Linvala, Keeper of Silence

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper 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

Flying

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

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Linvala, Keeper of Silence Discussion

LandG0 on Derevi Wizardball

4 days ago

bucket_boy101 The purpose of living plane is to pair it with Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite or Linvala, Keeper of Silence to stop your opponents having any mana. I use Nature's Revolt as a cheap alternative, but because it costs 1 more its definitely not as good.

Lordmax606 on The Undisputed Rasputin

4 days ago

@mykul, Good catch on the tutoring Walking Ballista with Tolaria West. So far the manacanon has worked out really well in the deck and has moved to the mainboard in place of Crystal Shard.

As for Declaration in Stone, I'm not a huge fan of giving my opponents cards. I agree that it is much better for dealing with mass tokens (Avenger of Zendikar comes to mind!) but I think I'd rather rely on my wrath effects. Also, I have never personally dealt with any Shadowborn Apostle decks, but if your goal is to stunt the Apostles, this will really only give them more cards which will be more Apostles... not sure if this is the answer you should be looking for. Instead, I would sideboard in my Linvala, Keeper of Silence.

MRDOOM3 on Arandomlife

1 week ago

I would suggest that you add in more pillowfort enchantments, because, well, you're bound to get pummeled in the face sooner or later. Ghostly Prison, Windborn Muse, Koskun Falls, Propaganda, Sphere of Safety, Collective Restraint, Dissipation Field, No Mercy, Aurification, and Peacekeeper all work. One nice combo you can run is Energy Field + Rest in Peace (You can no longer take damage as long as those enchantments remain on the field).

If you're aiming for a more oppressive control deck, you also can throw in Fatespinner, Frozen AEther, Blind Obedience, Torpor Orb, Hushwing Gryff, Iona, Shield of Emeria (especially funny when you're playing against a monocolor deck), Linvala, Keeper of Silence, Meishin, the Mind Cage, Indulgent Tormentor, Painful Quandary, Angelic Arbiter... I could go on and on and on.

I'm not sure about the status of your playgroup, but I also would suggest sweepers like Cataclysm, Tragic Arrogance, Mutilate, Cyclonic Rift, basically any sweeper that says "Sacrifice", "Bounce" or "-X/-X" to account for cards like Avacyn, Angel of Hope.

ShadyWonderBoy on Hope Against Hope

2 weeks ago

I love the theme deck. I definitely always like to see and try these out. You have a lot of low CMC creatures and a land base that supports them well, so the only thing I could think of doing to it is if you ever did want to use some more land and a little more ramp or something you could definitely use Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Dragonlord Dromoka (I know he isn't from the plane and he's not an angel but he would be a great support for you deck). Iona, Shield of Emeria I think would also be helpful. Archangel of Tithes I think would be a great addition to your deck as it is right now I would just have no idea what to take out haha. Also Linvala, Keeper of Silence would also be a great addition to it. Hope I could help :)

rockleemyhero on Rafiq midrange stax cEDH

2 weeks ago

hey jerimie.mcbrayer, thanks for the upvote and feedback!

With my tutors, i like to simply divide it into offensive and defensive plays. Sometimes there is a food chain player threatening to go off turn 3 or a storm deck threatening an eot turn 2 ad nauseum, in which case I will search up a defensive piece to slow the tempo of the game down to my pace. This is balanced with knowledge of my opponent's decks and hands, if I believe that someone else will play the control role and use a piece of interaction to stop the early combo, then I will go for a more proactive offensive threat.

My top Creature tutor targets:

First is Cold-Eyed Selkie and close 2nd is Linvala, Keeper of Silence. Occasionally Ethersworn Canonist, Serra Ascendant, Stoneforge Mystic or Sovereigns of Lost Alara if I'm going for the kill.

My top Enlightened Tutor targets:

First is Mystic Remora by a long shot in the early game. This card is insane and wins games on its own. Rest in Peace and Grafdigger's Cage are great proactive defensive maneuvers as well.

My top Mystical Tutor targets:

This one isn't as easy, but I'm starting to lean heavier into grabbing Hunter's Insight in my removal light meta. Late game I'm more likely to grab a Cyclonic Rift and rarely I will get a piece of removal or counterspell. Usually I'll get a counterspell if I think I have the game in the next turn and need to protect my board.

My curve is completely reliant on the board state. In my meta, turn 3 combo wins aren't only common, but expected. So therefore I typically play a stax piece sooner than rafiq. Rafiq acts as a pump spell on a hatebear the turn he comes down, which is a nice way to apply pressure without having to devote slots to providing him haste.

Ironically, Path to Exile is a card I've been reconsidering lately. It's historically been mediocore as it helps your opponent curve out or increase their tempo. It's also pretty bad on opponent's generals, except in an emergency. That being said, the deck goes for the long game and I've seen an abundance of reanimator strategies lately since Protean Hulk got unbanned and tymna+tana blood pod has increased in popularity. I would play Path to Exile here before I play Pongify/Rapid Hybridization/Reality Shift and even Beast Within because timely blockers can often act as a time walk against us (one of the biggest weaknesses of the deck).

I haven't played this staxier version of rafiq in a few weeks, I recently brewed up a version that utilizes time magic and wins with infinite Seasons Past loops to run away with the game. It's very tempo heavy and relies weightily on our friend and MVP Cold-Eyed Selkie. Here it is if you're curious. I'm 2-1 with it so far in competitive pods and may update this list completely if it continues to be successful!

muse99 on cEDH Bruna

3 weeks ago

I assume the lack of Academy Rector and Heliod's Pilgrim is intentional? What about redundancy for Rule of Law, like Eidolon of Rhetoric? And redundancy for Armageddon in the form of Ravages of War?

As for cuts, I think Tangle Wire loses out on effectiveness quite quickly. I would rather run Linvala, Keeper of Silence to hate on dorks. Also missing Fellwar Stone here, seems faster than Coalition Relic in most cases.

TCat769 on Sisay has the answers | cEDH | New: Primer

3 weeks ago

Nice deck! I would suggest Living Plane to combo with your Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and your Linvala, Keeper of Silence. Also, a fun way to put it in play is Academy Rector. It also fetches a few of your other utility cards.

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