Thoughtsteal

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Thoughtsteal is a common priest spell card, from the Legacy set.

Other versions

How to get

TypeSourceQualityCount
Card packsThe Regular version can be opened from any of these packs:

Classic
Wild
Regular1~2 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Classic
Golden Classic
Wild
Golden Wild
Golden1~2 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 40 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 400 Dust.pngGolden1

Notes

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  • Thoughtsteal copies two cards from your opponent's undrawn deck; it will not copy cards which have already been drawn. Your opponent is not able to see which two cards you get from their deck.
  • Thoughtsteal will not provide multiple copies of a single card in the opponent's deck, although it may copy two separate copies of the same card. This means that if there is only one copy of a certain card in your opponent's deck, a single Thoughtsteal will provide at most one copy of that card. However, a subsequent Thoughtsteal may copy the same cards again.
  • Stolen cards can be used regardless of class. This allows the priest, a non-weapon class, to wield weapons.
  • If the opponent has exhausted their deck, Thoughtsteal will not produce any cards, although it will still activate (which can make it useful for triggering effects such as  Wild Pyromancer). If the opponent only has 1 card remaining in their deck (or only multiple copies of a given card), Thoughtsteal will provide a single copy of the remaining card. If the priest has 9 cards in their hand after playing Thoughtsteal, only 1 card will be copied, filling out the priest's hand. Additional copies will not be made and then destroyed; the spell will simply produce fewer copies.
  • As with many generate effects, cards generated by Thoughtsteal are marked as such when being played, and when viewed in the history. This allows players to tell which cards the opponent copied, and thus know when they have played all copies.


Lore

While Thoughtsteal does not appear in Warcraft lore, it is similar to the Spellsteal mage spell from World of Warcraft in that it allows you to 'steal' spells from your opponent and use them as your own.

Trivia

  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Drums of War" series, for the card Lose Control.
  • During alpha, this card had the flavor text "That awkward moment when you steal his thoughts and realize he's thinking about you without pants on..."[1]
  • During alpha, Thoughtsteal used to actually steal cards from your opponent's deck. However, this was found to cause too much "emotional negativity", especially when stealing key cards from highly structured decks, and was changed to instead generate copies of the cards.[2] This was an early example of Hearthstone embracing the possibilities of the digital medium, something which would not have been possible as a physical card game.[2]

Gallery

Patch changes

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch 20.0.0.77662 (2021-03-25):
  • Ashes of Outland logo.pngPatch 17.0.0.44222 (2020-03-26):
    • Now costs 2 mana (Down from 3).
  • The Boomsday Project logo.png Patch 12.0.0.25770 (2018-08-02):
  • Mean Streets of Gadgetzan logo.png Patch 7.0.0.15590 (2016-11-29):
    • Now reads: "Copy 2 cards in your opponent's deck and add them to your hand." (previously: "Copy 2 cards from your opponent's deck and put them into your hand.")
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch 1.0.0.3388 (Alpha, 2013-06-22):
    • Flavor text now reads: ""What do you get when you cast Thoughtsteal on an Orc? Nothing!" - Tauren joke" (previously: no flavor text).
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch 1.0.0.3140 (Alpha, April or May 2013):
    • Added.
    • Now reads: "Copy 2 cards from your opponent's deck and put them into your hand." (previously: "Draw 2 cards from your opponent's deck.")

External links

References[edit | edit source]

 
  1. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Building the Fire (UK). (2013-03-19). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hearthstone: 10 Bits of Design Wisdom, Eric Dodds, Game Developer's Conference 2014, 29m10s of the video