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
5 days ago
If you are going against decks that aren't so "balls to the wall" then Linvala, the Preserver is probably better, particularly if they have fliers.
5 days ago
Argy what do you think is a better choice to board in against aggro with a control deck, Linvala, the Preserver or Thing in the Ice Flip? For reference this is my deck: AND THEN HE CAST FACT OR FICTION ON MY END STEP it is a blue heavy esper control deck.
1 week ago
So what else are you looking for? Do you have a decklist? I have a bunch of stuff you might be looking for, but all the angels in the world won't equal a lily of the veil, (which I'm interested in). Off the top of my head I have an Iona, a Linvala, the Preserver, both giselas, Bruna, the Fading Light, and a bunch of mardu EDH staples that id be happy to trade once I know what you're looking for.
2 weeks ago
I run a similar deck. I found Deploy the Gatewatch to not work out that well for me since "may" is not in the text. I found myself replacing a 'walker I wanted, like Nissa, Vital Force with Nissa, Voice of Zendikar, which hurts that late in the game. I also found ramp or fixer creatures like Channeler Initiate don't add that much value; just run enough dual lands and you're typically fine. Ajani Unyielding feels a bit "win-more" but he is a fantastic Heart pilot later in the game. I did toy with Tezzeret the Schemer, Saheeli Rai, Nissa, Steward of Elements, and Arlinn Kord Flip in my deck but none did enough. Arlinn Kord Flip may have a place if you have a stable board but, again, that's sort of "win-more".
I also made a decision to not run more than 2 of any 'walker. This is a bit of a carry-over from having Deploy the Gatewatch in my deck but I found this works out well. My opponents have a very hard time boarding against this deck and only blue players really have consistent interaction, so having diversity helps us by forcing the opponent to keep dead cards. That being said, it's a big gamble since the deck effectively becomes a commander deck with few tutors.
I will say that Dovin Baan and Chandra, Torch of Defiance have won me multiple games with Oath of Chandra. Also, Liliana, the Last Hope and Yahenni's Expertise are an obscene combo against aggro decks. And I disagree with mack10k on Gideon of the Trials. Little Gideon plus Heart of Kiran is an ugly combo on turn 3.
If you can, try to bring in Nahiri, the Harbinger. Her hand fixing and removal options are top notch. I also threw in one copy of Exquisite Archangel as an "oh crap, last resort" stabilizer. I'm not sold on it and may put in Linvala, the Preserver instead.
2 weeks ago
I would say that you don't need Built to Smash or Aethersphere Harvester. You obviously have a human synergy going on, that's cool. You should have the full 4 Thalia's Lieutenant and 4 Honored Crop-Captain. Also, Always Watching isn't really that redundant, multiple copies is still nice, and this deck falls to pieces without it, so play 4.
Devoted Crop-Mate is great, I think 2 is a good amount, but really do add in the crop-captains and the last lieutenant to give it a few more good targets. Hitting something every combat step, even the extra ones with Combat Celebrant, should be the goal.
Although they're great cards, you might think about shaving Archangel Avacyn Flip or Glorybringer (probably the avacyn) to run something like Chandra, Torch of Defiance. I only suggest this because you will need some amount of card draw should you go into the late game. You could even cut Thalia, Heretic Cathar. Again, very good card, but I would stick her into the sideboard.
As far as the sideboard goes, By Force is better than Release the Gremlins. You don't get creatures, but that's fine, you already have plenty. Selfless Spirit over Eerie Interlude, I assume you're running it primarily to evade removal. Sack the spirit, wipe the board, zombies die, swing for lethal, seems good. Gideon of the Trials is questionable. I might make an argument for Linvala, the Preserver, just against zombies or possibly the mirror.
Hope this helps, really awesome deck, good luck with it!
1 month ago
@saintyyy glad u like the deck. You can link his deck if you want for me to look at. I am about to make a few edits to make the deck more effective.
@lords2001 I am going to add in Declaration in Stone over Grasp of Darkness or possibly even Fatal Push. The only thing that should cause issues with is Heart of Kiran but I have so much artifact hate because of Marvel I should be okay. That will also make zombies, emerge, and Metalwork Colossus (since usually 3 hit and all 3 are exiled and can't come back) a bit less potent.
Kalitas is being for the most part useless on cockatrice testing nor do I own any atm or want to pay for it when it will rotate soon. It just dies to Grasp of Darkness the moment it comes out against zombies. I will add 1 more Cataclysmic Gearhulk in the side, it is proving very effective against a variety of decks. It wipes the board and is a big body with vigilance that swings every turn and can still block. I will also add a Summary Dismissal in the side. I don't know if I am going to still go with Dispossess or switch to Lost Legacy or Transgress the Mind. I am also thinking of adding 1 Linvala, the Preserver back in the mainboard. I am going to put my Anticipate back in though, was trying to test the deck without them and more lands because of the cycle lands, I like having both for even mroe consistency. Just thinking of options. This deck went about 80-15 during testing on cockatrice for all of AER standard, the thing about control is figuring out the right answers. The meta changed, the answers have to change, as soon as I get it dialed in though the deck should be fairly unstoppable. I also need to write a primer about the deck, so hopefully that comes soon, have to play around with the code and formatting for it.
Also, don't forget to upvote the deck if you like it!
1 month ago
I'd take out Rise from the Tides for another Torrential Gearhulk or just sub in Linvala, the Preserver in mainboard. For the same mana, I feel like those two get you more value overall. Either them or Fumigate, since it accomplishes the same thing as Tides (beat go-wide strategies and buy you time) for less mana.
1 month ago
Hmm...if I had to choose a way to make Sun modern-viable, I'd go hard prison with the Nyx-Fleece Ram/Propaganda/Ghostly Prison/Sphere of Safety route. You've already got some key pieces here, like wraths, Leyline, Gids, DSphere, and some solid countermagic. However, if you've already committed to this path, I'd say you need some extra fuel. Censor over Mana Tithe, Thought Scour to reach Approach faster, for example.
Then, maybe Linvala, the Preserver in SB over one copy of Timely? That way, you won't wrath yourself as often.
Hope that helps! Let me know what else I can do. Cheers