New Decks Bringing the Power with Phyrexia All Will Be One
Hello everyone! Welcome to standard weekly!
Phyrexia All Will Be One is here.
With prerelease and the streamer event behind us, it is time to examine a few of the decks that look like they could play a role in Phyrexia All Will Be One standard season. The versions of the decks I will introduce today will only have a main deck because the streamer event did not play best-of-three during the event.
One of the big themes of Phyrexia All Will Be One is the return of poison counters through the mechanic toxic. For those of you who are not familiar with poison counters, when a player has 10 poison counters, they lose the game. There are a variety of cards that have toxic that can quickly lead to the accumulation of poison counters. Two interesting versions of Toxic decks saw significant play during the streamer event on Arena. One used Venerated Rotpriest as the key card in the deck and the other focused on creating tokens.
Venerated Rotpriest costs one green mana for a 1/2 Phyrexian Druid with toxic 1 and has “Whenever a creature you control becomes the target of a spell, target opponent gets a poison counter.” Standard current has a group of quality spells that target your own creatures.
This plus a somewhat forgotten creature, Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief, make an interesting take on Toxic.
What makes Ivy the perfect card for the deck is her ability. Whenever a player casts a spell that targets only a single creature other than Ivy, Gleeful Spellthief, you may copy that spell. The copy targets Ivy. This means that any time you have Venerated Rotpriest and Ivy in play together, Ivy gets to copy any spell that targets Venerated Rotpriest or another creature. When this occurs, your opponent will get two poison counters.
The Ultimate Rotpriest Meme Deck