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MTG Arena Best Alchemy Decks - May 2024

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Since first launching in 2022, Alchemy has had somewhat of a troubled existence, to say the least. Initially with criticisms and complaints, this newfangled format had a difficult time gaining traction. Thankfully, since its troubled start, Alchemy has come a long way, evolving into its own, genuinely interesting format. 

For better or worse, this major evolution followed the recent change to rotation, or lack thereof in Alchemy’s case. Finally diverging from Standard, Alchemy has gone on to become its own format with an interesting and diverse metagame. Even without the once-promised rebalancing keeping things fresh, Alchemy is still very much worth playing.

With this in mind, you might want to check out Alchemy yourself, to see what all the fuss is about. If this is the case, whether you’re new to MTG or a veteran player, you’ll need something first; a deck. To help you with exactly that, today we’ll be covering the best decks in the Alchemy format right now!

Keep in mind, however, that while these decks are the best at the moment, Alchemy is prone to major changes. Between new sets, dedicated Alchemy cards, and the occasional rebalance, Alchemy is almost always in a state of flux. As a result of this, you can expect to see entries on this list changing regularly.

Now, with that caveat out of the way, let’s dive right into the list properly! Here are the best decks you can play in Alchemy right now!

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10 | Jodah Legends

Jodah, the Unifier

To aptly kick off our list of the best Alchemy decks, in position five, we have a Five-Color Legends deck. Named after its build-around card, Jodah, the Unifier, this unique deck features incredibly few non-creature spells. While the below list contains two copies of Tear Asunder, it’s not rare to see this deck only run creatures. 

Speaking of creatures, almost every one of them in the deck is Legendary, aside from a quartet of Delighted Halflings. One of the two cornerstone cards in the deck, this Tales of Middle-earth card essentially makes your entire deck uncounterable. This obviously helps a ton in getting multiple synergistic creatures onto the field, allowing you to snowball into a win.

To secure the aforementioned win, Jodah, the Unifier is the strongest card in this deck’s arsenal. Capable of delivering an immense +12/+12 to your board in ideal conditions, Jodah is obviously incredibly powerful. Beyond this game-ending effect, however, they also essentially have Cascade for Legendary creatures.

Admittedly, Jodah Legends isn’t the strongest deck in the Alchemy metagame right now, partly due to its novel construction. Despite this, however, the deck is still a ton of fun, with plenty of spicy Lord of the Rings cards to enjoy. 

9 | Jund Midrange

Questing Druid | Wilds of Eldraine

If you’ve been playing MTG for long, you’ll likely have heard the phrase “Jund Em Out” once or twice before. If you’re a fan of this phrase, Alchemy’s Jund Midrange deck is for you. Utilizing some of the best bits from Standard, Alchemy, and even Modern, this deck is just a well-rounded beat-down machine.

Kicking off the low end, the best Jund Midrange decks in Alchemy typically utilize Delighted Halfling to get the ball rolling. Following up on this, Wilds of Eldraine’s Mosswood Dreadknight and Questing Druid offer oodles of value. Reaching the deck’s top end, we have the ever-reliable Sheoldred, the Apocalypse and Thrun, Breaker of Silence to dish out damage.

Alongside the usual smattering of creatures we’ve all seen before, Jund Midrange does have some interesting quirks. It is one of few decks within Alchemy, for instance, to run a fair few Planeswalkers. Specifically, Jund Midrange enjoys Wrenn and Realmbreaker and Chandra, Hope’s Beacon. For added utility, Jund Midrange also has a single A-Haywire Mite to shut down opposing decks.

8 | Sultai Midrange

Rusko, Clockmaker

Despite following a different rotation schedule now, for better or worse, Alchemy still follows some of Standard’s trends. Specifically, the current overabundance of Midrange decks can make the format feel rather soupy. Without a compelling Mono-Red deck to speed things up, medium-cost value engines are undoubtedly the name of the game. 

For better or worse, this slow pace allows many of Alchemy’s most interesting Conjure cards to dominate the format. Within Sultai Midrange, those Conjure cards are the somewhat iconic Oracle of the Alpha and Rusko, Clockmaker. Both generating incredible value, especially when played repeatedly, these cards are definitely the stars of the show.

Within the supporting case, Sultai Midrange also uses the fairly effective tutor Assemble the Team. Allowing for consistency in finding Atraxa, Grand Unifier, alongside other threats, this deck has it all. Between ramp from Delighted Halfling, value engines, massive threats, and removal like Go for the Throat, Sultai Midrange just works!

7 | Esper Mice

Three Blind Mice

Following the release of Wilds of Eldraine’s Alchemy cards, a combo utilizing Three Blind Mice exploded onto the scene. Facilitated by Dedicated Dollmaker this two-card combo was, initially, just a massive meme. Soon after it emerged, however, it was realized this combo actually has a lot of potential in the Alchemy meta.

To activate this rather interesting, somewhat slow, infinitely recurring combo, all you need to do is target Three Blind Mice with Dedicated Dollmaker. Doing this creates a token copy of the Saga, which can then be copied during the saga’s second and third chapters. To loop this combo, all you need to do is keep targeting the new token copies of Three Blind Mice as often as possible.

While, admittedly, it can be rather slow, this combo creates an insane number of 1/1 Mouse Tokens. Each of these can later be buffed by the Saga’s fourth ability, which can lead to them becoming incredible threats. Unfortunately, however, you will need quite a few turns in order to get this combo ball rolling into a game-winning state.

Thankfully, to allow this combo to happen, the rest of the Esper Mice deck is rather controlling. Utilizing multiple copies of Sunfall, Porcine Portent, and Go for the Throat this deck manages to hold its own rather effectively. As if that wasn’t enticing enough, having a board completely full of mice is absolutely adorable!

6 | Orzhov Pigrange

Porcine Portent | Alchemy: Wilds of Eldraine

Alongside having plenty of interesting, novel, and competitive MTG decks, Alchemy also has some of the best deck names around. Originally conceived as Mardu Pigrange by MTG streamer Crokeyz, this deck has since evolved significantly. Streamlined and focused more on the combo, Orzhov Pigrange has remarkably become the strongest deck in the Alchemy format!

As the name suggests, Orzhov Pigrange is built around one of the new pig-themed MTG cards from Wilds of Eldraine. Providing removal, a Spellbook Conjure effect, and buffs to your pigs, Porcine Portent is definitely powerful. While this card is already great on its own, it’s much better when played 12 times!

To facilitate this porcine army, Mardu Pigrange runs both Reprieve and Dedicated Dollmaker. Both allowing you to repeat the effects of Porcine Portent, these cards can create quite an army. Alongside plenty of Orzhov staples, this creates a surprisingly deadly Alchemy deck. 

To give some mention to those Mardu staples, of course, they include Sheoldred, the Apocalypse. Found alongside the surprisingly potent Juggernaut Peddler , this deck is both consistent and oppressive. As if that wasn’t enough, Raddic, Tal Zealot offers an alternative Knight-themed win condition.

5 | Fungus Emergence 

Squirming Emergence

Following the release of The Lost Caverns of Ixalan, the Alchemy metagame has been in a state of flux. Changing almost on a weekly basis, there’s a huge amount of variety with Alchemy at the moment. Thanks to this, an exciting new deck is currently toward the top of the competitive ladder. 

Revolving around the new Squirming Emergence, this unique deck cheats out massive spells from your graveyard. As usual for graveyard-focused decks, the first step in this strategy is filling the bin. Unfortunately, Alchemy doesn’t have any killer cards for this, but Picklock Prankster and Propagator Primordium do in a pinch.

Feuling the eventual Squirming Emergence it doesn’t take long before you can cheat out a major threat. With the right early game, it’s feasible that you can drop a turn three Niv-Mizzet, Supreme. A few turns later and threats like Atraxa, Grand Unifier are on the cards too!

With massive threats at the top end, Fungus Emergence can end games in an instant. Thankfully, even if you don’t have Squirming Emergence in hand, you’re not totally lost. Through Souls of the Lost, this deck can go for the win with pure graveyard-fueled damage if needs be. As you might expect, this strategy is more vulnerable, but it’s a whole lot of fun.

4 | Red Deck Wins

Moira Marauder

Like almost every format on MTG Arena, Alchemy currently has an incredibly powerful, incredibly aggressive, red deck. Offering fast wins and a perfect way to grind up the competitive ladder, this deck sees a great deal of play. Beyond just being quick, this deck also excels at cutting through the current Alchemy metagame.

Boasting plenty of creatures with Haste and a few burn spells for good measure, this deck is typical mono-red aggro. The game plan revolves around simply being faster than your opponent, keeping up constant pressure, and blitzing through their life total. While this is fairly straightforward, this Alchemy deck does have an interesting twist.

Alongside Inti, Seneschal of the Sun, Moria Marauder offers an extra source of card advantage. More than just giving you more gas, however, this Tales of Middle-earth card is a massive damage dealer. Thanks to double strike, when played with Monsterous Rage this Goblin swings in for 8!

As enticing as cleaving almost half your opponent’s life is, this deck hardly relies on massive swings. Instead, overwhelming your opponent with relentless aggression is usually the way to go. As mentioned previously, this strategy typically excels within Best-of-One Alchemy matches. In Best-of-Three, you can often be foiled by an opponent’s sideboard, so you may want to steer clear.

3 | Gruul Ramp

Doors of Durin

If you’re disappointed by Jund being so far down on this tier list, worry not, as Alchemy has Gruul too! Rising to prominence over recent weeks, this newfangled deck largely revolves around Doors of Durin. Allowing you to potentially play a creature for free each turn, this deck boasts consistent and oppressive value.

Alongside a rather potent value engine, Gruul Ramp, obviously, has quite a lot of ramp. Utilizing Delighted Halfling alongside a number of mana-generating Dinosaurs, this deck can get huge incredibly quickly. Speaking of huge, however, the massive creatures in this deck aren’t what you might expect.

Thanks to the fairly recent rotation of Alchemy, some of the best big creatures in Standard aren’t in Alchemy anymore. Thanks to this, Gruul Ramp has to rely on threats like Generous Ent and Oliphaunt. While fairly unassuming commons, these cards can still dish out a beating, so don’t underestimate their potential.

Thankfully, if you are looking for a real threat that makes opponents quake in their boots, Etali is here too. Capable of punching in for 7 damage, cheating out cards, and one-shotting with poison, Etali, Primal Conqueror does it all. Providing extra support Trumpeting carnosaur helps to further keep the pressure up until you’re victorious.

2 | Golgari Roots

Insidious Roots

Following the release of Murders at Karlov Manor, Alchemy has a new breakout deck! Not only is this deck, Golgari Roots, one of the most popular around, but it’s also one of the best! Boasting a compelling win rate in both Best-of-One and Best-of-Three, this deck is a serious contender.

As the name suggests, this new deck largely revolves around Insidious Roots. To make this card work, you need to be constantly having cards leave your graveyard. This allows you to create an army of Plant tokens that steadily increase in size. Thankfully, Alchemy has more than enough tools to do exactly that.

Before you can start removing cards from your graveyard you have to put them there first. Thankfully, Alchemy has no shortage of options for this thanks to Murders at Karlov Manor’s Surveil cards. Utilizing the new Surveil lands alongside Rubblebelt Maverick and others, filling your graveyard is a breeze.

Once full, the party can properly start, provided that you have Insidious Roots in play. From here, bombs like Chitinous Crawler start to work their magic. Not only does this card further fill your graveyard, but they’re also a consistent exile and reanimation engine. The same is true of Propagator Primordium which fills and empires your graveyard.

As if an ever-growing army of plant tokens wasn’t enough, this deck also runs Agatha’s Soul Cauldron. Further supporting the archetype, Agatha’s Soul Cauldron can remove cards from your graveyard while also providing one hell of a buff. This makes the deck a true force to be reckoned with, so it’s no wonder it’s one of the best decks in Alchemy!

1 | Rusko Control

Rusko, Clockmaker

Right now, there’s no bearing Rusko in Alchemy. Hated for their power in Brawl, this menace of a Legendary creature can quickly spiral out of control. On their own, Rusko, Clockmaker facilitates an insane control deck that punishes opponents while drawing you cards. As if this wasn’t already good enough, added threats and a splash of white make this deck downright oppressive.

To keep the Alchemy theme going, this deck also utilizes Oracle of the Alpha to great effect. Typically, this card is limited by the randomness of conjuring the Power Nine into your deck, rather than your hand. Since Rusko is capable of drawing so many cards, however, Oracle of the Alpha is able to similarly spiral out of control.

With oodles of draw and ramp from the Moxen, Rusko Control can utilize no end of counterspells and removal. Arguably the most effective of these is Reprieve, which is well worth splashing white for. Not only does this card potentially stall an opponent’s turn, it handily draws you a card to replace itself.

When it comes to winning, Sheoldred, the Apocalypse is unsurprisingly your best bet. Should you get enough hour counters on a Midnight Clock suddenly your opponent will be hit for 14. By the time you get to activate this ability, that’s usually enough to kill.

Even without Sheoldred, Rusko can often be enough to kill on their own. Should you get multiple Midnight Clocks into play, their life-draining effect becomes worryingly potent. Thanks to this, it’s no wonder that Rusko Control is one of the most dominant and best decks in the Alchemy metagame right now!

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