Protean Hydra


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Mythic Rare

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Protean Hydra

Creature — Hydra

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

If damage would be dealt to Protean Hydra, prevent that damage and remove that many +1/+1 counters from it.

Whenever a +1/+1 counter is removed from Protean Hydra, put two +1/+1 counters on it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Protean Hydra Discussion

Ruyen on Snaking into more mana

1 week ago

With all that Green Mana you really need Omnath, Locus of Mana. You also need way more hydra's like Genesis Hydra or Protean Hydra. You may want to voltron your commander with cards like Strata Scythe (I mean +1/+1 for each forest, yes please) or Sword of the Animist.

Duke.Fleed on Hydraphobia

2 weeks ago

Gotta love hydras. I did a video on a hydra deck if you want to check that out, if not here is the tldr: Gyre Sage is bonkers, Hardened Scales good combo, "one drop hydras" will always be the right manacost: Mistcutter Hydra, Protean Hydra, Feral Hydra, and though not in the video Endless One is good too.

If you end up liking the modern format, I've got a podcast all about wacky deck brews if you want to check it out

Duke.Fleed on The more heads, the better

3 weeks ago

I love hydra tribal. I'm not gonna tell you what to do, but I did do a deck tech video on a modern hydra tribal deck (it may be a little outdated since it was like 2 years ago).

tldr: Protean Hydra is dope, Primordial Hydra will end the game, Corpsejack Menace rocks if you don't mind splashing for black, and Gyre Sage is a snowball

keevel on Hydra Barrage

4 weeks ago

One option is to focus the deck a bit on +1/+1 counter interactions. Use Hardened Scales and Nissa, Voice of Zendikar.

Then get a playset of Managorger Hydra, a few Mistcutter Hydra and Protean Hydra and some Kalonian Hydra.

That gives you early drops to ramp into (keep the ramp, love the ramp build more ramp) and some sweet sweet Hydra synergies!

HydraOoze on Counting With Hydras

1 month ago

Thank you for the suggestions! I used to run Managorger Hydra and really liked it but I found Protean Hydra to be a little faster. I have also tried Hardened Scales before but i found it to be a win more card as the extra counter rarely mattered. i do like Winding Constrictor but I don't know what i would remove for it. I like the Oran-Rief, the Vastwood but this deck needs a lot of mana fast so tapped lands are risky.

mistahARK on green stompyboi(s)

2 months ago

Interesting suggestions. Some others I found are:

Bow of Nylea, 3 drop with great synergyOran-Rief, the VastwoodSpike Weaver

I might even experiment with swapping out the Avatar for Renegade Krasis and throw in Kalonian Hydra or Protean Hydra for an extended mana curve.

Sagarys on Budget: Mono-Green Wurm Ramp

2 months ago

Oh man Austin_Smith_of_Cards, I forgot about Symbiotic Wurm! He'd be dirty with Primal Command!

As for your Timmy combo, Protean Hydra has always been a favorite of mine. I once considered a black/green brew with him and Vampire Hexmage. Sac the vamp to double his counters!

Thanks for the input!

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Budget: Mono-Green Wurm Ramp

2 months ago

Monogreen casual Timmy decks always bring me back to my first few years of playing Magic. Reminds me of my favorite combo of Protean Hydra (my first mythic rare ever) and Shape of the Wiitigo. Good times.

Depending on how much you emphasize Arbor Elf + Wild Growth/Overgrowth, Mungha Wurm could be a pretty great midrange drop.

I also have to recommend Symbiotic Wurm as a nasty classic. Have fun brewing!

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