Magic: The Gathering Kaldheim Set is Pretty Metal

Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 16:00 | By: Robert N. Adams
Time to buy some boosters

The Magic: The Gathering Kaldheim set has been revealed as the latest addition to this collectible card game and it's got a big focus on metal music — so much so that metal artists are getting involved with the launch.

Magic: The Gathering has been around for the better part of 30 years, releasing new cards several times a year for players to enjoy. This time around, the Kaldheim set will put players in a world inspired by two things that go hand-in-hand: Vikings and metal music.

Raise Your Axe to Kaldheim, a Very Metal Magic: The Gathering Set

New details about the Magic: The Gathering Kaldheim set includes some old familiar faces and some new surprises. Kaya is returning once again, and she'll be joined by new characters Niko Arin and Tyvar Kell.

We haven't seen a ton of new cards just yet, although a new article on the card game's official website gives us a peek at some of the amazing art that is making its debut in this next set. Wizards of the Coast is certainly going with a metal music theme here and it shows — many of these card arts could easily be the album cover for a Viking metal band. (Yes, Viking Metal is actually a genre of music.)

 
 

Celebrating the blending of these two themes is Magic's Week of Metal, a special event that will give players a peek at upcoming cards. Best of all, real metal musicians will be debuting some cards themselves, although we don't know which performers will be surprising us with new details just yet.

When is the Magic: The Gathering Kaldheim Release Date?

The Magic: The Gathering Kaldheim release date will be February 5, 2021, although that's just one part of the greater whole. Here are the upcoming events and previews you can look forward to:

  • Magic's Week of Metal and Kaldheim Sneak Peek Previews – December 15–17, 2020
  • Launch live on twitch.tv/magic at 9:00 AM EST – January 7, 2021
  • Launch on Magic: The Gathering Arena and Magic: The Gathering Online – January 28, 2021
  • Kaldheim Prerelease – January 29–February 4, 2021
  • Available everywhere – February 5, 2021

Vikings and metal go together like peanut butter and jelly, so the new Magic: The Gathering Kaldheim set has a good chance of being pretty cool on its theme alone. The cards, however, are what's most important, and you'll have to spend the next few weeks keeping an eye on the new reveals.

What do you think of what we've seen of Kaldheim so far? Do you like the general theme WOTC is going for with this set or would you have preferred something else? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!