Body of Research

Body of Research


Create a 0/0 green and blue Fractal creature token. Put X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the number of cards in your library.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Body of Research Discussion

kidsquid on How To Make Fractal Tribal …

2 months ago

Esix, the Fractal BOOM

Would like to seek help for this basic idea of mine. First time I saw Esix and the very small Fractal tribe, I fell in love with it!!

I could've just went with Avenger of Zendikar on this one but I'd like to have the fractals to be the main theme in this deck.

I just love the concept of exponential doubling of counters and this card Body of Research .

Playtesting it, I saw that I always run out of hand because of ramping, and having problems getting the fractals out. It just doesn't seem glued together yet.

Let me know your thoughts!


d_iros on Crouching Kadena, Hidden Phage [Primer]

3 months ago


If I'm being honest the area where I know the least about what I'm doing is making a mana base and am open to feedback regarding it but honestly I don't know what you're trying to tell me. I have looked at manabases of top decks with off-color fetches and essentially copied them with slight modification. In none of those top decks have I seen this type of mana base be brought up as having the same issue. I'm definitely in line with Abzkaban's view here.

One of the advantages of this type of mana base that my deck desperately needs is mana fixing as we're trying to win with Phage the Untouchable and Body of Research . This is also why I run Chromatic Lantern . I wouldn't run a mana base this expensive unless I absolutely needed to so if you have an example of a more appropriate mana base please link it here.

d_iros on Kadena Slinkena

3 months ago

I like the Aphetto Alchemist + Illusionists Bracers + Fledgling Mawcor combo. I haven't seen that one before, gonna have to do some thinking and see if I can possibly squeeze that into my own Kadena deck. Have you considered Body of Research to do a 2 card combo with Simic Ascendancy ?

d_iros on Crouching Kadena, Hidden Phage [Primer]

4 months ago

Cut Ashnod's Altar, Endless Whispers, Scroll of Fate, Ixidor, Beastmaster Ascension, and Dark Ritual. Added Body of Research as a second card that can be an instakill in one round of combat. Added in Simic Ascendancy which can combo for a win with Body of Research . Upgraded the mana base with off color fetches for the fixing many of the cards require. Did minor adjustment to basic land counts and mana rocks to reflect the needs of the deck. Added Phyrexian Altar for the any color of mana it can produce. Updated the description to change the change in direction of the deck. Added Grim tutor as OK option / replacement for a proxy of Imperial Seal I intend to make. I can't remember what other changes there were but they are all reflected in the description.

This is not where I imagined the deck ending up, but as I look at it I see a sort of a "fair" combo deck. Answers exist to the combos used for winning, it can be fast but sometimes it won't be. You can shoot for pulling off less certain combos like winning with Elbrus. One day you might pickle lock turn 5. I think as a result of the draw engine and the tutors it may be possible to tailor playing this deck for different tables by pursuing different combos. That's the deck. There won't be any more edits until a new card comes out that gets me brewing again.

DanMcSharp on Fractals

4 months ago


It's refreshing to see new players coming up with their own deck ideas instead of just copying the top meta decks. Welcome to the game btw!

I haven't seen many people play dedicated "fractal" decks so far, but something that I've seen people make work was using Body of Research to make a huge body and then win with Fling or Kazuul's Fury  Flip. It seems pretty close to the way you try to play the deck anyway seeing how you like to have Solve the Equation in your opening hands. A combo deck like that wouldn't really need as many tribal interaction and focus mostly on getting the right cards out asap while just staying alive, so cards that give better card selections Omen of the Sea , bounce spells Into the Roil and counterspells Saw It Coming could be more helpful.

If you prefer to play the tribal aspect where you try to win with creatures and superior board state, you shouldn't really need to rush to a specific card like you do when using Solve the Equation . Instead you should try to get the most out of you creatures. The Great Henge seems like a great fit in this case since you will have large bodies for the discount, and your creatures will get more +1/+1 counters for your existing synergies. I'm not sure what Confounding Conundrum is there for, it's usually a side-board card, or a card built around things like Field of Ruin to trigger it or in Yorion, Sky Nomad to bounce it, but another 2 drop you could consider would be Guardian Gladewalker since it gives a +1/+1 counter and it also counts as a fractal for Biomathematician .

I find that The Ozolith is a very nice fit for the deck, but drawing multiple is hardly ever going to help you, so you could easily cut 1 and only play 3. Also, going up to 23(or more) lands certainly wouldn't hurt. You could make it a Mountain if you want to go the combo route to supplement your Ketria Triome for the red splash so that any Fabled Passage can be a red source.

Btw, you seem to think that The Ozolith would cover you if Body of Research gets "countered", but if that happens the creature won't ever exist, so there will be no counters for The Ozolith to pick-up. If it resolves and then the creature gets destroy or remove from play by any means, then yes it would work.

Hopefully these suggestions are useful,

Good luck!

Mechanon on Simic Land Counters

5 months ago

Cool deck idea! I'd suggest bumping up Into the Roil and Inscription of Abundance to 4 each, since it's your only removal cards, plus Inscription is so versatile. Cards like Oran-Rief Ooze , Gnarlid Colony , and Wildwood Scourge are all good, even if you can't spend the extra mana on them. Dragonsguard elite doesn't seem quite as useful, but I haven't looked too much into the Strixhaven cards yet. Body of Research seems like a beast of a card but it might be difficult to play unless you change up your mana ratio. I haven't used some of the other cards so it's hard to give my opinion on them.