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Khalni Hydra
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Khalni Hydra
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed April 22, 2010

Constructed: 3.35
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 2.50
Multiplayer: 3.60

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Khalni Hydra

An 8/8 Trample actually looks kinda anemic when we've got 9/9's that can't be blocked except by three or more creatures running loose. Khalni Hydra's attraction comes from the fact that with enough green creatures on the board, you can power it out for cheap. Then again, you can do that with the Eldrazi too, thanks to their Spawn tokens. And mana acceleration ramping into fat creatures early is nothing new to Green, so... what's so special about Khalni Hydra again?

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 3.25 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Khalni Hydra
Khalni Hydra is very big, very green, very dangerous, and very cool. Green creatures this aggressive have generally found a lot of fans, and I'm sure this will be no exception. Try it with Wolfbriar Elemental or Grizzly Fate.
Where is Hercules when you really need him?
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5 


Magic The Gathering Card of the day: Khalni Hydra
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is one that makes my inner Timmy sense tingle, Khalni Hydra from Rise of Eldrazi. The high mana cost of this card is offset by the fact it costs one less green mana for each green creature you control. Wow, the ability to play a spell for free should not be overlooked at any point; an 8/8 trampling body for free is a powerful thing. In standard mono green monument decks may pump out enough tokens to take advantage of this card, if not by playing it for free then by a heavily reduced mana cost. Even if you get this at four or five mana it’s a great deal. In extended and eternal this card could see play in some sort of stompy deck but the commitment of creatures to the table could be a problem. In casual and multiplayer this is where this card will see the most play, elves and saprolings both being popular decks this card could be played for free more often than not. An 8/8 trampling creature for free may be win more but in multiplayer it can help bolster your defense or hold your other guys back as you send this guy out.  In limited you would need a heavy green commitment to play this card but if you do pull it off this guy is a bomb.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Khalni Hydra which is a fantastic large creature for mono-Green decks that can hit the field as early as the third turn.  An 8/8 with Trample is quite reasonably priced at eight mana, but the reduction in cost being something Green tends to specialize in anyway is an excellent addition.  This is a card that will see play in Green decks for some time to come and can really help the Chroma mechanic in extended.
For Limited this isn't quite as easy to cast at a highly reduced rate, but the price is quite fair if running a mono-colored deck in Booster. 
Draft as much Green as possible, especially creatures, and this can come out as quickly as the Eldrazi threats.  Single color is much harder to manage in Sealed, especially trying to field enough creatures to reliably play this early, so it may not be playable at all depending on your pool.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

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