Kaldheim Set Review – Multicolored – EDHREC

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(Rampage of the Valkyries | Art by Billy Christian)

Duht duhduh DAAAAAAAH!!!

(Sorry, this set is the right excuse to rock out to some Wagner!)

Good day to you, and welcome to the set evaluation for the Kaldheim multicolored playing cards. There are fairly just a few, so let’s not wait any longer. Heil og sæl!


Mythics


Esika, God of the Tree//The Prismatic Bridge

The very first thing I’ll say about double-faced playing cards (DFCs) is that simply because it’s obtained a number of colours doesn’t imply that it’s worthwhile to construct them as such. Like Kenrith, the Returned King, all the coloration id of Esika is WUBRG, so if you wish to use Esika as your commander, you’ll be able to “pretend” that Esika has no matter coloration id that you really want.

That being stated, exterior of helming some Abzan-leaning Kethis, the Hidden Hand-filled legends deck, I don’t see Esika seeing quite a lot of love as a commander. The closest analog that I can consider is Rishkar, Peema Renegade, and he solely has ~150 decks as of the time of publishing.

Okay, that’s not precisely true. I don’t see quite a lot of love for Esika within the command zone. However, if somebody desires to fit her into the command zone to play The Prismatic Bridge, now we’re speaking. There’s not even a situation on this potential, like Jalira, Master Polymorphist who can solely seize nonlegendary creatures. The different revealed playing cards don’t go into exile, or into the graveyard (though I might see that being a profit for some decks); they simply all return into the deck.

A couple of guidelines notes: command tax is tracked cumulatively, which means that if you happen to solid The Prismatic Bridge from the command zone as soon as and it will get despatched again there, the following time that you just solid both aspect of the cardboard, it’ll be for an additional two generic mana. That being stated, Commander gamers don’t run sufficient enchantment removing (and a few colours simply don’t have any), so you must be capable of get a number of creatures or planeswalkers with the bridge.

As Polymorph decks have confirmed to us over time, the largest and splashiest creatures in all the sport, similar to Eldrazi titans, are likely to occupy the payoff spots for this technique. Esika (or not less than, the Bridge) gives a extremely versatile deck choice, but when there’s something holding again her recognition, it’s the potential linearity of this deck’s technique, consistently dropping the identical Ulamog-esque playing cards into play. She’s additionally competing in the identical territory as Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Golos, Tireless Pilgrim (and even Sisay, Weatherlight Captain), that are absolute powerhouse commanders with a ton of recognition and the identical propensity for dishonest issues immediately into play. Expect Esika to hitch the 99 of commanders like these, and even to be swapped into the command zone, or maybe to tug a Nahiri, the Lithomancer and summon tons of Eldrazi into play.

Esika, you’re wanted on the bridge.


Valki, God of Lies//Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor

Valki, God of Lies, then again, I might see individuals utilizing as a commander for his entrance face’s potential. Cloning is a theme that’s normally relegated to blue-inclusive coloration identities. Rakdos doesn’t even seem on the EDHREC Clones theme page. However, after Kaldheim releases, I count on that that’ll change.

Valki could find yourself feeling comparable in model to Gonti, Lord of Luxury or, maybe extra aptly, Lazav the Multifarious and/or Lazav, Dimir Mastermind. However, in contrast to both Oldzav, Nuzav, or different clone variants, Valki doesn’t have the choice to show into different issues whenever you’re executed; when you’ve transmogrified Valki, you’re caught till he ETBs once more.

Important guidelines word: technically talking, if Tibalt leaves and reenters the battlefield, that’s a brand new iteration of the cardboard. The sport doesn’t “remember” that this Tibalt and the Tibalt that’s already left are the identical card. However, Tibalt’s static potential isn’t a static potential: it’s a alternative impact that creates an emblem with a static potential. The distinction? The emblem sticks round. The solely type of emblem removing is participant removing. And since that emblem was created by a selected Tibalt’s ETB, the sport does “remember” the playing cards that had been exiled by that Tibalt.

To make a long story short (too late), even when Tibalt leaves the battlefield, you’ll be able to nonetheless solid the playing cards that had been exiled whereas he was on the battlefield.

Now to his precise talents. [Insert obligatory don’t-judge-planeswalkers-by-their-ultimates-in-Commander statement here.] Building a deck particularly to abuse that final potential, like with tons of Reforge the Soul results, as an illustration, looks like a tricky battle to try to win. Tibalt is extra prone to find yourself as a Stolen Strategy within the command zone to assist sustain on card benefit, and quite than wheeling or milling playing cards into the yard, he would possibly show to simply be higher off destroying everybody’s stuff and Delirium Skeins-ing or Cabal Conditioning the desk’s fingers, leaving everybody else within the mud as he exile-draws tons of playing cards till ultimately he can ult and steal everybody’s destroyed and discarded belongings that manner. It’s fairly merciless Rakdos management, however what else would we count on from our Loki analogue?


Koma, Cosmos Serpent

Any time the phrase “each upkeep” seems on a card, you’d higher sit up and take discover. When that set off creates 3/3s (4 of them per spherical in a four-player sport), that’s… an issue. It’s a superb factor that there isn’t an activated potential that makes use of all them Serpents, or else this’d be actually… oh. Oh no.

Outside of Koma itself, there are at the moment 33 Serpents in Simic colours. As for objectively good Simic Serpents… I’d argue there are considerably fewer than that.

Even nonetheless, I can see this card seeing a good quantity of play as a commander (although it is going to undoubtedly be overshadowed by splashy newcomers like Aesi, Tyrant of Gyre Straits.) The inherent energy stage of making a 3/Three on every maintenance is simple, to not point out with the ability to get use out of stated 3/3s exterior of fight, however it’s additionally a legend that doesn’t say “Do a thing: draw a card” or “Whenever you do a thing, draw a card”, and it’s a Simic legend that, not less than at first look, doesn’t instantly appear to be damaged. Gor Muldrak, Amphinologist captured the kooky aspect of Simic, however Koma would possibly be capable of grapple that power and blend it with a bit extra punch.

Though that is normally a Sultai kind of synergy, Koma ought to look ahead to loss of life synergy. This is a token generator, however it’s additionally a sacrifice outlet within the command zone. Anything that advantages from creatures dying, similar to Skullclamp or Fecundity, is value . Special shout out to Death’s Presence: if you happen to assault with Koma and a bunch of Coils, and one goes unblocked, then you’ll be able to sac a bunch of them and add three +1/+1 counters to that Serpent for every factor you sacrifice.


Kaya the Inexorable

I like the brand new Kaya, and never only for the brand new coiffure. Five mana isn’t tremendous excessive, and a sorcery-speed, probably repeatable Utter End isn’t horrible. I additionally like how her+1 may be political as a result of it doesn’t prohibit placing the counter on solely your creatures. Helping another person get their greatest ETB creature again at hand (and getting a chump blocker to your hassle) could make for some fairly respectable offers. And, in fact, she may also help pseudo-Athreos, Shroud-Veiled your personal crew, too. I feel that’s her large abstract: she’s respectable, and being an honest planeswalker in Commander is extra worthwhile than some of us would possibly notice, on condition that she may be helpful with out drawing the ire of the desk.

She’ll most likely see play in variations of Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim that wish to reuse creatures that get sacrificed, and even perhaps in some builds of Teysa Karlov. In truth, I feel the opposite two iterations of Miss Karlov like the brand new Kaya, as properly: Teysa, Orzhov Scion likes Kaya as a result of the tokens she makes are white, giving her extra sac fodder, whereas Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts is 1,000,000 mana, so with the ability to bounce her again to your hand as an alternative of the command zone is a big weight off of command tax.

With the comparatively current commander loss of life rule change, I can even see Elenda, the Dusk Rose slotting within the new Kaya. Especially since these decks need her to hit the ‘yard, having a solution to circumvent commander tax can be a welcome addition.


Niko Aris

I’ve seen the “strictly better than Clue tokens” remark a couple of times in relation to Shard tokens, and whereas I’m tempted to agree, the comparisons aren’t precisely equal, largely as a result of Clue tokens are artifacts and Shard tokens are enchantments. I can’t actually think about a state of affairs the place somebody could be utilizing focused removing on both Clues or Shards, however, not less than in my meta, of us are extra inclined to run Vandalblast than they’re to run Tranquility, so Shards most likely are higher, however that’s not likely the purpose.

I feel that Niko matches in on the identical stage that the brand new Kaya does: they’re respectable, however not highly effective sufficient to attract hate. Making a creature unblockable for a flip isn’t nothing, however having to return the creature to your hand (and possibly having to attend not less than two turns to attempt the identical factor with the identical creature, barring haste) ought to assist mitigate that. The first minus potential is contingent upon a creature being tapped and having drawn multiple or two playing cards, except you’re making an attempt to nuke a mana dork or one thing, and the “ultimate” of making a Shard is likewise not going to kick anyone out of the sport.

Your generic Enchantress decks would possibly think about Niko for a second, but in addition most likely don’t have room. However, two commanders that caught my eye would possibly bear consideration: Ertai, the Corrupted wants a creature or an enchantment to sacrifice so as to counter a spell. How a couple of planeswalker that may repeatedly generate simply such a factor without cost? The second commander is a brand new one from Commander Legends. In addition to Amareth, the Lustrous checking the highest of the library on every activation of the “ultimate”, if you happen to create a bunch of Shards with quite a lot of mana into X, that’s a bunch of Amareth triggers to permit you to fill your hand, particularly you probably have a solution to curate the highest of your library in between the decision of every set off, similar to Soothsaying.


Tyvar Kell

I’m undecided precisely what I’m alleged to say right here. He’s an Elf-centric planeswalker that wishes you to play Elves, however to be sincere, the Elves themselves could not wish to play him. Elves not often need assistance tapping for mana, the +1/+1 counters are cute with Rishkar, Peema Renegade however are too individualistic for this tribe filled with anthem results that pump the entire crew, and the zero potential creating tokens doesn’t assist result in the very best a part of this card: its final.

Problem is, you shouldn’t consider planeswalkers based mostly on their ultimates, even when this one is sincerely wonderful. If you may make it there, two playing cards per solid is large, particularly for the reason that new Elves get haste and turn out to be mana dorks, permitting you to probably solid tons and tons of creatures. That’s the issue, although: that is good if you may make it there, however you’re not prone to, and in a now very, very crowded subject of green-black Elf playing cards, these Elves may not wish to wait round for him.


Immersturm Predator

This card is just the second Vampire Dragon within the sport. The first one? Vampiric Dragon, in fact. Four mana for this card, even in two colours, looks like an important price for this card. Oddly sufficient, the archetype that I feel will actually like this card? Vehicles. This card desires to be tapped, and each time it does, it will get greater, which implies that it will probably Crew bigger and bigger Vehicles. Have a free, instant-speed sac outlet is very nice as properly.

I believe this card can be ignored as a result of of us will bear in mind it as a Dragon, and it doesn’t do sufficient to budge out different playing cards in Dragon tribal decks. It’s additionally a Vampire, although, so some Edgar Markov decks on the market could be eager to incorporate an evasive grave-hating Vampire that may shield itself.


Rares


Jorn, God of Winter

Did EDHREC already has a Snow theme web page? If you’re constructing snow, that web page is a enormous assist to seek out the very best of the very best amongst this technique, which has had some scrambled help through the years.

Like Kadena, Slinking Sorcerer and different mechanic-focused commanders, Jorn decks will most likely find yourself constructing themselves, however Jorn’s personal versatility will assist carry additional spice into gameplay. I extremely suggest mana sinks and instant-speed methods to assist synergize with Jorn’s mana-refreshing talents, permitting you to assault with the crew and play tons of playing cards from hand each flip, whereas additionally giving the crew vigilance and Wilderness Reclamationing your lands so you’ll be able to Aetherspouts or Mystic Confluence or Pull From Eternity at a second’s discover. In truth, a Horizon Stone doesn’t sound half dangerous right here too! Jorn is a mana-tastic Nature’s Will within the command zone that occurs to run quite a lot of Rimefeather Owl and Ohran Frostfang playing cards to close the sport down, and his again half will enable you recuperate within the late sport if mandatory. Stockpile your largest and baddest mana sinks, and he’ll reward you with a protracted winter.

(Also, sure, the God of Winter combos with Winter Orb, and it’s even flavorful to take action, however for the sake of everybody, please please please don’t.)


Sarulf, Realm Eater

Sarulf matches into that comfy, nebulous Johnny/Jenny realm the place it looks like it’d slot in properly as a commander or within the 99. It additionally looks like, if executed incorrectly, Sarulf will make for a depressing gameplay expertise.

You might use Sarulf to simply shut out the remainder of the desk any time that they get in the least of board presence, and I’m not going to inform you not to try this. What I will inform you is that, if you happen to plan on doing this, then do it proper. Clear the board and finish the sport. My suggestion is to seek out methods to cheat high-costed Auras and Equipment (issues like Argentum Armor, Eldrazi Conscription, Batterskull, or Colossification) onto Sarulf (or heck, simply play them recurrently; you’re in inexperienced, you’ve obtained the mana potential), nuke the desk, and Voltron your solution to victory.

In the 99, I might set Sarulf off sparingly, for the nice of the desk, and/or for political benefit.


Uncommons


Aegar, the Freezing Flame

Okay, this one took me a coupla instances studying to noodle by means of. First, let’s flip to the excellent guidelines (rule 120.4a for a definition of “excess damage”:

Excess injury is injury better than deadly injury that may be dealt to a creature.

… not essentially the most useful definition on the planet, however let’s flip to the Glossary for a definition of the time period “lethal damage”:

An quantity of injury better than or equal to a creature’s toughness.

Thinking by means of the assorted situations that popped into my head at this level led to solely unsatisfying outcomes. But then I learn this textual content, the final sentence from 120.4a:

Any injury better than 1 is extra injury if the supply dealing that injury has deathtouch.

Maybe it is a solution to go. How many cards in Izzet colors have or grant deathtouch? 11. Actually, it’s actually ten: Toxic Iguanar solely has deathtouch if you happen to management a inexperienced everlasting.

Based on my studying, right here’s the set of questions that it’s worthwhile to reply to see if Aegar goes to attract you a card:

  1. Did a Giant, a Wizard, a spell, or some mixture of the above (hereafter known as SGWS) that you just management deal injury this flip to a creature that an opponent controls?
    1. If so, did SGWS have deathtouch?
      1. If so, was the quantity of injury dealt better than two?
        1. If so, draw a card.
        2. If not, preserve taking part in!
      2. If not, is the quantity of injury that this creature has been dealt by all sources which have dealt injury to it this flip better than that creature’s toughness?
        1. If so, draw a card.
        2. If not, preserve taking part in!
    2. If not, did a SGWS that you just management deal injury this flip to a planeswalker that an opponent controls?
      1. If so, is the quantity of injury that this planeswalker has been dealt by all sources which have dealt injury to it this flip better than that planeswalker’s remaining loyalty?
        1. If so, draw a card.
        2. If not, preserve taking part in!
      2. If not, preserve taking part in!
    3. If not, preserve taking part in!
  2. Repeat as mandatory.

Clear as mud?

Look, my greatest guess for Aegar is to both construct Wizard tribal, Giant tribal, or to make use of this horribly contrived Scryfall search and do your greatest!


Firja, Judge of Valor

Firja’s obtained me good and perplexed. On the one hand, if you happen to ignore what triggers her potential, then her paths ahead appear pretty… simple. You can construct for Top Deck manipulation, including in playing cards like Sensei’s Divining Top, Crystal Ball, and the like. Or you’ll be able to construct some type of graveyard-centric and/or reanimation deck, utilizing playing cards like Unburial Rites, Victimize, and Reya, Dawnbringer.

But that set off… Orzhov isn’t precisely recognized to be a spellslinger coloration mixture. Sure, slot in a Vedalken Orrery, you probably have the $40, or an Emergence Zone, if you happen to both solely wish to reap the benefits of Firja for one flip otherwise you wish to bounce the land out of the graveyard again and again.

Firja’s talents could require you to overcommit to the board, so I like to recommend the reanimation route right here. If opponents punish you whenever you overcommitting to the board by destroying all the pieces, your deck is already suited that will help you recuperate. As black-white Angels go, nonetheless, Firja has manner an excessive amount of competitors to actually turn out to be a high canine.


Harald, King of Skemfar

Something a bit extra simple than our final two entries. Having native menace lends him properly in direction of a Voltron construct, or you possibly can lean in to the Elf tribal vibes. Between Kaldheim and Commander Legends, not to mention all the historical past of Magic: the Gathering, there’s no scarcity of Golgari Elves. Elven Ambush and Canopy Tactician, specifically, have caught my eye of current playing cards, although.


Kardur, Doomscourge

Who doesn’t love a bit chaos every now and then?

I just like the instructions that you possibly can take Kardur in. You might simply plop them down after which play the entire Rakdos Forced Combat playing cards, similar to Goblin Spymaster, Fumiko the Lowblood, Disrupt Decorum, War’s Toll, and Goblin Diplomats, then simply sit again and watch the carnage unfold. The different choice that crosses my thoughts is to utilize the few results in Rakdos colours that may permit you to repeatedly put Kardur on the battlefield: Cold Storage, Conjurer’s Closet, Endless Sands, Helvault, or Faceless Butcher to actually get the get together began. Maybe throw in an Avatar of Slaughter if you happen to’re feeling actual froggy.

Kardur will slot immediately into Thantis the Warweaver decks, however I’d encourage extra than simply Thantis to offer him a glance. This is a probably repeatable Disrupt Decorum. Revive him again and again with Chainer, Nightmare Adept. Keep enemies off your again in your Rakdos, the Showstopper Demon tribal construct. Get +1/+1 counters on him in a Marchesa, the Black Rose deck and set off that ETB impact a number of instances. There’s lots happening right here for a mere unusual, so don’t overlook it.


Koll, the Forgemaster

Koll has an actual robust Gerrard, Weatherlight Hero vibe to me, besides I feel that Koll goes to helm much more decks after a coupla years than Gerrard’s 238. Or maybe not; I might see quite a lot of of us slotting Koll into the 99 of different Equipment- and Aura-related decks, which is definitely a saturated subject.

It’s a disgrace that there aren’t many playing cards that create Equipment and Aura tokens in Boros colours, and that Koll says “other”, so his set off doesn’t apply to himself. That being stated, there are nonetheless methods to interrupt him, albeit considerably convoluted methods: there are specific playing cards that permit you to connect Equipment to a creature when it enters the battlefield; Stormrider Rig is one such card. If you may have some type of sac outlet that produces mana (Ashnod’s Altar involves thoughts), then you’ll be able to, oh, I dunno, play a zero- or one-drop, connect your Equipment of alternative, sac the now-Equipped creature to realize two mana, have it return to your hand, and voila! Infinite mana! You don’t even must get that convoluted: there are many Equipment that Equip without cost, like Umbral Mantle.

If you don’t wish to break Koll, simply operating a bunch of Auras and Equipment and having a subject day might be a great way to go, though I’d most likely skew extra in direction of Equipment since they keep on the battlefield when the creature dies.


Moritte of the Frost

I like that Moritte is highly effective with out being inherently damaged. I imply, certain, you possibly can flip it into Dark Depths with no counters on it and instantly summon Marit Lage, however the place’s the enjoyable in that?

Okay, I might see that as being a bit enjoyable.

One factor that’s necessary to notice is that, in contrast to different clones, Moritte doesn’t preserve its identify; if you happen to copy a legendary everlasting, you’re dropping one in all them instantly.

You might lean into the Snow theme, however I’m undecided that Moritte provides you adequate of a Snow profit for doing so to be value it. My vote could be to simply have Moritte helm a Clone deck (perhaps with a Progenitor Mimic) or to run Moritte within the 99 for some situation-specific worth.


Narfi, Betrayer King

Man, Pinky obtained imply after the present was cancelled….

Sorry, I’ll get on with it.

Jorn, God of Winter‘s extra coloration could make him extra in style in the long term, since Narfi can simply slot proper into the 99 of that deck, however Narfi by itself is definitely fairly a compelling snow-mander, particularly since greater than one of many new Snow creature are, the truth is, additionally Zombies, like Priest of the Haunted Edge or Grim Draugr. This commander circumvents commander tax by reviving itself from the graveyard, making it a near-omnipresent anthem for a deck filled with zombie tokens and a few frosty helpers. We could even see different basic Dimir Zombie tribal decks switching over to snow lands now in order that they will run this revivable Zombie anthem-on-a-stick.


Vega, the Watcher

Well, let’s see: there’s Foretell, Aftermath, Cascade, Cipher, Flashback, Jump-start, Madness, Rebound, Retrace, Suspend, to not point out particular playing cards that allow you to solid copies of playing cards from locations aside from your hand… then there’s additionally Future Sight, Adventures like Realm-Cloaked Giant, Mind’s Dilation, Isochron Scepter, Daxos of Meletis, Diluvian Primordial….

Yeah, Vega is fairly stellar. Even if the impact as soon as once more boils all the way down to WotC‘s favourite design area of “Whenever you do X, draw a card”, Azorius is glad to have a brand new commander that encourages a lot creativity and may be constructed round particular key phrases and zany spells. (I completely suggest Aminatou’s Augury. It simply appears foolish good.) The Azorius guild is currently the least-built color pair, so Vega is a much-needed infusion of inventive new territory for white and blue to discover.


Maja, Bretagard Protector

Keep in thoughts that, due to the anthem impact, Maja successfully creates 2/2s, not 1/1s.

Landfall is a well-tread technique, particularly after the inflow from Zendikar Rising, which I consider might negatively have an effect on Maja’s numbers, because it’s swimming upstream to make a spot in an already extraordinarily crowded subject. Maja would possibly bend towards Human and/or Warrior tribal to stake out a extra distinctive id, in that case. It’s a disgrace if Maja will get ignored, although; Divine Visitation, Felidar Retreat, Anointed Procession, and particularly Cathars’ Crusade make this a really potent commander choice certainly, in addition to an important addition to the numerous Selesnya token decks on the market.


Svella, Ice Shaper

Heh; there have been extra Trolls than I used to be considering in Magic. Not many, however greater than I believed.

Cool, it creates Manaliths. That’s nothing to put in writing residence abou–

*Reads second potential*

Oh. Well, isn’t that simply superb and dandy.

I imply, it’s not as super-duper highly effective as I initially thought that it was after I first checked out it. Eight mana is lots, and it’s a must to faucet the creature. Sure, it helps you get to that a lot mana potential, and there are methods to untap creatures, however, with that a lot effort, is looks like you possibly can be getting a significantly better payoff elsewhere. Golos, Tireless Pilgrim might be already consuming up any area Svella might have had.


Path to the World Tree

Huh. It’s like a mini-Last Stand that additionally tutors you up a primary land. That additionally prices extra. That doesn’t scale with the numbers of lands of various sorts that you just management…

Yeah, I’m undecided which deck desires this card, particularly if the brewer of stated deck has entry to Last Stand.


Rampage of the Valkyries

Best artwork within the set? Maybe, perhaps not. It’s getting my vote, although.

We all know the place that is going. It’s an Angel tribal Grave Pact that comes with a free physique, and it’ll shine in that area for certain. Where Aristocrats decks use Grave Pact to assist them flip the sacrifice of a mere 1/1 token into an enormous value in opposition to the enemies, this enchantment in an Angel deck is a little bit of the alternative, since Angels are likely to have higher-than-average mana prices. That turns the lack of a high-cost creature right into a sacrifice impact that could be averted by token-tastic enemies. Just as a result of it’s not precisely a Grave Pact doesn’t imply it’s dangerous, although, not by any means. Even if the dynamic is barely totally different, it’s nonetheless a superb dynamic to have, and an important rattlesnake to maintain enemies afraid of choosing off your ever-growing flying military.

There’s a possible for Changeling tribal decks to utilize it too, I suppose, however my favourite place for it’s truly Ghen, Arcanum Weaver, who’s very excited to loop it out and in of play for additional Angels at a second’s discover!


Better to Fight and Fall Than to Live Without Hope

You’ve made it to the tip of set evaluation week right here at EDHREC! I certain hope that you just loved your romp by means of the frozen Scandinavian-inspired wilderness. What’d you consider the multicolored playing cards? Did any spark your curiosity? Are you going to construct any of the brand new unusual commanders? Let me know within the feedback under, and keep wholesome, y’all!

Jack is an aspiring podcastist who likes to play EDH when he can. He’s Grixis-aligned and he loves a little bit of managed chaos ever every now and then. He promotes the idea of potluck decks (phrase coined by Scot Sutton), which is constructing decks with playing cards already in a single’s assortment.



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