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Traditional Alchemy Event

Traditional Alchemy Event Guide and Decklists

MTG Arena runs evergreen events for each available constructed format and for each game mode. These events provide a way for players to compete with each other for rewards in gems, packs, and Play-In Points. Read about the most recent change in structure to the events on April 28, 2022 here.

This guide will aim to provide complete details for each of the events, as well as decklists with proven results players can use. You can navigate every guide using the table below:

FormatGame Mode
Traditional StandardBest-of-three
Traditional AlchemyBest-of-three
Traditional ExplorerBest-of-three
Traditional HistoricBest-of-three

Event Details

Bring your Alchemy deck with a sideboard, play some best-of-three matches, and receive rewards based on how many games you win!

  • Duration: Evergreen
  • FormatAlchemy
  • Entry Fee: 5,000 gold or 750 gems
  • Ends After: 5 matches
  • Match Structure: Best-of-three matches (BO3)

Event Rewards

For Alchemy events, packs will be of the latest Alchemy set.

WinsGemsPacksPlay-In Point
0 Wins50 gems1 pack
1 Win100 gems1 pack
2 Wins150 gems2 packs
3 Wins600 gems2 pack
4 Wins800 gems2 pack
5 Wins1,000 gems3 packs4 Play-In Points

Format Details

Alchemy is Magic: The Gathering Arena’s digital-only rotating format as an alternative way to enjoy Standard in a more dynamic metagame. It includes all Standard sets, and rotates as it normally does. It includes rebalanced cards, new cards with each premier set that incorporate digital-only mechanics (such as Conjure, Perpetual, Seek), and sometimes even more!

Our full range of resources are available for Alchemy in the below sections:


One-on-one with a 60 card minimum for the main deck and up to 15 cards in their sideboard. Player can add and swap out cards from their sideboard after the first game.

These cards may also be accessed during the game through cards such as:

Legal Sets

The Arena Base Set is a set of digital-only cards in the New Player Experience decks that are always legal in digital-only formats (Alchemy and Historic) and never rotate.

Rotates out September, 2022Rotates out September, 2023
Zendikar Rising (ZNR)Innistrad: Midnight Hunt (MID)
Kaldheim (KHM)Innistrad: Crimson Vow (VOW)
Strixhaven: School of Mages (STX)Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty (NEO)
Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms (AFR)Streets of New Capenna (SNC)
Alchemy: Innistrad
Alchemy: Kamigawa
Alchemy: New Capenna
Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate

Four oldest Standard sets rotate every year on September. For more information, check out our detailed guide.

Rebalanced Cards

Unlike its paper adjacent format, Alchemy does not have a banned card list. Instead, cards are periodically rebalanced to either make them more powerful or less so. You can see the full list below:

Traditional Alchemy Event Decklists

Below are some sample decklists that achieved the maximum wins required for the event. These can vary from fun brews to proven decks that are prevalent in the metagame.

You can submit your deck using our deck builder!

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