Welcome to the basic Mage decklist, which is part of our basic deck series for our Hearthstone Beginner Guide. Starting out, Mage is arguably one of the stronger class to start with due to its mass array of staple class cards.
Class Cards Explanation
Frostbolt an all time staple in just about every Mage decklist, from basic to top competitive decks such as Tempo Mage and Freeze Mage. The card is extremely flexible, being use as a simple removal against minion or even helping with burn damage for that extra reach for lethal.
Arcane Intellect a +1 card, short and simple. Helps by refilling your hand when you are becoming low on cards.
Fireball the bigger brother of Frostbolt. Useful in both removing big minions off the board and for ending the game due to its devastating burn damage.
Polymorph one of Mage hard removal. Combine with the hero power, Mage can safely remove any threat off the board.
Water Elemental a well rounded class minion that is difficult to remove due to its high health and freezing effecting. A perfect counter measure against weapon as it prevent the use of weapon as it freeze the opponent hero from attacking.
Flamestrike Mage massive AOE spell that simply wipes the opponent side of the board.
Neutral Cards Explanation
Acidic Swamp Ooze is the best 2 drop in the basic card set. Not only does it have the ideal stats of a 2 drop, but it also has an additional effect of destroying your opponent weapon.
Bloodfen Raptor is just a vanilla 3/2, to be use in the early game.
Razorfen Hunter is used to help fill up the 3 drop section. When played, it also summon an addition 1/1 minion, so in total, Razorfen Hunter stats comes out to be a total of 3/4 across the two minion.
Shattered Sun Cleric is arguably the best 3 drop in the basic card set. Its base stats is a little underwhelming, due to its nerf, but is still worth running due to its buffing effecting. Giving another minion +1/+1, we can evaluate this card as having a stats total of 4/3 across itself and the buffed minion.
Chillwind Yeti has an incredible base stats and is arguably the best 4 drop in the basic card set, enough said. Chillwind Yeti is an auto include in every basic deck.
Sen’jin Shieldmasta is the best taunt minion in the basic card set, due to his high health and ability to be played on turn 4, makes him very difficult to be removed through the use of minions. In other words, Sen’jin Shieldmasta will usually cause unfavorable trade for your opponent, especially if you are already ahead on the board.
Frostwolf Warlord is decent if casted as a 5/5. However, if Frostwolf Warlord stats can become at least a 6/6 especially if played on turn 5, can make him a minion to be reckoned with. Also, Frostwolf can punish your opponent for not dealing with your minion.
Gurubashi Berserker is a decent card on its on. However, with the Mage hero, you can safely damage your own Gurubashi Berserker once per turn, buffing him out of control.
Boulderfist Ogre much like Chillwind Yeti, has an incredible base stats, making him arguably the best 6 drop in the basic card set.
This mulligan guide is to help you get started in learning how to form the perfect starting hand. For starter, especially with our basic deck series, focus on mulliganing for your early game. For example, looking for a turn 2 play is important to establish an early board. Then try looking for a 3 drop next. So ideally, you want a to be able to play a 2, 3, 4 drop on each of those respected turn.