Creature — Shapeshifter
You may have Body Double enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature card in a graveyard.
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|Arena Cards (ARENA)||Rare|
|Commander 2017 (C17)||Rare|
|Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska (DDM)||Rare|
|Planar Chaos (PLC)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Body Double Discussion
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Oh, also! I never used Body Double in my deck, but I think it could be really good. Especially if you want to recur some of your own creatures.
2 months ago
Creatures having a color is already something you can break in commander, though. You can use Painter's Servant naming in your Elesh Norn deck (not that you would in this case) to give all of your opponents protection from your creatures with Absolute Law.
Additionally, Transguild Courier and Sphinx of the Guildpact both get boosts that apply to color even with no changes to the current rules. The point isn't that "this card is x color" because we can already break that in commander. The reason they're banned is because of the rule that the mana symbol appears on the card. This is the same reason that Quenchable Fire can't be run in a mono-red deck despite nothing about the card being blue.
On the point of Gyruda, Doom of Depths I will say you're not entirely wrong here, but let's not forget that Wizards has been pushing color pies and power levels a LOT lately. So to that end I would defend the card pointing to limited blue reanimation effects like Back from the Brink or Body Double. Blue has limited ability to copy or create tokens of creatures in graveyards, so the fact that this latest one is extremely limited feels like it's pushing blue, but not entirely out of context. You can only reanimate something milled with its ETB effect and only if it has an even CMC. It's possible to entirely whif on this and not get anything to reanimate, unlike similar black effects that are more or less guaranteed to bring you back something from the graveyard.
3 months ago
Remember that there is competitive modern and 'competitive modern'. There are things you can do at local FNM which doesn't hold up in bigger competitions. You don't have to plan for the entire meta, just the decks you are likely to face.
As someone new to more competitive settings trying to play off-meta, I highly rate transformative sideboards. You can improve almost any matchup by sideboarding 15 cards (or fourteen with companion), and viewing your maindeck as a place to store sideboard cards (which can be swapped in bad matchups).
As a deck which 'relies' on risen reef combo, put thought in your backup gameplan. Your Jegantha choice offers a backup combo with something like Freed from the Real, while only taking up four slots. This is the right direction, however in specific it faces the same problems- a weakness to removal- as the maindeck. Testing alternatives, both main and side will be most of the process for this.
Don't feel the need to settle into one list- unpredictablity is a major asset for every list that isn't already highly-tuned. Your opponent will misidentify control or beatdown matchups, netting easy wins, especially with sideboard mixups.
For a time, Voice of Resurgence was the big reason to play midrange, and its still pretty solid. Value with Vesperlark/thunderkin is decent if you can avoid grave hate- sideboarding in a set of mana leak/spell pierce is legit if they don't have a fast clock.
Primal Beyond is good, non-painful mana fixing.
Finally, look at Jeskai Ascendancy combo lists. Its fallen out of favour due to disruptability, but faces a lot of the same deckbuilding restrictions you are under. Similarly, Reveillark/Body Double was a deck that never really took off. Runaway Steam-Kin had a few combos theory crafted that never made it. I'm sure there are things in these lists you can adapt. I'm sure that between all of these you can find something that runs nicely. Playtest well, and have fun.
3 months ago
In a way Body Double practically is a Beacon of Unrest in creature form minus the artifact clause. They should make a creature form in mono-black at four mana given the power creep since Body Double was printed. If they need to balance it they can have it enter the battlefield tapped.
3 months ago
Blue is the color that most frequently can copy creatures, but I feel that Body Double should be black, rather than blue, since black is the color that is most concerned with using the graveyard as a resource (although green is nearly tied with it in that regard).
What does everyone else say about this? Why is Body Double blue and not black, and will WotC ever print a black version of it in the future?
4 months ago
Why isn't the list playing Body Double? For the retriver line you can win without needing a spell to cast as it can etb as a copy of an untapper.
4 months ago
Actually, Imma recreate this entire list for you ok?