Hey there friends, today we're serving up RB Midrange in Alchemy. This build was designed by fellow streamer @Crokeyz and is a close spiritual successor to last week's deck of choice. It drops the main deck blue splash in favor of some of the newly-released Alchemy: Kamigawa cards, Painful Bond, and Undercity Plunder. Both of these spells are cheap sources of card advantage that showcase Arena's digital-only mechanics. One is an instant speed draw two with a negligible downside, and the other is a discard spell that potentially also draws you a random card from your opponent's deck.
These spells are especially potent when combined with Bloodthirsty Adversary which rebuys the cards from your graveyard for additional value. This core is further supported by a handful of efficient removal spells like Bloodchief's Thirst and powerful two-for-ones like Fable of the Mirror-Breaker // Reflection of Kiki-Jiki. Toss in your Alchemy staple, Citystalker Connoisseur, and your late-game bomb Invoke Despair and your opponents will be begging for mercy!
Let's talk about the elephant in the room. It's no secret that Red and Black have received the lion's share of competitively viable cards from the Alchemy releases. In fact, RB decks accounted for 46 of the 99 decks in this weekend's Hooglandia Open. That number grows to 59 if we count RB(x) decks that utilize the same shells with minor splashes. RB(x) locked down the top 10 spots in the event as well. These are the best colors to be playing in this format, and it's not especially close. While grindy RB decks are what I personally gravitate toward, I would not be surprised to see many of these cards show up in the next round of nerfs for the format. Frankly, I'd welcome it for the sake of deck diversity.
My hope is that the Alchemy development team finds designs that can sit comfortably within a quasi-Standard environment. These cards are simply too far above rate and have homogenized the range of viable decks in the format. At the very least, if you're looking for the best bang for your wild card buck, start with Haunted Ridge and build out from there.
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