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Frozen Throne Freeze Mage deck list guide - August 2017 - Hearthstone

[UPDATED] Our guide to climbing the ladder using the best Freeze Mage deck in Season 41.

Our Frozen Throne Freeze Mage deck guide features the best deck list for Season 41, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.

Freeze Mage is one of those Hearthstone decks that's been popular in one form or another since the very earliest days of the game's beta period. Despite elements of the deck being nerfed around launch (not to mention ahead of Un'Goro), nothing seems capable of dampening the enthusiasm for this playstyle - or its effectiveness as a means of climbing the ladder.

If the deck's changed a lot since its original incarnation, one thing that hasn't changed is its fiddly nature. Those who are new to Hearthstone, or just don't have a lot of experience with the archetype, will find it very hard to acclimatise to the levels of patience required to pilot this deck effectively. You need a little bit of nerve to ride things into the long game as well, where your strengths lie in abundance.

This is where our Freeze Mage guide comes in. First of all we've highlighted what we believe is the best Freeze Mage deck list you can utilise right now. After that you'll find advice on Mulliganing your opening hand, before we look at the strategy involved in playing the deck. Finally, we've stripped down all of the combos in this particular version of Freeze Mage, which should help you understand why it's such an evergreen powerhouse on the competitive ladder.

FROZEN THRONE UPDATE

Before we go any further with our Freeze Mage update for the Frozen Throne, we need to stress that fortunes for this deck list are looking very uncertain right now. We have a deck list for you that's been played at a very high level, but there are no guarantees the deck will remain competitive, so we advise that you avoid crafting anything you haven't got from packs for now.

We'd be very interested to hear how you're getting on with this archetype if you are playing it right now though, so do sign up and share your thoughts in the comments! We'll have a better picture of how this deck is performing when the next season begins.

Our Frozen Throne: Best Decks and Guides hub contains everything you need to get stuck into the new meta!

Frozen Throne Freeze Mage deck list and strategy

Here's the version of Freeze Mage that was created by player Meati for the Frozen Throne launch. It's been played at Legend level, but this archetype is not seeing a lot of play in general right now, so please exercise extreme caution when it comes to crafting any of the cards you don't already own.

MageNeutral
1 x Babbling Book2 x Doomsayer
1 x Open the Waygate2 x Coldlight Oracle
2 x Arcanologist
2 x Primordial Glyph
2 x Arcane Intellect
2 x Sorcerer's Apprentice
2 x Frost Nova
2 x Ice Barrier
2 x Ice Block
1 x Simulacrum
2 x Ghastly Conjurer
2 x Molten Reflection
2 x Cabalist's Tome
2 x Blizzard
1 x Archmage Antonidas

Select and copy the long ID string below, then create a deck in Hearthstone to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: AAECAf0EBLgIudEC0MECgbICDckDkqwC2sUC3s0CwAHtBMsE+AerBITOApjE AooBwcECAA==

As a Freeze Mage your game plan revolves around stalling your opponent's board development with big board clears, while at the same time using your card-drawing skills and minions to fatten up your hand with your core win-conditions. Combos like Frost Nova/Blizzard and Doomsayer allow you to - typically - wipe whatever's out on the board, and frustrate the opponent's progress. If the game gets away from you, you have a pair of Ice Blocks to keep you in the game while you draw the final pieces together.

As for the win-conditions we've mentioned, your goal has been simplified somewhat in recent months. This current version is built around the Mage's Un'Goro quest called Open the Waygate. If you cast off six spells that didn't originate in your deck, you'll gain Time Warp, which allows you to take your turn again. Combine this with Archmage Antonidas and you'll see how it's possible to generate a huge amount of firepower here.

The route you choose towards victory will depend a huge amount on the cards you happen to draw, the opponent you happen to face, and the state of your Mana curve. This is not an easy deck to play at all, and learning how to navigate safely towards your win-condition is something that only experience can really teach you.

New Frozen Throne cards

Here's a quick overview of the new cards that appear in this particular deck list:

- Simulacrum adds an extra copy of the lowest cost minion card that is currently in your hand.

- Ghastly Conjurer provides you with a Mirror Image which can be used to add a little extra defensive presence on the board.

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Frozen Throne Freeze Mage Mulligan guide

You'll be playing Open the Waygate on Turn 1, so it's important to think about what you'll play on the remainder of your early turns.

As a cheap card that kick starts your quest, Babbling Book is an obvious keep, as is Arcanologist who'll provide you with a Turn 3 Secret to play. Primordial Glyph is another card that will add towards your quest tally, and there's no harm keeping Doomsayer either - it's especially good at shutting out aggro decks nice and quickly.

There's not a huge amount of extra advice we can give now though as the meta is still taking shape. If Freeze Mage remains a competitive deck in the new Frozen Throne meta, then we'll reinstate our hero-by-hero Mulligan chart when we know what the competition looks like.

Frozen Throne Freeze Mage combos and synergies

There's lots to think about at every stage of every match with the Freeze Mage. Here are some of the most important combos to keep in mind as each game plays out:

- If you discover and cast a spell that didn't start off in your deck list, you'll tick off part of your Open the Waygate quest. In this deck, the following cards will help you on that journey: Babbling Book, Primordial Glyph, Ghastly Conjurer and Cabalist's Tome.

- Arcanologist is guaranteed to draw one of your Secrets for the deck, which nicely plugs the three Mana gap you may have. Plan accordingly if you get this card in your opening hand.

- Doomsayer can be used with your freeze effects (Frost Nova / Blizzard) to set up a nice board clear, but keep in mind that the wipe is not guaranteed. If your opponent can Silence or assassinate this character, the effect won't trigger!

- Primordial Glyph doesn't just reward you with a random spell, it also reduces the cost of that spell by 2 Mana.

- If Archmage Antonidas is on the board, every spell you cast will cause a bonus Fireball card to be added to your hand.

Finally, here's Trump outlining the fundamentals of playing Freeze Mage as part of his Trump Teaching Deck series.

Keep in mind that the deck list itself is very different to the current one, as the video was recorded some time ago. We believe the fundamental strategy advice should still be applicable though, so do watch it through to the end.

Tips

Here's a handful of extra tips which should help you take your Freeze Mage game to the next level:

  • You can afford to delay playing Ice Block for quite some time, so if you've three Mana to spare and it's a choice of this spell or Ice Barrier, take the latter.
  • When selecting a spell with Primordial Glyph, have one eye on the late-game. If you get truly dreadful options, consider how a particularly cheap one might be used to draw a Fireball from Archmage Antonidas later on in the game.

Comment on this article

  • franciscalvendra #1 10 days ago
    I love your articles and i check this site almost everyday. May i suggest though that when you update an article, can you please annotate what you remove when you add some new cards onto the deck? That would be very helpful. Keep up the great work.
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  • Bedders #2 10 days ago
    @franciscalvendra That's fair and noted. I used to drop the previous version of the deck list into the comments after an update - would that do the trick?
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  • Bedders #3 10 days ago
    @franciscalvednra Also, thanks for the kind words! It means a lot during these very....intense times :-)
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  • franciscalvendra #4 9 days ago
    That would be awesome! Thanks for the quick response. Looking forward to the updates
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  • Bedders #5 7 days ago
    @franciscalvendra I've just realised that because I'm a big dummy I forgot to copy the old deck list first. Sorry! I don't think it's a huge problem in this instance though because Freeze Mage is not getting a lot of love right now. Still, I would have liked to preserve it.
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  • braindrops #6 7 days ago
    I love your site as well! Fyi - when you use your deck import id doomed apprentice is imported instead of sorcerer's apprentice per your list above.
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