Elemental Mage

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Elemental Mage is a Mage deck type derived from Tempo Mage. It focuses on using the strong synergies of the Elemental tribe, introduced in the Journey to Un'Goro expansion. Similar to Dragon decks, it aims to have a strong curve of Elemental minions to take full advantage of their powerful Battlecry effects. The strength of these Battlecries makes the archetype very flexible, and capable of shifting between tempo and value play styles.

In order to be successful, Elemental Mage needs to reliably play Elementals on the turn prior to using their most powerful cards in order to benefit from their effect. To help with this, inexpensive Elemental tokens are frequently generated from cards such as Flame Geyser and Fire Fly to allow them to consistently benefit from high value cards like Blazecaller and Servant of Kalimos.

Elemental Mage is well rounded, as it has the tempo tools available to be able to compete for board control early in the game against aggro decks while also being capable of generating enough value in longer games against control decks. The main weakness of the archetype is a lack of healing, causing mostly any damage taken over the course of the game to be permanent, which is problematic against decks that have access to sources of direct damage to end the game. The release of Frost Lich Jaina in the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion has helped alleviate this problem, allowing the deck's minion as well as the Water Elementals generated from her hero power, Icy Touch, to serve as a form of late-game healing.

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:

Fire Fly(55466).png
Mana Wyrm(263).png
Primordial Glyph(55552).png
Book of Specters(89416).png
Archmage Arugal(89424).png
Arcane Intellect(489).png
Tar Creeper(55456).png
Water Elemental(274).png
Servant of Kalimos(55511).png
Bonfire Elemental(89425).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png

Optional cards[edit | edit source]

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

Glacial Shard(55485).png
Sorcerer's Apprentice(4).png
Shimmering Tempest(55561).png
Raven Familiar(76885).png
Lesser Ruby Spellstone(76897).png
Flame Geyser(55465).png
Gluttonous Ooze(55488).png
Steam Surger(55585).png
Tol'vir Stoneshaper(55478).png
Vex Crow(89365).png
Fire Plume Phoenix(55563).png
Leyline Manipulator(76932).png
Curio Collector(89451).png
Arcane Tyrant(76910).png
Baron Geddon(539).png
The Lich King(62922).png
Mountain Giant(264).png

Wild cards[edit | edit source]

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Babbling Book(42028).png
Brann Bronzebeard(27214).png
Ice Block(28).png
Echo of Medivh(12300).png
Firelands Portal(42025).png
Ragnaros the Firelord(503).png