Polukranos, Unchained

Polukranos, Unchained

Legendary Creature — Zombie Hydra

Polukranos enters the battlefield with six +1/+1 counters on it. It escapes with twelve +1/+1 counters on it instead.

If damage would be dealt to Polukranos while it has a +1/+1 counter on it, prevent that damage and remove that many +1/+1 counters on it.

: Polukranos fights another target creature.

Escape—, Exile six other cards from your graveyard. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its escape cost.)

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Set Rarity
Theros Beyond Death (THB) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Polukranos, Unchained Discussion

Boza on Obzedat's Counsel of Junk

2 weeks ago

How about going straight GB?

Ziusdra on Card creation challenge

3 weeks ago

I had a wildcard and got excited and then got ninja'd... go figure...

Cacophony, God of Nightmares

Legendary Enchantment Creature - God Horror


As long as your devotion to blue and to black is less than nine, Cacophony, God of Nightmares isn't a creature.

At the beginning of your end step, if Cacophony, God of Nightmares is in exile, you may return it from exile to your hand. If you do, each opponent exiles the top three cards of their library.

: Target player loses life equal to the number of cards they own in exile. Then, you lose 3 life.

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Illicit Financial Investments


, discard a card, pay 2 life: At the beginning of the next draw step, draw three cards instead of one, then discard a nonland card.

Sacrifice Illicit Financial Investments: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand and you lose 1 life.

The new Polukranos, Unchained is disappointing to me as a mythic rare. I don't remember if I said this before or assigned this as a challenge. But even if I did, someone else should have a go at it (I'll look back through old pages after I post this so I don't keep getting ninja'd). Remake Polukranos, Unchained as a Titan in the same vein and with similar mechanics as Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath and Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger.

nightwalker1392 on Theros's golgari

3 weeks ago

Gravebreaker Lamia, Tymaret Calls the Dead, and Polukranos, Unchained would be solid choices that are directly from the Theros line. In fact, Gravebreaker Lamia would make your Polukranos, Unchained cheaper to cast by 1 which would help you get a 12/12 drop quicker and Polukaranos helps you mill into your graveyard while also getting out some nice chump blockers. Love me some Golgari action!

triproberts12 on 5 Color Hydra

1 month ago

I mean, if you're going to bother building 5-color hydras, Progenitus is the commander. Without Rosheen Meanderer or Gargos, Vicious Watcher in the command zone, you'll want to run a base-green, land-based ramp package. You'll also want Chromatic Lantern and Dryad of the Ilysian Grove . The deck will mostly just be a slow, durdly deck without a whole lot of synergy beyond +1/+1 counters. Rosheen Meanderer is still the way to go if you want red in your hydra deck. Atraxa, Praetors' Voice would be a good counter commander, if you're okay with losing Apocalypse Hydra , Savageborn Hydra , Ulasht, the Hate Seed , Gyrus, Waker of Corpses , and Progenitus . Polukranos, Unchained could also fit that role, although at that point, you might as well just build Gargos.

pistolpeteiii on Gruul Aggro: Theros Beyond Death

1 month ago

Boza thanks for your suggestions!

Thank you again for your suggestions! Like I said I think they might be suited for a similar deck but aren't the exact effects I am looking to pull off with this build. I hope I explained my decision making well enough, feel free to disagree or build one however you see fit!

PhyrexianWombat on TOP 3 from Theros, Beyond ...

1 month ago

For me, gotta be:

1: Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger . Interesting and brutally designed interpretation of Kronos! Seems a fun deck to build. (But maybe not so much fun for the opponents)

2: Dreamshaper Shaman . This kind of effect is so much fun, and I love seeing more of it!

3: Polukranos, Unchained . The flavor of this card is brilliant, and his original card has sentimental value to me as well, so I gotta pick his new one up.

Tough narrowing it down to 3! I really wanted to include Nadir Kraken .

Fatknight13 on Simic Hydra Stompy

1 month ago

Okay so as someone who once tried to make this work in standard let give you some recommendations. Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig is a good card in mono green however in a multi colored deck like this one he isn't the best especially when you could be ramping with those card slots. Negate is a good card to have but not 4 in this deck. Another counter spell would be better or even going to 2 and then have 2 Essence Capture with more of each in sideboard. This biggest issue with this type of deck is lack of removal so once Theros Beyond Death releases this type of deck will probably need to add black for removal and Polukranos, Unchained . Stonecoil Serpent should be main-boarded since you don't have Hydroid Krasis . Arboreal Grazer is also better than Gilded Goose because you aren't running a food deck so you will have to spend 2 mana to get 1 on a later turn. A lot of the sideboard needs to be reworked as well because it just kinda feels like cards you wanted but couldn't justify main-boarding. So wait for Theros Beyond Death and add black so that you can get Cry of the Carnarium Polukranos, Unchained and Murderous Rider in the deck and you should see pretty good results in my opinion.