MTG Arena artwork for the Oracle of the Alpha card

[Update #2]: MTG Arena is getting a whole bunch of new cards on December 13th with Explorer Anthology 2 and Alchemy: The Brother's War.

[Update]: MTG Arena's big artifact focused expansion The Brother's War is launching on November 15th.

After a brief round of teasers, MTG Arena's Alchemy: Dominaria mini-expansion has now arrived. It brings with it thirty new cards to mess around with, many of which have been designed to complement previously underpowered or simply underutilized mechanics. Naturally, there's a bunch of entirely new ideas in the mix as well, the most exciting of which is Oracle of the Alpha that conjures and shuffles the entire Power 9 into your library!

You can check out the full list of cards, all neatly sorted by color, over at the MTG website. And if you would like to kickstart your collection, make sure to enter the currently ongoing free event that offers three packs, as well as to put in the "PlayDMUAlchemy" code in the in-game store for another batch of freebies.

Besides the new cards, the Alchemy: Dominaria update has also brought with it an absolute ton of changes to help rebalance the somewhat mediocre Streets of New Capenna draft format. By the looks of things the Brokers (white/blue/green) color combo is still likely going to be the strongest, but the others should have a much better chance now.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as Wizards of the Coast has also 'unrebalanced' five cards for the Historic format. They were originally nerfed for the sake of the Alchemy, but now that they have rotated out and are only playable in the high-powered Historic and Historic Brawl, there's no real reason to keep the nerfed. As such, Esika's Chariot, Goldspan Dragon, Luminarch Aspirant, Faceless Haven and Divide by Zero are all back to their former glory.

While somewhat unrelated to the updated at hand, it's also worth mentioning that MTG Arena will be getting Shadows over Innistrad Remastered in the first half of 2023, as well as Explorer Anthology 2 at some point later this year. No details have been given just yet, but expect to see a bunch of competitive staples alongside fan-favorite jank.

Once the next big update arrives, or we get some more information about the upcoming Explorer Anthology 2, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, you can read a little bit more about MTG Arena's future over at the official website.