Aven Mindcensor


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase 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

EpicBox75 on Standard Hate(Bears)

14 hours ago

With total of 4 artifacts on main I think that you should switch all Spire of Industry and add 4 Field of Ruin and take out 1-2 Rampaging Ferocidon and 1-2 Tocatli Honor Guard or 0-1 Kinjalli's Sunwing so you could run Aven Mindcensor because Mindcensor doesn't affect you so your opponent has only change to get that land + if opponent has Evolving Wilds he/she is going to have bad time

Also I think that you should switch some Authority of the Consuls to side because against control they are dead cards you could replace them with Glint-Sleeve Siphoner for card draw or Gideon of the Trials or if you have money Chandra, Torch of Defiance or switch 2 authors for 2 Kambal, Consul of Allocation because with his drain effect it may keep you against some aggro decks and against control decks it is real killer

Still I love your deck as it is and I may build it myself.

PartyJ on Meriekes Rise to Power

2 days ago


I have been opposing such a deck. What I found hard hitting for obvious reason are these cards:

They might be selected based on your local meta. But these ae solid cards to consider. Good luck!

Kaleo42 on Looking for a slightly more ...

3 days ago

Fastest ways to jump to a more competitive level is tutoring for an autowin or taxing the combos. Cards like Harsh Mentor, Gaddock Teeg, Aven Mindcensor, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Manglehorn, etc. will force the combo decks to play at a "fair" pace.

This deck of mine is the pinnacle of doing both at the same time.

Marath Says No

Commander / EDH Kaleo42


What you do in your first three turns will set the pace for how you impact the table so make sure those turns matter every game. You have to look at your deck as a devil's advocate and ask if each card you are playing is actually going to have enough turns to play and if so will it even matter.

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Derevi, check this out!

5 days ago

Depending on which angle of control you want to take, I can offer different suggestions.

Some staples for Derevi you'll want to consider no matter what build you end up going for: Swords to Plowshares, Edric, Spymaster of Trest, Birds of Paradise, Tamiyo, Field Researcher, and Counterspell.

From your description, you could consider running a pillow-fort strategy. It's kind of like an extremely watered-down version of Stax that really just prevents opponents from attacking you, while they still have the resources to attack each other. It's definitely a politics-heavy strategy, making deals with opponents to convince them that other people are better targets until you start laying down wincons.

Essential cards: Propaganda, Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Collective Restraint (since you're in tri-colors), Norn's Annex, Orzhov Advokist, Windborn Muse, Martial Law, and Aurification.

Your wincons are going to be big fatties that also lock down the board or take advantage of your protection: Stormtide Leviathan (can't recommend this one enough), Azor's Elocutors, Isperia, Supreme Judge, and Blazing Archon.

If you want more traditional control that utilizes tapping/untapping, the general good all-arounds are: Aven Mindcensor, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Hokori, Dust Drinker, Trygon Predator, Bant Charm, Supreme Verdict, and Winter Orb.

For blink abuse, I suggest Deadeye Navigator.

As a general structure for your EDH deck, try to follow the pattern of 10 mana accelerators, 10 card draw effects, 5 spot removal, 5 boardwipes, and 4 tutor effects.

There's a few filler cards that don't fall in any of those categories, and don't necessary synergise. I recommend removing: Djinn of Infinite Deceits, Hada Spy Patrol, Kazandu Tuskcaller, Phantom Nantuko, Winged Coatl, Wonder, Curse of Predation, Pyramid of the Pantheon, Thunderstaff, AEthermage's Touch, Biomass Mutation, and Sprouting Vines.

Happy brewing!

Pieguy396 on G/W Ramunap Death & Taxes

6 days ago

Yeah, I agree Aven Mindcensor is a little tricky. I was mainly thinking it might be better than Leonin Arbiter if you decide to make the Tectonic Edge-to-Field of Ruin switch, as Mindcensor only affects your opponents. It might be more of a metagame call, honestly.

As for the trade, I'm in no rush; take your time!

Oloro_Magic on G/W Ramunap Death & Taxes

6 days ago


Sorry for the late reply, I must preface that I haven't been playing the deck al that much lately as I get ready for a GP that I plan on taking a different deck to. Field of Ruin is a great card and likely the best option in conjunction with Ghost Quarter (the best option in this deck) yes however as I have not been playing the deck I haven't had a chance to test and therefore until I get back to playing the deck I am going to stick with Tectonic Edge, thanks for making the correct observation however.

Aven Mindcensor is a tricky card, on paper it looks great but I have never really felt it was needed. Sure there is an argument to keep one in the sideboard in certain matchups however I find those slots can be better sent. Thanks for the suggestions.

P.S. I saw your trade offer from a few days ago, I've been swamped IRL so I'll need a bit of time to reply sorry however it looks like something I would consider.

Razulghul on Kaalia Heaven & Hell Rev 1

1 week ago

A couple things I'd like to add:

Reanimate/Animate Dead/Necromancy - are all better than Debtors' Knell and good ways to get around commander tax. 7 mana and waiting for your next upkeep isn't great (without Academy Rector anyway).

I'm not a kaalia player but I have played against it a bit. I wonder if you really want to take the deck all the way is it necessary include all these high CMC creatures? It might be worth trying to cut the deck down to 15-20 demons, dragons and/or angels that win the game if unanswered. The other 15 or so creatures could be value or hatebears like Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Aven Mindcensor, etc. Realisticly I think getting one or two attacks out of Kaalia is likely all you will get/need to have a huge advantage and win.

Pieguy396 on G/W Ramunap Death & Taxes

1 week ago

Your thoughts on Tectonic Edge as opposed to Field of Ruin? I was under the impression that Field is almost always better. I know Leonin Arbiter affects you as well, but it seems strong. Aven Mindcensor is also worth considering, I think.

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