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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

KSULongneck on Comically Huge Hydras {HELP}

6 days ago

I like Mistcutter Hydra . Hes in the sideboard for control matchups. Protean Hydra is main deck becuase alot of decks in my meta use significant amounts of deathtouch and lifelink and since the Protean Hydra prevents damage before removing counters those opponents dont get the benefit of those abilities.

wes195 on Comically Huge Hydras {HELP}

1 week ago

I saw this and felt the need to make my own build. I prefer to run Mistcutter Hydra over Protean Hydra its haste and inability to be countered helps with quick damage. They're are some other differences as well check it out if interested and thank you for the awesome deck.

mtgbass on

3 weeks ago

Try a Parallel Lives or Doubling Season and put in two Llanowar Reborn s and take out 2 Forest . Also, try a Mistcutter Hydra to replace one Protean Hydra . Try a Kalonian Hydra in there as well. And get 2 Nylea, God of the Hunt instead of Primal Rage . Maybe put a Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in as well since it's mono colored. And finally, try a Garruk, Primal Hunter or Garruk, Caller of Beasts instead. Thats my advice.

brokendwarf on Ghave, Fungus Factory

3 weeks ago

Protean Hydra . If it's not killed quickly while Ghave + Cathars' Crusade is out, then it gets huge.

nosoyyucateco on 2014-06-15 update of Benji's Gruul ...

1 month ago

Off to a wonderful start. I think it's perfectly great just like it is, but here are some suggestions anyway:

One of the fun things about hydra decks is that you can run 1-2 each of many different hydra types, making the deck highly re-playable.

Protean Hydra is awesomeness because you can cast it as early or as late as you want, and it can still be a beast.

Mistcutter Hydra is awesome against blue decks, and still great against others because of the haste.

Vastwood Hydra is also one you may want to run. The counter distribution can be pretty awesome, especially with your Gyre Sage if you cast it earlier in the game.

Hydra Broodmaster is pretty evil, and is also a very inexpensive card dollar-wise.

Polukranos, World Eater is a blast.

Run some Simic Charm to protect your creatures from removal spells. I would even say go ahead and run 4 of, because they are probably the most useful of the charm spells.

Fists of Ironwood is a great card to have at any stage of the game. For a two cast, you get two chumps, and you can give one of your big guys trample if you don't have Nylea, God of the Hunt out yet.

Exploration would work well with all the draw cards you have in here. It's not much fun to draw more lands than you can play.

To throw in a curveball, add an Artisan of Kozilek , Pathrazer of Ulamog or, if you want to spend the dough, It That Betrays . Annihilator is a monster, especially when you can steal the permanents they sacrifice.

I wouldn't run Favor of the Overbeing or Give / Take, but definitely include the Rancor.

In my experience, Plasm Capture is more fun in theory than it is in practice. Four is a lot to drop on a counter spell, and by the time you have the mana to blow, you probably won't be needing the mana it gives you next turn that badly (and against, say, my rogue deck, which has no spells with a CMC higher than 3, it's almost useless.)

With your Birds of Paradise, you can cast Flesh / Blood . Could be an instant kill.

And if you're going all out in terms of budget, Courser of Kruphix . I would even say drop Kiora, the Crashing Wave and your Master Biomancer s for some Coursers.

I don't know if this helped at all, but I hope it did. Like most players, I'm better at suggesting what to add than what to remove.

KSULongneck on Comically Huge Hydras {HELP}

1 month ago

@Incognietis I really am considering Heroes' Bane to replace Protean Hydra . The only thing that is holding me up is the tricks I can pull with Bioshift on the Protean. I have opened a backdoor victory by Bioshifting some counters off of the protean during my opponents turn. He doubles at their end step (even more with Corpsejack Menace ) then I cast a game winning Essence Harvest . A narrow set of circumstances, sure, but its paid off enough for me to be apprehensive. I may look for a way to have them both.

Ive balked on Overwhelming Stampede because I often play Overrun with only a bunch of 1/1 Saprolings on the board, in which case the Stampede isnt as good. Also, to a lesser extent, I dont like packing my deck full of rares when there are commons and uncommons that do the job. It makes me feel too cheesy.

As far as Wall of Blood and Predator's Rapport go, Ive added them to the Maybeboard but Im not sure they fit what I am really trying to do. Rapport would be insane life gain but at the point that I'm gaining that much life, I also have a game winning Hydra on the board. This deck only splashes black for a few things. Using life as a resource isn't something I've built in here until i get my shocklands.

Incognietis on Comically Huge Hydras {HELP}

1 month ago

I would drop Protean Hydra for Heroes' Bane ... it can be a nice place to drop unused mana and it doesn't relay on your opponents dealing damage to it... I love Overrun , i hold a lot of nostalgia with that card, but Overwhelming Stampede is just better... even though each of your creatures will already be huge, it could be nice to have that little extra power if needed... Dying Wish could also be a nice alternative for Essence Harvest , it gives your opponents a reason NOT to kill your beasts (also gives them a reason to target removal elsewhere in a more than two teams scenario) I usually run both Essence Harvest and Dying Wish but your at 60 cards so it's up to you.. also, if you like running hydras and huge creature setups check out my EDH deck on this site... just go on my profile, It's called "where the water runs black" theres a few different with the same name, look for the blue/black/green setup

williamgp99 on Protean Hydra+Solidarity of Heroes

1 month ago

This can't happen as described. You can't choose the same creature as a target multiple times with a Strive spell.

But if you cast 3x Solidarity of Heroes on Protean Hydra , the third (remember, the stack is last in first out) would make it an 8/8, the second would make it a 16/16, and the third would make it a 32/32.

Also, in a perfect mana ramp world, you would have an Eldrazi or two out on T4. Price

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$0.99 $1.74 $3.29 $2.41
Power / Toughness 0/0
Color(s) G
Cost XG
Converted cost 1
Avg. draft pick 2.01
Avg. cube pick 3.78


Format Legality
Heirloom Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal

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Set Rarity
2011 Core Set Rare
2010 Core Set Mythic Rare