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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Gruul Werewolves had a 58.7 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Rakdos Midrange had a 59.1 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.