Aven Mindcensor


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual 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

Eilel on Abzan Value with Assassin's Trophy

3 days ago

I think you're missing Leonin Arbiter, works perfect with your gameplan. I think Field of Ruin should move to the main, with Aven Mindcensor you yourself are still allowed to search.

For a fun blowout I'd say maybe 1/2 Shadow of Doubt. Replacing it self as well

MCJennings on Zedruu the Hatehearted

4 days ago

Zedruu was my first deck, and aside from some differences in budget, I wanted to ask about a few of your specific choices.

The following cards I'm not sure why they were included in your list. Could you sell me on them? Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre Am I missing a way to cheat his cost? Scroll Rack and Search for azcanta - Do you need more draw/advantage? Rule of Law -Aren't you the low curve+draw who would want to play multiple cards morseso than most? Temple Bell - Is it a combo I'm missing?

Others I'm already tempted by but haven't been able to test yet Humility - Absent of tokens and using a commander which gives card advantage, do you break parity? Dack Fayden I recently added Treasure Nabber, on top of running Embargo and Stony Silence- Do you think Dack performs well enough to still be included? Stranglehold is so powerful. I currently run Aven Mindcensor and love the effect. Why did you choose Strangle over Aven? Would it be worth running both? Helm of Obedience I'm just not familiar with. How much do you normally put into X? If X = 3 and it is 4 to cast, 7 cmc for a random creature... It could be great but I assume you'd hit a lot of 2-3 cmc creatures no? Copy Enchantment I recently added Copy Artifact reasoning that it could function as a rock as a minimum each game and has a high ceiling- but I'm not sure about copying enchantments since so many are static effects that are redundant to have multiple. Am I misperceiving it?

Finally, I was curious about your Solemnity. I run it as well and at the time it was great. Stopping +1/+1 counters, experience counters... But now I never see those. I love that it can combo well with Delaying Shield (in my case) and Phyrexian Unlife (in your case) but I don't know if that warrants keeping it.

GarrettTheGreat on God Help You If You Don't Run Basics

1 week ago

I couldn't see a way of getting Aven Mindcensor in the deck, but the Life from the Loam was a great suggestion. I put the one lili in the side and reduced tracker to 3 to put in 2 of them. If you think I want more of them I could put the Fulminator Mage in the side.

Demarge on God Help You If You Don't Run Basics

1 week ago

hmm Aven Mindcensor could ramp up the moment of them failing to find, Life from the Loam should also be a serious consideration for a deck running so many strip mine like lands while also being a goyf deck.

DMFF on 10-Bolt Wizards

3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the kind assessment! I could see a Jeskai Wizard deck working. Maybe a more Tempo build or even Control if you wanted. Meddling Mage, Reflector Mage and Aven Mindcensor are all great Wizards to play in White. Burrenton Forge-Tender is a great sideboard card too. This sounds like it could be a great tempo deck and might try one out myself! Good luck building!

cdkime on Pattern Recognition #80 - Commander's ...

3 weeks ago

Frankly, I don't see a problem with the current commander rules.

  1. Commander is the only format where two distinct entities of play have developed--casual and competitive. In part, this is due to how the format is set up--there isn't really a sanctioned paper commander format. This makes Commander like any other kitchen table format--you adjust the power level to befit who you play.

  2. We should support both types of players. Many of the changes here might "fix" the aggro problem in cEDH, by giving aggro decks the ability to win on the same turn as a combo deck, but they'll be a nightmare in casual. After all, it's pretty easy and inexpensive to build an aggro deck or deck built around Nekusar, the Mindrazer, meaning these types of decks will overwhelm casual play, stifling the very creativity commander is designed for.

  3. There's talk of banning tutors on this thread--that's absurd. Just because some colours are at a disadvantage does not mean we should drag down the rest. The banlist is a finely tuned being, and should only remove the most broken cards.

Rather than change the format or break the other colours, Red and White should be fixed. White and Red have some things going for them - Aven Mindcensor, Blood Moon, wraths, etc. There's potential for Wizards to release an absurdly powerful Boros Stax commander that could break many of the advantages BUG decks have.

The solution isn't change--it's progress, and the creation of new, exciting cards the community wants to use.

Jamminmagician on Blood Tax

3 weeks ago

Ben's Recommendations:


Worn Powerstone

Mind Stone

Armillary Sphere or Wayfarer's Bauble

Black Market

Burnished Hart

Solemn Simulacrum I know, he's annoying and expensive and in every deck but he RAmPS AND DRAWS AND IS COLOURLESS LIKE BLEH

Pristine Talisman Triggers your life-gain abilities.



Gravestorm MAN that theming

Ob Nixilis Reignited one of THE cheapest walkers around

Arguel's Blood Fast  Flip

Krav, the Unredeemed and his partner Regna, the Redeemer can generate card advantage by searching for each other, seem to be on theme (life gain and tokens are both parts of this deck, see your commander for details, but krav specifically lets you draw a shit TON of cards. Also, gives you some sac outlet ability and ridiculously tiny activation cost)

Necropotence this IS a more expensive card and with good reason. But of all the "more expensive card draw" cards i believe it is the LEAST more expensive. Seriously this card blows games out. (SIDENOTE this works SUPER WELL with your axis of mortality, necropotence yourself to 1 in response to the trigger then swap with someone to go right back to 35)

Harvester of Souls Gimme card draw for your creatures. Tax'ing the hell out of the entry to hell.

Actually on-theme cards that are really mean:

Magus of the Abyss There's a REASON people refer to chumping every turn as abyss-ing

Infernal Darkness a card you can probably find for 3$ or less, ruins people's happy fun times (except you)

Call to the Grave See above regarding magyss of the abyss.

Patron of the Nezumi Pay the death tax

World Queller This one's especially spicy cause you can choose a permanent type you DON'T have one of.

Angelic Arbiter A little high on the curve tbh but does make your opponents choose combat or spells

Aura of Silence I really think this is a must-have card for this strat.

Archfiend of Depravity New government law, every player shall have no more than 2 creatures. Communism at work, the government gets as many as it wants.

Magister of Worth A VERY thematic board wipe. (it will ALWAYS be a board wipe)

Cliffhaven Vampire For all those extorts and life linkers.

High Priest of Penance

Karmic Justice

Leonin Arbiter Seriously punishes decks with greedy manabases and green decks

Aven Mindcensor See Leonin Arbiter

Oathsworn Vampire This guy is great card advantage and a recurrable chump for your "symmetric" forced sacrifice effects

Windborn Muse Better than Baird IMO

Orb of Dreams EVERYTHING is tapped

Utter End Seems to me a better card than Mortify, even if it costs 1 more.

Thalia, Heretic Cathar

Hushwing Gryff Flash torpor orb fucks SO MANY DECKS

Descent into Madness Although this is only particularly strong if you have a huge draw-engine to keep exiling bad cards from your hand instead of permanents.


Words of Waste Can be powerful but may require too much tuning of mana/draw to be actually good.

Kataki, War's Wage expensive but powerful effect.

That's all for now. too many options honestly.

greatdevourer on This Machine Kills Tyrants

3 weeks ago

Phyresis seems weak, unless we look at some other options. Consider creatures with great abilities that would work with Phyresis and be great without it.

Here's something to consider, instead of Glorious Anthem effects what about more tools to make the deck more aggressive. Yes, +1/+1 for your creatures does help with the combat phase, but consider that you only need to attack for 10 points of 'damage'.
Here's some thing to look at:
Fauna Shaman

True-Name Nemesis
Aven Mindcensor
Parallax Tide
Parallax Nexus
Gemstone Mine
Ash Barrens
Inkmoth Nexus
Reflecting Pool
Cascading Cataracts
Contagion Engine

Another attack vector:
Crucible of Worlds
Strip Mine

Pretty expensive but worth it:
Prismatic Omen
Noble Hierarch
Bloom Tender
Mox Diamond
Survival of the Fittest

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