I know a lot of people will argue with me, but I personally think this building is one of the worst creations in this game. It might be chance or luck, but every transmutation is such a waste of time of effort.
Just to give an example…Now you start to build it, takes forever to complete. Then research starts…takes a long time. After research, you feel like upgrading…still takes a long time. All of a sudden, you don’t have enough iron/food for upgrading/research, you then upgrade storeplaces & takes a very long time. Say all of your efforts & time for everything takes 12 days in total, now you feel like transmuting stuff. You throw i.e 15 Antidotes into the pot (15x950=14250 food) & start transmuting (costs 42000 food for transmute). It takes 2 hours to complete & you get an Alkashard & an Axe. Now…forget about the Alkashard, let’s take the Axe. It costs 11900 iron for an Axe which takes 3 min to complete at a Forge, but 2 hours & 42000 food with extra 14250 food (according to a Forge for 1 antidote, which 15 equals to 14250), so in other words, 56250 food in total.
In all fairness, to be honest, anything you upgrade or make bigger or even build more of is of great advantage for you as a player, which means you grow & become stronger. So one is “better off” by having an Alchemy Lab which takes 9 days to complete (at a certain lvl), 10+ mil in iron (for upgrades), 10+ mil in food (for research) & 2 hours per transmutation which costs another 42000 food for a stupid Axe than a Forge which creates it in 3min & 11900 iron…Now say you build a Forge from scratch, even at its lvl where you create Axes, will it not even cost as nearly as much as an Alchemy Lab, not even 25% of its total time & value.
Now…Why not make a building that creates Gems??? Why not a building that makes Costumes??? Why not a building that you can swop different items with players/team mates to help where he or she is struggling to get from???
Im sorry, but this Alchemy Lab is such a dumb building, I don’t see the need for it. Out of so many other ideas & being so far in the game, I just feel that if you go forward & grow stronger, then the time & effort should be rewarded with something that benefits you or your team