Heralding a return to Phyrexia after 12 years, it’s safe to say that Phyrexia: All Will Be One is one of the most anticipated MTG sets in recent memory. Promising monumental story moments, including the Compleation of 10 Planeswalkers, Phyrexia: All Will Be One is undoubtedly a big deal. Subsequently, all eyes have been on it over the holiday period, despite Dominaria Remastered actually being the next set. Helping to fuel this Phyrexia: All Will Be One’s overwhelming popularity has been the steady stream of tantalizing leaks. These leaks have recently been everywhere, providing MTG players with unconfirmed details about the upcoming set. So much so, that the major story moments from Phyrexia: All Will Be One have already been spoiled!
In this article, we’ll discuss major details from the Phyrexia: All Will Be One story, so consider this your official spoiler warning. If you want to learn about the story as Wizards intends, the set’s story chapters begin on January 12th, 2023. This follows a Building Worlds video that will explain the themes of the set while leading into the story.
During the First Look Livestream for Phyrexia: All Will Be One, weekly MTG host Blake Rasmussen dropped a bombshell reveal. Shortly before showing off the set’s 10 Planeswalkers, Rasmussen explained that “five of them will not walk away un-Compleated.” As you can imagine, this tidbit of information caused no end of speculation amidst the MTG community. At the time, only Koth, Fire of Resistance was shown to survive the set, leaving the fate of nine Planeswalkers in peril. For better or worse, however, shortly after the First Look Livestream, a majorly significant leak would reveal three more characters’ fates. Accidentally posted to BiliBili and Weibo by Wizards of the Coast, it was quickly confirmed that Nissa, Vraska, and Jace were all getting Compleated.
With the fates of four, seemingly five, of the ten Planeswalkers confirmed, much of the story’s impact was already ruined. This, however, did little to quell the rampant speculation that was happening across social media. Throughout the holiday break, players such as u/thisnotfor offered no end of suggestions about who will be getting Compleated. After undoubtedly hours of painstaking research, u/thisnotfor claimed, “these planeswalkers will be Compleated because it makes a perfect zig-zag.” Somewhat remarkably, this wild theory took the community by storm, and even more surprisingly, it was almost right!
As the mercifully quiet holiday break drew to a close, leaks for Phyrexia: All Will Be One suddenly started appearing everywhere. Flooding social media, it appeared that rare sheets for Phyrexia: All Will Be One was being mixed in with Dominaria Remastered Booster Boxes. This led to almost all of the set’s rares being spoiled in a matter of days, revealing key story details. This includes, of course, the fate of the surviving Planeswalkers since each of those cards is a rare.
The Compleat List
Following Wizards’ official spoilers for Koth and Kaito, it was not long before leaks revealed the rest. At first, The Wanderer’s survival was confirmed via The Eternal Wanderer, who is quite the midrange bomb. Following this, recent leaks revealed that both Kaya and Tyvar also survive Phyrexia: All Will Be One.
Similarly to The Wanderer, Kaya, appearing as Kaya, Intangible Slayer is incredibly expensive, costing seven mana (3WWBB). Providing life drain, card draw, and a powerful exile ability, Kaya, Intangible Slayer, is poised to be an absolute menace thanks to their Hexproof passive. Tyvar, on the other hand, is a much more aggressive Planeswalker, costing only three mana to cast (1BG). Appearing as Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler, Tyvar passively offers creatures taste for their abilities. Furthermore, Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler also lets you untap creatures as a +1, or -2 for a mill and reanimation effect.
Thanks to this trio of leaks, we now know the five Planeswalkers that survive Phyrexia: All Will Be One. This, in turn, gives us the full list of who gets Compleated throughout the set’s story. The list of who does and doesn’t get Compleated throughout the set is as follows.
- Koth – Koth, Fire of Resistance
- Kaito – Kaito, Dancing Shadow
- The Wanderer – The Eternal Wanderer
- Kaya Cassir – Kaya, Intangible Slayer
- Tyvar –Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler
- Nissa Revane – Nissa, Ascended Animist
- Jace Beleren – Jace, the Perfected Mind
- Vraska – Vraska, Betrayal’s Sting
- Nahiri – Card yet to be spoiled
- Lukka – Card yet to be spoiled
More Story to Tell
Despite having the complete list of Planeswalker Compleations, speculation about what’s to come hasn’t stopped. While we know each Planeswalker’s fate, we don’t know which side they’re on or if they’ll survive. Lukka, for instance, is such an anomaly of a himbo that even after being Compleated, players don’t know which side he’s on. “Honestly that new Mite legendary [Skrelv, Defector Mite] makes me think that it’s Lukka’s new bonded creature, and he’s going to do Lukka things with its help i.e. royally f*ck up Norns plans, even if he gets Compleated,” u/Garmond-of-La-Mancha suggested on Reddit. While this might seem outlandish, u/TechnomagusPrime went on to point out this would be very befitting of Lukka’s character. “Lukka’s entire MO seems to be ‘Show up. Join the bad guys. F*ck things up for both sides (but especially the bad guys). Refuse to elaborate. Leave.’”
Additionally, alongside the anomaly that is Lukka, there are some doubts if Compleation even means anything. Introduced in Streets of New Capenna, it appears that the angel-derived substance known as Halo could potentially cure Compleation. While this application for it is unconfirmed, Halo is, at the least, a very effective weapon against Phyrexians. Due to the lingering doubts about Halo and the importance of the Compleated characters, some players are doubting that they’re really dead.
“I’d like to say that this is WotC cycling out the old guard and getting the ‘new gate watch’, the fact that Jace got Compleated is a warning IMO that there will be a cure.”u/Regal_The_King
“The fact that any Planeswalker got Compleated is a clue for a possible cure. Traditional Compleation obliterates the soul- effectively, the victim is killed and replaced by another being. Planeswalker Compleation corrupts the soul instead (to preserve the Planeswalker spark), which would make more sense to be reversible.”u/MatsuzoSF
For better or worse, while we know some major details of Phyrexia: All Will Be One’s story, we don’t know the story itself. This should hopefully still make the story chapters an interesting read once they get released later this week. Subsequently, we’ll have to wait and see for how the story plays out.
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