Magic: The Gathering Head Designer Explains Why Viking is Not A Creature Type in Kaldheim

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By Jake Vyper | More Articles MTG Content Creator
December 21, 2020  11:08 AM


The upcoming Norse mythology-inspired Magic: The Gathering expansion, Kaldheim, is all about the card game's version of Vikings, the seafaring Norse people from southern Scandinavia (present-day Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) who raided, pirated, traded and settled throughout parts of Europe in the last 8th to late 11th centuries. Fans are wondering if we will actually see "Vikings" as a creature type in the set since no cards revealed during the Week of Metal sneak peek confirmed that. Now, Magic head designer confirmed that Viking is not a creature type in Kaldheim, and explained why. 

"We talked about it. The problem is it’s a geographical label, not a job title," Rosewater said on his Blogatog

That makes sense since the term Viking is tied to real world locations, so if they used that word to describe a creature type in Kaldheim, it would make the themes of the set less fantastical. That probably explains why "gladiator" was not used in the Greek mythology-inspired Theros set. 

What do you think about the MTG designers' decision to not use Viking as a creature type in Kaldheim? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Kaldheim is set to release on February 5, 2021 for tabletop, and Jan. 28 on Magic Arena and Magic Online. 

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