Monastery Swiftspear

Monastery Swiftspear

Creature — Human Monk


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

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Uncommon
Iconic Masters (IMA) Uncommon
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Limited Legal
Pioneer Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Highlander Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Vintage Legal
Unformat Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Latest Decks as Commander

Monastery Swiftspear Discussion

Poseidon31 on Jeskai prowess casual

1 week ago

Monastery Swiftspear is a bomb in T1 and has to be removed or can deal a ton of damage. Lightning Bolt has to be in there, too.

zAzen7977 on ▷The BEST Scourge of the Skyclaves DECK will be !?

1 week ago

Magic_Aids, awesome job!!! I enjoyed your video. I reached a similar conclusion about Scourge of the Skyclaves. I was thinking burn with Eidolon of the Great Revel would be ideal to bring down life totals. Toputitbluntly has a great point about Vexing Devil too. It’s hard to choose that over Monastery Swiftspear, but the turn 1 damage potential of the Devils could make the deck even faster. I’m looking forward to trying it out!

Toputitbluntly on ▷The BEST Scourge of the Skyclaves DECK will be !?

1 week ago

Sweet deck! Looking forward to watching the video tomorrow :)

I would love to see Vexing Devil in this deck, maybe cutting Monastery Swiftspear. It also works well with Lurrus and Scourge of the Skyclaves. Might not be the most optimal but I think it’d be a ton of fun :)

Thanks again for making all of your great content!

Goblin_Guide on Goblin_Guide

2 weeks ago

Bonus Combo of Week 09072020

Not a great combo but it leads to some very fun synergy plays.

Chandra, Acolyte of Flame + Finale of Promise.

There isn't really a very interesting interaction between these two cards specifically, but there is a fun thing you can do: since Chandra wants you to pay all the costs with her -2, you can cast Finale of Promise with something actually going into X. Also both of them are really good with creatures with prowess (Monastery Swiftspear) because they both already trigger prowess obviously, but Finale will trigger it three times because it counts as casting when you cast them from your graveyard. The same is true for Chandra's ability.

GINGERBATE on Prowess or Blitz Hub

2 weeks ago

Indeed, I've played some form of prowess since Khans standard. If you search mtgtop8 for decks in all formats that have made it to the top 8 of any ranked competitive tournament in Modern, Pioneer or any other format, the sheer number of lists with 4 Monastery Swiftspears and 4 Soul-Scar Mages is staggering. And those lists can vary widely from color combos to creature choices, and they go waaay back from Khans of Tarkir to the present.

This tells me that (1.) there's a huge meta for the Prowess theme specifically, and (2.) there's enough variations to make it a theme, not just a single meta deck. And that's just in ranked competitive play.

Here on the site, a quick deck search for the word "Prowess" turns up the maximum number of 10 pages of decks, and that only goes back 3 weeks. Many are mostly red, but some are blue/white, green/white, even blue/black. If there's 200 prowess decks being built or updated every 3 weeks here, how many more live on this site?

I don't put tags on my Prowess or Heroic or hybrid decks because none of the existing tags fit. I want to search specifically for this obviously popular theme to see what others have brewed, but if I have to look through every decklist under "Aggro" or "Spellslinger", it's an absolute waste of time. That's what accurate hubs are for.

grizzlybair on Burn

3 weeks ago

Have you considered Monastery Swiftspear and Skewer the Critics?

aholder7 on Idea For A Format

1 month ago

i feel i'd have to disagree with you on the sideboard not being prevalent in modern (i don't play pioneer so i won't speak to it). decks have to put a lot of thought into how viable their game plan is post sideboarding. it's just that most of the time it's easier to side in answers to the opposing hate compared to switching up your deck play style. taking the example of burn. usually burn decks aren't exactly 40 Lightning Bolts! they are playing Monastery Swiftspear. so if the opponent drops a Leyline of Sanctity, they will 'switch' up their game plan to using bolt on blockers to keep a path clear for their own creatures. depending on the colors the decks also usually side in Skullcrack type of cards (or even mainboard if your meta is heavy on lifegain). some decks do have sideboards that allow them to switch up their style a little bit. splinter twin used to be able to side out it's combo entirely for other cards when they felt that the opposing match up wasn't conducive for it. but most decks that have 'back up' plans, have them in the mainboard. such as abzan combo decks. yes they can win with one of the myriad of combos in the color but usually the creatures are all good on their own and if they don't get their pieces or the pieces are taken out they can grind out value and go for midrange beat downs.

for the most part it's a bad idea to have cards that don't all work towards the general goal of the deck. these examples are all of cards that still are working towards the same overall goal of the deck. so if you want to encourage people to have more varied cards in their deck, you'll need to to give them a reason to do so. as it stands the phantomboard is just more readily accessible cards for your deck. People still don't have any incentive to not just play the same types of cards they would put in their regular deck.

Daveslab2022 on Choose your Fate

1 month ago

Guttersnipe and Thermo Alchemist are fun but they take too long to set up. It’ll be turn 4 before ‘Snipe is active, and would most likely just eat removal. Alchemist is a bit better at 2 CMC but should still be replaced by more reliable damage.

Fiery Emancipation, at 6 CMC is a pipe dream. It may sometimes seal you a win in a close game where you drop it on turn 6 and then top deck a sweet spell, but most of the time you’ll cast it and just die on the following turn. Modern is a fast format.

Ravaging Blaze is not cost effective whatsoever, i could never imagine spending 4 mana to deal 2 damage to a creature. Since this is RDW (as you said) you really want cost effective spells like Rift Bolt.

I would just replace those cards with faster versions (the creatures should be hastey-prowess dudes like Monastery Swiftspear, the spells should be more cost effective, and the enchantment should be more Chandra).

If you really like high end cmc stuff, Stormbreath Dragon is solid.

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