Hello, friends! I hope you are all doing well out there in the wide world and that this article finds you safe and healthy. At the time I'm writing this, it's been three days since Kaldheim officially released in paper. I know I say this about new sets a lot, but holy cow am I hyped about this set! This has to be the most excited about a set I've been since the original Innistrad. The lore, the art direction, the story, the cards... it's all a home run for me.
I've been playing with a ton of Kaldheim in Arena since the Early Access event and have gotten to open a set booster (which you can see in the video below if you're into that sort of thing) and my brain is awash with all of the deck possibilities these new Kaldheim cards can bring us, as well as thinking about singles and which ones have potential to be big financial winners in the future.
With that in mind, this week I wanted to talk about some of the stand out singles I've come across in my Kaldheim journey thus far that I think will make for good additions to your speculation box.
Out of all the awesome cards to be excited about in Kaldheim, I think Dream Devourer is the one I'm currently most pumped about. When I was looking over spoilers, I didn't initially grasp the potential of this gnarly looking demon cleric. Foretell is a cool mechanic, but I didn't realize that it basically meant that Dream Devourer acts as a ramp spell in black (until someone pointed it out on Twitter. I can't find the original Tweet for the life of me, but I'll update this article if I come across it again!)
Each card you foretell with Dream Devourer is going to cost two less mana, effectively acting as a way to ramp into big spells later. I'm not sure what the best application for this demon is going to be, but I believe in the possibilities enough to be picking up copies of this at its current price. I'm personally targeting the extended art versions, which will run you a little over a dollar for the non-foil and a little over three dollars for the foil, and I think both of those price points are worth getting into them at. Dream Devourer hasn't shown up in any 5-0 lists that I could find in a MTGO league yet, but I think it's just a matter of time before we see this weird-bearded cleric in one.
In Search of Greatness
I was pretty excited when In Search of Greatness when I saw it spoiled, and after getting to play with it in Standard mono-green I am convinced that this is going to be one of the best green cards in recent years. The scry effect is good on its own, but the times you hit with it and get to cast a card for free can lead to very satisfying blowouts on the battlefield.
I've been seeing the mono-green list featuring this new enchantment all over the standard ladder on Arena, and it's already starting to 5-0 MTGO leagues. The list ElYallo used to 5-0 a league on 2/8/21 makes use of In Search of Greatness to dig for big threats and play them early like the new Old-Growth Troll, Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider, and Eldraine standby Questing Beast.
I think this is a powerful card that will continue to see play in Standard and eventually make its way into older formats as well. Trading into extended art copies at around the four dollar mark seems fine right now, and if the price falls below that I'll be snapping up a good amount of these to sit in my speculation box for sure.
Valki, God of Lies / Tibalt, Cosmic Imposter
Besides the meme-y Tibalt's Trickery decks, I think it's safe to say that Valki, God of Lies // Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor is currently the Kaldheim card making the most waves in constructed formats. Tibalt is back in a big way, and after years of being maligned for his not very competitive planeswalker printing in Avacyn Restored (Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded) Valki/Tibalt is making up for it in a big way.
In Standard, Valki is showing up in a few different archetypes, like the Yorion, Sky Nomad-based Sultai Control list pargen 5-0ed an MTGO Standard league with on 2/8/21, or the Grixis value deck that zyxwvutsrqpon took to a 5-0 finish in the same league that featured four copies of Valki as well as four copies of Kaldheim notable Goldspan Dragon. I've personally been laddering on Arena with a Mardu Winota, Joiner of Forces list that features Valki as a great early disruptive card that also triggers Winota later, and it's been the most fun I've had in Standard since running the Pupnota list.
Valki has also been making quite the splash in Modern, showing off in lists focused on abusing the Cascade mechanic to get an early Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor Emblem like the Jund list that SmokinBacon27 took to a 6-1 finish in a Modern Challenge on MTGO on 2/7/21, and those ever-present Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath/Omnath, Locus of Creation value piles like the list that yuyan piloted to a 6-1 finish in a later Modern Challenge on MTGO (these decks have also pivoted strategy-wise to run Violent Outburst to abuse Cascade.)
Valki is even popping up in Legacy in various lists, such as the UBRG list jacetmsst took to a 6-0 finish in a Legacy Challenge on MTGO on 2/8/21 that featured three copies of the card (and also four copies of Violent Outburst.)
Investing in Valki right now might not be the best idea - it's pretty hyped right now and tons of people are looking to pick copies up due to its massive success. There's a lot of different art versions, all running for between $20-$40 for non-foil copies. However, if you can trade into them for a good deal or have opened copies, I'd hold onto them and see where the price goes. If Wizards decides that cascading into Tibalt isn't ban-worthy, Valki is going to remain a big player in eternal formats.
Until Next Time - Stay frosty!
Well friends, that's it for this week! These are just three of the notable cards I'm especially excited about from Kaldheim and I'm sure I'll have more to talk about come next week! What about you - what are you most excited about from the new set? Which cards do you think are sleeper hits primed for a price explosion once we return to paper play? Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments or in the QS Discord, or if you want to chat about Kaldheim live feel free to stop by my Twitch stream! I hope you've had a good week. Take care out there, and I'll see you next time!