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Alchemy
Alchemy logo
DCI Sanctioned
Paper {Cross}
Magic Online {Cross}
Magic Arena {Tick}
Rules
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]

Description[ | ]

MTGA Alchemy stamp

Alchemy stamp, as of Alchemy: New Capenna.[4]

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 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, recognizable by the holofoil A stamp, are also used in other digital-only formats like Historic and Historic Brawl.

Alchemy was inducted as a tournament format starting with the Neon Dynasty Championship in 2022.[6]

In 2023, the first major divergence to Standard occurred when The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth, a straight-to-Modern product, was made legal in Alchemy. The format further diverged upon the release of Wilds of Eldraine as Standard transitioned to a three-year rotation while Alchemy kept the two year rotation.[7]

Alchemy expansions[ | ]

Starting with Innistrad: Crimson Vow, each Premier set features an adjacent Alchemy set of around 30 cards that is available about a month after the main set releases. These cards all rotate out of Alchemy with the set they are based on, though after rotation, they will continue to be playable in Historic. Additionally, some summer supplemental sets will have an associated full designed-to-draft set. These sets may contain reprints outside of Standard.

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
2022-10-06 Alchemy: Dominaria Dominaria United
2022-12-13 Alchemy: The Brothers' War The Brothers' War
2023-02-28 Alchemy: Phyrexia Phyrexia: All Will Be One
2023-10-10 Alchemy: Eldraine Wilds of Eldraine
2023-12-05 Alchemy: Ixalan The Lost Caverns of Ixalan
2024-03-05 Alchemy: Karlov Manor Murders at Karlov Manor
2024-05-07 Alchemy: Thunder Junction Outlaws of Thunder Junction

Set legality[ | ]

Cards from the following sets are currently legal in Alchemy:[8]

Sets Legal until
Arena Base Set Always legal
Magic: The Gathering Foundations* "At least 2029"[9]
Dominaria United Summer 2024
Alchemy: Dominaria
The Brothers' War
Alchemy: The Brothers' War
Phyrexia: All Will Be One
Alchemy: Phyrexia
March of the Machine
March of the Machine: The Aftermath
The Lord of the Rings: Tales of Middle-earth
Wilds of Eldraine Summer 2025
Alchemy: Eldraine
The Lost Caverns of Ixalan
Alchemy: Ixalan
Murders at Karlov Manor
Alchemy: Karlov Manor
Outlaws of Thunder Junction
The Big Score
Alchemy: Thunder Junction
Bloomburrow* Summer 2026
Duskmourn: House of Horror*

^* Not released yet.

Banned list[ | ]

Previously banned cards[ | ]

Flavor text[ | ]

Alchemy flavor text

Alchemy card with flavor text

Many Alchemy cards feature flavor text that is not visible on the cards themselves, but rather in a separate pop-up box. This text is not recorded on Scryfall.

References[ | ]

  1. Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2021). "Introducing Alchemy: A New Way To Play MTG Arena". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2021). "MTG Arena: State - Alchemy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. David Humpherys (December 8, 2021). "Designing for Alchemy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Wizards of the Coast (May 25, 2022). "MTG Arena Announcements, May 25, 2022". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Donald Smith (December 2, 2021). "Alchemy Rebalancing Philosospy". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Mani Davoudi (March 8, 2022). "The Neon Dynasty Championship Alchemy Primer". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Wizards of the Coast (May 7, 2023). "Updates to Standard and Alchemy on MTG Arena". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Wizards of the Coast. "Alchemy Format". magicthegathering.com.
  9. Wizards of the Coast (June 28, 2024). "Foundations will set the foundation for Magic's next era as cards from the set will be Standard legal through at least 2029.". Twitter.
  10. Donald Smith (July 18, 2023). "Alchemy Rebalancing for July 18, 2023". magicthegathering.com. Archived from the original on July 18, 2023.
  11. Donald Smith (July 5, 2022). "Alchemy Rebalancing for July 7, 2022". magicthegathering.com. Archived from the original on November 10, 2022.
  12. Most Busted Combo Ever - Ignus & Boss - Bans Incoming- Standard Alchemy & Historic MTG Arena (Video). PsyHye. YouTube (July 2, 2022).
  13. Most Busted Combo Ever - Ignus & Boss - Bans Incoming- Standard Alchemy & Historic MTG Arena (Video). PsyHye. YouTube (July 2, 2022).
  14. Sean Murray (July 5, 2022). "Magic: The Gathering Arena Hits Grinning Ignus In Alchemy's First Ban". TheGamer.
  15. Wizards of the Coast (August 10, 2022). "Alchemy Rebalancing for August 11, 2022". magicthegathering.com. Archived from the original on November 26, 2022.
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