Genesis Hydra


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Magic 2015 (M15) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Genesis Hydra

Creature — Plant Hydra

When you cast Genesis Hydra, reveal the top X cards of your library. You may put a nonland permanent card with converted mana cost X or less from among them onto the battlefield. Then shuffle the rest into your library.

Genesis Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

Genesis Hydra Discussion

Dragaan on Budget Green Stompy modern

3 weeks ago

Yes, Dryad Militant is another must-have for the deck. Especially at this very moment, when Faithless Looting decks like Izzet Phoenix and Dredge making up such a large portion of the metagame (and being the best decks at the moment by quite a bit - Phoenix especially, which mono-green stompy has enough trouble with due to Thing in the Ice  Flip and Crackling Drake ).

The cards you linked, while all good cards, are not quite up to snuff when it comes to competitive constructed formats. They're the type of cards that are good enough for cube and absolutely great in limited but just either aren't quite impactful enough or cost too much mana, especially in a deck like mono-green stompy. Some of the cards you have in your deck and a few of the cards you linked above are played in fringe decks like mono-green Devotion. Here is a link to my outdated (I haven't updated my lists on here in a few years - back when I was serious about modern on mtgo) - My outdated Green Devotion list. This deck is more about ramping up to cast slightly larger creatures and take advantage of cards like Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Genesis Wave / Genesis Hydra to spew out a bunch of stuff at once (or just win the game with cards like Craterhoof Behemoth .

Here is a link to a more recent iteration of the deck, which actually placed 16th at an SCG event - Recent Green Devotion List.

Btw, while looking around I found some things you may find interesting to look at:

  • First is a deck on here which is closer to the "standard" mono-green stompy deck that also seems to have a lot of discussion on the page regarding the deck/cards - Big Green Daddies (Stompy).

Next are links to two youtube videos by tcgplayer which feature both decks (one for stompy, one for devotion):

Again, sorry for the "suggestions" it throws at you from the cards I linked. Just wanted to use the hyperlink for them. I hope this extra bit of info helps you out.

wolfhead on War of the Sparks in ...

3 weeks ago

yeah sideboards will definitely benefit the most from this set, but i think theres a lot of potential.

i noticed theres another doran effect, and maybe one day that critical mass will be achieved. never forget your first ptq top 8!

Ilharg, the Raze-Boar is redundancy(ish) for the breach decks,

and personally im interested in Evolution Sage .

Blast Zone looks like its going to be so broken to me. its definitely not and its slow as balls, but its EE on a land. thats going to be broken, right?

Fblthp, the Lost is a shifted visionary. maybe that will be something.

i want Banehound to be something.

Spark Harvest replaces bone splinters, right? ive wished i could hardcast splinters so many times

Chandra, Fire Artisan can actually hit lands this time, if that means anything to you

Grim Initiate is another card for aristocrats, and its common too. Heartfire kind of fits in there too as an any-creature shrapnel blast, but i really dont like that one point of damage it loses. and Cruel Celebrant is yet another blood artist for modern.

Sarkhan the Masterless seems cool if anyones still playing superfriends. i feel like theyre in need of a closer.

Bond of Flourishing probably doesnt get there, but it is now a card.

Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner is a worse, cheaper garruk for nykthos decks. double triggers off Genesis Hydra sounds pretty sweet though.

i personally think Saheeli, Sublime Artificer has potential too

bryanedds on Kruphixer Upper

1 month ago

I should throw Genesis Hydra in here, too. Very on-theme.

Diddle on Atraxa

1 month ago

Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants puts counters on things and also gets a bonus from Atraxa's proliferating, Gavony Township is very strong, Genesis Hydra is a favorite of mine in any deck and it gets an added bonus here, and Godsend is a very strong card for any deck that wants to attack with something big.

Sarios254 on My take on RG Pummler

1 month ago

The first suggestions are for ur landbase, I think u allready know them and didn´t bought for buget reason, but a solide landbase is important for semicompetitive play at FNM.: - 4x Stomping Ground - 4x Wooded Foothills - 4x Copperline Gorge

Thats a standard aggro/midrange 2clolored competetive manabase.

I would defenitly include 4x Lightning Bolt

Aetherworks Marvel isn´t a good card for this deck there are deck entirly build around it to cheat heavy creature´s into play like this one: My Friendo Emrakul Turn Four!!!. The problem with you´re deck is energy is really only playable in modern with Aetherworks Marvel as a combo piece for giant Eldrazis/Hydra´s, etc. At my FNM you would get wrecked by almost every deck, I know how that feels I came to a Modern Tournament with a casual standard deck at first, it can be really frustrating :D.

Here are cards I would cut for strictly more powerful alternatives:

PlatinumOne on Devoted Remedies

1 month ago

putting a Walking Ballista into play with Genesis Hydra will make the Ballista a 0/0, and it will be immediately sent to the graveyard as a state based action.

Diddle on Rubblebelt Rhythm

1 month ago

Deck looks really solid. A few suggestion would be Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma , Genesis Hydra , Regal Force and Surrak, the Hunt Caller . Goreclaw is a good way to play more things as well as give your big creatures trample, Hydra is a solid way to heavily swing the board in your favor as well as being a big threat on its own, Regal Force will help to stop you from running out of gas. and Surrak can win a game out of no where and is always a solid include for a creature based strategy.

lonesentinel on In response...permanent-ly!

1 month ago

spiral_te thanks for comments/suggestions!

I agree for point 1-7.

  • The original reason I put in Expedition Map is that I based the deck around the 6 flash-enablers. Theres no way to tutor for Vedalken Orrery and Leyline of Anticipation , and only Momir to tutor for Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir and Yeva, Nature's Herald . So the Map is my efficient way to tutor out Alchemist's Refuge and Winding Canyons . I would shift over to a Ulvenwald Hydra for this purpose but I do not have one.

  • Void Grafter is just part of the 'my creature can do what an instant can do' such as Dive Down or Mizzium Skin but I guess this is pretty situational and I would have to leave 3 mana open always.

  • I agree for the cuts to Kiora's follower, but not for Gyre engineer. Both were meant to be manadorks and I was guessing I need to ramp fast to be able to cast things on multiple turns. Genesis hydra was just thematic of the 'cheating creatures out'.

  • For Prowling Serpopard/Gaea's Herald, it's not really needed in my playgroup, since I'm the one that usually plays counterspells most of the time.

  • I'm looking to slot in Kederekt Leviathan for a 'cyclonic rift' effect that can be used twice due to unearth. But my considerations are that I'll need to build up my board again, so this would probably be used more when I'm behind. So i've opted to put in Profaner of the Dead and Scourge of Fleets as my AOE boardclear instead. What are your thoughts on adding the Leviathan?

Still need to cut 5 more :(

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Genesis Hydra occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Green: 0.28%