Would you still shuffle your library after not searching it due to an Aven Mindcensor?

Asked by Yesterday 3 years ago

If an opponent has an Aven Mindcensor on the battlefield and you cast a Rampant Growth, I understand that you would search the top four cards of your library for a basic land card, put one onto the battlefield if it was found, and then shuffle your library.

If instead you cast Boonweaver Giant and choose to 'search your library', instead you search the top four cards for an aura card (and put it onto the battlefield if one was found). The card specifically states that you shuffle your library afterwards only if you have searched your library as a result of the card, which you didn't do. What happens next? Do you take the card you've found out of the top four cards, assuming you've found one, and then return the remaining cards to the top of your library? Are they required to be put back in the same order?

Neotrup says... Accepted answer #1

From Gatherer:

4/18/2017 For effects that check whether a player searched a library, searching the top four cards of that library counts as searching that library.

August 2, 2017 12:02 p.m.

No, you shuffle your library after searching the top four cards. Aven Mindcensor's ability involves a replacement effect, which means every other effect that makes a player search a library is replaced by searching just the top 4 cards of the library. The replacement has no effect on the second part of Rampant Growth's text.

TL;DR: No, you shuffle. The second part of Rampant Growth's text (shuffle) is not contingent upon completing the first part.

August 2, 2017 12:05 p.m.

hold up, according to Neotrup's gatherer citation, it is. my bad (i think)

August 2, 2017 12:16 p.m.

Neotrup says... #4

I think you just don't understand the situation. Boonweaver Giant's ability is contingent on whether you search, but the citation I provided states that even if you're just searching the top 4 cards, that is still considered to be searching the library, so you will shuffle.

August 2, 2017 12:27 p.m.

@Neotrup ohh ok got it, i was lowkey questioning my ability to read MTG card text, but turns out I just didn't read the Boonweaver Giant example. my bad

August 2, 2017 12:37 p.m.

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