Protean Hydra

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

number61971 on Tiny Anafenza - From Budget to Awesome: A Journey

1 week ago

I love cheap decks! For $8, you have an excellent little deck. Where you take it will depend A LOT on what you want to focus on. But I think that no matter what you do, Abzan Charm is almost an auto include.

If you want to do more with the +1/+1 counters theme, consider things like (in no particular order): Abzan Falconer, Hardened Scales, Travel Preparations, Common Bond, Bow of Nylea, Gavony Township, Champion of Lambholt, Fleecemane Lion, Avatar of the Resolute, Fertilid, Inspiring Call, Solidarity of Heroes, Retreat to Kazandu, Bond Beetle, Champion of the Parish, Mikaeus, the Lunarch, Hunger of the Howlpack, Slitherhead, Thrive, Warden of the First Tree, Ordeal of Heliod, Drana, Liberator of Malakir.

Of course, there's a gazillion hydras that could fit this theme: Managorger Hydra, Primordial Hydra, Protean Hydra, Vastwood Hydra....

Abzan colors contain the Orzhov subset, so lifegain, lifedrain, and graveyard recursion are all themes worth exploring and incorporating, depending on your taste. Basilica Screecher, Tithe Drinker, Syndic of Tithes, Kingpin's Pet, Blind Obedience, Suture Priest, Blood Artist, Vampire Nighthawk, Vizkopa Guildmage, Vault of the Archangel, Drana's Emissary, Phyrexian Reclamation, Behemoth Sledge, Loxodon Warhammer, Armadillo Cloak, Chalice of Life  Flip, Sun Droplet, Oversold Cemetery, Eternal Witness, Athreos, God of Passage, Font of Return. I'd recommend Glissa, the Traitor if you end up playing with enough artifacts/artifact creatures.

There are a few cards that combine multiple themes. Kitchen Finks is super annoying for opponents when combined with +1/+1 counters. Karlov of the Ghost Council can quickly lock the board in your favor you gain a lot of life and/or can otherwise put a lot of +1/+1 counters on it. Martial Coup is hilarious combined with Blood Artist and Abzan Ascendancy. Deathrite Shaman is an incredible general utility card. Scavenging Ooze is another graveyard hate card. Great control cards include Pernicious Deed, Gaze of Granite, and Abrupt Decay.

White is probably the most well-rounded color. There's lots of utility to be mined, depending on what you think you need to balance out the deck. You can never go wrong with an Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light, or Swords to Plowshares.

Have fun and good luck!

SegWaySwordsMan on Ezuri, Claw of Progress (semi-budget)

1 week ago

With the amount of lands you have in this deck, do you get mana-hosed often? If you do, it seems like you could cut some and add something like Vorel of the Hull Clade or a Protean Hydra.

pattybenpatty on Too Many Counters!

1 month ago

I think some way to ensure a Protean Hydra makes it out, and adding some non-counter buff to it, would be great, especially if these hypothetical cards were green so I could drop a few white spells and cleanup the mana-curve.

Epochalyptik on protean hydra + hardened scales ...

1 month ago

Note that Hardened Scales doesn't have a triggered ability. Rather, it has a static ability that defines a replacement effect. This effect applies each time a new event would place a +1/+1 counter on a creature you control.

Because Protean Hydra's last ability creates a DTA for each +1/+1 counter that is removed from Protean Hydra, you'll end up applying Hardened Scales's replacement effect to each of those DTAs. The end result is that you'll add three +1/+1 counters total for each +1/+1 counter that was removed.

Raging_Squiggle on protean hydra + hardened scales ...

1 month ago

Whenever a +1/+1 counter is removed from Protean Hydra, it's bottom ability will trigger. Each trigger that happens creates a Delayed Triggered Ability (DTA) that triggers at the beginning of the next end step, putting 2 +1/+1 counters on Protean Hydra. For each DTA that occurs, Hardened Scales will trigger that many times and add an additional +1/+1 counter each time it triggered.

Antoniobizarro on protean hydra + hardened scales ...

1 month ago

how the last triggered ability of Protean Hydra works if Ihave Hardened Scales on the battlefield? do I put 2 counters + 1 from hardened scales for each counter removed from the hydra? Or, I put the double of removed counter + 1 from hardened scales?

zactastic on Ezuri Counters deck

1 month ago

I like your idea of Protean Hydra more than Saber Ants. Especially if you have Hardened Scales in play, the interaction between Protean Hydra and Triskelavus is super strong. It feels like Saber Ants is building toward the wrong theme.

I'd say the same of Hornet Nest, except that card is just good. Consider swapping for or adding Hornet Queen - card is also very good.

WilliamFowler on Kruphix Rough Draft

1 month ago

Cut: Alhammarret, High Arbiter, Ambush Viper, Aspiring Aeronaut, Boon Saytr, Breaching Hippocamp, Conclave Naturalist, Dakra Mystic, Deadwood Treefolk, Delver of Secrets, Eidolon of Blossoms, Fleetfeather Cockatrice, Golden Hind, Heir of the Wilds, Hithclaw Recluse, Jhessian Thief, Leaf Gilder, Mnemonic Wall, Paragon of Eternal Wilds, Pheres-Band Raiders, Shaman of Spring, Sigiled Starfish, Skysnare Spider, Staunch-Hearted Warrior, Tower Geist, Whirler Rogue, Willbreaker, Awaken the Bear, Bone to Ash, Feed the Clan, Might of the Masses, Triton Tactics, Turn to Frog, Aqueous Form, Mantle of Webs, Market Festival, Time of Need, Mage Ring Network.

Add: First things first, a Sol Ring. It's a staple for a reason. Sylvan Caryatid, Axebane Guardian, Freed from the Real. I say these three together because this is an infinite mana combo and it is super cheap; as long as you have another defender including Axebane Guardian, you'll be fine, it's just that Sylvan Caryatid is a good piece of ramp for this deck as well. Endless One because infinite mana means infinite possibilities with this dude. Dictate of Kruphix because flavor and you get an extra card and it synergizes with Sphinx's Tutelage. I like Tutelage because why not? Also, Monastery Siege because extra card draw. Zameck Guildmage, Vorel of the Hull Clade, Simic Guildmage, Scourge of Skola Vale, Protean Hydra, Prime Speaker Zegana, Genesis Hydra, and Feral Hydra. These cards synergize with the mana combo above. This will create an amount of stupid that will make everyone either cry or scoop. It's really just mean, but I want to see you do it. So let's talk about Helix Pinnacle. Once you play this and you have the mana combo, bam, you win. So for ramp, I would recommend Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Rattleclaw Mystic. Add a Joiner Adept so that all your land produce whatever you want. I would recommend throwing in Acidic Slime, Plummet, Deconstruct, Gleeful Sabotage, Primeval Light, Rain of Thorns, and Time to Feed for removal. A Simic Charm would be good to protect you from board wipes. In my opinion a Lotus Cobra isn't bad for this deck, just so you can get some extra mana each turn. Speaking of mana, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is great for this deck. You'll have a lot of devotion sitting on the field and enough colorless bump to activate it. Kiora, the Crashing Wave is a damn good Planeswalker and in this deck she is nasty. Use her to keep you alive until you get the wincon, or hell, play more land for hits and shiggles. Since you have big critters, I'd throw in a Triumph of the Hordes. Chump blockers just can't handle at this point. A Polukranos, World Eater will just be nasty when you use the mana combo. To top everything off, add a Bow of Nylea and Bident of Thassa for extra fun. This should help the deck out immensely.

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