I like the idea that the recent Magic story referenced Kaldheim because we'll be going there soon and getting a "Viking World." Though I also wonder if Kaldheim was chosen for the story simply because Skybreen was illustrated by Wayne England, and that was their way of adding a subtle tribute to the iconic artist who passed away last year. (Skybreen was the only Planar card he illustrated.) Thoughts?
For those who might not understand why we keep talking about ‘Viking World’, in Mark Rosewater’s Tell Me What You Want from March 2016, he listed four worlds based on real-life sources that Magic hadn’t visited yet. These were meant to be in-demand lists that they knew were high up on player’s expectations. Since that article was released, we’ve visited three of the four planes he listed: Indian World, Egypt World, and Mesoamerican World.
Since then, we’ve also gotten the likes of Saskia and Inalla in Commander products, both of whom I’ve noted have a Viking-World feel. I think Kaldheim would be a good choice for Viking world because we know basically nothing about it, while Valla is the home of Warstorm Surge and the Immersturm, limiting options.
I think it could be a little of both, honestly. I don’t think it necessarily means Kaldheim is going to viking world, but now that the block paradigm is out the windows, I could easily see us visiting places I never thought we would go before.
Skybreen by Wayne England