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Aven Mindcensor Discussion
19 hours ago
Mana Drain, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Sheoldred, Whispering One, Stasis, Static Orb, Winter Orb, Storage Matrix, Back to Basics, Flusterstorm, Arcane Laboratory, Rule of Law, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Spirit of the Labyrinth, Null Rod, Hokori, Dust Drinker, Kataki, War's Wage, Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Iona, Shield of Emeria, Aura of Silence, Rising Waters, Stony Silence, Aven Mindcensor, Leonin Arbiter, Crovax, Ascendant Hero, Tangle Wire, Smokestack, Sphere of Resistance, Thorn of Amethyst, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Trinisphere, Torpor Orb, Hushwing Gryff.
I'm sure I'll think of more.
This is all assuming you're budgetless (which I assumed due to the Tabernacle already listed).
1 day ago
As a long time player of Jeskai Geist, this list looks great! I've personally found that Restoration Angel is probably your most useful card in the deck since it does so much, especially with Spell Queller versions of this deck. I play three copies of resto in my deck, so I recommend the same to all. To make room, I'd go...
-1 Vendilion Clique in the main
But, clique is a great card. Access to clique is great, so one in the main is cool. Maybe shift the other to the side board in place of Surgical Extraction or even the Aven Mindcensor just since both as a one of feels off.
5 days ago
Hey guys, sorry for the delayed reply - I've had two super busy weeks at work but that's all over now (it's never over...)
Lilbrudder: Weird Harvest seems... interesting. I do like how cheap and scalable it is, however I can see the downside biting me quite badly in the form of an opponent's Hushwing Gryff or similar. The other thing is that I usually only need to tutor one creature to win (as I usually will have Saffi ready) and so I want my tutoring to be as cheap as possible if I have to do it combo turn, as deploying combos is quite expensive. That's why I've been considering cards like Fauna Shaman which tutor much more cheaply. And if I'm playing it outside of combo turn, I would much rather not feed my opponents creatures.
Caustic Caterpillar is cool and I have been considering it for a while on and off. My only reservation is that while it's cheaper to play than Qasali Pridemage, it costs more to activate. That being said, it's an awesome Yisan 1 drop. I'll add it to the maybeboard. What would you cut for it?
Daedalus19876: Congregation at Dawn is interesting. I've seen in in the past and it's good however the mana cost is so saturated T_T. I don't think I would run it over Worldly Tutor but I would consider running it in addition to. Maybeboarded.
Panharmonicon is funny in more casual and more creature heavy decks, however here it feels win more.
Starved Rusalka is actually pretty solid. It's one of the best creature based sac outlets in white/green (there aren't that many to begin with and most of them are rubbish). It's not primarily in the deck as a combo piece, but more to generate value with my commander if needs be. That being said, there is a goofy infinite combo with Titania, Protector of Argoth, Nim Deathmantle, Strip Mine and Gaea's Cradle.
Mortarpod is in there as an additional sac outlet which can be tutored by Stoneforge Mystic which can be in turn tutored via the creature tutors. It also provides a win condition given infinite mana. That being said, you're right in that it's not the strongest card in the deck. It'll most likely get subbed out with cards from the maybeboard.
Cheers for the responses, it's given me a few new ideas as well as helped lock in stuff I was on the fence about.
1 week ago
Wholly comment reset batman. So I assume that since you are a creature based combo list your best card draw would involve a way to get all your combo pieces to hand cheaply. For that it does not get much better than Weird Harvest. I also love Caustic Caterpillar which has tons of synergy with Renegade Rallier. What do you think of Aven Mindcensor. It is a great form of control which coincidentally makes wierd harvest somewhat one sided
1 week ago
aeonstoremyliver, unfortunately, they do give me a hard time. There isn't much to do, though, as I can't seem to find a way to improve the match up. Surely, something like Aven Mindcensor would be nice, but I think it's too narrow... There is Ceremonious Rejection, to consider, too.
I've seen people splashing Crumble to Dust as a way to try and help themselves, but honestely I don't think it is worth it, as it is most likely coming down after they've assembled Tron.
2 weeks ago
Against abzan company cards like Rest in Peace can be steller at disrupting their combo (also works against dredge too).
Merfolk is a tougher matchup for this deck since it's a mono colored deck.
2 weeks ago
I've been running TRAIN on my playgroup with my Atraxa Stax. The culture of my meta is mostly geared towards using overpowered Goodstuff that synergizes with weird commanders...it's like a logic puzzle, y'know? Anyway, here's my general advice:
-Improve mana rocks. I would immediately pop out Fellwar Stone and Commander's Sphere. There's too many EDH-legal cards with the word "mox" or "lotus" in their names that will get you running much faster than either of those.
-Your arsenal of spot-removals may be a little excessive. Spot removal shouldn't be as important in this deck, because if your deck's working right? No one will even be able to play anything worth removing. I like your use of Beast Within, I'm considering it for my brew. There are also a bunch of Planeswalkers with spot removal effects who then synergize with Atraxa's proliferation to still have value even after the initial target is destroyed.
-Not really sure what Secure the Wastes is doing for you. It's a solid card for sure, but if you're trying to counteract your Smokestack, you'd be better served by slow/steady token producers like Bitterblossom.
Exploration > Burgeoning, especially when you're already running Crucible of Worlds. There's a buncha other cool cards that work great with Crucible--Crop Rotation, Strip Mine, Wasteland, Mox Diamond...the list goes on.
If you're running Stasis, you absolutely need to be running Teferi, Temporal Archmage, Venser, the Sojourner, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician and Sword of Feast and Famine. Atraxa w/Sword + Stasis is usually a win-con by itself. Pentad Prism, Mana Bloom and Crystalline Crawler let you produce mana without tapping them, so they do UGLY things inside a Stasis-lock...at the very least, indefinitely prolonging the Stasis-lock. Idk what you'd cut for them, I'll link you to my brew at the bottom of this.
Also, you gotta get you some hatebears. Spirit of the Labyrinth slows down that asshole Doomsday + Laboratory Maniac combo everyone's running in "competitive" these days. Aven Mindcensor is my favorite, cuz fuck everyone else's tutors and fetchlands.
You got the Birds of Paradise which is totally essential. Noble Hierarch is another non-negotiable, and I've been giving serious thought towards adding Deathrite Shaman and Bloom Tender as well...and Umezawa's Jitte, just cuz proliferate and lethal commander damage.
Finally, and this was the thing that broke my heart when I was in your shoes--Freyalise's Winds isn't that strong. It removes "all wind counters" (not one) whenever shit would untap, so proliferating wind counters does a fat lotta nothing.
Hard Lock is the Staxatraxa shell I'm currently running, but I make little changes all the time.
If you see anything I could do better, don't be shy! I'm with you on this--Atraxa seems like a card with limitless potential, let's put our heads together and solve her.
2 weeks ago
Hey! Thats a really cool set up! But let me try to give you a few tips. First things first, you must make some cuts (you are on 63 cards right now!), and here are a few suggestions:
- I realize Maralen of the Mornsong is important to your strategy, but you really must consider that multiple copies of this card are a burden on any hand.
- Same thing aplies with Aven Mindcensor, it simply wont help you if you have more than one (at least this one has flying, so it's in for some beats).
- Countersquall is a very efficient card!... Though not on this deck. You are really trying to mill them, so their life total should really matter. You are honestely better off with a couple copies of Negate (way easier to cast)!
- Perplex is some sweet tech, but honestely, you don't have enough of a tool box to justify the full playset! I'd cut a couple for the full set of Glimpses.
- The manabase is solid, but it lacks a little black! Maybe -1 Hallowed Fountain +1 Overgrown Tomb?