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Hi All,

Literally just started playing magic, and this is my first proper go at building a deck. The hydra cards looked kind of fun, so thought I'd give it a go.

So it's a aggro deck with lots of hydras, it uses mana acceleration to get big creatures out as fast as possible. With many mana costs, a lot of these creatures can be somewhat flexible. Once the big creatures like Primordial Hydra and Hydra Broodmaster are out, their power and toughness ramps up with each passing turn, spell cast, or increasing of your mana pool etc. (They can be protected whilst they are still ramping using Asceticism or Lightning Greaves). This ramping up of stats is accelerated using cards such as Doubling Season and Solidarity of Heroes to get more value out of these effects, then beat down on your opponent with some ridiculous +16/+16 hydra with trample. Or at least, that's the plan, read on for more information on win conditions and strengths and weaknesses etc.

Deck is largely in its finished form now, in that I've bought the cards, and requires some playtesting for real, which I will report on here.

Check back over the next week or so and I will update this description with information about how it plays etc.


Win Conditions:

1) Primordial Hydra - Cast Primordial Hydra, (earliest is 3 mana) and the idea is protect it until you have trample. Anything 10/10 is scary, a 10/10 with trample that is doubling every turn is super scary. Protect it using Lightning Greaves or Asceticism. Vines of Vastwood in the sideboard is effective too.

2) Garruk, Caller of Beasts - Cast Garruk, Caller of Beasts, ideally with Doubling Season on the field, starting him at 8 loyalty counters, and instantly use his -7 if Hydra Broodmaster is in the deck and -3 if it is in your hand. Either way, use this as a cheap way to get Hydra Broodmaster on the field, and use your piles of mana to make it Monstrous and beat down with lots of big hydra tokens. This also works with Worldspine Wurm in the sideboard.

3) Kalonian Hydra - If you can hard cast Kalonian Hydra (or use Garruk, Caller of Beasts to put it on the battlefield), it comes on the field with +4/+4. After 1 attack, or if Doubling Season is on the field, or if you play Solidarity of Heroes, this becomes +8/+8, which is already getting pretty scary. It starts with trample, so just attack away using the trample damage. 2 or 3 should be plenty to finish the job. Much like the first condition, protect it using Lightning Greaves or Asceticism.

4) Managorger Hydra - If all else fails, play Managorger Hydra and play any spells to bring it up to 2/2 or 3/3. Playing Solidarity of Heroes once already makes this a viable threat, as the hydra gets +1/+1 for the spell, which is then doubled by Solidarity of Heroes. Now you have a 6/6 or 8/8 with trample for only . This serves as a really useful back up win condition.


Stats:

Win Rate: 8/8 (100%)

Average Win Turn: 5.5 (standard deviation of 0.75)


Playtests:

Game 1: Won on Turn 6 against a / Monk deck (mostly built around a lot of instants and prowess). Ended game with 20 life remaining, a 10/10 Primordial Hydra, a 16/16 Kalonian Hydra, Garruk, Caller of Beasts (7 counters), 2x Arbor Elf, Asceticism, Doubling Season on the field.

Game 2: Won on Turn 5 against a / Monk deck (mostly built around a lot of instants and prowess). Ended game with 12 life remaining, a 7/7 Managorger Hydra, a 16/16 Primordial Hydra and Birds of Paradise on the field.

Game 3: Won on Turn 6 against the Goblin duel deck from Goblins Vs. Merfolk. Ended game with 15 life remaining, 2x Arbor Elf, Garruk Wildspeaker (6 counters), 2x 16/16 Kalonian Hydra, 14/14 Hydra Broodmaster, 7x 7/7 Hydra Tokens on the field.

Game 4: Won on Turn 6 against the Goblin duel deck from Goblins Vs. Merfolk. Ended game with 13 life remaining, a 22/22 Managorger Hydra, and Doubling Season on the field.

Game 5: Won on Turn 4 against the Goblin duel deck from Goblins Vs. Merfolk. Ended game with 15 life remaining, 2x Doubling Season, Arbor Elf, a 12/12 Primordial Hydra and a 13/13 Managorger Hydra on the field

Game 6: Won on Turn 5 against the Goblin duel deck from Goblins Vs. Merfolk. Ended game with 8 life remaining, 2x Arbor Elf, Birds of Paradise and a 17/17 Managorger Hydra on the field.

Game 7: Won on Turn 6 against the Goblin duel deck from Goblins Vs. Merfolk. Ended game with 12 life remaining, 2x 16/16 Primordial Hydra, Garruk Wildspeaker (5 counters), Lightning Greaves on the field.

Game 8: Won on Turn 6 against the Goblin duel deck from Goblins Vs. Merfolk. Ended game with 13 life remaining, a 16/16 Kalonian Hydra, a 16/16 Primordial Hydra, Asceticism on the field


Strengths / Weaknesses:

Strengths:

-Strong against decks with only a few removals, as you just have more creatures that can do fatal damage than removals

-Strong against any direct beatdown, because the power and toughness of your creatures scales very fast, and even without your big creatures, solidarity of heroes can make Managorger Hydra pretty deadly.

-Strong against burn, you win before they can whittle down your life total.

-Strong against lifegain, you just outscale it. They'd have to be doubling their life total every turn.

-Deathtouch can be defeated just by holding back the attack until your hydras have trample, and enough spare attack that even though the hydra will die, it will kill the enemy.

-Mana Acceleration is enormous. By turn 6 it is not uncommon to have 30+ mana to use.

Weaknesses:

-Probably weak to decks with a lot of removal. Several times Lightning Greaves or Asceticism made all the difference

-Probably weak to very aggressive decks which reliably win by turn 3 or 4. So far this deck usually wins by turn 5 or 6.

-Once you deplete your hand, you have very few ways of drawing more cards, so your starting draw has to be good. In order to test this, I took no mulligans at all for the first 8 games, and managed to turn the bad draws around usually by buffing up something like Managorger Hydra or using Garruk abilities to fetch creatures I needed, but a more aggressive opponent might have punished the extra turn or two that took on the 'bad starting hands'

-Can be difficult to get in the first attack with Kalonian Hydra if you are bringing him to the field later in the game.

-Not much to block flying with. Best I can suggest is get creatures big enough they have to block you with their flying creatures.

-Not much in the way of control


Pricing:

This cost me 400 GBP ($540) somehow (predominantly not the foil versions and includes the sideboard), which feels pretty scary now I've actually added that up. I am based in the UK so boguht my cards from a mixture of Magic Madhouse, LiliannaMarket, eBay and Arcane Cards.

To bring it down to 280 GBP ($377): Replace 2x Cavern of Souls with 2x Forest.

To bring it down to 160 GBP ($215): Replace 2x Asceticism with 2x Vines of Vastwood or similiar, and replace 3x Doubling Season with 3x Hardened Scales


Alternative Cards:

Hardened Scales instead of Doubling Season. Cheaper to buy, cheaper mana wise, but less powerful effect

Alpha Authority instead of Lightning Greaves. In practice I prefer greaves, similiar mana cost, but the ability to give haste is so useful, and you can move them around for , to always give a creature haste. The ability to only be blocked by one creature is not terribly useful.

Vines of Vastwood instead of Asceticism. Personally the regenerate effect is too useful to pass up I think, but vines is much cheaper mana. Again the 4/4 is not terribly useful since you just outscale it anyway. It mgiht help with Kalonian Hydra's first attack though

Increasing Savagery. I'm not sure what I'd take out for this, but this deck has a lot of mana, and this card lets you use a lot of mana to play 5 or 10 +1/+1 counters, which done with any of the doubling techniques, could easily buff up a creature +20/+20, even if it is just something like Arbor Elf. This could be used to buff up Birds of Paradise to make huge hard to block damage that just sails over defenders. But typically I find the hydras just overwhelm defences anyway, and the mana cost of Increasing Savagery means it comes out quite late, and is more likely to just help you win when you are already ahead.


Changelog:

Changed 4x Khalni Hydra for 4x Kalonian Hydra

Changed 4x Dryad Arbor for 4x Forest

Changed 3x Alpha Authority for 3x Asceticism

Removed 3x Bioshift and used the extra cards to increase back to 4 Garruk, Caller of Beasts, Asceticism, Doubling Season

Changed 2x Asceticism for 2x Alpha Authority

Changed 2x Garruk, Caller of Beasts for 2x Garruk Wildspeaker

Changed 4x Llanowar Elves for 4x Arbor Elf

Changed 4x Gyre Sage for 4x Utopia Sprawl

Changed 4x Reverent Hunter for 3x Managorger Hydra and 1x Llanowar Elves

Changed 1x Kalonian Hydra for 1x Llanowar Elves

Changed 2x Llanowar Elves for 2x Birds of Paradise

Changed 1x Doubling Season for 1x Beast Within

Changed 1x Worldspine Wurm for 1x Hydra Broodmaster

Added Sideboard from Suggestions and some cards I removed.

Changed 2x Forest for 2x Cavern of Souls

Changed 2x Alpha Authority for 2x Lightning Greaves


Questions:

A) How could this deck be modified to win on average turn 4 or 5?

B) Would replacing 1x Doubling Season and 1x Beast Within for 2x Increasing Savagery in order to give the possiblity of making non-hydra cards a threat if need be, be a good idea?


Acknowledgements:

My thanks to everyone who offered suggestions for this deck, especially the people who helped craft it from the initial idea into the deck I ultimately purchased from their suggestions: 12rreber, EnederKvothe, Deruvid, aswordforthefallen, Iron_eye2, itachi45, The7thBobba, SillyRabbits, KylerStar, Hexaflexagon and Jimmy_Chinchila. Please go check out their profiles and decks and read their comments for insight if you're interested in developing your own similiar deck.

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Date added 2 months
Last updated 1 month
Splash colors G
Legality

This deck is Modern legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.92
Tokens 3/3 Beast, */* Hydra, Garruk
Folders My Decks, Modern Decks, Interesting Modern Decks, Hydra Ideas
Top rank #5 on 2018-05-14
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