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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|Theros Beyond Death (THB)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Polukranos, Unchained Discussion
2 weeks ago
How about going straight GB?
- 4 rhino - 1 obzedat - 1 Unmaking from the main deck
4 loxodon, - 2 anafenza -2 dromoka -2 kambal - 1 trophy (you have 5 in the 75 cards) from the SB
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.
5 / 4
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.
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!
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.
1 month ago
Boza thanks for your suggestions!
I don't hate Wildwood Tracker in this deck, however I think the ability to play a 3 drop on T2 or a 4 drop on T3 is too big of an upside to cut Gilded Goose or Paradise Druid for it. Additionally, it doesn't play well with Pelt Collector like Gallia of the Endless Dance or Paradise Druid do.
In my opinion, the downside of Lovestruck Beast not being able to attack without a 1/1 is too high to include it in the main deck. Although it survives a Deafening Clarion , Shock , Bonecrusher Giant , or any bounce effect like Brazen Borrower on its own, it will not be able to do anything without the token or a Wildwood Tracker on the board. I think those two cards you suggested pair nicely, but in a different version of the deck, or even a go-wide version with more 1/1 creature support. Also, Lovestruck Beast does not provide enough devotion to help enable Klothys, God of Destiny regularly.
Ilysian Caryatid seems better in a go-big strategy, possibly using for Rotting Regisaur or Polukranos, Unchained . For the T1 Gilded Goose into T2 Domri, Anarch of Bolas play alone, I find having a T1 mana creature to be much more relevant. Additionally, selecting Paradise Druid over Ilysian Caryatid allows my Pelt Collector to trigger on T2.
I am including 2 copies of Sunder Shaman as a mainboard way to fight against the new Gods, as well as any matches against decks running Doom Foretold , Fires of Invention , or other impactful enchantments. It adds 4 devotion for Klothys, God of Destiny which is huge, and is just an overstatted body on its own. I don't feel bad running the 2 copies in the main, as this is a BO1 deck where having a bit of insurance against problematic enchantments could prove to be very helpful.
The one copy of Escape to the Wilds is a way to refill after a sweeper, and actually outperformed my expectations during the last standard season. You'd be shocked with how much pressure you can apply after hitting 2/3 relevant creatures with its ability, which can be enough to push for lethal the turn after you play it. I've only included 1 copy, as I am testing out Klothys, God of Destiny as a way to push the last few points of damage.
Finally, I see Collision / Colossus to be more of a side board option, where this deck is geared towards BO1 play. I think having the ability to fight with Domri, Anarch of Bolas along side its ability to provide mana and a +1/+0 static anthem effect are much more relevant than running a conditional pump spell. It does pair nicely with Embercleave , and can take down a flying threat, however this deck is more focused on pushing through damage to achieve a win on T4/T5 if possible. Holding up 2 mana for this effect is taking away from a turn that I could just play Embercleave or an impactful creature, and the list is pretty tight so I can't justify making 2 cuts for the copies.
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!
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 .
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.