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

Our updated guide to playing the Secret-heavy Tempo Mage in Season 41.

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

Tempo Mage is a deck that's absolutely stuffed to the brim with Secrets and spells, and it's a playstyle that will leave your opponent on a permanent backfoot as they attempt to read the possible pitfalls that might lie ahead of them, and respond to your collection of Secrets as efficiently as they can.

All the while they're doing this, you'll hopefully be fattening up your own board with an ever-snowballing threat of your own. How exactly you play the deck out depends very much on what those Secrets happen to cook up for you, and the challenge that the opponent presents at any given stage of the match.

In our Tempo Mage guide, we've got a starting deck list for you to get going with, along with some strategy advice and some tips for for making it through the Mulligan stage. Finally, we've outlined all of the combos contained in this particular version of the deck. Understanding all of these is key to navigating the uncertain path that every game is going to throw at you. Good luck!

FROZEN THRONE UPDATE

We've significantly overhauled our Secret / Tempo Mage deck list to reflect the latest changes that are happening in the Frozen Throne meta. The end result is as much more consistent deck that we've found a fair bit of success with on the ladder over the last day or so.

We're pretty happy with how this looks right now, and so you should expect a further refinement as we approach the start of the September season. Do share your own versions in the comments until then, so we can roadtest them for ourselves

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

Frozen Throne Tempo Mage deck list and strategy

We've pulled this version of the deck directly from a meta tracker and so can't directly attribute the creator. Still, we reckon this is a pretty stable deck list that will help you make a zippy climb up the ladder.

MageNeutral
2 x Mana Wyrm1 x Burgly Bully
2 x Arcanologist1 x The Black Knight
2 x Frostbolt
2 x Medivh's Valet
2 x Primordial Glyph
2 x Sorcerer's Apprentice
2 x Arcane Intellect
2 x Counterspell
2 x Kirin Tor Mage
1 x Mana Bind
1 x Mirror Entity
2 x Fireball
1 x Ghastly Conjurer
2 x Kabal Crystal Runner
1 x Archmage Antonidas
2 x Firelands Portal

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

Deck Import ID: AAECAf0EBsMBuAj4DPq/AsbBAt7NAgxxuwKVA6sE5gSWBewFo7YC17YCh70CwcECmMQCAA==

This is, in essence, the classic Tempo Mage of old updated with a Secret twist to keep it relevant for the Frozen Throne meta. A Secret from Arcanologist made free with a follow-up Kirin Tor Mage provides you with a huge tempo advantage, for example, and evolves the deck far beyond the established Mana Wyrm / Frostbolt / Primordial Glyph opening plays we're all very familiar with.

A new kind of end-game here is built around the interactions between Burgly Bully and Archmage Antonidas. The former can be used to feed coins to the latter so as to build a huge hand of Fireballs. Sorcerer's Apprentice can also be used as part of this process to dramatically reduce the cost of your burst damage.

If you have a flawless curve of insane tempo in the early-game, then you should race aggro opponents to the finishing line, otherwise you're best off taking a more controlling position. You're fast, but you're not aggro at the end of the day. Come the mid-game you can start taking a more aggressive approach when you've established firm control of the board. Board presence is everything with this deck, so always try to ensure you have more out in play than the opponent does

Against control opponents it's a lot more important to start putting the pressure on nice and early on and then slam your hand over the victory line quickly. These types of opponent will always beat you in the slow race when the late-game rolls around, after all, and so you do need to take quite an aggressive stance. Make your fast minion plays over everything else, and save cards like Arcane Intellect and Primordial Glyph for later on in the game when you need more fuel.

In slow matches, it's also a little more important to plan out your Secrets. Don't be too greedy with Mirror's Entity, but do try to postpone playing it until you can anticipate getting something reasonably juicy off your opponent - a little knowledge of the metagame goes a very long way here. Also, and as painful as it may be to “waste" damage spells on enemy minions rather than bursting the opponent down, if your minions will do more damage over time as a result then it's the smart choice.

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Frozen Throne Tempo Mage Mulligan guide

In both aggro and control match-ups you're always going to favour drawing Mana Wyrm, so hold onto it at all costs. If you can follow that up with a Frostbolt for removal or an Arcanologist, you're going to be in great shape. If you get the latter, you also want to hang on to Kirin Tor Mage to gain some major tempo.

Primordial Glyph will also empower the Wyrm and give you an extra tool to play with as well, while Sorcerer's Apprentice has obvious synergies in the early-game - make sure you factor her Mana-reduction effects into your maths when it comes to thinking about your other keeps. Yes your best-laid plans may end up in tatters, but when the stars align you can find yourself on a very rapid race to the finishing line.

That's the basics of Mulliganing this deck, then, but why are we making those choices? Here's a closer look at some of the key cards we've outlined above.

1. Mana Wyrm: Nothing outranks this minion on the list and if you receive it in the Mulligan phase it represents the backbone of your early tempo plays. The raw vanilla stats aren't exactly terrible for dealing with early aggro minions, but it's the attack-increasing synergy with the many spells you'll play that really make it shine. Expect anyone but the greenest of opponents to remove this target as quickly as they can.

2. Arcanologist: This is of course a Secret-fuelled deck, and so the value of this card is pretty self-evident. Second only to Mana Wyrm when it comes to priority keeps, if you can pair this up with a Turn 3 Kirin Tor Mage and the free Secret provided, you're going to find yourself in very good shape indeed. Even if you don't get a combo rolling, it's hard not to get value out of this minion on Turn 2.

3. Frostbolt: The Mage's signature early-game removal spell not only helps stop the opponent from getting off to a preferential start, it also serves to empower your active Mana Wyrm, which can then go onto make a more meaningful play itself. Good times!

4. Primordial Glyph: We're quite surprised to see Primordial Glyph escape a swing of the nerfbat during the Un'Goro metagame - only its RNG element prevents it from being truly obnoxious. Like Frostbolt it has exceptional synergy with Mana Wyrm, and it also provides you with a sometimes powerful spell that's so cheap it feels like cheating!

Please note that we've removed our hero by hero Mulligan chart until the meta has stabilished in the Frozen Throne era. We'll replaced it with an updated version in time for the start of the September season. Thanks for your patience.

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Frozen Throne Tempo Mage tips, combos and synergies

There are quite a lot of combos to juggle with any kind of Tempo Mage, and the latest Frozen Throne version is certainly no exception.

Here's what you need to be thinking about when playing this deck out:

- Arcanologist will choose a remaining random Secret from your deck and put it in your hand when played.

- If you have a Secret in your hand, you'll be able to play it for free on the same turn Kirin Tor Mage is put into play.

- You have loads of Secrets at your disposal in this deck, and Kabal Crystal Runner costs two Mana less for each one of these spells you played earlier on in the game.

- All spells in this deck increase the Attack value of Mana Wyrm by a single point each.

- Try to avoid playing Medivh's Valet until you can trigger his Battlecry effect with an active Secret. Doing so can provide you with a very significant tempo advantage.

- As long as Sorcerer's Apprentice remains out on the board, your spells will cost one Mana less than they otherwise would. Plan your turn carefully here, as this can make a big difference when it comes to finishing the match quickly.

- Not only will Primordial Glyph allow you to Discover a new spell, the cost of that spell will be reduced by two Mana when it's in your hand.

- If Burgly Bully is out on the board he'll add a copy of The Coin to your hand every time your opponent casts a spell. Consider the value of this card in connection with Archmage Antonidas!

- On that note, Archmage Antonidas will add a Fireball to your hand every time you cast a spell while he's out on the board.

- The Black Knight is a pure tech card at this stage of the Frozen Throne meta, and exists to eliminate a Taunt minion. Particular note is made here to The Lich King - you want to shut down that bonus card draw as quickly as possible, after all.

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