Kaldheim Set Review – Limited

Hi there!

Neil and Matteo’s Kaldheim Limited review is finally here. You can watch the video below, or scroll down for the abbreviated text version.

We had some technical issues, which meant the original audio and video recordings got deleted… so the audio’s not perfect quality, and you can’t see our faces – sorry!

(Note, the first/left-most image shown is generally the best one. If you’re viewing on a phone, the images may render in different sizes; that’s not any indication of preference)

As always, we’d love it if you joined our Discord for any discussion: discord.gg/N2XWNqS

Uncommons

White

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Matteo’s commentary

Since recording, the sword has gone down in my estimation, whilst Usher of the Fallen has gone up, so I would swap the two. As we say in the video, 7 mana is a lot for the sword, and you ideally want late-game cards that also do something early (Like Svella or Avalanche Caller)

Blue

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Matteo’s Commentary

As I said in the video, Inga’s strength relies on opponents not knowing how to play around it, but that has certainly changed since recording, so I would remove it. from the list. It’s hard to choose a replacement because I maintain that both Avalanche Caller and Icebind Pillar either either very good or very bad, but I’ll go for Avalanche Caller given how it will single-handedly win games in the right situation.

Black

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Red

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Matteo’s Commentary

Basalt Ravager has gone down and down in my estimations with the rise of popularity in ‘big’ snow decks – it rarely has a decent target. So I’m tempted to go with Neil’s ranking, or even put Ravager in third.

Green

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Matteo’s Commentary

Spirit remains one of my favourite cards in the set, but I’ve come round to Neil’s opinion on Path to the World Tree – so I would perhaps put that in second and either Brawn or Bow in third. Boreal Outrider is always a scary presence on the opponent’s board, but it feels very win-more; if I get multiple ‘activations’ off it, I was probably winning that game anyway.

Commons

White

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Matteo’s Commentary

The control decks have become increasingly more difficult to both draft and play, given that players are more familiar with the strength of the format’s late-game, so I would swap Valkyrie and Verdict now.

Blue

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Black

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Red

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Green

Neil’s Top 3

Matteo’s Top 3

Archetypes

White-Black 2-Spells

Neil’s Top 5

Matteo’s Top 5

Red-White Equipments

Neil’s Top 5

Matteo’s Top 5

Blue-Red Giants

Neil’s Top 5

Matteo’s Top 5

Black-Green Elves

Neil’s Top 5

Matteo’s Top 5

Matteo’s Commentary

I’ve really struggled to draft this deck, and it feels like it’s never going to be better than a generic Green/’junk’/snow deck – so I’d be tempted to just say this isn’t an archetype. If you can pick up some elf synergies then great, but I wouldn’t make it a main focus in your draft.

Green-X-X-x-x Snow

Neil’s Top 5

Matteo’s Top 5

Matteo’s Commentary

When this deck comes off properly, it’s some of the most fun I’ve ever had in a draft format – you need to be really careful with your deck construction so that you don’t get steamrolled by the red-white decks, but the payoff is more than worth it. If you end pack 1 with 8 lands in your pool, things are looking pretty good.

Jeskai Control

Neil’s Top 5

Matteo’s Top 5

Matteo’s Commentary

Whilst Vega still comes round quite late, there’s much more competition for the rest of the cards in this deck, including the dual snow lands, so it’s much hard to draft since we recorded the video. If you can pick up an early Vega then it may be worth forcing, but you’re likely to be competing with multiple other drafters for both Aegar and the various premium commons.

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