Primordial Hydra


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

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Set Rarity
Magic 2013 (M13) Mythic Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) Mythic Rare

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Primordial Hydra

Creature — Hydra

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

At the beginning of your upkeep, double the amount of +1/+1 counters on Primordial Hydra.

Primordial Hydra has trample as long as it has ten or more +1/+1 counters on it.

Primordial Hydra Discussion

griffstick on Hydra Fight Club

2 weeks ago

This is odd. That card doesn't say reveal them or it anywhere on the card. So I think cheating with this is real easy lol. When you go through these motions, that can make people at the table think you are cheating and make people salty.

With all of that being said. It's a strong effect. I think an effect like that will find 1 of the 3 most powerful creatures in the deck ( Kalonian Hydra , Primordial Hydra , and Vigor ) after about 2 or 3 creatures entering the battlefield. I like this one but not alot.

skookes on GB Undying

1 month ago

I really feel that running 4 Carrion Feeder to enable the sacrifice outlet is neccessary. Being able to reset your +1/+1 counters through the undying triggers after you exhaust them with a Retribution of the Ancients trigger. Just sac them to the Feeder and immediately get 2 power back for each Undying trigger on the board. With the emphasis on +1/+1 counters i would also look to try various Hydras, i've always wanted to slot in Genesis Hydra and Primordial Hydra in a modern deck...

dragonstryke58 on Ezuri and 0/0

1 month ago

Just to further expand upon my earlier answer: The reason I mentioned that as long as nothing modifies its power to greater than 2 is because static abilities can create continuous effects that also modify a creature's power to greater than 2 as it enters.

An example would be you having a Primordial Hydra where X was 0 entering and you control a Beastmaster Ascension with seven or more counters on it. Though the Primordial Hydra would be a 0/0, the Beastmaster Ascension 's continuous effect would give it +5/+5. Therefore, you would not get an experience counter due to the Primordial Hydra entering.

HydraOoze on Rosheen's Snake Boys

1 month ago

Primordial Hydra would fit well in here.

dragonstryke58 on Ezuri and 0/0

1 month ago

It depends.

In your example, no, you will not get an experience counter. The Graft ability on Cytoplast Root-Kin modifies how it will enter the battlefield. It will enter with four +1/+1 counters on it and essentially be a 4/4 when it enters.

However, if you were to have a Primordial Hydra and pay zero for X, you will get a counter (if there are no other adjustments that modify its power to greater than 2). Once it enters though, state-based actions will be checked and you will also move Primordial Hydra to the graveyard as well.

Basically, as long as the creature enters the battlefield with a power of 2 or less, and nothing modifies its power as it enters to greater than 2, Ezuri, Claw of Progress with give you an experience counter.

HydraOoze on Atraxa Upgrade

1 month ago

A fun creature for +1+1 counter themes is Primordial Hydra .

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.

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Primordial Hydra occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Green: 0.13%