Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Legendary Creature — Angel
Activated abilities of creatures your opponents control can't be activated.
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Linvala, Keeper of Silence Discussion
5 days ago
@DarkEclipse18 In modern, the game is decided by turn 5-6 at the LATEST. Infect can kill you by turn-2 or Bogles can get a 15+ power creature with hexproof, trample, lifelink, and first strike by turn-3. That doesn't even take into account affinity or Death's Shadow lists, which are the current top two decks in modern. I can guarantee that if you took this current deck to a modern event, it wouldn't take a single game over the course of the night. I know that I sound a bit rough, but my point is that this isn't a modern deck; it's casual.
Admonition Angel/Angel of Serenity are overcosted and inefficient. By the time you get one out, your opponent's threats will have already had upwards of three turns to pressure your board. By that point it's not even worth it to remove them, since you're most likely dead.
Avacyn, Angel of Hope: Indestructible doesn't really do much for you. Sure, it's going to prevent boardwipes, but by that time they're more than likely going to Path to Exile your Avacyn and wipe the board anyway. It's not worth the mana to cast a creature that doesn't immediately impact the board.
Iona, Shield of Emeria: This is the ONE angel in your deck that's worth running. It DOES impact the board upon entry and could be cheated out via Descendants' Path as early as turn-4! Your ramp package will need to be drastically altered, however. It doesn't do ANYTHING the turn you play it, giving your opponent a lot more time to improve their board unabated.
MY Angel list
4x Flex Spots
18x Land 4x Cavern of Souls
5 days ago
DarkStarStorm brings up some really good points. If you want to increase the likelihood of surviving long enough to get your big Angels on the field, you're going to need to ramp up how quickly you can build your boardstate. Currently, this deck gets big creatures on the board by Turn 4-5 using Axebane Guardians and Overgrown Battlements, which need to be summoned no later than Turn 3 to be effective. But that means drawing into two of eight specific cards by Turn 3. This isn't always going to happen.
To be more consistent, you want to add more ways to build up your boardstate on Turns 4 and 5. Descendants' Path can help you do that. There are some low CMC Angels you can add to the deck that will help you get bigger Angels with Descendants' Path, ones you can play as early as Turn 4 with your ramp.
The time it takes to set up your board is your biggest obstacle in this deck, and having your creatures destroyed will set this deck back a lot too. Better ways of giving your field protection/indestructible might end up saving your ass around Turn 4-6 while you ramp to bigger Angels.
Archangel Avacyn Flip can help with both Descendants' Path and board protection. You can Flash her in as early as your Turn 4 upkeep if you have ramp and play Descendants' Path on Turn 3, which might in turn cheat a Turn 4 Iona onto the field.
As for spells to protect your board, you want things that give everything protection or indestructible, not just one thing. Options include Make a Stand, Ready, Ajani's Presence, and Heroic Intervention (maybe remove Emerge Unscathed for a playset of these?).
5 days ago
I think you do need to add Living Plane (or any of the several other enchantments that do the same). The combos with Linvala, Keeper of Silence and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite are just too perfect, and it gives redundancy for Kamahl, Fist of Krosa.
Are you going to pick up the new Invocation Loyal Retainers? It's super pretty, I saw someone open one :)
I'm looking through the Amonkhet setlist to see if anything fits, and not much is coming to mind. Maybe Harvest Season to kickstart your ramp? With Avacyn's Pilgrim, Voyaging Satyr, etc it could easily ramp 3 lands on T3. Perhaps one of the monuments? Tutorable cost reduction is nice I guess. Scattered Groves is another dual-land for Knight of the Reliquary. If Oracle's Vault were legendary, it would be neat with Paradox Engine but unfortunately it's not :(
Now that Protean Hulk is unbanned you might find a slot. Can't be tutored, but when it dies you should be able to immediately win.
Hope this helps a bit!
1 week ago
Some more shenanigans
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1 week ago
So as amazing as Avacyn can be, I think I'd rather bring in Linvala, Keeper of Silence.
I am also going to try out Pentarch Paladin to see how the extra removal may turn out.
Divine Reckoning, yet another I'm going to try out. Sure, they keep their best, but so do I.
Finally, Magus of the Tabernacle. It's been in the cart for 2 or 3 weeks. I think it's worth a slot.
1 week ago
Almios Yeah the Urabrask the Hidden suggestion was to finish the Praetor cycle in your deck(Didn't really know if this was a competitive deck or not.) and Linvala, Keeper of Silence i thought would be just straight value for ya. Also glad to help hope the deck works out well for ya!