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

vasarto77 on Grumgully, The Last PainForest

6 days ago

Made some MAJOR changes recently. Still don't have a Hardened Scales or the purphoros guy, but they are on my list.

wallisface on SAVE THE TURTLES

1 week ago

I don’t think Hardened Scales is worth it when only Steelbane Hydra benefits by having one more counter... seems weak.

I feel like you need more ramp to get your plan into action quicker. I’d be dropping Shape the Sands (it feels like a win-more card), and the beforementioned Scales, for some mana dorks. Arbor Elf could work great with Utopia Sprawl

Icbrgr on Flavor of the Month

1 week ago

I remember when Hardened Scales came out and all the hype around it with it potentially having a place outside of standard... but I had such a bad taste for the card due to my epic failures of trying to brew with the bolster mechanic... I'm glad other people have been able to make it work where I couldn't lol.

bushido_man96 on Grumgully, The Last PainForest

1 week ago

Love the idea behind this. There is some fun stuff to do with +1/+1 counter themes. If I were you, I'd look to branch outside of just Throne of Eldraine cards, because it will really strengthen the deck.

Champion of Lambholt is a pain in the ass for other players. The Outlast mechanic is strong here, and cards like Longshot Squad and Tuskguard Captain provide nice bonuses for all the creatures with +1/+1 counters on them. I also second the use of Hardened Scales , along with cards like Pir, Imaginative Rascal and Rishkar, Peema Renegade .

I have a Selsenya +1/+1 counter theme deck, and it might provide you with some ideas should you choose to break out of the Throne of Eldraine shell:

Shalai, Voice of the Mana Dorks

Commander / EDH bushido_man96


Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Grumgully, The Last PainForest

2 weeks ago

So I guess my question is: Are you planning on restricting this deck to Throne of Eldraine cards only? If you are, then I would suggest picking up some of the higher powered R/G green cards:

The Great Henge plays well with Grumgully's +1/+1 counter theme, Questing Beast is just a good beater. Opportunistic Dragon and Wicked Wolf are also to great non-humans which double as removal.

If you want to venture outside of the Eldraine set, I would suggest looking at the persist mechanic which goes infinite with Grumgully and a free sac outlet (i.e. Woodfall Primus ). You could further abuse persist with ETB effects like Purphoros, God of the Forge .

Or you could go more into +1/+1 counters with cards like Hardened Scales etc.

Happy deck building!

lpeters82 on Snakes on a Plane (Casual)

2 weeks ago

Assuming our board is a Hardened Scales , Lorescale Coatl , and Stonecoil Serpent .

Brainstorm - Pumps our Lorecale Coatl by +6/+6 (Net zero cards)

Chart a Course - Pumps our Lorecale Coatl by +4/+4 (Net 1 or 2 cards)

Tezzeret's Gambit - Pumps our Lorecale Coatl by +6/+6 and Stonecoil Serpent by +2/+2 (Net 2 cards)

Perhaps worth noting that Sakura-Tribe Elder does have a shuffle effect, which is nice when topping cards you don't want with Brainstorm.

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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%