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Aven Mindcensor
Future Sight

Reviewed May 23, 2007

Constructed: 3.17
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.00

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Aven Mindcensor - Wednesday

Originally, I wanted to pan this card very badly. But as it turns out, this card isn't so bad. It's also a reasonable answer to a few different search cards. If you happen to be playing in an environment heavy on the search cards, you might even play it main deck. It has Flash. It flies. It has a neat ability. I give my seal of approval.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3


Aven Mindcensor

Future Sight got a lot of use out of the word "censor", it seems. This one severely limits your opponent's ability to search their library for anything. It's being called a silver bullet against Dragonstorm and Bitter Ordeal, as well as a whole host of other potential tutors. The pundits, however, are complaining that 2W is too much to leave open to potentially "counter" a spell like that, but nobody seems to be talking about the fact that it's a 2/1 flyer with flash. I'd play this in Limited simply to jump into play and take out an attacker, or even as a cheap evasive beater that just randomly hoses Mystical Teachings. And I'm sure W/U control decks won't mind not tapping out either.

Contructed- 3
Casual- 3
Limited- 3.5


Wednesday - Aven Mindcensor

This is an amazing card in just about every format available. In Standard, you play this against Dragonstorm and they can't win until they find a way to remove it. It also does a nice job against Mystical Teachings if you can get it to resolve. In Extended, Legacy, and Vintage, it shuts down fetchlands, Gifts Ungiven, Demonic Tutor, Survival, etc. It is fragile as a 2/1, but the ability to basically shut down a lot of decks for a short period of time to allow you to gain control is very strong.

I don't think this is really a casual card, as people will get annoyed at you if you mess up their tutoring with this.

In limited, it's really a 2/1 flier for 3 here, so it's not horrible.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 2
Limited - 2.5

David N

Wednesday - Aven Mindcensor

White's mini shadow of doubt.  This is a great way to stop dragonstorm decks.  Even if you don't need to limit people searching libraries 3 for a 2/1 flier at flash speed is decent.  A must have in sideboards.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Aven Mindcensor

This card starts to seem undercosted when you consider how much it does. It shuts down Onslaught fetchlands, Dragonstorm, Weird Harvest, Protean Hulk, and Sakura-Tribe Elder - or at least forces them to choose a target from among the top four cards. For some cards that's not too much of a problem (basic lands are literally a dime or dozen), but for others it is potentially crippling. I've given Aven Mindcensor a 3/5 in constructed, but that could change as the new metagame of Lorwyn and especially the new Core Set emerges. Vintage players are even looking at it, so it certainly has potential.

As a 2/1 flier which can also be a surprise blocker, it's also pretty solid in limited. Shutting down search effects isn't as relevant in limited, but you might also get lucky and turn off someone's Edge of Autumn.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
The Missing Linc

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Aven Mindcensor
This card has constructed potential. For 3 mana you get a flash creature. Not bad. However, the standout is the search limitations on your opponent. In standard this will stop some combo's with dragonstorm and may stop the ever popular terramorphic expanse search. In extended, this will very likely see constructed play as a sideboard card in white weenie, boros, or even white control.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3

MTG Rules Advisor
Aven Mindcensor:

Grey ogre with flying that has a potentially relevant ability. In limited, you run it just because it's a flyer. In constructed, you sideboard it against decks with a lot of tutor effects. Even so, it's rather limited in effect.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3.5/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Aven Mindcensor really does ntohing against Dragonstorm. I'm pretty sure the
first 1 or 2 copy will grab a Bogardon Hellkite to burn this bird to a crisp.
What I think this card will mess up though are the tons of other stuff. It
kills landcycling, Rampant Growth type effects, Mystical Teachings and so on.
Mystical Teachings is really abd when you search only the top four cards.

In limited, it has flash, flying and 2/1 for 3 mana. That's still pretty
playable. In casual, searching isn't as common because a lot of good seachers
require money so it doesn't do as much here, especially as this is a sideboard
card and sideboards in casual aren't necessary.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 1.5/5
Limited: 3/5

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