Hooded Hydra

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

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Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Mythic Rare

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Hooded Hydra

Creature — Snake Hydra

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

When Hooded Hydra dies, put a 1/1 green Snake creature token onto the battlefield for each +1/+1 counter on it.

Morph {3}{G}{G}

As Hooded Hydra is turned face up, put five +1/+1 counters on it.

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Hooded Hydra Discussion

MillersEdge on Atraxa, Queen of Counters

2 weeks ago

Nice build! I love how open the Atraxa good-counter-stuff archetype is, with the access to four colours and so many proliferate-able mechanics available.

I'd probably add some additional boardwipe-protection. You have Chasm Skulker and Hangarback Walker has been mentioned. Hooded Hydra is another option, and an inexpensive one at that. Heroic Intervention is an amazing utility card as well, it works in combat, against opponents' removal, and allows you to wipe the board and keep your own guys alive. Reyhan, Last of the Abzan works wonders against singletarget-removal and allows for blowout turns with Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord even if you don't have your Altered Ego + Enduring Scalelord combo assembled.

You might also want to think about graveyard-hate of some kind. Unless they see absolutely no play in your meta, graveyardstrats can spiral out of control fast if they are left unchecked. Both Scavenging Ooze and Phyrexian Scriptures are options that are on theme with the proliferate-extravaganza.

Oran-Rief, the Vastwood can help get the first counter on things to start proliferating. Prime Speaker Zegana is a bit mana-intensive and extremely underwhelming on an empty board, but if you reliably manage to have big creatures stick around for a turn, she can be massive. If you're willing to run it, Viral Drake gives you an alternative way to kill people and an additional way to proliferate. Luminarch Ascension draws a lot of hate, but can generate massive amounts of value and thanks to proliferate, you only need to get one counter on there to get the party started. As Foretold is a bit slow, but if it sticks for a bit, it can get pretty insane. With all those synergies, being able to play an additional card per turn can often just win you the game. Akroma's Memorial allows you to swing with your big creatures right away, provides evasion AND protects them from stuff like Anguished Unmaking or all those damagebased red boardwipes.

Some more landbased ramp like Cultivate, Farseek, Rampant Growth or Kodama's Reach can help fix your colours and is less likely to be removed than artifacts.

As for additional superfriends, Vivien Reid works well with creatureheavy strategies, and I really like Vraska, Relic Seeker, just because she is never a dead card. Ajani Unyielding is versatile and inexpensive. Just keep the balance in mind. I gradually built my Atraxa list from full creatures towards full superfriends and there was a stretch of time where none of the two strategies were really working out for me because of the mix. Some walkers can be huge fun in a +1/+1-counter-deck and vice versa, I'd just recommend you stay committed to one of the two as your main strategy.

Potential cuts: As much as I love the counter-synergies, quite a few of the actual proliferate-cards aren't all that great imho. Inexorable Tide just felt like a pretty clunky win-more card most of the times I drew it, and both Spread the Sickness and, to a lesser degree, Steady Progress are pretty overpriced for what they do, especially if your main wincon are massive creatures, where one additional counter often makes little difference. Contagion Clasp and Contagion Engine can also get pretty mana intensive, but they at least provide repeatable value without additional requirements. Revoke Existence feels kinda narrow. If you're running this with a trget in mind, by all means, keep it in, but you might want to keep your eyes open for alternatives like Utter End or Anguished Unmaking that hit more things. I'm not sure you have enough targets to really take advantage of Skullclamp. Mind's Eye felt pretty slow when I was running it, especially because the deck doesn't do tons of instantspeed stuff, so keeping mana open for it gets a bit sketchy. Mind Unbound is only worth running if your playgroup consistently allows it to stick around for a few turns. Otherwise you mmight be better off running something like Sphinx's Revelation or Blue Sun's Zenith. I'm not sure if I'd run three pillowfort options unless you're facing a lot of token strategies. Your deck looks like it should usually have some big blockers available, And if you don't people are usually fine with paying to take down key walkers.

Of course, it all comes down to your local meta, personal preferences/playstyle and (sadly) budget, so disregard anything I said if it doesn't feel right to you. I do hope some of it helps though ^^

Good luck and have fun playing!

ZendikariWol on Best. Friends. Forever.

3 weeks ago

All right. I'm not going to go into detail on cards to add unless you ask, but I am going to link one of my fairly similar decks at the bottom. I am going to focus on cuts.

But before we get to that, I'd like to address a couple glaring issues.

Your mana curve is devastatingly high. You are going to be playing nothing until turn 3 most of the time and that does not fly in commander. You should have your engine set up, or at least have a decent board state by turn 4. A lot of decks spend the first turns ramping and turn 4 is when shit begins. Your deck is looking more like turn 6.

Your deck has too much goodstuff to establish a reliable engine. There are a lot of cards here that really don't contribute to the theme. They're good, sure, but they could be better used in other decks and they could also be replaced with a card more applicable to your deck's theme.

Also you have VERY few cards that put counters on other creatures. I count 6. Note that that is just cards that place counters, not double them or add. I see a lot of circumstances where you have a proliferate effect or a counter doubler but have counters on maybe 2 creatures, and only because those creatures entered the battlefield with counters. You have a low creature count and most of them will either cost a lot of mana because they have an , or they don't place counters at all.

Now that that's out of the way, down to cuts.

Altered Ego is not that good. I mean it's not bad but it's pretty overcosted and it is downright awful in the early game.

Beast Whisperer is not going to be drawing you many cards, with a meager 26 creatures in the deck.

Hooded Hydra is also fairly overcosted, though it's not as bad as many other cards in the deck.

Laboratory Maniac is BAD, unless you're drawing enough cards to deck yourself out, and if you are then it'll probably get shot down and you'll lose the game. Not only that, but you will never deck yourself out because you would totally die first.

Lifeblood Hydra is either very overcosted, or it's not gonna die. For my reasoning, consider the curve. You cast it at 4 mana, it's a 1/1. Cast it at 5 and it's a 2/2. Cast for 6 and it's a 3/3. I would say that a 4/4 for 7 mana with that ability is BARELY worth it and anything bigger than 7/7 (10 mana) is not going to easily die. Do you want this to stick around? If so, it's overcosted. Do you want it to die? If so, still overcosted. It could stick around for a couple turns, eat a big attack IF an opponent is playing voltron and the voltron doesn't have trample, flying, or unblockable, and then die. That is the only use I could see for it.

Overbeing of Myth is goodstuff and not really all that good unless you have unlimited hand size.

Tatyova, Benthic Druid is great but this is not a deck that can take advantage of its power.

Walking Ballista doesn't seem like a ton of value. It can ping down a small creature or two but with very, VERY few cards that consistently provide counters to creatures it won't last long.

Fuel for the Cause is just plain bad. First of all it's a 4-mana counterspell. A 3-mana counterspell is pushin it but 4?? That means you're leaving 4 mana up HOPING to get something worth countering, rather than playing another spell every turn. Not only that but how many of your dudes have counters on them cuz most of them either enter with counters or aren't going to get them.

Darksteel Reactor is laughably slow.

Elixir of Immortality is a confusing addition. What does it do? Do you play against mill often? I will repeat that you are NEVER drawing enough cards to deck out before someone kills you.

Lux Cannon is also laughably slow.

Death's Presence is a good removal failsafe, but it costs a lot of mana and your creatures aren't dying in combat. So unless your opponents are packing a fair amount of removal this isn't doing a lot of work.

Rite of Replication and Spitting Image are bad because they DON'T copy counters (love the tricksy idea with Toothy tho), so whatever you're copying is probably an opponent's creature or one of few creatures you control that DON'T have in their costs.

Garruk, Caller of Beasts is super bad. His + is likely not to hit anything in such a creature-light deck, his - is equally bad. His ult is insane but you'll never get there because insane ults draw hate. Your opponents would just kill him.

Jace, Unraveler of Secrets is not great here. His + is fantastic but has nothing to do with the theme. His - is fairly weak. His ult is also a game winner, but once again, the opponents would just kill him.

Kiora, the Crashing Wave is bad in this deck. + is bad, - is decent but unreliable, and ult is kinda strong but not anything crazy and it would take a bit to get there.

Nissa, Vital Force has nothing to do with this deck. Her + isn't bad, but her - is and her ult is not gonna do you a whole pile of good.

Nissa, Voice of Zendikar is not bad here, but there are much better places she could be.

Here's my relatively similar deck, if you'd like to take a look.


Buttermilk Pancakes

Commander / EDH ZendikariWol

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patrickd117 on Ghave, Guru of Spores EDH

1 month ago

I agree with those cuts and adds, except for Cathar's Crusade, which I think has enough synergy with the commander to be worth it. I like Bloodspore Thrinax too, but that's getting into combo territory.

I also don't love Hooded Hydra and Nissa, Voice of Zendikar. Since you're in white, I think there are better board wipes than Crux of Fate

FiveEightFiveBC on THOSE WHO BETRAY ME WILL BE SLAIN

3 months ago

Hooded Hydra and Vastwood Hydra look like the only creatures you'd like to sacrifice to High Market, but I think it might be better to just let those threats of gained/retained value upon death be an upside in the event they are the target of removal. You could probably swap this out for another ramp card or mana rock. I'm counting 8 sources of ramp currently. You could probably benefit from more. Considering the number of X spells you have, your "real" curve is probably a little high.

YaminoNakani on Animar

4 months ago

Biggest issue I see here is a lack of focus and not enough creatures for a creatures only matter deck.

Animar, Soul of Elements wants two main things: Cast creatures and get +1/+1 counters to cast larger creatures. Everything in the deck should be focused on those two goals.

Setting up the deck to achieve this purpose will make it efficient and powerful. All cards should therefore do one of the following:

  1. Ramp up to Animar.

  2. Protect Animar.

  3. Place counters on Animar.

  4. Cast game ending creatures for cheap or free.

  5. Draw cards to allow us to do 1 through 4.

Priority should be given to cards that does something now > does something before your next turn > does something on your next turn > does something eventually.

Because Animar offers a discount based on creatures played, the deck shouldn't be filled with only high cmc game enders, but creatures from low to high cmc, preferably with as little colored mana symbols as possible, to give the deck a natural progression to casting free or cheap high cmc game ending creatures.

Let's split the deck into 3 parts. Pre-Animar setup, Post-Animar setup, Finale.

Note that $: (0 to 0.99), $$: (1.00 to 4.99), $$$: (5.00 to 9.99), $$$$: (10.00 to 19.99), !$!: (20.00+)

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This section will be all ramp, and protection to get Animar out quickly and make sure he is secure.

- The land base should be arranged to where there is more emphasis on , then , then since can color fix and can offer protection.

- Exotic Orchard is pretty good and cheap and can usually offer every color in multiplayer, especially if an opponent has a Command Tower out or even a Vivid Grove without even needing charge counters. - Kazoo lands such as Simic Growth Chamber, Izzet Boilerworks, and Gruul Turf are good in casual EDH where there is lack of land destruction and they artifically increase your deck ammount by posing as two lands in one. Though overall you do not want too many tap lands as you'll constantly be a entire turn behind.

- Birds of Paradise creature ramp & color fix. $$$

- Carpet of Flowers could be a dud or amazing ramp with two main phases. $$$

- Shrieking Drake easy continuous counters. $

- Sol Ring Always. $$

- Voyaging Satyr creature ramp & color fix. $

- Zhur-Taa Druid creature ramp & burn. $

- Bloom Tender creature ramp. !$!

- Coiling Oracle ramp or card draw. $

- Cyclonic Rift removal or 1-sided board wipe. $$$$

- Explore ramp and card Draw. $

- Den Protector cast for free with morph and surprise Regrowth. $

- Sakura-Tribe Elder creature ramp and color fix. $$

- Sylvan Caryatid creature ramp and color fix. $$

- Beastcaller Savant creature ramp and color fix. $$

- Kiora's Follower creature ramp or vigilance on a stick. $

- Rattleclaw Mystic creature ramp and color fix. $

- Walking Atlas potentially free creature ramp. $

- Ainok Survivalist cast for free with morph, surprise Naturalize. $

- Dream Stalker Cast a Boomerang for . $

- Elvish Visionary a better, creature version of Aggressive Urge for this deck.

- Stratus Dancer an almost Negate. $

- Willbender basically Redirect. $

- Simic Charm so versatile. $

- Hooded Hydra Normally, not a good card. However in this deck. It can become massive and a dangerous thing to see a Wrath of God. $

- Lightning Greaves Protection and quick haste for a large creature. $$

- Spellskite For those , & removals. $$$

- Ring of Kalonia Ramp every turn and makes Animar a lot more threatening. $

This section will be about setting up our board state to win. All cards from this point onwards will be casted after Animar has been casted.

- Fierce Empath Tutor for something big. $

- Man-o'-War Another Shrieking Drake. $

- Sage of Fables Emergency card draw. $$

- Pestermite Vigilance, chump blocker vs flying or stopping a giant creature. $

- Guided Passage One of the best card draw and pick your poison spells ever. $$

- Pir, Imaginative Rascal A creature hardened scales and specific tutor. $$

- Sylvok Replica A quick Naturalize. $

- Cloudstone Curio An auto include if you can afford it. $$$$

- Temur Ascendancy Makes all your casted creatures threatening and some card draw. $

- Ancestral Statue The best Shrieking Drake for this deck. $

- Phyrexian Metamorph Costs 2 life and can do so much for you. $$$

- Purphoros, God of the Forge Ends the game with one of the Shrieking Drakes. $$$$

- Solemn Simulacrum Free ramp, chump blocker and card draw. $$

- Faerie Artisans It doesn't look like much, this is card can get crazy. $$

- Toothy, Imaginary Friend A growing monstrocity that explodes into cards. $$

- Altered Ego with lots of counters on Animar, Soul of Elements and depending on the board, this card could be a massive threat. $

- Herald of Secret Streams Let Animar, Soul of Elements go nuts. $

- Spike Weaver When you need to buy yourself some time. $$$ - Forgotten Ancient Let your opponents ramp you fast. $

- Silent Arbiter Protection against swarm decks. $$

- Mulldrifter Cheap card draw and flying blocker. $$

- Peregrine Drake Budget Palinchron. $

- Xenagos, God of Revels Game ender. $$

- Vesuvan Shapeshifter On your upkeep, you may pay to clone the biggest and baddest mofo on the field. $

- Zealous Conscripts Your friend just played Darksteel Colossus and you only have left, what do you do? $

- Deepglow Skate Potential huge ramp for just . $$$

- Draining Whelk A different kind of Mana Drain. $$

- Duplicant Free Mind Control. $$

- Soul of the Harvest Huge card draw with a Shrieking Drake. $

- Primordial Sage Huge card draw with a Shrieking Drake. $

- Deadeye Navigator and Peregrine Drake or Great Whale = infinite mana. $$

- Progenitor Mimic Very dangerous to copy one of the heavy hitters in this deck. $$

- Consecrated Sphinx All the card draw. $$$

- Deadwood Treefolk Repeatable creature recusion. $

- Steel Hellkite Situational, but very deadily against token decks. $

- Great Oak Guardian Great, quick surprise block when tapped out. $

- Pathbreaker Ibex Quick, game ender. $$

- Thunderfoot Baloth Setup for getting past defenses. $$

- Scourge of the Throne Depending on the situation, can be deadly. !$!

- Great Whale Another budget Palinchron - Stalking Vengeance Please don't use Wrath of God. $

- Hamletback Goliath Good setup for a game ending creature. $

- Palinchron So expensive, yet so infinite mana. !$!

- Balefire Dragon Destroy all the creatures. $$$$

This section will be about ending the game with giant behemoths.

- Stormtide Leviathan Swing in with impunity. $

- Platinum Emperion Deletes a win condition. $$$$

- Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger Can win the game on its own. $$$$

- Stonehoof Chieftain Win through commander damage. $$$$

- Nullstone Gargoyle Nothing but creatures from here on. $

- Void Winnower Turns the game into an odd match. $$

- Kozilek, Butcher of Truth Card Draw, Mill Protection and Devastating power. !$!

- Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur Look ma, no hands! $$$

- Darksteel Colossus Not something people want to see cast for 0 or worse, cloned. $$$$

- Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre Vindicate, Mill Protection and Devastating power. !$!

- Blightsteel Colossus Not something people want to see cast for 0 or worse, cloned. !$!

- It That Betrays Now clone it. $$

- Emrakul, the Promised End Take out the combo or sacrifice player easily. $$$$

SalieriC on Till death gives us counters

5 months ago

Me again. Sorry for spamming. :D

You updated the Deck for Battlebond. Personally I feel some of the cards are not budget cards anymore, I will not add them to my deck.

Take a look at Together Forever as well. It is an Enchatnment for WW and supports (+1/+1 counter oon each of up to two creatures) on ETB, which is okay. But: You can pay 1 whenever you want to return any one creature with a counter on it to it's owners hand if it dies during the current turn. This could excelerate this deck mid to end game if you have enough Mana to cast Reyhan over and over again. It can also work quite well with one of the creatures which put tokens onto the battlefield (i.e. Hooded Hydra). More tokens mean more mana from Ashnod's Altar, which means more counters for the next casting which happens the same turn thanks to Together Forever.

Zehk on Is 'zero' a number for ...

5 months ago

For example, Hooded Hydra enters with X +1/+1 counters when cast normally. If it were to be cast some other way, Collected Company for instance, would effects like Winding Constrictor and Hardened Scales see the "Zero" +1/+1 counters it enters with because the card specifically mentions entering with them, or is zero not considered a number for this purpose, which would cause the hydra to die instantly as a state based action?

J.Wilcox99 on Imaginary Friends - Pir and Toothy

5 months ago

I would consider running Hooded Hydra and maybe a Chasm Skulker with all the ramp and card draw you have. It would grant more protection from board wipes while also allowing you some big heavy hitters you could make unblockable.

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