Creature — Human Monk
Prowess (Whenever you cast a noncreature spell, this creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
|Want (3)||Etinifni , MTGJ51 , Obsydyn|
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|Iconic Masters (IMA)||Uncommon|
|Khans of Tarkir (KTK)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Monastery Swiftspear occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.41%
All decks: 0.34%
Monastery Swiftspear Discussion
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
First time playing Modern since War of the Spark. Wasn't too sure of the meta at my LGS so I packed a little too much gy hate.
Round 1 vs. Dredge
Opponent was playing Dredge with Ox of Agonas.
Blood Moon on t3 limited his options which I Remand-ed back to his hand. No green meant no Life from the Loam to get his 5th land to hard cast the ox. Bounced 4 Prized Amalgam via Thing in the Ice Flip Flip and attacked for lethal after some burn to the face.
Sideboard for Game 2:
Started with an Anger of the Gods, Remand, Thing in the Ice, 3 lands, and a Lightning Bolt. T3 opponent casts Cathartic Reunion discarding 2 Stinkweed Imp and a Golgari Thug to dredge for 14. My T3 I remove Narcomoeba, 3 Prized Amalgams and a Bloodghast with Anger of the Gods. Drew the second Anger to keep his board clear. Tried to block Awoken Horror but when I showed Cryptic Command + Mystic Sanctuary he scooped with ~7 card left in library.
Round 2 vs. Eldrazi Tron
Opponent couldn't get t3 tron but managed a Chalice of the Void on 1, no can-trips or bolts for me. Played a Karn, Scion of Urza and decided to take an Expedition Map to try to get tron instead of a Mind Stone (He forgot that he couldn't cast it with Chalice). Remand-ed a Thought-Knot Seer twice and Cryptic-ed his Reality Smasher which flipped a Thing. Tried to stabilize with a Walking Ballista but before attacks I Archmage's Charm-ed to gain control of his only blocker. Game 2.
Out: 3 Opt
I had my only Snow-Covered Mountain in my opening hand which threw off my t3 Archmage's Charm and t4 Cryptic. I got lucky when my opponent still couldn't get tron until t5. Couldn't counter a Thought-Knot Seer and he took a titi but I also had a Magmatic Sinkhole to remove it. Kept countering his threats until I managed to get Ral, Izzet Viceroy out, -3 his Ballista on 1, he pings Ral and I keep using his +1 and countering his spells until I managed to ult Ral. He scoops.
Round 3 vs. Rakdos Vampires
Opponent was playing a vampire-themed midrange deck with Vampire Nocturnus, Gifted Aetherborn, Stromkirk Captain, Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord along with the standard black cards like Liliana of the Veil, Fatal Push, Dark Confidant, and Thoughtseize. T1 Cavern of Souls was a pain but I could still draw a card with remand to dig for removal which I found in a bolt + snapcaster. I won with another snapcaster + bolt.
Out: 2 Opt
In: 2 Anger of the Gods
Removed Kalitas with sinkhole and Force of Negation-ed his lotv when he tried to remove a titi which he did push later. Stabilized at 7 life by slamming a blood moon to get rid of Stensia Bloodhall and Lavaclaw Reaches but next turn he played Chandra, Awakened Inferno which I removed via bolt + sinkhole. Had to race him and beat him to death with a snapcaster and a Brazen Borrower. Won at 2 life.
Round 4 vs. Boros Burn
Out: 2 Opt
In: 2 Anger of the Gods. At this point I didn't have any Dragon's Claw in my sideboard so I knew this was my worst match.
Had to mull to 6 which opponent was happy about. Fought through two Eidolon of the Great Revel and stabilized at 6 life. Slammed Ral, -3 on Monastery Swiftspear, and +1 until he ulted, countering every burn spell without using a snapcaster. Opponent scooped after I used bolt + mystic sanctuary + ral emblem. Showed me a hand of 3 Searing Blood + 1 Path to Exile (from sb to get rid of titi).
I did not lose a single game this FNM but I knew I got very lucky vs Eldrazi Tron Game 2 and burn both games.
Changes to mainboard:
Note: Even though most lists run 1 Mountain it still felt really bad having it in my opening hand. This time I wasn't punished but I can't rely on that every time. An additional steam vents keeps me at 5 red sources without blood moon and it acts as an additional Island for Mystic Sanctuary
Changes to sideboard:
Note: Tonight I wasn't against a Stoneforge Mystic deck that my friend uses so I was pretty vulnerable to any artifact deck. Since I already have 6 cards in the sideboard that hate on graveyard decks and only ceremonious rejection for artifacts, I decided to put a recurrable hate card that can help deal with a variety of decks.
1 month ago
Well, if you never had any problems with Kiln Fiend then keep it. There's no reason to change what has been working out fine. Just as a thought provoker, you can have Monastery Swiftspear to think about.
Maybe just bad wasn't the best thing to say about Rakdos Shred-Freak . It's just that it offers basically nothing more than haste. You have cards like Hellspark Elemental , as you mentioned, but also:
Earthshaker Khenra - Makes it easier to get to your opponent while also being reusable from the grave in the late game, and even bigger than before.
Ash Zealot - More of a Siboard card, but still, 2 mana for first strike, haste and punishes your opponent for playing cards from your graveyard.
Vexing Devil - Dont't know if you could fit this guy in your budget, but it's amazing. It's either a one mana 4/3 that your opponent will have to waste a removal spell or a one mana 4 damage spell.
However, the real reason I said Rakdos Shred-Freak is bad is because of...
Thunderkin Awakener - It can reanimate all of your (elemental) suicide bombers while attacking. So for only two mana, you can from 4 damage on board, with Thunderkin Awakener and Spark Elemental , to up to 8 damage with the Firecat. You could also put other cards in for him, like Lightning Skelemental and Spark Trooper , but those would require you to adjust the manabase.
Also, since you're playing these cheap suicide bombers you could use Unearth to reanimate them again and hit for a bunch. However, I'm not sure that splashing to black would appeal to you.
Another suicide bomber could be Impetuous Devils , though I don't have much to say about it. You can basically take out one of your opponent's creature by forcing them to block. Just here as an option for you.
Cards like Thud , Fling and Flesh / Blood (the blood half only) should prove themselves more useful than Soul's Fire . Since most of your creatures are dying anyway, there should be no problem in sacrificing them.
Manabasewise, if really want to keep Reality Smasher you can add lands that have a better utility than Rogue's Passage as most of your creatures have trample anyway, so your opponent will regardless always have trouble preventing damage.
I've been writing a lot today, so right now I won't go on too much detail about these "utility" lands. I'll just list some here and you can say if you liked any or none and I'll glady discuss about it.
- Looming Spires
- Kessig Wolf Run
- Skarrg, the Rage Pits
- Teetering Peaks
- Turntimber Grove
- Barbarian Ring
- Smoldering Spires
- Blighted Gorge
- Keldon Megaliths
- Memorial to War
- Sunscorched Desert
Just as a curiosty, I've written so many cards in this comment that TappedOut won't let me mark more suggestions, while most not even appearing for me to suggest.
1 month ago
BoneclockHarmony I am going to build this for an upcoming tournament and I believe these changes could help. I am going -1 Island and -1 Shelldock Isle for +2 Mystic Sanctuary so I can bring back a Cryptic Command or Archive Trap to take control if needed. I am also going to try +1 Archmage's Charm in place of -1 Visions of Beyond as a way to get a bit of additional versatility if card draw isn't necessary. I think this can also help in specific matches against Death's Shadow , Champion of the Parish , Monastery Swiftspear , Aether Vial , or Chalice of the Void . For the sideboard I am also thinking of swapping Negate for Essence Scatter depending on how the meta changes.
1 month ago
You may want to ease off some of the LD and slot in some burn such as Lightning Bolt . Suppose you are met with an opponent T1 Monastery Swiftspear . As long as they can play a land and cast a 1-drop, that thing is going to eat you alive. I know; I've lost to it an incredible amount of times.
By the time you get 3 lands to blow something up, they can have already won.
You need fast removal to slow them down until your LD kicks in.
1 month ago
Gracco Thanks a lot for your feedback, I think we are definitely on the same page as to what the deck should be, a few thoughts on your points however:
- I think Searing Blood is a must on this decks sideboard? I think, my BEST possible turn 2 against lets say mono green or gruul or mono black would be searing blood + attack with Monastery Swiftspear .
-Same for Smash to Smithereens ? except its actually even better
- Deflecting Palm for now the meta is quite diverse in non competitive play that i think is fun to have
-Ok on the -1 Titan's Strength , its just a one off i like to have because theres a fun combo with Boros Charm and prowess, but I actually think x2 Shock is better than x2 Lightning Strike .. its a cheaper way to set off prowess, if this was a 12 creature burn deck i would agree and even think about Skullcrack , but I think this deck is strongest when turn 2 is and turn 3 its hitting with one or more monastery swiftspear or Soul-Scar Mage , hence go for the 2x shock 2x lightning strike, and I need to think about setting off spectacle as cheaply as possible if needed..
-Unfortunately if I want to run the Wizard's Lightning efficiently I need to have all the wizards i can get, and i think soul scar is better than viashino as it is one mana and has an ability that can be useful recurrently as opposed to the one off 2 damage. That said runaway steam kin is a great card that I play in my standard mono red deck.
-Im worried about the damage coming from this mana base.. hence my doubts on the ruins. Could I maybe only run 2 Battlefield Forge ? I find myself that sometimes against aggro decks i end up killing myself with the mana base and Eidolon of the Great Revel
-Ill think about throwing in one or two more exquisite firecraft, i agree its an awesome card against control, and may I say a very satisfying way to win the game :D