Steelbane Hydra

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

Steelbane Hydra

Creature — Turtle Hydra

This enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on this creature.

, Remove a +1/+1 counter from this: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

GameDragon111 on Thousands of health? Not a problem

6 days ago

thefiresoflurve, thank you very much for the suggestions. I will for sure put

Protean Hydra in the maybe, but for right now, I am already spending more than I was hoping.

It will for sure be added in the future though once I can spend more. The same goes for the

cards that go well with Aggravated Assault.

For the Steelbane Hydra, I am going to find a spot for it.

Thanks again for the suggestions

thefiresoflurve on Thousands of health? Not a problem

1 week ago

Capricopian -> Protean Hydra? Both enter as 4 mana 3/3s, and while

1) Protean Hydra doesn't interact with Genesis Hydra very well 2) Protean Hydra doesn't have inherent Trample Buuuut

Protean Hydra can get hella huge super quick. :D (Also people can't bribe it)

Steelbane Hydra is also great for repeated artifact/enchantment removal in creature form (albeit a bit expensive).

if you end up adding Aggravated Assault, you should also consider Bear Umbra and Savage Ventmaw, since those are good value cards in and of themselves that will also win games on the spot with an Aggravated Assault out.

Rivel on Hail Hydra - Gargos Version

2 months ago

I really want Steelbane Hydra in the deck so for now I am moving Ironscale Hydra to the Maybeboard.

Rivel on Hail Hydra - Gargos Version

2 months ago

Removed Genesis Hydra for Steelbane Hydra. I found out that any x-cost hydrae would enter the field with x = 0 from the cast.

shadow63 on Lae'Zel Master Chef +1/+1 counters

3 months ago

let me just reiterate your card choices aren't wrong. these suggestions are going to be because maybe we have different play styles or different metas. like i really try to keep my removal as flexible as possible and my +1/+1 counter deck is atraxa . Armorcraft Judge its unreliable and is a bad top deck. Avatar of the Resolute it just doesnt scale well to edh. Custodi Soulbinders paying 3 mana just to make a 1/1 is'nt very exciting. Fertilid ive used this one alot and in my games i almost never used it to ramp it was just a vanilla creature.

Return to Dust is just awkward i much pefer Heliod's Intervention. Ruinous Intrusion 4 mana to blow up 1 artifact or enchantment isn't worth it even if does give you a few counters. Lifecrafter's Bestiary with so few creatures its not great. with more creatures in here it could be great. Celestial Judgment there will be games where it will give you the win but there will be games where someone just has something huge out that this just misses or youll have to blow up more of your own stuff then an opponents Hour of Reckoning this is only good in a token deck.

some replacements creatures. Park Heights Maverick, Loyal Guardian, Forgotten Ancient, Walking Ballista, Pir, Imaginative Rascal, Steelbane Hydra, Evolution Sage, Conclave Mentor. non creatures Hardened Scales, Austere Command, Damning Verdict, Tome of Legends, Coalition Relic, Vastwood Surge

unstable_anomaly on Jolene's Treasure Horde

3 months ago

Animist's Awakening and Genesis Wave are both great Xspells to add to the list, but might not be the best here. Both cards are great but you have a lot of spells and your land count makes me nervous. Especially without any dorks/ not many rocks. Pest Infestation and Steelbane Hydra are both great for removal. Unbound Flourishing is another great card that belongs in every xspell deck that can run it.

I'm seeing a lot of cards that support different strategies, pulling the deck in a lot of different directions. Would recommend focusing on one single strategy, with a backup/ support strategy. For example this could be mainly a treasures deck with an Xspell subtheme. Would also recommend more lands (35-36) and some more 2 drop mana rocks.

All just suggestions though, feel free to take em or leave em :) I'm building my own Jolene deck and it's been a ton of fun to test so far. Building mine in more of a typical Gruul smash theme though. Feel free to take a look if you want. Cheers.

Silly-Go-Round on But I wanna play Hydras [Help Needed]

9 months ago

Stuff I'd consider in no particular order.

Nature's Lore

Voracious Hydra

Steelbane Hydra - this one in particular has what you're looking for in enchantment hate, but I'll have a section specifically for that too.

Curse of the Swine

Hydroid Krasis - a little above your price range, but a fantastic hydra.

Elementalist's Palette

Lifeblood Hydra - just under 10 bucks, definitely a solid upgrade.

Vorel of the Hull Clade

Evolution Sage

Death Denied

Three Visits

Skyshroud Claim

Explosive Vegetation

Exponential Growth

Greater Good

Unbound Flourishing

I'd also consider looking up all the different duals that show up in sultai and picking up some of the cheaper ones? I google "word for the color identity of the deck I'm playing and dual lands" and theres a few sites there generally with prices. Also going up like, 3/4 more lands since 33 seems slim and you don't have a lot of mana rocks/dorks to shore that up.

enchantment removal I've used/like/I think would be good here.

Krosan Grip

Gaze of Granite

Pest Infestation

Sultai Charm

Maelstrom Pulse


Windgrace's Judgment

As for stuff I'd cut.

Edge of Autumn - theres better ramp cards and I suggested a few above

Grow from the Ashes - see above

Font of Fertility - see above

Frontier Siege - this seems kinda medium if all were doing with it is adding 2 extra mana, I like that it's modal but you're never going to pick that mode since we don't have a lot of flyers in hydras.

Icy Blast - I see where you're coming from with this, and I think it could definitely put in work, but I also feel like theres probably either hard removal that you could play for the same amount of mana that would make this useful, or something similar.

Personally I'd also cut the counter spells for more stuff that draws/removes but I understand why they're here.

I hope this helps, sorry if it's long winded, and good luck with the list!!

DemonDragonJ on Innistrad: Crimson Vow

9 months ago

Kessig flamebreaker provides quadruple redundancy with Guttersnipe, Firebrand Archer, and Electrostatic Field, so I would be very cautious of a deck that uses all four of those cards.

Optimistic initiate will be great in any decks that use +1/+1 counters, but I cannot fit it into my Atraxa deck, regrettably. Also, compared to Steelbane Hydra, it requires removing of two counters, rather than one, but those counters can be removed from any creature, so the increased versatility is nice.

Markov purifier is nice, but the fact that its ability triggers only on its controller’s end step is a severe drawback, so I would rather use Well of Lost Dreams. Why could the creature’s ability not trigger on each end step? Surely, that would not have made it too powerful?

I really like Avabruck caretaker, but it is too difficult to transform for it to replace Privileged Position in any of my decks. I am glad that WotC finally printed a creature with that ability, but why did it need to be on a creature that transforms, thus potentially depriving a player of the ability?

Wash away will be insane in EDH, but, if Drannith Magistrate is not banned in that format, this card is not likely to be banned, either.

I am glad to finally see Edgar’s card, but it is a severe disappointment compared to his original card. He is very resilient, but I still was expecting him to be more powerful, and the fact that he is not a mythic rare is ridiculous, in my mind.

It is so sad to see Odric turned into a vampire, as he now follows numerous other characters who have turned evil, such as Crovax, Mirri, Glissa, and Ezuri.

I also am very displeased that there has been neither a reprint of Exquisite Blood nor a creature version of it; why is WotC being so stubborn with that?

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