Kaldheim, a new Standard-legal Magic: The Gathering set, was launched earlier this year and has been shaking up the card prices in multiple formats.
Containing a total of 285 cards, Kaldheim (KHM) is a Viking-themed, Norse-inspired set. Tribal decks like Deathtouch and Elves are possible in Standard and Limited formats once again with the launch of KHM. And a large number of legendary creatures within the set have Commander players hyped for the future. Returning mechanics include Snow and Changeling, along with new ones like Foretell and Boast.
From Gods and Dragons to a Phyrexian Praetor, here are the KHM cards worth money.
Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider
Rated as one of the most potent KHM cards, Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider slots right into Mono-Green Food decks within the Standard format. As a legendary creature, Vorinclex has established itself as a Phyrexian Preator to watch out for in the Commander format. Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider has also found a home in Fynn, the Fangbearer EDH decks, and Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice.
Priced at around $44, Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider is the highest-valued KHM card to date following the Kaldheim Championship.
Valki, God of Lies
Valki, God of Lies is a Modal Double-Faced card with Tibalt, Cosmic Impostor on the backside. Valki has already found a home in one of the most potent Standard Constructed decks, Dimir Rogues. The god of lies is also a commander to build around in the EDH format and has been included in the Esika, God of the Tree Commander deck as well.
Valki, God of Lies was valued at around $30 at launch and dropped to around $22 prior to the release of Strixhaven: School of Mages (STX).
Goldspan Dragon is fun to play in the Standard format—and it’s powerful, too. Arguably one of the best-designed KHM cards, the dragon has found a home in other Magic formats like Commander and Brawl. Just a week after the set’s digital release via MTG Arena, Goldspan Dragon slotted itself into Izzet Control, Mono-Red Aggro, Gruul Adventures, and Temur Ramp Standard decks. In Commander, the dragon is seeing gameplay via the Magda, Brazen Outlaw build.
The dragon was valued under $20 at the launch of KHM but has risen to around $22 prior to the release of STX. Given the projected power levels of Red via Prismari College and Lorehold College, Goldspan Dragon could continue to rise in value.
Koma, Cosmos Serpent
Koma, Cosmos Serpent flew under the radar at the launch of KHM. Slotted in as a sideboard card within Sultai Ultimatum decks at the Kaldheim Championship, the Legendary Serpent has risen in value to around $15. And Koma, Cosmos Serpent could continue to rise in price depending on the power levels of Quandrix College within STX.
Esika, God of the Tree
Commander has become one of the most popular Magic formats to play in and it’s driven up the value of Esika, God of the Tree. Valued at around $16 at the launch of KHM, Esika, God of the Tree commands her own five-color build in EDH. Prior to the release of STX, Esika has held onto her value, for the most part, priced at around $13.
Elf tribal decks in Magic obtained a solid Planeswalker with the release of KHM via Tyvar Kell. Most played in Commander at the moment, there’s room in Standard for Tyvar to possibly thrive as well. Poison decks using Fynn, the Fangbearer have included Tyvar, as have Golgari elf tribal builds. The Planeswalker has also slotted nicely into the Harald, King of Skemfar Brawl build.
Priced at around $12 after the release of KHM, Tyvar Kell has dropped slightly to around $11.
Halvar, God of Battle
Halvar, God of Battle is a Modal Double-Face God in KHM that’s slotted into Mono-White Aggro in Standard and numerous Commander builds. Priced at around $9 at launch, the card has dropped in value to around $7.50. White power levels will increase with the release of STX, possibly increasing the value of Halvar, God of Battle back to around $15.
Tergrid, God of Fright
Tergrid, God of Fright feeds off opponents discarding and sacrificing permanents. She’s a solid KHM legendary creature to build around in the Commander format. Tergrid hasn’t seen too much play in Standard yet, but that might change since this is a Modal Double-Faced card with a powerful Artifact on her backside.
Tergrid, God of Fright had a value of around $12 at launch but dropped to around $6 prior to the release of STX.
Orvar, the All-Form
Orvar, the All-Form has numerous jank possibilities in the Standard format. But the Shapeshifter is worth money in Magic due to its versatility as a commander and playable Changeling in EDH. Priced at around $9 at launch, Orvar, the All-Form has dropped to around $6.
The World Tree
Similar to Esika, God of the Tree, The World Tree slots right into five-color decks in Standard and Commander. Seeing gameplay only in EDH for the moment, The World Tree was priced at around $9 at the launch of KHM. Since then, the land fell to around $5 but seems to be climbing in value slightly leading up to the release of STX.
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Update March 30 10am CT: Prices were updated prior to the launch of STX, which is scheduled to release on April 23.