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Foundry Inspector
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 Foundry Inspector
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 3.67
Multiplayer: 4.00
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Foundry Inspector

An automaton that builds automatons is basically the most Kaladesh-like card in Kaladesh; yet mechanically, the Inspector calls back to Esper or even the original Mirrodin block. It's no affinity for artifacts, but cost-reducing mechanics are invariably dangerous, and once your deck gets into gear with the second Inspector only costing two mana and everything else getting comparably faster, there are few people that will be able to keep up. And that's before you add older cards like Etherium Sculptor and Myr Enforcer - as if Arcbound Ravager needs any more help!

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Foundry Inspector (11/14)

Cost reduction is always a powerful effect, and Foundry Inspector offers that rather neatly, making all your artifacts cheaper. Given the Kaladesh emphasis on the card type, it makes a lot of sense to have this effect. What I’m less keen on is that it’s a fragile body (3 power is okay, 2 toughness is not so good) that’s a bit awkwardly-placed. Etherium Sculptor from Shards of Alara might be the better actualization of this effect; it asks for blue mana, but there’s a huge difference between 2 mana and 3 mana for this sort of effect.

Don't get me wrong, Foundry Inspector isn’t bad. But it’s underwhelming in practice because of its spot on one’s mana curve, and I feel you’d be better off spending 3 mana elsewhere. It may have a home in artifact-heavy Commander, though, because one can't have too many versions of effects that let you cheat on mana costs.

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 3.75
Commander: 4


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