It’s safe to say that 2023 has been an incredibly busy year already. Between the Phyrexian Arc, Lord of the Rings, and now The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, it’s been totally non-stop. Throw in Secret Lair Drops, Standard changes, MagicCons, and massive announcements, and we’ve barely had a break. Miraculously, despite all that filling the calendar, Wizards isn’t done yet!
To finish off 2023 with a bang, Wizards of the Coast has one more set up their sleeves. While you may audibly groan upon hearing this, thankfully, it’s not as bad as you may think. For better or worse, the final set of 2023 is Alchemy: Ixalan! Once again, you might audibly groan upon hearing this, but Alchemy is genuinely an interesting format… honest!
Alchemy: Ixalan Is Coming Soon!
Within the latest MTG Arena Announcements post, Wizards revealed that not only does Alchemy: Ixalan exist, but it’s coming soon. In fact, the set is only a smidgen over a week away, as it launches on December 5th. As usual, the set will contain 30 Alchemy-exclusive cards which should hopefully shake up the meta some.
Considering there are 30 cards to reveal, and only 8 days until release, you might be wondering about the set’s spoiler season. Thankfully, Wizards has revealed the juicy details about this too! While we’ve seen the first card already, which we’ll get to shortly, the rest will be “coming later this week.”
As for where the spoilers will be revealed, Wizards points toward their multitude of social media pages. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Discord, and Threads all listed, Alchemy spoilers may be all over the place. Thankfully, we’ll be here to help, as we’ll highlight any interesting spoilers that get revealed.
Kamachal, Ship’s Mascot
Alongside revealing the release date and spoiler season for Alchemy: Ixalan, Wizards also debuted the set’s first spoiler. As you can see above, this card is Kamachal, Ship’s Mascot, and they’re honestly pretty devastating. For better or worse, however, they are contained to just Alchemy and Historic.
Featuring the ability to steal exile almost specific cards from an opponent’s deck, Kamachal, Ship’s Mascot has amazing utility. Pump them up to four power, for instance, and you can steal Geological Appraiser. As the combo card du jour, especially in Pioneer, this swing could seriously disrupt an opponent’s plans.
Beyond this, Kamachal, Ship’s Mascot is just a fairly powerful card. Featuring Menance and firebreathing, Kamchal is a potent three-drop, especially since they create a Treasure Token. By helping red decks keep their foot on the gas and swinging in for damage, we’d expect his card to pop up fairly often.
While the meta has been in a state of flux recently thanks to The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, Rakdos is still a strong force in Alchemy. The same is true of Mono Red decks, which seem to never die out. Thanks to these two archetypes, Kamachal, Ship’s Mascot already has a home ready and waiting.
There Are Even More Sets to Come
As if the end of 2023 wasn’t already going to be busy enough, MTG Arena is getting even more content! In case you’re unaware, Khans of Tarkir is getting a complete Arena re-release on December 12th. Including Pioneer staples, iconic characters, and format-warping lands, this set is certainly a big one.
While Khans of Tarkir may be the big Arena release of December, Alchemy still has its role to play. With a diverse, yet wonderfully limited, card pool, this format is currently one of the most interesting around. Hopefully, this already interesting base will be further improved by Alchemy: Ixalan once it is released. Whether or not that will be the case, however, remains to be seen.