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I'm waiting for more spoilers to come out, but right now I think I've pretty much got this deck down. You can win one of 3 ways using Bio:
1: Obvious, you draw and play him 4 times.
2: You play a Biovisionary and clone him until there are 4.
3: My personal favorite, and the flavor of this deck, you play a visionary, hit him with Cackling Counterpart and Populate faster than they can draw kill spells.
Rootborn Defenses is the bread and butter to your win con. If you've got 3 biovisionary on the field and your opponent drops that overloaded Mizzium Mortars , you simply drop the card on the table and walk away victorious. Obviously you lose out a little to to-the-hand removal or exile, unless you have a way to populate your token in response.
Now, I'm not the greatest Bant player in the world. In fact, I'm mostly a green player. Siding GWU is new to me, and I wouldn't turn down advice.
Also, since the deck lacks a whole lot of removal and no counters, there's a bit of lifegain to be had for surviving. I was thinking about using Heroes' Reunion over Search Warrant , but the seeing my opponent's hand on turn 2 seems pretty awesome, especially if I'm first play. Some debate over that wouldn't be ignored either.
Seeing as there's a total of 9 creatures in the deck and 7 of them are essentially already Biovisionary, what would you propose as a change? I could change certain cards for the "Put an X token into play, populate," cards, but I would lose out on removal or protection. Or land, which is the worst option.
I was pretty much thinking the same thing, considering the card advantage. Plus, it's still hella lifegain.
And thanks for the +1 and everything man! When I first saw Biovisionary in the spoilers I thought it might be too gimmicky a card to win with and too dependent on draw power or super control. But I started thinking about it, and a passive defense in lifegain and minor removal seems to work well with the mechanics of the card.
Very nice, cloning biovisionary seems very Simic!One problem I think this deck may have is too much populate with too few creature tokens. You are probably going to run into games where you don't draw a Counterpart, or you draw the counterpart but no Biovisionary...and then populate triggers will go wasted.
Selesnya charm might work out. If you have $$$ Garruk Primal Hunter, Thagtusk, and/or Geist of St. Traft provide lovely populate targets.
I find the deck needs either a bit of draw or a bit of sustain. I'm thinking you're right in saying to pull some of my populate spells for more creatures. I'll probably go Geist of Saint Traft since it's a bit more harassing, and if I populate the token then one stays for the game.
I would -1 Growing Ranks and -1 Search Warrant for 2x Infinite Reflection . This gives you the ability to get any 4 creatures on the field, then drop a surprise win on them. Also, you can use Geist to attack, then drop reflections, turning your angel into a biovisionary. Which you can then populate until end of the turn.
Infinite Reflection applies only to nontoken creatures, so the angel would be unaffected. At least you can get a permanent angel using populate, as Saion stated earlier. With only 5 creatures in the deck that Infinite Reflection could affect, it doesn't seem worth adding.
Oh man I wish I'd seen this card earlier. Back from the Brink seems perfect for this deck!
As it stands I'm sort of broke and not really looking to build any decks, and this one was only ever a prototype to me. I play it on cockatrice every now and then to screw with my friends but that's about it. Statistically, it wins about half the time to aggro, and a little bit less to a well played control deck. If I really wanted to win against the aggro meta, I'd probably just play turbo-fog biovisionary, which this is far from.