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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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Thank you all for the feed back! In the first copy of this deck I actually had Corpsejack Menace but i found that drawing it and the black mana was to unreliable so I switched it for Doubling Season . Also to answer your question Master2014 the reason I put rancor in there was to let my Predator Ooze and Protean Hydra push through chump blocks. Lastly I really like your idea to add the Gilder Bairn I think I'll drop a Rancor and a Gigantiform for them.
Yes, it would get rid of the counters (Killing a Primordial Hydra
or Protean Hydra
Anyway, it works kinda funny with Allies like Ondu Cleric and Hada Freeblade , as those creatures check their abilities upon resolution, so if you have a bunch of allies, the would all enter the battlefield (say... 5) and the each of those abilities would be checked for n=5 times.
See you around!
Sweet deck, looks like tons of fun to play. +1
No Protean Hydra ?
Yes, actually most hyrdas do increase over the long term sometimes even doing better than when they were in standard. There's enough appeal in them even though they don't see much play in competitive scenes, similar to angels as well.
It's a long and slow march though. Primordial Hydra has only recently rebounded and holding around its debut price. Apocalypse Hydra is higher than it's ever been as it Protean Hydra , but you're still only talking a couple bucks.
Not really worth holding on to, it's probably best to trade or sell them now at $15. It might very well be get to $20 again, but it will be years from now.
Also, you may like Archangel's Light
, which can really help your game go long (something lifegain decks like to do). Again, more of a big, fun play than an optimized, efficient play, but big and fun is what I go for.
Also, you may want to consider more x-cost creatures, since they both trigger and benefit from Karametra. I would recommend some more Hydras-- Vastwood Hydra is a personal favorite, but Protean Hydra and Primordial Hydra are fun classics. Feral Hydra if you feel like you can be political in getting your opponents to help you. Also, although it doesn't trigger Karametra, Gelatinous Genesis gets ridiculous fast.
Two more suggestions-- Mirari's Wake is great with tokens and with effects that like a lot of mana, and Akroma's Memorial , among other useful effects, lets your tokens and non-hasted creatures swing in for damage right away, not wait around to be swept. Those are two of my favorite cards, right there.
+1 by the way, super-fun looking deck.
Hydra Omnivore (multiplayer pref)
Rock Hydra (ehh)
Savageborn Hydra (it's alright, double strike it fun)
Maybe a card like:
Lookin' like Gruul is what you want
|Power / Toughness||0/0|
|Avg. draft pick||2.01|
|Avg. cube pick||3.61|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|2011 Core Set||Rare|
|2010 Core Set||Mythic Rare|