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Linvala, Keeper of Silence
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Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed May 12, 2010

Constructed: 3.83
Casual: 4.38
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 4.28

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BMoor

Linvala, Keeper of Silence.

Your opponents' level up creatures can't level up. Putrid Leech is stuck as a 2/2. Master of the Wild Hunt still makes tokens, but he can't deal direct damage anymore. Neither can Cunning Sparkmage, for that matter. Birds of Paradise, Overgrown Battlement, and Noble Hierarch can't tap for mana-- that must feel like a Stone Rain to them. If your opponent had creatures that regenerate, they're vulnerable.

And even if your opponent doesn't have any creatures like that, she's still a 3/4 flier for only four mana.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Linvala, Keeper of Silence

It's always interesting to see a creature ability that hasn't been done before. Well, technically Linvala's text is a sort of callback to Nullstone Gargoyle and Pithing Needle, but she is to those cards what Moat is to Wrath of God. Or perhaps, considering that she turns off mana abilities, the scales she's carrying, and the effect she has on your friend's "Every Ravnica Block Guildmage.dec," what Balance is to Wrath of God.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Linvala, Keeper of Silence which is a four mana 3/4 Flying that shuts down any activated abilities of your opponent's creatures. This is an incredible useful ability on an already well-priced creature that will likely be played in many decks or at least sidedecks for a long time to come.

For Limited these is almost nothing better to have in a format dominated by Level Up and Eldrazi Spawn tokens and this should be the first pick or hate drafted immediately in Booster. For Sealed build a deck for this and you'll likely do well even if the rest of your White cards are a little weak.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


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