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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.