With the release of the Amonkhet block, a lot of cards were added to Magic the Gathering. Most of the cards from Amonkhet look gorgeous, whether they are new cards or reprints of old cards. You can tell that the artists put their hearts into designing this set. The creators even came up with groups of cards that support the gods of Amonkhet, one of which is a group of legendary artifacts known as Monuments. Similar to a majority of Magic cards, the Monuments, despite their beautiful appearance, have little to no use in most of competitive world. They do however, have a use in the EDH format (Most EDH decks enjoy artifacts that create mana or lower mana cost). So let’s take a look at some of these new artifacts from Amonkhet.
What Monuments Do
The Monument cards are similar to the Medallion cards that were released in Tempest; however the Monuments only impact creature spells while the Medallions impact all spells in their color group. Each artifact lowers the mana cost for creature spells from a specific color group. This can be incredibly helpful for decks that play high costing creature spells; however, most decks outside of EDH usually focus on spells that have low mana costs. This doesn’t mean the Monuments are useless, it just means they will be seeing the most use in EDH. Each Monument also has a secondary ability that activates whenever their owner casts a creature card. These abilities correlate to the god that they are based off of and because of this, the abilities range from great to just mediocre.
Oketra’s Monument: Even though token creation is an effective strategy in EDH, Oketra’s Monument is incredibly slow. If the ability activated whenever a creature ability was activated, it could make a small combo with Oketra the True in order to produce twice the amount of tokens. Instead, players have to cast a creature to receive a token. Oketra’s Monument is nice for battlefield and casting support, but it isn’t great for swarming the field with warrior tokens.
Kefnet’s Monument: Unlike the other Monument cards, the secondary ability Kefnet’s Monument has little to do with its god counterpart. Instead of drawing cards so that Kefnet the Mindful can attack and block, or adding lands to the field so that Kefnet the Mindful can activate its ability without much of a cost; Kefnet’s Monument doesn’t allow opponents to untap a target creature. This ability can be activated multiple times during the same turn, so players with lots of low cost creatures can shut down their opponent’s creature based strategies for a few turns if need be. Kefnet’s Monument is great overall, and will definitely be able to help in protection based strategies.
Bontu’s Monument: Both Bontu’s Monument and Bontu the Glorified are great solutions in black decks that have problems sustaining life. Not only does Bontu’s Monument help gain life, but it also takes it away from multiple opponents. This ability, and its mana cost reduction ability, can greatly help out black aggro decks.
Hazoret’s Monument: In its own color, Hazoret’s Monument is a bit mediocre. Red does struggle with card advantage, but being forced to discard cards can lead to troubling situations. The second ability of Hazoret’s Monument doesn’t even help Hazoret the Fervent, as the ability causes its owner to draw a card, which results in its owner having the same amount of cards as beforehand. Hazoret’s Monument does have one saving grace, however. If imputed into a black and red deck, Hazoret’s Monument can successfully send numerous zombie cards to the graveyard to make use of later. Overall, Hazoret’s Monument isn’t that good by itself, but when paired with zombies it can work effectively.
Rhonas’s Monument: Thanks to the infinite mana combo created by Heritage Druid, Nettle Sentinel, Cloudstone Curio, and Elvish Mystic; Rhonas’s Monument can successfully buff a creature to infinite power and toughness. The creature it buffs even gains trample, so it’s basically an instant win. Besides that, Rhonas’s Monument can be useful for offensively focused, green decks; as unlike instants or sorceries that have similar abilities, Rhonas’s Monument can be used over and over again. Its ability also helps Rhonas the Indomitable function and is just a useful artifact to have overall, even with green as a color not really needing the mana cost reduction.
As a group, the monument cards are incredibly helpful in almost any deck they partake in and, unlike their god counterparts, they become useful as soon as they hit the field. The cards are hardly balanced, as Rhonas’s Monument and Bontu’s Monument are much better than Hazoret’s Monument, but each one has an appreciated mana cost reduction ability. All of them have some sort of niche as well, even Hazoret’s Monument, and most of them aren’t truly lacking in any power.
What about you? Have you tried out any of the Monuments of Amonkhet? If so, how did it go? If you have any concerns, suggestions, or want to discuss these cards, make sure to write about it in the comments. Also be sure to support us on our Patreon. We would really appreciate it.