Aven Riftwatcher

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters (EMA) Common
Planar Chaos (PLC) Common

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Aven Riftwatcher

Creature — Bird Rebel Soldier

Flying

Vanishing 3 (This permanent enters the battlefield with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.)

When Aven Riftwatcher enters the battlefield or leaves the battlefield, you gain 2 life.

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Aven Riftwatcher Discussion

quaddamage on Blink/Bounce Control

1 month ago

Thanks for the reviewing my deck and the feedback Mandalorian!

I really appreciate the look and comments.

Interesting suggestions. Here are my thoughts:

The low instant/sorcery count is exactly why I play Snapcaster Mage. He enables a re-occurrence of counter/blink/wipe replay. Before he came to the deck I was running a full set of Cloudshifts. But with him, he is, in effect, another counter/blink/wipe that has been stored away in the graveyard for later use. I find that my opponents spend their time worrying about him... and post sideboard they often bring in graveyard hate to deal with him.

However, after reflecting on Reflector Mage for the past couple days I think I will try +1 Cloudshift +3 Reflector Mage and -4 Snapcaster Mage. I have suspicions that this change won't hold up to playtesting and Snappy will be dearly missed and find his way back. But, I will report back... :)

Flickerwisp - He did see play in early builds, but the lack of flash is a deal breaker for this deck. (Love Flickerwisp + Aether vial) :)

Felidar Guardian - Too expensive to be lacking flash.

Restoration Angel - On the fence about the Angel. I worry that it may be expensive. And... importantly, the angel only blinks on ETB. So once in play it's only a beater. Every other creature in the deck is a favorable blink target and graveyard recursion target. Not being targetable with Reveillark is a bummer.

Sun Titan - Expensive, and would end up taking a Reveillark slot. Vulnerable to path.. (so is Reveillark, but Reveillark getting pathed isn't a bad thing since my opponents are not going to like my ETB creatures back again). Also, Sun Titan's ETB effect can only grab land, instants, wall and Snapcaster. :(. The Ghost Quarter point is intriguing, however it doesn't outweigh the above downsides IMO.

Panharmonicon - Expensive and super vulnerable to counter. Once countered it doesn't come back (unlike most everything else in this deck that brings value even from graveyard). (Unless I slipped in Academy Ruins). Not sure what it would replace for the slot.

Spell Queller - I love Spell Queller in an aggro deck (like Spirits), but my games run long. Long enough for it to get killed at some point, and worse, I can't blink it for free as they get their spell back which may be terrible in some circumstances. Maybe I would replace Remands with it..... but the loss of cantrip would also be sorely missed. This deck wants to fill my hands with cards.

Lone Missionary - I don't worry about life gain in most games as eventually we lock the game, and when life gain is needed Aven Riftwatcher comes in from the side board, and is slightly better for beats and more resilient to direct pings.

Cloudblazer > Mulldrifter? - Didn't know cloudblazer was a thing. If it wasn't for Mulldrifter's evoke ability... it would be clearly better. But Mulldrifter, more often than not, is drawing me tons of cards for it's evoke cost. (Often with a one mana kicker Cloudshift to draw 2 extra cards after evoke) - This deck wants to fill my hands with cards.

Eldrazi Displacer - Great card in other decks. If it blinked with ETB and had blink on a stick it would be MVP. But at it is, I think it vulnerable, slow, and expensive for this deck.

Dennis14 on Abzan Seance

6 months ago

Wall of Omens generates card advantage and is a good blocker (also for Seance'ing back on the opponent's turn).

Mainboard Fulminator Mage might be a good idea though it strikes me as more of a SB card (only "Living End" decks run it in the maindeck).

Sure Thragtusk is better but it is 5-mana compared to Aven Riftwatcher/Kitchen Finks 3-mana so it occupies a different slot on the curve and I don't want to run multiple 5-drops that can slow the deck down even more (it is rather slow already).

Abrupt Decay in the MD over Thoughtseize might be a good idea and I consider making the switch.

In my opinion Reveillark is about the best creature you can pair with Seance as with it's LtB ability it can bring back 2x other creatures (Eternal Witness/Wall of Omens/Satyr Wayfinder/Aven Riftwatcher/Fulminator Mage/Pack Rat etc.).
Liliana, the Last Hope is good too but I need more creatures for Seance so PW's seem less fitting.

I'm probably going to replace Reclamation Sage with Qasali Pridemage as it is better without an immediate target (as a 2/2 exalted creature) and is easier to get in the GY.
Harmonic Sliver is much worse, first it is only a 1/1 and second it's ability isn't a "may" so without an actual target it can destroy my Seance.

Necrotic Sliver seems interesting though the ability is rather expensive to use.

kortioznikas on Abzan Seance

6 months ago

Pack Rat is a must, 4 Satyr Wayfinders are enough so I would drop Wall of Omens off or at least put Lingering Souls to SB vs aggro heavy decks. Would mainboard Fulminator Mage since almost every modern deck plays non-basic lands and who does not like to destroy two lands for 3 mana. would suggest to put more removal - like Abrupt Decay to main as well. Thragtusk is better than Aven Riftwatcher or Kitchen Finks in this deck, I can't see any good in Reveillark - would use Liliana, the Last Hope instead as she gives more options.

Chopwood on Undeath and Taxes

6 months ago

Maybe you should consider adding more creatures with enter/leave the battlefield effects that you can blink with Restoration Angel and Flickerwisp? Maybe another Blade Splicer or some Kitchen Finks or Aven Riftwatcher to get some real life gain. If you want to splash a color you could always add Thragtusk or Reflector Mage.

Dennis14 on Abzan Seance

6 months ago

Yeah, Growing Ranks might be too slow and win-more but if you manage to combine them it can be really good.

Some cheaper options to extract value from the Seance tokens can be sac' outlets like:
Evolutionary Leap, Vampiric Rites, Hidden Stockpile (Seance also activates "revolt") or just Panharmonicon which generates value with all the creatures even without Seance.

A problem that I encountered is being unable to apply pressure against decks (like ramp/combo) that don't care about blockers or lifegain with Satyr Wayfinder/Wall of Omens being my early creatures.
My "real" creatures are basically at 4-cmc with Restoration Angel and Siege Rhino (and the 1x-of Kitchen Finks).

I consider adding Pack Rat for this purpose (over Aven Riftwatcher and Restoration Angel) as it can grow out of control and also feed cards to Seance and copy itself after being brought back by Seance.

What do you think ?

QKey on Evoke and Flickering

7 months ago

Short answer: Yes you can.

Long answer:

Shriekmaw and Mulldrifter, when cast with evoke, create a second enters-the-battlefield trigger, in addition to there normal enters-the-battlefield triggers, so you can react to it, just like to every other trigger.

Aven Riftwatcher has Vanishing. This means, besides that it enters the battlefield with 3 counter, that it has the following two abilities:

"At the beginning of your upkeep, if this permanent has a time counter on it, remove a time counter from it,"

and

"When the last time counter is removed from this permanent, sacrifice it."

You can react to both of those triggers with a flicker effect.

andypants040 on Evoke and Flickering

7 months ago

So I have a Zur the Enchanter EDH that uses Astral Slide to abuse ETB effects. I have a question concerning Evoke.

If I evoke a Mulldrifter or a Shriekmaw can I flicker them before I have to sacrifice them?

Similarly, if I remove the last time counter from Aven Riftwatcher can I flicker it before I have to sacrifice it?

Blainetrain on Eternal Displaceness (finite combo flicker)

8 months ago

Aven Riftwatcher isn't bad too since you wanted flyers and more finks. I think it's worth running since the time counters get refreshed if you blink it

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