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Arena Mage Tier Lists One Night in Karazhan

Last updated on Oct 05, 2016 at 10:57 by Sottle 42 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 guide is presented to you by Sottle, a professional Hearthstone player who plays for compLexity Gaming. Sottle regularly streams Arenas on Twitch and explains all of his moves. He has a recorded winrate of over 73%, making him one of the top Arena players.

3. Mage Spreadsheet

Common Cards
Rare Cards
Epic Cards
Legendary Cards
Tier 1: Excellent
Fireball Flamestrike Water Elemental Piloted Shredder
Firelands Portal Frostbolt North Sea Kraken Zombie Chow
Tier 2: Great
Flamecannon Boulderfist Ogre Gilblin Stalker Spectral Knight
Polymorph Chillwind Yeti Harvest Golem Spider Tank
Acidic Swamp Ooze Dark Iron Dwarf Mechanical Yeti
Amani Berserker Drakonid Crusher Pit Fighter
Bog Creeper Evil Heckler Sen'jin Shieldmasta
Tier 3: Good
Ethereal Conjurer Earthen Ring Farseer Mad Bomber Silver Hand Knight
Mana Wyrm Faerie Dragon Nerubian Prophet Spellbreaker
Medivh's Valet Flame Juggler Ogre Brute Stormwind Champion
Sorcerer's Apprentice Frost Elemental Pompous Thespian Stranglethorn Tiger
Argent Horserider Haunted Creeper Raging Worgen Tomb Spider
Argent Squire Huge Toad Scarlet Crusader Worgen Infiltrator
Cult Master Hungry Dragon Shattered Sun Cleric
Dire Wolf Alpha Lost Tallstrider Silent Knight
Tier 4: Above Average
Arcane Intellect Burly Rockjaw Trogg Loot Hoarder Silver Hand Regent
Dalaran Aspirant Clockwork Knight Mechwarper Spiteful Smith
Spellslinger Dragonhawk Rider Micro Machine Stormwind Knight
Aberrant Berserker Dragonkin Sorcerer Mukla's Champion Tinkertown Technician
Abusive Sergeant Explosive Sheep Murloc Tidehunter Twisted Worgen
Bilefin Tidehunter Fen Creeper Polluted Hoarder Violet Illusionist
Bloodfen Raptor Frostwolf Warlord Psych-o-Tron Volcanic Drake
Boneguard Lieutenant Kvaldir Raider Puddlestomper Youthful Brewmaster
Tier 5: Average
Arcane Missiles Clockwork Gnome Ironfur Grizzly Ship's Cannon
Cone of Cold Dancing Swords Jeweled Scarab Silvermoon Guardian
Duplicate Darkscale Healer Jungle Panther Squirming Tentacle
Flame Lance Duskboar Lance Carrier Stonesplinter Trogg
Mirror Entity Flesheating Ghoul Maiden of the Lake Stormpike Commando
Twilight Flamecaller Force-Tank MAX Oasis Snapjaw Wolfrider
Acolyte of Pain Fossilized Devilsaur Ogre Magi Zealous Initiate
Archmage Frigid Snobold Razorfen Hunter Zoobot
Bluegill Warrior Gnomish Inventor Refreshment Vendor
Captured Jormungar Gurubashi Berserker River Crocolisk
Tier 6: Below Average
Arcane Explosion Arcanosmith Gorillabot A-3 Pantry Spider
Dragon's Breath Blackwing Corruptor Ice Rager Reckless Rocketeer
Frost Nova Blackwing Technician Infested Tauren Spawn of N'Zoth
Mirror Image Bloodsail Raider Ironbeak Owl Tentacle of N'Zoth
Ancient Brewmaster Booty Bay Bodyguard Kobold Geomancer Unstable Ghoul
Annoy-o-Tron Dragonling Mechanic Lord of the Arena Venture Co. Mercenary
Antique Healbot Eldritch Horror Lowly Squire Voodoo Doctor
Anubisath Sentinel Faceless Behemoth Mad Scientist War Golem
Arcane Anomaly Gadgetzan Jouster Nerub'ar Weblord
Tier 7: Bad
Ice Barrier Flying Machine Netherspite Historian Silverback Patriarch
Ice Lance Frostwolf Grunt Nightblade Tauren Warrior
Shatter Gnomeregan Infantry Novice Engineer Thrallmar Farseer
Cogmaster Grotesque Dragonhawk Priestess of Elune Tournament Attendee
Core Hound Ironforge Rifleman Raid Leader Undertaker
Dalaran Mage Menagerie Magician Runic Egg Windfury Harpy
Elven Archer Mogu'shan Warden Salty Dog
Tier 8: Terrible
Am'gam Rager Grimscale Oracle Shieldbearer Wisp
Cult Apothecary Leper Gnome Southsea Deckhand Young Dragonhawk
Dread Corsair Magma Rager Stoneskin Gargoyle
Evolved Kobold Murloc Raider Stonetusk Boar
Goldshire Footman Murloc Tinyfin Tournament Medic
Tier 1: Excellent
Sunwalker
Tier 2: Great
Blizzard Argent Commander Sludge Belcher
Fallen Hero Azure Drake
Tier 3: Good
Babbling Book Polymorph: Boar Defender of Argus Stampeding Kodo
Goblin Blastmage Bomb Lobber Madder Bomber Violet Teacher
Kirin Tor Mage Corrupted Healbot Mind Control Tech
Tier 4: Above Average
Effigy Armored Warhorse Injured Blademaster Twilight Drake
Flamewaker Emperor Cobra Master Jouster Wild Pyromancer
Ancient Shade Goblin Sapper Saboteur Wobbling Runts
Arcane Nullifier X-21 Imp Master Sunfury Protector
Tier 5: Average
Counterspell Abomination Knife Juggler Ravenholdt Assassin
Servant of Yogg-Saron Avian Watcher Light's Champion Wailing Soul
Soot Spewer Crazed Alchemist Midnight Drake Young Priestess
Unstable Portal Demolisher Nerubian Egg
Vaporize Illuminator Questing Adventurer
Tier 6: Below Average
Demented Frostcaller Deathlord Grim Patron Moat Lurker
Ethereal Arcanist Dragon Egg Injured Kvaldir Pint-Sized Summoner
Blackwater Pirate Fencing Coach Kezan Mystic
Coliseum Manager Gadgetzan Auctioneer Lil' Exorcist
Tier 7: Bad
Animated Armor Bloodsail Corsair Corrupted Seer Mana Addict
Ancient Mage Book Wyrm Eater of Secrets Mana Wraith
Arcane Golem Coldlight Oracle Gnomish Experimenter Master Swordsmith
Argent Watchman Coldlight Seer Jeeves Secretkeeper
Tier 8: Terrible
Alarm-o-Bot Eerie Statue Murloc Tidecaller Target Dummy
Ancient Watcher Lightwarden Silithid Swarmer
Angry Chicken Mogor's Champion Summoning Stone
Tier 1: Excellent
Sea Giant
Tier 2: Great
Pyroblast Kodorider Piloted Sky Golem
Tier 3: Good
Coldarra Drake Blood Knight Recombobulator
Forbidden Flame Grand Crusader
Tier 4: Above Average
Arcane Blast Djinni of Zephyrs Garrison Commander
Cabalist's Tome Fel Reaver Shade of Naxxramas
Tier 5: Average
Echo of Medivh Echoing Ooze Southsea Captain
Darkspeaker Faceless Shambler Twilight Summoner
Tier 6: Below Average
Spellbender Doomsayer Master of Ceremonies Sideshow Spelleater
Wee Spellstopper Enhance-o Mechano Murloc Warleader Twilight Guardian
Ancient Harbinger Faceless Manipulator Recruiter Validated Doomsayer
Crowd Favorite Frost Giant Scaled Nightmare
Tier 7: Bad
Ice Block Blood of The Ancient One Hobgoblin Molten Giant
Arcane Giant Clockwork Giant Hungry Crab Mountain Giant
Big Game Hunter Cyclopian Horror Mini-Mage Naga Sea Witch
Tier 8: Terrible
Junkbot
Tier 1: Excellent
Dr. Boom Onyxia Sylvanas Windrunner
Kel'Thuzad Ragnaros the Firelord Ysera
Tier 2: Great
Cairne Bloodhoof Emperor Thaurissan The Curator
Chromaggus Nefarian Toshley
Deathwing Sneed's Old Shredder Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound
Tier 3: Good
Archmage Antonidas Eydis Darkbane Harrison Jones Mekgineer Thermaplugg
Rhonin Feugen Hogger Nexus-Champion Saraad
Alexstrasza Fjola Lightbane Hogger, Doom of Elwynn Reno Jackson
Arch-Thief Rafaam Foe Reaper 4000 Loatheb The Black Knight
Baron Geddon Gruul Medivh, the Guardian
Tier 4: Above Average
Barnes Icehowl Malygos
Bloodmage Thalnos Illidan Stormrage N'Zoth, the Corruptor
Deathwing, Dragonlord Maexxna The Beast
Tier 5: Average
Chillmaw King Mukla Mukla, Tyrant of the Vale
Elise Starseeker Mogor the Ogre Prince Malchezaar
Justicar Trueheart Moroes Troggzor the Earthinator
Tier 6: Below Average
Flame Leviathan Leeroy Jenkins Soggoth the Slitherer
Brann Bronzebeard Millhouse Manastorm The Boogeymonster
Hemet Nesingwary Nat Pagle Tinkmaster Overspark
Tier 7: Bad
Anomalus Gazlowe Nat, the Darkfisher The Skeleton Knight
Baron Rivendare Gormok the Impaler Sir Finley Mrrgglton Yogg-Saron, Hope's End
Blingtron 3000 Majordomo Executus Skycap'n Kragg
Captain Greenskin Mimiron's Head Stalagg
Tier 8: Terrible
Bolf Ramshield Nozdormu Shifter Zerus
Lorewalker Cho Rend Blackhand

4. ChangeLog

  • 05 Oct. 2016: Update, following balance changes of October, 3rd.
  • 17 Sep. 2016: Deleted cards that were removed from the Arena.
    • Moved Bog Creeper from Tier 3 to Tier 2.
    • Removed Faceless Summoner.
    • Removed Forgotten Torch.
    • Removed Snowchugger.
  • 01 Sep. 2016: Karazhan Update. Added all Karazhan cards and made some balance updates.
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