Last updated on June 23, 2022

Angel of Unity - Illustration by Joshua Raphael

Angel of Unity | Illustration by Joshua Raphael

D&D: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is just around the corner now, but Commander isn’t the only new format getting a supplemental facelift. Alchemy is also up for some cards in Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate, this time with a whopping 250 brand new cards coming to the digital-only format that released at the end of 2021.

This isn’t the first digital-only supplemental set, and it likely won’t be the last either. That’s why I’m coming to you with all of the crucial details all in one place. I’ll go over the set details, some important dates, just what to expect from the set here, as well as how to actually get your hands the cards.

Let’s get into it!

Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate Basic Information

Owlbear Cub - Illustration by Ernanda Souza

Owlbear Cub | Illustration by Ernanda Souza

Set Details

Set SymbolTBA
Set CodeA22/Y22
HashtagTBA
Number of Cards250+
RaritiesTBA
MechanicsConjure, Perpetually, Seek

Important Dates

EventDate
Release on MTG ArenaJuly 7, 2022
Available on Arena TutorJuly 7, 2022 (estimate)

About the Set

Gitrog, Horror of Zhava - Illustration by Helge C. Balzer

Gitrog, Horror of Zhava | Illustration by Helge C. Balzer

The Alchemy Horizons variant, which is also legal in Historic, comes to arena on July 7, 2022. The set will feature a wide array of new mechanics, many of which we’re likely to also see in the EDH Baldur’s Gate set, as well as some new digital-exclusive mechanics similar to conjure.

Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate is by far the largest supplemental set release for the Alchemy format with over 250 new cards. This is roughly five times as many as the average Alchemy version of each Standard set so far.

Set Mechanics

Specialize

Specialize is one of the more controversial new mechanics in the new set as it’s created some serious walls of text. It essentially creates multiple copies of a single card, with slightly different art and abilities. It can be confusing at first, but all it does is allow you to pay mana and discard a card to exchange that card for a new version with a different color identity and abilities.

Double Team

Gnoll Hunting Party

Double team is an attacking mechanic that makes a copy of a nontoken attacking creature with double team and puts it in your hand. Then, both creatures lose double team. This makes some otherwise risky attacks more worthwhile while also producing more things to spend your mana on!

Boon

Arcane Archery

Lastly, we have boon. This is another new-to-MTG Arena mechanic—not just Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate—which represent “delayed triggers”. These act similar to emblems, meaning you cannot interact with them, but eventually go away after they occur.

Official Spoilers

June 15, 2022

Unofficial Spoilers/Leaks

None yet! Check back later to see if there are any leaks.

Available Products

A lot more cards aren’t the only unique feature about this new upcoming Alchemy set. In addition to releasing in packs similar to previous Alchemy drops, Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate will be able to be drafted, will have its own set Mastery Pass, and will even feature new unique limited-time events to play in!

This new Alchemy set blows previous sets out of the water. Going from 30 to 60 new cards to an entire set plus a Mastery Pass and events is pretty big. It’ll also be interesting to see how these digital-only mechanics impact Draft, perhaps similar to the mechanics from Conspiracy.

This seems like a pretty large and bright sign that Wizards hasn’t given up on Alchemy just yet. Despite a decreasing player base and shift of focus to Explorer and Pioneer, this new Alchemy set may just revive the format even a little. We’ll have to wait and see.

Wrap Up

Baba Lysaga, Night Witch - Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

Baba Lysaga, Night Witch | Illustration by Slawomir Maniak

With that I’ve covered everything there is to know about Alchemy Horizons: Baldur’s Gate so far. I’m really excited for anything related to Dungeons & Dragons, and there’s plenty of world and lore to go around. But I’m not the biggest Alchemy player so I wonder how much I’ll actually get to play around with these cards when I can’t buy packs of them from my local game store, or trade for them online.

What do you think of this supplemental set? Do you think it’ll help jumpstart Alchemy, or will it just confuse players looking for the new Commander set? Let me know down in the comments or join the conversation in the official Draftsim Discord. And don’t forget to download Arena Tutor for all of your MTGA games and events. It can track your matches, help improve your Draft game, and best of all, it’s free.

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2 Comments

  • aerendhil June 16, 2022 6:48 am

    question : when would that set rotates OUT of Alchemy format ?
    I suppose , since it is released before september 2022, it would rotate out in september 2023.
    just like Forgotten Realms, another set that last only 13 months.

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