Hardened Scales


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology Vol. II (CM2) Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare

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Hardened Scales


If one or more +1/+1 counters would be placed on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are placed on it instead.

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Hardened Scales Discussion

ghostssss on Balistinator

1 day ago

w a deck like this, think about Hardened Scales maybe?

AkaAkuma on +1 for you, +1 for you....

3 days ago

To start off: Hardened Scales, Bear Umbra and Ordeal of Nylea. You do allot with just one counter, make use of it! And bear umbra or ordeal of nylea not only means counters but also a free extra Jenara abilities each turn.

Then we have allot of +1/+1 synergy in this deck, but allot of them are single use or difficult to get.

Skullion123 on Ramos Engine

1 week ago

Forced Adaptation or Hardened Scales maybe? I know they're mono-colored and add less counters to Ramos, but they have the added benefit of giving him more counters over time. I think a lot of the 2-color guild charms could be dropped for other spells with more colors that also help out what your deck does more. The clan ascendancy enchantments such as Temur Ascendancy would be a lot more beneficial than, say, Azorius Charm.

I also think the deck could use a few boardwipes. Some cards that would work well with Ramos' ability would be Child of Alara or Duneblast.

Arcbound Wanderer would also be a good card for this deck. When it dies, you can move its +1/+1 counters to Ramos and reuse them to make more mana.

Pikobyte on Animar ramp

1 week ago

That is exactly what my deck did. It rarely killed with creatures. Always comboing out and going infinite. Just looked it up, played 54 creatures. Every creature is ramp in Animar. Cards like Hardened Scales get you the counters faster. Soul of the Harvest and Primordial Sage draw you a ton of cards. Haste enablers like Maelstrom Wanderer allowing you to tap your manadorks while bouncing and replaying them and Purphoros, God of the Forge kills the table. Or throw in a Deepchannel Mentor to make Animar unblockable and swing for 21 commander damage in a single hit.

hydrothermia on Hail Hydra

1 week ago

Welcome to Tapped Out!

Doubling Season and Hardened Scales would be good enchantments for this, giving a bunch of extra counters. Though I don't know your budget, so it might not be an ideal card price wise. Pandemonium would be an interesting one to throw in and once it comes out in October, Guildmage's Forum could be useful if you get some more multicolored creature cards like Zhur-Taa Druid and Savageborn Hydra.

BrandonNass on WBG - Abzan

1 week ago

Played it a little tonight. Hardened Scales combos very well with Outlast and Dragonscale General. Outlast and get 2 +1/+1 counters. Having at least 1 tapped creature triggers Dragonscale General's Bolster ability, giving at least 2 more +1/+1 counters to a creature. Creatures can get pretty big, pretty fast.

coffeymichael92 on Landfall

1 week ago

Thanks for the input. Skyshroud Ranger looks really good, as does vinelasher. With Vinelasher I would be tempted to add Hardened Scales back in.

At which point the objective changes to dropping Vinelasher or Tireless Tracker, then flooding lands on next turn and swing for massive damage. I need trample though, which is where Overwhelming Stampede could come back in. I could then take Rampaging Baloths out...

Too many choices! Lol!!

Polupus on Landfall

1 week ago

Fetchlands are the best thing you can add to a landfall deck.

Cut the hydra. Baloth is better and you don’t want a heavy mana curve. Focus on finding value in the first 3 turns of the game.

Cut Hardened Scales and Overwhelming Stampede. They don’t promote the main strategy.

Wayward Swordtooth and Azusa, Lost but Seeking are better than the mana ramp you currently have.

Hope any of this helps. Good luck out there!

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