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Thraben Inspector
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Thraben Inspector
- Shadows over Innistrad

Reviewed April 13, 2016

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 2.50
Commander [EDH]: 2.67

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David Fanany

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Thraben Inspector
It took me until just about the time I was writing this review to realize that the investigate action is a sort of callback to the Cluestones from Dragon's Maze. Those did not become particularly iconic outside of limited matches, but investigate has a good chance at doing exactly that, particularly for cards like Thraben Inspector that you might be looking at anyway. It's not scarily efficient - the number 2 is in the wrong one of its combat stats for most aggressive decks - but it's a relevant tribe and not the worst at applying early pressure, and setting you up to dig into your deck when you can spare the mana is not only a compensation for the tendency of early creatures to die, but makes it a relevant topdeck later on. That's not always a quality you get with aggressive creatures, and I expect that some decks will effectively make themselves more aggressive so they can play this creature.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
BMoor Thraben Inspector

A decent one-drop that, if nothing else, ensure you have something to spend your two mana on next turn if you didn't already. In most decks, this is filler, interesting only because white doesn't often get card draw. In a dedicated Soldier deck, you could certainly do worse for your one-drop slot. In Limited, or in a Clue-themed deck (if they exist) this isn't a great addition, but it'll get you there.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 2
Commander- 2.25

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