Control Mage (Also referred to as Burn Mage, or Discover Mage) is a Mage deck type that formed after the launch of Journey to Un'Goro thanks to the inclusion of powerful cards such as Arcanologist and Primordial Glyph. It is a flexible value-oriented deck that uses cards like Frostbolt and Medivh's Valet to control the board early in the game to try and survive into the late game.
Control Mage has a flexible game plan, being capable of starting with an aggressive, Tempo Mage-style opening with Mana Wyrm and focus on finishing the opponent with burst. Alternatively, it can play a more value-focused game with Medivh, the Guardian. It can also be played similar to Freeze Mage, incorporating Alexstrasza into the burn plan to finish the game.
Control Mage has a choice of finisher, with many lists opting to run either Medivh, the Guardian, a light Elemental package with Frost Lich Jaina and Baron Geddon, an N'Zoth, the Corruptor value package with Sindragosa, a Freeze Mage-style Archmage Antonidas game plan, or even Arcane Giants and Yogg-Saron, Hope's End.
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:
Optional cards[edit | edit source]
The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:
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