Control Mage

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Control Mage (Also referred to as Burn Mage, Discover Mage, or Yogg Mage) is a control Mage deck type. Control Mage utilizes a mix of high amounts of card generation to maintain their resources on the mid and late-game, as well as big finishers in the late game using either burst damage or big minions, often using cost-reduction effects to play out their biggest threats in quick succession.

Control Mage is the successor to Freeze Mage, formed after the launch of Journey to Un'Goro thanks to the inclusion of powerful cards such as Arcanologist and Primordial Glyph. Control Mage has a flexible game plan, being capable of starting with an aggressive, Tempo Mage-style opening with Mana Wyrm or Medivh's Valet and focus on finishing the opponent with burst. Alternatively, it could play a more value-focused game with N'Zoth, the Corruptor, Medivh, the Guardian or Frost Lich Jaina. It can also be played similar to Freeze Mage, incorporating Alexstrasza or Archmage Antonidas into the burn plan to finish the game, or even Arcane Giants and Yogg-Saron, Hope's End.

With the release of Kobolds and Catacombs, most Control Mage shifted towards Big Spell Mage, using synergy effects with high-cost spells and grinding out victories over very long value games. A generalist type of Control Mage saw a return when Luna's Pocket Galaxy was buffed from 7 to 5 mana, which has great synergy with Conjurer's Calling to create huge boards for low mana.

Common cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:

Ray of Frost(90607).png
Frostbolt(177).png
Sorcerer's Apprentice(4).png
Doomsayer(467).png
Stargazer Luna(89805).png
Arcane Intellect(489).png
Frost Nova(49).png
Conjurer's Calling(90625).png
Counterspell(531).png
Flame Ward(90790).png
Arcane Keysmith(89426).png
Fireball(522).png
Sunreaver Warmage(90642).png
Zilliax(89803).png
Luna's Pocket Galaxy(89888).png
Blizzard(276).png
Siamat(90789).png
Flamestrike(44).png
Tortollan Pilgrim(90747).png
Power of Creation(90570).png
Alexstrasza(303).png
Kalecgos(90544).png
King Phaoris(90792).png
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron(90692).png
Pyroblast(496).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:

Elemental Evocation(90232).png
Daring Fire-Eater(90177).png
Raid the Sky Temple(90705).png
Firetree Witchdoctor(90194).png
Mana Cyclone(90608).png
Questing Explorer(90691).png
Arcane Flakmage(90743).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Khadgar(90568).png
Research Project(89916).png
Ancient Mysteries(90832).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
Pyromaniac(90158).png
Ice Barrier(672).png
Splitting Image(127350).png
Spellbender(309).png
Polymorph(595).png
Twilight Drake(360).png
Naga Sand Witch(90820).png
Cloud Prince(90742).png
Khartut Defender(90794).png
Archmage Antonidas(220).png
Jan'alai, the Dragonhawk(90176).png
Jepetto Joybuzz(90595).png
Malygos(241).png
Mountain Giant(264).png

Wild cards[edit | edit source]

Wild icon.png  This section contains information exclusive to Wild format.

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Babbling Book(42028).png
Mad Scientist(7748).png
Netherspite Historian(42039).png
Medivh's Valet(42048).png
Golakka Crawler(55453).png
Arcanologist(55450).png
Pyros(52582).png
Primordial Glyph(55552).png
Ice Block(28).png
Duplicate(7732).png
Volcanic Potion(49689).png
Explosive Runes(76906).png
Elise the Trailblazer(55451).png
Dragon's Fury(76963).png
Meteor(55558).png
Firelands Portal(42025).png
Medivh, the Guardian(42036).png
Sindragosa(61822).png
The Lich King(62922).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End(33168).png
Arcane Giant(42049).png