Best Mage Decks for Scholomance (August 2020) – Standard & Wild!

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 Mage Decks for Scholomance Standard

The current best decks for Mage right now are Highlander Mage and Big Mage! Highlander is currently the most popular, and the class overall is in a decent spot. We will see if the Scholomance Academy expansion will help or hurt Mage in the future.

Puksin's #232 Legend Tempo Mage

MageNeutral
2x - Brain Freeze1x - Bloodmage Thalnos
2x - Devolving Missiles2x - Steward of Scrolls
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 - Frostbolt
2x - Firebrand
1x - Jandice Barov
1x - Ras Frostwhisper
2x - Wyrm Weaver

Deck Code

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BoarControl's Tempo Mage

MageNeutral
2x - Devolving Missiles2x - Voracious Reader
1x - Evocation2x - Wandmaker
2x - Magic Trick1x - Lorekeeper Polkelt
1x - Primordial Studies
2x - Ray of Frost
2x - Violet Spellwing
2x - Wand Thief
1x - Astromancer Solarian
2x - Sorcerer's Apprentice
1x - Chenvaala
2x - Firebrand
2x - Imprisoned Observer
2x - Conjurer's Calling
1x - Mozaki, Master Duelist
2x - Mana Giant

Deck Code

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Dog's Mozaki Mage

MageNeutral
2x - Arcane Missiles1x - Bloodmage Thalnos
1x - Evocation1x - Lorekeeper Polkelt
2x - Magic Trick1x - Jepetto Joybuzz
2x - Ray of Frost
2x - Ancient Mysteries
2x - Cram Session
2x - Frostbolt
2x - Sorcerer's Apprentice
2x - Arcane Intellect
1x - Chenvaala
2x - Firebrand
1x - Flame Ward
2x - Ice Barrier
2x - Potion of Illusion
1x - Mozaki, Master Duelist
1x - Ras Frostwhisper

Deck Code

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Theorycraft: Reno Highlander Mage

You can very likely expect to see some kind of version of Highlander Mage floating around the meta. It's already the strongest Mage deck prior to the release, and it will probably just stick in a bunch of the powerful new options from Scholomance. Things like Primordial Studies and Wand Thief fit right into a deck like this to produce cards that will fill out your curve. The most interesting card to play with will be Lorekeeper Polkelt. Once you hit the end game, you're likely not going to want to draw any low cost cards, so Lorekeeper will make it so you won't have to worry about that issue anymore!

Credit to Kripp for the deck list featured below.

MageNeutral
1x - Arcane Breath1x - Zephrys the Great
1x - Primordial Studies1x - Overconfident Orc
1x - Ray of Frost1x - Lorekeeper Polkelt
1x - Wand Thief1x - Wretched Tutor
1x - Ancient Mysteries1x - Khartut Defender
1x - Astromancer Solarian1x - Onyx Magescribe
1x - Arcane Intellect1x - Alexstrasza
1x - Firebrand1x - Dragonqueen Alexstrasza
1x - Flame Ward
1x - Frost Nova
1x - Ice Barrier
1x - Imprisoned Observer
1x - Malygos, Aspect of Magic
1x - Ras Frostwhisper
1x - Reno the Relicologist
1x - Dragoncaster
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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Theorycraft: Spell Damage 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 got a couple of Legendaries for this archetype as well! Ras Frostwhisper, which can be used by Shaman as well, will dish out quite a bit of damage to your enemy's board and their face if you've got some Spell Damage available. Mozaki, Master Duelist is one of the ways you can really pump up your Spell Damage and get value out of the other cards in your deck.

Credit to Brian Kibler for the deck list featured below.

MageNeutral
1x - Evocation1x - Bloodmage Thalnos
2x - Lab Partner2x - Spellbook Binder
2x - Magic Trick2x - Arcane Watcher
2x - Primordial Studies1x - Steward of Scrolls
2x - Ray of Frost2x - Sorcerous Substitute
1x - Astromancer Solarian
2x - Cram Session
2x - Mana Cyclone
2x - Sorcerer's Apprentice
2x - Arcane Intellect
2x - Combustion
1x - Mozaki, Master Duelist
1x - Ras Frostwhisper

Deck Code

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Prior to Expansion: 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 - Reno the Relicologist
1x - Dragoncaster
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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Prior to Expansion: 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 list got a lot more popular towards the end of the Ashes of Outland expansion.

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
1x - Flame Ward
1x - Ice Barrier
1x - Netherwind Portal
2x - Fireball
2x - Apexis Blast
1x - Rolling Fireball
2x - Blizzard
1x - Deep Freeze
2x - Power of Creation
1x - Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
1x - The Amazing Reno

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.

MageNeutral
2x - Arcane Breath1x - Doomsayer
1x - Ray of Frost1x - Cobalt Spellkin
1x - Ancient Mysteries1x - 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 is a bit more all over the place, so here's a look at some decks that have been successful on the ladder.

Prior to Expansion: Wild Secret Mage

Secret Mage is one of the classic decks in Hearthstone and continues to live on in the Wild format!

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

Deck Code

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Prior to Expansion: Wild Elemental Spell Mage

MageNeutral
2x - Elemental Evocation2x - Licensed Adventurer
1x - Evocation2x - Questing Explorer
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
1x - Starscryer
2x - Flamewaker
1x - Stargazer Luna
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 start to settle down after the rotation.

About the Author

Shaun aka Evident is a lifelong gamer and creator of websites. He mostly focuses on shooters, but has been known to dabble in the occasional card game as well. You can find him binge watching TV shows in his downtime.

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