Biomancer's Familiar


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Rare

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Biomancer's Familiar

Creature — Mutant

Activated abilities of creatures you control cost less to activate. This effect can't reduce the amount of mana an ability costs to activate to less than one mana.

: The next time target creature adapts this turn, it adapts as though it had no +1/+1 counters on it.

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Biomancer's Familiar Discussion

ive-been-degaussed on Feed Me Seymour

1 week ago

I would say so: Thrasios is a potent draw engine (and plays well with Biomancer's Familiar ), and Reyhan is more on-theme -- and her ability helps protect you from removal, which counters decks often suffer from. Plus, Damia can stay in the 99.

Brainpolice2 on [RNA] Bant counters

1 week ago

Yes I ended up taking out Pteramander because even though I have Biomancer's Familiar to help lower its costs it does feel clunky with its "instant and sorcery" aspect. I still have Benthic Biomancer partly for the sake of having a one-drop spot. But you make a good point about its usefulness later in the game.

After swapping Pteramander and such out for Herald of Secret Streams and Knight of Autumn , my deck is even closer to yours now but still a touch diff: Bant Biomancy

The main difference really is that I'm focusing on using Biomancer's Familiar to reduce Adapt costs and Shalai, Voice of Plenty 's activated ability. So this incentivizes me to put in more Adapt creatures, which pushes out space for the ramp and finisher cards you use here like Llanowar Elves and Hungering Hydra .

I'm not sure whether or not my route is effective or just waters down what you're going for here, I haven't playtested it yet.

Brainpolice2 on [RNA] Bant counters

1 week ago

I was inspired by your deck when looking through more Simic style +1/+1 counter decks, so I put together my own little variation. I think adding white in this way is very beneficial.

The main difference in my approach is that I added a handful of Biomancer's Familiar as a matter of principle, and filled my deck with more one drops like Benthic Biomancer and Pteramander , while I decided to skip over Llanowar Elves because I don't have as much Hydra action going on to ramp into it. So I went a little more of an aggro route.

I also put Assure / Assemble in the mainboard and Unbreakable Formation in the sideboard for much needed protection from removal. The latter provides nice synergy too because it involves +1/+1 counters.

Knight of Autumn can be a nice card but I couldn't fit it in the mainboard vs. all the one drops and its 2nd ability does make it more of a sideboard card, so it goes in the sideboard for me.

Herald of Secret Streams is definitely a nice addition to this deck, but in my case I also just couldn't fit it in the mainboard. It functions nicely as a sideboard card still though vs. matchups against other creature-heavy decks.

As far as suggestions for your deck, Negate is a useful card but seems niche and lonely in this deck. You could easily replace it to get Assure / Assemble or Biomancer's Familiar in.

Skippyeights on Adaptation

2 weeks ago

I have a few ideas for you...

First, the most radical idea: Have you considered splashing just enough red to add Rhythm of the Wild ? It can add a lot of counters to your pool and really increases the efficacy of the Incubation Druid and the Growth-Chamber Guardian , plus if in play none of you creatures can be countered, which can really screw over a lot of the control decks out there.

If you do splash red, you could also add Expansion / Explosion which can pair nicely with the Wilderness Reclamation . An even better card for your deck, in my opinion, would be Electrodominance . For a seven cost Electrodominance (which you can do easily with Wilderness Reclamation and your druids) , you can sneak in your Galloping Lizrog , casting it at the end of you opponent's turn. Then it is your turn with a Simic Ascendency with 20 counters and you win.

Splashing the red could be pretty pricey if you don't have the cards for the mana base already, but if you have the cards...?

Finally, a card you might want to take a serious take a look at is Shapers of Nature . Combined with a Biomancer's Familiar , you are creating +1/+1 counters for 2 mana and drawing cards for 1 and it doesn't tap to do it. This means any extra mana from the Wilderness Reclamation can be put to great use.

chris2fur on [RNA] Bant counters

2 weeks ago

This deck is so much fun. I really feel it's an underexplored part of the meta. Have you considered adding Biogenic Upgrade or Galloping Lizrog ? Biomancer's Familiar also has a ton of synergy with most of the creatures in this deck, as it speeds up the adapt creatures and allows that adaptation to occur multiple times. Really a great list though, thanks for sharing.

Eledain on Infinite combo in Standard?

2 weeks ago

There's also a four creature infinite combo involving Biomancer's Familiar and Slimefoot, the Stowaway .

unknowngamer149 on Wealthiest Banana King (Non-Infinite)

1 month ago

DiverDown I was actually thinking of cutting Thought Vessel for Seedborn Muse room. I find that colorless mana isn't the greatest in my build at least and you're right on how huge the payoff is when it happens. If I get Nezahal, Primal Tide , it kinda does the job of thought vessel on it's own along with self protection and draw. I do want to try the Biomancer's Familiar , but I will think on what I can replace.

Commissioner05 on Training Grounds

1 month ago

@wallisface That is a great suggestion. I didn't even think of Pack Rat lol. I agree witht the Tasigur argument, and I only put in the other creatures because I couldn't think of anything else off the top of my head to take advantage of Training Grounds / Biomancer's Familiar .

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Biomancer's Familiar occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

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All decks: 0.09%