Among previews for a new MTG core set comes an update to the expected List of cards you can find in your bonus slots for Set Booster packs. These Booster Fun products are created to facilitate a thrilling opening experience. To this end, The List has created some absolutely incredible MTG products. The most famous of these is likely the Streets of New Capenna Set Boosters, which had so many valuable List cards at such a high rate that cards appearing on The List lost massive amounts of secondary market value, which is a good thing.
The List changes for Phyrexia: All Will Be One have officially hit the internet, and some absolutely wild cards are being added to your Set Boosters. Wizards of the Coast wants to make sure that Phyrexia is celebrated in this set, and you can hit some absolutely incredible Phyrexia-themed haymakers in your List slots. This generally means, of course, that some expensive cards will be leaving The List, but when you see the cards being added, it’s not going to matter much. Let’s look at the highlights being added to the Phyrexia: All Will Be One List!
Blightsteel Colossus is one of the deadliest creatures in the entire 30-year history of Magic: the Gathering. This 11/11 comes with Indestructible, Trample, and Infect, ensuring that one swing from this creature will, at best, be absolutely devastating. Generally, if Blightsteel Colossus connects with a player, that will end the game for that individual as they will likely acquire ten or more Poison Counters.
Blightsteel Colossus was recently reprinted in one of the Transformers Secret Lair, making it, singlehandedly, one of the best financial options amongst the December Superdrop. Fortunately, for those interested in this card’s financial value, Secret Lair printings don’t tend to affect the card too much in the long run. Blightsteel Colossus, in its non-Transformers variants, is currently selling for around $50. Notably, the Megatron Colossus is selling for half of this currently. Expect a massive drop in price for this card upon release as a result.
Sword of Feast and Famine
The Swords represent a decade-old cycle of powerful equipment cards that MTG players have loved since their inception. These Commander all-stars offer some protection to your creature of choice and can provide some incredible effects when the equipped creature deals combat damage to your opponents. In the Commander format, the Sword of Feast and Famine may be the most powerful.
This is the Golgari Sword of the cycle, giving your equipped creature protection from Black and Green. If you manage to connect with your opponent, the Sword of Feast and Famine forces your opponent to discard a card which is relevant. The bigger deal, however, is that you get to untap all of your lands as well, allowing a considerable tempo advantage. Since Commander games tend to go for quite some time, this is a big deal.
Sword of Feast and Famine is a popular Commander card that doesn’t have a super recent reprint. This, typically, means that the card has some decent secondary market value. Sword of Feast and Famine can generally be found for between $50 and $60, according to TCGplayer. Unlike Blightsteel Colossus, there are no recent reprints of this card going for drastically different rates as of the writing of this article.
Sword of War and Peace
It’s confirmed at this point that we will finally see the Gruul Sword coming in Phyrexia: All Will Be One. The Mirrodin resistance that is still fighting on is also being represented in Boros colors in the new Commander decks, so it makes a lot of sense that the Sword of War and Peace will be included on the Phyrexia: All Will Be One List.
Sword of War and Peace is not worth quite as much as its Golgari counterpart. This is mainly because the card’s abilities when connecting to an opponent are not super relevant. This card cares about hand size and only impacts life totals when damage is successfully dealt. This is a significant downgrade from the Swords that directly provide tempo, affect board states, or grant card advantage. Regarding competitive MTG, Sword of War and Peace typically offers weaker protection colors than the commonly played Sword of Fire and Ice. Additionally, the damage effects of the Izzet Sword have much stronger effects. Considering all of this, you can find cheaper copies of Sword and War and Peace for about $10.
There is arguably nothing more Phyrexian than a card like this. Mycosynth Lattice doesn’t care about what colors or types permanents are, everything becomes a colorless artifact, and all mana taps for all colors. This card is most famous for the lock it creates in tandem with Karn, the Great Creator. Basically, with both of these cards on your board, opponents will not be able to use any of their cards, including their lands. If your opponents do not have a way to remove Karn available to them on the board, this almost always ends the game on the spot. This combo was so powerful that it was banned out of the Modern format.
All of the artifact support released in The Brothers’ War has created a new interest in Mycosynth Lattice. The card is especially silly when used alongside Construct tokens, as seen in Urza’s Iron Alliance. This created a small spike that has been calming down since, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that most copies of Mycosynth Lattice tend to go for about $40 on the secondary market. This card has only seen two printings throughout its lifespan, so, chances are, this will reduce the price of the Lattice a bit.
Continuing the trend of expensive Phyrexia-related cards from the past comes Phyrexian Altar. This Commander card is generally only seen in two types of decks: Aristocrat decks that like to sacrifice their creatures or as an infinite combo outlet to various different win conditions.
This card was recently reprinted in Double Masters 2022, meaning Phyrexian Altar has seen a bit of a hit to its secondary market price. Some variants of Phyrexian Altar had a ridiculous $100 price tag a year ago, but the bottom line has since been cut down to about $30 thanks to its recent reprint. While the windfall of opening this card in a List slot may not be as massive as expected, the secondary market value of Phyrexian Altar is still immense, making it one of the best hits in the pack.
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent
This bizarre Commander card acts in true Phyrexian Sleeper Agent fashion. Xantcha, Sleeper Agent has huge stats for its mana value and immediately goes under your opponent’s control. Xantcha cannot attack its owner in any way, shape, or form, but is happy to wreak havoc amongst your opponents.
Like most expensive Commander cards, Xantcha only has one printing in a Commander product that did not see a huge print run. As a result, the card goes for between $8-10.
Kaldra Compleat has become synonymous with Stoneforge Mystic in the current state of Modern. Chances are, if you let a player untap with a Stoneforge Mystic, you’ll have to deal with a 5/5 Trample, Indestructible, First Strike, Haste, Exile-Touch Living Weapon the next turn. While this has devastating implications in Modern, it’s not super devastating to your wallet. You can currently find Kaldra Compleat for only $5 at most places. This is likely to see a drop in price upon the release of The List. Either way, this only has one printing, and it is a powerful card that should give players a rush to open.
Cards Leaving The List
This covers most of the interesting cards that are coming to The List in Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Some $5-10 cards were not mentioned on this list, many of those being past versions of characters now Compleated.
This part of the article is generally bittersweet, but there aren’t any strong chase cards being removed from The List at this time. A lot of what we are seeing go is chaff from previous lists to make room for more Phyrexia-flavored chaff. Either way, there are still a few cards to be missed:
Ob Nixilis, The Fallen
Once upon a time, Ob Nixilis, the Fallen was worth big bucks. That time has passed with how long this card has been on The List. Now only worth about $4, Ob Nixilis remains an excellent choice for players trying to build Landfall in black. This card is now available at a fantastic rate for what it does.
Zacama, Primal Calamity
Zacama saw its secondary market price tag get absolutely demolished thanks to its inclusion on the Streets of New Capenna List, which, once again, is a good thing. This is one of the biggest Legendary Creatures out there, which means Commander players love it. Zacama even sees some competitive play in Pioneer Lotus Field Combo sideboards.
Before Zacama’s inclusion on the Streets of New Capenna List, Zacama was priced around $35. The card is now worth around $10, meaning, as far as I’m concerned, The List has done its job of making this card more accessible. See you later!
Phyrexia: All Will Be One List Looks Promising!
These highlights make one thing clear: The Phyrexia: All Will Be One List looks like a strict upgrade to The Brothers’ War List. We’re getting a ton of heavy-hitting cards financially for the price of losing, basically, nothing relevant. This presents a strict upgrade that may make opening Phyrexia: All Will Be One Set Booster Packs a wild ride.