Exploring Alchemy Format

Alchemy has been online for a week. The new format released on MTGA has excited many players who have already tried different decklists. More importantly, they have tried the new cards released specifically for this new gaming experience

 

Today we’ll see which new cards have already found space in the various decks, while considering that the format is brand new and will be constantly evolving for a long time.

 

Forsaken Crossroads

 

 

This land is unbelievable. I struggle to think of a deck where I wouldn’t want to play it in four copies. It can start as a land of any color that enters tapped and makes you scry, but it can also enter untapped if you don’t start.

 

It’s a versatile card that is good in any deck. It works in a bicolor deck, even if only for its scry ability (I remember the old temples that were always played), and in a multicolor deck because it lets you choose a color that you’re missing or need at the right time.

 

Fearsome Whelp

 

 

This nice dragon gives life to an archetype that we haven’t seen around for quite some time. 

 

At the end of each turn, its ability reduces the mana cost of all dragon creatures in your hand by one mana. This feature of “perpetually” is one of the innovations that was introduced with this new format and opens up scenarios never seen before. For example, how many times have you happened to play around a turn five-Goldspan Dragon? Now you could play against it during turn four or face an early Inferno of the Star Mounts, rather than a Velomachus or any other dragon. This new ability gives that touch of unpredictability that makes games more exciting.

 

Boros Dragons - Alchemy

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Planeswalker (4)
4
Chandra, Dressed to Kill
Creature (17)
3
Adult Gold Dragon
4
Fearsome Whelp
4
Goldspan Dragon
2
Inferno of the Star Mounts
4
Town-razer Tyrant
Sorcery (7)
4
Conductive Current
3
Shatterskull Smashing/Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass
Instant (7)
3
Brittle Blast
4
Dragon's Fire
Artifact (4)
4
Orb of Dragonkind
Land (21)
1
Den of the Bugbear
4
Forsaken Crossroads
4
Mountain
4
Needleverge Pathway/Pillarverge Pathway
4
Sundown Pass
4
Temple of the Dragon Queen
Cards 60

 

Suntail Squadron

 

                   

 

Are you a lover of aggro decks but tired of running out of cards in your hand right away? Don’t know how to restart after a mass removal? This card is everything for you, then. It’s a nice addition to Mono White that solves the deck’s problem of limited resources. I also think it has good synergy with Intrepid Adversary. It can win the game after filling the board with 1/1 flying cards.

 

Mono-White Hakws - Alchemy

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Creature (36)
3
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar
2
Brutal Cathar
3
Captain Eberhart
4
Faithful Disciple
4
Hopeful Initiate
4
Inquisitor Captain
4
Intrepid Adversary
4
Luminarch Aspirant
1
Sigardian Evangel
3
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
4
Usher of the Fallen
Instant (3)
3
Suntail Squadron
Land (21)
4
Faceless Haven
17
Snow-Covered Plains
Cards 60

 

Toralf’s Disciple

 

                   

 

This is one of the cards that impressed me the most. Three mana 3/3 haste that puts four Lightning Bolts in your deck when it attacks seems like a strong card since the Bolt has always been one of the strongest cards in this game.

 

That this card is also a warrior makes it playable in any aggressive deck (Mono Red and WR are currently the two most played) and tribe decks, in particular warriors, which could say it’s in the meta. 

 

Boros Aggro - Alchemy

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Planeswalker (3)
3
Chandra, Dressed to Kill
Creature (15)
4
Bloodthirsty Adversary
4
Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat
3
Rem Karolus, Stalwart Slayer
4
Toralf's Disciple
Sorcery (8)
4
Reckless Impulse
4
Roil Eruption
Instant (13)
1
Cathartic Pyre
4
Electrostatic Blast
4
Play with Fire
4
Sacred Fire
Land (21)
4
Forsaken Crossroads
9
Mountain
4
Sundown Pass
4
Needleverge Pathway/Pillarverge Pathway
Cards 60

 

Inquisitor Captain

 

 

This card looks unreal. Four mana to make a 3/3 vigilance that when it comes into play takes two cards from the deck that cost three or less and puts one into play? Amazing how much this card gives advantage to Mono White, which is a candidate to be the strongest deck in this format.

 

Playing cards like Skyclave Apparition/ Brutal Cathar or Elite Spellbinder that activate an effect when put into play will make four mana more often than a 3/3 vigilance, a removal, and a 2/2, which does not seem bad.

 

The list of Mono White compared to the one before, which was more aggressive and aimed to refill the hand with Squadron, will be different and slower.

 

Mono-White Humans - Alchemy

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Creature (38)
3
Adeline, Resplendent Cathar
4
Brutal Cathar
3
Captain Eberhart
3
Elite Spellbinder
4
Faithful Disciple
2
Hopeful Initiate
4
Inquisitor Captain
4
Intrepid Adversary
4
Luminarch Aspirant
1
Sigardian Evangel
3
Skyclave Apparition
3
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Land (22)
4
Faceless Haven
18
Snow-Covered Plains
Cards 60

 

Alchemy presents itself as a diverse format where you can play a wide variety of decks.

We will see in the coming weeks how the meta will evolve and which cards will dominate, but for now we just have to play and try a bit of everything.

 

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