Hardened Scales

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

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 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


All decks: 0.1%

Green: 2.17%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

GU (Simic): 0.51%

Golgari: 0.09%

Hardened Scales Discussion

[email protected]_only on Card creation challenge

3 days ago

Leyline of Growth


if ~ is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield.

Whenever an effect creates one or more tokens, it creates one additional token of that type.

sort of to Hardened Scales as Corpsejack Menace is to Anointed Procession.

make a card with 2 different mechanics that only appear in a single set each.

jmorganj1991 on Breaking Turn Order

3 days ago

Was thinking to definitely remove Satyr Grovedancer. I think you are right about Jugan, the Rising Star as well. I would even consider removing Polukranos, World Eater as well. If I get constant counters, any creature should pretty much be fairly beefy. The Whispersilk Cloak was more for Gilder Bairn so I would have a way to untap it and use the ability or for an end game. No real intention of playing it on any creature I wanted targeted. However, Hardened Scales seems way more useful in the long run. Replacing one of each basic land is an easy sub. I like the plan right now and will work on updating this deck later today. Then I'll empty my acquire board after the order. Hopefully this deck makes me well hated on game night once it is completed.

Phostration on Breaking Turn Order

3 days ago

Honestly Jugan, the Rising Star and Satyr might be able to go. Jugan, the Rising Star is a super high mana card and forgotten ancient has the easy potential of being able to distribute more counters for 4 mana. Satyr is ok, but just one counter one time. Ozolith can replace one of those creatures as well. I would use only one. For this deck I would say 2 Karn's Bastions and just replace one of each type of basic land. One thing about Whispersilk Cloak is that shroud makes it so YOU can't target your creature either. Also instead of a doubling season, Hardened Scales is a good cheap alternative. You should take a look at my deck +1/+1 Counters, and use the playtest feature to see how things work.

tabbs33 on UNBLOCKABLE + X = U DIE

5 days ago

I'd recommend altering your deck's hubs - for whatever reason, Birthing Pod is one of them.

I'd highly recommend making your deck 60 cards, cutting down on a lot of creatures (30 is a ton for Modern decks!), and instead increase the number of lands (23-25) and put in a whole ton of mana ramp. Spells with X really need large values of X to pay off. In terms of creatures to cut, I'd start with Endless One since it's just a vanilla creatures, Genesis Hydra since you're very likely to only hit creatures with X (and the creature will come into play with 0 counters if it's put into play this way), and possibly Wildborn Preserver since you'll constantly have to strike a balance with your mana between the creature you're casting and the Preserver. I'd also cut Nourishing Shoal as life gain doesn't really do that much if you're behind on board (other than delay the inevitable).

I'd recommend Arbor Elf along with Utopia Sprawl, Castle Garenbrig, and even possibly Llanowar Elves, Rampant Growth, and Cultivate for mana ramp. Hardened Scales, Winding Constrictor, and Metallic Mimic are all efficient cards that make your X creatures bigger pretty much for free. Walking Ballista is also one of the best X spells in Modern...if your budget can afford it. For your sideboard, definitely Veil of Summer, it's exactly what you need to protect all your creatures from Fatal Push.

Honestly, this deck reminds me a lot of the Hardened Scales decks floating around Modern. I'd recommend taking a look at those decks as I think you'd find them fun!

Kogarashi on Vigor and Hardened Scales

6 days ago

Vigor would take 2 damage. Vigor's ability only prevents damage to other creatures you control, not Vigor.

However, if you have another creature that would take 2 damage, Vigor's ability prevents that damage and instead would place 2 +1/+1 counters on the creature. Hardened Scales's replacement effect then applies and adds one counter for a total of 3.

It doesn't matter how many counters are being placed with a single effect. Hardened Scales always replaces it to "that many plus one." Vigor's ability is a single effect placing counters, not many individual effects.

AjaxSlumbering on Vigor and Hardened Scales

6 days ago

If I have Vigor and Hardened Scales on the field, and vigor takes 2 damage, does Vigor get 3 or 4 counters?

Pargphee on Y'all got any more of those +1/+1 counters?

1 week ago

redbarron12 I was on the fence about these two. Pir being a Hardened Scales on a creature is definitely useful, so is some extra card draw from Toothy. I'll see what I can potentially switch out for those two, the balance in the deck for counter and utility creatures is pretty good right now.

jmorganj1991 on Breaking Turn Order

1 week ago

Yeah, definitely agree with Hardened Scales. That will go on the acquire board for the next card order I do.

Can't believe I did not think about Proliferate. That may change a couple creatures that I have in there. Probably look into subbing in some combination of Evolution Sage, Flux Channeler, Pollenbright Druid, Thrummingbird, and Roalesk, Apex Hybrid.

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