Bristling Hydra


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh (KLD) Rare

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Bristling Hydra

Creature — Hydra

When Bristling Hydra enters the battlefield, you get symbol:esymbol:esymbol:e (three energy counters).

Pay symbol:esymbol:esymbol:e: Put a +1/+1 counter on Bristling Hydra. It gains hexproof until end of turn.

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Bristling Hydra Discussion

TheCamFire on Grixis Turbo Tower - Remastered (XLN)

2 days ago

Fluffy_Squid, you know, before rotation, one of my biggest problems was Bristling Hydra so I ran To the Slaughter as a pretty good edict effect against it. Now in Ixalan, I cannot find a good enough replacement for it in the colors that I'm using. Bontu's Last Reckoning and Doomfall could both put in some work, or I could Lost Legacy naming Carnage Tyrant game 2 if I lose to it game 1.

djnewellmit on Jund Pummeler

3 days ago

I don't think Winding Constrictor gives you a good enough reason to ruin your mana base over the Gruul Pummeler decks. Pummeler cares about energy, but not so much about the +1/+1 counters. The Pummeler game plan wants to fire off (turn 4 or 5). At best, the Snake will get you 2, maybe 3 more energy. You'd be better off just putting in Woodweaver's Puzzleknot than trying to work Winding Constrictor in to the plan.

If you want to play with the Snake, I highly recommend you add Longtusk Cub to your deck. The Cub works with the Snake both ways, caring about energy and also doubling up on the +1/+1 counters while spending energy.

Where do you put the Cub? Since you have a very low land count, I would start by moving two Bristling Hydra to the sideboard. Drop one copy of Fling and one copy of Harnessed Lightning, and now you have room for 4x Longtusk Cub. I could also see dropping 2x Harnessed Lightning, and instead keeping both copies of Fling.

Hope that aids with your decision making.

Shwang on Dimir Controlling Your Creatures

4 days ago

jason31502 that's a good callout. The biggest problem this deck has are with vehicles and creatures with hexproof (especially that dang Bristling Hydra.

Bontu's Last Reckoning is there to stop hexproof guys, and Kefnet's Last Word is there to stop vehicles (and other big creatures). I'm open to suggestions on other ways to stop those guys. Any thoughts?

Illuminate21 on XLN - Grixis Control

6 days ago

From the games I have played against and seen played so far, I'd say that Temur Energy hasn't changed much besides the addition of Lightning Strike and Carnage Tyrant. I haven't been losing against them much since they like to use their removal on The Scarab God to hold him off for a few turns, instead of using it on the reanimated Rogue Refiner or, even better, Bristling Hydra

Countermage on Discard to death, mono black standard

1 week ago

Oh, I forgot to say yo need Doomfall in your 75, It's so versatile to Thoughtseize the opponent or to get rid of Bristling Hydra, Carnage Tyrant or those annoying Gods.

dentalflosstycoon on Temur Through Rotation (100% Competitive)

1 week ago

Yeah, Carnage Tyrant cleans up the game. I have seen some discussion about a 2-2 split between Ripjaw Raptor and Bristling Hydra, and I think it's worth exploring, but so far I think the hydra holds his own against the raptor in this particular deck.

dentalflosstycoon on Temur Through Rotation (100% Competitive)

1 week ago

I think Ripjaw Raptor is an awesome card that fits really well in a dino-themed deck because of all the synergy and extra benefits he gets from his fellow dinos. While I will playtest him in this deck, I just don't think he'll ever outshine Bristling Hydra for the 4-drop slot and same exact mana cost. Once the hydra hits, he's practically un-removable unless they board wipe or want to block with multiples. With all the extra energy lying around in this deck, Bristling Hydra just synergizes much better than Ripjaw Raptor. In a gruul/naya dino deck though, I'd take the raptor.

dentalflosstycoon on Temur Through Rotation (100% Competitive)

1 week ago

That is also true. Bristling Hydra gets out of control pretty quickly and most of the time I can make him hexproof in response to removal.

I too am excited for Ixalan. Only a couple more weeks!

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