Kaldheim Release Date Confirmed January 28, 2021: Everything We Know So Far
MTG Arena’s upcoming set, Kaldheim will be released January 28, 2021! This was confirmed by the latest patch notes (when the Zendikar Rising drafts end) and follows the usual pattern of releasing the Thursday a week before the official tabletop release date, also confirmed by the Wizards Play Network.
From the 2021 Magic: The Gathering product release schedule, we were told that we are visiting the world of Kaldheim for the first time, inspired by Norse mythology. That means Vikings, references to Gods like Odin, Thor and Loki, and possible creature tribes like Valkyries and Elves!
Kaldheim will be the 6th Standard-legal set after Zendikar Rising. Let’s find out what we know so far! Remember, you can see all the information regarding this set in our main Kaldheim hub, where you will be able to see the complete card list, news, decks and more.
Kaldheim Key Dates and Time
- Magic Online and MTG Arena release: January 28, 2021
- Tabletop Prerelease: January 29, 2021 to February 4, 2021
- Tabletop release: February 5, 2021
On MTG Arena, the usual maintenance time starts at around 8 AM Pacific Time when we can expect the patch to go live. During Zendikar Rising we didn’t see any downtime as the updates happen in the background before the release date (though we did see a few game issues for the first few days).
Kaldheim Preview Schedule
We currently do not have a Kaldheim preview schedule published by Wizards of the Coast. If the past is any indication, they generally go for two weeks and the full set is revealed around a week before the MTG Arena release date. We may get some titbits of information and even some cards leading up to the festive season as it ramps up in the new year.
A huge variety of your favorite Magic content creators and media outlets will be given cards to spoil. As always, we will be on a 24/7 lookout the spoilers when they happen. Keep your eyes peeled!
Kaldheim Spoilers and Leaks
Mark Rosewater has already confirmed that the other four missing Pathways will be in Kaldheim – that is, the Simic, Golgari, Azorius and the Rakdos Pathways, as well as the continuation of the MDFCs in Kaldheim and Strixhaven. You will be able to see the full Kaldheim Spoiler card gallery in our dedicated section here as cards are spoiled.
We’ve had a strange reddit post alluding to some “leaks” of the cards. It includes a MDFC, a Squirrel legendary and the return of a (non-broken) Oko with references to the Snow mechanic! For the last few sets, these “text only” leaks have all been pretty accurate so far, and it’s hard to ignore. Let’s take a look and speculate in the meantime:
Glimpse of Glory U
Scry X, where X is the number of legendary permanents you control.
Draw a card.
// Patch of Sacrifice 2
Legendary Artifact – Equipment
When ~ enters the battlefield choose an opponent. They play with their hand revealed for as long as ~ remains on the battlefield.
Equipped creature gets +1/+1 and has T: Scry1.
Skatharvosk, Root-gnawer 1BGR
Legendary Creature – Elder Squirrel
Sacrifice a Forest: Untap ~. It gains indestructible until end of turn. If that Forest was a snow permanent, ~ and each snow creature you control gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
Oko, Winter’s Liege 3GU
+1: Create a 3/3 green Elk snow creature token.
-2: Scry X, where X is the number of snow permanents you control. Draw a card.
-7: Gain control of up to X target nonland permanents, where X is the number of snow permanents you control. Each of those permanents that are creatures gain haste.
An online gaming store has inadvertently revelead the product images for the upcoming WizKids Magic: The Gathering Unpainted Miniature lines (release date March 2021). They have references to possible new characters and associated creature types in Kaldheim that look to be strongly correlated to Norse mythology.
We’ve also had some actual product images revealed to the public ahead of time, also depicting characters that are in the set. A few notes:
- Kaya is the face of the set and we can maybe even see glimpses of Tibalt on one of the booster packs.
- The two commander decks (though they won’t be in Arena) also depict Elves and Spirits as one of the major tribes of Kaldheim.
- The set boosters show off a snowy white theme, and it’s hard to go past the return of the Snow mechanic in Kaldheim.
What are you most looking forward to in the new set? Let us know in the comments below!