Linvala, Keeper of Silence
Linvala’s strength is her flexibility: she
turns off a lot of relevant creature abilities
and hoses a lot of decks when she comes out,
especially the sacrifice-outlet combo decks like
Melira or Anafenza-based decks, and she slows
down a lot of decks that like creature
abilities, like Jund. All for four mana, and you
even get a 3/4 flier to boot. She’s good at
slowing down opponents while bashing faces in.
Four mana is awkward, though, as Linvala
might have the problem of coming down after
creatures are establishing themselves on board.
She’s good for controlling decks and ones that
rely on going deep into games, but she's a bit
slow in a lot of match-ups…and her only
protection is her 4 toughness, which isn't as
awesome as it seems.