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Creature — Hydra
Ulvenwald Hydra's power and toughness are each equal to the number of lands you control.
When Ulvenwald Hydra enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
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Ulvenwald Hydra Discussion
1 week ago
Hey man. I started making mine nearly a week ago with the same exact intentions.
A few things I am surprised I don't see in here that I thought you should consider.
Temur Sabertooth - goes infinites with 12 mana via lands and your general :)
Triumph of the Hordes is 10 infect from your general alone.
Return to Dust - no explanation. just amazing
I'm a fan of exiling things as I see recursion far too often. I would consider adding some mass graveyard hate as it will DEFINITELY hurt your opponents more than you.
What to remove?
Izzet Chemister - WAY too slow and vulnerable. So man better cards to add before him.
Ulvenwald Hydra - Big dumb creature with no evasion. Not what your deck is about. If you need more ramp, pick something cheaper. There are plenty more options.
Evangelize - It's a cool effect, I guess. But the fact that THEY choose makes this terrible. You are trying to cast board wipes, why spend a turn casting this with buyback when you are going to kill it soon anyways?
Mizzix's Mastery - cool, but more for storm. Casting more than one mass boardwipe is redundant. I like it only for the ramp, but make sure your ramp fits well with your manabase (aka. not running out of targets on your recasts)
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2 weeks ago
Well this is interesting!
Consider running more value lands for your Ulvenwald Hydra, like Geier Reach Sanitarium, Strip Mine, Arcane Lighthouse, Kor Haven, Treetop Village, Forbidding Watchtower, Raging Ravine, Stirring Wildwood, Needle Spires, Haunted Fengraf, Kessig Wolf Run, Kher Keep, Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree, Kjeldoran Outpost, Mishra's Factory, some snow basics and Mouth of Ronom, Nantuko Monastery, Slayers' Stronghold, Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion, and Throne of the High City...yes I did look at all the options. The manlands and token makers are probably the best.
3 weeks ago
OK first I want to point out the exclusions, cards I don't think fit
Borborygmos Enraged, he isn't a very good card unless you build around him. If you build around him a lil bit you will need cards like Snake Umbra, Keen Sense, and cards to combo with that like Skyship Weatherlight or Abundance to combo off so you draw lands over and over again. Otherwise he is over costed and not very good.
Majestic Myriarch is not a very strong card because of its huge downside. The card needs a team of creatures with him or her to be good. If your gonna keep this card you'll need to build a bit of a token deck to make it worth keeping. With cards like. Dragonlair Spider, Wolfcaller's Howl, Wolfbriar Elemental, Verdant Force, Tempt with Vengeance, Symbiotic Wurm, Sylvan Offering, Hornet Queen, Feed the Pack, Dragon Broodmother, Artifact Mutation, Arachnogenesis, and Ant Queen. These are also all good card suggestions.
Gruul Signet, Gruul Keyrune, and Darksteel Ingot I'd take out for land ramp. The kinds that add them to your hand and or play. Cards like Kodama's Reach (you have in the deck all ready). Seek the Horizon, Journey of Discovery you also might like Harvest Season, Evolution Charm is great too.
1 month ago
Some good cards would be Exploration, Lotus Cobra, Harrow, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Nissa, Vital Force, Ulvenwald Hydra, Rubblehulk, Oran-Rief Hydra, Embodiment of Insight, Grazing Gladehart, and Tunneling Geopede.
1 month ago
With the amount of basics you have I would say to either take out Farhaven Elf or Solemn Simulacrum (I say either because of the differing mana costs) I like the pick with the Ulvenwald Hydra with all the non basics. I like the doomsday thing you're trying to pull off with Laboratory Maniac, I would chuck it in my deck as well, but getting the combo reliably isn't consistent and if you draw a lab maniac during a regular game I guarantee you that he will sit in your hand forever and its the first thing you discard since it doesn't actively do something, I get that every piece serves a purpose but lab maniac doesn't serve much of a purpose except take up a valuable card slot to get to a game plan that won't happen often (good try though). My recommendation to you is that you get a Minion Reflector instead since it doubles ETB triggers with a hasty body for mana and it combos just as well as the infinite draw combo you wanted to fire off.
Add Jace's Mindseeker it synergizes well with your diluvian primordial. Instead of Goldnight Redeemer use Cloudblazer, its the card draw that sells this one and at that rate add Mulldrifter over blue sun's.
By themselves Myr Battlesphere, Avenger of Zendikar, can sure make tokens and operate as efficient threats by themselves but they need a bit more to be more relevant, Hornet Queen is in a worse position but in the same boat.Cathars' Crusade, Call for Unity and Meadowboon can shore up the fact that your value creatures and tokens are typically small while staying with your main game plan (while staying cheaper than Craterhoof Behemoth), even if that's fetching for a basic. Swap the angel of invention for the crusade. Instead of icefall reagent use Frost Titan if you want more value locking things down. You have in your deck, you want Leyline of Anticipation since if its in your opening hand its free over the orrery if you didn't have then run the orrery.
I'm under the assumption that you want to be a control variant, which is fine but you need to have more control aspects like counterspells, add Counterspell Disallow, Voidslime and Glen Elendra Archmage she also combos well the cathar's crusade. I want you to look at Ghostly Flicker and tell me how good it is after a board wipe, cards like that are not good cards, you have the right idea with adding other blinkers like restoration angel, and Eldrazi displacer, they are so much better in comparison since they are creatures and can do something versus sitting in your hand and doing nothing after a wipe. Vorinclex seems cool, but I find that stalling out my opponents does better when its my main game plan (he also doesn't have an ETB effect either), I don't see much use out of him otherwise.
A bunch of your cards are good cards but the deck needs more focus. Edric rewards aggressive decks, this deck has aspects but can't always cash in on that. This deck wants to control the board but has a big volume of unnecessary blink (cough* ghostly flicker cards exclusively) and creatures that don't control the board, unlike stonehorn dignitary and mystic snake. You can get a lot more reliable and repeatable card draw out of creatures versus instants and sorceries because you run a blink deck, so abuse that. I don't understand what you seek to copy with cards like progenitor mimic, if you want cool creatures go with a control classic like Gilded Drake.
Choose a style and go with it, if you take a look at my Roon deck you will see a lot of cards that don't seem to synergize, but they have a common and fun theme that's extremely powerful and oppressive since they have an underlying theme. I control the board then I go aggro for the win. Treat your Roon deck like an exclusively ETB/LTB midrange deck at first. There are a lot of cuts I would make if I were in your shoes, but i'm not so its really in your ball court to start capitalizing on Roon's potential. There are also a lot more things to say, but I'll let this comment sink in for now. Just ask if you need more help/suggestions, or check out my list for reference.
1 month ago
First off, I think all the mana dorks with cmc greater than 1 that only produce 1 mana are bad. Voyaging Satyr is a great alternative with lots of synergy with your mana doublers and auras. In a similar vein, Krosan Restorer starts out as a Voyaging Satyr but later in the game generates tons of mana. Gaea's Touch is a great budget Exploration for mono-green, and can refund its cost once it's no longer useful.
Next, I think you need to cut back a bit on the artifact/enchantment hate and throw in a bit more creature removal. Ulvenwald Tracker is a repeatable fight effect, while Cartouche of Strength is a fight that doubles as a trample-enabler.
You might also want to find some backup big creatures for if Omnath gets permanently removed (or maybe turned into a forest). Ulvenwald Hydra can tutor up your Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx, and also can be a massive beater. World Breaker is another interesting inclusion, since it's a fairly powerful self-recurring threat and great piece of removal. However, the need for colorless mana may make it not fit well with the rest of the deck. Steel Hellkite is another great creature that works well with your mana production, and doubles as fantastic removal.
Finally, you might need to find space for some more draw. Life's Legacy and Momentous Fall may seem like weird options, but with all the ramp in this deck, you can probably sacrifice Omnath for cards, and then immediately recast him for a slight reduction in size. Soul's Majesty is another option if you don't want to be sacrificing Omnath. Drumhunter is a slightly weird option, that's probably not worth it because it doesn't produce green mana, but serves as ramp and a draw engine, which is ok I suppose.
1 month ago
Thanks for the helpful comment!
This deck started out primarily as a hydra deck and the reason for cutting some of the cards you mentioned was primarily because they don't get value quick enough and I tend to get overrun by fliers (which this deck is hopeless against) or by a combo on later turns, so my intent was to try and make this deck better at putting on pressure on earlier turns.
Hydra Broodmaster and Protean Hydra dont trample and are usually shut down by tokens, mana dorks, or other chum blockers in my playgroup, Lifeblood Hydra usually feels like a pain to play either as a significant body or as a draw option in my experience, and Ulvenwald Hydra doesnt come down early enough for its ramp to be significant and also doesnt trample.
However after hearing your ideas about possible 1/1 counter interactions I would like to see if I can make these hydras work - Gigantomancer in particular looks super sweet, either by buffing hydras or making my many mana dorks into threats late game. I have a lot more ramp than I was previously using as well, which may further support the hydra package.
Tldr: maybe the hydra theme of my deck just needed more support rather than other subsitute threats, and I will give them a try again.
Thanks again for the insight!
1 month ago
I have a deck vaguely similar to this one that uses Yisan, the Wanderer Bard as it its commander. If I had any suggestion to make, it would be that since you want to focus on hydras, put some more +1/+1 counter interactions in. You might like things like Mighty Emergence, Soul's Might, Nissa's Judgment, Hardened Scales, Inspiring Call, or Death's Presence. Also, since many hydras have an "X" in their cost, you can get more counters on them by having cards that reduce the cost, like Rhonas's Monument, Emerald Medallion, or Conduit of Ruin. Again, since most hydras are 0/0 and work off counters, a fun card to run with them is Gigantomancer, who would just give them +7/+7. There also some good hydras I'm not seeing here. Ones like Protean Hydra, Lifeblood Hydra, or Ulvenwald Hydra. I'm sure you have your reasons, but I'd consider those.
As for what's on the maybeboard, Hydra Broodmaster seems like an obvious choice for a hydra deck and I'm curious why you cut it, especially in a deck with this much ramp. Pathbreaker Ibex would do amazing work if you can guarantee at least two other big creatures attack along side it. Shamanic Revelation is a great source of draw and recovery since you're almost guaranteed to meat the ferocious requirement. Surrak, the Hunt Caller is another pick that has some real potential in this deck. The others I personally don't think much of.
Hope this helps