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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10
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.
MTG Rules Advisor
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.
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.
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