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Best Decks in Alchemy – Alchemy Power Rankings -1/10/22

We have an Arena Open this coming weekend that will throw Alchemy into the competitive spotlight. It’s still a relatively new format, so we’re likely to have a much better idea of what the best decks in Alchemy will be come next week. In the meantime, here are the decks you should expect to be well represented in the Open.

Thanks to Untapped.GG for providing stats to help inform these Rankings.

 

 

10. Mono-Red Aggro

Red is a fast and effective monocolored aggro deck. You can tap into free value from Den of the Bugbear, Faceless Haven and the density of Snow-Covered Mountains necessary for cards like Frost Bite.

A key card is Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat, which can provide card advantage similar to Robber of the Rich, but has upgraded combat potential due to first strike and her nightbound Werewolf side.

Mono-Red Aggro had a 55.3 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

9. Vampires

Anje, Maid of DishonorFlorian, Voldaren ScionVoldaren Epicure

Vampires is a favorite of teammate Gabriel Nassif, who has done quite well with it. I wouldn’t say it’s a huge winner in the transition from classic Standard to Alchemy. However, Alchemy’s creature-heavy metagame suits the strengths of the Vampire deck much more than playing round after round against Izzet Epiphany in regular Standard. 

One card I really like is Citystalker Connoisseur, which provides a powerful body while knocking out your opponent’s best spell.

Vampires had a 55.6 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

8. Werewolves

Werewolves is another tribal strategy that’s stronger in Alchemy than it is in classic Standard. It’s both fast and punishing.

A few Alchemy-specific cards that Werewolves puts to good use include Tenacious Pup; Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat; Lupine Harbingers; and sometimes Forsaken Crossroads.

Werewolves had a 56.6 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

7. Clerics

Vampires, Werewolves and Clerics are three sweet tribal decks that contribute to the creature-heavy metagame of Alchemy (spoiler: you’ll find one more tribal strategy dominating the top of the Rankings). 

Clerics can come in Esper or Orzhov forms, and uses life gain synergies to bury opposing creature decks. A key card is Inquisitor Captain. A particularly good reason to splash blue is the ability to hit Glasspool Mimic and copy your Captain for extra value.

6. Mono-Green

Green is another clean, effective monocolored strategy. It’s highly effective in classic Standard and Alchemy alike. 

Some nice Alchemy-specific cards include Tenacious Pup, Grizzled Huntmaster and Lupine Harbingers. 

MonoGreen had a 57 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

5. Blue Control

Blue control can come in a lot of forms, but a few common ones include Izzet, Esper and Azorius. These decks have been championed by my teammates Andrea Mengucci, Arne Huschenbeth and Gabriel Nassif, respectively. 

These strategies often center around Lier, Disciple of the Drowned. Two Alchemy-specific cards to keep in mind are Discover the Formula and Unexpected Conversion. Perpetually reducing the costs of your spells is powerful in long games, and great when reusing spells via Lier. 

Izzet Control had a 52.6 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic. That’s not a super impressive number, but I believe these control decks can be very rewarding for experienced pilots with tuned deck lists.

4. Mono-Black

Mono-Black can span the spectrum from pure control to being more creature-based, often with sacrifice synergies built in. Whatever the case, it tends to be strong against opposing creature decks, with access to the best removal spells in the format. 

Alchemy-specific cards for the sacrifice version include Cursebound Witch and Sanguine Brushstroke.

Mono-Black had a 57.1 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

3. Orzhov Control

Blood on the SnowThe Meathook MassacreEdgar, Charmed Groom // Edgar Markov's Coffin

Like Mono-Black, Orzhov Control is an effective anti-creature strategy which utilizes Blood on the Snow and The Meathook Massacre to wipe the board. It touches into white for Wedding Announcement and Edgar, Charmed Groom

Orzhov Control had an impressive 60.4 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

2. Mono-Red & Izzet Dragons

Dragons is the best tribe in Alchemy right now. At rank #2, I’ve grouped together Mono-Red and Izzet Dragons. Both decks are fueled by Fearsome Whelp and Town-Razer Tyrant, whose land “burn” ability is a nightmare for opponents scrambling to stabilize the battlefield and their life total.

Mono-Red has the advantage of a clean mana base and great use of snow spells like Frost Bite and Tundra Fumarole. Izzet gains access to Expressive Iteration and Galazeth Prismari, with options for permission spells in either the main deck or the sideboard. 

Mono-Red Dragons had a 59.9 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

1. Boros Dragons

At #1 for this installment, we have yet another take on Dragons. Boros Dragons taps into white to access Valorous Stance, Adult Gold Dragon and Divine Purge. Purge is particularly powerful because it wipes the board of opposing creatures while leaving your big Dragons intact.

Other reasons to splash white might include Nadaar, Selfless Paladin, Velomachus Lorehold, Strict Proctor, Angelfire Ignition, Reidane, God of the Worthy and Elite Spellbinder.

Boros Dragons had an astounding 61.7 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic, and also took first place in 65-player Pizza Box tournament held over the weekend.

 

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