanent we control it triggered by something entering the battlefield, we get to double it. Conversely, our opponents permanents with Enter the Battlefield triggers get nothing. Zip. Zilch, SQUADOOSH. Momma said no. Momma said you get nothing. No soup for you. She's mad at you. You're in the doghouse. Thankfully, we’re her favorite, so we’re getting double helpings while they get nothing. That's what Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines, says to all of us. And that's why she's a thrill to open. 

Elsh Norn, Mother of Machines from Phyrexia: All Will Be One.

The other crazy thing about packs of Phyrexia: All Will Be One are these crazy finishes. We’ve got these oil slick foils that look incredible. We have extended art. We've got black and white cards. They even brought back the Asian alt art from the War of the Spark anime style planeswalkers. As a collector all these variants can get a tad overwhelming. But, as a box breaker I am going crazy for all these finishes. That's what I live for. It's so fun. It keeps it fresh, so I can't wait to start ripping these oil slick foils, extended art, borderless and alternate art cards.

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Phyrexia: All Will Be One - Set Booster Display

Phyrexia: All Will Be One definitely feels like a hard reboot of the Magic storyline. I hope it also presages some of the cool stuff we're going to be seeing and ripping open in future magic sets because there are tons of special treatments, tons of alternate arts, and tons of other great things to see.

Phyrexia: All Will Be One is coming out in about a month here at Card Shop Live but you can preorder your box now! Be sure to tune in to CardShopLive_magic on Whatnot to watch Phyrexia: All Will Be One breaks live! 

Written By: Mashi Scanlan 1/24/2023