Phyrexia: All Will Be One previews continue this week with something that has become a celebrated tradition for new Magic set releases: publishing The List. For those unaware, The List is a collection of reprinted cards that can be found in 25 percent of Set booster packs. Cards from The List don't become Standard legal just because they've been reprinted, but they do provide collectors with another avenue to grab choice cards, and they help to flesh out a set's history.
For example, we know that Slobad and Venser were both compleated when the Phyrexians took over Mirrodin, according to previewed cards, but newer players might not remember how these characters got started. Both Slobad, Goblin Tinkerer, and Venser, Shaper Savant reveal these characters as they were before the Phyrexians got their evil claws on 'em.
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Other cards from when New Phyrexia was just plain old Mirrodin include Argentum Armor, Blightsteel Colossus, Mycosynth Lattice, and Mycosynthe Lattice, while cards like Gitaxian Probe and Sword of War and Peace show Mirrodin's downfall. Plus, they’re super strong cards that you should definitely have in your collection.
A few other noteworthy cards. Phyrexian Altar has been around since the very first Phyrexian invasion of Dominaria, but it remains a fantastic card that empowers a lot of combo decks in older formats. Both Kaldra Compleat and Sword Of Feast And Famine turn any creature into a Problem with a capital P, while Leonin Arbiter ruins so many plans that it remains a popular sideboard card.
There are some other great pulls, like Sabertooth Cobra to show players what poison counters were like before the "toxic" keyword, and Nihil Spellbomb to show players a proper cantrip artifact. Plus, there are the Universes Within versions of the Street Fighter cards that were first printed as a Secret Lair. You can find the full list on Magic: The Gathering's website.
Phyrexia: All Will Be One won't just reprint older cards–it'll also usher in a brand new card type never-before-seen in Magic. That's courtesy of the new Atraxa, which Wizards previewed earlier this morning.