Arcane Intellect

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Arcane Intellect
Arcane Intellect(489).png
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Arcane Intellect(489) Gold.png
Set: Legacy
Type: Spell
Spell school: Arcane
Class: Mage
Rarity: Free
Cost: 3 Mana icon.png
Abilities: Draw cards
Artist: Dave Berggren

Draw 2 cards.

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.

Other versions[edit | edit source]

How to get[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular and golden Arcane Intellect are automatically given after the player completes the Ranked's New player experience system, unlocking Wild and Classic format.

They are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Core set[edit | edit source]

Two copies of regular Arcane Intellect (Core) 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[edit | edit source]

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.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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.

Lore[edit | edit source]

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. This card's art is actually taken from the Arcane Brilliance card from the World of Warcraft TCG.

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.

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Arcane Intellect, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]