Thopter Foundry

Thopter Foundry


, Sacrifice a nontoken artifact: Create a 1/1 blue Thopter artifact creature token with flying. You gain 1 life.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon
Commander 2013 (C13) Uncommon
Alara Reborn (ARB) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Thopter Foundry occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.04%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Thopter Foundry Discussion

jasonkrivera on Alela, Enchantress of the Fae

1 day ago

I'm building Alela and I was planning on running the combo of Sword of the Meek and Thopter Foundry.

At the end of the turn before your turn, any spare mana you have creates a flying Thopter (which Alela boosts) and gains you 1 life. Throw in Ashnod's Altar and you have infinite tokens and infinite life, and kill everyone else when those tokens can attack.

As game finishers, I'm running Opalescence and Enchanted Evening. And I was thinking about Karn, the Great Creator and Mycosynth Lattice, and/or Lavinia, Azorius Renegade with Knowledge Pool.

Maybe these combos are too mean though?

Gidgetimer on Expectations from Esper?

1 week ago

Artifact interaction and/or incremental advantage. While not a mechanic, Thopter Foundry I feel is a perfect example of what I would expect from Esper. Of course I'm not saying "make this card into a mechanic", but I feel it illustrates what I expect from Esper.

Lanzo493 on Alela, Queen of the Scrapyard

1 month ago

If you don't want to go super into the combo, then there's still the option of playing softer combos. The Sword of the Meek and Thopter Foundry combo is soft because it doesn't win immediately. The farther away your deck goes from being combo-centered, the more important it is that the cards involved in a combo are good when they stand alone. Ashnod's Altar is good in a combo, and it's also good with Alela out. Sculpting Steel is really only useful when you have both Sharuum the Hegemon and Disciple of the Vault out as well. On its own, it's not very useful. Keep in mind having combo pieces that serve some function outside of the combo. Synergy is its own form of card advantage.

Lanzo493 on Alela, Queen of the Scrapyard

1 month ago

My brother also has an esper artifact combo deck, although the commander is Sharuum the Hegemon . The commander is a combo piece. He goes infinite with Disciple of the Vault and Sculpting Steel or Phyrexian Metamorph due to how the stack and legendary rules work. Sharuum and Emry, Lurker of the Lock would be good adds in case a key artifact like Scrap Trawler got countered. Or milled. Plus, they're good anyway and it's really useful to have more than 1 combo to rely on. Especially when the combo pieces are interconnected and generally useful anyway. Skullclamp works great with Alela. It's an artifact, and it generates massive draw, even more so with Alela out. Another good infinite combo with Ashnod's Altar , and Krark-Clan Ironworks as well, is the old Thopter Foundry and Sword of the Meek combo.

I'd like to give you a helpful hint regarding Ashnod's Altar . I learned how this worked when Krark-Clan Ironworks was not banned in Modern. When you cast a spell (it's very important that you have a spell that you can actually cast), you have the opportunity to activate mana abilities. What's important to note is that mana abilities don't use the stack and are all done at the same time. Ashnod's Altar has a mana ability. So, you get to sacrifice both myr retriver and Frogmite at the same time, and they enter the graveyard at the same time. Then the abilities of Myr Retriever and Scrap Trawler go on the stack at the same time, allowing you to retrive both the myr, the frog, and 1 extra artifact less than Myr Retriever 's mana cost. If you have Mycosynth Golem out, you can go infinite with just myr retriver and Scrap Trawler returning each other back. Here's the catch though. Remember that bit earlier where I said you can get 1 extra artifact back less than Myr Retriever 's mana cost due to that extra trigger from Scrap Trawler seeing it die? You need to use that to bring something back like Ornithopter . The reason why is it's very important to have a spell that you can cast in order to be able to activate mana abilities without using the stack. That spell needs to be something you can cast, sacrifice, bring back, and recast, such as an artifact creature you can sacrifice to the altar which can be brought back by scrap trawler. Only then can you go infinite. It's a really tricky combo that abuses the fundamentals of the stack and mana abilities, so if you didn't understand my explanation, I'd suggest you look up the KCI combo. If you add Krark-Clan Ironworks to your deck, you'll be able to go infinite with Sol Ring , Spellbook and your other low cost artifacts.

Although, whether or not you go combo heavy is your decision. If your main win con is an artifact combo, then you're playing one of the most abusable, synergistic, resilient combos, and I'd suggest you play all the artifact combos you can.

Funkydiscogod on Return to Alara Expectations

1 month ago

The flavor text on cards like Sanctum Gargoyle Puppet Conjurer Thopter Foundry implies Etherium is rare and valuable. The flavor text of Identity Crisis implies a religious reverence for Etherium, that they wouldn't waste it infusing nonbelievers. Infusing opponents permanents with Etherium seems like a thing they wouldn't do.

Mechanically, turning permanents into artifacts is more of a Mirrodin thing, anyway. Liquimetal Coating Mycosynth Lattice Argent Mutation Memnarch Myr Landshaper Silverskin Armor Neurok Transmuter

Since Esper cards refer to recycling and salvaging their Etherium, perhaps an artifact-specific variation of Emerge , or Etherium Cell as a theme (like how Grixis colors had Treasure in Ixalan).

Salphedias on Oona Queen of the InFaenite

1 month ago

I only can see 99 cards and there are 2 cards missing from your description on the Text. Could you adjust how you Would adjust the cards to 100 Missing cards are Time Sieve Thopter Foundry

blfngl on Alela Artifact

3 months ago

I think that Ancestral Blade is pretty weak. It's nice that it makes you a token and is a cheap equipment, but there are many other efficient equipment cards that very clearly outshine it, such as Stoneforge Masterwork .

Instead of Scrabbling Claws , I'd play Nihil Spellbomb or Relic of Progenitus .

Thopter Foundry has a pretty busted combo with Sword of the Meek and Krark-Clan Ironworks if you're looking for a combo finsher.

Finally, take a look into the "egg" style cards such as Darkwater Egg and Ichor Wellspring . They're great at triggering your commander's ability and generally are very cheap to cast + draw you a card.

Leonantti on Alela's Pixie Enchants

3 months ago

Alassion thank you for your suggestions! Unfortunately some of those don't feel like a good incluse in this version of the deck since I am running mainly enchantments and not artifacts. Mirrodin Besieged and Sai, Master Thopterist would require me to run more artifacts than what I am doing now, Thopter Foundry + Sword of the Meek would work I give you that but they are artifacts and therefore go against my enchantment theme. Ashnod's Altar and Thopter Spy Network are cards that I could prob include in the deck, I have to think on it. Thopther Spy Network is kinda like more CMC expensive version of Blitterblossom but with the possible inclusion of card draw.

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