Academic Espionage

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Academic Espionage
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Shuffle 10 cards from your opponent's class into your deck. They cost (1).

The tenth Pyroblast really felt like overkill.

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Academic Espionage is an epic rogue spell card, from The Boomsday Project set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Academic Espionage can be obtained through The Boomsday Project card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Academic Espionage can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Academic Espionage 400 100
Golden Academic Espionage 1600 400

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Academic Espionage is an extremely powerful card that can practically win a game on its own with no drawbacks (as long as you're not terribly unlucky). As you shuffle 10 total cards into your deck, the odds are that at least a few will be strong cards that now only cost 1 mana, such as Pyroblast, Lord Godfrey, or even Hero Cards like Shadowreaper Anduin. There is however always the possibility of gaining weak, low-cost cards like Whirlwind or Zap! instead.

When 2 are used and their effects doubled by an Augmented Elekk, it can potentially provide an absurd 40 extra 1-cost cards. Rogues already have strong card-draw, so cards like Elven Minstrel and Sprint can help give a large hand of cheap and potentially very powerful spells and monsters from your opponent's class. Lastly, this game-changing card can potentially be used on turn 1 with the use of Preparation.

While the potential to high-roll with this card is very strong, there are a few downsides. The amount of cards it adds dilutes your deck, so if you are relying on card combos or topdecking certain cards, this decreases the chances of drawing the cards you need. On the other hand, if you are relying on this card, then drawing regular cards from your deck can be a dud, just like Queen Carnassa.

This card has strong synergy with Myra's Unstable Element, guaranteeing you draw the cards shuffled in. Miracle Rogue decks also make good use out of this card since drawing a 1-cost spell will continue the chain of card draws. The large number of cards generated also allows Tess Greymane to generate immense value if the opponent is playing a different class. Furthermore, the cards being set to 1 mana lets Valeera the Hollow duplicate high-value cards.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Academic Espionage, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]