Kaldheim Set Review – Blue – EDHREC


(Depart the Realm | Art by Denman Rooke)

Gods, winter, Shapeshifters, Giants, and much more make their approach to Commander with the discharge of Kaldheim. Honestly, blue has a few of the strongest and strangest playing cards within the set, and I’m excited to listen to what different folks take into consideration the set. Without ready within the chilly any longer, let’s get to the assessment!


Alrund, God of the Cosmos

As one of many first gods of Kaldheim previewed, Alrund instantly set the tone for what I needed to see from the set. Pulling from the Norse myths, Alrund is our Odin analog full with Huginn & Munnin mixed into the singular Hakka, Whispering Raven. On the entrance, Alrund joins the ranks of card-advantage engine commanders in mono-blue that passively draw. I like having sub-games in my decks, and constructing round scrying is each enjoyable and efficient.

Otherwise, Alrund is your commonplace Maro with no key phrases. I like Hakka as a means for Alrund “dodge” the commander tax; the extra prices exist, however Hakka’s low transformed mana value be certain that Alrund isn’t too removed from battle. Hakka doesn’t provide a lot outdoors of a flying physique as a sport goes on, however with the ability to Scry 2 after dealing fight injury is helpful for smoothing out your attracts early. If you wish to dive deep into the divination sport, take a look at the Esper commander precon page for concepts on the right way to get worth from manipulating your top-deck. Overall, Alrund is likely one of the most thematic legends within the set, and I’m positive folks will flock to him for it.

Alrund’s Epiphany

Following the patterns of the previous, Alrund’s Epiphany is our compulsory set-mechanic further flip spell. If you need extra methods to take turns, congratulations, you may have an alternative choice! If not, there’s seemingly little motive to play this over different choices which might be out there when you have the selection. While I’m a fan of Foretell total, I begin to push again at greater mana prices. Epiphany is priced pretty, which hurts it in the long term.

Orvar, the All-Form

While the main target of Kaldheim is pointed in direction of the modal double-faced Gods, Orvar, the All-Form is perhaps probably the most highly effective and intriguing legends within the set. Turning each focused spell or focused capacity you personal into an extra copy of any everlasting you management is highly effective.

However, the side of Orvar that intrigues me most is the quantity of playing cards which might be performed nowhere: some speedy enablers that wind up within the brew pile embrace Moonlace, Sapphire Charm, and Retraction Helix. Will they make the ultimate minimize? Who is aware of, however Orvar encouraging the usage of these playing cards is a win by itself. Not solely that, however as a Changeling, Orvar can lean thematically into clones equivalent to Clever Impersonator. Even if Orvar limits you to copying your individual permanents, clones open up your complete discipline.

Additionally, apologies exit to Mistform Ultimus and the ‘tribal tribal’ decks it leads, however there’s a brand new commander on the town. Unlike MTGMuddstah, I don’t have the emotional attachment to miss Orvar now.


Ascendant Spirit

Warden of the First Tree and Figure of Destiny get a brand new sibling! However, if they’re what to go off of, the Spirit’s likelihood is dreary as Warden and Figure are in a mixed 600 decks. Snow by itself is it’s personal hurdle, however it needs to be a low sufficient hurdle as snow is an all-or-nothing affair for mana. Typical of its model, Ascendant’s first two skills scale its measurement right into a formidable 4/4 Angel. The final capacity units the spirit aside; Ascendant Spirit will get two +1/+1 counters and good points the flexibility to attract a card off of fight injury. However, you’ll be able to repeatedly stack this capacity to realize a number of situations of this set off. Combined with the newly printed Lithoform Engine or the not too long ago reprinted Rings of Brighthearth, this may speed up shortly right into a glacier of card benefit on a monstrous flyer.

Fellow author Doug Young requested not too long ago about its interplay with Lazav, the Multifarious, and I’m positive fellow Lazav gamers could also be intrigued by with the ability to carry over this Ophidian Eye capacity throughout a number of transformations.

Cosima, God of the Voyage

There are few legends that match Cosima’s mix of theme and mechanical identification. As Cosima voyages to distant lands, you may have the selection to return house with rewards or to proceed exploring. It’s so excellent.

However, how does this legend fare as a commander or within the 99? Cosima is gradual; she requires surviving till your subsequent repairs to even use her capacity. Afterwards it turns each Landfall into the flexibility to attract a card, and return Cosima hardened by her voyage. As a commander, this narrows your deckbuilding to mono-blue ramp which is an unimaginable problem with strong and stunning inclusions equivalent to Patron of the Moon and Dreamscape Artist.

Beyond the command zone, she will be able to seemingly discover a house inside any Landfall deck with blue, equivalent to Noyan Dar, Roil Shaper or Omnath, Locus of Creation. Even saying all that, we haven’t mentioned the again!

Fire up your sea shanties: The Omenkeel is a ship as a commander! We don’t typically see Vehicle tribal, however that is it. Turning our Smuggler’s Copter, Skysovereign, Consul Flagship, or Weatherlight into card benefit is simply enjoyable. Vehicles don’t have an excessive amount of assist as an entire, so this technique already has a turbulent begin. However, I’m positive we will invoke Thassa, God of the Sea to information our passage.

We’re going to see a wholesome mixture of decks that target both a single aspect or each, and I’m excited to see how folks construct her. My solely want is the flexibility to play each of those on the similar time which is a sentiment I’ve seen expressed about lots of the new Gods.

Cosmos Charger

If you’re enjoying a Foretell deck, it is a slam-dunk to incorporate. Honestly, your deck could be incomplete with out it. Reducing Foretell prices by one is nice because it offsets the widespread costing sample in Kaldheim; the mixed value of Foretell and the delayed casting value is often another than the usual casting value. You’re very prone to skip this with out a Foretell focus with somebody like Ranar the Ever-Watchful or Aminatou, the Fateshifter as that is solely a flyer with flash in any other case.

Cyclone Summoner

We’ve seen this template of board wipe a couple of instances earlier than. Having to solid it out of your hand continues to be each a balancing and limiting issue. Wakening Sun’s Avatar at present seems in 3200 decks, however that quantity is deceptive. That recognition is pushed by over 3,000 Dinosaur decks led by Gishath, Sun’s Avatar, Zacama, Primal Calamity, or Atla Palani, Nest Tender. Expect this card to solely discover a house in Wizard or Giant tribal decks, equivalent to Inalla, Archmage Ritualist, however in any other case, it’s only a very massive and costly vanilla creature.

Graven Lore

It seems like we get a card just like Graven Lore every set. Set-mechanic-payoff adopted by ‘draw three cards’ (a la Precognitive Perception) and I’m at all times joyful to see extra of those variants. Scry X that scales with lands is nothing to scoff for decks which might be two or fewer colours, however three-color decks will seemingly skip this. If that’s the case, you’ll be able to at all times fall again on the dependable favourite, Mystic Confluence. Among it’s contemporaries that went by means of commonplace, Precognitive Perception and Reverse Engineer see probably the most play with simply over 2,000 decks every. These don’t see a lot play, however Graven Lore has the very best upside in the event you’re keen to place your lands on ice. Eligeth, Crossroads Augur specifically will get pleasure from it.

Icebreaker Kraken

What’s a Norse airplane with out a Kraken? Icebreaker Kraken is the following iteration of giant blue creatures that may shield themselves for a considerable value. However, this terror is extra Pearl Lake Ancient than Nezahal, Primal Tide. Snow’s recognition as a subtheme may decide if Icebreaker Kraken can surpass the 1,000 decks that the Ancient makes its house. Otherwise, I believe I’ll depart it at house as a result of it lacks just a bit. First, costly results that focus on a single opponent are normally dismissed for those who hit every opponent. Second, whereas the Kraken fittingly prevents artifacts and creatures from untapping (ie, it “freezes” them), it doesn’t truly faucet down these permanents which leaves it to be extra situational. It has an opportunity although. Most of the 600 decks below the Sea Creatures theme of EDHREC are one or two colours. Including this card whereas additionally selecting snow lands is a small value to get a reduced 8/8.

Mystic Reflection

I’m normally extra conflicted for the way I rank playing cards inside a given set, however I’m confidant that Mystic Reflection is a straightforward decide for my Kaldheim Top 5. The mixture of versatility, energy, and value is, frankly, ridiculous. A robust impact on an instantaneous for one generic and a blue ought to already elevate eyebrows by itself.

Mystic Reflection is each a reactive and proactive weapon for blue decks that you need to be conscious of. The Spike Feeders identified on Twitter that Reflection mixed with the venerable Avenger of Zendikar ends in a ridiculous quantity of creatures. Let’s assume now we have ten lands in play for simplicity. Once Avenger enters the battlefield, you goal it with Reflection whereas its token creation capacity is on the stack. If each Reflection and Avenger’s capacity resolve, now we have ten copies of Avenger enter the battlefield that every then create ten Plant tokens. Yes, that may be a lot.

While that’s highly effective sufficient to warrant play, the defensive functions of Mystic Reflection aren’t any slouch both. Turning an opponent’s game-winning risk or commander right into a Storm Crow or one thing else innocent is unimaginable. This impact is everlasting, too! Unless your opponent has a approach to sacrifice or bounce their commander, it’s caught as a innocent chicken.

Rules be aware: be conscious of how layers work! While it’s tempting to close down an opponents Purphoros, God of the Forge with this, you’ll solely replicate onto it if it’s coming into as a creature.

You don’t want a selected motive to incorporate this card, however in the event you’re searching for to maximise it, look to Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer. Turning a single token into a large risk means all your tokens turn into that risk. The new Orvar, the All-Form can double up on no matter creature you’re about to get a duplicate of.

What an important card! Wait… it even has Foretell too? What!?

Reflections of Littjara

Oh… it is a highly effective card. Zendikar Rising’s Lithoform Engine launched the idea of copying everlasting spells on the stack, and we shortly get a tribal variations. If you’re enjoying a tribal deck with blue, I can’t think about not giving this card some consideration. I may see some gamers evaluating this as too win-more or costly, however I believe this may discover extra properties than not.

Additionally, the cardboard doesn’t simply care about copying creatures. For the few tribes that has entry to worthwhile playing cards with the Tribal kind, this pulls much more work. In my very own decks, copying a Merrow Commerce or one of many many Merfolk lords is a strong swing in tempo and benefit. Untapping each Merfolk twice in Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca is substantial.

Beyond Merfolk, I believe the most typical tribes that can use this are Kruphix-led Eldrazi, Faeries, and Rogues. Rogues specifically are in all probability probably the most intriguing house to me as Notorious Throng and Knowledge Exploitation are highly effective results to repeat.

Surtland Elementalist

While this Giant is discovered solely within the theme boosters of Kaldheim, they nonetheless rely for this assessment! If you want big spells and dishonest mana prices, this Giant is for you. Just prefer it cheats mana prices, you’re going to wish to cheat it into play. What well-liked archetype is thought for dishonest prices? Reanimator. Bringing this into play early after which casting the most important instantaneous or sorcery in your hand is bound to swing video games. Also, be cautious of decks that run Sneak Attack as this might shortly come into play out of nowhere in a deck like Obeka, Brute Chronologist. While that potential is highly effective, the Giant will typically be left behind except your deck balances dishonest each big creatures and big spells like as Jodah, Archmage Eternal.

Uncommons and Commons

Absorb Identity

Removal and a win-condition in a single card? If you’re enjoying a Shapeshifter deck that doesn’t outright copy different creatures, I can’t consider a motive to not play this. At worst, that is safety from spot removing or short-term removing in these decks. If you’ll be able to’t get the tribal benefit, you’re not going to play this over Unsummon, and most decks aren’t enjoying Unsummon in any case. Sakashima of a Thousand Faces copying a strong creature or the newly launched Orvar, the All-Form will seemingly get loads of mileage out of this.

Avalanche Caller

Honestly, I missed this card till I used to be virtually completed penning this assessment. You’re restricted to focusing on snow lands sadly, so depart your Darksteel Citadel at house. That is, except you’re enjoying Arcum’s Weathervane. Otherwise, it is a nice fee. Two mana for a hexproof 4/Four with haste? That’s an effective way to shut out a sport out of nowhere on an inexpensive creature. For one thing like Noyan Dar, Roil Shaper this makes them much more potent as every instantaneous and sorcery could make a military of seven/7s shortly.

Giant’s Amulet

While many of the new “Living Weapon” Equipment within the set are lackluster, I’m extremely excited for Giant’s Amulet. Honestly, it’s pretty similar to Swiftfoot Boots which is performed in a staggering 118,000 decks. Amulet isn’t pretty much as good as boots by being coloured, missing haste, and having conditional hexproof, however these downsides are minuscule to me. Plenty of decks solely need Boots for accessibility to hexproof on a commander that by no means intends to assault in any respect, and the Amulet will match that objective.

Not solely is Giant’s Amulet a reasonable comparability to Swiftboot Boots, however it additionally comes with the flexibility to make a 4/4 Giant creature token later within the sport. That flexibility provides it further utility in different decks like token and tribal Giant decks and solely improves my opinion of it.

Giant’s Grasp

If you’re enjoying Giant or Changeling tribal that is truly an extremely sturdy impact for the price. For the identical value as Mind Control, you’ll be able to snatch any nonland everlasting vs. a creature, however that is far more fragile as its connected to your individual creature. It’s extra enjoyable than good, for the reason that greedy creature is a big goal, however I like the flavour and cost-to-effect ratio.

Inga Rune-Eyes

Scrying Three as an “enters the battlefield” impact is pretty sturdy. Scry’s effectiveness scales shortly with the variety of playing cards seen. For Aminatou, the Fateshifter and even Alrund, God of the Cosmos, manipulating the top-deck can lead to better benefit than simply the Scry. Aminatou may even blink Inga to make this repeatable.

While Inga Rune-Eyes can play properly as an injection of manipulation, she arguably has a stronger function in Aristocrats methods. Not solely is having Inga being a 3rd sacrifice straightforward, it’s virtually routine. Once you attain this threshold, reviving and re-sacrificing Inga will bury opponents in card benefit.

Saw It Coming

Yet one other Cancel variant! While the uncommon variants will typically be higher in the event you’re on this market, this model shouldn’t disappoint you if it’s out there. 3U to Foretell and solid a Counterspell is a hefty worth, however with the ability to break it up the price makes it extra palatable. I’ll typically go and wheel again to my flip with unused mana in my very own spellslinger deck. Getting to make use of mana extra successfully whereas additionally defending a counter spell is strong. For a deck like Ranar the Ever-Watchful, it is a a lot simpler embrace. The most necessary a part of this card, it seems, isn’t even whenever you play it. Simply utilizing any Foretell card now means every opponent now should account for this card, hiding in plain sight, and forcing them to be on their guard even whenever you’re merely placing a Behold the Multiverse on layaway.


Yet one other highly effective “Polymorph” impact in blue. This card is powerful, however it has stiff competitors with current choices. Reality Shift and Pongify are each cheaper and instants. However, we will’t dismiss it solely for that. Exiling a creature or artifact? That’s very highly effective, and, private bias apart, this card will see loads of play.

Oh, I didn’t point out the Bird token? I’m positive I’ll neglect about it in apply too as a singular 1/1 flyer in alternate for a harmful everlasting is well worth the commerce.

Behold the Multiverse

We’ve seen a number of iterations of this draw spell since Kaladesh, and it stands out as one of many few Foretell playing cards that doesn’t cost you an additional mana. I’m pretty excessive on Foretell as an entire, so I’ll give this a glance on precept. The quantity of play this may see is strong, as considered one of it’s friends, Glimmer of Genius sees play in simply over 1300 decks. Most decks outdoors of possibly Ranar the Ever-Watchful gained’t actively play it, however I don’t suppose decks will remorse it if compelled to play it.

Out of the Cold

That’s it for the blue playing cards of the set! Honestly, blue’s providing from this set is kind of spectacular. Mystic Reflection and Orvar, the All-Form specifically are of my favourite playing cards in your complete set, and Cosima, God of the Voyage is an absolute taste house run. Let me know within the feedback beneath in the event you suppose I neglected or underrated any playing cards that you just’re enthusiastic about! Until subsequent time!

Mason is an EDH participant from Georgia, who’s a self-proclaimed Johnny and Vorthos. His MTG profession began with an informal lifegain deck with solely a single win-condition. When not consuming MTG, he spends his time being a full-time pupil, an avid sports activities fan, and a dabbling musician. Mason could be discovered on twitter @K_Mason64

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