Hardened Scales

Hardened Scales

Enchantment

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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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare

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Legality

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

Hardened Scales occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.1%

Green: 2.17%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

GU (Simic): 0.51%

Golgari: 0.09%

Hardened Scales Discussion

ZendikariWol on Lorge Cat Daddy (Ajani)

1 week ago

I love a player who goes for the flavor win, but I also feel like you could do more to really focus the mechanical identity of your deck.

Cats are associated strongly with equipment, which Ajani plays into with +1/+1 counters, which are also good for beefing up one's creatures. The issue with that is you essentially have 54 deck slots to split between creatures, equipment, ramp, removal, and card draw.

You could also just do tribal. Though cats do not have many lords (the only one you don't have is Regal Caracal), general tribal cards such as Herald's Horn, Adaptive Automaton, Shared Animosity, the Kindred cycle (Kindred Boon, Kindred Summons, and Kindred Charge), Metallic Mimic, Icon of Ancestry, Door of Destinies, Steely Resolve, Obelisk of Urd, or Vanquisher's Banner could serve you well.

You could go more towards Ajani's +1 counter theme, but most of the payoffs for that are non-cat. That said, there are some good noncreature options: Curse of Stalked Prey, Hardened Scales, Doubling Season, Curse of Predation, Hindervines, Inspiring Call, and Mayael's Aria and other power-related payoffs.

Ardeo on Golgari CoCoConstrictor

1 week ago

Hardened Scales was my first idea aswell, but i replaced it with Winding Constrictor. There is an argument to run both (probably 4 Constrictor, 2 Scales), but the problem with Hardened Scales is, that it's a miss for Collected Company and is a terrible topdeck. The Constrictor doesn't have those problems, but I have to splash black for it (which also gets me access to some nice sideboard cards).

Ardeo on Golgari CoCoConstrictor

1 week ago

Hardened Scales was my first idea aswell, but i replaced it with Winding Constrictor. There is an argument to run both (probably 4 Constrictor, 2 Scales), but the problem with Hardened Scales is, that it's a miss for Collected Company and is a terrible topdeck. The Constrictor doesn't have those problems, but I have to splash black for it (which also gets me access to some nice sideboard cards).

pistolpeteiii on Golgari CoCoConstrictor

1 week ago

Hardened Scales has entered the chat...

Slapdragon on Mob Mentality

2 weeks ago

Really cool deck! Some fun additions I thought of Herald of Secret Streams and Hardened Scales also Simic Ascendancy and Avenger of Zendikar would all be options to consider.

Abzkaban on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

3 weeks ago

Jpinkman

Glad you like the deck! I do have a budget version in the primer. If you want to build this on a budget, it’s a good place to start.

Hardened Scales is good for +1/+1 counter value, but it’s not a counter source on its own. It’s reliant on something else adding counters (most likely Ghave), and functionally it’s only half a Doubling Season. We have other cards that combo easier than it does. It’s excellent if you’re just playing value, though.

Jpinkman on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

3 weeks ago

hello! i'm very interested in this deck, i'm considering building something similar just more budget. Are you sure it's right to cut Hardened Scales? can you explain me why?

DankMagicianD on Atraxa Storge

4 weeks ago

Hardened Scales only works with five cards in the deck, and even then its impact is minimal.

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