I know what you're thinking.

"But... Mox Opal is banned, which means Affinity is dead. What's the point of playing it?"

Even without Mox Opal, Hardened Scales Affinity remains a viable option in Modern. Granted, it's slower than before, but this does not make it a poor choice.

There's a particular mindset among some players where if your deck becomes less than optimal for any reason, you shouldn't play it. There's nothing wrong with playing a strategy just because you want to play it. As I've mentioned before, budget Magic is about understanding compromise and knowing you may not get the desired results immediately. It's best to play whatever deck you're comfortable with so you can put in the time necessary to see results.

Hardened Scales regularly goes undefeated in Magic Online Modern Leagues. Although achieving a 5-0 in a Modern League may seem trivial, it's evidence that Hardened Scales is appropriate for semi-competitive play. And who knows, Mox Opal could see an unban in the future that could reinvigorate the strategy further. Or, there could be a new card that achieves a similar effect. Until then, Hardened Scales is a solid choice if you want to branch out your skillset and try something different.

Artifact-heavy strategies lend themselves to complicated play patterns, and Hardened Scales is no different. The deck cares about doubling the effectiveness of +1/+1 counters. Games can end in a couple of ways: you can expand your board with Thopters off Hangarback Walker, or you can stack Walking Ballista with counters and ping your opponent to death. Hardened Scales is unique as it has the option to go tall or go wide depending on the matchup. There will be situations where you'll have lethal without even realizing it, given the nuances and fine lines available. If you enjoy going all-in on a Doubling Season in Commander, this could be a good option if you want to jump into Modern.

Budget Hardened Scales

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Hardened Scales (Budget) by Emmmzyne

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Modern

Market Price: $199.94

Cards

Gemrazer

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.40

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Mutate {1}{G}{G} (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it.)
Reach, trample
Whenever this creature mutates, destroy target artifact or enchantment an opponent controls.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Spatial Contortion

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({C} represents colorless mana.)
Target creature gets +3/-3 until end of turn.

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Steel Overseer

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{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.

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Scrapyard Recombiner

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Modular 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Search your library for a Construct card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle.

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Hangarback Walker

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Hangarback Walker enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When Hangarback Walker dies, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying for each +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.
{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.

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Ancient Stirrings

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a colorless card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Phyrexia's Core

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice an artifact: You gain 1 life.

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Pendelhaven

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.
{T}: Target 1/1 creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

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Arcbound Ravager

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Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Evolutionary Leap

Color Identity:G

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{G}, Sacrifice a creature: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Welding Jar

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Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

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Animation Module

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Whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are put on a permanent you control, you may pay {1}. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
{3}, {T}: Choose a counter on target permanent or player. Give that permanent or player another counter of that kind.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile target player's graveyard.

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Hardened Scales

Color Identity:G

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If one or more +1/+1 counters would be put on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on it instead.

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Llanowar Reborn

Color Identity:G

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Llanowar Reborn enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
Graft 1 (This land enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you may move a +1/+1 counter from this land onto it.)

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Walking Ballista

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Walking Ballista enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
{4}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Walking Ballista.
Remove a +1/+1 counter from Walking Ballista: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Throne of Geth

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{T}, Sacrifice an artifact: Proliferate. (Choose any number of permanents and/or players, then give each another counter of each kind already there.)

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Arcbound Worker

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Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Blinkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.
{1}, {T}: Target Blinkmoth creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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This build offers an excellent starting point for the strategy. However, there are a couple of exceptions when it comes to budget.

Hardened Scales, Hangarback Walker, and Walking Ballista are essential for the deck to function. As the namesake card, Hardened Scales is the most significant card in the build. Eventually, you will want the complete set of Walking Ballista, but you can get away with a couple for the time being. Instead, you can run Stonecoil Serpent as a placeholder if you are coming from Standard, but I would not acquire these otherwise.

Scrapyard Recombiner is an ideal utility card that can sacrifice itself to search for another Construct. It's crucial to be able to find Walking Ballista as your leverage card in tricky situations. Unfortunately, Arcbound Ravager is a Beast so you can't get the best card in the deck, but there are plenty of other options available. Given how slow Recombiner can be (since it doesn't have haste), you don't want to run more than two copies.

As Hardened Scales is a mostly colorless strategy, you have a lot of flexibility in how you build the manabase.

Despite entering tapped, Llanowar Reborn is an excellent enabler for the strategy. Keeping a Walking Ballista around after dealing with an early Noble Hierarch is huge. As Hardened Scales consists mostly of two-drops, Llanowar Reborn is ideal on turn one or turn three, so it's fine to run a full four copies.

Semi-Optimal Hardened Scales

Once you have the budget build finished, you can upgrade into more consistent win conditions.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Hardened Scales Affinity (Semi-Optimal) by Emmmzyne

'Hardened Scales Affinity (Semi-Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $341.42

Cards

Blinkmoth Nexus

Market Price: $2.01

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.
{1}, {T}: Target Blinkmoth creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Hardened Scales

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $8.82

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If one or more +1/+1 counters would be put on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on it instead.

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Ancient Stirrings

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a colorless card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Welding Jar

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Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

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Phyrexia's Core

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice an artifact: You gain 1 life.

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Arcbound Worker

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Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Llanowar Reborn

Color Identity:G

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Llanowar Reborn enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
Graft 1 (This land enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you may move a +1/+1 counter from this land onto it.)

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Walking Ballista

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Walking Ballista enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
{4}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Walking Ballista.
Remove a +1/+1 counter from Walking Ballista: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Hangarback Walker

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Hangarback Walker enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When Hangarback Walker dies, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying for each +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.
{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.

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Arcbound Ravager

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Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Animation Module

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Whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are put on a permanent you control, you may pay {1}. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
{3}, {T}: Choose a counter on target permanent or player. Give that permanent or player another counter of that kind.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Nature's Claim

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Its controller gains 4 life.

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Pendelhaven

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.
{T}: Target 1/1 creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

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Steel Overseer

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{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Buried Ruin

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Buried Ruin: Return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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The Ozolith

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Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, if it had counters on it, put those counters on The Ozolith.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if The Ozolith has counters on it, you may move all counters from The Ozolith onto target creature.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Torpor Orb

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Evolutionary Leap

Color Identity:G

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{G}, Sacrifice a creature: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Maindeck

Sideboard

The most significant upgrade comes in The Ozolith which works incredibly well with Hardened Scales.

The Ozolith offers excellent synergy with any sacrifice outlet. Its printing breathed new life into a dying strategy with Mox Opal out of the picture.

What makes The Ozolith so good is that it provides insurance against removal. Even if your opponent manages to wipe your boart, the counters will come back again and again until you grind them out of interaction. It's good to note that if The Ozolith ability does not resolve—say, because your opponent removed the targeted creature in response—the counters will remain on The Ozolith.

From the opponent's perspective, breaking the chain of counters is challenging to handle. Running a full playset ensures you have access to The Ozolith in the early turns, when Hardened Scales can be its most explosive.

Optimal Hardened Scales

Next, you can begin adding Lurrus of the Dream-Den and better mana fixing.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Hardened Scales Affinity (Optimal) by Emma Partlow

'Hardened Scales Affinity (Optimal)' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Emma Partlow

Event:

Rank:

Modern

Market Price: $561.41

Cards

Torpor Orb

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Nature's Claim

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Its controller gains 4 life.

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Relic of Progenitus

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{T}: Target player exiles a card from their graveyard.
{1}, Exile Relic of Progenitus: Exile all graveyards. Draw a card.

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Walking Ballista

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Walking Ballista enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
{4}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Walking Ballista.
Remove a +1/+1 counter from Walking Ballista: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Ancient Stirrings

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.31

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Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a colorless card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Grafdigger's Cage

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Creature cards in graveyards and libraries can't enter the battlefield.
Players can't cast spells from graveyards or libraries.

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Blinkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.
{1}, {T}: Target Blinkmoth creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Pendelhaven

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {G}.
{T}: Target 1/1 creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

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Llanowar Reborn

Color Identity:G

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Llanowar Reborn enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
Graft 1 (This land enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, you may move a +1/+1 counter from this land onto it.)

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Nurturing Peatland

Color Identity:B,G

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{T}, Pay 1 life: Add {B} or {G}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Nurturing Peatland: Draw a card.

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Hangarback Walker

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Hangarback Walker enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
When Hangarback Walker dies, create a 1/1 colorless Thopter artifact creature token with flying for each +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.
{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Hangarback Walker.

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Arcbound Ravager

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Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Welding Jar

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Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

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Blooming Marsh

Color Identity:B,G

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Blooming Marsh enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}.

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Hardened Scales

Color Identity:G

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If one or more +1/+1 counters would be put on a creature you control, that many plus one +1/+1 counters are put on it instead.

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Metallic Mimic

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As Metallic Mimic enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
Metallic Mimic is the chosen type in addition to its other types.
Each other creature you control of the chosen type enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.

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Animation Module

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Whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are put on a permanent you control, you may pay {1}. If you do, create a 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature token.
{3}, {T}: Choose a counter on target permanent or player. Give that permanent or player another counter of that kind.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Inkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Inkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Phyrexian Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying and infect until end of turn. It's still a land. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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The Ozolith

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Whenever a creature you control leaves the battlefield, if it had counters on it, put those counters on The Ozolith.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, if The Ozolith has counters on it, you may move all counters from The Ozolith onto target creature.

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Lurrus of the Dream-Den

Color Identity:B,W

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Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck has mana value 2 or less. (If this card is your chosen companion, you may put it into your hand from outside the game for {3} any time you could cast a sorcery.)
Lifelink
During each of your turns, you may cast one permanent spell with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard.

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Damping Sphere

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If a land is tapped for two or more mana, it produces {C} instead of any other type and amount.
Each spell a player casts costs {1} more to cast for each other spell that player has cast this turn.

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Phyrexia's Core

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice an artifact: You gain 1 life.

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Dismember

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Target creature gets -5/-5 until end of turn.

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Arcbound Worker

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Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Evolutionary Leap

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.69

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{G}, Sacrifice a creature: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Maindeck

Sideboard

Lurrus of the Dream-Den is an excellent way to recur threats or enablers such as Hardened Scales. Lurrus is a bit slow, but you aren't abandoning your high-speed game plan—just giving yourself the option to win through attrition if necessary

Removing Scrapyard Combiner to meet the companion criteria is a sensible trade-off. The sideboard is already suited for Lurrus of the Dream-Den but there are other options to consider. Adding a Pithing Needle may be an option if you anticipate tricky threats such as planeswalkers. You can name a card with Pithing Needle, sacrifice it with Arcbound Ravager and bring it back with Lurrus, naming a completely different card. Lurrus unlocks a whole host of flexibility that was otherwise unavailable. Not to mention, Lurrus supports the sacrifice engine that is important within Hardened Scales.

Since you are adding Lurrus of the Dream-Den to the build, Blooming Marsh and Nurturing Peatland are the ideal choices for fixing. Otherwise, you can use Overgrown Tomb, Woodland Cemetery, or Llanowar Wastes if you have them already. The key here is the fixing to cast Lurrus, and drawing cards off these lands is desired but not essential.

Metallic Mimic is the last card you are looking to add as it supports the counters theme. By naming Construct, your threats will grow alongside The Ozolith and Hardened Scales.

It may be daunting to see your deck suffer a ban, but there are ways to tackle it. As long as you understand that it won't be the same as before, you can still have fun. You may not be doing the most busted thing possible, you know what? That is completely fine.