Everyone’s favorite Bird is back! Okay – well, not my favorite bird. (don’t worry Birds of Paradise!)
This is a key reprint to include in Amonkhet, and I’m happy at the decision. It does have some subtle but powerful interactions in Standard. It has the potential to provide many archetypes a tool to combat value driven decklists, and can already combat any list utilizing Traverse the Ulvenwald. That’s barely scratching the surface too – Aven Mindcensor is a cost efficient threat and will always be in the discussion during deckbuilding.
Not to mention it can provide players to unforeseen answers in future blocks, and might be telegraphing future mechanics or even future reprints. Not to get anyone’s hopes up for Standard Fetchland reprints, but, nothing is ever out of the question. I’m really excited at what it can already provide an answer against – and can’t wait to use this as an efficient threat. Let’s see some of the various cards it can stop:
The list continues – even if it’s not entirely practical. What is practical is how many archetypes in this Standard metagame really rely on Attune with Aether. The percentage is staggering. At the same time, when it comes to powering Aetherworks Marvel – the extra land is moot sometimes. That doesn’t mean Aven Mindcensor doesn’t have less upside, because it can certainly ruin the game plans of 4c-Saheeli, and Dynavolt Tower archetypes if they’re behind.
Another side effect of this reprinting is the original value of the card. With a printing in Amonkhet, it will lower the barrier of acquiring these for play. While it wasn’t a significant value, it was still enough to warrant a reduction. I personally enjoy the new printing of this card, some may enjoy the old printing. Whichever version players end up liking, I do think all the desire to acquire these will be satisfied. A most welcome card to see printed, and I’m glad it will be in Standard for the time being.