The best Mage decks in Hearthstone

Let the power of the Arcane guide you.
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When it comes to mastery over Azeroth’s arcane forces, no class ranks higher than the Mage.

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Azeroth is home to some of the most powerful magic users in the World of Warcraft universe, including Wizards, Sages, Magis, and Mystics. Arguably the two strongest Mages to have ever lived on Azeroth are Medivh and Khadgar. It should be no surprise that alongside Jaina, Medivh and Khadgar are both playable Mage representatives in Hearthstone.

Just like in World of Warcraft, in Hearthstone, the Mage class takes advantage of Frost, Fire, and Arcane magics to destroy their enemies. For their Hero Power, Mages draw upon their mastery of fire magic. Fireblast is a two-cost Hero Power that allows the Mage to deal one damage. This can be used to target a minion or a player.

In recent history, we’ve seen cards and archetypes surface that encourage you to play around with your Hero Power, either increasing its damage or rewarding you after using it a certain number of times. Since the release of the March of the Lich King expansion, Mage has been one of the most dominant classes in the game.

Right now, the class stands at a 51-percent win rate overall on HSReplay. Decks like Big Spell Mage, Aggro Mage, and Mech Mage all presently have high win rates on HSReplay, so now is a great time to get your climb on if you’re a skilled Mage player.

On Dec. 6, the meta was shaken up big time with the introduction of the game’s new expansion, March of the Lich King. It would be wise to save your dust unless you’re a Mage main for life since the expansion is just under a month old. Alongside the introduction of the Death Knight class, March of the Lich King also included a plethora of new powerful minions, spells, and more.

Below, you’ll find the Mage lists crushing the ladder right now. As always, craft with caution. More March of the Lich King balance changes could be around the corner.

Big Spell Mage

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Big Spell Mage is one of the most iconic archetypes in Hearthstone. As a Mage player, it doesn’t get much better than casting some high-cost spells to blow away your opponent. Cards like Rune of the Archmage and Drakefire Amulet keep every game with this deck feeling fresh. Rune of the Archmage allows you to cast 20 mana worth of Mage spells targeted at enemies, while Drakefire Amulet allows you to Discover two Dragons, then summon them.

Though too much randomness can be overwhelming and cross over into unfun territory, the playstyle of Big Spell Mage has just enough surprises to keep things exciting. Right now, this deck has a 64 percent win rate on HSReplay and will cost you around 12,000 dust to make from scratch.

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Mech Mage

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Paladin isn’t the only class that gets to bring a viable mechanical army to the table. Mech Mage is a great option for players who can’t justify the dust cost of Big Spell Mage but still want to snag some wins. One of the coolest things about Mech Mage is the card Gaia, the Techtonic. This is a Colossal Mech minion that spawns two additional appendages when summoned. If you haven’t gotten to experiment with the Colossal keyword yet, Mech Mage is a great way to do so while climbing the ladder.

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Ping Mage

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Remember that Hero Power we talked about earlier? Ping Mage revolves around empowering your Hero Power and then using Mordresh Fire Eye to decimate your opponent. Mordresh has a Battlecry that says if you’ve dealt 10 damage throughout the game with your Hero Power, he will deal 10 damage to all enemies. This means not only will he damage enemies on the board, but he will also zap your opponent for direct damage. If you are interested in a truly unique playstyle, Ping Mage might be for you.

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