Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Limited: 3.50 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed June 14, 2002
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uncounterable 4/4 is always a good thing,
especially a 4/4 that can tap for mana when you
need it. This card is obviously very good in
limited and gets a 4, and in constructed, once G/W
becomes popular, this guy will see 4 of in every
deck. A 4.5 in constructed.
Ah yes, the new
man-land. I think the requirement of threshold
makes it a very balanced card, in addition to
the fact that blue would have to splash 2 colors
to use this (or Riftstone Portal and a way to
discard it, but that's another story). It will
see quite a bit of play and rightfully so.
In limited, the
requirement of threshold actually makes it quite
a bit worse than you might think. There's just
too much in this block that plays with the
graveyard to let this be active with any
Monastery: Treetop Village's second coming.
Actually, not really.
Nantuko Monastery is a good card, but fails to
compare to the Village due to being a slow
That doesn't mean that
Monastery isn't a great card, it just means that
it's slow. It's a force once you hit threshold,
though. a 4/4 First Stirker is pretty hard to deal
It will enjoy use, but that
use will be limited because it takes 2 colors to
activate. I give it a liberal rating of 4 in my
book, probably should be rated lower than that,
but I really like this card, so I gave it brownie
In limited, land is land
unless it does amazing things. Monastery can do
amazing things, if you are playing Green/White. It
is a decent card, most likely going in the middle,
and if someone is playing green and white, will be
in all decks of the sorts. Otherwise, it's not
worth it. A 3 in limited, because it needs to be
in G/W, or it is no good.
This card is
great! Plain and simple. If you are
playing the requied colors, it should go in!
It's only down side, in both formats
is that i produces colorless. Not having the
proper color can be a problem. It also only
works at threshold for the creature ability.
That's ok though. Just play two or
three instead of four!
The cards really
ramped up in power this week! Looks like we finish
with a superstar, this guy is definitely going to
make an impact on Extended, and will probably see
a bunch of play in Standard, too. If you're
playing his colors in Limited, there's no reason
to not play this powerhouse.
I'd always play this in limited, although getting
to Threshold sure can take forever sometimes.
By the time Monastery becomes a 4/4 firstriker its
not likely to be a bomb... but like I say I'd
still play it.
In constructed this card will be a card to watch
for. Man lands have historically been
excellent ways to hose control decks as they can't
be countered and can't be dealt with by sorcery
speed removal. Having said that, Monastery
isn't going to be overwhelming due to the fact G/W
has never been dominant in constructed play, not
to mention the fact that even if you do build a
good G/W deck you STILL have to hit Threshold
before it even can activate.
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I am somewhat
excited about this card. Back in Urza block the
man lands were very solid and this one even with
its' GW activation cost is solid. Also 4/4 first
strikers can do some real wreckage in this set.
Playable in limited and constructed.
How many Green-White decks reach
threshold consistently? How many of those decks
make it to the point in the game where they
haven't won by the time they have threshold? Your
final answer should be not many. I don't take
anything away from the power of this card, but I'm
just trying to be aware of the possible
weaknesses. In limited, if you're playing the
colors, you'll be playing this card.