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Tempo Mage Deck List Guide

Updated 27th August 2018

Tempo Mage Deck List Guide

Deck Information

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  • Type: Midrange
  • Class: Mage
  • Updated: Boomsday Project Expansion

Tempo Mage relies on cheap minions and spells to control the board and maintain control. Mana Wyrm is a turn 1 threat that can snowball if not removed, while Sorcerer's Apprentice allow casting spells one turn earlier or squeezing more spells in a turn - both leading to improved tempo. Cheating out secrets (like Counterspell and Explosive Runes with Kirin Tor Mage) is another signature play of the Tempo Mage.

Note: This guide is updated regularly. It will continue to expand and iterate as the season goes on.

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Mulligan Strategy

All Aggro Midrange/Control
Mana Wyrm
Arcanologist
Sorcerer's Apprentice
Arcane Missiles Aluneth
Kirin Tor Mage

Note: There may be variations between decklists but the mulligan concept remains the same.

Strategy and Tips

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  • The goal is maintain board control early game and kill the opponent before they can recoup in the mid/late game
  • Whittle their health down early game so you can finish them off with direct spells like Fireball or Frost Bolt
  • Use Primordial Glyph to give yourself more options suitable to the situation you find yourself in
  • When calculating lethal damage, do not forget to count your hero power too

Against Aggro

  • Mulligan aggressively for 1 and 2 drops
  • If facing a lot of aggro decks, consider using Cinderstorm (new Witchwood card), in addition to Arcane Missiles
  • Use your hero power liberately to remove their 1 health minions and tokens

Against Midrange/Control

  • You will be the aggressor in this matchup
  • Control your opponent with the Kirin Tor Mage + free Secret combo
  • Your opponent may cast the Coin to trigger Counterspell before casting their board removal
  • Aluneth is your gas in mid/late game
  • Be prepare to switch to pure face damage with minions and spells when your opponent's life is low

Key Card Choices

  • Aluneth: Your gas for games that goes into mid and late game
  • Kirin Tor Mage: Protect your minions or remove theirs with Counterspell and Explosive Runes
  • Primordial Glyph: Sacrifices early tempo for mid or late game tempo. It is also flexible by providing options suitable to the current board state
  • Archmage Antonidas: Another mid and late game option. Play it when you have a lot of cheap spells to generate free Fireballs
  • Pyroblast: You will be using this to end games almost every time
  • Vex Crow: A new Witchwood card - great synergy with your cheap spells. You'll be surprised at some of the 2 drops you get!

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