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Hearthstone: Secret Mage deck list guide - Hearthstone - May 2017

Our guide to playing the Un'Goro Secret Mage in Season 38.

Our Secret Mage deck guide features the best deck list for Season 38, with Mulligan advice, strategy tips, card combos and synergies.

Secret Mage is a deck that's absolutely stuffed to the brim with these titular 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.

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. It's worth nothing though that there are hints of Tempo Mage here, as you can feed a Mana Wyrm or two with all these tasty spells as you work your way through the early turns.

This deck is perhaps the most vulnerable to change of all the early Un'Goro decks that we've been covering here on Metabomb, and it's very situationally useful. For that reason, we encourage you to be extremely cautious with your crafting dust, as it remains to be seen whether this archetype will prove truly competitive as the metagame wears on.

If you're up for a little experimentation though, we've got a starting deck list for you to get going with, along with some advice 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...

Editor's note - May Update #1: The only change this month comes from dropping a single Potion of Polymorph for a single Ice Block. We've also added some alternative deck lists which you might want to play aroudn with. Let us know how you're getting on with this version in the comments, and we'll udpate this deck again in time for the next competitive season.

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Secret Mage deck list and strategy - May 2017

This is the best Secret Mage deck list that we're aware of right now. We'll of course update this section of the guide if something more refined turns up as the Un'Goro metagame develops.

2 x Babbling Book
2 x Kabal Lackey
2 x Mana Wyrm
2 x Arcanologist
2 x Frostbolt
2 x Medivh's Valet
2 x Primordial Glyph
2 x Arcane Intellect
2 x Counterspell
1 x Ice Block
2 x Kirin Tor Mage
1 x Potion of Polymorph
1 x Spellbender
2 x Ethereal Arcanist
2 x Fireball
2 x Kabal Crystal Runner
1 x Firelands Portal

Alternative deck lists:

Secret Mage Mulligan guide - May 2017

There's nothing too complex about Mulliganing the Secret Mage. You can take the Tempo Mage approach and look to bulk up your Mana Wyrms if you get them (Primordial Glyph is great here, of course), or you can just shoot for perennially sensible picks such as Babbling Book, Kabal Lackey (with any Secret), or Arcanologist.

You want be in charge of each match from the very start and play ahead of the opponent wherever possible, so just try to build a solid group of opening turns. It's quite hard to catch-up with this deck, so you want to keep your opponent guessing right from the off.

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Secret Mage tips, combos and synergies - May 2017

There are quite a lot of combos to juggle with any kind of Secret Mage, and the Un'Goro version is certainly no exception. Here's what you need to be thinking about when playing this deck:

- One combo to keep in mind is Kabal Lackey and Counterspell. If you can get this off ahead of your opponent's Quest card, you can kill the game right there and then.

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

- Ethereal Arcanist grows stronger at the end of each turn where you still have a Secret in play. Note that the growth effect does not stack with multiple Secrets.

- 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. This can provide you with a very significant tempo advantage.

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