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Rise of the Obscura Event Guide and Decklists

This guide will contain everything you need to know about the Festival: Rise of the Obscura event, including rewards and our exclusive sample decklists.

For the next three weeks, you’ll be able to win a bunch of new card styles in the Rise of the Five Families Festival events! Each event is Alchemy Singleton, but with a twist! You have a family-themed Obscura Emblem that will create interesting deck building dynamics with aggression in mind, whether utilizing it or attempting to quell it. This guide will contain everything you need to know about this event, including rewards and our exclusive sample decklists.


Event Details

  • Duration: May 15, 2022 at 8:00 AM PST – May 18, at 8:00 AM PST
  • Format: Alchemy Singleton with Obscura Emblem
  • Entry Fee: 2,500 Gold or 500 Gems
  • Ends After: You can keep playing, but rewards do not go past five wins.
  • Match Structure: Best-of-one matches (BO1)

Obscura Emblem

“Whenever you attack, target attacking creature connives.”


Rewards

WinsRewards
5 winsObscura Ascendancy Golden Age Showcase Card Style
4 winsVoid Rend Golden Age Showcase Card Style
3 winsQueza, Augur of Agonies Golden Age Showcase Card Style
2 winsNimble Larcenist Golden Age Showcase Card Style
1 winShattered Seraph Golden Age Showcase Card Style

Rise of the Obscura Alchemy Singleton Decklists

For these events I’m going to keep the base lists for each article and a few on top that are specifically tailored for the event, so if you see a repeat in archetypes, this is why!

Feel free to replace any cards you don’t have with something that serves a similar function; the beauty of Singleton is that you don’t need all the powerful cards for the deck to play optimally!

You can also find these Alchemy Singleton decks and more at our deck database.

As a note for this event, realistically the base decks are going to work very well as most of them are designed with aggression in mind, whether utilizing it or attempting to quell it. The Obscura connive Emblem can be very strong, but for the average deck, it’s a pretty minor upgrade that won’t be a huge deal for either side. That said, the first 3 decks are all designed to utilize the emblem as much as possible.

Mono Black Aggro – Rise of the Obscura
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
7 mythic
21 rare
11 uncommon
21 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$86.04
7 Cards
$2.29

Between a plethora of cheap creatures and plenty of removal for whatever threat the opponent decides to grow, Mono Black Aggro seems like a great choice.

Mono Red Aggro – Rise of the Obscura
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
7 mythic
18 rare
10 uncommon
25 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

Adding +1/+1 counters to creatures counts as modifying them, so this is a great event for the Red modify cards of Kamigawa! With a good amount of synergy and interaction, Mono Red gets a lot of mileage out of the emblem!

Boros Aggro – Rise of the Obscura
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
7 mythic
26 rare
9 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

If you want to use the Modify synergies and then dial the rest of the threats up to 11, you have to go for Boros! With a plethora of double striking threats, a good curve, and loads of powerful spells, this deck likely uses the Obscura emblem better than any other.

Alchemy Singleton Mono White Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
6 mythic
24 rare
9 uncommon
21 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

Mono White is always a great option for nearly any event as it’s fast, punishing, and can get you your wins quickly.

Alchemy Singleton Mono Blue Tempo
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
5 mythic
17 rare
9 uncommon
29 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (17)
1
Unsummon
$0.25
1
Syncopate
$0.25
1
Consider
$2.99
1
Fading Hope
$0.79
1
Wash Away
$0.69
1
Into the Roil
$0.25
1
Essence Capture
$0.25
1
Reject
$0.25
1
Make Disappear
$0.25
1
Saw It Coming
$0.25
1
Absorb Energy
$0.00
1
Graven Lore
$0.25
Sorceries (2)
Enchantments (3)
1
Bubble Snare
$0.25
1
Ray of Frost
$0.25
60 Cards
$106.18
7 Cards
$2.29

With cheap threats and interaction, Mono Blue Tempo can keep the opponent off balance and grind out their wins efficiently.

Alchemy Singleton Mono Black Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
6 mythic
19 rare
15 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$74.82
7 Cards
$2.29

With a quick curve and plentiful creature removal, Mono Black Aggro can keep the opponent’s board clear while beating them to death.

Alchemy Singleton Mono Black Midrange
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
8 mythic
18 rare
10 uncommon
24 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
Instants (9)
1
Flunk
$0.25
1
Deadly Dispute
$1.99
1
Infernal Grasp
$0.69
1
Power Word Kill
$0.25
1
Sap Vitality
$0.00
1
Soul Shatter
$1.49
1
Hagra Mauling
$1.99
Sorceries (5)
1
Invoke Despair
$0.39
Enchantments (2)
60 Cards
$141.75
7 Cards
$2.29

With great grindy tools and a whole heap of creature interaction, Mono Black Midrange will let the game drag on as it grinds the opponent out.

Alchemy Singleton Mono Red Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
9 mythic
17 rare
8 uncommon
26 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

Like Mono White, Mono Red is one of the best aggro decks around with it’s insane speed and great burn options.

Alchemy Singleton Mono Green Stompy
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
5 mythic
26 rare
4 uncommon
25 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (2)
1
Wrenn and Seven
$12.99
Instants (3)
1
Snakeskin Veil
$0.25
Sorceries (3)
1
Blizzard Brawl
$0.25
Artifacts (1)
Enchantments (2)
1
Ranger Class
$1.29
Lands (24)
60 Cards
$111.45
7 Cards
$2.29

While Mono Green may not be as fast as Mono Red or Mono White, the card quality is higher so it can grind better against the slow decks and have better bodies against the fast decks!

Alchemy Singleton Azorius Control
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
6 mythic
23 rare
11 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Planeswalkers (3)
1
Niko Aris
$0.79
Instants (11)
1
Syncopate
$0.25
1
Fateful Absence
$1.99
1
Make Disappear
$0.25
1
Saw It Coming
$0.25
1
Absorb Energy
$0.00
1
Memory Deluge
$1.49
Sorceries (8)
1
Sunset Revelry
$0.49
1
Divine Purge
$0.00
1
Depopulate
$0.25
1
Doomskar
$1.99
1
Farewell
$6.99
1
Emeria’s Call
$6.99
Artifacts (2)
1
Portable Hole
$2.79
Enchantments (3)
1
Candletrap
$0.25
1
Borrowed Time
$0.25
60 Cards
$141.74
7 Cards
$2.29

Utilizing every controlling piece available, Azorius will keep threats off the board and methodically work it’s way towards a win.

Alchemy Singleton Boros Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
8 mythic
28 rare
7 uncommon
17 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

Combining the best elements of Red and White, Boros trades some consistency for pure power as you have the strongest threats and interaction of both colors!

Alchemy Singleton Dimir Ninjas
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
4 mythic
18 rare
16 uncommon
22 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$138.94
7 Cards
$2.29

Similar to Mono Blue, Dimir Ninjas looks to leverage cheap threats and interaction to kill the opponent before they can enact their game plan.

Alchemy Singleton Gruul Werewolves
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
7 mythic
26 rare
7 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

Gruul Werewolves is already one of the best decks in Alchemy so why not play it here? Great curve, powerful threats, and strong synergies are always a strong choice for any event.

Alchemy Singleton Izzet Control
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
5 mythic
19 rare
9 uncommon
27 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
Instants (16)
1
Syncopate
$0.25
1
Fading Hope
$0.79
1
Frost Bite
$0.25
1
Negate
$0.25
1
Abrade
$0.25
1
Dragon’s Fire
$0.25
1
Demon Bolt
$0.25
1
Brittle Blast
$0.00
1
Memory Deluge
$1.49
1
Big Score
$0.49
1
Magma Opus
$4.49
Artifacts (1)
60 Cards
$128.18
7 Cards
$2.29

For those who like more tempo oriented Control, Izzet has the best card selection around, great interaction, and excellent late game threats for a well rounded deck.

Alchemy Singleton Orzhov Aggro
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
10 mythic
25 rare
7 uncommon
18 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+

With Whites great threats and Blacks powerful interaction, Orzhov Aggro can be blisteringly fast and keep the opposing board clean which is a tough combination to beat.

Alchemy Singleton Orzhov Control
by DoggertQBones
Alchemy
best of 1
10 mythic
21 rare
9 uncommon
20 common
0
1
2
3
4
5
6+
60 Cards
$222.13
7 Cards
$2.29

If you want more anti-meta options, it’s hard to go wrong with Orzhov! Plenty of blocks, removal, and wraths should give any creature deck a headache.


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