Abzan Battle Priest is another Outlast card. 3W for a 3/2 is decent, but his ability is the more impressive part. First, he has Outlast for a single White, which is decent. At 3/2, being able to become a 4/3 that quickly is solid. But he also gives all of your creatures with a +1/+1 counter lifelink, which turns combat into a nightmare for tempo players. Out of the Outlast cards so far, we really like this guy. He could see play in Commander, depending on what kind of build you’re going for. Ghave, Guru of Spores decks would likely appreciate the lifelink to offset the damage the deck takes from flying creatures on a regular basis. At uncommon, we’re more than happy to see a few of these opened.
Hooded Hydra is an interesting card. It’s a fairly standard Hydra, costing XGG, starting as a 0/0 but then gaining a number of +1/+1 counters on it equal to X. But this is also a snake hydra, which is less common despite our usual interpretation of a hydra. Then again, there haven’t yet before been hydras with Morph, either.
What really sets this Hydra apart is the death trigger. It gives you X 1/1 green Snake creature tokens in play equal to the number of +1/+1 counters that were on the Hydra. Any card that can replace itself with that many creatures is very solid. Also, its morph cost is 3GG – which is incredibly reasonable since it gains 5 +1/+1 counters upon being flipped face up. It’s less than you’d get otherwise for that same mana investment. You can play the Hydra face down on turn 3 as a Morph creature and flip it face up on turn 5 as a 5/5.
This Hydra could see a decent amount of play, certainly in Mono-Green Devotion, where the mana will be plentiful and it should be possible to make this Hydra quite large. It also can deliver quite a good number of tokens to the board upon its destruction, making it a solid mythic rare.
– Elspeth for the Win & Solemnparty