Hydra Broodmaster


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal

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Set Rarity
Journey into Nyx Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Hydra Broodmaster

Creature — Hydra

: Monstrosity X.(If this creature isn't monstrous, put X +1/+1 counters on it and it becomes monstrous.)

When Hydra Broodmaster becomes monstrous, put X X/X green Hydra creature tokens onto the battlefield.

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Hydra Broodmaster Discussion

Panas on Chemo Ramp

1 day ago

Alright! I gave the deck a quick look and it looks relatively good overall. I understand you are not in a very competitive meta (or at least, not a very cutthroat one at that) and that budget is a concern albeit not a very crazy one.

I see enough card draw and cards that replace themselves. I also liked that you built the deck accordingly, avoiding enchantment and artifact inclusions to fit the theme of blowing all of them up.

With that said we reach the greatest flaw in the deck. Without any strong, early ramp and so many high costed cards doing what you want, your deck is left slow and clunky and will often durdle and fold to early advantage gained by other people through the same things you hate. Breaking a Sylvan Library on turn 5 means that opponent already has gained all the value in the world out of it and probably doesn't care too much that it's being destroyed.

A second point I want to make is that although you do have a lot of big mana plays, a LOT of them are inefficient considering the resource investment into them (mana cost Vs effect + P/T). Here's a list of which ones I didn't like too much and the reasoning behind it:

  • Avatar of Might is a vanilla trampler in your deck. Unless you are facing against a fast aggro deck or token generator, you are the one playing the creature deck so I wouldn't expect to cast it on the cheap side often.
  • Deus of Calamity is an awesome card but it needs the proper enablers (double strike/constant buffs) for it to work as intended and even then it's a "win more" card. In effect it does a hell of a lot under certain conditions, but those are hard to come by and when you are behind you'd prefer playing something else.
  • Domesticated Hydra a very high investment just to get a trampler. Evasion is good but when you compare these kind of cards with enablers like Thunderfoot Baloth and Siege Behemoth they are very lackluster.
  • Havenwood Wurm: 7 mana for a 5/6 trampler? You can do a lot better than this. The instant speed doesn't warrant this investment as it is essentially asking you to skip your turn to play this.
  • Stonebrow, Krosan Hero would be a lot better in a shell where mass trample and Overrun effects ran rampant. This is not the case so quite often he will be giving you an extra 2-4 damage on swing. He's not that bad though.
  • Blunt the Assault is a heavy costed fog effect. If life gaining is that important, running Shamanic Revelation is better. If the fog is really needed then just run Fog or Lull or Respite or Winds of Qal Sisma.
  • Devil's Play is a very flavourful card and I do like it, but I think it's a bit small for commander. Fall of the Titans or even better Comet Storm do a much better job at finishing people.
  • Scrabbling Claws is not good enough for graveyard hate. There exist much better alternatives (i.e. Relic of Progenitus)!

And here are my suggestions for you, including some notable omissions. Some have already been mentioned by others.

I would choose a number of these as replacements prefering their versatility, efficiency and power.

Those are my thoughts. :)

ps: since tappedout doesn't let me mark my most suggestions through the checkboxes for some reason, i'll put an exclamation mark next to them...

Workman4137 on Creature's Army leader Meren

6 days ago

I see. That Yavimaya Elder will definately help me out with ramp and card draw though, and I'm trying to get a Sheoldred, the Whispering One.

Of course, the theme of this deck is creatures. Creatures, creatures, creatures! And benefiting from their death! And the Winding Constrictor while helpful, she already gets the basic cap of 12 experience counters pretty frequently and consistently in practice.

However, I am trying to get a Gemstone Array because I doubt an infinite combo involving Dutiful Attendant Eternal Witness Victimize Ashnod's Altar Korozda Guildmage Hydra Broodmaster and the aforementioned Gemstone Array . Of course, this is extremely overcomplicated of an infinite but it works wonders for meren.

PootyHutchins on Green/Black Hydra Heavy Hitter

1 week ago

My buddy used to run a hydra deck way back in the day, so I can recommend you a few good cards, but I'm not too sure if you're on a budget or not.

Kalonian Hydra is an absolute monster in hydra decks and is usually a must deal with creature, also Primordial Hydra + Kalonian Hydra is a terrifying combo. His deck also used to do a lot of mana ramp so he'd run cards like Elvish Mystic and Sylvan Caryatid to help him get bigger creatures out sooner and pump up his creatures that have an X casting cost to them. Polukranos, World Eater is another pretty good and decently cheap one he ran, as well as Hydra Broodmaster.

If you don't mind splashing red, Xenagos, the Reveler is another card he ran that helped pump up his creatures and ramp even more quickly, and if you do decide to splash red you can run Apocalypse Hydra as well.

Lastly you should also try and cut your deck down to 60 cards. It makes your pulls much more consistent.

Panas on Please help: Mana sinks for ...

2 weeks ago

Hello :)

If you would be so kind, could you point me towards some late game mana sinks for a Karametra, God of Harvests deck?

As it was asked of me earlier, the deck has a landfall subtheme, but other than that, it's just a creature heavy stompy deck.

It's for a friend, relative beginner who enjoys playing creatures. The problem is, the deck she made works like clockwork with early commander drops, ramping like nothing I've ever seen and then all of a sudden it just dies off... Having 20 mana but nothing to do with it, other than playing a 6 drop like Rampaging Baloths.

I have already suggested Steel Hellkite, Hydra Broodmaster, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa and Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip but I'm running dry after that.

Any help is appreciated!

hibuddy1234 on Omnath, Locus of Creature Ramp

2 weeks ago

I would swap out Acidic Slime for Reclamation Sage just because it costs less mana to cast, unless you want if for the land destruction and deathtouch. Also adding Polukranos, World Eater or Hydra Broodmaster would be great.

libraryjoy on Getting Back In (Deck Help)

3 weeks ago

Ramp: Karametra's Acolyte. Yeah. also Gyre Sage can ramp pretty efficiently, as can Somberwald Sage. And she's expensive, but Selvala, Heart of the Wilds is insane. Seeker of Skybreak can get you a second activation of any of them. Land search can be accomplished with Frontier Guide, Journeyer's Kite, Sword of the Animist, or Burnished Hart. Or Nissa's Renewal, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach and the like.

Card draw: Besides Selvala, you can also get Garruk's Packleader, Soul of the Harvest, Primordial Sage & Elemental Bond.

For big creatures, I'm partial to Hydra Broodmaster. Heroes' Bane can also get out of hand quickly. For giggles, I also play Mossbridge Troll, Spearbreaker Behemoth, Paleoloth, & Archetype of Endurance. Craterhoof Behemoth is really good - and pricey.

Mass buff: Dragon Throne of Tarkir. Beastmaster Ascension. Also, possibly Fangren Firstborn. And Triumph of the Hordes if your group doesn't mind the infect.

I like Quest for Renewal / Awakening in mono-green for shenanigans on other peoples' turns. Yeva, Nature's Herald gives your creatures flash. And don't forget about fliers - you probably want Spidersilk Armor and maybe Destructor Dragon. Champion of Lambholt can get your damage through, especially if you've got something to produce tokens (nuts with Animation Module). If you have a lot of +1/+1 counters, like in a Hydra build, I've been using Longshot Squad and Tuskguard Captain to add to the fun. Bow of Nylea also has a lot of utility, and Hardened Scales is a must in a counter-heavy build.

Hope that gives you some ideas!

b_rice132 on K&T Go to War

1 month ago

Solitary Confinement is another great pillow fort card, especially with this commander. Alhammarret's Archive , Temple Bell and Otherworld Atlas also synergize well with it. Sphere of Safety is another great pillow fort card. Starfield of Nyx will turn all of your pillow fort cards into creatures to get aggressive with as well as a free recursion on your upkeep. To turn up the agro Furnace of Rath and Gisela, Blade of Goldnight are great for one-on-ones, especially when you have your pillow fort cards up. Aetherflux Reservoir can get really dumb with a ton of mana to drop a bunch of spells quick. Trostani, Selesnya's Voice can be really good with big creature drops, especially with your hydras and that Rampaging Baloths . Hydra Broodmaster is a great mana sink as well.

Mairon_Bauglir on Mono Modern Mana Masculinity

1 month ago

I might suggest these as good staples powerhouses of green you may have not seen, Vigor, Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, Elderscale Wurm, Wolfir Avenger, Primordial Hydra, Avatar of the Resolute, Fog and my favorite green planeswalker Garruk Relentless  Flip because he can sacrifice those wolves he creates and can search out any creature you want for an instant win con card like Vigor, Hydra Broodmaster, etc And best removal for green, Beast Within. Vigor beause who doesn't want near impossible to kill creatures in combo with Asceticism. Elderscale Wurm essentially makes you immortal. Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger aggressive mana ramp that controls the opponent board pretty well. Wolfir Avenger good frontline fighter and can regen against fields of death touch or act as a good buffer. Primordial Hydra can win the game hands down within 2-3 turns of coming out. Avatar of the Resolute good utility creature that acts as either a frontline fighter or defense against big fliers as well as Deadly Recluse Fog has saved my bacon more than a few times if they had something could bypass all of that defense. Garruk Relentless  Flip transforms and his +1 and -1 are invaluable for swarming and searching out win cons.

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