It looks like a major leak from the upcoming Magic: The Gathering Norse mythology-inspired set, Kaldheim has leaked online on Dec. 22. Recently, a video surfaced on the MTG subreddit showing what appears to be a player who opened several Kaldheim cards from a Commander Legends Collector Booster box, and one of the cards is a major spoiler for the lore of the upcoming set. However, the card is still not officially confirmed, so we'll have to wait until next month to find out if this will actually make it in Kaldheim.
Warning: Possible major Kaldheim spoiler ahead!
The leaked card that revealed major spoilers for the lore of Kaldheim is Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider. As you can in the tweet below, Vorinclex is a legendary Phyrexian Praetor.
For six mana cost, you get a 6/6 beast with trample and haste. The card can also double the counters you put on permanents, but if an opponent tries to put counters on any permanent, it cuts it into half, rounded down instead. It's pretty much Doubling Season in creature form.
However, what makes this card really intriguing is its creature type: "Phyrexian Praetor". If you're familiar with Magic lore, you're probably familiar with the villainous biochemical creatures known as Phyrexians. If this card is legit, this confirms the return of Phyrexians in the Viking world of Magic. The card also shows the Phyrexian symbol watermark, so it's likely that there will be other Phyrexian cards in Kaldheim if this turns out to be true.
Magic head designer Mark Rosewater previously said that a highly-requested creature type is coming inKaldheim, and that poison counters are returning, so it's very likely that Phyrexians will return in the upcoming set.
If confirmed, the lore implications are huge. The last time Phyrexian was featured in a Standard legal set was in New Phyrexia in 2011. They exist in the artifical plane of New Phyrexia, and although they know other planes exist, they have not been able to leave until now. Tezzeret's Planar Bridge may have opened a way for the Phyrexians to reach other planes, but it's still pure speculation for now.
Do you think the Phyrexians will invade the Viking world of Kaldheim? What do you think will happen in the lore of the upcoming Magic sets in 2021? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Be sure to check out the previews from the Week of Metal Kaldheim sneak peek here.
Kaldheim is set to release on February 5, 2021 for tabletop, and Jan. 28 on Magic Arena and Magic Online.