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Body Double
Planar Chaos

Reviewed January 25, 2007

Constructed: 3.4
Casual: 2.9
Limited: 3.27

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Jeff Zandi

 5 Time Pro Tour

Body Double

Booster drafting with some fairly decent players last night, this was a card that went ignored by the blue players, but I couldn’t imagine why. The two blue players that passed the card each said they took something better and that they considered Body Double to be to situational. Upon further thought, I would have to agree with them. Body Double is essentially Clone for a card in a graveyard. However, true to the basic topsy-turvy theme of Planar Chaos, Body Double is REALLY more like Dread Return from Time Spiral. Body Double does offer some advantages over other reanimation technology. For one thing, you can bounce Body Double back to your hand with a spell or bounce effect and replay Body Double to select a better target later in the game.

Certainly a very useful card for limited play, if not a first pick bomb. In the constructed realm, Body Double can give mono blue or blue/black decks more ways to bring back a huge creature from the graveyard. Reanimation decks have some good options in Standard constructed these days. Now that I think about it, Clone might have been a little overrated…



Body Double

This just gave reanimator a shake-up. Instead of Zombifying that guy, Body Double it, and then Zombify! Actually, this is much better than Zombify, since it can copy your opponent's dead creatures as well, and it leaves the card in the graveyard for you to resurrect so you cna have two. In multiplayer, this will end games. And possibly friendships.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4.8
Limited- 3

Jordan Kronick

Body Double

It might seem like a Clone, but it's also a Zombify. It's got something Zombify doesn't have, though - it can't be used in multiples on the same creature. That's an important distinction. Blue's always had a decent amount of self-discard from filtering effects. Now it's just a matter of finding something to reanimate.

Constructed Rating - 3.5
Casual Rating - 3.3
Limited Rating - 2.6

KC MetroGnome

Body Double

I know it can copy Phage. I know there are some ways to put great creatures into graveyards. I still don't think I'll play this. It's not bad in group (as indicated in its preview debut) where a Wrath of God will load the graveyards with juicy creatures to choose from. But in a duel of any sort you would have to build your deck around this to make it good. And I'd rather just reanimate most of the creatures (except Phage) than have a copy of them. It's okay in limited, where it can be a second copy of whatever your best bomb was or, if you have managed to deal with your opponent's bomb, it can duplicate that.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3+
Limited - 4-


Body Double

Clone with a twist. This has a potential advantage over Clone in that it copies something in the graveyard, and not in play. If you're looking to copy their fattie, you'll have to get it in the graveyard first somehow, which can make this a little unreliable. Also, it costs 5. If this cost 4 I'd be more interested in it, but Clone doesn't see play, so why should this?

In casual, use it against opposing fatties.

In limited, I'd play it if I got it and had blue as a main color, but I wouldn't pick it high. It gets points simply because it's a creature.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 2.5
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