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

KayneMarco on pyr toothy casual counters

1 week ago

Hardened Scales would be a really good addition to this deck. Very low cmc and actual price.

Lythia on GW Tokens and Counters

2 weeks ago

Oh this is a fun one! What is your goal with this deck? Spit out tokens and make them big? The only thing you have to worry about with her on the field are mass destruction and mass sac effects like Dictate of Erebos. I would consider Eldrazi Monument, Mother of Runes, Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant,Hero of Bladehold, Crystalline Crawler, Hangarback Walker, Mindless Automaton, Bloodspore Thrinax, Bramblewood Paragon, Hardened Scales, Curse of Predation, Gyre Sage, Walking Ballista, Cradle of Vitality and maybe Oreskos Explorer, Sun Titan, Gift of Immortality, Sunbond, and Prowling Serpopard. Sorry, I felt like maybe I was listing abit I don't want you to feel like I'm trying to build your deck. I know it can take the joy out of building for some people :) Anyway, good job so far and happy tuning!

AkaAkuma on Reyhan&Ishai | Where Unstoppable Meets Immovable!

3 weeks ago

@ZendikariWol: Yes please explain, I'm always ear to strategies revolving Reyhan! I'm aware that my deck is more than just making counters on first sight, but every card counts toward the goal of creating even more counters. And no it's not just some good stuff mashup.

  • I sacrifice and recur because allot of creatures come into play with counters and Reyhan starts doing stuff on death triggers.
  • All the Clone shenanigans is toward cloning Reyhan, so multiple triggers hit the stack. And a clone of Reyhan still moves to the graveyard with x counters attached.
  • And the few support cards like Octopus Umbra seem very self-explanatory. Always be able to have at least one creature stay on the field, and this umbra is a flat +8/+8 for Reyhan.

Apart from Hardened Scales Ishai has nothing much to add to this deck than swing lethal alternatively. But I personally think blue benefits Reyhan the most out of all colors, it doubles counters rather than just adds one +1/+1 which white tends to do and it's a shame that Ravos does not add to that strategy also. With Ravos i cannot play Mirror Mockery, Walking Archive, Prime Speaker Zegana or Hadana's Climb  Flip (to name only a few!) which are very valuable assets or win conditions to Reyhan, or Havengul Lich and Muldrotha, the Gravetide which are the only few ties that Reyhan has with Ravos have.

Kogarashi on How Many +1/+1 counters do ...

3 weeks ago

Since you controll all the triggers, you get to place them in any order. You'll want to put Hardened Scales on the stack last, so that it resolves first and adds one counter to Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker's counter. Then the rest of the abilities will double the count in turn, for a total of 16 as Madcookie said. The number will be less if Hardened Scales resolves anywhere else in the order.

Madcookie on How Many +1/+1 counters do ...

3 weeks ago

All of those above are replacement effects that are activated by Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker's ability. You can order them in any way you like but for maximum counters the order is this:

[1counter (ojutai) + 1 counter (scales)] * 2(from doubling) * 2(from primal vigor) * 2(from the menace) resulting in ((((1+1) * 2) * 2) * 2) or 16 total counters. If you were to place Hardened Scales last it would look like this (((1 * 2) * 2) * 2)+1(from scales) and net you only 9 counters.

Disclaimer: I'm bad at math. (:P)

The_Overlord_666 on How Many +1/+1 counters do ...

3 weeks ago

Here is what is on my Board at the moment i have Doubling Season, Primal Vigor, Hardened Scales, and Corpsejack Menace, along with Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker. One of my opponents casts a spell (ex Opt). how do the above mention cards react to Ishai's counter and what order should i put them in to get the most +1/+1 counters?

Billgod247 on ToffMcSoft

3 weeks ago

Hardened Scales (or even Corpsejack Menace) wouldn't be as good as Winding Constrictor in Slimefoot the Stowaway because they specify +1/+1 counters and Winding Constrictor refers to "any counter" and "of that kind". The constrictor helps the Fungi produce Saprolings more often. The first two would be better with more cards adding +1/+1. I might suggest Metallic Mimic if of course you'd like a more aggro approach opposed to draining opponents. I became more interested in this deck due to cracking an Assassin's Trophy. I'd like to play in about as many edh decks as I can manage to assemble.

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