Monastery Swiftspear


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker 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

hungry000 on Red Pioneer Aggro V 1.0

3 days ago

One card you should have is Monastery Swiftspear . It's one of the premier burn cards in every format in which it's legal. I'd cut Viashino Pyromancer to fit them in, but pretty much anything else in the deck is worth cutting for them. Just try to get four copies.

If you made your deck more spell-heavy, you could turn it into a Mono R Prowess-type of deck that uses Monastery Swiftspear , Soul-Scar Mage , Runaway Steam-Kin , and Bedlam Reveler as main win conditions. That deck generally wins with fast creature damage rather than burn, but I still recommend looking up some lists for reference.

Also, Wild Slash is better than Shock.

SP3CTR3_chelts on Sideboard Strategy Advice Needed for ...

6 days ago

I would not recommend making it into an aggro deck but i suppose a 15 card aggro supliment could look like this:

+4 Soul-Scar Mage

+2 Thrill of Possibility ?

-4 Indomitable Creativity

-1 Emrakul

-4 nahiri

-4 infernal purge

-2 dragon fodder

Rorolith on Turn and Burn!

2 weeks ago

Cut Bloodfire Expert add Monastery Swiftspear

Cut Mage-Ring Bully add Abbot of Keral Keep

I would suggest finding a way to add Soul-Scar Mage as well.

You need more card draw to keep the fuel going for Thermo-Alchemist and any prowess creature you have in there, Light Up the Stage is a good card.

Tzilakatzin on Ther is no "hub" for ...

2 weeks ago

Inkmoth well, yeah but my deck is entirely build around abusing that prowess mechanic and, since Monastery Swiftspear , Soul-Scar Mage and Bedlam Reveler (among others) are cards that powerfully influence the orientation of the deck building. You can see there are a lot of decks with the same tematic: mono red prowess, izzet prowess and wizard prowess, for instance.

lagotripha on Noob Izzet First Deck

3 weeks ago

If you are just looking for something that feels like this, check out the 'tempo' archetype. The archetype in blue/red is traditionally called 'delver' (after Delver of Secrets  Flip ). Delver itself isn't pioneer legal, but since other staples of the deck are avalable, its worth tinkering. Cards like Bedlam Reveler for hand refills, Monastery Swiftspear doing swiftspear things, and lots of 1 mana instants/sorceries. Bounce spells are decent in this list, because you try to kill your opponent before card advantage matters. Since Treasure Cruise and Dig Through Time are still unbanned, you should play some number of them. It may become a 'wizards' archetype to support Wizard's Lightning and Wizard's Retort , but there are questions over whether Stormchaser Mage and Soul-Scar Mage are worth it.

Have a look for any deck with a good mtgo showing or tournament finish in pioneer if you want to dig into specifics, and remember that you will need to plan around whatever other decks are doing in the format, including sideboard.

Bisbas on Ramunap-RDW (?)

1 month ago

this is just burn right? if you wan't to play the best red cards from standard you are missing some cards like Chandra, Torch of Defiance , Monastery Swiftspear , Light Up the Stage and Rampaging Ferocidon

capriom85 on Jeskai in Pioneer

1 month ago

I have not posted in a while, years, actually. Been playing Modern and Commander, and have no interest in standard now that Pioneer exist (I hope it becomes popular). What do you all think the right way to Jeskai in Pioneer is? Aggro with Monastery Swiftspear and Mantis Rider , or maybe mid-range with Stormbreath Dragon and Wingmate Roc ? How about good old control with Elspeth, Sun's Champion and Sphinx's Revelation ? Which do you think has the edge?

Funkydiscogod on Burn Pioneer

1 month ago

Is Viashino Pyromancer really good enough to be here? I think you can use Monastery Swiftspear .

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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%