Aven Mindcensor


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Rare
Masterpiece Series: Amonkhet Invocations (AKHMPS) Common
Future Sight (FUT) Uncommon

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Aven Mindcensor

Creature — Bird Wizard

Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.)


If an opponent would search a library, that player searches the top four cards of that library instead.

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Aven Mindcensor Discussion

TheDuggernaught on Heartless Valuetown

1 week ago

I have been considering trying to build a similar deck and I have a few questions:

  1. Does Heartless Summoning feel bad with Knight of the Reliquary since it only reduces the cost of KotR by 1? Or does the gas that KotR provide far outweigh that you don't get full value out of heartless?

  2. How much does Life from the Loam help? I see you already run 4 Ramunap Excavators. Is the extra redundancy necessary?

  3. Kind of like G/W value, does it make sense to have some number of Eldritch Evolution in your 75? I can see it being helpful to grab sideboard tech, or find your win condition. Also allows you to turn redundant effects (like multiple excavators) into the card you need.

  4. With the light splash of white, I can see Aven Mindcensor being solid being on the Ghost Quarter plan. However, he obviously dies with Heartless Summoning out. In your opinion, would Lotus Cobra be a solid substitute for summoning if I wanted to play mindcensor? Or would Utopia Sprawl be better? Cobra gets to be more explosive once I get some of the value creatures out and does a better job of mimicking summoning. But, sprawl gets me my turn 3 plays on turn 2.

  5. Any room for either Liliana of the Veil, or Liliana, the Last Hope? I can see LotV being great with The Gitrog Monster, discarding lands to make her discard effect one sided, and LtlH being great at bringing back key creatures that your opponent rudely destroyed.

Mishraharad on Taxing With Mardu

1 week ago

Maralen is best buds with Aven Mindcensor and now I kinda wanna do it

chadsansing on Azorius Tax

2 weeks ago

Cool creature list. I also love seeing Fractured Identity.

Have you tested with Authority of the Consuls or War Tax? Well-Laid Plans might be fun. There are funkier enchantments, too, but they would keep you from casting multiple spells per turn to trigger Reservoir.

Hushwing Gryff or Torpor Orb along with Leonin Arbiter, Aven Mindcensor, and either Thalia might be helpful, as well.

Cyclonic Rift might test well.

Since you want to cast spells to trigger Reservoir, Arcane Laboratory is probably out, as is Rule of Law. However, you could add creatures with life-gain triggers like Nyx-Fleece Ram, Wall of Reverence, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Suture Priest, and Healer of the Pride, along with an Archangel of Thune, for value. Maybe also Beacon of Immortality and Invincible Hymn. A Felidar Sovereign?

I'd also recommend Settle the Wreckage, Rout, and Comeuppance as conditional wipes that might catch opponents during combat.

Happy brewing!

generalrenard on Mono White Hatebears

3 weeks ago

Is Aven Mindcensor still a Death and Taxes staple?

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

3 weeks ago


Lord of the Void has won me games, pulling Eldrazi's, he almost lost me the game once against a Grixis top-decking a Phage the Untouchable, luckily there was a Baleful Strix in the 7. He also works great with Gisela, Blade of Goldnight and Silverblade Paladin who is cut from the deck right now unfortunately. I'm okay with losing Lord of the Void but, what i've found right now is I'm critical mass with A/D/D. Sometimes, I don't have one when need one. So i'm reluctant to go down any more A/D/D that isn't being replaced with another. I've actually been thinking I need to +1 and A/D/D to get more consistency. But I combo turns 2-4 50% of the time with Buried Alive + Reanimate so don't want to mess with that either.

Chromatic Lantern is protection against Aven Mindcensor for sure, also Leonin Arbiter has been popping up here and there now, and especially against Blood Moon. It's also a mana rock, CMC3 sucks, but I've found it supports a Necropotence drop in as well.

Maybe Orzhov Signet could go, don't utilize too many rocks already though, or Faithless Looting, I added it in to draw into an A/D/D if I don't have one, plus it pushes Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker out of my hand if I'm unlucky and draw into him. Reveillark, breaks up a bunch of combos, but I haven't needed him in a very long time, he's a very late game rebuild/combo win-con, usually don't need him. He also recurs lots of little power 2 guys.

Yeah will try playtesting it in place of Reveillark perhaps. See if I get any utility out of it. Would like to get Silverblade Paladin back in to, when the combo doesn't work, he was good.

Last_Laugh on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

3 weeks ago

I'd personally drop Lord of the Void (unless I'm missing combo potential here?). I'm sure he does amazing things when he connects for combat damage but he has no immediate impact and is just a big flyer if he can't connect.

Another possibility is Chromatic Lantern unless this is to combat Aven Mindcensor and similar 'can't search' effects to help your fetches tap for mana. If this is just here for mana fixing, you seem to have that covered with all the good fetchable lands and off color fetches (a man after my own heart).

PartyJ on Captain Sisay

3 weeks ago

Hi AR,

going ultra competitive, I presume you are aiming at a Sisay Combo approach, like I did.Then I would cut these cards:

  • Angel of Jubilation : too many intensive for what it does and can't be fetched by Sisay
  • Eight-and-a-Half-Tails : You are the agressor, so the protection is not needed. Most of the time you use the mana to play powerful spells anyway.
  • Oath of Nissa : Not powerful enough to warrent a spot
  • Oath of Ajani : likewise
  • Chromatic Lantern : too slow for Sisay. I feel that each piece of ramp that you find in your opening hand should help you get Sisay out a turn sooner. For a 2-color deck I think there are far better options in this color combination.


  • Aven Mindcensor : This will hurt people. You can even respond to a fetch land ;-)
  • Avacyn, Angel of Hope : This is a powerhouse where the mana intensive cmc is justified
  • Glissa Sunseeker : It is partially a meta call, but I love it to screw with peoples boardstate by blowing up vital artifacts. But I sometimes take te stax route and this helps me do it.
  • Mangara of Corondor : If there is a problem on the board, this baby will solve it for you and can be found by Sisay.

Overall, you have to be prepared to sink some serious money into a competitive build, because cards like Gaea's Cradle, Grim Monolith, Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Mox Opal, Mana Crypt and such really improve the pace and consistancy of the deck.

And then we didn't even discuss the landbase. Which is also an expensive part.

Still it's great to pilot her, even when you are not at full potential yet.

Best of luck and fun!


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