Thraben Inspector

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Thraben Inspector

Creature — Human Soldier

When this enters the battlefield, investigate. (Create a colourless Clue artifact token with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

enpc on If white isn't "allowed" to …

2 months ago

Is this supposed to be in the Commander forum? If so, I'll happily move it there. But this "white doesn't have good card draw" holds little to no water outside of commander. And while commander definitely is popular, it is not the only format in the game.

Outside of commander, white does its thing via weenies or stax, or both. And what it does is brutal. There's a reason that archetypes like mono white death and taxes are a well defined thing. And additionally, you can run more than one copy of a card in non-singleton formats (shock horror). That means cards like Thraben Inspector can be run as up to a 4 of, which is now 4 cantrips in addition to being a 1 mana beater.

And hell, there are mono white decks that run 4 copies of Land Tax in addition to Scroll Rack for insane levels of card advantage. The deck is called Parfait.

As I said, mono-white is very strong and doesn't need anything to help balance the tides. And white as one of the main colours in a two or three colour deck is insanely strong. Take a look a stoneblade as a prime example.

Seriously, can we please stop thinking that Magic the Gathering lives on purely to service the Commander player base?

plakjekaas on If white isn't "allowed" to …

2 months ago

Stax, tax & boardwipes? Forcing your own weaknesses for others to enjoy is something white is great at. Not many great tutors? Aven Mindcensor, now neither do you. Bad at drawing cards? Spirit of the Labyrinth, now you are too. Overwhelming me with many spells I can't keep up with? Rule of Law. I don't have very efficient noncreature spells compared to other colors? Thalia, Guardian of Thraben now neither do you.

All these things are powerful, and giving white good carddraw so they can collect and stack these kinds of effects, will make white a lot more powerful, which is why it's a good thing that Rhystic Study isn't actually white, even though it feels like a white effect.

Yet, Mentor of the Meek, Dawn of Hope, Welcoming Vampire, Esper Sentinel, Bennie Bracks, Zoologist, Bygone Bishop, Thorough Investigation, even when you exclude colorless supplements, white is building a catalog of consistent carddraw anyway, especially if you consider Teleportation Circle has an array of targets to blink for carddraw in mono W as well: Spirited Companion, Inspiring Overseer, Priest of Ancient Lore, Thraben Inspector, Professor of Symbology, Resistance Squad, Search Party Captain and Wall of Omens.

Also strategy-specific stuff like Mesa Enchantress, Sram, Senior Edificer, Puresteel Paladin, Losheel, Clockwork Scholar. I think it's weird to say white can't draw cards, I'd say you're not trying hard enough if you're still complaining about that today. At least for Commander. In 1v1 formats, carddraw just isn't as important to win the game if it has to happen before turn 5.

Kalavas on Bant Blink & Flicker

2 months ago

My friends and I recently banned Sol Ring and Mana Crypt from our playgroup, so I removed them from the deck. I Replaced them with Thraben Inspector, and Talisman of Unity.

Corrosive_Cat on WW pauper

5 months ago

Thraben Inspector’s always a fantastic White Pauper include!

wallisface on Shaped Blightsteel

6 months ago

As mentioned above, there are lots of better ways to make sacrifice-worthy tokens these days, there are a lot of cheap cards that produce either Clue, Food, or Treasure tokens, all of which will serve you better. Other than Thraben Inspector, there’s also Hard Evidence.

I also second going down the route of making this more UW control instead of bothering with the green ramp cards. They don’t help you, and mess with your manabase.

zapyourtumor on Shaped Blightsteel

7 months ago

If you're going to sacrifice the artifact anyways Thraben Inspector is ten times better than either splicer.

I also suggest you make up your mind about including ramp to ramp into the combo as fast as possible or going the combo-control route and using counterspells. I recommend the latter because it allows you to cut out a color. In playtesting, I found your manabase to be quite clunky, as you don't have many green sources and green is needed for your mana dorks.

TriusMalarky on Bringing Turbo Fog to the …

8 months ago

The main problem with Fog style lists is that Enchantress does basically the same thing with Solitary Confinement, except more compact and with a better shell.

That said, you could theoretically assemble a much weirder concept. Using cards like Hope of Ghirapur and Judge's Familiar to assemble other locks, something like Ravenous Squirrel to act as a big beater, and cards like Rally the Ancestors to bring everything back.

I recommend the Cauldron Familiar Witch's Oven combo to go with Ravenous Squirrel. You can also use Thraben Inspector as a draw engine -- just sac it to Oven or another sac outlet and get all the clues you need.

It might work pretty well, but I'm no aristocrats player so I couldn't tell you.

GrimlockVIII on Killer Krab Kult of Innistrad (Azorius Eldrazi)

8 months ago

I was actually thinking of including the famous Thraben Inspector for the additional Clue Token value. Unfortunately, if I replace Hard Evidence with him, then I fear this deck will lose the last of its Krab identity.

Another card of interest I was also thinking of was Odric's Outrider since he'll be able to give permanent buffs to my creatures while I sac my weenies.

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