Kalonian Hydra


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

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Mythic Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Mythic Rare
Magic 2014 (M14) Mythic Rare

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Kalonian Hydra

Creature — Hydra


Kalonian Hydra enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it.

Whenever Kalonian Hydra attacks, double the number of +1/+1 counters on each creature you control.

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Kalonian Hydra Discussion

TwinStags on Commander Damage Matters

3 hours ago

Myth is rad. I wish it was draw two... and maybe a third thing. Or just if it just cost 1 mana lol

Souls might is p good for Skullbriar or Kalonian Hydra , but it’s also shoehorned

I prefer Solidarity of Heroes over biogenic. But it gets stumped if you don’t have counters already out

jicklemania on You Win Enchants With Proliferate

1 week ago

Just so you know, Corpsejack Menace and Kalonian Hydra only apply to +1/+1 counters, so they won't double the filibuster counters on Azor's Elocutors .

Mentalninja on Hail Hydra!

1 week ago

No Kalonian Hydra ? Its arguably one of the best hydras printed.

I love the deck though, Hydras are one of my favorite creature types and I've always wanted to see a deck that goes all in on it.

match_lighter on Unbound Hydras

3 weeks ago

Firstly Pernicious Deed is not modern legal, secondly three Lazotep Plating feels bad, especially in the mainboard, I would move at least one to the sideboard in exchange for more removal, and maybe another one for the third stubborn denial. I don't like Kalonian Hydra because it feels win more and would remove at least two from the deck, in its place I would add either a Mistcutter Hydra if your meta has a lot of control decks, or Polukranos, World Eater if your meta has a lot of creature based decks. It is a cool deck that definitely needs tuning, though I like going into BUG colors rather than Gruul, as it gives you more interaction, I would run with that idea of interaction. Hope I've helped.

lagotripha on HYDRAGEDDON

1 month ago

In terms of making this more competitive, I'd look at chilling on exactly what you will be getting until horizons drops, because its likely the metagame will shift significantly. The only immediate changes would be sswapping Path of Discovery Prodigious Growth Somberwald Sage Ulvenwald Hydra for more spells/creatures that are useful on the first few turns of the game.

Unbound Flourishing feels like combo fuel- double Finale of Devastation wins instantly, and likely to shape the format in intersting ways, but is also likely to be a multicolour deck to better support that combo.

U/G untap has been a thing for a while- from Bloom Tender to Axebane Guardian Freed from the Real combo has a lot of lists out there offering reliablity and power- but recently has largely been supplanted by Training Grounds / Umbral Mantle due to its ability to subsist on manlands and redundant pieces.

This means that unless you are planning on hunting down a fetch manabase, I'd advise you take the deck in the other direction and tone down the combo aspect- A green deck ramping into 4 and 5 drops and hitting your opponent in the face with them can be great with some tuning. Kalonian Hydra in particular dodges a large amount of removal while presenting a two turn clock, before looking at other creatures. Hardened Scales makes a two mana hydra still scary.

If you really, really like just hitting your opponent with a huge hasty creature with Freed from the Real , add Fertile Ground (Possibly Trace of Abundance ), plenty of filtering and carddraw, and look at the possibility of Early Harvest / Heartbeat of Spring . If you can generate more mana than your opponent has life and cast a hydra (or a Banefire ) you win.

Primedasf_tvl on HYDRAGEDDON

1 month ago

Thanks Lame_Duck I actually have 2 Polukranos, World Eater On the way along with another Primordial Hydra but good call on removing Managorger Hydra I realize it really doesn’t do any good for me because I’m looking for huge hydras without waiting for them to grow. Genesis Hydra does make a good tutor for when I go infinite (to find a Kalonian Hydra or a Hydra Broodmaster ) but I suppose I really don’t need two of them. I’m thinking about adding 2 Walking Ballista for another infinite win con. Definitely going to add more Hydra Broodmaster and 2 more Kalonian Hydra . Thanks for the suggestions! Happy tapping!


1 month ago

I've played around with a casual Hydra tribal deck that follows a similar game-plan to this one and, from my experience, you should focus more on Hydras that are effective both when your big mana-generation plan is working and when it isn't. So, I'd up the number of Hydra Broodmaster , Kalonian Hydra and Primordial Hydra and also give Polukranos, World Eater a try. I found Managorger Hydra to be a disappointment since it was basically only good when cast on turn 2 and the odds of hitting something good with Genesis Hydra to be too low in a deck full of creatures, so consider cutting those.

TibaltVauler on Double trouble with Vorel

1 month ago

Looks great, I built a Vorel deck that’s similar and love it. Maybe consider Contagion Engine , Everflowing Chalice and Kalonian Hydra

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