Creature — Plant Hydra
When you cast Genesis Hydra, reveal the top X cards of your library. You may put a nonland permanent card with converted mana cost X or less from among them onto the battlefield. Then shuffle the rest into your library.
Genesis Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
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Genesis Hydra Discussion
1 week ago
Just doing a quick look at the MTG Wiki:
The mechanic Overload arose out of a mechanic designed by Ken Nagle in the first round of the Great Designer Search 1.
Ethan Fleischer's Evolve Mechanic from the Great Designer Search 2 found its way into the game.
Shawn Main created a mechanic in the Great Designer Search 2 that would be renamed and placed in the game as Battalion )
Looting becoming part of Red's Color Identity has its birth in the Great Designer Search 2.
You Make the Creature contest resulted in the creation of Spiritmonger .
The Winners of the Magic Invitational were allowed to design a card that would feature their likeness. From that, we got:
- Olle Råde's Sylvan Safekeeper ;
- Darwin Kastle's Avalanche Riders ;
- Mike Long's Rootwater Thief ;
- Chris Pikula's Meddling Mage ;
- Jon Finkel's Shadowmage Infiltrator ;
- Kai Budde's Voidmage Prodigy ;
- Jens Thoren's Solemn Simulacrum ;
- Bob Maher's Dark Confidant ;
- Terry Soh's Rakdos Augermage ;
- Antoine Ruel's Ranger of Eos ; and
- Tiago Chan's Snapcaster Mage .
The 2005 Magic Invitational had a vote for a fan-submitted card. Tsuyoshi Fujita's winning entry would eventually become Gemstone Caverns .
Magic 2015 had a number of cards created by famous Magic fans. These cards are:
- George Fan's (Plants vs. Zombies) Genesis Hydra ;
- Penny Arcade's (of the Penny Arcade webcomic and creator of PAX) Avarice Amulet ;
- Markus Persson's (creator of Minecraft) Aggressive Mining ;
- Richard Garriot's (creator of Ultimata) Shield of the Avatar ;
- David Sirlin's (designer on Street Fighter II) Master of Predicaments ;
- Rob Pardo's (lead designer for WoW) Xathrid Slyblade ;
- Isaiah Cartwright's (lead designer for Guild Wars 2) Warden of the Beyond ;
- Justin Gary's (winner 2003's National Team Championship in Worlds) Spirit Bonds ;
- Stone Librande's (lead designer Diablo III) Goblin Kaboomist ;
- Brian Fargo's (Founder of Interplay Entertainment, which made the original Fallout games) Yisan, the Wanderer Bard ;
- Mike Neumann's (creative director for Borderlands) Chasm Skulker ;
- James Ernest's (creator of Cheapass Games) Hot Soup ;
- Edmund McMillen's (indie game designer) Cruel Sadist ; and
- Brad Muir's (game designer of Double Fine, which made Psychonauts) Ob Nixilis, Unshackled .
I think that should answer your question. There also have been a number of players who were hired directly as a result of their play in tournaments or performances in things like the Great Designer Search, so, in a sense, could be considered fans turned card creators. However, once they become part of the design team, they are no longer merely fan creators, so I am not sure they would be responsive to your question.
2 weeks ago
There's not a lot of thematic overlap, but Hydras are often paired with Elves because they can take advantage of every bit of mana Elves can create. They're also big and stompy. Highlights include Mistcutter Hydra , Managorger Hydra , Lifeblood Hydra , Genesis Hydra etc.
2 months ago
Robobro72: Fierce Empath is probably a permanent fixture of the deck. Sorry for the late response! But yeah, Fierce has been in the deck since its creation and has enables countless wins. It's always had 3 targets, Great Oak Guardian, Regal Force, and Woodland Bellower were the original three. Upon Ashaya's printing, it removed every artifact line in favor of more creature reliance, thus not needed Genesis Hydra loops, and since Genesis Hydra was ideally cast as the hidden 4th 6 cmc creature I slotted in Kogla, the Titan Ape. The Ape comes with his own line, and removal of a lot of relevant threats. It was for a brief period that Fierce Empath actually had 4 targets (Sep 22-Nov 23).
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3 months ago
Unfortunately, a few of those are out of my budget. I'll put them on the list of cards to add when I have the money. I'll definitely playtest Hangarback Walker. Kruphix, God of Horizons was in the deck at first, but got cut. I'll look into adding him back in. The theme isn't really +1/+1 counters or tokens, so Doubling Season isn't quite worth it. The wincons of this deck are the combos listed in the description, which are pretty consistent. The hydra tokens are a consolation prize, as well as being the only real blockers in my deck. I might put in a few really big creatures, like Genesis Hydra just because I usually have tons of mana and not much to do with it. Thanks for the great ideas!
4 months ago
Is there any creatures you are specific "I will not take these out"? I have a few suggestions mainly about the ramp and how to make it more consistent/efficient.
You don't need gen wave and put in play cards. For example...
replace Nissa, Worldwaker with Nissa, Who Shakes the World because she pumps your forests, untaps lands, and allows you to thin your deck if -8. Vernal Bloom also if you feel like taking advantage, but you do have vorinclex.
Eternal Witness at least one
Instead of Green Sun's Zenith I would go Genesis Hydra it allows you to dig for permanents mm like Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip (witch will also let you get a creature when it enters) rather than just a creature, and gives you a blocker / attacker
If you want to have a possible turn 3 add in Devoted Druid & Vizier of Remedies and to help cast it utopia sprawl and the card you wanted to add Sylvan Caryatid. That's if you want to add white. I'm a Mono Green player to but this is good.
Last suggestion would be if you went Hydras like someone said Unbound Flourishing, I play Hydras and they are better than most people think.
Hey check out my deck Gruul Hydras
If you want genesis wave to be optimal going all out on getting it pumped up is the way to go. There is an old school Gen wave deck that was pretty good i would refer to it for extra tid bits.
4 months ago
heavyuser: A very strong case could be made for it if Paradox Engine got unbanned, but as it stands, it really isn't necessary. It was a very essential hail mary, since all of the weight was on Temur Sabertooth before, but we now have 3 viable combos and they're all tutorable.
However, please note that Generous Patron is consistently on the chopping block, and if you lack the proper infinite mana line and can't bounce it repeatedly it's pretty much a 3 for 2 when you need an outlet. You could make a consideration for it there, since infinite mana and Genesis Hydra is as good as having Duskwatch Recruiter Flip, which has become the best kind of outlet (ones we can sink our mana into).
As it stands, that would be the best swap, but in reality, we're really looking to replace Generous Patron with another Heartwood Storyteller, Runic Armasaur, Glademuse, or Beast Whisperer. Until we get another creature like that to replace her, she's just the "best" at what she does in monogreen.
If you want to keep playing with Genesis Hydra, swap patron out and let us know how that goes! :)
4 months ago
Hey, you're welcome. Do you own all the cards in the sideboard? There's several cards in the sideboard that are better than cards in the main deck.
If you choose to add the two card infinite green mana combo these are some changes to consider:
- Cut Thorn Elemental for Karametra's Acolyte
- Cut Challenger Troll for Sword of the Paruns
- Cut Vivien's Invocation for Yeva, Nature's Herald
- Cut Verdant Sun's Avatar for Temur Sabertooth
- Cut Llanowar Scout for Skullwinder
- Cut Hooded Hydra for Genesis Hydra
Sabertooth is a very good green creature with or without the combo. It's ability is repeatable and it gives you lots of value from creatures who have an enter the battlefield (ETB) ability by bouncing the creature and then casting it again. Genesis Hydra is a unique creature in green since it can cheat any nonland permanent with CMC X or less you reveal from X cards onto the battlefield which includes not just a creature, but also an enchantment, artifact or Planeswalker. Being able to repeat this effect with Sabertooth can give you a lot of value in mono green.
5 months ago
Inkmoth Love the changes, Kogla is an absolute powerhouse in the list, and getting rid of some of those sorcery speed elements for Ashaya and Kogla at instant speed feels really clean, especially since we can tutor up creatures with a ton of options!
Also, while it feels bad that Genesis Hydra had to go, I do feel like that card will always win the hail mary's of our hearts!