Why could they not just print affinity for artifacts... why? They gave the tezz box topper affinity.
My gut is that this is more of a plant for affinity than vintage. In legacy its a blue card to pitch for FOW while not really lowering your on board artifact count, and in modern the format is slow enough that you can get 2 activations or more and it can pitch to Negation.
I do have to wonder if this won't function as Goblin engineer 5-8 in Trash for Treasure strategies, but once again that seems better in modern than elsewhere.