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
Attack: 4
Health: 5
Abilities: Battlecry, Take control
Tags: Attack-related, Targeted
Artist: Brian "Chippy" Dugan

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 | edit source]

Cabal Shadow Priest can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an Arena reward. Golden Cabal Shadow Priest can also be obtained through the Highest Rank Bonus chest at the end of each Ranked season.

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

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If you play Cabal Shadow Priest onto a board of 6 other friendly minions, targeting an enemy minion, the enemy minion will be destroyed instead of stolen (as your board is full).[1]
  • If you use Brann Bronzebeard plus Cabal Shadow Priest and fill your board to 7 minions with the first steal, the second steal will not destroy the minion.[2]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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 or Pint-Size Potion can be used to allow 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, Twilight Acolyte, and Crazed Alchemist can also be used for this, albeit in a more permanent fashion. Very rarely, a similar effect can be achieved by playing a copy of Aldor Peacekeeper obtained via Thoughtsteal, Mind Vision or Convert, guaranteeing that the Shadow Priest steals one of the Paladin's minions; this can potentially include Tirion Fordring.

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 Shadow Priest can be a very 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. Minions with negative Deathrattles (such as Darnassus Aspirant or Bomb Squad) can act as a deterrent to playing the Shadow Priest if no other targets are available.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Let me change your mind!

Lore[edit | edit source]

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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Blood of Gladiators" series, for the card Focused Will.
  • 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.
  • In older patches, players were prevented from playing Cabal Shadowpriest altogether unless they had room for the stolen minion.[3]
  • Interestingly, the card depicts a human, when there are none in the Outland cult.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Cabal Shadow Priest, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Unknown patch, approximately Patch (Early 2016): Battlecry behavior changed to allow activation with 6 minions already on board; targeted minion is now destroyed, consistent with other mind control effects.
  • Previously: Cabal Shadow Priest could not be cast with 6 minions already on board.
  • Previously: Battlecry: Take control of an enemy minion that has 2 or less Attack. [6 mana, 3 attack, 4 health, Epic]

References[edit | edit source]