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

Craats on Sick? Take a Phyto-min!

1 week ago

Hey! First of all, I absolutely love the deck :) I like how you're making use of the hydra's! I do have some ideas though; first of all, I don't see how you're going to draw cards off of the Swans of Bryn Argoll, the damage source's controller gets to draw the card. Secondly, I believe you need some more mana ramp to get your hydra's to the field quicker! This also deals with the slow early game.

My suggestions are:Out:

-4 Swans of Bryn Argoll

-4 Hopeful Eidolon

-1 Phytohydra

-1 Protean Hydra


+4 Arbor Elf

+4 Avacyn's Pilgrim

+2 Rancor

Let me know how the playtesting goes!


Rogue_Titan on HAIL HYDRA!!!

2 weeks ago

I would suggest getting rid of Feral Hydra because he is a lame hydra with no real ability other than adding a +1+1 to him.

Maybe some more ramp creatures, Elvish Mystic is pretty good for the ramping.

Managorger Hydra may seem weak at first but get him out early game and he can build up to be massive.

Hydra Broodmaster, the monstrosity, is absolutely insane, you could easily get 5 5/5 on the battlefield or more. Highly recommend.

Protean Hydra is bomb too cause you can block a higher enemy with him, and then he doubles for however much damage he took. Super great.

check out my mono green mana ramp for suggestions if you like!

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ChrisPBakon on That has how many counters?!? (Trample)

1 month ago

I have a similar deck I've been working on, though mine's super budgety and my mana curve isn't exactly a curve, but it works.

Maybe Ring of Kalonia in place of Forced Adaptation? Also, Mistcutter Hydra is nice, though for the same cost Protean Hydra can grow pretty well and combo with Bioshift. However, if the price doesn't bother you, I'd go with Primordial Hydra instead.

Liscom on Do you want your LORE SCALING in size quickly?

1 month ago

I will just state a little list here of things that come to my mind:Protean Hydra Predatory Hunger Chronomaton Hangarback Walker Obsessive Skinner Rot Shambler Scavenging Ooze Scute Mob Slith Predator Spincrusher

Maybe also think of Thrummingbird. He does not get counters himself, but provides them for all others.

dlaxw7 on Really, really undying deck

1 month ago

If you're looking for card draw, Altar's Reap and Vampiric Rites are also options. Instead of life-loss you drop a creature who should be back in short order anyway. You look like you're going more for beatdown with Protean Hydra and Champion of Lambholt in there, so the sac shenanigans may not be the way to go for you, but I figured I'd mention them anyway.

dlaxw7 on Really, really undying deck

1 month ago

Hex Parasite, Bloodflow Connoisseur, Blasting Station, and Blade of the Bloodchief work pretty well with this type of setup. Also, Scavenging Ooze is a perfect sideboard option.

Just an aside on the Blood Artist/Zulaport Cutthroat debate, yes Blood Artist tends to get you more triggers, but unless you're packing something like the aforementioned Blade he's dead board presence. Plus, the Cutthroat says "each opponent" instead of "target opponent." Not a big difference, but I have seen it become relevant against certain matchups. Maybe splitting 2 and 2 would work well.

And I really like Protean Hydra in here. I may slide it into my undying build. +1

art-vandelay on Hail Hydra!

1 month ago

Hows Freed from the Real working for you? Personally i'd drop it and run Trollhide. Trollhide gives pretty good protection for Kalonian Hydra and with it Protean Hydra becomes pseudo indestructible, due to the fact it prevents damage and removes counters but the +2+2 from trollhide will always keep it above 0.

Rhadamanthus on Protean Hydra + Hardened Scales

1 month ago

As indicated by the Gatherer ruling you found, Protean Hydra's ability will trigger 4 times in your example. Hardened Scales adds one more counter to each separate counter-adding event, so the Hydra will get 3 counters from each trigger instead of 2 (for a total of 12).

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