Kaldheim Set Review – Red – EDHREC


(Tibalt’s Trickery | Art by Anna Podedworna)

Hello, everybody! It’s your pleasant neighborhood Jesguy right here, and welcome to the Kaldheim Red Set Review!

When Kaldheim was first introduced, I wasn’t positive what to anticipate. I solely knew snippets of Norse mythology tangentially, and the one data I knew in regards to the airplane got here from a throwaway Planechase card and a cameo in the Ixalan story, so I used to be going into this set blind.

Despite my lack of awareness, it has been an absolute delight studying extra in regards to the airplane, the inspirations for the playing cards, and the story of all of it. This airplane is extremely fleshed out and feels full in ways in which so many others in Magic don’t. On high of that, there are such a lot of nice playing cards and stable designs packed into this set it hurts to consider! I don’t know the way WotC handle to squeeze all of those goodies right into a single set of playing cards, however hats off to them! I’m extremely impressed!

Despite all of the playing cards I wish to cowl, at this time I’ll merely be taking a peek in any respect the goodies that crimson has to supply us, so strap in, and let’s get this present on the street!


Toralf, God of Fury

Ah! Toralf, God of Fury, a card that lastly makes Blasphemous Act good in Commander! :^)

Toralf is among the two legends taking part in within the new “excess damage” design area in Kaldheim, and of the 2 (the opposite being Aegar, the Freezing Flame), Toralf is (rightfully) the extra aggressive of them.

Now, let’s get the negatives out of the best way first. Unlike among the different Gods (particularly Valki, God of Lies, Cosima, God of the Voyage, or Birgi, God of Storytelling) Toralf‘s bottom, Toralf’s Hammer, just isn’t very spectacular. Yes, the flavour of “worthy” (learn: legendary) creatures getting +3/+zero is cute, however it’ll solely give the bonus stats to legends, and nobody else. On high of that, it’ll value a complete of six mana to play the Hammer, Equip it, after which ship it again to your hand to Lightning Bolt a goal, and that isn’t even together with the truth that the Equipped creature additionally has to faucet for that capacity! It’s good to have the pliability between Toralf and his hammer, however for what quantities to an iconic Equipment from Norse mythology, I’m fairly underwhelmed with Toralf’s Hammer.

While his Hammer could come up brief, Toralf, himself, is sort of robust! Any extra harm dealt to creatures or planeswalkers that your opponents management can then be dealt to another goal! Ouch! This will get actually nutty with damage-amplifying results like Dictate of the Twin Gods or Fiery Emancipation, which might flip one thing so simple as an Abrade right into a multi-target kill spell. That’s to say nothing of playing cards like Star of Extinction, Storm’s Wrath, or the aforementioned Blasphemous Act. These playing cards will very simply obliterate the board in addition to your opponents, blasting via toughness and life totals with ease. As if that wasn’t sufficient, Toralf, himself, is the one dealing the harm, so if he’s given one thing like Basilisk Collar or Grafted Exoskeleton, he can replenish your life complete and kill creatures and gamers that a lot simpler.

Toralf, God of Fury is extremely front-loaded, with almost all of his energy coming from his creature aspect. I’d go as far to say he’s most likely in competition for one of many strongest Gods within the set, proper up there with Tergrid, God of Fright. Much like Tergrid, although, highly effective does not all the time equal enjoyable. While at first it might sound neat to blow out all three of your opponents with an Earthquake a couple of times, it has the potential to get outdated actual quick, or on your play group to catch on rapidly, resulting in Toralf being killed on sight. Enjoy your time with Magic‘s homage to Thor, however concentrate on what misfortunes could come your method because of his overwhelming energy.

Goldspan Dragon

It might be my interior Timmy, however I’m all the time a sucker for every set’s mythic Dragons, and Goldspan Dragon isn’t any totally different!. I like this fuzzy buddy! Just look at ’em!

Aside from being lovable, huggable, and squeezable, this little cutie is an absolute powerhouse. A 4/Four for 5 mana with flying and haste is a implausible start line, after which tack on the flexibility to creature Treasures and double the mana they produce?? Incredible! Treasure Decks need this, Artifact Decks can make the most of this, Sacrifice Decks may fortunately slot this in, and that’s saying nothing of Dragon Tribal decks, like The Ur-Dragon, Heroic decks, like Feather, the Redeemed and Zada, Hedron Grinder, who will gladly take a second have a look at this majestic beast. Don’t even get me began on its synergy with Smothering Tithe and Dockside Extortionist! It’s not as in the event that they wanted any assist, however hey, right here you go! Revel in your riches!

Despite itemizing off seven totally different methods that Goldspan Dragon can slot into, I do know I’ve missed a handful extra. This Dragon is nice, and a contender for my favourite crimson card within the set. It’s robust, flashy, and completely open-ended, a mix that makes for an A+ card in our format.


Quakebringer is a stunning boon for Giant decks in every single place, thought I’m unsure that it’s notably groundbreaking in any other case.

Quakebringer is a satisfactory creature by itself, due to having Foretell and an excellent capacity, however regardless of these two upsides, I feel the one method that this card will likely be price it’s for those who can set off its graveyard capacity. When it’s on the sector, it’s good that it prevents opponents from gaining life and can ping them in your flip, however I’d not pay 5 mana for that form of creature until it was actually in my deck’s wheelhouse. If you’ve got a technique to multiply harm, or in case you have sufficient Giants to just remember to are getting full use out of this buddy, I’m a bit increased on it.

I feel Quakebringer may squeeze into Group Slug and Giant Tribal lists, or in a deck the place you by the way have a Giant as your commander, like Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger or Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas, however I consider it’ll have hassle discovering a house elsewhere.


Arni Brokenbrow

For all the good issues to say about different legends on this set, Arni Brokenbrow is… nicely….

I actually don’t have a complete lot to say about Arni. I’m positive there are a couple of area of interest issues you are able to do with him, however total he seems like a extra color-restrictive Tuya Bearclaw, and he or she’s a commander that I wasn’t terribly excessive on throughout my Commander Legends review. It’s actually neat that the flavour of his capacity is actually one-upping the strongest creature in your aspect of the sector, however except for that, Arni doesn’t have so much to boast about.

Arni Brokenbrow jogs my memory of a legendary Ball Lightning: he’ll find yourself with excessive energy, low toughness, and gained’t do a complete lot to justify his card slot.

I’m positive that there are a (small) variety of enjoyable issues to do with Arni, however all of them look like quite a lot of work for minimal payoff. I battle to think about stable concepts for him, whether or not he’s on the head of decks or within the 99. I’d like to know if I’m merely lacking one thing.

Birgi, God of Storytelling

My, oh, my. Now Birgi, God of Storytelling is the form of legend I like to speak about! Powerful and versatile, each Birgi, and her again half, Harnfel, Horn of Bounty, pull their weight regardless of which you are attempting to construct round.

First, let’s check out Birgi, herself. Each time we solid a spell, we get one crimson mana. Wow. That is very good. We know from legends like Kykar, Wind’s Fury that skills like this are highly effective and may arrange potential Storm-like combos. For instance, for those who have been to mix Birgi with Sensei’s Divining Top, Aetherflux Reservoir, and Experimental Frenzy, you may Storm off to kill the complete desk. You may even reduce out Sensei’s Top and Experimental Frenzy and easily use Grinning Ignus to rack up your Storm rely whereas Reservoir is out! Even outdoors of strict combos, Birgi is nice only for refunding mana! This helps you play extra spells in a flip to get forward of the competitors. She additionally has some textual content about activating Boast skills, however let’s be actual, that textual content gained’t typically be related in anyway in most video games.

Birgi‘s second half, Harnfel, Horn of Bounty can be an extremely potent engine as nicely! Not solely is Harnfel a free discard outlet, however it’s also an unbelievable type of card benefit! Harnfel permits you to discard a card at no value to then exile the highest two playing cards of your library and allow you to play them this flip. This permits Harnfel to be an incredible enabler for Graveyard decks like Chainer, Nightmare Adept, Sevinne, the Chronoclasm, and Gyrus, Waker of Corpses, or for Discard decks helmed by Shabraz, the Skyshark + Brallin, Skyshark Rider, or Kess, Dissident Mage. To add to all these nice methods, Spellslinger decks and Wheels decks could have a discipline day with this card too, as each Birgi and Harnfel match completely into every of them, giving them both refunds on mana or the flexibility to dig deep into their decks for synergy or combo items. That isn’t even mentioning how nice this card is in mono-red decks that want a little bit of late sport card benefit. This Horn does all the pieces!

As I stated on the high, Birgi, God of Storytelling[/el, and her artifact, [el]Harnfel, Horn of Bounty, are very highly effective and versatile. There are quite a lot of decks that may play Birgi for both half of her, in addition to some decks who will embrace her for entry to both aspect! I’m an enormous fan of Birgi, and I feel she is among the Gods most balanced between each of her sides, with every one having clear properties in numerous types of decks. This is an A+ God!

Magda, Brazen Outlaw

Magda, Brazen Outlaw is an fascinating combine between each Dwarf and Dragon tribal, in addition to potential Vehicle and artifact synergies, which, whereas a bit scattered, is de facto neat!

A Magda deck needs a majority of Dwarves so as to assault and Crew Vehicles, in addition to a small smattering of highly effective Dragons you could cheat into play. While that is actually doable, I truthfully suppose that Magda is a lot better within the 99 of a Depala, Pilot Exemplar deck than on the head of her personal. That’s to not say that she will be able to’t helm her personal listing over Depala, however I feel you miss out on two necessary issues: entry to white’s Dwarves, and Depala, Pilot Exemplar‘s built-in card benefit.

Despite these downsides, it is very important notice that Magda additionally supplies ramp in a really highly effective method that Depala can’t, within the type of Treasure tokens. These can after all be sacrificed to tutor one thing like Bogardan Hellkite or Darksteel Forge out of your deck, however don’t overlook the truth that the Treasure can merely be used to assist speed up you forward of your opponents!

I feel the factor that may decide whether or not a participant needs to construct Magda over Depala, Pilot Exemplar is whether or not or not they wish to additionally play with Dragons of their Dwarf and Vehicle deck. If you do, then Magda, Brazen Outlaw is your best option regardless of her coloration restriction. If you wish to play a extra easy Dwarf deck with a bit extra focus, Depala, Pilot Exemplar is the Dwarf for you.

Calamity Bearer

Giants have gotten fairly a bit of affection this set, and a few of that love comes within the type of Calamity Bearer, which, if left unchecked, will likely be a…Giant downside. (¬‿¬)

There isn’t a lot to say about Calamity Bearer besides that it’s a home-run in Giant decks. Doubling harm could be very highly effective, and at such a stable physique with such a low value (for a Giant), I’m impressed. Bearer assaults and blocks as a 6/4, and helps your squad of already big creatures admirably. Just think about this card paired with playing cards like Ruhan, of the Fomori, Beanstalk Giant, and even Inferno Titan!

Calamity Bearer could also be area of interest, however it’s actually robust. so for those who plan on taking part in Giants, plan on choosing up a replica of this card for your self.

Dragonkin Berserker

Thanks to Dragonkin Berserker, we will now add a second copy of Dragonmaster Outcast in our Dragon or Token decks!

Boasting a extra aggressive physique within the type of a 2/2 with first strike, Berserker fulfils the function of a extra aggro model of Outcast fairly handily. There is sort of a little bit of a distinction, although. Outcast will create a Dragon at no cost each flip in case you have six lands, the place as Berserker forces you to pay mana every time, although the associated fee will be lowered relying in your variety of Dragons.

I’m unsure if Dragon Tribal decks like The Ur-Dragon will need this, however I do suppose it an incredible for lists like Atarka, World Render, Ghired, Conclave Exile, or Akim, the Soaring Wind the place Dragonmaster Outcast already sees play.

While Dragonkin Berserker isn’t flashy, it does have a small variety of properties within the format, which is much more than will be stated for among the different playing cards on this overview. You go, dragon-man!

Reckless Crew

Reckless Crew is among the neatest token-producers that I’ve seen in crimson, and is a shoo-in for Equipment and Vehicle decks alike.

Let’s get the apparent out of the best way first: sure, this card is ideal for Depala, Pilot Exemplar and Magda, Brazen Outlaw decks. It actually does all the pieces every of those commanders need.

Reckless Crew appears nice in any Vehicle Deck with crimson in it, because the Crew can simply… nicely… Crew any Vehicles you’ve got mendacity round. That being stated, Reckless Crew additionally suits into Equipment decks like Akiri, Line-Slinger + Ardenn, Intrepid Archaeologist, Akiri, Fearless Voyager, or another Equipment Deck with crimson in it! Reckless Crew permits you to struggle in opposition to the everyday draw back of Voltron: sticking your entire Equipment to a single creature, and as a substitute permits you to go large with a crew of correctly outfitted Dwarves!

There are actually decks the place Reckless Crew gained’t make the reduce, however I’d counsel making an attempt it out in case you have the choice to. It isn’t typically that Vehicle of Equipment decks get toys like this, so I’d take them for a spin for those who can.

Surtland Flinger

Ah sure… Surtland Flinger… one of many playing cards from Kaldheim that isn’t in Kaldheim correct, however as a substitute is within the Kaldheim Theme Booster... and may also be within the Kaldheim Collectors Boosters… however don’t anticipate to tug one in all these mates from a Kaldheim Set Booster… I feel…?

Whenever Surtland Flinger assaults, you get to Fling one in all you creatures at any goal, which, whereas slightly gradual, is powerful as a repeatable impact. Doubt me? Just ask our buddy Brion Stoutarm! Funnily sufficient, if Flinger Flings one other Giant, no matter harm it offers is doubled! Now, it gained’t all the time be the best option to Fling one in all your costly Giants, however having further methods to win video games that aren’t fight harm are all the time welcome.

Surtland Flinger isn’t doing something spectacular, however it’s one other piece for Giant tribal decks, in addition to any deck all in favour of sacrificing creatures to intention at their opponents’ faces. Feel free so as to add in Basilisk Collar or Grafted Exoskeleton for a bit extra enjoyable, too!

Tibalt’s Trickery

Tibalt’s Trickery could look like a troublesome card to judge, however belief me after I let you know: this card is the actual deal.

When speaking about this card on Twitter, there have been quite a lot of folks asking the best way to mitigate this card’s potential draw back, and the reply is straightforward: you don’t. Trickery just isn’t about making an attempt to downplay the spell your opponent is attending to solid at no cost, its about not caring what that subsequent spell is.

Think of Trickery as a Chaos Warp for any spell on the stack. It typically doesn’t matter what your opponent goes to get, you simply have to nullify no matter it’s they’re doing proper now. This much-coveted utility is much more necessary for mono-red or Rakdos decks that don’t have the flexibility to work together with the stack or removing like white, blue, or inexperienced can. Trickery can disrupt combos, forestall your board from being wiped, and break up potential locks. On high of that, it has built-in Vampiric Tutor or Mystical Tutor abuse safety due to its mill 1, 2, or Three clause. You may also apply it to your self to attempt to cheat out loopy permanents like people are trying to do in Modern, however that appears a lot more durable for us to tug off than it does for them. I’d follow utilizing Trickery as a Counterspell more often than not and go away it at that.

Overall, I feel Tibalt’s Trickery is an extremely robust piece of interplay and (as a lot as I detest saying these phrases) is a close to staple for many crimson decks. If your listing doesn’t have entry to counterspells, safety spells, or already runs Chaos Warp, I’d take into account Trickery a straightforward inclusion.

It might be my interior blue participant, however this card appears too good to go up.

Tundra Fumarole

As neat of a card as it’s, I don’t suppose Tundra Fumarole is one thing to get fired up about.

A 3-mana sorcery that offers three harm simply can’t sustain in our format, even when it does refund the mana. Yes, the mana produced by Fumarole will even be snow mana (if that’s related), however generally, getting a “free” three harm isn’t well worth the card, particularly because it doesn’t even have the choice to hit opponents.

I wouldn’t take into account Fumarole an possibility, even in devoted snow decks. There are simply higher choices if you wish to throw three harm round. *cough* Lightning Bolt *cough*

Uncommons and Commons

  • Axgard Cavalry is a cute Dwarf that may match into any deck that cares about her creature sorts. I gained’t lie although, the artwork is 90% of the explanation I wished to notice it. Just look at it!
  • Basalt Ravager is price mentioning due to its choice to deal harm to any goal. Ironically, I’m unsure if Giants would need this, however Goblins or Changelings may.
  • Bearded Axe is paying homage to Golem-Skin Gauntlets. It’s a bit pricier to play, but additionally will increase the Equipped creature’s toughness in addition to its energy. Dwarf decks may need this, however I see Equipment decks making probably the most use out of it alongside Gauntlets regardless of being a little bit of a heavier mana funding.
  • Dual Strike is my favourite unusual of the set. It’s low-cost, environment friendly, and when time is true, is just one mana! My plan for that is to repeat low-cost wheel results in The Locust God or Xyris, the Writhing Storm decks for double the difficulty. What is your favourite use for Dual Strike? Let me know down within the feedback!
  • Dwarven Hammer is slightly dear and a bit clunky, however I believed it was price a shout regardless. This Hammer is a barely powered down model of Loxodon Warhammer, however nonetheless offers a large enhance of +3/+zero and trample. It may also include a physique too! If you might be available in the market for an additional hammer, the Dwarves have you ever coated!
  • Fire Giant’s Fury quantities to a two-mana draw spell in decks like Ruhan, of the Fomori, Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas, and Dargo, the Shipwrecker decks. It gained’t discover a dwelling outdoors of Giant Tribal lists or decks who’ve a Giant as a commander, however that doesn’t imply you must overlook this card, contemplating how highly effective of a card benefit device it may be.
  • Immersturm Raider looks like a card whose solely use is to affix Frenzied Raider as low-cost Demons for participant’s Demonic Pact lists. The two-mana slot is fairly barren in these type of decks, so these two may make the reduce for that alone.
  • Rune of Speed is a part of the Rune Cycle, that are all designs I am keen on. Being capable of enchant a creature or an Equipment just isn’t solely flavorful, however highly effective, and may get round Aura’s pure weak spot of dying with a creature. I imply, simply take into consideration enchanting a Shadowspear or Embercleave with this! Woof! I like the Runes, and I hope we are going to see extra sooner or later.
  • Seize the Spoils is a stunning little Tormenting Voice impact. Pirate’s Pillage all the time felt a bit too gradual for me, so I’ll gladly take a barely cheaper and powered down model for my crimson decks!
  • Squash ought to solely see play in Giant Tribal decks, however I’d virtually all the time play it there. Six harm is so much, particularly for under two mana! It isn’t Swords to Plowshares, however as a rule, it’ll kill no matter you want.
  • Tormentor’s Helm is pretty unremarkable, however there are specific decks, like Akiri, Line-Slinger or Wyleth, Soul of Steel, who care in regards to the amount of artifacts or Equipment versus the standard, and Helm appears excellent for them.

Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away

And with that, one other coloration is reviewed! Just a few playing cards missed the mark, however I feel the quantity that hit far outweigh them. Red has an extremely robust exhibiting popping out of Kaldheim, and I’ve to say, I’m impressed.

Out of all of the crimson playing cards from this set, I’ve to say that my high three favourite are Tibalt’s Trickery, Goldspan Dragon, and Birgi, God of Storytelling. All of those playing cards are highly effective and push the boundaries of what crimson is able to, and I recognize that.

What about you, although? Which out of those playing cards are your favorites? Do they line up with my very own, of did one thing else catch your eye? Make positive to let me know within the feedback down under!

Until subsequent time, keep frosty!

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