Kaldheim Prerelease Information!

by Phoenix Comics and Games

A new year has begun, and a world of magical metal fantasy is coming in hot and fast! That's right, it's time to talk about Kaldheim and it's approaching prerelease weekend, along with all the details that you and your friends need to know about in order to participate.

Kaldheim Prerelease - Getting Started

First things first - if you'd like to play in our prerelease event just choose from our available events below and preregister online. You can sign up for as many events as you'd like. All we ask is that you have a plan to participate in the events you're signed up for. If you'd like to purchase prerelease packs separately, you can do so through our preorders page here

Each event has room for up to 32 people, so sign up ahead of time to make sure you and your friends can all get into the same event!

Preparing for the Event

So you preregistered for the event. Now what? Sometime prior to the event, you'll want to make sure you've got a webcam setup that works for you to play Magic with over discord. Grab a friend or two and try it out on our discord server. It's open day and night for folks to use for just that purpose. If you're feeling a little competitive and want to try out a new brew, you could even attend one of our events!

What to do Prerelease Weekend

Once prerelease weekend rolls around, you'll want to pick up your prerelease kit as early as you can to give you maximum time to build. For Kaldheim, we're allowed to give these out anytime after the store opens on Friday, January 29. 

Just stop by the shop, pick up your kit and bring it home. If you need any basics, don't hesitate to ask - we'll have packets of land available upon request. You have from the time you pick it up until your event starts to build your deck. If you've never participated in a prerelease before, here are all the requirements for your deck:

  • Minimum Deck Size is 40 cards
  • You may use whatever is in one single prerelease kit (plus the promo) to build your deck.
  • Aside from basic land, you may only use whatever is in your prerelease kit to build with. (No trading with other players or combining multiple pools, please)
  • There's no cap on the number of cards of the same name you can have in the deck (ex: if you open 5 of the same card, you can use all 5 if you want).
  • You may adjust your deck between games or matches. If you're just not doing well with what you built, maybe try a different combination of colors!

Once you've got your deck built, set the rest of your card pool aside until the end of the event. Those leftover cards will be your sideboard. 

Prerelease Prizes

Our prerelease events are run with an eye towards having the best possible time, learning, and trying out new ideas and strategies that come from every new set. So with that in mind, we stick to a simple pack-per-win prize structure that looks a little like this:

  • 4 Wins - 4 Packs
  • 3 Wins - 3 Packs
  • 2 Wins - 2 Packs
  • 1 Win - 1 Pack

Each event will have a maximum of 4 rounds. The winner of each round will receive a Kaldheim draft booster next time they stop by the shop. Please allow approximately 2 hours after the event ends for prizes to be available for pickup.

Please Note: If you are registered for multiple events, please wait to pickup your prizes until all of the events are finished. 

Kaldheim Mechanics

Not only are there some sweet new mechanics coming to us with Kaldheim, but there are some really returning abilities and mechanics too! We'll get to all of them in short order, but let's start with the new ones!


Think of foretell like a down-payment on a spell. During your turn you can pay 2 colorless mana and exile the card face down. On a later turn, you can then pay the spell's foretell cost (usually a discounted cost) to cast the spell anytime you normally could. 

Some cards will have extra benefits if you foretell them. Others will just let you spread the cost of the card over multiple turns. These cards can't be seen by your opponent, but you do have to reveal any foretold cards you haven't cast at the end of the game.



If you played during Khans of Tarkir, boast may seem pretty familiar to you. It's an activated ability that you can use once per turn on a creature, after that creature has attacked. 

Modal Double-Faced Cards

Coming right on the heels of Zendikar Rising, modal double-faced (MDF) cards should be familiar to most of you. When you play an MDF card, you decide which version of the card you're going to play. With the gods of Kaldheim, this means you get to play them as a creature...or as something else entirely!



It's wet, it's cold! It's also a returning mechanic! In fact, it's one of the oldest mechanics currently in use in Magic, dating all the way back to Ice Age. Snow-mana is any color or type of mana that comes from a snow land or permanent. Some spells in Kaldheim will also reference snow permanents or snow-mana accordingly.

Prerelease Note: Kaldheim boosters do have snow basic (and even some non-basic) lands, but snow-basic lands are not available upon request. You must use what you open in your pool during prerelease events.


Any visit to an epic land of tales wouldn't be complete without a few sagas to celebrate historic events. Sagas are specialized enchantments that provide multiple effects over the course of several turns. Each turn, the next chapter of the saga starts. Once a saga is complete, the enchantment sacrifices itself and goes to the discard pile.


Mysterious and misunderstood, the changeling keyword is how these shapeshifting beings blend in amongst the other races of Kaldheim. This returning keyword grants

And that's it for new and returning mechanics! Next up, a short prerelease FAQ!

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