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Genesis Hydra

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Magic 2015 (M15) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Genesis Hydra

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.

Genesis Hydra Discussion

Sarkhan9000X on Can I play a permanent ...

3 weeks ago

muldrotha never says you can't, so i'm not sure where the confusion comes from.

Genesis Hydra specifically states "A" permanent. "A"=1.

Liliana69X on Can I play a permanent ...

3 weeks ago

muldrotha never says you can't cast something with X in the cost, so i'm not sure why you would think you couldn't.

as for Genesis Hydra , it specifically states you may put "A" permanent into play. "a" = 1.

king-saproling on Fight me bro

3 weeks ago

Nice you picked a really cool general for your first EDH! Nice to see Gruul getting some love. You do have a lot of noncreature stuff though, which your general seems to hate.

You might swap some of those noncreature things out for some of these: Ruric Thar, the Unbowed , Krosan Restorer , Magus of the Candelabra (this guy is super good when your general is out, all your lands will effectively make 3 mana each!), Voyaging Satyr , Reclamation Sage , Genesis Hydra , Savageborn Hydra , Apocalypse Hydra , Garruk's Horde , Garruk's Packleader , Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip, Drumhunter , Artisan of Kozilek , Ulvenwald Tracker , Foe-Razer Regent , Gruul Ragebeast

Kogarashi on Can I play a permanent ...

3 weeks ago

Short answer: yes, you can play permanent spells with X in the cost just fine.

Muldrotha, the Gravetide 's ability just lets you play cards from a zone other than your hand. It doesn't change the cost. Since you will still be paying the cost of Genesis Hydra as normal, that means you choose a value for X. It isn't automatically set to 0 as it would be if you were playing it without paying its mana cost.

With Genesis Hydra 's ability, you will put one single nonland permanent with CMC X or less on the battlefield.

Falcondc on Can I play a permanent ...

3 weeks ago

So I can play a card from my graveyard with x in the mana cost with Muldrotha, the Gravetide 's ability?

Am I reading Genesis Hydra wrong or can I put more than one nonland permanent on the battlefield with it's ability. For example x=10, I can play a 10 cost card and a 9 cost card and an 8 cost card ... or do I play only 1 nonland permanent card of my choice out of the revealed x cards?

Caerwyn on Can I play a permanent ...

3 weeks ago

Genesis Hydra 's ability does not care about what zone it was in when you cast it. It will trigger when you cast it from the graveyard using Muldrotha.

As a note, you do not play the cards revealed by Genesis Hydra--you put the cards directly onto the battlefield. Play is a very specific term in Magic meaning to put it on the battlefield if it is a or cast it if it is a spell. That is a pretty important distinction--it means the permanents you reveal do not go onto the stack (and thus cannot be countered), and that they do not trigger any cast-based abilities.

Falcondc on Can I play a permanent ...

3 weeks ago

If I were to have Genesis Hydra in my graveyard, can I play it from my graveyard with Muldrotha, the Gravetide 's ability and then do the effect of Genesis Hydra to play permanents from the top of my library with converted mana cost x or less.

NoopyNolife on Feed the Beast

1 month ago

I used to run Aether Hub but my friends kept telling me it was bad so I eventually cut it. And honestly it wasn't performing that well so I don't think I'll be putting it back in. So I'm casually looking to replace glimmer of genius anyway (I was thinking Hydroid Krasis could replace it, but replacing the planeswalker would be something to think about as well.) Genesis Hydra isn't gonna do it I think. As much as I like the card, it puts the Hydra's in play as 0/0's or 0/1's, and cheating in a 2/3 drop just doesn't seem worth it, considering the Hydra doesn't have any evasion of its own. Idk about roar of challenge. It feels more like a sideboard card. But cutting it for mana? UW likes lots of lands but it also doesn't have access to green ramp, so I think going higher than 23 might be overkill.

Thank you for the suggestions and especially for sharing your thought process! It really does help me, I'm still learning.

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Genesis Hydra occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Green: 0.28%