Protean Hydra

Protean Hydra

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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

TheVectornaut on 2015-01-08 update of The best ...

2 weeks ago

I like the idea of using Stuffy Doll, Hornet Nest and similar things to benefit from your own creatures taking damage. You could even commit harder and run more stuff with the same ability. One I mentioned but didn't recommend earlier is Sprouting Phytohydra. There's also Druid's Call which is a worse Nest, Fungusaur is an evolvable mutant, Kami of the Honored Dead is a really strange lifegain option, Broodhatch Nantuko is another worse Nest, Outrider en-Kor is a versatile redirector, Protean Hydra is a unique bomb, Saber Ants blah blah blah, Wall of Hope is a cheaper lifegain option, Wall of Essence is a strictly worse version. Most of these are bizarre and aren't even in modern, but it's just something to think about. To supplement that strategy you definitely want fight cards like the Tracker or Hunt the Weak. You'd also want ways to give mass indestructability or just mass toughness increases. You already are considering Stalwart Shield-Bearers which I think could easily replace Perimeter Captain. There's also Builder's Blessing and Castle, Dictate of Heliod, Hold the Gates, and Rite of Passage which kills two birds with one stone.

Arthur_194 on Hull of a Rampy Deck

3 weeks ago

I have a Vorel deck too ( They See me Doubling, They Hating ) and I think you should go deeper into the +1/+1 counters.Since you have a lot of mana, you should consider playing some hydras, like Lifeblood Hydra, Protean Hydra, Vastwood Hydra, Kalonian Hydra and Hydra Broodmaster.Other cool things: Master Biomancer, Sage of Hours, Champion of Lambholt, Scute Mob, Renegade Krasis, Eternity Vessel, Simic Manipulator, Bow of Nylea, Solidarity of Heroes and Strength of the Tajuru

Scytec on Sorin's Walk in the Woods

1 month ago

I like the Elder here. He is one of the main reasons I started this deck is because I picked up a playset of him. However I am going to drop the two Protean Hydras for Lotleth Troll as he gives me a place to dump those late game unneeded rampers. Thank you! Witchstalker I'd like to playtest with as well, but I'm not quite as attached to him. The Bosks are for mana fixing in congruence with the golgari scheme. But the Catacombs is a great idea...not sure how I missed those to be honest. Haha.

Bubster321 on Hydra/control

1 month ago

I was thinking more along the lines of stuff like Burst of Strength , Increasing Savagery , Strength of the Tajuru and Incremental Growth because of how quickly they throw counters out. and Solidarity of Heroes would go nicely.

I'm also looking to take out Hooded Hydra , Nessian Wilds Ravager and Protean Hydra because they don't pump fast enough because hooded dies quickly and 1/1s havent shown much use, nessian's tribute is never paid, and protean doesnt boost quick enough. As well as the Negate is no longer needed and the only time you would go to play Opportunity you honestly don't need it.

So that would be the 5 for 5 switch up?

Bubster321 on 2014-12-10 update of Hydra/control

1 month ago

As of right now I'm waiting for some cards to come in and I'm going to switch out

1x Courser of Kruphix1xLeafcrown Dryad1x Nylea's Disciple1x Fated Intervention1x Nullify1xFeral Invocation


2x Kalonian Hydra1x Heroes' Bane1x Nessian Wilds Ravager1x Vastwood Hydra1x Protean Hydra

forming in into a hydra ramp

onua1 on 2015-01-22 update of So many ...

1 month ago

Yea this deck used to be more of the long build up to victory type, but now, due to my local meta, it has to be very fast to be competitive. I'll probably find a use for Quest for the Gemblades somewhere else. I was also debating swapping Mistcutter Hydra for Protean Hydra, since Protean Hydra combos well with Retribution of the Ancients. I'm not sure yet. Any thoughts?

Power / Toughness 0/0
Color(s) Green
Cost XG
Converted cost 1
Avg. draft pick 1.04
Avg. cube pick 3.98


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

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Set Rarity
2011 Core Set Rare
2010 Core Set Mythic Rare

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