The Arena Open was this past weekend, and it helped to give us a clearer picture of Alchemy’s competitive Best-of-Three metagame. This coming weekend there will be an Arena Qualifier held in the same format. Here are the decks you should prepare to face.
Thanks to Untapped.GG for providing stats to help inform these Rankings.
Orzhov Clerics had a 58 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Mono-Red Dragons had a 59.3 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Mono-White is another great way to use Inquisitor Captain, which is one of the strongest “build-around” cards in Alchemy. It’s fast and punishing, which can be a great place to be if everyone else is caught up in arms race of the control mirror match.
I didn’t find Mono-White to be a major player in the Arena Open, but I included it in the Rankings due to its impressive stats on Untapped.gg. I won’t be surprised if it’s a sleeper deck that winds up putting up a good showing this weekend. Mono-White Humans had a 59.6 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
7. Rakdos Midrange
Last week’s number one was targeted as a deck to beat in the Arena Open, but still managed to hold its own. 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 a 60.8 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic, which is still the highest ladder win rate of any archetype.
Green is another 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.
Victor Martins went 8-0 with Mono-Green on his way to winning a tournament hosted by Seth Manfield this past weekend. Mono-Green had a 56.5 percent overall win rate from Silver to Mythic.
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.
I wasn’t certain if I should rank Werewolves quite this high, but it was an impressive intersection of good stats on Untapped.gg and a notable showing in the Arena Open. Frank Karsten went 8-1 in the open, while Naya Werewolves had a 57 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
Orzhov was my weapon of choice for the Arena Open and I had a positive experience with it (I won’t spoil the exact result, since my video recordings will be rolling out on the YouTube channel this week). However, I can tell you that Tom Ross went 8-0 with the same 75-card deck list. Orzhov Control also had an impressive 59.2 percent win rate from Silver to Mythic.
1. Izzet Control
Blue control can come in a lot of forms, but Izzet was the hot deck of the Arena Open. Arne Huschenbeth, Yuuki Ichikawa, Sam Rolph and Corey Baumeister are all players that finished in the money while piloting Izzet Control.
These strategy centers around Lier, Disciple of the Drowned while Expressive Iteration, Unexpected Windfall and Galvanic Iteration help you churn through your deck and fill your graveyard. Two Alchemy-specific key cards are Discover the Formula and Key to the Archive. Perpetually reducing the costs of your spells is powerful in long games, and great when reusing spells via Lier.
Izzet Control had a 51.8 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.