Linvala, Keeper of Silence


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Mythic Rare
Rise of the Eldrazi (ROE) Mythic Rare

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Linvala, Keeper of Silence

Legendary Creature — Angel


Activated abilities of creatures your opponents control can't be activated.

Linvala, Keeper of Silence Discussion

shadowmage on Ezuri, Renegade Leader Combo Elves *Primer*

4 days ago

cool deck.. you should drop a forest for Homeward Path .. if someone steals your ezuri in this current build you have no way of getting it back.

I would also cut a few of the dead elves like Essence Warden and Wellwisher for some protection. you seriously will get blown out if you play against blue or red and so you need cards like Veil of Summer and Heroic Intervention .. these will help push your spells through and the intervention will protect you from a board wipe (and also protect your lands)

I would drop cryptolith rite for Lignify because you have basically no removal. If someone drops a Linvala, Keeper of Silence youre basically toast

Tzefick on Sideboard (and wishboards) in Commander

5 days ago

This is a continuation of a derailed comment section to Berryjon's article on the Mulligan rule change.

Berryjon's article on the Mulligan rule change

To get the initial grounds for the subject, I invite you to first read the comment section of the above link (and the article, because it's quite good).

Quote of the post I wanted to respond to: "ae0n5105 says... Tzefick, I mainly am concerned about sideboarding rather than wishboards, as there are several common threats that if left unchecked, would greatly reduce the play experience for everyone. Especially in groups with new players as they often do not have the experience to understand threats, and often are visited by people looking for new players to try their combo decks out on (as their groups are already burned out on the idea).

The EDH rules committee often says that these types of rules can be house ruled in, so their word is not absolute which is a fair point, but I find that often you can only bank on their rules being known to any normal group. When I join a new playgroup, I often find myself having the same conversation as I discuss my sideboard and provide reasons why they should be concerned of "Certain threats". Mostly they are OK with using them, but I feel like I would prefer more to skip having to have the conversation.

At one point I actually joined a game at a local Card store in my new neighborhood and sided in a "Solemnity" by chance (someone had an Atraxa deck). My new acquaintances were amazed as a different player just so happened to bring his blue green surprise infect deck that night.

I didn't win, but we all had more fun than expected since the infect deck had cards like blighted agent and tons of pump spells."

ae0n5105, I understand your point. As I said in my post, Commander is casual at heart, so there's nothing wrong with tuning your deck between games.

If you keep yourself to a sideboard / small selection of cards, you are reducing time between games for the betterment of your playgroup.

What I read from your post (correct me if I misunderstood) is that you wish people in general were better at adjusting their decks between games to acclimate to new playgroups, certain play strategies or what not.

However I don't think an official implementation of a formalized sideboard will change this behavior by itself. I think it's a format wide knowledge aspect that hinders this. I think to really move on this subject, the best way would be for Commander content creators to discuss and utilize deck adjustments between games. If it becomes more the norm to do, then more people will start taking sideboards into consideration.

If people get more aware that it is a thing that can improve your game experience (if it truly does) it has a better chance at taking root in the format. And it would force people to consider countermeasures. So you cannot just slump into a certain deck structure and expect to continue the same play pattern with similar results. If you play heavily into mill strategies, people are going to use mill counter measures, such as the Eldrazi. If you don't account your own counter measures, your strategy will suffer.

I think the critical element to this entire subject is something that the Command Zone have re-iterated a lot of times in their recent videos, and especially the one on the Commander ban; communication within the playgroup.

I really hope that the possible introduction of a sideboard will not devolve the format into a state where you cannot play the same deck twice, if it leans heavily into a certain strategy, because everyone will just sideboard hoser tools.

It might be reasonable to think that you should be able to deal with a little counter measures to your heavy leaning strategy. However if everyone around the table suddenly sideboard in counter measures to your specific strategy, it could reduce Commander to a cumbersome format for certain strategies, more so than is already the case.

I also really hope that if sideboarding gets mainstream, it doesn't happen before the first game based solely on the revealed commanders.

I think the first game should always be "blind" in terms of counter measures.

Otherwise you suddenly have counter packages that fits against certain deck types.

Just an example but, it would really suck if I revealed Ghave, Guru of Spores as my commander and suddenly everyone around the table sideboards in Solemnity , Linvala, Keeper of Silence , Angel of Jubilation or similar cards just because they perceive my commander as a big enough potential threat (for combo or whatever), without actually seeing what my deck does.


The point being that sideboards should be more formalized if it improves the play experience overall, and not just necessarily for the majority but for all players.

If someone wants to play a Stax deck, they should be allowed to play that without fearing that everyone on game 1 suddenly have an overflow of counter measures. Game 2 is still fair game, but game 1 should be relatively unhindered by the presence of a sideboard option.

theguy419 on Bruna, the Fading Light

3 weeks ago

i'm noticing some problems that you have with too little recursion and too little in the ways of protecting her from targeted removal. cards like Faith's Reward , Second Sunrise , Resurrection and False Defeat are really good to make sure your creatures come back when you get blown up after you summon your god emperor angel. you also are mono white so the problem with that is your card draw is very limited to really get going. take a look at cards like Mind's Eye , Scroll Rack + Land Tax . it's a great way to draw 3 a turn for one mana. Staff of Nin is a good passive draw for you every turn and you should absolutely look at putting The Immortal Sun in your deck. card is nuts and fucks on planeswalkers at the same time which only really affects one card in your deck. other cards that will help with your voltron strategy are various cards like Steelshaper's Gift , Open the Vaults , Stonehewer Giant and Stoneforge Mystic . various equipments that are really good for what you wanna do are things like Champion's Helm , Darksteel Plate , Whispersilk Cloak , any of the sword of cards (just gonna put a link to all the sword of cards of your choice all but body and mind are sweet, Batterskull , Sword of Vengeance Hammer of Nazahn . certain creatures that are just good stuff that you should think about are Selfless Squire , Thalia, Heretic Cathar , Karmic Guide , Reveillark , Linvala, Keeper of Silence also look at putting in Nahiri, the Lithomancer for a good planeswalker for equipment

cards i'm seeing that are just meh: Aegis Angel , Resolute Archangel , Banisher Priest , Fiend Hunter , Herald of the Host (doesn't really do anything to make your commander the one shot machine you want), Deathless Angel , Oracle's Vault (becomes to easily blown up right after you put all the work into making it work), Emancipation Angel , Divine Visitation (i get why you have it there for the 1/1 spirits you make, but it's not worth it), Requiem Angel .

other then that you just trim the fat of cards that don't help make brisela your one shot machine you're looking for. hope this helped!

awolfos on Do You Like to Draw Cards ?

1 month ago

Im confused as to how Walking Ballista is an answer to Linvala, Keeper of Silence as walking ballista still uses and activated ability unless there is a ruling that im missing

sonnet666 on H:Leyline of the void, Ensnaring ...

1 month ago

Hi, long post. I'm looking to get a lot of trading done hopefully.

I'm putting together a Estrid, the Masked Oathbreaker deck. I need to trade for Estrid obviously, and I also need some specific cards to to complete the deck. Here's a list:

1x Estrid, the Masked 1x Breeding Pool 1x Estrid's Invocation 1x Gift of Paradise 1x Imprisoned in the Moon 1x Mystic Remora 1x Weirding Wood 1x Swan Song 1x Swords to Plowshares 1x Kiora's Follower 1x Bramble Sovereign 2x Stasis 1x Hokori, Dust Drinker 1x Linvala, Keeper of Silence 1x Chain of Vapor 1x Spellseeker AnyX Forge of Heroes

I also have some specific wants from recent sets that I would be interested in trading for:

1x Phyrexian Altar (EMA) 2x Generous Gift 1x Gamble 1x Sulfur Falls 1x Finale of Revelation 1x Evolution Sage 1x Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin 1x Karn's Bastion 1x Flux Channeler 1x Bolas's Citadel 1x Karn, the Great Creator 2x Runic Armasaur 1x Biomancer's Familiar 1x Dark-Dweller Oracle 1x Immolation Shaman 1x Rhythm of the Wild 1x Emmara, Soul of the Accord 1x Teysa Karlov 1x Ugin, the Ineffable 1x God-Eternal Oketra 1x Teferi, Time Raveler 1x Saheeli, Sublime Artificer 1x Tithe Taker 1x Light Up the Stage 1x Priest of Forgotten Gods 1x Beast Whisperer 1x Cruel Celebrant 2x Dovin's Veto 1x Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion 1x Primal Amulet  Flip 1x Neheb, the Eternal 1x Deep Forest Hermit 17x Snow-Covered Mountain 1x Goblin Engineer 1x Yawgmoth, Thran Physician 1x Cabal Therapist 1x Mirrodin Besieged 1x Hall of Heliod's Generosity 1x Talisman of Hierarchy 1x Talisman of Creativity

And I was also thinking about making a Feather EDH deck, so I would be interested in trading for these cards as well:

1x Feather, the Redeemed 1x Seize the Day 1x Impact Resonance 1x Defiant Strike 1x Inspiring Vantage 1x Aurelia's Fury 1x Rugged Prairie 1x Sunforger

I also have a bunch of commander staples in my binder wants. I'll obviously trade for them for the right offer, but if I haven't listed them here then they're not a priority for me right now.

You can find my Binder here: Link. It should be about 95% up to date. I recommend sorting by price, since there's a lot on there.

Here's a list of some of my notable haves that I'm looking to trade:

1x Leyline of the Void 1x Ensnaring Bridge (STH) 1x Sakashima the Impostor 1x The Chain Veil 1x Purphoros, God of the Forge 2x Vedalken Orrery 1x Scourge of the Throne 1x Life from the Loam 1x Tainted Pact 1x Nature's Will 1x Opalescence 1x Isochron Scepter 1x Master Transmuter 2x Sterling Grove 1x Karador, Ghost Chieftain 3x Nim Deathmantle 1x Lotus Bloom 4x Puresteel Paladin

...and others not mentioned.

Leave a comment or message me if you're interested :)

multimedia on Marchesa, Queen At Arms

1 month ago

Hey, I see why you're confused if you're going in the right direction because your deck is kind of all over the place. There's lots of good cards here, but I think you can reduce the themes and streamline the strategies.

Consider increasing the pillowfort theme? Increasing the token theme? Decreasing the combat themes (first strike), equipment theme and politics themes? In my opinion combining pillowfort and token strategies are the only themes you really need because both these themes require a lot of setup and they both strengthen each other. If you add other themes to these two all they will do is disrupt the ability to pillowfort.

Consider Luminarch Ascension ? It's a good win condition mana sink for pillowfort and token strategies. With three opponents it can activate fast. Windborn Muse is an upgrade for Baird, Steward of Argive . Consider Aura of Silence ? It's good opponent disruption making it more difficult for them to cast mana efficient artifacts and enchantments.

Other than Sun Titan you're not playing reanimation strategies. Consider Rest in Peace or Containment Priest ? Peace is more expensive price, but it affects everything. Consider Knight of the White Orchid ? It's a great card for land ramp in white especially since you're playing Plains Shock lands and Mistveil.

Depending on the budget of cards you want to add, Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite , Ethersworn Canonist , Twilight Prophet and Elspeth, Sun's Champion are good here, but they're all expensive price. Elesh or Elspeth are an upgrade for Teysa. Both Elesh and Elspeth are very good finishers for tokens. Canonist shuts down some decks and Prophet in combination with a token strategy, getting the city's blessing fast, can give you lots of value.

Consider Kher Keep ? A repeatable way to make tokens that's a land; make a blocker at instant speed. Bitterblossom or the less expensive price, but much worse Dreadhorde Invasion are other good repeatable sources of token. Ophiomancer can be a repeatable source at each upkeep of a token that has deathtouch making it a good blocker on each of your opponent's turns.

Wrath of God as well Day of Judgment or the more expensive price Damnation or Toxic Deluge are cards to consider adding. Board wipes are good with pillowfort and the token strategies since tokens are being made from repeatable sources. Cursed Totem or the more expensive price Linvala, Keeper of Silence is opponent creature disruption since you're not relying on your creatures activated abilities only their ETB or static abilities.

Cards to consider cutting:

If you like some of these suggestions I offer more advice about why I think these cards can be cut. Good luck with your deck.

JakeHarlow on Samut, Queen of Voltron

1 month ago

What about some cards that add resiliency? Sigarda, Host of Herons provides protection from Grave Pact strategies. Relic Seeker might be jank but he’s another body that can go grab a piece of gear. Also, no Eternal Witness ? Finally, Avacyn, Angel of Hope is the mother of all anti-board wipe creatures. Also good tech is Linvala, Keeper of Silence . Stops Prossh, at least.

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Linvala, Keeper of Silence occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

White: 0.44%