Hearthstone Best Mage Decks (November 2020) – Standard & Wild!

The top lists in the meta for one of Hearthstone's premiere classes.

Mage is the premiere spell-slinging class of Hearthstone, so make sure to put on your wizard's hat and robe! We're taking a look at the best Mage decks you'll be able to play with in the Scholomance Academy expansion. The class got some new toys to play with, so there's some new options to now bring to the Standard or Wild ladder.

Mage is probably most well-known for being the class that used to stall you out until it could burn you out with spells. Freeze Mage was the signature for Mage for a long time, but it had so many cards nerfed and thrown into Wild that it's very hard to piece it together anymore. The class has since moved onto various other archetypes, things such as Secret Mage, Mech Mage, Tempo Mage and Highlander Mage have made up its identity for the most part over the years.

Best Hearthstone Mage Decks

The best decks for Mage in Hearthstone right now are Small Spell Mage, Highlander Mage, and No Minion Mage! Highlander has been strong for a while, so it's not a surprise to see it doing well. Spell Mage is a newcomer and throws together a bunch of cheap spells into a deck that contains minions that can take advantage of such things. No Minion Mage gives you ways to summon random minions via spells, and utilize powerful cards that benefit from not having minions in your deck!

Small Spell Mage

Spell Damage based decks are getting another shot in Scholomance! This has been toyed with in the past, but didn't have quite enough cards to make it happen. Now we've got the low cost Lab Partner, and the intriguing potential draw engine of Cram Session. You can maybe get an extra card or two out of it in the early game, but in the late game you might get quite a hand refill if you play it right. The card Primordial Studies is a very nice way to support the deck, which will hopefully give you a card that fits the current board-state.

Mage Neutral
1x - Devolving Missiles
1x - Evocation
2x - Lab Partner
2x - Magic Trick
2x - Primordial Studies
2x - Ray of Frost
2x - Violet Spellwing
2x - Wand Thief
1x - Astromancer Solarian
2x - Cram Session
2x - Mana Cyclone
2x - Sorcerer's Apprentice
2x - Arcane Intellect
1x - Chenvaala
1x - Firebrand
1x - Conjurer's Calling
1x - Jandice Barov
1x - Ras Frostwhisper
2x - Mana Giant

Deck Code

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Highlander Mage

Reno Mage still remains as one of Mage's best decks for the meta. It's not as good as it used to be, and has been replaced as the top pick for the class, but there's still a lot of fun to be had with the list. Scholomance didn't add a whole lot of power to it, so if you are returning back to the game, you won't need to change many cards to have it in fighting form.

Mage Neutral
1x - Arcane Breath 1x - Doomsayer
1x - Brain Freeze 1x - Zephrys the Great
1x - Devolving Missiles 1x - Escaped Manasaber
1x - Primordial Studies 1x - Twilight Drake
1x - Ray of Frost 1x - Khartut Defender
1x - Astromancer Solarian 1x - Siamat
1x - Arcane Intellect 1x - Alexstrasza
1x - Combustion 1x - Dragonqueen Alexstrasza
1x - Firebrand
1x - Frost Nova
1x - Imprisoned Observer
1x - Conjurer's Calling
1x - Jandice Barov
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic
1x - Rolling Fireball
1x - Reno the Relicologist
1x - Dragoncaster
1x - Deep Freeze
1x - Power of Creation
1x - Kalecgos
1x - Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
1x - The Amazing Reno

Deck Code

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No Minion Mage

No Minion or Spell Mage is seeing success in the Scholomance meta. I always liked this archetype, because it felt the most Mage-like. Slinging spells is what the class is all about, and this is the distilled form of that. This deck did okay in Ashes of Outland, so we're hoping it continues to remain strong in this meta.

Mage Neutral
1x - Evocation
2x - Font of Power
2x - Learn Draconic
2x - Magic Trick
2x - Ray of Frost
2x - Ancient Mysteries
2x - Frostbolt
2x - Incanter's Flow
2x - Arcane Intellect
1x - Flame Ward
2x - Netherwind Portal
2x - Fireball
2x - Apexis Blast
2x - Blizzard
2x - Deep Freeze
2x - Power of Creation

Deck Code

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Off Meta Mage Decks

These are decks that don't see as much play but could be worthwhile if you're looking for something different!

Prior to Expansion: Big Mage

Mage's off-meta option right now is the Big Mage style of play. It's going to be a bit less unpredictable than the Highlander option, while maintaining the usage of Dragon synergy to power up the list. You've got both Dragoncaster and Kalecgos to give you a chance to get off a big 0-mana spell.

Mage Neutral
2x - Arcane Breath 1x - Doomsayer
1x - Ray of Frost 1x - Cobalt Spellkin
1x - Ancient Mysteries 1x - Alexstrasza
1x - Astromancer Solarian
1x - Arcane Intellect
2x - Frost Nova
2x - Ice Barrier
2x - Azure Explorer
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic
2x - Naga Sand Witch
2x - Blizzard
2x - Dragoncaster
2x - Power of Creation
1x - Kalecgos
2x - Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
2x - Pyroblast
1x - The Amazing Reno

Deck Code

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Best Mage Decks for Scholomance Wild

Wild can be a bit difficult to predict, so here's a look at some decks that have been successful on the Wild ladder. You will find that the meta of Wild doesn't fluctuate as much as Standard does when a new expansion is released. This generally only happens if one Standard deck in particular is very dominant. Normally, you will notice that just the most powerful cards out of the set find their way into decks.

Wild Secret Mage Deck

Secret Mage is one of the classic decks in Hearthstone and continues to live on in the Wild format! Scholomance gave it no real help, so if you played it previously, you can continue with the deck from the past.

Mage Neutral
2x - Kabal Lackey 2x - Mad Scientist
2x - Ancient Mysteries
2x - Arcane Flakmage
2x - Arcanologist
2x - Medivh's Valet
2x - Counterspell
1x - Duplicate
2x - Explosive Runes
2x - Flame Ward
1x - Ice Block
2x - Kirin Tor Mage
1x - Netherwind Portal
2x - Fireball
2x - Cloud Prince
1x - Aluneth
2x - Kabal Crystal Runner

Deck Code

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Wild Quest Mage

This is a bit of a mix of synergies, with Elemental, Quest, Spell, and Minion based strategies coming into play. If you were playing this deck before, then unfortunately Scholomance has been no real help to you. The list is the same as it was prior to the release of the expansion.

Mage Neutral
2x - Elemental Evocation 2x - Licensed Adventurer
1x - Evocation 2x - Questing Explorer
1x - Open the Waygate 2x - Wandmaker
2x - Ray of Frost 2x - Arcane Giant
2x - Violet Spellwing
2x - Wand Thief
2x - Book of Specters
2x - Mana Cyclone
2x - Sorcerer's Apprentice
2x - Starscryer
2x - Flamewaker
2x - Mana Giant

Deck Code

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That's all of the top meta decks for Mage right now in the Scholomance Hearthstone expansion! We'll be adding more lists in the future as things are discovered and new cards are released.

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