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Cabal Shadow Priest

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Cabal Shadow Priest
Cabal Shadow Priest(147).png
Cabal Shadow Priest(147) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Minion
Class: Priest
Rarity: Epic
Cost: 6 Mana icon.png
Attack: 4 Attack icon.png
Health: 5 Health icon.png
Abilities: Battlecry, Take control

Battlecry: Take control of an enemy minion that has 2 or less Attack.

You never know who may be secretly working for the Cabal....

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Cabal Shadow Priest is an epic priest minion card, from the Classic set. Its Battlecry allows the priest to take control of an enemy minion with 2 or less Attack.

How to get[edit]

Cabal Shadow Priest can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an arena reward.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Cabal Shadow Priest 400 100
Golden Cabal Shadow Priest 1600 400

Strategy[edit]

Cabal Shadow Priest is a powerful card commonly used in priest control decks. As well as providing a solid (if somewhat pricey) 4/5 body, it allows the priest to take permanent control of an enemy minion, essentially a mini-Mind Control.

The key limitation of Cabal Shadow Priest is its Attack requirement; only minions with 2 or less Attack can be controlled. This generally limits the effect to smaller minions, although some such as Maexxna or Baron Rivendare can provide quite a bargain. Shrinkmeister can also be extremely useful for allowing the Shadow Priest to take control of higher Attack minions, which will revert to their previous Attack value at the end of the turn. Reversing Switch and Crazed Alchemist can also be used for this, albeit in a more permanent fashion.

The value to the Shadow Priest's Battlecry lies not simply in removing an enemy minion, but in effectively granting the player a new minion as well. This makes it equivalent to a combined Destroy and Summon effect, essentially performing three actions: 1) summon a 4/5 minion; 2) remove an enemy minion with 2 or less Attack; 3) acquire a friendly minion with 2 or less Attack. Because of this three-pronged approach, even when the minion stolen is small, the Cabal can be an extremely efficient play.

Needless to say, the Battlecry's target is of extreme importance. Valuable targets include Taunts, powerful effects like that of Nat Pagle or Baron Rivendare, and useful Deathrattles such as Loot Hoarder. It may be worth waiting several turns in order to play the Cabal at just the right moment, securing a valuable minion for the player, and depriving the opponent of the same.

Lore[edit]

From Wowpedia:

The Cabal is a dark cult that is a sub-organization of the Shadow Council and operates exclusively in Outland. They are led by Grandmaster Vorpil and Blackheart the Inciter. The organization's members have holdings in the Bone Wastes and external ruins of Auchindoun in Terokkar Forest and in the Shadow Labyrinth of Auchindoun.

Quotes[edit]

Summon
Let me change your mind!
Attack
Obey!
Death
Nooooo!

Trivia[edit]

On closer inspection, the Cabal Shadow Priest can be seen wearing highly similar clothes to Northshire Cleric, as well as having black hair. Whether they are indeed the same person or even if they are simply from the same priestly order, this would bring a horrifying implication in regards to her flavor text.

Artist[edit]

Brian 'Chippy' Dugan

Gallery[edit]

Cabal Shadow Priest (full art)

Patch changes[edit]

  • Patch 1.0.0.3890 (2013-10-02): Is now a 4/5, up from a 3/4.
  • Previously: Battlecry: Take control of an enemy minion that has 2 or less Attack. [6 mana, 3 attack, 4 health, Epic]