Wyluli Wolf (Light)$13.99 (-69.63%)
Anger of the Gods$3.96 (+38.95%)
Island (1383)$8.12 (+35.56%)
Mountain (1385)$8.12 (+35.56%)
City of Death$12.00 (+33.33%)
The Face of Boe$8.00 (+33.33%)
Underworld Dreams$5.00 (-30.56%)
Faeburrow Elder$6.00 (-29.08%)
Beluna Grandsquall$2.28 (+25.97%)
Reshape$3.00 (+25.52%)
Farsight Ritual$4.95 (+23.75%)
Grim Hireling$6.69 (+22.53%)
Mountain (1359)$4.96 (-21.64%)
Etali, Primal Conqueror$7.91 (-21.29%)
Giant Adephage$5.98 (-20.79%)
Skred$3.91 (+20.31%)
Arcane Lighthouse$3.59 (+20.07%)
The Locust God$4.19 (+20.06%)
The First Sliver$30.00 (+20.00%)
Hylda's Crown of Winter$4.00 (-20.00%)
Daxos the Returned$7.99 (+16.64%)
Serum Visions$2.98 (-15.58%)
Fate Unraveler$4.05 (+15.38%)
Thunderhawk Gunship$3.49 (+15.18%)
Nurgle's Rot$2.18 (+14.74%)
Xenk, Paladin Unbroken$59.98 (-14.30%)
Waste Not$7.90 (-14.22%)
Keen Duelist$3.69 (+13.89%)
Monster Manual$4.82 (+13.68%)
War Elephant (Light)$16.40 (-13.59%)
Kalonian Hydra$9.14 (+13.40%)
Shire Terrace$10.00 (-12.43%)
Abu Ja'far$57.26 (+12.36%)
Abrade$8.32 (-12.05%)
Joraga Treespeaker$4.24 (-12.03%)
Misleading Signpost$4.40 (-12.00%)
Champion Lancer$3.01 (+11.90%)
Goblin Matron$6.70 (-11.73%)
Relentless Assault$2.50 (+11.11%)
Fastbond$28.44 (+11.09%)
Patriarch's Bidding$3.02 (-10.91%)
Plains (1382)$6.46 (-10.77%)
Fire Covenant$21.14 (-10.73%)

Modern Times: ONE Revisited

17 May
by Corey Williams

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today on Modern Times, we're taking some time to review my initial predictions about Modern playables from Phyrexia: All Will Be One. Where did I go right? Where did I go wrong? After a few months, where are we now? Let’s dive in!



All Will Be One


Initially, this card got a fair bit of hype due to its synergy with Quest for Pure Flame. Like Copycat, Splinter Twin, and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, All Will be One is the next iteration of a robust infinite combo that Modern players constantly seek. Unfortunately, while All Will Be One is a more resilient combo than Copycat (Felidar Sovereign and Saheeli Rai ), less prone to removal than Kiki-Jiki, it still falls short of the Splinter Twin golden age.


All Will Be One


Furthermore, the current meta is two turns too fast for All Will be One–let alone even Storm–to compete adequately. I predicted All Will be One had potential, and to some degree, it still does. As reflected by its current price point ($10), All Will be One still is in a Modern state of limbo. If the meta starts to slow, I would still contend that this is a worthy pickup in the short-term. Furthermore, its place outside of Modern, in Standard and Commander, provides additional sources of long-run speculative value.


Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler


Tyvar’s potential in Modern was tied primarily to its low mana cost and static ability to give pseudo-haste to all creatures you control. This ability in particular breathed new life into Devoted Druid-type brews. These brews, while promising, never really made it to full fruition in the competitive landscape. At the time I made my original prediction about Tyvar, it was $4.


Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler


Today, it’s around $2 and seems like it will stay there for a good while. Tyvar, much like All Will be One, is simply too slow and a little clunky for the potential combos he enables. In a similar vein, the upside potential of Tyvar in Modern is still there, particularly in the rare Elves or Vizier of Remedies deck that plays it. Should these decks gain more traction in the meta, Tyvar will assuredly spike alongside the other staples in those respective decks. Beyond Modern, Tyvar sees extensive Pioneer play. Given the precarious state that Standard is in as a format, there’s an argument to be made that Pioneer could be a stronger predictor for newer cards and their potential value compared to Standard. So if you’re still on the Tyvar train, be sure to keep an eye on its use in both Pioneer and Modern so you can buy at the right time!


Minor Misstep


Minor Misstep is a speculation I grossly overestimated. I thought it had potential to reap in value like Mental Misstep once did. This is far from the reality that this card finds itself in, especially in the Modern format. Today, it’s around $0.25 (not the $5 I thought it could be). That being said, Minor Misstep sees considerably more play than both All Will be One and Tyvar combined, making its long-run financial value more promising at the very least. The limiting factor for Mental Misstep’s speculative value is twofold: its rarity and its place in the Modern meta. Being an uncommon in the age of print-to-demand product strategies, the market is saturated with both foil and non-foil copies.


Minor Misstep


Beyond this, the only decks that are leveraging Minor Misstep in the meta are U/R decks such as U/R Aggro or Izzet Murktide, and, even then, it's usually played as a one or two-of in the mainboards of these decks or in their respective sidedecks. The simple reality of Minor Misstep is that it’s closer in practice to Spell Snare than it is to Mental Misstep.

If you’re a serial deck builder, you’ve probably stashed away a playset or two of Minor Missteps, which is great for brewing and meta gaming at your LGS or even more competitive events, but that’s as far as Minor Misstep’s speculative value extends.


All Will Be One
Minor Misstep
Tyvar, Jubilant Brawler




Soulless Jailer


Soulless Jailer is now becoming a sideboard staple for Hardened Scales Affinity and Mono Green Tron (both of which are strongly embedded in the current Modern meta). Its ability to hose any and all graveyard-based strategies along with its favorable mana cost and toughness make it a nice inclusion in artifact-based decks across the format.


Soulless Jailer


Does this card have long-run speculative value? Probably not. Its use is limited entirely to sideboards in specific Modern decks (unlike the previously discussed cards that see extensive cross-format play), making its long-run potential minimal at best. That being said, it’s less than $1, and worth picking up if you play any artifact-based strategy in Modern (meta or fringe).


Venerated Rotpriest


This card is the embodiment of the phrase: “we have Infect at home.” When I wrote my initial article on ONE’s set potential for Modern, this was one of the cards I considered discussing. My issue with its speculative potential several months ago was mainly its price point. Frankly, Venerated Rotpriest was, and still is, somewhat over-valued. Some Modern brews have made a splash here or there marrying both synergies of Infect and Storm decks into a cacophony of okay-ish performance.


Venerated Rotpriest


Given the prevalence of spot removal in Modern, Rotpriest’s potential for comboing off is extremely fragile. At the competitive level, Rotpriest-based decks have little-to-no potential, but at a casual or local level are probably fine, but not thriving by any means. That being said, Rotpriest is a $4 card that has potential to sway, but those sways will be driven by Pioneer and Standard, rather than Modern.


Jace, the Perfected Mind


Perhaps the biggest surprise of ONE was Jace, the Perfected Mind. This card has pushed Mill from the fringes to as close to the meta as it has ever been in the format. Mill went from comprising less than 1% of the meta to 2% of the meta almost instantly after Jace was printed. It may seem small, but such a swing from one single card is a rarity. That’s the difference between less than one in 100 decks being Mill at a high level event to one in 50 being Mill. This makes the scale of Mill and its presence at top tables more likely than it has ever been. Routinely, Mill is showing up in top places at Modern Event Challenges and many other higher level events.


Jace, the Perfected Mind


The potential for Mill to continue to grow in Modern is higher than other decks in the format, making Jace a terrific speculation at the moment! Sitting at $5, picking up a couple for your Mill brews or Modern speculation is very low risk with a higher potential for reward than almost all other cards from ONE.


Soulless Jailer
Venerated Rotpriest
Jace, the Perfected Mind


Concluding Thoughts


Forecasting the long-run value of Standard set cards in the Modern format is exceedingly difficult, and like most forecasts, oftentimes wrong. My hope is that pieces like this serve as an opportunity to reflect on early predictions while accounting for new realities. In the case of ONE, the realities are far different from the predictions. That being said, ONE doesn’t offer a ton for Modern on the whole. Taking into account where we are now, Jace, the Perfected Mind and All Will Be One seem to be the highest-potential speculations for Modern at the moment, which is very different from our initial impressions many months ago!  

Check out these other articles:  

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New Horizons: The Aftermath by Steve Heisler


Corey Williams
Corey Williams

Corey Williams is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. He considers himself a macroeconometrician with his research body reflecting work in applied macroeconomics and econometrics. Corey is an L1 Judge who started playing Magic around Eighth Edition. He enjoys Modern, Commander, cEDH, and cube drafting. Outside of Magic, he loves running, teaching, and the occasional cult movie.

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