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DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Cross}
Magic Arena {Tick}
Type Constructed
Multiplayer {Cross}
Add. rules Best-of-one and Best-of-three

Alchemy is a digital-only rotating format and play mode for Magic: The Gathering Arena that was introduced in December, 2021 as a fast and ever-evolving experience.[1][2] It intentionally diverges from the metagame of Standard and other formats to provide an alternative experience to play.[3]


Alchemy was built for digital-first players, who consume content more quickly but also want a metagame that stays fresh and evolves. As a digital-only format, Alchemy lets Wizards of the Coast add new cards after a set release, offer new mechanics that can only work in a digital game, and rebalance cards to keep the environment interesting.

Alchemy begins with all the cards in the Standard card pool and rotates on the same cadence, and then it adds in new features:

The format can be played in Best-of-One and Best-of-Three matches, both ranked and unranked, and is also featured in special events. Alchemy cards are also used in other digital-only formats like Historic and Historic Brawl.

Alchemy is inducted as a tournament format starting with the Neon Dynasty Championship in 2022.[5]

Alchemy expansions[]

Revised Alchemy A-logo starting with Alchemy: New Capenna[6]

Going forward, each Standard set will have a adjacent Alchemy set of around 30 cards that will be available about a month after the main set releases. These cards will all rotate out of Alchemy with the set they are based on, though after rotation, they will continue to be playable in Historic.

Release Name Adjacent to
2021-12-09 Alchemy: Innistrad Innistrad: Midnight Hunt and Innistrad: Crimson Vow
2022-03-17 Alchemy: Kamigawa Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty
2022-06-02 Alchemy: New Capenna Streets of New Capenna
2022-07-07 Alchemy Horizons: Baldur's Gate Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's Gate


  1. Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2021). "Introducing Alchemy: A New Way To Play MTG Arena". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2021). "MTG Arena: State - Alchemy". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. David Humpherys (December 8, 2021). "Designing for Alchemy". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Donald Smith (December 2, 2021). "Alchemy Rebalancing Philosospy". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mani Davoudi (March 8, 2022). "The Neon Dynasty Championship Alchemy Primer". Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Wizards of the Coast (May 25, 2022). "MTG Arena Announcements, May 25, 2022". Wizards of the Coast.