Hardened Scales


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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.

Hardened Scales Discussion

Zephyr_Dreamcrafter on Gargos, Hydra Lord

4 days ago

Thank you for your advice tomjetski, I made the mistake of not buying my Doubling Season before war of the spark was released and it doubled in price. So now I'm waiting for it to come down to something a bit more reasonable. As for Hardened Scales I've seen many others include it in their Gargos decks, but in mine at least I kinda try to cast my hydras for stupid amounts. Adding one little counter for each hydra doesn't seem worth to me. As for the lands I've been hesitant to reduce the amounts of forests in my deck because cards that use forests like Vernal Bloom and Nissa, Who Shakes the World . If the lands are great then I'll include them. I think Karn's Bastion is worth it but Oran-Rief, the Vastwood I use in a lot of my decks but decided against here because I didn't include affects such as Hardened Scales . And so it doesn't really do anything because you might as well just use the mana for X's. I'll try to make room for a trample effect in here somewhere though thanks for that, as well as for reminding me of Death's Presence . I meant to add that in somewhere along the line but kinda forgot about it. Thanks again!

tomjetski on Gargos, Hydra Lord

6 days ago

Nice Ideas in this Deck. I know you want to keep it budget, but if you can save up for it, you should definitely include Doubling Season and Hardened Scales . Karn's Bastion could be a nice addition. And think about Oran-Rief, the Vastwood and Llanowar Reborn . Either Brawn or Primal Rage or Aggressive Mammoth makes sure all your Hydras get a constant trample. I play Death's Presence in my deck, it combos nicely with stuff like Life's Legacy , Greater Good and lets you "transfer" your counters from one Hydra to another.

nUKe13 on nUKe13 Mardu Pyromancer

1 week ago

Sorry I’ve been offline for so long! I hope to answer all recent posts.

Mellro thank you for the compliment! As for Lantern Control, it’s not so much what you side in, but how you play against it. It’s about learning the timing (when to fetch, when to go wide with creatures, what to remove and when). You want artifact hate, so side like Affinity/ Hardened Scales . Side in artifact hate rather than spot removal, and more creatures for a clock. Kambal, Consul of Allocation is nice against all their non-creature spells. Maybe side in more Wear overall. Hope this helps!

YamishiTheWickedOne I’ve seen the deck What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse and I love it! Really similar to my mono black vampires. So... Seasoned Pyromancer ... I LOVE IT!!! I think it’s what Mardu needed. In my opinion, an auto-4 of in the build, for 2 Bedlam Reveler and some other spells/enchantments/planeswalkers. The increase of creatures in the build makes Unearth more and more appealing.

JacenSolo29 yep! You are absolutely right! I’m play testing different ratios so it’s not current, until I find the exact ratio I like. So... yes: my build is horrendously out of date. In all seriousness, I do want to ask your patience and understanding while I work on it. Thank you!

Liscom on Entwurf Rot-Grün

2 weeks ago

Crested Craghorn , Flowstone Overseer , Krosan Cloudscraper , Root Elemental , Fanatic of Xenagos sind einfach nicht gut... da gibt es besseres.

Vulshok Sorcerer da bin ich mir unsicher, was du damit willst. Ja, er kann gut sein, wenn jemand viele kleine Sachen spielt, aber sehr häufig ist er auch nutzlos.

Als Faustregel spiele ich immer 8 Mana Artefakte: Gruul Cluestone , Gruul Keyrune , Gruul Locket , Gruul Signet sind günstige Klassiker.

Ich habe noch ein paar Empfehlungen, die alle irgendwie mit Countern synergieren: Bane of Progress , Bow of Nylea , Curse of Predation , Curse of Stalked Prey , Durable Handicraft , Fangren Firstborn , Forgotten Ancient , Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter , Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin , Longshot Squad (stellvertretend für alle Kreaturen mit Outlast), Mowu, Loyal Companion , Ravenous Slime , Rishkar, Peema Renegade , Rubblebelt Raiders , Song of Freyalise , Verdurous Gearhulk , Ravager Wurm , Rhythm of the Wild

Hier noch Karten mit etwas höherem Preisschild (aber auch nicht zu hoch): Hardened Scales , Managorger Hydra , Pir, Imaginative Rascal

Vielleicht wäre es auch eine gute Möglichkeit Surrak Dragonclaw als Commander zu nehmen und dir so Zugriff auf Blau zu ermöglichen. Mir ist aufgefallen, dass bei dir eh ein wenig das Ziehen von Karten zu fehlen scheint.. Ansonsten empfehle ich Samut, Voice of Dissent . Ihr weiß kannst du wenn du willst ja auch ignorieren

Quicksilver on Spammable

2 weeks ago

Replace the myrs with the other signets, Golgari Signet and Orzhov Signet . They're less susceptible to destruction and you don't have to wait a turn for them to work in the late game. Hardened Scales nets you more counters and is a cheap card.

microactive on G/U Counters

2 weeks ago

I like Hardened Scales but it was slightly pricey for me so I omitted it...for now! I'd replace more Walk the Plank for Fatal Push as well. Llanowar Reborn looks like a nice edition. Thanks for the info!

M_Malcom on G/U Counters

2 weeks ago

No Hardened Scales or Llanowar Reborn ? Anything with modular is good too.

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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%