I have a friend who loves this card. I know that every time it's on the table, he will load up on them, and chain long turns that take ages. It's even more powerful when Scout and/or Apothecary are available, too.
Obviously, I should be able to defeat this strategy by 1) beating him to it (which winds up being more of a luck thing), or 2) augmenting it with a particular card he may not have noticed on the table. But to me, that makes all Alchemist games very monotonous.
I realize that sometimes an Alchemist deck is just the best strategy, but I also know that this shouldn't always be the case. What are the weaknesses of this strategy? Are there sorts of cards I should look for to play an alternate strategy that can still win out over an Alchemist-heavy deck?