His ability is actually awesome:
Whenever Scrap Trawler or another artifact you control is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return to your hand target artifact card in your graveyard with lesser converted mana cost.
Just on his own, Scrap Trawler can get back a two-mana, one-mana, or zero-mana artifact. But the cool thing about the Trawler is that if you have any other artifact you control go to the graveyard, you can get back an artifact to your hand with a lesser converted mana cost than that particular artifact. To be honest, there are a lot more decks that could play this ability, and just haven’t. Or they just haven’t been competitive enough to break into the Modern scene. There’s even the rogue Legacy deck that plays him, and why not? He gets back your Black Lotus in Vintage, too…
For this card to be pushing a $1.50 market price when its still been a $1 or less card just shows me how much people are stocking up on playsets of this guy. But Krark-Clan Ironworks decks, while good and certainly competitive, aren’t actually the reason why this card is such a good investment. The real demand for this card is actually from Commander.
Besides three big artifact Commanders - Breya, Etherium Shaper, Daretti, Scrap Savant, and Glissa, the Traitor - there are plenty of other decks that like Scrap Trawler. Bosh, Iron Golem has been making a comeback lately and he loves this card. Even Depala, Pilot Exemplar decks can play it, to recycle Vehicles! There’s a lot to like about this guy.
As a card that’s clearly rotation-proof, Scrap Trawler is a card you should pick up early and often! Really meant to be a part of Vehicle decks, that didn’t really happen outside of the occasional list. So, you can be pretty confident that this is going to be a sweet long-term investment. What’s his ceiling going to be? If he doesn’t get reprinted, which he may, who knows!
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