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Cards from the Kaldheim set heavily reference Norse mythology and the Viking Age.

Analogs and references[]

Mythology[]

Pantheons[]

Celestial beings[]

Locations[]

Other[]

Viking Age[]

Maro's Kaldheim Teaser[]

Mark Rosewater gave his traditional teaser with the following hints.[4]

First up, here are some things you can expect:[]

Here are snippets of rules text, you’ll see:[]

And finally, here are some creature type lines you’ll see:[]

Banned and Restricted cards[]

  • Tibalt's Trickery is another spell in the long line of polymorph abilities, with the distinction of being much cheaper than many of the others. Its ability to cast the spell also opens up many branches for combos, notably with cascade, which led to a changing of the rules to cascade. The decks borne of this card in Historic and Standard tend to be on the glass-cannon type, with a pile of haymakers, some number of 0-cost cards, and Trickery, but the builds in Modern had cascade support, which ups the consistency through the "another name" clause. This lead to a ban in Modern in February 2021. Due to the introduction of cascade cards, specifically Throes of Chaos in Jumpstart: Historic Horizons, Trickery was then banned in Historic during October 2021.
  • Alrund's Epiphany stood out early as an extra turn effect that gave itself a way to finish the game, one of the usual (and typically only) liability for extra turn effects. With Foretell to protect against discard, Galvanic Iteration to double it, Unexpected Windfall to accelerate, Blue-Red became the default control-combo deck that had a kill turn at turn five or six, making for a hostile format to anything that couldn't race that effect. It was already a recipient for Alchemy's rebalancing earlier. With its best reactive spell Divide by Zero, Alrund's Epiphany was banned on January 2022.
  • Faceless Haven was another spin on creature-lands that used snow as the restriction for the untapped and high-efficiency creature. For the purposes of Standard, the only way a deck could possibly keep up with Alrund's Epiphany was to never stumble, and so tapped snow duals and two-color aggro without Haven were not feasible; Mono-Green and Mono-White were the only popular non-Epiphany decks, with a few Black control decks on the fringes. Faceless Haven too was a recipient of rebalancing for Alchemy and a banning in January 2022.

References[]

  1. a b c Mark Rosewater (January 25, 2021). "Kaldheim Storytime, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b c Mark Rosewater (February 2, 2021). "Kaldheim Storytime, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Ethan Fleischer (January 12, 2021). "Starnheim Unleashed". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (December 17, 2020). "Maro's Kaldheim Teaser". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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