Creature – Human Monk
Monastery Swiftspear is actually a really solid card. 1/2 with haste is already strictly better than Raging Goblin in a regular red deck, but it also has prowess, which could be a very powerful tool in a deck with enough burning power. While standard has Rabble Red right now and prefers Foundry Street Denizen due to being a goblin, this is still a very powerful card. Especially with haste, this swings in for 1 turn 1 to get the clock started, and possibly another 2 the next turn with a Lightning Strike to either fry a blocker or 3 to the dome.
For limited, it’s important to note that after a single pump, this can easily block and survive a morph creature without too much worry in the early game.
While it isn’t quite Goblin Guide, it’s possible that this card could see some significant standard and modern play for people that don’t want to spend a ton on Goblin Guides.
This is the kind of stuff I was hoping for when I heard about Prowess – I guess we’ll see if we get some more powerful red cards with prowess when we have the whole set.
Until next time,