It turns out Arcbound Ravager and Hardened Scales go together like peanut butter and chocolate.
Arcbound Ravager is, and has always been, the Fairy Godmother
The Ravager, mightiest of Modular cards, has always been a cut above the competition. With the ability to defy card advantage and throw all your deck’s power onto one threat, this creature has wowed crowds and defined formats for over a decade.
The Ravager could always sacrifice an artifact that was about to die. In that way, it could mitigate the effects of cards like Searing Blood or Smash to Smithereens. More importantly, it could create size without using mana: This let the Beast take all kinds of explosive turns for years.
So with cards like Myr Enforcer and Somber Hoverguard all but forgotten, this Affinity two-drop has remained relevant.
But wait! There’s more!
Arcbound Ravager makes (and moves) +1/+1 counters… Hardened Scales loves +1/+1 counters
What happens when every Worker enters the battlefield as a 2/2? How does Steel Overseer look when this enchantment is in play on turn one?
Affinity was always a good Modern deck, but with Hardened Scales, the archetype is doing something cool and legitimately new for the first time in years.
Consider for a moment what happens when you sacrifice an Arcbound Worker to an Arcbound Ravager with Hardened Scales in play…
- The Worker dies, putting a +1/+1 counter on the Ravager.
- But wait! Hardened Scales says to put two +1/+1 counters on instead.
- The Ravager’s ability resolves, so we’re up to three +1/+1 counters already…
- But then Hardened Scales checks again…
Pretty cool, huh?
Forget about cool, pretty powerful.
Hardened Scales Affinity may be the new hotness in Modern. Learn about it, and all the latest modern tech, in this week’s podcast: