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Aven Mindcensor
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Aven Mindcensor
- Amonkhet

Reviewed May 22, 2017

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 3.13
Multiplayer: 3.5
Commander [EDH]: 4

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Aven Mindcensor

 

It turns out that, once again, bird is the word. Mindcensor debuted all the way back in Future Sight, and it has managed to annoy players for years since. It cripples a lot of search effects (like fetches!), it flashes in (to limit counterplay), and it can get in there as a 2/1 flier. Its rate of return in combat is not great, but it couples a potent effect with a serviceable body.

 

The value of Mindcensor's search limitation is most evident in Legacy and Modern, but it can do some work in Standard. Even if that half of it isn't amazing, it's still a 2/1 flier with flash for 3 mana, and a body like that has seen constructed play (albeit not as reliably in this Standard environment).

 

Constructed: 3.75

Casual: 3.25

Limited: 3.25

Multiplayer: 4

Commander: 4

  Aven Mindcensor
 
This would be widely-known as a griefer card if it weren't so frequently used against even more unfair strategies. For example, I've long maintained that the real issue with problematic mana bases in Extended and Modern was actually fetchlands, and the Mindcensor does a pretty good job of keeping them in check (especially for three-color plus decks, where statistics dictates that the likelihood of a suitable target in the top four cards is lower). It is of course pretty fragile, which is actually less of a problem in combo-heavy metagames where a number of decks don't have space for creature removal. You still shouldn't underestimate its potential impact on surprising decks like Zoo, though.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

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