MTG Arena artwork for Jetmir, Nexus of Revels from the Streets of New Capenna set

[Update]: The June update has now arrived alongside the Alchemy: Streets of New Capenna set, and I have to say, the new draft format is a glorious mess!

Ever since it first arrived, the biggest problem with MTG Arena's digital-only format Alchemy has been the price. Since most of the new cards are rares and mythics it's very difficult for casual players to craft a couple of good decks, let alone experiment with all of the new strategies and cards.

Well, after many months of complaints, I'm happy to say that it looks like Wizards of the Coast has finally listened! Once the 30-card Alchemy: New Capenna set lands onto MTG Arena this June 2nd, it'll bring with it less rares and more uncommons. Additionally, there will be an Alchemy themed Streets of New Capenna draft that will see one common card in each pack replaced with an Alchemy: New Capenna card of a random rarity.

Combine this with the upcoming Into the Future event that will give out free packs, as well as the tournament-like Alchemy Metagame Challenge, and collecting the new set should be a lot easier than before. Whether all of that will be enough to change the prevailingly negative opinion about Alchemy, I have absolutely no idea, but it's certainly a good start.

Besides all of the Alchemy stuff, the June 2nd update will also add some long requested quality-of-life improvements. Mythic Packs will become available for all Standard-legal sets, events will feature a 'back' arrow that does exactly what you might think, while rebalanced cards will automatically switch between formats in order to make deck creation as smooth and simple as possible.

Most importantly of all, it looks like Wizards of the Coast is thinking about finally adding deck boxes to help us sort our various decks. The initial version of the system will bring with it two boxes, one for your decks and one for the free starter decks, while future updates will hopefully give us full control and let us sort things as we please.

Once all 30 of the Alchemy: New Capenna cards get revealed I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, you can read a little bit more about Wizards of the Coast's plans for MTG Arena over at the official website. Enjoy!