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
14 hours ago
Man this was such a popular commander back when I started. Basically, a swiss army knife. You have most of the auto includes but here are a few suggestions: Swords to Plowshares, Nature's Claim, Generous Gift, Beast Within, Hardened Scales, Lignify, Song of the Dryads, Avenger of Zendikar Tooth and Nail and Purphoros, God of the Forge
1 day ago
Invigorating Surge, Solidarity of Heroes, Hardened Scales and Branching Evolution may help to make the dog fat and happy; The Ozolith keeps him staying fat even if he's removed and Ancient Animus - is a very overlooked removal spell.
5 days ago
Temur Sabertooth can go infinite with Dockside Extortionist, so it might be a good add, as redundancy for Emiel the Blessed. Felidar Retreat is better than cards that didn't make the cut, such as Zendikar's Roil and Retreat to Emeria. It seems worth a shot. Conclave Mentor is another Hardened Scales effect, but does cost twice the mana. I'm not sure what any cuts are, as this list looks pretty tight; I'm just tossing out a few ideas that seem worth considering.
1 week ago
DragonSliver9001 I must have mistyped, I meant to add
in the right situations.
For instance, if you have a white weenie deck, and have a board of ~6 power, your opponent is already low. Less than ten. Now, if they've stabilized, you can't really attack. And you got slightly flooded. Well, now you're able to use Castle Ardenvale every turn to keep the game going and prevent it from getting out of reach. Are the tokens going to do the killing? They might help a bit, but mostly no. But are they making sure your board never gets too small even if you topdeck badly? Oh yes.
It's great in or against control. If the opponent doesn't have evasion or trample on their creatures, Castle makes a chump blocker each turn and can literally act as a repeatable Time Warp. Against control, your whole goal is to always have a creature that can get through to deal damage. Castle helps there, too, even if you topdeck badly. Or if you do topdeck well, sometimes it's correct to use Castle.
I've won entire matches off of Ardenvale's back. And not against bad decks either -- it helped leaps and bounds against a competitive Hardened Scales deck in Pioneer when the format was still new. (I didn't win that match, but it was close)
EleshNornsFs enpc personally, the problem is Wizards STOPPED printing the high quality stax and lock and punishment effects. We've got some in Modern... but Pioneer and Standard lose out hard. I mean, it's trivial to build a white weenie deck that wins on turn 4/5 while most of it's threats can eviscerate entire archetype's strategies. Spirit of the Labyrinth? Yep, the hurts Uro and Control in general, and anything with blue. And it's a 2-mana 3/1 that can pile on the hurt. Leonin Arbiter, Ethersworn Canonist, Dryad Militant, and that's not even going into blue or green splashes for Meddling Mage, Unsettled Mariner, Gaddock Teeg and more. But Standard and Pioneer only get the newer, weirder ones that hit planeswalkers specifically, or hate on Escape/commanders, or one or two others that are okayish but not super relevant to the metas.
2 weeks ago
Hardened Scales makes Jenara's ability so much better.
3 weeks ago
I actually like Phyrexian Plaguelord. I think if your going to voltron focus you should double down with that instead of the aristocrat style. As for the tokens I found these two card heavy hitters as end phase your at minimum giving him +2+2 Virulent Plague Illness in the Ranks. Also worth nothing Hardened Scales triggers off each token since it is a separate trigger each time.
4 weeks ago
Quarrelkarma Thanks for the suggestions. Hardened Scales is great but I don't know what to take out of the deck to fit it in. Strangleroot Geist looks interesting but there are already a lot of 2-drops in the deck. And Training Grounds is kind of outside of my budget.