Control Mage

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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:

Frostbolt(177).png
Medivh's Valet(42048).png
Arcanologist(55450).png
Doomsayer(467).png
Primordial Glyph(55552).png
Arcane Intellect(489).png
Frost Nova(49).png
Ice Block(28).png
Fireball(522).png
Blizzard(276).png
Alexstrasza(303).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

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

Mana Wyrm(263).png
Babbling Book(42028).png
Netherspite Historian(42039).png
Golakka Crawler(55453).png
Dirty Rat(49673).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Pyros(52582).png
Ice Barrier(672).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
Counterspell(531).png
Coldlight Oracle(88).png
Volcanic Potion(49689).png
Mana Bind(55489).png
Spellbender(309).png
Polymorph(595).png
Twilight Drake(360).png
Elise the Trailblazer(55451).png
Meteor(55558).png
Bone Drake(62899).png
Skulking Geist(62883).png
Flamestrike(44).png
Firelands Portal(42025).png
Baron Geddon(539).png
Archmage Antonidas(220).png
Primordial Drake(55533).png
Medivh, the Guardian(42036).png
Sindragosa(61822).png
The Lich King(62922).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png
Pyroblast(496).png
Arcane Giant(42049).png