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Bigboi Hydra | WAR Standard Deck Guide [MTG Arena]

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MERCH MERCH: https://teespring.com/stores/Merchantdise There is a card flying under the radar who is a big, beautiful boy. Bioessence Hydra, I choose you! Subscribe for more MTG Arena: http://bit.ly/2PuJoCn Patreon ► https://www.patreon.com/rsMerchant Decklist ► https://aetherhub.com/Deck/Public/113027 Follow me on Twitch ► https://twitch.tv/merchant Follow me on Twitter ► https://twitter.com/Merchant_MTG Subscribe & check back for more daily CCG content, with a new video live every day at 9pm GMT! #merchant #mtg #arena
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Robert Mihok (1 day ago)
Llanwar elf + neo form into incubation Druid with a +1+1 counter on turn 2/3, then into bio essence hydra with the kiora on the battle field 😂😂
John Wood (1 day ago)
Hey #Merchant, you seem to be playing by focusing on Bio's first text where you need planeswalkers on the board first, and not thinking about the second text where when the planeswalker comes in, they get counters and Bio gets buffed. So Kiora turns into a 3 mana +7/7. (If you didn't notice it before you did it at 16:37)
SithLordBishop (1 day ago)
Love the deck building!
Vampantix (3 days ago)
Loving you explain choices in the deck building! Keep up the amazing videos :D
Qux Yun (3 days ago)
I love the deckbuilding aspect. It helps me see into the workings of the deck quite well. Simic ascendancy is one of my pet favorite cards. You should try running simic ascendancy + haunt of hightower + mnemonic betrayal wombo combo. You need an opponent to have 20 cards in their graveyard though.
Jason Mack (3 days ago)
bigboi hyrda is fun, but can't win against any black deck with removal. That chaingun deck rocked him sooo hard!
William Schroeder (3 days ago)
Thank you for making this! I had looked at bio essence Hydra as a horrible card and then you made this and I couldn't help but laugh. Your jank is really cool. Please, never stop making content, this is awesome.
Us newer players learn a lot from the deck building part, so I do appreciate seeing the thought process.
Pete Lowry (4 days ago)
Even if you're losing (which in this case you weren't!) always make that last attack, you never know when they'll biff up blocking like that second game, hahaha
VisibleVisionWard (5 days ago)
i ended up making a similar deck with the explore package in it to cover early game. works well in arena, have yet to try it in paper
Jonasz314 (6 days ago)
Are you trying to build competitive decks? I guess it's a fun idea for FNM, but in any serious tournament, zero chance. Tons of mono-red in the meta right now, this deck is ungodly slow to ever have a chance.
Nathalie Vallieres (7 days ago)
I made a variant of this deck. It is SOOOO fun to play. Having big bois hydras is really fun! I didn't put Benthic, I put 2 Incubation Druids (I'll probably change those, I find them too slow, maybe the Paradise Druid is better due to hexproof and being a better blocker), 1 Roalesk, 2 Vivien Reid, 4 Growth Spiral and 3 Bond of Flourishing (replaced Benthic, Wild Onslaught and Evolution Sage). This is the first time I made a non-starter deck and I don't regret it. Having a 15/15 Hydra down on turn 4 is so hilarious. My next will be Gruul Riot.
Brendan O'Brien (7 days ago)
I like opening the video with deck building
Musicgforce (8 days ago)
15:37 , greatest reaction ever
Chaoslorden (8 days ago)
Love these videos of you building and testing as it shows the side we all struggle with, us brewers. I'm currently trying to brew a new izzet deck. Anyway, how about two or three entrancing melodies in main?
Andre Benoit (8 days ago)
Omg ths video s going to be insane this hydra is an absolute power beast.
DerFalsche Lennox (8 days ago)
at 35 mins. why didnt you just play the other kiora? would have given you 7 counters on each hydra
Matt Jarrell (8 days ago)
Love the video and you can have my diamonds, but I play modded so don't you dare touch my iron!
machinaeZER0 (8 days ago)
Maybe Frilled Mystic in the 4 drop slot?
Xylasider (8 days ago)
All the talk about nothing at 4 mana, and there you are not even considering ya boi Sharktocrab
reb3llo (8 days ago)
Sharktocrab for four mana.
Nate Spigelmyer (8 days ago)
I have a seeking suspicion that Simic is the land combo for this meta.
Michael Frame (8 days ago)
11:05: Is there someone saying "Servus" in your video?`
Alaric11 (8 days ago)
There are so many amazing simic brews right now, it feels great.
Valthainos (8 days ago)
I love the style, it's great. Why not Hadana's Climb? - Edit. I didn't finish watching the video before I made this comment.
Shinsua (8 days ago)
I find it funny that this is the only Standard format I've ever experienced--and maybe that's majorly in part to the best of 1 form--where Pridemate isn't absolutely shat on Maybe it just has the appropriate amount of kitty support, as well, but I'm so used to thinking of it as "gets chump blocked until it dies" the cat
Ty Sylicus (8 days ago)
The animation on the Big Whopper is thoroughly disappointing.
Brian Duncan (8 days ago)
Kasmina's transmutation would be sick in this deck against any big nasties like pridemate
Cedric Christensen (9 days ago)
Merchant, game two hurt my soul D: you had a chance to ult nissa putting a buttload of counters on... everything! if the opponent wasn't bad they could have killed your hydra with a quad block (so not great for them, but still) Gotta remember the evolution sage my dude!
schuka1 (9 days ago)
I built a very similar deck. I use the arboreal grazer vs benthics. The grazer is nice for land advantage and also catches flyers well early game. Especially effective vs thief's. They also require a bolt or coil to take out from mono red. It's very possible with spiral and grazer to drop vivian and kiora on turn 4!
Northgatewriter (9 days ago)
Deckbuilding is one of the best parts of your vids imo. Seeing the prebuilt decks played is always cool, but learning the thought process behind them lets me figure out how to build a deck around my favorite cards too!
Ian Peters (9 days ago)
Rhonas doesn't give trample. The krasis could've blocked the phoenix leaving you with 1 health.
Gabriel Talbot (9 days ago)
Biogenesis Hydra is a bomb, I would have liked to see you play Roalesk in this brew !
Matthew Brooks (9 days ago)
I love when you make the deck instead of explaining cards that are already in there, and I'm not just talking about you. I'm not a fan of when other MTG Arena YouTubers take too long in explaining their decks. You have made it a delightful experience to watch you build a deck before playing it and your intros are legendary! Keep making awesome videos! Telling everyone at my LGS that if they haven't already, like and subscribe to Merchant!
Peter Mulligan (9 days ago)
YOU GET IT! Just found this. Been trying to get my Kiora/Hydra/Ascendancy/climb deck to work since spark dropped. And yeah, love the deckbuilding and logic pieces behind the decks at the start. Subscribed. Edit: Llano -> Kiora + pelt collector -> Hydra is a great playline. A turn 3 1/1, 2/2, 10/10 trample and a Planeswalker is disgusting. Also, have a look at sharktocrab. ;)
Tim Hoyle (9 days ago)
Oh look its a *bear of paradise
Slothy CryBaby (9 days ago)
Yes do more
Jacob Johansen (9 days ago)
There's an argument for new Vivien. Actually, scratch that: There's always an argument for Vivien when you're playing huge creatures, and that argument is "Few things are more hilarious than ambushing a Ghalta with something even bigger." I don't think it's the best thing for this deck, except that it would be hilarious.
lefthandluke (9 days ago)
more vids like this
Chris B. (9 days ago)
great video & keep up the good work on the bicycle / swim!
Justin Manson (9 days ago)
deckbuilding is cool, keep
Brayden Van der Werf (9 days ago)
I feel like you have no idea what sage does, didn't ult nissa & burned jiang with sage on field and a land in hand lol
Wamb0wneD 3000 (9 days ago)
Just scrap the +1/+1 counters and go for finale of devastation for an insanely huge hydra with haste and trample. In some games I get a 25/25 haste trample on turn 5.
RustyGun4Hire (9 days ago)
I am not a fan of those draw/discard abilities. I just don't like them.
Julien Simard (9 days ago)
I literally got home last night, open up youtube and saw this vid, without watching the vid simply after seeing "hydra" i just imported the decklist and crafted it and god damn is this jank amazing.
Csaba Almási (9 days ago)
a 4 drop suggestion: Zegana Utopian Speaker: draws you crds, gives everything trample, and adapts herself
Lee Emerick (9 days ago)
I definitely appreciate the deck building in the beginning of the video. It helps me to understand your thought process and the options for my own deck building.
JetSheep (9 days ago)
so, what you need is awakening of vitu, thats 9 counters on ascendency. then a sharktocrab which can take 11 counters and put doule on him, I won on turn 5...
Daejin Park (9 days ago)
I love hearing what you're thinking while you're building :) also have you considered evolving wilds in this deck? It triggers evolution sage twice
DECLAN JAMES GREENE (9 days ago)
I'd be tempted to include the sonic split card that digs and exiles to give them a 3/3. Can't remember the name but useful for finding hydras and a bit if removal is nice
DECLAN JAMES GREENE (9 days ago)
I'd be tempted to include the sonic split card that digs and exiles to give them a 3/3. Can't remember the name but useful for finding hydras and a bit if removal is nice
Rosie Bastian (9 days ago)
so ive been playing on arena for a while now, is the gems in packs something new accounts get? because i've never gotten any.
Fancy Pancy (9 days ago)
Keep improving this deck. Its interesting.
twilightcall06 (9 days ago)
I was messing around with a temur deck with the hydra, and one game I hit magical Christmas land getting two of the hydra out, both of them being 31/30's (thanks Domri!) and just smashing face.
Iain Doherty (9 days ago)
Does Karn's Bastion buffing all the loyalty values of Planeswalkers mirror onto the Hydra? Cause that suddenly makes Proliferation from that a really potent source of counters...
Julian Riml (9 days ago)
Wouldn't growth chamber guardian be very good in a deck like this?
Julian Riml (9 days ago)
Really enjoy your videos keep up the good work!
Brian Hackney (9 days ago)
I like this style of video!
Mats F. (9 days ago)
put in hungering hydra, i play a similar deck.
Adam Cartner (9 days ago)
I like the deck building aspects, and have really been enjoying the multiple videos with the same/tweaked deck
Alex Brown (9 days ago)
Yes I LOVE deck building!! As someone who can’t usually catch you live, I really appreciate seeing what went into making the deck. Also, I love watching streamers do drafts/sealed (sometimes almost more than I like watching the actual games) so if there was any of that coming I’d certainly watch! Even as an extra uncut vid from the stream of the making process, I’d be interested. You’re awesome!
The Godly 1 (9 days ago)
yeah you just stole my deck dammit
CrusaderGundam (9 days ago)
Growth chamber guardian I think would have worked well
Frank Michael (9 days ago)
Love the deck building. Please keep it up.
Tilchos (9 days ago)
15: 55 "Looks like Craig destroying a takeaway" im fucking dead lmfao
Christopher Valois (9 days ago)
Had you considered 'Awakening of Vitu-Ghazi' ? Comes in with 9 +1/+1 counters for 5 CMC as an instant... Also, 'Biogenic Upgrade' ? Adds a +1/+1 counter to up to 3 creatures, then doubles the total counters on each.
Christopher Valois (9 days ago)
Maybe including 'God-Eternal Kefnet' and 'Enter the God-Eternals' ? This would enable copying 'Awakening of Vitu-Ghazi' for CMC 3 as well as 'Enter the God-Eternals' ( 4 +1/+1 counters) [plus some removal and life gain]
Kyle Souders (9 days ago)
Probably my favorite one yet
Julio Chavez (9 days ago)
Hey Merchant! at 34:53 if you would have casted Kiora from your hand the hydra would have been a 26/26 and win you the game right away. Great vid!
Max Daunheimer (9 days ago)
Deckbuilding is a great piece to add to the videos!
lazycouch1 (9 days ago)
I actually really really like this free form intro style. Feels like we're in your brain as you theory craft but also includes gameplay/testing. SICK MATE! :D
MakeADrake (9 days ago)
i love the fact that you draft the deck in the video it teaches us how to build our selfs
R. Neato (9 days ago)
Commenting so I don't get deleted by Merchant ; cool vid and cool deck, I also love to cast some big boi that then die to removal :'( Stay strong !
Ross Leiser (9 days ago)
I greatly enjoy the opening deckbuilding section. As long as there's a timestamp to let people skip ahead who want, I think this video format is absolutely fantastic!
The Biggist of Bois
Gonkcal (9 days ago)
I love these deck building brain storming videos
Edvin Steen (9 days ago)
I like that you go through the deck in the beginning! keep it up :D
Achilles (9 days ago)
Title Bigboi Hydra pressed like. Edit: 16:05 doesn't ultimate Nissa proliferate you to oblivion and give you a lethal?
Liam Royston (9 days ago)
These decks sustain me.
ContinualKarma (9 days ago)
That little sheepish smile when Merch says "I think we can ADAPT this deck into working in that fashion"
Port Talbot Wizards (9 days ago)
So we recorded a video last night and our wizard Aaron had a bioessence hydra.......the thing was god damn terrifying!!! Simic looks so fun right now!
Abby Phyfe (9 days ago)
Stop swearing
ProJimmy Jazz (9 days ago)
When in Cambridge a million degrees for Merchant is really 12C°😂😂😂
ProJimmy Jazz (9 days ago)
Really in love with the Deck Construction, super fun
ANTREU96 (9 days ago)
I love you explaining the decks
xFedora Mastur (9 days ago)
5 Color Niv Mizzet superfriends to discard everything the Primevil's glorious rebirth, try it out it's super fun
Farming Wolves (9 days ago)
The deckbuilding is great. People can skip it. I think the only worry some people might have is that it replaces some of the video time that might normally be gameplay, so as long as you're not cutting that short, the longer videos are better <3
Shane (9 days ago)
I watched your Kioras big boi video and make a deck similar to this one. Very fun!
DrBrainzzz (9 days ago)
Cambridge: Nice and hot Massachusetts: Chance of snow/freezing rain. What the fuck is wrong with my state. It's MAY.
Jay Blunts (9 days ago)
Looks pretty solid although dont sleep on vivien reed; well worth running 2-3
Guido Puijk (9 days ago)
Sharktocrab is a lovely 4-mana Simic card! Also, lovely interaction with proliferoni.
Danilo Oliveira (9 days ago)
removing green good stuff made Kiora a lot weaker, she needs the big boys to give you card draw, there is no point in using so many byomancers when most of the time you will have 1/2 cards in hand. also its really annoying how much removal is a must in BO1 unless you are playing aggro in this game
MrCosmoe (9 days ago)
I LOVE the deckbuilding-approach at the beginning of the videos, keep doing it! I would love to see the Oketra-Elves-Deck anyways.. ;)
Christina J (9 days ago)
This is gonnna get stupid with proliferate
WMastersred (9 days ago)
NOO MY DIAMONDS!
Helius Infinitus (9 days ago)
I feel like you really need to add things like Band Together or at least Rabid Bite. You know very well that you need at least some disruption in a deck unless you literally want to go for simic ascendancy which is the stupidest way to win. It makes no sense.
Benin_16 (9 days ago)
I'm a big fan of you building the deck at the beginning of the video, gives a bit of insight and makes it more interesting imo
Zecrazy Bean (10 days ago)
Make this temur and put riot and biomancers familiar in it
javi marin (10 days ago)
Love deck building part, and ill add karn bastion for a forest?
アップルパイ (10 days ago)
32:33 untapping breeding pool will enable growth spiral... just saying
Benjamin Kushigian (10 days ago)
arboreal grazer gives better blocking against aggro, and the extra mana doesn't disappear when it gets burned. Also, reach! Of course, you need to have the land in your hand for it to be useful, but I've been having great success with it.

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