Alchemy Power Rankings – 3/28/22

Welcome to the latest installment of the Alchemy Power Rankings. Here are the resources I use to inform all Power Rankings, leaning more heavily on what applies best to the given format:

  • Magic Online results. This includes Preliminaries, Weekend Challenges, Super Qualifiers and MOCS Events.
  • MTGMelee results. I typically look at all of the events with at least 20 players.
  • Large tabletop events. When applicable.
  • Untapped.gg stats. These show win rates of various archetypes on the Magic Arena ladder.
  • Previous rankings. Just because a deck didn’t make a top 8 over the weekend, doesn’t mean it’s suddenly a bad deck.
  • Public opinion. I discuss things with my teammates, and take a look at what’s getting a lot of attention on Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, podcasts and written content.
  • My own instincts and experiences.

The color black is somewhat dominant in Alchemy right now. It was already quite strong, and was also a big winner from the Alchemy: Neon Dynasty expansion, with Painful Bond being a great new staple. 




10. Mardu

Alchemy Mardu Midrange by Daftendirekt

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Mardu is one of many black midrange decks that pairs Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Citystalker Connoisseur, with tons of flexibility in the remaining card choices. Some players dive equally into all three colors, while some play a W/B base splashing red, and others a R/B base splashing white. In any case, this color combination is a way to tap into all of the strongest cards that midrange has to offer. It was one of the most successful archetypes of the Neon Dynasty Set Championship. 

9. Ninjas

Silver-Fur MasterOrvar, the All-FormThousand-Faced Shadow

Ninjas isn’t a huge deck in Alchemy, but I was excited to see a very cool deck list put up a strong result in a recent tournament. It features tons of ways to copy creatures, which can give Silver-Fur Master a real Pack Rat vibe. Orvar, the All-Form is a great way to punish people for playing with the highly-prevalent Citystalker Connoisseur. 

8. Mono-Green & Werewolves

Werewolf Pack LeaderAscendant PackleaderRanger Class

Green-based beatdown is a tried and true strategy which has existed for the whole lifespan of Alchemy. I wouldn’t say that it’s improved its position relative to the other archetypes, but it’s still a powerful strategy that will always have that puncher’s chance in any metagame. 

7. Azorius Control

Alchemy Azorius Control by Masashi Koyama

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Azorius is a classic control deck featuring card drawing, permission spells and board sweepers. Discover the Formula is a staple, while other Alchemy-specific cards like Key to the Archive, Divine Purge and Unexpected Conversion are strong considerations. This is a deck I would recommend to people who specifically love playing control, but not necessarily as an easy entry point to the format. 

6. Mono-White

Alchemy Mono-White Aggro by Malte Petersen

Mono-White was the most played deck of the Championship, and also proved to be abnormally successful. It’s fast, consistent, and punishing, making it well-rounded enough to thrive in a diverse field, while also being a strong foil to Naya Runes with Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Archon of Emeria being two of the best cards against that archetype. 

5. Orzhov

Alchemy Orzhov Midrange

Orzhov is a strong color combination right now. It can show up in the form of venture decks, sacrifice decks or more classic midrange shells. I particularly love the removal options in Orzhov, with Vanishing Verse, Rite of Oblivion and March of Otherworldly Light able to exile a variety of permanents on the cheap. 

4. Naya Runes

Alchemy Naya Runes by Andre Cantagalli

Naya Runes was Alchemy’s biggest breakout deck of the Neon Dynasty set release. Through major upheavals in the format, it holds fast to the #4 position in this installment. This deck uses Runeforge Champion and Jukai Naturalist to enable combo turns of chaining enchantments, while a combination of Generous Visitor, Showdown of the Skalds and Hallowed Haunting dump a ton of power and toughness onto the battlefield as you do it.

Naya Runes did poorly at the Set Championship, but this was the result of being heavily targeted. As Runes falls from “clear deck to beat” to a lower position on the rankings, people are liable to forget how powerful this deck is, and that you need to work hard to beat it. 

3. Grixis Midrange

Fable of the Mirror-Breaker // Reflection of Kiki-JikiKaito ShizukiOrvar, the All-Form

Grixis Midrange is another way to pair Fable of the Mirror-Breaker with Citystalker Connoisseur for the soft lock of copying the Vampire every turn in the opponent’s draw step. Three specific appeals of touching into blue include Kaito Shizuki, Orvar, the All-Form and sideboard access to permission spells. Annul is particularly excellent against Naya Runes and other Showdown of the Skalds decks. 

2. Rakdos Sacrifice

Oni-Cult AnvilDeadly DisputeThe Meathook Massacre

Rakdos Sacrifice utilizes Oni-Cult Anvil alongside old favorites like Deadly Dispute and The Meathook Massacre. I really like this archetype right now because it has a robust lategame, and isn’t particularly vulnerable to the removal spells and discard of all the other black midrange decks. 

1. Rakdos Midrange

The Rakdos color combination takes both of the top positions this week (all three if you count Grixis)! Rakdos Midrange is a non-tribal, non-sacrifice value deck with tons of removal and discard spells. Once again you’ll find the combination of Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Citystalker Connoisseur. To compliment, it has access to other threat options including Town-Razer Tyrant, Graveyard Trespasser, Sorin the Mirthless and Bloodthirsty Adversary. Some players lean heavily into black for the powerful Invoke Despair


2 thoughts on “Alchemy Power Rankings – 3/28/22”

  1. Did you take the mono w Deck from Malte Petersen at Crokeyzs‘ tournament. If yes I appreciate it. I was just trying to adapt the deck to the meta of BR. Greetings from Germany

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