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Vigean Hydropon

Reviewed May 08, 2006

Constructed: 1.96
Casual: 2.66
Limited: 2.26

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Vigean Hydropon

I read this card and thought three words:




The only thing this does is represent a holding vessel for your +1/+1 counters.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1

Jordan Kronick

Vigean Hydropon - First things first. To understand this card you have to know the two great nicknames for it. First of all is the name it had during R&D, according to Aaron Forsythe - Wall of Hats. Second is my own personal nickname for it - Simic Pylon. This card is great. As soon as I saw the graft mechanic, I knew this card would be in the set somewhere. It's proven to be extremely effective. It's best to think of it as a blue-green Glorious Anthem for the next 5 creatures you play. However, due to the transitive nature of +1/+1 counters (or Hats), the bonus can mean so much more than that. Hydropon is a bit of a curiosity, but it's the fun kind. It's not a huge combo card (though it has its moments) and it's not a terribly agressive card. It's just good fun. Who doesn't like hats?

Constructed Rating - 2.4
Casual Rating - 3.5
Limited Rating - 3.3


Vigean Hydropon

For some reason, I want to like this thing. But since your opponent will most likely benefit from it, it's just kind of crappy. Maybe in a casual deck where you could use all the counters the same turn you play this, it would be okay, but otherwise, =/

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 1


Vigean Hydropon

It's a 5/5 for 1GU. That's even better than Burning-Tree Shaman. Trouble is, the Hydropon can't ever get into combat. It doesn't even have defender, so you could use a card that says "this creature loses defender". The Hydropon has only one purpose: Grafting it's +1/+1 counters to the next 5 creatures to hit the board, should you so choose. You could also keep it around as your only Graft creature, so that Cytoshape can turn something into a 0/0 and kill it.
In constructed, you're better off using the Graft creatures that actually do things. In Limited, maybe as a late pick, if you're already into those colors. In casual it gets really nuts, since you can use Doubling Season and this goes crazy.

Constructed- 2
Limited- 2.5
Casual- 3
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