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

Triton on Brago, King of Eternal Value

2 weeks ago


I had Man-o'-War in the deck originally, but replaced it with Rishadan Brigand, do you think I should redo the change?

Linvala, the Preserver Is amazing value! I'll find a spot for her.

I completely agree with Knight of the White Orchid for Kor Cartographer, I kinda forgot about that card back when I played Standard.

I haven't paid too much attention to the amount of creatures that could trigger Mentor of the Meek, but I'll consider him since I do feel as though this deck could use a bit more card draw.

Cataclysmic Gearhulk is really cool! I like the EtB, since I feel as though this deck could use a bit more boardwipes, will consider him in the 99.

I like Myr Battlesphere since while I agree it is quite spendy, as you mentioned, it does serve as a win condition by attacking with a bunch of Myr and burning your opponent for a ton of damage. Deadeye Navigator is a very powerful blink card, and I am quite hesitant to take him out. I do think Mistmeadow Witch is a tad too slow for this deck, I'll take her out for Glimmerpoint Stag. I think Call for Unity is good because when you blink creatures with counters on them, the counters disappear, so I think that giving up some speed for more synergy is fine.

Thanks for the suggestions and upvote!

dlamars on Brago, King of Eternal Value

2 weeks ago

Hey, I just tuned my first blink deck and I think I have a few solid suggestions keeping budget in mind:

Man-o'-War is great removal, alongside those you already have.

Linvala, the Preserver is an all star in my mardu flicker deck, if you can keep it from being removed it pays off big.

Knight of the White Orchid probably the best ramp option in white, I like Oreskos Explorer too and ultimately replaced Kor Cartographer for it in my deck since coming down on turn 2 it's much more relevant timing wise imo.

Mentor of the Meek is great for card advantage too.

I also like Cataclysmic Gearhulk though he's not always a great play, having the option to Cataclysm every turn can be useful.

Some cuts I'd consider are:Myr Battlesphere - bit too spendy.

Deadeye Navigator - feel like you're better off running something like Fiend Hunter since it pairs so well with brago, is on curve and adds a temporary removal option.

Kor Cartographer - just too much mana imo for a 2/2, ramping from 4 to 6 the next turn doesn't seem super relevant here.

Mistmeadow Witch - like the navigator I think another Glimmerpoint Stag like creature works better with brago.

Call for Unity - seems really slow to me, would be better off just going with Cathars' Crusade or even Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit I think.

Hopefully some of that is useful to you, I like the deck a lot. Good luck!

JeppeFugl on Noir Blanc - Eldrazi, Flick and Taxes

2 weeks ago

Ah no worries man. I dont run 4 since I'm an idiot an sold of my 4th because I thought I had 5..

Yeah I've seen her. She looks good, but she def needs more creatures in a deck to work. She also fights with Ob Nixilis Reignited and other 5 drops such as Archangel Avacyn  Flip. If I were to use her I would add creatures with good value like Noxious Gearhulk or Linvala, the Preserver. Also pretty excited to see the new black god!

emrakulinsmugglers on G/W evolve

1 month ago

maybe not use Linvala, the Preserver, because it seems like you're preparing to lose. not saying you are, but that card seems like it, because its just a 5/5 flyer for 6 thats legendary if you're not dying. maybe Gisela, the Broken Blade instead.

JeppeFugl on Noir Blanc - Eldrazi, Flick and Taxes

1 month ago

Thanks for the upvote and the comment seshiro_of_the_orochi!

Thalia's Lancers is a good card, and I have had it in my deck in previous versions. I think it works best in decks where your main finisher is a legend like Linvala, the Preserver or finding your last combo piece for Brisela, Voice of Nightmares. From my testing it's better to have PW's and creatures that can come down and take out big targets (talking about threats from G/B snake here), and Sorin, Grim Nemesis, Ob Nixilis Reignited,Noxious Gearhulk and Archangel Avacyn  Flip fill that role. It's a worthy suggestion, so thanks a lot!

monoblackbrittany on Bant Superfriends!

1 month ago

Funny, I was taking out the Part the Waterveil as you commented that lol. Part the Waterveil is out Aetherflux Reservoir is outLinvala, the Preserver is in sideboard. I like Linvala in a superfriends deck that has access to her. It's likely a nice safe button when in the late game. It is likely that the planeswalker deck has lower life and a lower creature count and she evens the playing field a bit. In my experience she has been good, but I do understand what you're saying, so I at least put her in sideboard. Added Thraben Inspector for early game. + Sylvan Advocate + Oath of Ajani + Oath of JaceThanks for the help! I appreciate it. I think you had some great ideas.

Zooby9 on Bant Superfriends!

1 month ago

Just as a general rule you usually don't want to have a ton of cards that you only have one of in the sideboard. The sideboard should be tailored to the current good decks in standard. Also I'm not really sure that Aetherflux Reservoir does much for you since you don't have a ton of lifegain. I think Part the Waterveil doesn't have enough upside for you, so I would probably take that out. I might also add a little bit of ramp seeing as you're playing a lot of spells that cost a fair amount. I might add some Oath of Ajanis in here because I feel like they could do a lot to help with casting the planeswalkers and buffing your creatures. Oath of Gideon is good, but I'm not sure if it has enough upside for you as I think making planeswalkers cost less would do more for you than making them enter with another loyalty counter in a deck that has so many. You're also in blue so maybe throw in a counter spell or two to help. Skyship Plunderer is okay for this deck but I think there are some things you could add that would be better, maybe even a one drop to have something to do on turn 1. Also I might take out Linvala, the Preserver because it seems like you were trying to do a side theme of lifegain, but none of your planeswalkers gain you life, so I think you should get away from that. I do like the deck though and if you have any questions feel free to ask me!

Des_The_3rd on Indomitable Ulamog

2 months ago

Venomous08 I really like the idea of including Linvala, the Preserver and taking out the Metalwork Colossus. I think I was going too win-hard with them. I agree not getting casting triggers aren't very good but Kozilek, the Great Distortion and Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger other abilities could make the difference. That being said Kozilek could come out for the Nahiri, the Harbinger. I really appreciate the advice!

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