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 2018 (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

TheMadRocketeer on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

3 hours ago

Corpsejack Menace needs to come out of the Maybeboard into the Mainboard ASAP. It's one of the most powerful combo pieces there is with Ghave . It's right up there with Cathars' Crusade and Champion of Lambholt . That good.

Butcher Ghoul provides the same benefits as Young Wolf and Strangleroot Geist and so deserves consideration.

Dictate of Erebos , Hardened Scales , and Requiem Angel are really good too.

This deck is really well done. :-)

Last_Laugh on Animar

4 days ago

Pretty good deck. I do have a few suggestions though. I'll try to break it down by category.

Ramp - Wood Elves , Sakura-Tribe Elder , and Rishkar, Peema Renegade . I also count Hardened Scales / Pir, Imaginative Rascal as ramp here.

Draw - Primordial Sage and Tishana, Voice of Thunder . You want as much draw as you can get that's caused by your actions and less that's reliant on your opponents like Nezahal.

Bounce Enablers/ Targets - Equilibrium and Tidespout Tyrant for enablers. Cloud of Faeries , Great Whale , Palinchron , and Stadium Vendors for bounce targets.

Board Protection- Draining Whelk is all that comes to mind that's a permanent.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. I've been playing the deck for over 5 years now so it's fairly optimized. Feedback, Upvotes, and/or Ideas on any of my decklists is appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid

Quicksilver on Crabs!

6 days ago

GIANT ENEMY CRAB +1 for the tribe. Hardened Scales is a must for +1/+1 strategies.

bushido_man96 on Polishing Animar and Karador

1 week ago

For Karador: consider adding Fecundity, Viscera Seer, and Vampiric Rites for more card draw. I think Ramunap Excavator could go, because I don't see how it helps you all that much, but please explain to me if it does. I think you could cut Twilight Prophet, too. I can see how it would be useful, but all can see how it doesn't add much to what you want to do. You could maybe cut Animate Dead, Dread Return, and Unburial Rites as well. If you want to keep them, then I'd consider running more reanimate cards instead of just those three. Otherwise, just let Karador handle that part of the deck. Tortured Existence is another card to consider to help with Karador synergy.

For Animar: Consider more creature ramp, adding mana dorks like Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Fyndhorn Elves, etc to ramp out quicker. Zendikar Resurgent could be helpful, as well as Lifecrafter's Bestiary (for both decks). Also consider adding the Signets to help with mana ramp and fixing. I'd drop Hardened Scales. It would be a great card if you had a +1/+1 counter focus, but you don't appear to have that, so it must just be there for Animar, and you can't really tutor for it, and really isn't necessary for your deck to do what you want.

Hope that helps some.

JP-Romero on Big Boy Hydra Ramp

1 week ago

There's better decks you can play with Hardened Scales. That being said, for this to be hydra tribal, you have too many non-hydra creatures. Then you only have 2x Ranger's Guile to protect them. Either go with +1/+1 counters with artifacts (Arcbound Ravager and Walking Ballista are auto includes) or forget about the hardened scales and just build mono green stompy with a better curve.

xaarvaxus on Hydra Tribal

1 week ago

In addition to my standard recommendations of Skarrg, the Rage Pits and/or Kessig Wolf Run to give trample to the big beaters that don't have it, the first card I looked for on your list was Hardened Scales. Its a cheap CMC way of getting more counters onto counters-matter creatures like hydras, especially for the early game when you don't have as much mana to pump into those X casting costs.

Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip will help you find creatures and then when you have enough in play, flip to help power up even bigger hydras mid to late game.

Without guildgates to fetch, Circuitous Route should become Skyshroud Claim. The lands come into play untapped plus you can target your shocklands [you'll still have to pay the 2 life to bring them in untapped though].

And no R/G based stomp should go without Xenagos, God of Revels for haste and X2 power [sorry its not the most inexpensive of suggestions but just imagine the damage...]

Last_Laugh on Annihilation

1 week ago

Cuts: Both Darksteel and Blightsteel Colossus so you can keep more Annihilator.

Eldrazi Conscrption because no discount from Animar.

Fetilid for more efficient mana.

Balefire Dragon because Annihilator should keep the board pretty clear.

All 3 signets for mana ramp on creatures.

I'd also drop a few more high cmc creatures as well to help lower your curve.

Additions: Creature Ramp - Somberwald Sage, Shaman of Forgotten Ways, and Rishkar, Peema Renegade. Pir, Imaginative Rascal and Hardened Scales are kinda ramp here also.

I'd add Vizier of the Menagerie, it's pseudo draw and color fixing in one. Very powerful here.

Beastcaller Savant - Hastey mana dork that goes infinite like morph/eldrazi with Cloudstone Curio.

Stratus Dancer, Glen Elendra Archmage, and Heroic Intervention to protect your board.

Spellseeker to look up Glimpse of Nature, Cyclonic Rift, Heroic Intervention, etc. Doesn't need many targets when they're this good.

Haste enablers like Ogre Battledriver and Urabrask the Hidden

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Feedback, Upvotes, and/or Ideas on any of my decklists is appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid

Geomonbla on Abzan Human counters

2 weeks ago

Awesome tips! I picked up a few Hardened Scales, replaced Angelic Skirmisher with Angelic Overseer, and filled out my playlet of Champion of the Parish. I'll update the list, but keep the suggestions coming, loving the help!

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