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Arena Mage Tier Lists Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

Last updated on Mar 05, 2017 at 18:30 by Pesty 48 comments

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This spreadsheet is designed to aid you in forging Mage Arena decks. As you can see, the spreadsheet divides all cards of the same rarity into 8 different tiers, based on their (potential) value for your class. Cards listed in Tier 1 are generally better than cards listed in Tier 2, and so on. Within each tier, however, the cards are not listed in order of their value. Cards specific to Mages are underlined.

1. How to Use a Spreadsheet?

Essentially, you should always pick the card that is part of the highest tier. When picking between cards that are in the same tier, make your choice based on preference, or what card would best suit your existing card choices.

To read more about how to use the spreadsheet to make the correct decisions, as well as to read about the exceptions (situations where you should pick something other than what the spreadsheet indicates), please check out our spreadsheet explanations.

2. About the Author

This deck is presented to you by Pesty, a professional Hearthstone player playing since closed beta. He is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

3. Mage Spreadsheet

Common Cards
Rare Cards
Epic Cards
Legendary Cards
Tier 1: Excellent
Fireball Flamestrike Water Elemental
Firelands Portal Frostbolt North Sea Kraken
Tier 2: Great
Polymorph Bog Creeper Dark Iron Dwarf Harvest Golem
Acidic Swamp Ooze Boulderfist Ogre Drakonid Crusher Pit Fighter
Amani Berserker Chillwind Yeti Evil Heckler Sen'jin Shieldmasta
Tier 3: Good
Ethereal Conjurer Dire Wolf Alpha Hungry Dragon Silent Knight
Mana Wyrm Earthen Ring Farseer Mad Bomber Silver Hand Knight
Medivh's Valet Faerie Dragon Nerubian Prophet Spellbreaker
Sorcerer's Apprentice Flame Juggler Pompous Thespian Stormwind Champion
Argent Horserider Frost Elemental Raging Worgen Stranglethorn Tiger
Argent Squire Hired Gun Scarlet Crusader Tomb Spider
Cult Master Huge Toad Shattered Sun Cleric Worgen Infiltrator
Tier 4: Above Average
Arcane Intellect Boneguard Lieutenant Kooky Chemist Stormwind Knight
Dalaran Aspirant Clockwork Knight Kvaldir Raider Toxic Sewer Ooze
Spellslinger Daring Reporter Loot Hoarder Twisted Worgen
Aberrant Berserker Dragonhawk Rider Mukla's Champion Violet Illusionist
Abusive Sergeant Dragonkin Sorcerer Murloc Tidehunter Volcanic Drake
Big-Time Racketeer Fen Creeper Naga Corsair Youthful Brewmaster
Bilefin Tidehunter Friendly Bartender Polluted Hoarder
Bloodfen Raptor Frostwolf Warlord Psych-o-Tron
Blowgill Sniper Hozen Healer Silver Hand Regent
Tier 5: Average
Arcane Missiles Captured Jormungar Jungle Panther Spiteful Smith
Cone of Cold Darkscale Healer Lance Carrier Squirming Tentacle
Flame Lance Flesheating Ghoul Maiden of the Lake Stormpike Commando
Mirror Entity Fossilized Devilsaur Mistress of Mixtures Streetwise Investigator
Twilight Flamecaller Frigid Snobold Oasis Snapjaw Tanaris Hogchopper
Acolyte of Pain Gadgetzan Socialite Ogre Magi Wolfrider
Ancient of Blossoms Gnomish Inventor Razorfen Hunter Worgen Greaser
Archmage Gurubashi Berserker Refreshment Vendor Zealous Initiate
Bloodsail Raider Ironfur Grizzly River Crocolisk Zoobot
Bluegill Warrior Jeweled Scarab Silvermoon Guardian
Tier 6: Below Average
Arcane Explosion Arcanosmith Gorillabot A-3 Red Mana Wyrm
Kabal Chemist Blackwing Corruptor Ice Rager Spawn of N'Zoth
Cryomancer Blackwing Technician Infested Tauren Tentacle of N'Zoth
Dragon's Breath Booty Bay Bodyguard Ironbeak Owl Venture Co. Mercenary
Frost Nova Dragonling Mechanic Kobold Geomancer Voodoo Doctor
Mirror Image Duskboar Lord of the Arena War Golem
Ancient Brewmaster Eldritch Horror Lowly Squire
Anubisath Sentinel Faceless Behemoth Pantry Spider
Arcane Anomaly Gadgetzan Jouster Reckless Rocketeer
Tier 7: Bad
Ice Barrier Elven Archer Mogu'shan Warden Runic Egg
Ice Lance Frostwolf Grunt Netherspite Historian Silverback Patriarch
Kabal Lackey Grook Fu Master Nightblade Tauren Warrior
Shatter Grotesque Dragonhawk Novice Engineer Thrallmar Farseer
Core Hound Ironforge Rifleman Priestess of Elune Tournament Attendee
Dalaran Mage Menagerie Magician Raid Leader Windfury Harpy
Tier 8: Terrible
Freezing Potion Evolved Kobold Murloc Raider Street Trickster
Am'gam Rager Goldshire Footman Murloc Tinyfin Tournament Medic
Backstreet Leper Grimscale Oracle Shieldbearer Wisp
Cult Apothecary Leper Gnome Southsea Deckhand Young Dragonhawk
Dread Corsair Magma Rager Stonetusk Boar
Tier 1: Excellent
No card in this tier
Tier 2: Great
Blizzard Argent Commander Sunwalker
Fallen Hero Azure Drake
Tier 3: Good
Babbling Book Polymorph: Boar Defender of Argus Stampeding Kodo
Kirin Tor Mage Corrupted Healbot Mind Control Tech Violet Teacher
Tier 4: Above Average
Effigy Armored Warhorse Imp Master Sunfury Protector
Flamewaker Bomb Squad Injured Blademaster Twilight Drake
Volcanic Potion Doppelgangster Master Jouster Wild Pyromancer
Ancient Shade Emperor Cobra Saboteur Wobbling Runts
Tier 5: Average
Counterspell Avian Watcher Light's Champion Spiked Hogrider
Kabal Courier Backroom Bouncer Midnight Drake Young Priestess
Servant of Yogg-Saron Crazed Alchemist Questing Adventurer
Vaporize Demolisher Ravenholdt Assassin
Abomination Knife Juggler Second-Rate Bruiser
Tier 6: Below Average
Demented Frostcaller Coliseum Manager Gadgetzan Auctioneer Pint-Sized Summoner
Ethereal Arcanist Corrupted Seer Grim Patron
Kabal Crystal Runner Dragon Egg Injured Kvaldir
Blackwater Pirate Fencing Coach Moat Lurker
Tier 7: Bad
Animated Armor Argent Watchman Coldlight Seer Master Swordsmith
Potion of Polymorph Bloodsail Corsair Eater of Secrets Secretkeeper
Ancient Mage Book Wyrm Mana Addict Small-Time Buccaneer
Arcane Golem Coldlight Oracle Mana Wraith
Tier 8: Terrible
Alarm-o-Bot Eerie Statue Murloc Tidecaller
Ancient Watcher Lightwarden Silithid Swarmer
Angry Chicken Mogor's Champion Summoning Stone
Tier 1: Excellent
Sea Giant
Tier 2: Great
Pyroblast Kodorider
Tier 3: Good
Coldarra Drake Forbidden Flame Blood Knight Grand Crusader
Tier 4: Above Average
Arcane Blast Cabalist's Tome Djinni of Zephyrs Garrison Commander
Tier 5: Average
Manic Soulcaster Defias Cleaner Southsea Captain
Darkspeaker Faceless Shambler Twilight Summoner
Tier 6: Below Average
Spellbender Doomsayer Master of Ceremonies Sideshow Spelleater
Ancient Harbinger Faceless Manipulator Murloc Warleader Twilight Guardian
Burgly Bully Frost Giant Recruiter Validated Doomsayer
Crowd Favorite Leatherclad Hogleader Scaled Nightmare Wind-up Burglebot
Tier 7: Bad
Greater Arcane Missiles Blood of The Ancient One Fel Orc Soulfiend Mountain Giant
Ice Block Blubber Baron Fight Promoter Naga Sea Witch
Arcane Giant Cyclopian Horror Hungry Crab
Big Game Hunter Dirty Rat Molten Giant
Tier 8: Terrible
Weasel Tunneler
Tier 1: Excellent
Kazakus Ragnaros the Firelord Ysera
Onyxia Sylvanas Windrunner
Tier 2: Great
Cairne Bloodhoof Deathwing Nefarian Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound
Chromaggus Emperor Thaurissan The Curator
Tier 3: Good
Archmage Antonidas Baron Geddon Harrison Jones Nexus-Champion Saraad
Rhonin Eydis Darkbane Hogger Reno Jackson
Alexstrasza Fjola Lightbane Hogger, Doom of Elwynn The Black Knight
Arch-Thief Rafaam Gruul Medivh, the Guardian
Tier 4: Above Average
Auctionmaster Beardo Deathwing, Dragonlord Malygos Wrathion
Barnes Icehowl N'Zoth, the Corruptor
Bloodmage Thalnos Illidan Stormrage The Beast
Tier 5: Average
Chillmaw Genzo, the Shark King Mukla Mukla, Tyrant of the Vale
Elise Starseeker Justicar Trueheart Moroes Prince Malchezaar
Tier 6: Below Average
Inkmaster Solia Leeroy Jenkins Nat Pagle The Boogeymonster
Brann Bronzebeard Millhouse Manastorm Soggoth the Slitherer Tinkmaster Overspark
Tier 7: Bad
Anomalus Gormok the Impaler Nat, the Darkfisher Skycap'n Kragg
Captain Greenskin Madam Goya Patches the Pirate The Skeleton Knight
Finja, the Flying Star Majordomo Executus Sir Finley Mrrgglton Yogg-Saron, Hope's End
Tier 8: Terrible
Bolf Ramshield Mayor Noggenfogger Rend Blackhand Shifter Zerus
Lorewalker Cho Nozdormu Sergeant Sally

4. ChangeLog

  • 05 Mar. 2017: Removed Wild cards.
  • 24 Jan. 2017: Moved Bloodsail Raider from Tier 6 to Tier 5.
  • 20 Dec. 2016: Balance update.
  • 04 Dec. 2016: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan Update. Added all Gadgetzan cards and made some balance updates.
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