Protean Hulk

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Protean Hulk

Creature — Beast

When this dies (is put into the graveyard from the battlefield), search your library for any number of creature cards with total converted mana cost/mana value 6 or less and put them onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

DreadKhan on Meren, currently

6 days ago

There is also Necrotic Ooze, Phyrexian Devourer and Triskelion (or Walking Ballista) which will just kill everyone as long as you have some MV in your deck left. I think you can assemble this combo pretty easily with Buried Alive or some self-mill. I use Gravecrawler/Feeder/Plunderer myself, and I dig them out with Protean Hulk, which can then generate infinite Experience for Meren, making it possible for her to reanimate it for you to find a payoff for death or etb.

Hulk can also dig out Disciple of the Vault, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Lesser Masticore and Viscera Seer or Feeder, which will just win on the spot usually. I will say, you do have to target with Disciple, so you can get blanked if someone has protection of some kind, so I don't use this combo myself, but it seems solid (if low on redundancy). It might be worth mentioning, but your Mazirek is very useful with any Persist creatures, since Mazirek can put a +1 counter on one if you have 2 you can sacrifice separately, this will go infinite with any free sac outlet, like Viscera Seer.

If you use Hulk, there is Activated Sleeper, or Phyrexian Delver which can extend your Hulk's lifespan to dig out more stuff. I'm pretty sure there are a few more out there, but I think Sleeper is the best.

I'm guessing you're not really looking for cEDH type stuff, but if you want really spicy stuff, I could direct you to very strong Meren lists you can get ideas from. I have a Meren deck that's roughly High Power atm, able to be extremely harsh to the board but also able to combo off fairly quickly/consistently if I want to. Nel Toth Community College and Round Table is the list, which has the cards sorted into custom piles to make it easier to understand (debatable if that was a success, you can switch it at the top of the decklist). Key points I'd suggest you consider is running tons of non-artifact, non-spell ramp, mostly creature based, enough to shave lands down at least somewhat, and an emphasis on small creatures that can either sacrifice themselves or something else. I would also suggest finding ways to substitute everything else with creatures, Meren really wants to have access to creatures and sac outlets, so stuff like Dockside Chef and Skullport Merchant can be better than other, non-creature options (other than busted ones like Ashnod's Altar, Phyrexian Altar, and Altar of Dementia that are just amazing). I even run Lurking Predators to just dump creatures onto the board, usually as sacrifice fodder, because I have over 50 creatures in the deck, it's very possible to get more than 2 creatures in a cycle.

Hope some of this helps!

Wickked on Henzie toolbox

1 week ago

Sweet deck. Very similar to mine in general. There are cards that I've found to fit in Henzie really well that you may enjoy. Protean Hulk ,Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Braids, Arisen Nightmare ,Silverback Elder ,Pathbreaker Ibex and Ilharg, the Raze-Boar. I've found that Henzie to be a ton of fun to brew with. Mainly due to him not being a big hate-bearer, its nice to fly under the radar. Let me know what you think of my suggestions. Here's my decklist for ideas. Stop in and let me know what you think I could improve.


Gangsta's Paradise - Henzie "Toolbox" Torre

Commander / EDH Wickked

SCORE: 6 | 13 COMMENTS | 649 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER


Wickked on toolbox

1 week ago

Nice looking deck. I turned my Meren deck into my Henzie deck, I went more of a beat face strategy then aristocrats. But this deck looks like it could b a ton of fun to play. The cards that I would suggest are Riveteers Ascendancy , Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , Kokusho, the Evening Star and Protean Hulk. They will go right along with what your already trying to do with the deck quite nicely. I know the creatures are a bit spendy but they are worth it. How often does Rampant Rejuvenator get stuck on the field not being able to b sac'd somehow for the ramp? I've been thinking of replacing Somberwald Sage in my own deck. Good to see a different strategy with Henzie, If you wanna check out my deck and let me know what you think of it and suggestions heres a link


Gangsta's Paradise - Henzie "Toolbox" Torre

Commander / EDH Wickked

SCORE: 6 | 13 COMMENTS | 649 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER


Wickked on Henzie

2 weeks ago

Galaxstar Nice list. How often do you find you have trouble casting all your 7 drops? I see you have about 10ish ramp spells that should help get there. I've been thinking about adding more 7 drops myself but have been hesitant. My overall cmc is a bit lower then yours at 4.0 instead of 4.25 and it seems to run great. One card that has been an all star in my deck is Doom Weaver, first and foremost he's an amazing blocker with reach and 8 toughness. but he also synergizes very well with Henzie allowing you to partner any creature blitzed in and drawing cards equal to its power. As you can imagine this adds up very quickly. Another card I would highly recommend is Protean Hulk. It's a good card to get any creature that would put you in the best situation. Allot of times I grab Olivia, Crimson Bride to just snag him right back out. Hulk can be used as a value piece and doesn't have to be tied to infinite loops to be affective. I really like the deck, you should check out my deck and give me some Critiques. Thanks and have a great day


Gangsta's Paradise - Henzie "Toolbox" Torre

Commander / EDH Wickked

SCORE: 6 | 8 COMMENTS | 515 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER


ILuvMtg on It's Just a Flesh Wound (Budget Meren)

1 month ago

ThatWeirdPerson, I had to think about this one, but I think that if you sacrifice Protean Hulk to Morbid Curiosity, then they can still use a Disallow or Tale's End to counter Protean Hulks trigger, but if they counter Morbid Curiosity then protean hulk gets the trigger. But don't take my word for it.

I also just realized I'm dumb because I misread Protean Hulk and thought that you get to put ALL creatures with mana cost of 6 or less on the battlefield, which just seemed ubsurd. But no, there was one word that I missed.

DreadKhan on Meren (becoming) cEDH

1 month ago

What do you usually fetch out with Protean Hulk, and am I right in assuming that's usually how you win, dig out Hulk which digs out an infinite combo?

You might take a look at Dawntreader Elk and Diligent Farmhand, maybe Yavimaya Granger, as ways to ramp while generating XP. It's also nice that Meren can recur one of these if you've got nothing strictly better to be recurring, ramp and XP are generally a good thing that will let you do something bigger later.

It's not cheap, but Entomb is pretty helpful for cEDH Meren, as is Veil of Summer and perhaps Autumn's Veil, you want those two often to deal with the endless interaction. There is also Imp's Mischief to help out. In cEDH I think I'd want to run Culling Ritual, both for the big mana and to wipe out most permanents, people don't run a ton of high MV permanents, so even if it will hit some of your stuff it'll hit everyone else harder.

I would definitely cut Putrefy for something better, probably a creature that removes stuff like Plaguecrafter (there are quite a few that are slightly worse), I would even run a couple of these creatures, they are often a very good thing to recur with Meren. I would remove your other spell-based removal for stuff like that and use Caustic Caterpillar or Foundation Breaker, removal that you can repeat feels good when you're not using much/any mana to do it. You can probably run stuff like Abrupt Decay and Assassin's Trophy, they are among the best removal spells ever printed.

For some extra card draw, I like Grim Haruspex and Midnight Reaper, conveniently you can sac them to prevent decking yourself.

DemonDragonJ on EDH Banlist

1 month ago

LilLandi, what creatures could a player find with Protean Hulk that would allow them to win the game?

LilLandi on EDH Banlist

1 month ago

DemonDragonJ Flash was banned because of the combo with Protean Hulk that instantly wins the game for 2 mana at instant speed

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