Our Control Mage deck guide features the best deck list for Season 39, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.
Control Mage is a Hearthstone deck archetype that offers a huge amount of flexibility in play. Although you'll often start off matches looking very much like a Tempo Mage, your real purpose is to neutralise the opponent's threats all the way through to the late-game. Here you can drop the opponent's health with Alexstrasza, before dishing out some serious burst damage to close the match out altogether.
In the next of our Un'Goro deck guides, we've got a snapshot of a solid deck list you can use for this archetype right now, as well as Mulligan advice for preparing to face each and every hero. After that we've got a list of all the combos contained in this particular version of the deck. This should give you a clearer picture of how you can best survive into the latter stages of any given game.
Although the deck had an uncertain start, Control Mage has proved to be one of the most powerful new decks in the Un'Goro metagame. We'll continue updating this guide over time to reflect all of the latest developments, but do ask away in the comments if you need any help playing this deck . We'll do our best to help yout out!
Editor's note - June 2017: With Control Mage enjoying a huge burst in popularity right now, we've taken the opportunity to expand on our guide a great deal. As well as updating the deck list for the current metagame, we've also included some hero-specific Mulligan advice to help you get off to the best possible start. Finally, we've expanded on the strategy section and added some video footage of our one of our favourite streamers - StrifeCro - playing this deck.
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Control Mage deck list and strategy - June 2017
There are a few different versions of Control Mage in use right now, but we think this is probably your strongest option in the current metagame.
|2 x Mana Wyrm||1 x Bloodmage Thalnos|
|2 x Arcanologist||1 x Eater of Secrets|
|2 x Frostbolt||1 x Medivh, the Guardian|
|2 x Medivh's Valet||1 x Alexstrasza|
|2 x Primordial Glyph|
|2 x Arcane Intellect|
|1 x Ice Barrier|
|2 x Ice Block|
|1 x Kabal Courier|
|2 x Volcanic Potion|
|2 x Fireball|
|1 x Polymorph|
|1 x Meteor|
|2 x Firelands Portal|
|1 x Flamestrike|
|1 x Pyroblast|
Playing Control Mage requires you to maintain a flexible outlook on the shape of the game and the best tools to pick from your various Discover effects. For that reason it can be hard to give very broad strategy advice, although we'll give some basic tips for dealing with both aggro and control opponents.
Against aggro decks, it's important that you contest the board in any way you can, and get any kind of minion presence out in play - even if that means playing the likes of Medivh's Valet without an active Secret. You can also use your powerful removal options like Fireball or Polymorph on rather weak targets, if they've the potential to get out of control over time.
In slower match-ups you can afford to use your removal effects more efficiently, and also take more expensive Discover options. These will not only provide you with bigger plays in their own right, they'll also ensure that the weapon granted by Medivh, the Guardian spits much more meaningful minions out onto the board.
Although the deck list being used is somewhat different to the one we're highlighting this month, we recommend watching this video of StrifeCro if you want to gain a deeper understanding of how to pilot Control Mage. The deck is different, but the general principles of playing it remain the same.
More great Mage guides:
- 1. Secret Mage - Secret Mage deck list guide
- 2. Control Mage - Control Mage deck list guide
- 3. Freeze Mage - Freeze Mage deck list guide
- 4. Tempo Mage - Tempo Mage deck list guide
- 5. Best Standard decks - The best Standard Hearthstone decks
- 6. Best Wild decks - The best Wild Hearthstone decks
- 7. Tier List - Deck Tier List
Control Mage Mulligan guide - June 2017
Now that the Un'Goro metagame has stabilised, we can also provide some advice for what you should keep against specific opponents:
- Druid: Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Frostbolt, Primordial Glyph, Volcanic Potion
- Hunter: Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Frostbolt, Primordial Glyph, Volcanic Potion
- Mage: Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Frostbolt, Primordial Glyph, Eater of Secrets
- Paladin: Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Frostbolt, Primordial Glyph
- Priest: Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Frostbolt, Primordial Glyph
- Rogue Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Frostbolt, Primordial Glyph
- Shaman Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Primordial Glyph, Volcanic Potion
- Warlock: Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Frostbolt, Primordial Glyph, Volcanic Potion
- Warrior: Mana Wyrm, Arcanologist, Frostbolt, Primordial Glyph
Control Mage tips, combos and synergies - 2017
Here are the most important combos to keep in mind when you're playing Control Mage.
- Playing Medivh, the Guardian adds a 1/3 weapon called Atiesh to your hand. If you cast a spell while this weapon is equipped, a minion of the same cost will be put into play for free. This removes one of the three points of Durability from the weapon though.
- When played, Arcanologist will add either Ice Barrier or Ice Block to your hand, if one or both options are still remaining in your deck.
- Try to get the extra Battlecry value of Medivh's Valet whenever you can. Those extra three points of damage can really change the tide of a match.
- Mana Wyrm gains an extra point of Attack value for each spell you cast once it's been put out onto the board.
- As long as Bloodmage Thalnos is out on the board, your damage-dealing spells will do one extra point of damage each.
- Don't waste your burn damage on the opponent's health pool if you're about to drop their health down with Alexstrasza!