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Savageborn Hydra
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 Savageborn Hydra
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed May 17, 2013

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.67
Multiplayer: 3.67

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BMoor

Savageborn Hydra

It has everything a Hydra should have. It's an X/X for X+a modest base cost, it has a means of putting on more +1/+1 counters so you won't feel bad about having to play it early (Though if my opponent were in red or black I'd wait until I could get it out as a 4/4 at least) and double strike is quite a nice add-on, as it gets better the bigger the creature it's on.

The problem is the same as every Hydra's problem-- no interactivity. No evasion, no self-preservation ability (unless increasing toughness counts), just a big creature who attacks for a lot of damage. Heck, it doesn't even have trample. And considering how much mana you have to pour into it, it's just not worth the investment.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 3 


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Savageborn Hydra

I can't be the only one who's noticed how many prominent cards from the Return to Ravnica block portray creatures from Greek mythology. We've seen powerful and eye-catching cards that portrayed centaurs, minotaurs, gorgons, sphinxes, dryads, and now a hydra. Yeah, you could say the same about the original Ravnica block too, but that wasn't in a year when people were talking about Greek mythology. Surely I can't be the only one who's noticed?

Either way, Savageborn Hydra is worth the mana. Getting it to a high power and toughness is mana-intensive no matter whether you do it up front or in installments, but you're paying for the hydra's ability to kill pretty much anything that costs around the same as it does. If Heartbeat of Spring was still around, this would be a great card to pair with it (well, you can do so in casual, of course, but it's not a "thing" in competitive Modern. I hate competitive Modern), and since they're not likely to stop printing variants on carsd that make you more mana or find you more lands, this isn't going to be a card you're sorry to hold on to. I think this monster is a little out of Hercules' pay grade.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Savageborn Hydra which is a one Red, one Green, and X 0/0 that has Double Strike, comes into play with X +1/+1 counters, and for one mana and a Red or Green gains another +1/+1 counter at sorcery speed. A three mana 1/1 with Double Strike or four mana 2/2 isn't amazing, but add in the pump effect and an external boost plus evasion or Trample through an aura, equipment, or static effect and you have a serious threat. This is a decent card by itself that becomes a dangerous force with even minimal support, which is enough to get this played alongside Bloodrush in Gruul, Naya, or Jund colored decks.

In Limited, with the frequent excess of mana available, this is a major bomb and game-winning threat that is easily pumped up. Getting external boosts may be harder in the format, but just repeatedly attacking with a hydra provides plenty of pressure in just about any scenario. An easy first pick and automatic Gruul inclusion, though it is harder to splash unless Red or Green are the dominant color.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


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