Monastery Swiftspear


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Uncommon

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Monastery Swiftspear

Creature — Human Monk


Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

Latest as Commander

Monastery Swiftspear Discussion

Meurth on Candy Cane

21 hours ago

The cards in your sideboard are pretty much unplayable due to their high mana cost. Get some cheap enchantment removal in there like Fragmentize , if you don't have that then you just instantly lose to cards like Leyline of Sanctity .

Skewer the Critics is much better than Shock. Treasure Map is not a good card in modern (except maybe for some combo/ramp decks or something,) personally I don't even like it in standard. Your deck is a burn deck, burn decks like to play cheap creatures that can do damage fast, like Goblin Guide and Monastery Swiftspear (I personally like Soul-Scar Mage and Bomat Courier as well)

Dragaan on Little Zoo (Modern)

2 weeks ago

Some things for me to consider:

Light Up the Stage over the 1 Forked Bolt . (Mana is really tight, but the card selection could be worth it -- on the other hand, bolting "birds" is very important :).

The 4th Ghor-Clan Rampager over the 1 Become Immense . (Rampager is just an all-star whereas Immense rarely comes up...)

Monastery Swiftspear over Kird Ape ? (Apes are good for pumping an early Pelt Collector and usually block better, but combat tricks are really what get most wins...)

So far the only one I'm immediately considering switching is #2. #3 will require testing and I'm sure is more meta-dependent because I don't think there's a flat-out better choice between the 2. It may just end up needing to be a "flex" creature slot.

Funkydiscogod on WE.. HATE.. BURNNNN

2 weeks ago

What's your opinion on Harm's Way ? It can possibly one-and-a-half-for-one the opponent by making them burn their own critters. Goblin Guide , Grim Lavamancer and Eidolon of the Great Revel all get btfo. Monastery Swiftspear is the only common creature that could survive it.

Opal-Eye, Konda's Yojimbo has an effect that might be useful to the strategy: it can soak Lava Spike s and other player-only damage (unlike Spellskite ), and can't be countered by Skullcrack (unlike prevention and lifegain). And while on the subject of damage redirection, Empyrial Archangel would be nearly impossible for Burn to win through. And it can be pulled out with Angel's Herald if you can run Bant colors. This is might be too slow for modern, and might require too much of a rework.

One amusing possibility might be Hedron-Field Purists . With one counter on it, it turns all their Lightning Bolt into Shock . It also hates Grapeshot , Empty the Warrens and Walking Ballista , potentially making this more competitive against other decks.

Dete on Pauper Explosions - turn 2 win!

2 weeks ago

i would take out Flailing Soldier and a Goblin Motivator , Prey's Vengeance , Brute Force or Giant Growth to add Monastery Swiftspear your choice of how many, Vines of Vastwood or Apostle's Blessing for protection, Gitaxian Probe or Manamorphose for filling your hand and having a more consistent way of dealing damage with either Kiln Fiend or Monastery Swiftspear and maybe add Gut Shot but i don't like it very much.

Immolating Souleater is an okay plan B.

my guess is you would want 12 creatures and 14 if you keep the 2 Goblin Motivator . and maybe drop 1-2 Assault Strobe or Temur Battle Rage .

well forgot Monastery Swiftspear is not legal, but im too lazy to re edit the comment so Immolating Souleater is the other choice you got, wish gives you the option to use Built to Smash .

UberNinja2016 on R/B Infect

2 weeks ago


Monastery Swiftspear is there as a solid turn one creature option, since the bulk of the creatures in this deck are cost two mana. If you would like to replace them with an infect creature, I would recommend Necropede over your other suggestions, as it is another 2-drop (and colorless, so you don't need to worry about colors at all). The thought process behind not using Ogre Menial or Fallen Ferromancer is that they are way too expensive for their effects, at least for this deck.

From a pump spell stance, Ferromancer is no better than any other 1/1, and pinging someone for one poison is kind of slow for the deck.

The ogre is a little better, as at least it doesn't die to Lightning Bolt , but still, 4 mana is too slow.

I considered Razor Swine while I was getting the list together, but first strike isn't enough to save it from a large chunk of 3-drop blockers and for 3 mana that makes it kind of under powered.

GreenFire317 on R/B Infect

2 weeks ago

Not seeing the reason for Monastery Swiftspear . How about Razor Swine Ogre Menial or Fallen Ferromancer for red infect.

Zarathoustra on Full Frontal Assault

3 weeks ago

Thanks for the feedback, I was thinking of using Crash Through with Monastery Swiftspear but I guess it won't work as good as I imagine. I will try Magma Jet instead for the scry 2 effect.

Pethrax on Boros Burn

3 weeks ago

Popalofiti, from my own experience online and irl, Skewer the Critics plays as literal copies 13-16 of Lava Spike . That means, it plays wonderfully with Monastery Swiftspear , no matter how or when you cast it. Literal worst case scenario, you are land screwed, only have 1 or 2 lands, swiftspear on board, and only skewer in hand. And that's still not horrible. Every single draw is a live draw then, be it a land so you can cast skewer, or another spell that will enable spectacle, or another creature so you can go wide and get that damage to enable spectacle. The card is great, if they made it instant, would be too good, that's why they don't reprint Lightning Bolt .

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Monastery Swiftspear occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.41%

Red: 6.48%

Rakdos: 2.86%


All decks: 0.34%