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

Ashes of Outland has been released, so we're seeing a bunch of new stuff hit the meta! We're taking a look at the best Mage decks you'll be able to play with in this Hearthstone expansion. The class got a bunch of new stuff to play with, so there's some new options to now bring to the standard or wild ladder.

With any new expansion, you'll want to make sure not to craft anything too early. Mage got some interesting new tools, but it's hard to say what's going to be strong moving forward into the later stages of the meta. All I'm saying is to be careful when deciding what deck to pursue, and try to lean on the side of caution when investing your dust into any deck!

If you're looking for even more decks to try, check out our Best Ashes of Outlands Decks post!

Best Mage Decks for Ashes of Outland Standard

While things started off shakey due to Demon Hunter decks being dominant in the meta, it looks like after the nerf, things are starting to look up for the other classes. The spell slinging Mage class even has a couple of options at its disposal to give a try! One of these being a new archetype that fits the class quite well.

The current best decks for Mage right now are Highlander Mage and Big Mage! We've got the most popular versions of those decks below, with some custom variants further down the page.

Highlander Mage

Mage can still put together a pretty strong list of singletons if you like that style of play. This deck leans heavily on Dragon synergy, which came along in the Descent of Dragons set. The deck doesn't feature much from Ashes of Outland, but Arcane Amplifier currently makes the cut. It's an interesting card, gives your hero power quite a bit more punch if this thing sticks to the board long enough to use it!

MageNeutral
1x - Arcane Breath1x - Doomsayer
1x - Ray of Frost1x - Zephrys the Great
1x - Ancient Mysteries1x - Overconfident Orc
1x - Astromancer Solarian1x - Bone Wraith
1x - Arcane Intellect1x - Escaped Manasaber
1x - Flame Ward1x - Twilight Drake
1x - Frost Nova1x - Ruststeed Raider
1x - Ice Barrier1x - Khartut Defender
1x - Imprisoned Observer1x - Siamat
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic1x - Alexstrasza
1x - Rolling Fireball1x - Dragonqueen Alexstrasza
1x - Dragoncaster
1x - Reno the Relicologist
1x - Deep Freeze
1x - Power of Creation
1x - Tortollan Pilgrim
1x - Kalecgos
1x - Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
1x - The Amazing Reno

Deck Code

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Big Mage

Mage's second best 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.

MageNeutral
2x - Arcane Breath2x - Doomsayer
1x - Ancient Mysteries1x - Alexstrasza
1x - Astromancer Solarian
1x - Arcane Intellect
1x - Flame Ward
2x - Frost Nova
1x - Ice Barrier
2x - Azure Explorer
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic
2x - Naga Sand Witch
2x - Blizzard
2x - Dragoncaster
2x - Power of Creation
1x - Tortollan Pilgrim
1x - Kalecgos
2x - Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
2x - Pyroblast
1x - The Amazing Reno

Deck Code

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Off Meta Mage Decks

No Minion Mage (Spell Mage)

If you want to play what can be described as a true Mage style of deck then running without creatures is a good way to start! This isn't the most powerful list, and after the nerfs it is seemingly doing worse than before. However, it's still a fun deck to play and can work well if you get good enough with it.

MageNeutral
1x - Evocation
2x - Font of Power
2x - Learn Draconic
2x - Ray of Frost
2x - Ancient Mysteries
2x - Frostbolt
2x - Incanter's Flow
2x - Arcane Intellect
2x - Flame Ward
1x - Ice Barrier
2x - Netherwind Portal
2x - Fireball
2x - Apexis Blast
2x - Blizzard
1x - Deep Freeze
2x - Power of Creation
1x - The Amazing Reno

Deck Code

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Standard Mage Variants

These are more tailored versions of the decks from the previous archetypes. Some will contain tech cards that are used to fight off certain decks in the meta.

Zeh's Top 50 Legend Casino Mage

Casino Mage is an archetype that relies on cards that have variable outcomes and rely on RNG. Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron is the most obvious example of this concept, and when things all go well you can sometimes do pretty well with this style of deck. Zeh was able to take his version to top 50 legend!

MageNeutral
2x - Arcane Breath2x - Doomsayer
2x - Ray of Frost2x - Twilight Drake
1x - Frostbolt1x - Alexstrasza
1x - Khadgar
2x - Arcane Intellect
2x - Frost Nova
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic
2x - Naga Sand Witch
2x - Blizzard
2x - Dragoncaster
1x - Deep Freeze
2x - Power of Creation
1x - Tortollan Pilgrim
1x - Kalecgos
2x - Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
1x - The Amazing Reno

Deck Code

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Zeddy's #92 Legend Spell Mage

Very little difference between this one and the standard Spell Mage, but Zeddy proves that the concept works at high legend.

MageNeutral
1x - Evocation
2x - Font of Power
2x - Learn Draconic
2x - Magic Trick
2x - Ray of Frost
2x - Ancient Mysteries
2x - Incanter's Flow
2x - Arcane Intellect
2x - Flame Ward
2x - Frost Nova
2x - Ice Barrier
2x - Apexis Blast
2x - Blizzard
2x - Deep Freeze
2x - Power of Creation
1x - The Amazing Reno

Deck Code

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Zeddy's #79 Legend Highlander Mage

A different variant of Highlander Mage by Zeddy that has good matchups against most of the classes other than Demon Hunter.

MageNeutral
1x - Arcane Breath1x - Doomsayer
1x - Ray of Frost1x - Zephrys the Great
1x - Ancient Mysteries1x - Overconfident Orc
1x - Astromancer Solarian1x - Bone Wraith
1x - Arcane Intellect1x - Escaped Manasaber
1x - Flame Ward1x - Twilight Drake
1x - Frost Nova1x - Ruststeed Raider
1x - Ice Barrier1x - Khartut Defender
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic1x - Siamat
1x - Rolling Fireball1x - Alexstrasza
1x - Blizzard1x - Dragonqueen Alexstrasza
1x - Dragoncaster
1x - Reno the Relicologist
1x - Deep Freeze
1x - Power of Creation
1x - Tortollan Pilgrim
1x - Kalecgos
1x - Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
1x - The Amazing Reno

Deck Code

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Freeze Mage

If you long for the days of Freeze Mage then check out this version by 聖水洋洋 that got to high legend.

MageNeutral
2x - Arcane Breath2x - Frozen Shadoweaver
2x - Ray of Frost1x - Kael'thas Sunstrider
2x - Ancient Mysteries1x - Jepetto Joybuzz
1x - Astromancer Solarian1x - Alexstrasza
2x - Frostbolt
2x - Arcane Intellect
2x - Frost Nova
2x - Ice Barrier
2x - Water Elemental
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic
2x - Dragoncaster
2x - Deep Freeze
1x - Kalecgos
2x - Pyroblast

Deck Code

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Best Mage Decks for Ashes of Outland Wild

Wild is a bit more all over the place, so here's a look at some decks that have been successful on the ladder.

ひなちま's #3 Legend Quest Mage

ひなちま got to #3 Legend on the Wild Ladder with this Quest Mage deck:

MageNeutral
2x - Elemental Evocation2x - Licensed Adventurer
1x - Freezing Potion2x - Questing Explorer
1x - Evocation1x - Archmage Vargoth
2x - Magic Trick2x - Arcane Giant
1x - Open the Waygate
2x - Ray of Frost
2x - Violet Spellwing
2x - Book of Specters
2x - Mana Cyclone
2x - Primordial Glyph
2x - Sorcerer's Apprentice
2x - Flamewaker
1x - Stargazer Luna
1x - Mana Giant

Deck Code

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KremePuff's Wild Legend Highlander Mage

KremePuff got to high legend on the Wild Ladder with this Highlander Reno Mage:

MageNeutral
1x - Arcane Breath1x - Doomsayer
1x - Evocation1x - Licensed Adventurer
1x - Open the Waygate1x - Mad Scientist
1x - Ray of Frost1x - Questing Explorer
1x - Astromancer Solarian1x - Zephrys the Great
1x - Book of Specters1x - Banana Buffoon
1x - Primordial Glyph1x - Brann Bronzebeard
1x - Arcane Intellect1x - Archmage Vargoth
1x - Flame Ward1x - Kazakus
1x - Ice Block1x - Sky Gen'ral Kragg
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic1x - Cobalt Spellkin
1x - Reno the Relicologist1x - Emperor Thaurissan
1x - Mana Giant1x - Reno Jackson
1x - The Amazing Reno1x - Alexstrasza
1x - Dragonqueen Alexstrasza
1x - Arcane Giant

Deck Code

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Wook 82's #72 Legend Wild Secret Mage

Wook 82 go to #72 Legend on the Wild Ladder with this Secret Mage list:

MageNeutral
2x - Kabal Lackey2x - Mad Scientist
2x - Ancient Mysteries
2x - Arcane Flakmage
2x - Arcanologist
2x - Medivh's Valet
2x - Counterspell
2x - Duplicate
2x - Explosive Runes
1x - Flame Ward
1x - Ice Block
2x - Kirin Tor Mage
1x - Stargazer Luna
2x - Fireball
2x - Cloud Prince
1x - Aluneth
2x - Kabal Crystal Runner

Deck Code

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That's all of the top meta decks for Mage right now in the Ashes of Outland Hearthstone expansion! We'll be adding more lists in the future as things start to settle down after the rotation.

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