Linvala, the Preserver


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal

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Oath of the Gatewatch 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

landofMordor on You Will Be Bored

1 day 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.

For fast token decks, maybe Descend upon the Sinful, Engulf the Shore, Fairgrounds Warden, Horribly Awry, or Vizier of Deferment might help?

landofMordor on Approach of the Second Wind

2 days 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

bamichinees on Fatties into play

4 days ago

total_euphoria says...

''Birds of Paradise should be in any deck requiring ramp and/or mana fixing. Avacyn's Pilgrim will help with the white mana too.''

I was indeed thinking to replace Linvala, the Preserver , Torrential Gearhulk, since they were more of filler cards untill i got better cards. I was also thinking to replace Darksteel Ingot and put in Chromatic Lantern.

''you need a lot more ramp, disruption or counter spells''

I was thinking to remove Rewind for Cultivate. Do you have other recommendations as ramp cards?

Also do you have other suggestions? Which cards should I remove?

GabeCubed on Counter Splits/Sideboard Finisher Help (For ...

4 days ago

Deck is here -

Jeskai Does Stuff

Standard GabeCubed


My questions are:

  • Should I adjust the amount of counters I have, or adjust numbers of some of the counters? Not sure if they are good.

  • Is Glorybringer or Linvala, the Preserver a better finished to bring in when I need more threats?

Honest opinions please, and explanations. Thanks!

BioProfDude on G/W Exerted cheats (beats zombies!)

6 days ago

Yeah, the more I think about it the more I'm just leaving Decimator of the Provinces in the deck. It's a very good card. If the game goes long, I can indeed get to 10 mana and hard cast it, potentially even for the emerge cost, and get the anthem effect. A 7/7 with trample and haste is a good card. Even if I cheat it in, it's still a 7/7 with trample.

HeavyR, thanks for the clarification (i.e., I was being silly and not knowing how to play this game and you gently helped me understand my mistake) and for the suggestions! I'll consider them as I continue to play test. I think Linvala, the Preserver might be a good "one of" in addition to Ulamog and the Decimator. For now, though, I'll keep chugging with the current deck list and see how it goes.

BioProfDude on G/W Exerted cheats (beats zombies!)

6 days ago

HeavyR, actually, you can use Decimator of the Provinces the turn it is cheated-- it has haste and trample (see text at bottom of text box). That's exactly why I chose the Decimator-- it can come in and attack same turn.

Brood Monitor is good for ramp, but I really don't need that. Otherwise, Just cheat out a 3/3 (and 3x 1/1 scions, quite admittedly), but the overall effect isn't that great. Greenwarden of Murasa (though it doesn't have trample) and Plated Crusher are also fine targets-- thanks for the suggestions. Same with Linvala, the Preserver-- good potential target.

I tried Ahn-Crop Champion in the deck and it just doesn't work quite as well as you might think. I'd rather get a flier for 4 mana, which is why I have other cards I'm also considering (e.g., Gisela, the Broken Blade). I'm also pretty stacked at the 4 mana spot already, and I'm trying to keep the curve fairly "low to the ground" and keep it stocked with more 2 and 3 mana cards.

Djeru's Resolve is definitely better than Synchronized Strike in that it costs less to cast and can be cycled if it's not needed (e.g., if Always Watching is on the battlefield). Also, adding indestructible to a creature is pretty good.

Ya, I know that the cast effects aren't there with Champion of Rhonas, so only 1 copy of Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger (that and I only own 1 copy).

Thanks for the comments!

HeavyR on G/W Exerted cheats (beats zombies!)

6 days ago

Cheating out the Decimator is not the best way to play it since you can't attack with it the turn you cheat it in. Ulamog is great as a target, but i feel like you could use another solid target with an ETB effect, such as Angel of Sanctions. This card could be played normally on curve in your deck or cheated out as a combat trick basically. Brood Monitor is also not super high CMC that cheated in grants 3 blockers or continued ramp in the scions. Greenwarden of Murasa or Plated Crusher would also be great cheater creatures with better upside than the Decimator. Linvala, the Preserver also a better target than the Decimator for certain matchups.

Basically what im saying is, consider ETB effects over Cast effects like Ulamog since Champion of Rhonas isnt a cast mechanic.

Ahn-Crop Champion also seems like a no brainer for cheating on Exert. Synchronized Strike could also be a great combat trick.

fragarach97 on Angels

1 week ago

Yo, huge fan of Angel's here and I've got some recommendations for you.

I see that your deck is largely centered around lifegain as well, if that's the case there's no reason not to run Baneslayer Angel and her little sister Gisela, the Broken Blade. Big Angels with lifelink? Awesome! I can attest to the fact that Baneslayer is a beating and a half.

My next recommendation would be to run a second colour, namely green as Angels are expensive and green is the ramp colour. Things like Explore, Sylvan Caryatid, and Birds of Paradise both help you ramp early. Now the best payoff Angel if you're running green is Sigarda, Host of Herons. She is so much more powerful than her SoI counterpart and is really tough to kill. Resolve her early with any of the ramp I listed and your opponent is in for a nightmare.

Now there are many more Angels I can reccomend, so let's do just that.

If you can afford her, Linvala, Keeper of Silence really hoses down lots of strategies and her OGW counterpart Linvala, the Preserver can get you right back in a game you're losing.

Angel of Sanctions, Angel of Serenity, and Admonition Angel all have powerful Oblivion Ring style effects that clear blockers or threats for the rest of your team. Angel of Serenity in particular is a massive swing and will often win games on her own.

If you need recursion (and it's never a bad thing to have), Bruna, the Fading Light really surprised me with how good she is and wins the game almost instantly if you can meld her with Gisela.

Now, if you're doing this then you should for sure go up on lands, 23-24 would be fine and works for my Angel deck. Also, if you insist on being mono-white then Endless Horizons is a hysterical card that fixes the problem ofndrawing lands late game and gives you a steady supply of them.

If you want more ideas, check out my Angel deck, Whom God Loves. Have a nice one!

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