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Not to be confused with Signature Spellbook.

To draft from a spellbook is a designed-for-digital mechanic for MTG Arena that allows you to play a card from outside the game as an activated ability.[1] A spellbook is a curated list of cards tied to specific cards in the game.


Spellbooks only appear on Alchemy cards.

When you pay an activation cost, you may [draft]] a card from the spellbook. You will see three cards chosen from among a curated list and select one, usually to put into your hand. You'll be able to browse through these spellbooks in game by right-clicking (or long-pressing) on the cards, much like looking at dungeons or cards that make multiple tokens.


A spellbook was first named in Tome of the Infinite from Jumpstart: Historic Horizons, but there it was used in combination with conjure instead of draft. The mechanic also has similarities with Davriel, Soul Broker's offers and conditions from the same set. Drafting from a spellbook was formally introduced in Alchemy: Innistrad.



Ishkanah, Broodmother {3}{G}
Legendary Creature — Spider
Other Spiders you countrol get +1/+2
{1}{B/G}, Exile two cards from your graveyard: Draft a card from Ishkanah, Broodmother's spellbook.


  1. Wizards of the Coast (December 2, 2021). "MTG Arena: State - Alchemy". Wizards of the Coast.