Last updated on January 16, 2021

Skybreen - Illustration by Wayne England

Skybreen | Illustration by Wayne England

Writing assistance from Jackson (VladdGG) and Dan Troha

We had so much new Magic in 2020. A new Theros set was released, companions and modal double-faced cards (MDFC) were introduced, and more bans than any of us want to see again. But we got through it, and 2021 is starting us off with our first new Magic set of the year. Introducing:

Kaldheim logo

Kaldheim is WotC’s Viking adaptation to the Magic multiverse. This article will be your go-to place on the internet for everything Kaldheim as we move through preview season and set release. As more info becomes available, we’ll keep this article up to date for you. Let’s bundle up and dive in!

jimmy wong metal band kaldheim

Oh, this is a “metal” themed set too…

The Basics

Important Dates

Paper Magic is unfortunately still hard to come by because of the pandemic. Prereleases will probably be limited to at-home kits and promotions. Arena and MTGO will still be available and allow you to play Kaldheim when it releases, though.

Kaldheim Format Legality

This set is a Standard-legal set. This means its cards will be legal to play in all of Magic’s formats. Kaldheim will remain legal in Standard until it rotates out in Fall of 2022.

2021 set roadmap

Banned Cards

If any cards are banned from this set, we’ll update so you can find that info right here. Honestly, we’d better not have to put anything here…

Omnath, Locus of Creation

What’s up guys?

Kaldheim’s Flavor and Story

We’ve actually seen Kaldheim before! You don’t remember? Yeah, neither did I. We visited it briefly in the Planechase set from 2009 and only on a single card. The Skybreen plane card featured Kaldheim. Check it out:

Skybreen appears to be a very cold, mountainous region of Kaldheim. It looks harsh and its inhabitants appear aggressive and territorial. But let’s not speculate too much, take a look at how WotC described Skybreen:

Skybreen, a blizzard-wracked mountain range on the plane of Kaldheim, is no place for the meek to visit. The scouring winds tear at gear and skin alike; the frigid temperatures congeal blood and generate a frosty deterrent to magic; ice sheets, as sharp as straight razors, slice up travelers and form blind cliffs in the constant blizzards. The primitive barbarian race that survives here is not known for its hospitality or reasoned discourse; they practice both surgery and diplomacy with axes.

Doug Beyer, WotC

Skybreen isn’t the only part of Kaldheim we have insight into. We’ll take a look at what else we’ve seen from Kaldheim in the spoilers section below. But it seems to be a plane with a variety of beautiful landscapes. Who in the Magic multiverse has actually seen Kaldheim?

Radiant Destiny | Illustrated by Emrah Elmasli

A few planeswalkers have visited this realm. In 2018, “Glimpse the Far Side of the Sun” told a story of Huatli and Angrath who at one point glimpsed into the Kaldheim realm, but were “yanked back.” Perhaps because of the “deterrent to magic” mentioned earlier in the description of Skybreen.

Chandra has also visited Kaldheim. In the 2014 Duels of the Planeswalkers, Chandra was manipulated by Ramaz into stealing the dragon scroll, which then lead to the release of the Eldrazi. Chandra tracked Ramaz down on Kaldheim, but he got away after they fought.

Wizards has released the first segment of the Kaldheim web story, so go check it out.

Teasers and Previews

Get yourself pumped by watching the official teaser trailer from WotC below.

On January 7, 2021, Wizards had a premier stream with lots of new info about the set.

Maro’s Kaldheim Teaser

As is the tradition, Magic lead designer Mark Rosewater dropped a boatload of hints on his Tumblr about Kaldheim to whet your appetite for the set. Here’s the full reveal:

First up, here are some things you can expect to see in Kaldheim:
• a five-color legendary enchantment
• 2 for a 6/6 with deathtouch
• a card that allows you to kill someone with poison
• A card with a , activation
• a card that lets you use a creature’s toughness to perform an action normally using a creature’s power
• numerous new noncreature tokens
• a card that can make a token that’s a copy of target permanent for no mana
• a black creature that can copy other creatures
• a card with three activation costs, one that’s only ever used once before and the other two have never been used

Here are some snippets of rules text you’ll see:
• “protection from God creatures”
• “Sacrifice five Treasures:”
• “if three or more creatures died this turn”
• “Choose 1, 2, or 3 at random.”
• “except for Giants, Wizards, and lands”
• “you may search your library and/or graveyard for a Rune card”
• “As long as you control three or more legendary creatures”
• “X is the number of Vehicles you control plus the number of Equipment you control”
• “As long as you have at least 7 life more than your starting life total”
• “create X of those tokens instead”

And finally, here are some creature type lines you’ll see:
• Angel Warrior
• Zombie Rogue
• Dwarf Cleric
• Horse Spirit
• Vampire Dragon
• Legendary Creature – Wolf
• Legendary Creature – Bird Spirit
• Legendary Creature – Giant Wizard
• Legendary Creature – Demon Berserker
• Legendary Creature – Squirrel

Wow. Door to Nothingness, anyone? Ragnarok is coming…

Themes and Mechanics

Pillarverge Pathway | Illustration by Piotr Dura

Modal Double-Faced Cards

Remember the MDFCs from Zendikar Rising? Well, they’re back in Kaldheim — some in the same form, and some quite different.

Since Zendikar Rising was a lands-matter set, it had MDFCs with spells and lands. Kaldheim will use this mechanic but in a slightly different way, on nonland cards too.

Remember, you can chose the “mode”/side of the card you want to use when initially playing it for as long as it’s on the battlefield. In any other zone, it is only the “front” type of card.

In fact, any non-Pathway MDFC in Kaldheim will follow the template above – god creature on one side, some other spell on the other side.

Speaking of Pathways, WotC confirmed we’ll be getting the completion of the “pathway” cycle (ex: Brightclimb Pathway).

Finally, Wizards also implied that we’ll see MDFCs in the next two sets, but maybe in a different way that’s more specific to the set it’s in:

“What if each set used MDFCs, but in a slightly different way, using the mechanic to play the theme of the set?”

Mark Rosewater, WotC

Sagas

Sagas are returning in Kaldheim! Sagas are, of course, famously associated with viking history. This card type was originally premiered in Dominaria and was used as recently as Theros Beyond Death.

Sagas are meant to tell a multi-act story through a card. The first chapter gets triggered as soon as the enchantment enters the battlefield, then the subsequent chapters each trigger after your draw step on later turns. Afterwards, the card is sacrificed.

Snow

Speaking of cool returning mechanics, what would a plane set in the frozen reaches be without snow? We’ve seen the snow mechanic recently-ish in Modern Horizons and, of course, in Coldsnap and Ice Age.

Snow is simply a special property of mana, represented with a distinctive snowflake symbol. If you tap a Snow-Covered Mountain, you’ll get one mana that is both red and snow.

Some cards will care about this…

Frost Bite

Cool art…

Is that a new card type too? “Snow Instant”…

Changeling

Changeling is a mechanic that really ties your tribal decks together. We’ll see how many changelings we get in Kaldheim (the concept is simple but the mechanic is a little complicated)… but definitely remember that anything that mentions a specific creature type will apply to all your changelings too!

Foretell

OK, now the fun stuff you’ve been waiting for. Let’s take a look at the new mechanics in Kaldheim. First off we have foretell. It reminds me a little of morph in that it allows you to space out your payments on a card over the course of multiple turns. And it also has some really cool “hidden information” gameplay implications.

On your turn, foretell allows you to pay and exile a card face down. Then on a different turn, you can play it from exile for its foretell cost.

What do you have under there? A creature? A harmless draw spell?

Remember that you have to play foretell spells whenever you would be able to cast the spell normally (so you can only play the raven for its foretell cost on your turn).

I love it, and it’s clear that this is going to be one of the defining gameplay elements of the set.

Boast

This one’s a little less interesting, in my opinion. Boast simply means “if you attacked with this creature this turn, you get to activate this ability.” We’ve seen a lot of attacking-is-incentivized mechanics throughout the years, like raid and exert, for example.

Varragoth, Bloodsky Sire.

Don’t forget that you can play the boast ability as an instant, so you can do it immediately after you declare the creature as an attacker. You can even suicide the creature into your opponent’s blockers just to activate the boast ability.

Speculation

Quiet Speculation | Illustration by John Avon

In the Skybreen description, barbarians were mentioned as something we might see.

Barbarians in Kaldheim could have a couple implications. They’re known for their weaponry, which means maybe Kaldheim could continue the equipment sub-theme that Zendikar Rising had. Maul of the Skyclaves, for example. These equipment cards that attach to a creature upon entering the battlefield was a new phenomenon introduced with Zendikar Rising.

Also, there was a barbarian that decreased the cost of dragon spells in the Jumpstart set. Will we see dragons in Kaldheim? I don’t think there’s a lot to suggest that, but maybe Dragonspeaker Shaman is hinting otherwise. Besides that card, we haven’t seen new barbarians in Magic since the Cold Snap set in 2006.

Balduvian Horde | Illustration by Daarken

We had a couple other predictions in this article that snow and gods would be in the set and it looks like those were correct! Score one for the good guys.

Planeswalkers

Looks like we’ll be getting four Planeswalkers in Kaldheim. Two returning, and two new ones.

Kaya

Kaya’s back and it looks like she’s the featured planeswalker of the set, appearing all over the packaging!

Tibalt

Our formerly-maligned Tibalt once was known as the worst planewalker ever:

He eventually was upgraded into a playable card…

Tibalt, Rakish Instigator

What’s next for our mischievous friend? An overpowered mythic?

It looks like Tibalt is taking a turn as Loki the Trickster perhaps?

OK, now let’s take a look at the new characters…

Tyvar Kell

Tyvar Kell
  • An elf from Kaldheim
  • Will be an “elf-tribal” planeswalker
  • Most like a wood-elf in stature and muscularity
  • Younger brother of King Harald
  • Charismatic character who’s out to prove something
  • Cheerful and likes to drink
  • Can transmute his body and the environment around him
  • Shares “buffs” (haha, get it?) with his allies
  • Does not own shirts, akin Oko, Thief of Crowns

Read all about him here.

Niko Aris

Niko Aris
  • Athlete planewalker from Theros
  • Looking to become a “true hero”
  • Spark ignited after tussle with the god Klothys’s agents
  • Can conjure shards of mirrorlike magical energy and turn them into daggers/spears (pictured)
  • Traps “targets for a short time”
  • Creative, nimble, and tactical thinker
  • Will be blue
  • Tells a story to “express the shared experience of non-binary people”

Find out more about Niko here.

Niko Aris

Official Spoilers

Spoiler season is now underway. Check back daily as we will be constantly updating new spoilers on this page.

December 15, 2020

And just like that we’ve got the rest of the Pathways, our first official cards spoiled. Here they are:

  • Hengegate Pathway
  • Darkbore Pathway
  • Blightstep Pathway
  • Barkchannel Pathway
  • Showdown of the Skalds

December 16, 2020

  • Pyre of Heroes
  • Magda, Brazen Outlaw
  • Realmwalker
  • Kaya the inexorable
  • Halvar, God of Battle

December 17, 2020

Sarulf, Realm Eater
  • Sarulf, Realm Eater

December 24, 2020

Toski, Bearer of Secrets

January 6, 2021

Invasion of the Giants

January 7, 2021

January 8, 2021

January 9, 2021

January 10, 2021

  • Hagi Mob

January 11, 2021

  • BloodSky Berserker
  • Boreal Outrider
  • Death Knell Berserker
  • Divine Gambit
  • Dogged Pursuit
  • Fall of the Imposter
  • Kardur, Doomskar-Krieger
  • Open the Omenpaths
  • Revive the Draugr
  • Run Ashore
  • Rune of Aviation
  • Tergrid’s Shadow
  • Tibalt’s Trickery
  • Toralf, God of Fury/Toralf’s Hammer
  • Withercrown
  • Egon, God of Death/Throne of Death
  • Elderfang Disciple
  • Feed the Serpent
  • Rise of the Dread Marn
  • Harald, King of Skemfar
  • Harald Unites the Elves
  • Immobilize with Gold
  • Axgard Cavalry
  • Roots of Wisdom
  • Kardur’s Vicious Return
  • Jorn, God of Winter/Kaldring, the Rimestaff

January 12, 2021

  • Burning Rune Demon
  • Codespell Cleric
  • Crush the Weak
  • Demonic Lightning
  • Dual Strike
  • Giantox
  • Mammoth Growth
  • Raider’s Karve
  • Run Amok
  • Starnhiem Unleashed

January 13, 2021

  • Avalanche caller
  • Basalt Ravager
  • Battle of Frost and Fire
  • Boreal Wanderer
  • Cinderheart Giant
  • Cyclone Summoner
  • Draugr’s Helm
  • Duskwielder
  • Frostpyre Arcanist
  • Hellish Pet
  • Jasper Sentinel
  • Karfell Forerunner
  • King Harald’s Revenge
  • Matangia Mentor
  • Poacher’s Falcon
  • Smashing Success
  • Squash
  • Terrifying Rider
  • Weathered Runestone

January 14, 2021

  • Aegar, the Freezing Flame
  • Ascendant Spirit
  • Axgard Armory
  • Battle for Bretagard
  • Bears of Littjara
  • Breakneck Berserker
  • Clarion Spirit
  • Dragur Mind Thief
  • Firja’s Punishment
  • Frostpeak Yet
  • Funeral Longboat
  • Gnottvold Recluse
  • Goldvein Pick
  • Icehide Troll
  • In Search of Greatness
  • Jarl of the Abandoned
  • Karfell Kennel-Master
  • Karfell Port
  • Mystical Reflection
  • Narfi, Betrayer King
  • Poison the Cup
  • Reidane, God of Justice / Reidane’s Shield
  • Resolute Valkyrie
  • Runed Crown
  • Strategic Planning
  • Surtland Frozen Flame
  • Taunt the Trolls
  • Usher of the Fallen
  • Wings of the Cosmos

January 15, 2021

  • Arachnoform
  • Arni Slays the Troll
  • Axgard Braggart
  • Dwarven Reinforcements
  • Contagious Fear
  • Dwarven Hammer
  • Cosima, God of the Voyage / The Omenkeel
  • Fearless Liberator
  • Fynn, the Fangbearer
  • Gates of Istfell
  • Glorious Guardian
  • Gnottvold Slumbermound
  • Goldmaw Champion
  • Grizzled Outrider
  • Niko Defies Destiny
  • Ravenous Lindwurm
  • Return Upon the Tide
  • Revitalize
  • Scorn Effigy
  • Skemfar Avenger
  • Skemfar Elderhall
  • Tundra Fumarole
  • Tuskeri Firewalker
  • Battle Mammoth
  • Beskir Shieldmate
  • Valkyrie’s Sword
  • Littjara Mirrorlake
  • Master Skald
  • Vault Robber

January 16, 2021

  • Arni Brokenbow
  • Battershield Warrior
  • Battlefield Raptor
  • Doomskar Titan
  • Frost Augur
  • Littjara Glade-Warden
  • Maja, Bretagard Protector
  • Raven Wings
  • Rootless Yew
  • Story Seeker
  • Struggle for Skemfar
  • Valley of Wandering Glow
  • War Horn’s Blare
  • Ascent of the Worthy

Unofficial Spoilers and Leaks

Please don’t click the below links if you don’t want to see possible unofficial spoilers of Kaldheim. Clicking them will reveal possible spoiling contents. You’ve been warned.

January 16, 2021

  • Haunting Voyage

January 7, 2021

Blood on the Snow
  • Blood on the Snow

January 6, 2021

Rise of the Dread Marn
  • Rise of the Dread Marn

January 3, 2021

Calamity Bearer
  • Calamity Bearer

January 2, 2021

  • Sigrid, God-Favored
  • Resplendent Marshal
  • Runeforge Champion

January 1, 2021

Dragonkin Berserker
  • Dragonkin Berserker

December 31, 2020

And more from Commander Legends boosters. Nice “guerilla marketing,” I guess…

Battle Mammoth
  • Battle Mammoth

December 30, 2020

As seen in a Commander Legends booster.

Righteous Valkyrie
  • Righteous Valkyrie

December 28, 2020

Another Commander Legends booster with a Kaldheim card. This time shared on Twitter:

The Bloodsky Massacre
  • The Bloodsky Massacre

December 23, 2020

These cards were revealed on Youtube by a game store that appears to have gotten its hands on some cards early from a Commander Legends collector booster.

  • Arni Brokenbrow
  • Battle for Bretagard
  • Blessing of Frost
  • Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider

Video:

Earlier

There have been speculations of the spirit creature type being present in Kaldheim. It makes sense, as spirits are pretty prevalent in Norse mythology and we’ve seen signs of spirits in recent sets: Shacklegeist, Roaming Ghostlight, and everyone’s favorite, Skyclave Apparition. And Kaya’s character is closely related to spirits as well.

Some card text was also found on a now deleted source. Revealing a sorcery, an equipment, a creature, and a planeswalker. If they’re accurate, this shows a new Oko planeswalker, as well as confirms snow permanents in Kaldheim. There have been comparisons of Norse mythology’s Loki to Oko, so who knows.

Finally, here are some D&D minis that were featured on Reddit that may show new creatures from Kaldheim. It seems unlikely that all the planeswalkers featured (such as Jace and Nahiri) will be in the set.

D&D mini figurines spoiled on Reddit

Set and Theme Booster Exclusives

Here we go again – we’ve got some Standard legal cards being printed outside of “regular” circulation. This time, we’re not talking about the irrelevant planeswalker deck exclusives. The cards below will be found in Theme Boosters and Set Boosters (described in the products section below).

Reprints

Snow basics are back! We’ll be seeing all five of em return in Kaldheim.

Shrine of the Forsaken Gods | Illustration by Daniel Ljunggren

Kaldheim Packs, Products, and Promotions

Kaldheim pack

Draft Boosters

KHM Draft Booster Box

Draft boosters are likely to have the typical 15 card composition (1 rare/mythic, 3 uncommon, 10 common, 1 land) with a token. They’re perfect for getting a bunch of Standard legal cards or doing a draft with your friends.

Collector Boosters

KHM Collector Booster Box

Collector boosters are perfect if you love to get premium, high end versions of cards. Bling to the max. These typically include:

  • 12 packs (15 high-end cards in each)
  • A couple premium box-toppers
  • Around 48 rares, 132 foils, and 72 alternate art cards
  • Unique card styles that are not found anywhere else

If an entire box of these bad boys is too expensive for you, you can treat yourself to a single pack at a more affordable price point:

Set Boosters

Set booster boxes are all about the experience of opening them and discovering what’s inside. They’re just fun to crack. They usually have:

  • 30 packs in one box
  • A box topper with a premium rare card
  • A foil in every pack
  • Special art cards with beautiful new art from the set
  • Unique, special release cards not found in the normal set
KHM Set Booster Box

Theme Boosters

Theme boosters give you a little more direction while you’re trying to collect a set. They all revolve around one particular color or theme. For example in Kaldheim, you might get one centered around green cards, or you could get one with a bunch of Vikings.

The packs contain:

  • 33-34 commons and uncommons
  • 1-2 rares
  • And if you’re lucky, you will see some uncommon showcase cards

Bundles

KHM Bundle

The Kaldheim bundle is a great way to get an infusion of new cards and immerse yourself in the new world of Kaldheim. Bundles typically come with:

  • 10 draft boosters (see description above)
  • Lands (Zendikar Rising bundles came with 20 foil and 20 non-foil lands)
  • 1 alternate art promo coard
  • An oversized spindown life counter
  • Reference cards

That’s almost 200 cards in a nice, collectible bundle.

Commander Products

We’ve got two spoiled Commander decks so far. Let’s take a quick look at them, shall we?

Elven Empire deck

First up is Elven Empire, a black/green deck led by Lathril, Blade of the Elves. Clear elf tribal going on here. Golgari is usually a mix of black’s deathtouch and green’s counters to boost creatures, and there’s no doubt that this deck will probably focus on boosting elves on the board.

Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Elven Empire | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Green-Black
  • 100-card ready-to-play KHM Commander deck
  • 1 foil Commander card
  • 10 double-sided tokens + life tracker and deck box
  • MTG set inspired by Norse Mythology, Vikings, and metal! \m/
Phantom Premonition deck

Next is the white/blue Phantom Premonition, commanded by Ranar the Ever-Watchful. Similarly to our Empire up there, this deck seems like it’ll focus on spirits. Likely lots of fliers in here, even if they’re of a different creature type.

Magic The Gathering Kaldheim Commander Deck – Phantom Premonition | 100 Card Ready-to-Play Deck | Blue-White
  • 100-card ready-to-play KHM Commander deck
  • 1 foil Commander card
  • 10 double-sided tokens + life tracker and deck box
  • MTG set inspired by Norse Mythology, Vikings, and metal! \m/

As usual, it looks like you can probably get a discount if you buy both decks together:

MTG Magic Kaldheim KHM Commander Decks – Set of Both Decks
  • Vikings. Gods. Myths. Legends. So many beards. Kaldheim is here!
  • Each deck has 100 cards, 10 double-side tokens, 1 insert, 1 life tracker, 1 deck box. This listing includes both decks.
  • Release Date: February 05, 2021

New Cards

The Commanders

  • Ranar the Ever-Watchful
  • Lathril, Blade of the Elves

Other New Cards

Others confirmed so far are Canopy Tactician, Elderfang Ritualist, Elven Ambush, and Surtland Elementalist (already spoiled above in the Set/Theme Booster cards).

Where to Buy

Kaldheim will be available among you typical sellers: Card Kingdom, TCGPlayer, Amazon, eBay, Star City Games, etc. There haven’t been any production issues talked about as of yet, but the amount that each vendor receives could be affected by COVID-19.

Armageddon | Illustration by Chris Rahn

Ragnarök

I’m very excited about Kaldheim. We were getting so many Magic products released for a little bit there, that February seems so far away. It’ll be nice to have the rest of the “pathway” cycle in Standard, I think that will help the colors that don’t currently have access to them in Standard. And I want to draft a new set, so Kaldheim can’t come soon enough.

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3 Comments

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    DemonicOfAngels December 12, 2020 10:13 am

    Huatli and Angrath were yanked back because the Immortal Sun on Ixalon prevented Planeswalkers from leaving.

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    Travis Smith December 13, 2020 4:58 pm

    Theres some toys out there with some Kaldheim names/creatures that you could mention here.

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    rogerman December 30, 2020 9:31 pm

    Great!

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