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14, Oct, 22

Leaked Phyrexia: All Will Be One Spoilers Are Wild!

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With Wizards admitting its problems themselves, it’s no secret that 2022’s seemingly neverending spoiler season has been messy. Just before the release of Unfinity and the Warhammer 40,000 Commander decks, players were teased with spoilers for The Brothers’ War, for instance. While a consequence of delays, this mismatched schedule had been throwing players through a loop. Unfortunately, thanks to new leaked spoilers, things aren’t going to get any less confusing. Roughly three months before the set’s release, we have our first look at cards from Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Revealing mechanics, themes, and unique art frames that are a part of the set, Phyrexia: All Will Be One is already looking amazing. That is, so long as you can trust these leaks. 

Five and Three Quarter Spoilers

First things first, we obviously have to address the Phyrexian oil-dipped elephant in the room. Leaked Magic: the Gathering spoilers often aren’t genuine. Nevertheless, leaked cards tend to send the MTG community into a tizzy for a short while. At least until players agree that the cards are obvious fakes and don’t deserve any more attention. Despite The Brothers’ War being the next set, this happened with another Phyrexia: All Will Be One card. Thanks to wonky printing, a suspiciously low collectors’ number, and dubious art, Elesh Norn, Legion Machinist was quickly dismissed as fake. Nevertheless, Reddit user u/TriptheFlip12345678 proved that there was quite the market for Phyrexia: All Will Be One cards. 

Following u/TriptheFlip12345678’s lead, u/PeterboroughPro has entered the ring with their own Phyrexia: All Will Be One spoilers. In a pair of posts, u/PeterboroughPro revealed just under six cards that confirm the return of multiple fan-favorite mechanics. If these leaks are genuine, Proliferate, and Poison counters are back as main mechanics in Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Given that Phyrexia: All Will Be One brings MTG back to the plane of New Phyrexia, the return of these mechanics, especially Poison, makes a lot of sense. The spoilers from u/PeterboroughPro also reveal a brand-new mechanic, Corrupted. Corrupted is an ability that activates when “an opponent has three or more Poison counters.” 

Alongside Corrupted, u/PeterboroughPro’s leaks also revealed the new Toxic mechanic. Seen on Myr Convert and a card potentially called Blightbelly, this new mechanic may be Phyrexia: All Will Be One’s version of Infect. Unlike Infect, which scales with a creature’s power, Toxic appears to be capped to prevent it from completely destroying formats. Myr Convert, for instance, has Toxic 1 as an ability. 

Healthy Skepticism

As you may have noticed, the leaked cards from u/PeterboroughPro are more than just your basic Draft chaff. Each revealed five and three-quarter cards are visible in a unique Booster Fun frame. Alongside striking black-and-white art, these Booster Fun frames also feature a new Phyrexian-inspired foiling technique. Similarly to Galaxy Foils, the Phyrexian Foils are speckled with the Phyrexian mana symbol for added shiny flare. Due to the complexity of creating a brand-new foiling technique, many players subsequently trust u/PeterboroughPro’s leaks more than others. While there is a lot of love for the Phyrexian foils, not everyone is convinced of their authenticity

As with all leaks, there appear to be a few factors that indicate these leaks can’t be entirely trusted. In u/PeterboroughPro’s leaks, ultimately, the intricate Phyrexian foil Booster Fun card styling is to blame for the skepticism. Unlike other Booster Fun cards from previous sets, u/PeterboroughPro’s leaked cards feature flavor text. As Reddit user u/Bag_of_bats points out, this is exceptionally uncommon for Booster Fun frames. Unfinity, Dominaria United, Streets of New Capenna, and Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty’s Booster Fun frames all didn’t feature flavor text, after all. This appears to indicate that u/PeterboroughPro’s leaks are cleverly crafted homemade fakes rather than the genuine article. 

Casting further doubt on the authenticity of u/PeterboroughPro’s leaked cards is the Phyrexian foiling technique itself. As u/TerrenceMalicksHat advises, “the fact that the foily Phyrexian symbol is on the border/edge of some of the cards makes them look very fake. Normally the foiling is more intentional and not so haphazard.” Defending this error, some players noted the leaked cards might be misprints that the manufacturer discarded. This would also explain the off-center mana symbols and why “the letters are a little off.”

A Long Wait

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Ultimately, while we’re skeptical about the authenticity of these leaks, there’s no telling whether or not they’re accurate. At least not until Phyrexia: All Will Be One’s official spoiler season is underway. Thankfully, until then, we don’t just have to sit around twiddling our thumbs, as The Brothers’ War is releasing in the interim. Featuring giant ancient machines, sibling rivalry, and pre-Mending Planeswalkers, The Brothers’ War is set to be a blast. For better or worse, however, it may be only a matter of time before u/PeterboroughPro takes the limelight once again. In the corner of u/PeterboroughPro’s “one more spoiler card” post, a stack of cards with the expansion code ONE can be seen. This potentially means there are a lot more spoilers to be leaked before too long. For that, however, we’ll just have to wait and see. 

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