Arena Mage Tier Lists for Rise of Shadows

Last updated on Apr 09, 2019 at 22:55 by Kat 58 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 Kat, a professional Hearthstone player playing since closed beta. She 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 Messenger Raven Dalaran Crusader
Flamestrike Polymorph Eccentric Scribe
Tier 2: Great
Duplicate Water Elemental Dark Iron Dwarf Mad Scientist
Faceless Summoner Acidic Swamp Ooze Harvest Golem Sen'jin Shieldmasta
Frostbolt Boulderfist Ogre Haunted Creeper Spectral Knight
Sorcerer's Apprentice Chillwind Yeti Hench-Clan Hogsteed
Tier 3: Good
Arcane Intellect Daring Reporter Mad Bomber Stormwind Champion
Twilight Flamecaller Dire Wolf Alpha Proud Defender Swift Messenger
Amani Berserker Earthen Ring Farseer Psych-o-Tron Toxic Sewer Ooze
Argent Squire Faerie Dragon Raging Worgen Unstable Ghoul
Big-Time Racketeer Flight Master Scarlet Crusader Worgen Infiltrator
Bog Creeper Frost Elemental Shattered Sun Cleric Zombie Chow
Burly Shovelfist Furious Ettin Silver Hand Knight
Cult Master Hired Gun Spellbreaker
Tier 4: Above Average
Kabal Chemist Blowgill Sniper Kooky Chemist Soldier of Fortune
Arcane Explosion Deranged Doctor Loot Hoarder Stormwind Knight
Cone of Cold Faceless Rager Nerubian Prophet Stranglethorn Tiger
Cryomancer Fen Creeper Polluted Hoarder Tanglefur Mystic
Aberrant Berserker Friendly Bartender Ravencaller Twisted Worgen
Blackwald Pixie Hench-Clan Sneak Rotten Applebaum Walnut Sprite
Tier 5: Average
Mirror Entity Eldritch Horror Naga Corsair Stormpike Commando
Arcane Servant Flesheating Ghoul Nerub'ar Weblord Streetwise Investigator
Archmage Gnomish Inventor Oasis Snapjaw Sunreaver Spy
Bilefin Tidehunter Grook Fu Master Ogre Magi Travelling Healer
Bloodfen Raptor Jungle Panther Silvermoon Guardian Violet Warden
Bluegill Warrior Mistress of Mixtures Spellbook Binder Wolfrider
Darkscale Healer Murloc Tidehunter Spiteful Smith Youthful Brewmaster
Tier 6: Below Average
Arcane Missiles Dancing Swords Kobold Geomancer Squirming Tentacle
Magic Dart Frog Dragonling Mechanic Lord of the Arena Stoneskin Gargoyle
Vex Crow EVIL Cable Rat Marsh Drake Tentacle of N'Zoth
Abusive Sergeant Frostwolf Warlord Potion Vendor Venture Co. Mercenary
Acolyte of Pain Gurubashi Berserker Pumpkin Peasant Voodoo Doctor
Ancient Brewmaster Hench-Clan Thug Razorfen Hunter War Golem
Ancient of Blossoms Hozen Healer Reckless Rocketeer Wyrmguard
Bloodsail Raider Infested Tauren River Crocolisk
Booty Bay Bodyguard Ironbeak Owl Safeguard
Dalaran Librarian Ironfur Grizzly Spawn of N'Zoth
Tier 7: Bad
Frost Nova Dalaran Mage Nightblade Thrallmar Farseer
Kabal Lackey Darkmire Moonkin Novice Engineer Toxfin
Mana Wyrm Elven Archer Priestess of Elune Undertaker
Mirror Image Faceless Behemoth Raid Leader Vicious Scalehide
Ray of Frost Felsoul Inquisitor Red Mana Wyrm Violet Spellsword
Tome of Intellect Frostwolf Grunt Silverback Patriarch Windfury Harpy
Cauldron Elemental Gadgetzan Socialite Spellshifter Worgen Greaser
Clockwork Automaton Grotesque Dragonhawk Swamp Leech Zealous Initiate
Core Hound Ironforge Rifleman Tanaris Hogchopper
Cult Apothecary Mogu'shan Warden Tauren Warrior
Tier 8: Terrible
Freezing Potion Duskboar Magma Rager Swamp Dragon Egg
Ice Barrier Evolved Kobold Mana Reservoir Unpowered Steambot
Shatter Goldshire Footman Murloc Raider Wisp
Snap Freeze Grimscale Oracle Shieldbearer Young Dragonhawk
Am'gam Rager Heroic Innkeeper Southsea Deckhand
Backstreet Leper Leper Gnome Stonetusk Boar
Dread Corsair Lost Spirit Street Trickster
Tier 1: Excellent
Conjurer's Calling Sunwalker
Tier 2: Great
Blizzard Volcanic Potion Corrupted Seer Witchwood Grizzly
Kabal Courier Argent Commander Gilnean Royal Guard
Tier 3: Good
Kirin Tor Mage Defender of Argus Sludge Belcher Violet Teacher
Bomb Squad Exotic Mountseller Spellward Jeweler Witchwood Piper
Chief Inspector Phantom Militia Stampeding Kodo
Corrupted Healbot Second-Rate Bruiser Tunnel Blaster
Tier 4: Above Average
Bonfire Elemental Deathlord Injured Blademaster Twilight Drake
Cinderstorm Emperor Cobra Scaleworm Wild Pyromancer
Counterspell Imp Master Sunfury Protector
Tier 5: Average
Kabal Crystal Runner Abomination Knife Juggler Wailing Soul
Kirin Tor Tricaster Crazed Alchemist Questing Adventurer Young Priestess
Potion of Polymorph Demolisher Ravenholdt Assassin
Servant of Yogg-Saron Doppelgangster Spiked Hogrider
Tier 6: Below Average
Magic Trick Gadgetzan Auctioneer Midnight Drake Portal Keeper
Backroom Bouncer Mad Hatter Pint-Sized Summoner Recurring Villain
Tier 7: Bad
Curio Collector Arcane Golem Eater of Secrets Mana Wraith
Demented Frostcaller Blackwater Pirate Lifedrinker Master Swordsmith
Vaporize Bloodsail Corsair Mad Summoner Sunreaver Warmage
Ancient Mage Coldlight Seer Mana Addict
Tier 8: Terrible
Ethereal Arcanist Hecklebot Nerubian Egg Silithid Swarmer
Alarm-o-Bot Lightwarden Night Prowler Small-Time Buccaneer
Angry Chicken Murloc Tidecaller Secretkeeper Underbelly Ooze
Tier 1: Excellent
Arcane Keysmith Power of Creation
Tier 2: Great
Book of Specters Forbidden Flame Shade of Naxxramas
Cabalist's Tome Sea Giant Witch's Cauldron
Tier 3: Good
Greater Arcane Missiles Blood Knight Mossy Horror Twilight Summoner
Pyroblast Burgly Bully Muck Hunter Voodoo Doll
Batterhead Hench-Clan Hag Nightmare Amalgam
Tier 4: Above Average
Mana Cyclone Spellbender Worgen Abomination
Tier 5: Average
Manic Soulcaster Echoing Ooze Leatherclad Hogleader Scaled Nightmare
Cyclopian Horror Faceless Shambler Magic Carpet Southsea Captain
Defias Cleaner Fel Orc Soulfiend Portal Overfiend Splitting Festeroot
Tier 6: Below Average
Icicle Doomsayer Murloc Warleader
Azerite Elemental Faceless Manipulator Validated Doomsayer
Big Bad Archmage Fight Promoter Wind-up Burglebot
Tier 7: Bad
Ancient Harbinger Blood of The Ancient One Mountain Giant
Baleful Banker Darkspeaker Sandbinder
Big Game Hunter Hungry Crab Unseen Saboteur
Tier 8: Terrible
Blubber Baron Dirty Rat Weasel Tunneler Whirlwind Tempest
Tier 1: Excellent
Archmage Antonidas
Tier 2: Great
Kalecgos Cairne Bloodhoof Kel'Thuzad Onyxia
Baron Geddon Deathwing Maexxna
Tier 3: Good
Toki, Time-Tinker Feugen Loatheb
Kazakus Hogger Soggoth the Slitherer
Countess Ashmore Illidan Stormrage Ysera
Tier 4: Above Average
Anomalus Khadgar Archivist Elysiana
Archmage Arugal Alexstrasza Malygos
Tier 5: Average
Archmage Vargoth Deathwing, Dragonlord King Mukla The Black Knight
Auctionmaster Beardo Genzo, the Shark Mukla, Tyrant of the Vale Y'Shaarj, Rage Unbound
Barista Lynchen Gruul N'Zoth, the Corruptor
Bloodmage Thalnos Harrison Jones The Beast
Tier 6: Below Average
Dollmaster Dorian Jepetto Joybuzz Millhouse Manastorm Tinkmaster Overspark
Hogger, Doom of Elwynn Leeroy Jenkins Nat Pagle Wrathion
Tier 7: Bad
Inkmaster Solia Nozdormu Stalagg
Captain Greenskin Sergeant Sally The Boogeymonster
Chef Nomi Shifter Zerus Yogg-Saron, Hope's End
Tier 8: Terrible
Azalina Soulthief Finja, the Flying Star Madam Goya Nat, the Darkfisher
Baron Rivendare Lorewalker Cho Mayor Noggenfogger Patches the Pirate

4. Changelog

  • 09 Apr. 2019: Updated spreadsheets for Rise of Shadows.
  • 20 Dec. 2018: Updates following nerfs from December 20.
    • Removed Mind Control Tech.
  • 05 Dec. 2018: Updated spreadsheets for Rastakhan's Rumble.
  • 07 Aug. 2018: Updated spreadsheets for The Boomsday Project.
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