Rampage of the Valkyries – A Magic the Gathering Card Review

Angels have long been a popular tribe in Magic the Gathering, and with the release of early spoilers for the Kaldheim set, plenty of new Angels and support for Angels was revealed. One of these Angel support cards is an Enchantment called Rampage of the Valkyries. It costs 5 mana (3 colorless, 1 White, and 1 Black) to cast. When it comes into play, you create a 4/4 flying Angel creature token with vigilance. The second effect is where this card becomes powerful. Each time an Angel you control dies, each opponent sacrifices a creature.

Two Angels released in the Kaldheim set made this Rampage of the Valkyries card even more interesting. The first is a two-drop called Youthful Valkyrie, a 1 / 3 flyer that gets a +1/+1 counter whenever another Angel enters the battlefield under your control. The second is a 3-drop called Starnheim Aspirant, which makes Angel spells you cast cost two less colorless mana. With Cleaving Reaper already looking like a playable Angel, alongside others available in Standard, there’s plenty of food for Rampage of the Valkyries to force opponents to sacrifice creatures.

Since Angel Tribal appears to be a possible deck in Kaldheim Standard, Rampage of the Valkyries seems like a must play. Best of all, this is the kind of Enchantment where playing multiple copies gets you multiple triggers. Not only do you get the 4/4 Angel, but anytime an Angel dies it forces an additional sacrifice for your opponents. I’m also thinking that Yorion, Sky Nomad may have a ball in a deck with this Enchantment. Being able to “blink” Rampage to get another Angel token is sweet value. The fact that the Angels don’t tap when they attack makes them even better.

Could we see a new version of Esper Control deck emerge with Angels at the core around already powerful Enchantments like Doom Foretold and the aforementioned Yorion? It’s certainly possible, although I’d say you’re only playing two copies of Rampage of the Valkyries in that sort of deck. But, it’s the sort of card you could certainly play the full four copies of, but could easily end up being dead-draws.

The funniest application of Rampage of the Valkyries is likely in Commander and not even in Angel Tribal decks, since the options for Angels in Black are limited. Granted, Atraxa, Praetor’s Voice is an excellent Commander and an Angel but that’s not a deck you’re typically going to make Angel Tribal. Liesa, Shroud of Dusk is an interesting option, and Selenia, Dark Angel is an old-school option. There’s also Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, an Old School Commander who could certainly play this, but probably won’t (although playing Red Angels like Akroma, Angel of Fura, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, and Aurelia, the Warleader is pretty sweet).

The best deck for Rampage of the Valkyries is actually a deck that features Changelings, who are every creature type at once. It’s also notable that Kaldheim is going to feature many Shapeshifters, who are also Changelings, making that sort of deck even more powerful in Commander. Rampage of the Valkyries makes basically any of your Changelings dying force opponents to sacrifice, and would be an absolute game-changer in a multiplayer game.

Of all the early Kaldheim spoilers, it seemed like this Enchantment was getting a massive amount of attention. My experience is that generally Angels get a ton of attention during spoiler season, and this time, they may truly have a huge impact as a Tribe in competitive play as they never have before. Individual Angels have made big waves before, but gaining threats even at low points on the mana curve may finally make Angels a Tier deck in Standard!

How would you play Rampage of the Valkyries?

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