The 3rd-level Way of Shadow Monk ability, Shadow Arts, gives the monk access to certain spells. It reads as follows:
Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can use your ki to duplicate the effects of certain spells. As an action, you can spend 2 ki points to cast darkness, darkvision, pass without trace, or silence, without providing material components. Additionally, you gain the minor illusion cantrip if you don't already know it.
RAW, it seems to say that material components are only waived for the spells that require you to expend ki points. However, RAI seems to suggest that you are duplicating the effects of the spells - not actually casting spells - and despite minor illusion being in a separate sentence it feels like it should fall under this umbrella.
Does anyone have any more idea about the true intention behind the wording?