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Arcane Intellect
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Spell school:Arcane
Cost:3 Mana icon.png
Artist:Dave Berggren
Draw 2 cards.
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Playing this card makes you SMARTER. And let's face it: we could all stand to be a little smarter.

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Arcane Intellect is a mage spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Basic set.

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How to get[]

Regular and golden Arcane Intellect are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

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New playerComplete the Ranked's New player experience systemRegular2
New playerComplete the Ranked's New player experience systemGolden2

Core set[]

Two copies of regular Arcane Intellect are obtained for raising mage to level 1.

Two copies of golden Arcane Intellect (Core) are obtained for winning 50 games as mage.

Arcane Intellect (Core) is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Previous availability[]

Prior Year of the Gryphon's rotation on March 30, 2021:

  • Two copies of Arcane Intellect were automatically included in all players' collections upon unlocking the mage class.
  • Two Golden copies of Arcane Intellect were a reward for raising a mage to levels 15 and 20.


As a 3 mana 2 draw card Arcane Intellect can give the player a nice card advantage. While 3 mana may be costly early game, Arcane Intellect can easily turn the card advantage around late game.

Arcane Intellect works best in a spell-synergy or combo deck or with cost reduction effects such as Sorcerer's Apprentice. Aggressive decks can also use this card to refuel in the mid- to late-game. Control decks, by contrast, may opt out of using this card, as it will accelerate them toward fatigue.


Arcane Intellect was a mage buff from World of Warcraft. It increased the target's intellect, the primary stat for all caster types, with the symbol shown on this card's illustration flashing briefly above the target's head as they were imbued with its power. It was a basic mage spell, best kept active at all times. With Cataclysm, Arcane Intellect was removed, with its near-identical equivalent Arcane Brilliance becoming the standard mage buff.

Arcane Intellect was the only raid wide buff mages brought to the raid during classic World of Warcraft. The reagent which was originally needed for the higher levels of the buff was a major annoyance for the mages.



Arcane Intellect, full art

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