Linvala, the Preserver


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Frontier Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Casual Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Mythic Rare

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Linvala, the Preserver

Legendary Creature — Angel


When Linvala, the Preserver enters the battlefield, if an opponent has more life than you, you gain 5 life.

When Linvala enters the battlefield, if an opponent controls more creatures than you, put a 3/3 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

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Linvala, the Preserver Discussion

DidiTheOne on Luminarch Amnesia Thief

1 month ago

Thank you for suggestions CaptainBlue7.

I replace 1 x Zur the Enchanter and 1 x Oblivion Ring by 2 x Idyllic Tutor.

I think Homicidal Seclusion, Demonic Rising and Linvala, the Preserver are fun but too high CMC since I have no great way to ramp.

CaptainBlue7 on Luminarch Amnesia Thief

1 month ago

These might be fun: Homicidal Seclusion, Demonic Rising.

You might also want to consider Idyllic Tutor to help you get your Luminarch Ascension out.

Ive also found Linvala, the Preserver to be quite useful in control decks that dont run many creatures or much lifegain.

Shyvana_ on Kaalia, no alignment quarrels

2 months ago

I know nothing of EDH, but, I do know one card that's good for Angel decks! (Since I faced it and hated it like two years ago). Entreat the Angels, it's a wonderful card since it can fill your board with tons of angels if you top deck that in the late game. I also left an upvote because I know this isn't going to be much help. I then looked up some other angels, here's a little list. Angel of Salvation, Pristine Angel, Linvala, the Preserver, and I was really surprised you didn't have this in your deck, Archangel of Thune. I do hope this helps a little!

filthyc4sual on Gideon Bant control

5 months ago

This seems like a good shell for Thalia's Lieutenant and maybe Linvala, the Preserver.

Vaan on Bant Splender

6 months ago

Control decks usually run more than 20 lands. Since your deck has a low CMC i would cut the 2 Aven of Enduring Hope for 2 extra lands. Also, try swapping some of the single colored lands for duals like Irrigated Farmland, Lumbering Falls, Scattered Groves and Fortified Village or maybe some Evolving Wilds.

The current standard metagame is full of aggro decks, maybe running Primal Druid instead of Manalith and Traveler's Amulet is a good idea. Thraben Inspector is a great card, i would totally swap some of your less impactful creatures like Wall of Forgotten Pharaohs, God-Pharaoh's Faithful and Eternal of Harsh Truths for a set of Thraben Inspector. Also consider swapping Beneath the Sands for Shefet Monitor. Traverse the Ulvenwald is amazing but kinda pricey.

Life goes on is a card i would definetly try to cut for something better. Cards that just gain life are often not worth of a deck slot. Ambuscade is not suited for control decks. Both cards could be swapped for sweepers like Fumigate or Descend upon the Sinful or better spot removal like Cast Out.

Choosing which creatures to run on a control deck is very diferent from choosing creatures for aggro/midrange decks. On control you almost always divide your creatures between support creatures and finishers. The only finishers you have are 2 Striped Riverwinder so i recommend adding some combination of Ishkanah, Grafwidow, Linvala, the Preserver and Angel of Sanctions for a total of 6 or 7 finishers. Casting a Shefet Monitor can also help you close the game but it doesn't have any evasion so i would use them almost exclusively to ramp.

Of your remaining creatures Sidewinder Naga feels really out of place because it is an aggressive, midrange creature on a control deck, Tireless Tracker makes a lot more sense as a support creature.

Unsummon bounce effect is best suited on decks built to exploit the tempo advantage it gives or aggressive decks where temporarily removing a blocker can make a big difference so i would swap it for Spring or Nissa's Renewal.

The_Dark_Adonis on U/W Control (First Place Gameday HoD)

6 months ago

If your looking for resilient creatures in U/W look no further than Sphinx of the Final Word. A 5/5 flier that can only be removed by either swinging it recklessly or by letting a boardwipe get through, both things which control can avoid with ease. Not only that but he makes it so you win control v control.

Also Linvala, the Preserver provides a ton of utility on a 5/5 flying beatstick.

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