This Midweek Magic is a special event to celebrate the release of Alchemy: Phyrexia. This event has players picking from one of four decks to try and get three wins and all their rewards. Each deck is unique, giving you a chance to test drive tons of the new cards released in Alchemy: Phyrexia.

The Midweek Magic: Into The Future event gives players the opportunity to earn three prized by using any of the four preconstructed decks provided by Magic: The Gathering Arena. The first two prizes players can earn are Rare Individual Card Rewards, with the third being a random Mystery Cosmetic item. The two Rare Individual Card Rewards are going to be a rare or mythic card, while the Mystery Cosmetic can be anything from a card style to a new pet. Card styles are the most common reward so more likely than not you’ll be getting a fancy new card design.

Since this Midweek Magic is coinciding with the release of Alchemy: Phryexia and a client update for Arena, it is starting a little later than usual. The event will start on Tuesday at 2 p.m. PT and run for 48 hours before finally wrapping up on Thursday at 2 p.m. PT.

Midweek Magic events are completely free to join and you can play as many games as you like, even though there are only three rewards to earn. This gives you plenty of opportunities to play test with the new Alchemy: Phyrexia cards that you might be considering crafting.

Alchemy: Phyrexia Rules And Decklists

Big Red

Alchemy: Phyrexia Big Red

Planeswalkers (3)
Koth, Fire of Resistance

Creatures (21)
Ghitu Embercoiler
Rahilda, Wanted Cutthroat
Sardian Cliffstomper
Reckless Stormseeker
Phyrexian Harvester
Magmatic Scorchwing

Spells (5)

Enchantments (7)
Kumano Faces Kakkazan
Fable of the Mirror-Breaker
Lands (24)
24 Mountain

This mono-Red list brings an impressive amount of power to your Alchemy games. Much of the power surrounds two new cards, Phyrexian Harvester and Magmatic Scorchwing. Phyrexian Harvester is the red variation of Phyrexian Obliterator. It costs four Red mana and when it is dealt damage you get to seek that many non-land cards and add them to your hand until your next end step, where you’ll have to discard them.

Phyrexian Harvester is the real power in the deck, netting you a ton of cards if it would take damage, potentially refilling your hand with a ton of new cards once you run out. The rest of the deck is filled with your usual red staples like Fable of the Mirror-Breaker and Reckless Stormchaser.

Counter Points

Alchemy: Phyrexia Counter Points

Creatures (25)
Evolving Adaptive
Tenacious Pup
Ledger Shredder
Quirion Beastcaller
Simian Simulacrum
Bloated Contaminator

Spells (8)
Slip Out the Back
Argothian Uprooting
Sylvan Smite

Artifacts (3)
Contagion Dispenser
Lands (24)
Dreamroot Cascade
Yavimaya Coast
Forsaken Crossroads

The Counter Points list only has one new card from Alchemy: Phyrexia, Contagion Dispenser, but  you’ll be pumping up your creatures to new heights with it!

Contagion Dispenser proliferates when it enters the battlefield, and then once per turn, when you proliferate, you get to draft a card from its spellbook. There are 15 cards in Contagion Dispenser’s spellbook, each of which includes the ability to proliferate in some way. Counter Points is pretty low to the ground mana-wise, so getting your creatures out quickly won’t be a problem at all.

For Mirrodin!

Alchemy: Phyrexia For Mirrodin!

Creatures (15)
Kemba’s Outfitter
Kemba, Kha Enduring
Foundry Beetle
Jor Kadeen, First Holdwarden

Spells (5)
Patriar’s Humiliation
Rebel Salvo

Artifacts (4)
Hexgold Sledge

Enchantments (13)
Static Net
Bladehold War-Whip
Sword of Forge and Frontier
Bladehold Cleaver
Dragonwing Glider
Lands (23)
Battlefield Forge
Sundown Pass
Forsaken Crossroads

A deck built for equipment lovers, the For Mirrodin! deck brings three new Alchemy: Phyrexia cards together for some heavy equipment synergies. Kemba’s Outfitter gives an equipment either in your hand or in play a perpetual equipment cost of one generic mana, making it easy to move around your equipment from creature to creature. Bladehold Cleaver is the big draw for this deck, letting you draft a card from its spellbook whenever the equipped creature dies.

We Are Legion

Alchemy: Phyrexia We Are Legion

Creatures (20)
Cursebound Witch
Shambling Ghast
Gixian Recylcer
Arek, False Goldwarden
Extraction Specialist
Seetihng Skitter-Priest

Spells (10)
Patriar’s Humiliation
Deadly Dispute
Rite of Obliviion

Enchantments (7)
Wedding Announcement
Sanguine Brushstroke
Lands (23)
Cave of Koilos
Shattered Sanctum
Forsaken Crossroads

Assemble the Legions of Phryexia with this White/Black deck built around the new Alchemy card Arek, False Goldwarden.

Arek starts at zero intensity and ramps up not only its intensity, but that of all other Areks in your hand, library, and graveyard when a creature enters the battlefield under your control. The rest of the deck is centered around creating tons of creatures, ramping up that intensity, and using Arek’s other ability to cause your opponent to lose life equal to Arek’s intensity.


Ryan (he/him) has been writing about Magic: The Gathering and video games for years, and loves absolutely terrible games. Send him your bad game takes over at Twitter where he occasionally rants about everything from cats to Lord of the Rings.

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