Protean Hydra


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander 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.

Protean Hydra Discussion

Davidlegomaster on Now That's A Lot of Teeth

2 months ago

LupineShadow, you make some good points, especially in the since that Protean Hydra is a counter engine that replaces its own counters when I use them for something. It's just that from my perspective, I don't have enough counter coffers to really feel the need to put in Protean over something I already have. In addition, a couple of my counter coffers let me draw, which I can use on Toothy and replace his counters, and in the case of Give / Take , even more. It isn't so much as he doesn't do the trick as much as I already have something close enough and makes room for something else. It is a great card though, and as I get some more games against my pals down the line, I might end up swapping him in, who knows?

Also, in my Simic Manipulator's defense: I'm only expecting Evolve to trigger once or twice on him on average, since he does get 2 counters from each trigger with Pir down (though sometimes 3 triggers happen too), I have quite a few cards that can grant extra counters or even double them, and that's when you can practically steal anything. You are right though, it is a mid-game style card, even in this counter-craze deck, but taking commanders can really swing games.

Davidlegomaster on Now That's A Lot of Teeth

2 months ago

LupineShadow, I did look into X cost hydras for this deck, but I didn't include them for these reasons: 1. If you want to use them, it is best to use all of the mana you have for them,and I would rather cast a synergy-based creature (maybe even two) or have mana open for contrips, counterspells, and the like. 2. The creature based is designed to work well with other cards in the deck and my commanders, outside of being only good stand-alone creatures. 3. My self-enforced rule of consistency over decency )you would be surprised how useful this rule can be, though it can be painful at times to be fair) 4. You don't need to pump so much mana into a big-bodied creature when Toothy is all the body you need to end a game. Can get counters even more exponentially than Protean too. Chasm Skulker is another Toothy too.

The only hydras I put in, which are exceptions, are Hydroid Krasis and Kalonian Hydra . Hydroid for the card draw that works for Toothy, and Kalonian for obvious reasons. However, if you REALLY want to put in Protean Hydra, I would recommend using it as a replacement for Biogenic Ooze or maybe Altered Ego , although Altered Ego has value since it can copy commanders. Up to you.

To sum it all up, to me, Protean Hydra just doesn't have as much value overall as the other creatures I have in this deck in its place. And I guess I'm a little picky too.

P.S: If you think Protean Hydra is good, look at Hungering Hydra !

hoffie4 on (G)(G) Ghalta

2 months ago

Combine Druid's Call + Protean Hydra to ensure that you can always cast Ghalta

hoffie4 on The Old Ways

2 months ago

You could combo Pariah's Shield with Protean Hydra to deflect all damage dealt to you by Ruric Thar while buffing your creature. Throw in a Druid's Call and you can make a token generator too.

SynergyBuild on Protean Chromium, Elder Dragon

3 months ago

Protean means versatile, like the ability to tutor a ton of different things out.

Did you expect to see Protean Hydra, Protean Hulk, or Protean Raider, the only three cards with protean in the name?

ChaosHazard on Simic Wombo Combo

4 months ago

I would recommend fewer copies of Mistcutter Hydra and possibly more copies of Protean Hydra as the protection from blue that Mistcutter has is kind of a nonbo with Refocus, Vorel and Hadana's Climb  Flip

srlinguite on Fast Hulk

4 months ago

This deck has a good sinergy and T2-win combo.

Combo: Flash+Protean Hulk >> Viscera Seer+Phyrexian Delver >> recover Hulk, sacrifice it again >> Mikaeus, the Unhallowed+Walking Ballista to infinity damage combo.

Sinergy 1: Omnath, Locus of Mana+Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, a simple way to play a strong card paying it's price in parts. Birds of Paradise accelerates this play.

Sinergy 2: Mikaeus, the Unhallowed+Protean Hydra to a imortal creature that always come back stronger.

Because it's a simple direct damage deck, I've put some defenses to be able to confront decks based on counters or exile cards.

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Protean Hydra occurrence in decks from the last year

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