Cabalist's Tome

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Cabalist's Tome
Cabalist's Tome(33155).png
Cabalist's Tome(33155) Gold.png
Set: Whispers of the Old Gods
Type: Spell
Class: Mage
Rarity: Epic
Cost: 5
Abilities: Generate
Tags: Class-related, Random, Spell-generating
Artist: Milivoj Ceran

Add 3 random Mage spells to your hand.

What's in there? I bet it's cookie recipes!

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Cabalist's Tome is an epic mage spell card, from the Whispers of the Old Gods set.

How to get[edit | edit source]

Cabalist's Tome can be obtained through Whispers of the Old Gods card packs purchased online from the Battle.net shop, or through crafting.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Cabalist's Tome 400 100
Golden Cabalist's Tome 1600 400

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • If you play this card in order to get a single specific spell, these are the chances to get what you need:
    • There are 0 standard format mage spells that can be generated, giving a Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[".% chance for each of the 3 cards generated to be a given card, and a Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[".% chance of at least one of the cards to be a given card.
    • There are 0 wild format mage spells that can be generated, giving a Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[".% chance for each of the 3 cards, and a Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[".% chance for at least one of the cards to be the desired one.
    • These chances will continue to change when new expansions are released and when cards move from standard to wild format.
  • This card is capable of generating more copies of Cabalist's Tome.[1]
    • While this allows for a theoretically unlimited number of created spells, the chance of chaining Cabalist's Tome into itself multiple times is extremely low. On average, an initial Tome will generate approximately Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[". spell cards in Standard or Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[". in Wild, assuming each new Tome is also played - only slightly better than the 3 spells received if Cabalist's Tome could not create copies of itself.[2]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

A great late-game card when the player has barely any spells left in their deck, or has nearly emptied their hand.

Works well in any spell-synergy deck. Excellent in a deck that contains Yogg-Saron, increasing the amount of spells played that game.

Extremely good in Arena where spells are difficult to obtain.

Possible spells[edit | edit source]

The below table lists all collectible Mage spells in Standard format, representing the range of possible spells generated by Cabalist's Tome. For Wild format listings, see Mage/Wild format.

Name / Desc Rarity Class Cost Description
Arcane Missiles Free Mage 1
Deal 3 damage randomly split among all enemies. You'd think you'd be able to control your missiles a little better since you're a powerful mage and all.
Mirror Image Free Mage 1
Summon two 0/2 minions with TauntOh hey it's Mirror Image! !egamI rorriM s'ti yeh hO
Arcane Explosion Free Mage 2
Deal 1 damage to all enemy minions. This spell is much better than Arcane Implosion.
Frostbolt Free Mage 2
Deal 3 damage to a character and Freeze it. It is customary to yell "Chill out!" or "Freeze!" or "Ice ice, baby!" when you play this card.
Arcane Intellect Free Mage 3
Draw 2 cards. Playing this card makes you SMARTER. And let's face it: we could all stand to be a little smarter.
Frost Nova Free Mage 3
Freeze all enemy minions. Hey man, that's cold. Literally and metaphorically.
Fireball Free Mage 4
Deal 6 damage. This spell is useful for burning things. If you're looking for spells that toast things, or just warm them a little, you're in the wrong place.
Polymorph Free Mage 4
Transform a minion into a 1/1 Sheep. There was going to be a pun in this flavor text, but it just came out baa-d.
Flamestrike Free Mage 7
Deal 4 damage to all enemy minions. When the ground is on fire, you should not stop, drop, and roll.
Elemental Evocation Common Mage 0
The next Elemental you play this turn costs (2) less. It's just lighter fluid.
Ray of Frost Common Mage 1
Twinspell
Freeze a minion. If it's already Frozen, deal 2 damage to it. If you have zero chill, this can help.
Shooting Star Common Mage 1
Deal 1 damage to a minion and the minions next to it. Literally starstruck.
Tome of Intellect Common Mage 1
Add a random Mage spell to your hand. Just a compilation of napkins of intellect.
Ancient Mysteries Common Mage 2
Draw a Secret from your deck. It costs (0). I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was TOTALLY aliens!
Research Project Common Mage 2
Each player draws 2 cards. Abstract: Analyzing systemic applications of coldlight data sets vis-a-vis shuffle-related paradigms. Conclusion: Yay, cards!
Snap Freeze Common Mage 2
Freeze a minion. If it's already Frozen, destroy it. Lick the ice block. I triple-double-dog-dare-you.
Flame Ward Common Mage 3
Secret: After a minion attacks your hero, deal 3 damage to all enemy minions. Not to be confused with the burn ward.
Ice Barrier Common Mage 3
Secret: When your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor. This is Rank 1. Rank 2 is Chocolate Milk Barrier.
Mirror Entity Common Mage 3
Secret: After your opponent plays a minion, summon a copy of it. "You go first." - Krush'gor the Behemoth, to his pet boar.
Cone of Cold Common Mage 4
Freeze a minion and the minions next to it, and deal 1 damage to them. Magi of the Kirin Tor were casting Cubes of Cold for many years before Cones came into fashion some 90 years ago.
Magic Trick Rare Mage 1
Discover a spell that costs (3) or less. The world is not ready for an illusion of this depth and intricacy!
Astral Rift Rare Mage 2
Add 2 random minions to your hand. Let's see what's behind rift number one!
Cinderstorm Rare Mage 3
Deal 5 damage randomly split among all enemies. Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of fireballs.
Counterspell Rare Mage 3
Secret: When your opponent casts a spell, Counter it. What's the difference between a mage playing with Counterspell and a mage who isn't? The mage who isn't is getting Pyroblasted in the face.
Vaporize Rare Mage 3
Secret: When a minion attacks your hero, destroy it. Rumor has it that Deathwing brought about the Cataclysm after losing a game to this card. We may never know the truth.
Conjurer's Calling Rare Mage 4
Twinspell
Destroy a minion. Summon 2 minions of the same Cost to replace it. If only you'd let it go to voicemail...
Scorch Rare Mage 4
Deal 4 damage to a minion. If you played an Elemental last turn, this costs (1). The hoof.
The hoof.
The hoof is on fire.
Blizzard Rare Mage 6
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions and Freeze them. This spell can be very Entertaining.
Book of Specters Epic Mage 2
Draw 3 cards. Discard any spells drawn. Known throughout the land as the Spooky-nomicon.
Icicle Epic Mage 2
Deal 2 damage to a minion. If it's Frozen, draw a card. This may appear weak at frost glance, but it's actually a very ice spell.
Spellbender Epic Mage 3
Secret: When an enemy casts a spell on a minion, summon a 1/3 as the new target. While it's fun to intercept enemy lightning bolts, a spellbender much prefers to intercept opposing Marks of the Wild. It just feels meaner. And blood elves... well, they're a little mean.
Splitting Image Epic Mage 3
Secret: When one of your minions is attacked, summon a copy of it. Sometimes you get punched so hard they see double.
Unexpected Results Epic Mage 3
Summon two random 2-Cost minions (improved by Spell Damage)Sometimes science is more art than science. A lot of people don't get that.
Blast Wave Epic Mage 5
Deal 2 damage to all minions.
Overkill: Add a random Mage spell to your hand. If you’re burning and you know it, wave your hands!
Power of Creation Epic Mage 8
Discover a 6-Cost minion. Summon two copies of it. Mostly used for party tricks, to be honest.
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron Epic Mage 10
Cast 10 random spells
(targets chosen randomly)"PUT THE BOX DOWN, RENO!"
Pyroblast Epic Mage 10
Deal 10 damage. Take the time for an evil laugh after you draw this card.
Raid the Sky Temple Legendary Mage 1
Quest: Cast 10 spells.
Reward: Ascendant Scroll. "Why can't I hold all these scrolls?"
Luna's Pocket Galaxy Legendary Mage 7
Change the Cost of minions in your deck to (1). Luna became head of the astronomy department when her boss invented the Pocket Black Hole.
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Lore[edit | edit source]

This card refers to the Twilight's Hammer, also known as the Twilight Cult, fanatical servants of the Old Gods. These appear to be associated particularly with Yogg-Saron.

The most populous of those who count among the Old Gods’ mortal servants—including Yogg-Saron’s followers—are the Twilight Cultists. Some speculate that they got that name because they are working to bring about the twilight of the world. The truth is, it’s just a book club that got really, REALLY, out of hand. Their taste in literature is extremely questionable, but their fan fiction is absolutely packed with, uh, “interesting” passages. Bonus: this book licks your thumb for you when it’s time to flip the page![3]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Cabalist's Tome, full art

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. PlayHearthstone on Twitter. (2016-03-31). 
  2. This is an expected value problem where the numeric outcome of each event depends on the expected value itself, i.e.: EV = (3)(P(0 tomes)) + (2+EV)(P(1 tome)) + (1+2*EV)(P(2 tomes)) + (3*EV)(P(3 tomes)). Since the probabilities in this equation are dependent on the number of spells currently in the game, it will change as new expansions are released. In general, if there are n mage spells in the game, then the average number of spell cards generated by a single copy of Cabalist's Tome is 3(n-1)/(n-3).
  3. Whispers of the Old Gods – It's Never a Yawn with Yogg-Saron. (2016-04-07).