Alchemy Rebalancing for May 5, 2022

Posted in Magic Digital on May 4, 2022

By Wizards of the Coast

Our next round of Alchemy and Historic balance changes is scheduled to arrive to MTG Arena on Thursday, May 5! These changes included some targeted rebalances based on the current meta, as well as additional smaller buffs on cards we consider to be Alchemy build-arounds.

Below is the full list of card changes you can look forward to playing with on MTG Arena once the May 5 update is live!

Citystalker Connoisseur

Added "nonland" to its enters-the-battlefield ability:

  • When Citystalker Connoisseur enters the battlefield, target opponent discards a nonland card with the greatest mana value among cards in their hand.

Citystalker Connoisseur

We are aiming to enable slightly more counterplay to Citystalker Connoisseur by protecting lands from its discard ability, particularly the channel lands from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty and the cycling lands from Streets of New Capenna.

Painful Bond

Changed "mana value 3 or greater" to "mana value 3 or less":

  • Draw two cards, then cards in your hand with mana value 3 or less perpetually gain "When you cast this spell, you lose 1 life."

Painful Bond

Decks were too easily able to circumvent Painful Bond's downside by including very few or no cards with mana value 3 or greater. We are changing what mana values Painful Bond affects to better balance against the efficient card advantage it provides by encouraging decks to either include more cards with higher mana values or be willing to pay an additional life cost.

A-Omnath, Locus of Creation

Changed "scry 1" back to "draw a card"; the rebalanced cost remains 1RGWU:

  • When Omnath, Locus of Creation enters the battlefield, draw a card.

Omnath, Locus of Creation

After seeing the impact of the rebalanced Omnath, Locus of Creation in Alchemy and Historic, we are changing Omnath back to drawing a card when it enters the battlefield. It will continue to have its rebalanced1RGWU mana cost.

Settle the Wilds

Now costs 2G instead of 1GG.

Settle the Wilds

Given the high deck-building cost to include permanents with mana values 4 or greater, the strict double-green mana requirement felt like an unnecessary hurdle. By making this card easier to cast we hope it can find a place in more decks, especially with the release of Streets of New Capenna and its focus on multicolor strategies.

Additional Changes

These following changes, which are mostly increasing toughness, are aimed at making various Alchemy build-arounds more resilient to removal and more relevant in combat.

Semblance Scanner

  • 3/1 -> 3/2

Semblance Scanner

Captain Eberhart

  • 1/1 -> 1/2

Captain Eberhart

Veteran Ghoulcaller

  • 2/1 -> 2/2

Veteran Ghoulcaller

Artillery Enthusiast

  • 1/1 -> 1/2

Artillery Enthusiast

Garruk, Wrath of the Wilds

  • Starting loyalty is now four (instead of three).
  • Third planeswalker ability now costs six loyalty counters (instead of five).

Garruk, Wrath of the Wilds

Geist of Regret

  • 4/5 -> 5/5

Geist of Regret

Experimental Pilot

  • 1/1 -> 1/2

Experimental Pilot

Tireless Angler

  • 1/4 -> 2/4

Tireless Angler

Swarm Saboteur

  • 2/1 -> 2/2

Swarm Saboteur

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