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First Neon Dynasty Alchemy Power Rankings – 2/22/22

Neon Dynasty has finally hit Arena, and with it comes a significant impact on Alchemy. However, the Alchemy: Neon Dynasty set is still a little ways away, so until then, let’s take a look at some preliminary Neon Dynasty Alchemy Power Rankings. Thanks to Untapped.GG for providing stats to help inform these Rankings.

 

 

 

10. Venture

The clear winners from the most recent rebalancing were strategies that use the venture Into the Dungeon mechanic. A huge swath of venture cards were buffed, highlighted by Dungeon Descent and Triumphant Adventurer

Last time I did the Alchemy Rankings, I was uncertain just how good the venture decks were, but they seem to have held their own in both Best-of-One and Best-of-Three play. Saying that these decks are dominant would be an overstatement, but they did go from nonexistent to solidly competitive as a result of the rebalancing. I’ve seen venture decks in Orzhov, Esper and Selesnya color combinations. 

9. Dragons

Dragons was the deck to beat going into 2022. The archetype is 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. The archetype can now incorporate the mythic legendary dragons from Neon Dynasty as well.

Dragons can come in any color combination (as long as it includes red). Right now, I’d say that Boros Dragons is the biggest player. Boros Dragons taps into white to access Valorous Stance, Adult Gold Dragon, Divine Purge and now Ao, the Dawn Sky. Purge is particularly powerful because it wipes the board of opposing creatures while leaving your big dragons intact. 

8. Mono-Green

Mono-Green is a clean, effective monocolor strategy. It’s highly successful in classic Standard and Alchemy alike. Some nice Alchemy-specific cards include Tenacious Pup, Grizzled Huntmaster and Lupine Harbingers. 

7. Mono-Black

Blood on the SnowThe Meathook MassacreLolth, Spider Queen

Mono-Black uses The Meathook Massacre and Blood on the Snow to control the board, while generating a steady flow of card advantage via planeswalkers and sacrifice synergies. 

6. Blue Control

Blue Control decks pair together two Alchemy-specific cards in Key to the Archive and Discover the Formula. Esper Control accesses premium white and black removal spells like Vanishing Verse. Izzet Control gets Expressive Iteration, as well as options for Lier, Disciple of the Drowned, Unexpected Windfall and Galvanic Iteration help you churn through your deck and fill your graveyard. 

5. Orzhov Midrange

Vanishing VerseRite of OblivionEdgar, Charmed Groom // Edgar Markov's Coffin

Like Mono-Black, Orzhov Control is an effective anti-creature strategy which utilizes The Meathook Massacre to wipe the board. It touches into white for the premium removal spells of Vanishing Verse and Rite of Oblivion, plus additional threat options including Wedding Announcement and Edgar, Charmed Groom. 

Orzhov Midrange had a 58.9 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic in Best-of-Three Alchemy ladder play. 

4. Clerics & Life Gain

Cleric of Life's BondRighteous ValkyrieVoice of the Blessed

Clerics is a powerful tribal strategy that centers around Cleric of Life’s Bond and Righteous Valkyrie. It can come in Esper or Orzhov forms, and uses life gain synergies to bury opposing creature decks. Lately, I’ve also seen Selesnya life gain decks that utilize Voice of the Blessed, but don’t necessarily feature a Cleric tribal theme. 

A key card is Inquisitor Captain. Hitting Glasspool Mimic off of Captain used to be a huge appeal of splashing blue, but that combo was weakened with the latest update. 

3. Naya Enchantress

Alchemy Naya Enchantress by Henry Mildenstein

 

Naya Enchantress is Alchemy’s biggest breakout deck of the Neon Dynasty set release. It can come in the form of Naya Runes using Runeforge Champion to enable combo turns of chaining enchantments, or a more straightforward version using Generous Visitor and/or Hallowed Haunting to dump a ton of power and toughness onto the battlefield. In either case, Showdown of the Skalds is a key card.

You could argue that Naya Enchantress is a better choice in Alchemy than in Standard for two main reasons. The first is that the mana is better, with Forsaken Crossroads representing another useful source of mana fixing. The second is that having Esika’s Chariot, Goldspan Dragon and Luminarch Aspirant weakened in opposing decks gives you that tiny bit of extra breathing room to capitalize on your own powerful synergies. 

Naya Enchantress had a dominant performance at last weekend’s 93-player Hooglandia Open, putting three copies in the top 8, and an incredible 10-0 performance by Henry Mildenstein, who won the event.

2. Werewolves

Werewolves is another tribal approach to the format that’s both fast and punishing. It’s much stronger in Alchemy than it is in classic Standard. A few Alchemy-specific cards that Werewolves puts to good use include Tenacious Pup, Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat, Lupine Harbingers and sometimes Forsaken Crossroads.

Gruul Werewolves had a 58.7 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.

1. Rakdos Midrange

While Rakdos Vampires is also a solid deck, this Rakdos Midrange deck is a non-tribal value deck with tons of removal and discard spells. Rather than push the Vampire tribal theme, it’s more likely to tap into Blood tokens and sacrifice synergies. It has access to all of the format’s best disruption alongside threat options including Town-Razer Tyrant, Sorin the Mirthless and Bloodthirsty Adversary.

Rakdos Midrange had a 59.1 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic. 

 

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