Arena Mage Tier Lists for Rise of Shadows

Last updated on Jun 04, 2019 at 02:18 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 Eccentric Scribe
Firelands Portal Polymorph Force-Tank MAX
Flamestrike Dalaran Crusader Piloted Shredder
Tier 2: Great
Flame Lance Water Elemental Bull Dozer Harvest Golem
Frostbolt Acidic Swamp Ooze Chillwind Yeti Hench-Clan Hogsteed
Sorcerer's Apprentice Boulderfist Ogre Dark Iron Dwarf Sen'jin Shieldmasta
Tier 3: Good
Arcane Intellect Cult Master Mad Bomber Silver Hand Knight
Flamecannon Dire Wolf Alpha Mechanical Yeti Spellbreaker
Medivh's Valet Earthen Ring Farseer North Sea Kraken Stormwind Champion
Spellslinger Faerie Dragon Proud Defender Worgen Infiltrator
Amani Berserker Flame Juggler Raging Worgen
Argent Squire Flight Master Scarlet Crusader
Burly Shovelfist Frost Elemental Shattered Sun Cleric
Tier 4: Above Average
Arcane Explosion Burly Rockjaw Trogg Mechwarper Steel Rager
Cone of Cold Faceless Rager Mukla's Champion Stormwind Knight
Dalaran Aspirant Fen Creeper Ogre Brute Stranglethorn Tiger
Snowchugger Gilblin Stalker Soldier of Fortune Wargear
Annoy-o-Tron Hench-Clan Sneak Spider Tank
Argent Horserider Loot Hoarder Spring Rocket
Tier 5: Average
Mirror Entity Darkscale Healer Murloc Tidehunter Spiteful Smith
Arcane Servant Evil Heckler Oasis Snapjaw Stonesplinter Trogg
Archmage Explosive Sheep Ogre Magi Stormpike Commando
Bloodfen Raptor Flesheating Ghoul Pit Fighter Sunreaver Spy
Bluegill Warrior Gnomish Inventor Pompous Thespian Tinkertown Technician
Boneguard Lieutenant Jungle Panther Puddlestomper Travelling Healer
Captured Jormungar Kaboom Bot Ship's Cannon Violet Illusionist
Clockwork Gnome Mecharoo Silver Hand Regent Violet Warden
Clockwork Knight Micro Machine Silvermoon Guardian Wolfrider
Coppertail Imposter Microtech Controller Spellbook Binder Youthful Brewmaster
Tier 6: Below Average
Arcane Missiles Damaged Stegotron Kobold Geomancer Refreshment Vendor
Magic Dart Frog Dragonling Mechanic Lord of the Arena River Crocolisk
Shooting Star EVIL Cable Rat Lost Tallstrider Safeguard
Abusive Sergeant Electrowright Netherspite Historian Silent Knight
Acolyte of Pain Frostwolf Warlord Pantry Spider Upgradeable Framebot
Ancient Brewmaster Gadgetzan Jouster Piloted Reaper Venture Co. Mercenary
Bloodsail Raider Gurubashi Berserker Potion Vendor Voodoo Doctor
Booty Bay Bodyguard Ironbeak Owl Razorfen Hunter War Golem
Dalaran Librarian Ironfur Grizzly Reckless Rocketeer Zoobot
Tier 7: Bad
Cosmic Anomaly Core Hound Lance Carrier Skaterbot
Frost Nova Dalaran Mage Lowly Squire Tauren Warrior
Mana Wyrm Dragonhawk Rider Maiden of the Lake Thrallmar Farseer
Mirror Image Elven Archer Menagerie Magician Tournament Attendee
Ray of Frost Explodinator Mogu'shan Warden Toxfin
Tome of Intellect Flying Machine Nightblade Toxicologist
Antique Healbot Frigid Snobold Novice Engineer Violet Spellsword
Arcane Anomaly Frostwolf Grunt Priestess of Elune Whirliglider
Arcanosmith Gnomeregan Infantry Raid Leader Windfury Harpy
Bronze Gatekeeper Ice Rager Rusty Recycler
Cloakscale Chemist Ironforge Rifleman Salty Dog
Cogmaster Kvaldir Raider Silverback Patriarch
Tier 8: Terrible
Ice Barrier Goblin Bomb Magma Rager Southsea Deckhand
Research Project Goldshire Footman Mana Reservoir Stonetusk Boar
Brainstormer Grimscale Oracle Murloc Raider Tournament Medic
Dread Corsair Heroic Innkeeper Runic Egg Wisp
Faithful Lumi Leper Gnome Shieldbearer Young Dragonhawk
Tier 1: Excellent
Conjurer's Calling Sunwalker
Tier 2: Great
Blizzard Argent Commander Bomb Lobber Mechanical Whelp
Tier 3: Good
Babbling Book Defender of Argus Spellward Jeweler Violet Teacher
Fallen Hero Exotic Mountseller Stampeding Kodo
Kirin Tor Mage Replicating Menace Tunnel Blaster
Tier 4: Above Average
Counterspell Unstable Portal Injured Blademaster Twilight Drake
Goblin Blastmage Emperor Cobra Master Jouster Wild Pyromancer
Polymorph: Boar Imp Master Sunfury Protector
Tier 5: Average
Astral Rift Crazed Alchemist Missile Launcher Young Priestess
Kirin Tor Tricaster Demolisher Questing Adventurer
Abomination Knife Juggler Ravenholdt Assassin
Arcane Dynamo Light's Champion Saboteur
Tier 6: Below Average
Effigy Book Wyrm Lil' Exorcist SI:7 Infiltrator
Magic Trick Gadgetzan Auctioneer Moat Lurker Spark Drill
Soot Spewer Giggling Inventor Pint-Sized Summoner
Arcane Nullifier X-21 Gnomish Experimenter Portal Keeper
Avian Watcher Goblin Sapper Recurring Villain
Tier 7: Bad
Celestial Emissary Armored Warhorse Injured Kvaldir Mana Wraith
Meteorologist Bloodsail Corsair Jeeves Master Swordsmith
Vaporize Coldlight Seer Kezan Mystic Mogor's Champion
Ancient Mage Fencing Coach Mad Summoner Spark Engine
Arcane Golem Galvanizer Madder Bomber Sunreaver Warmage
Argent Watchman Illuminator Mana Addict
Tier 8: Terrible
Ethereal Arcanist Arcane Devourer Lightwarden Target Dummy
Alarm-o-Bot Coliseum Manager Murloc Tidecaller Underbelly Ooze
Angry Chicken Hecklebot Secretkeeper Unpowered Mauler
Tier 1: Excellent
Power of Creation Fel Reaver Piloted Sky Golem
Tier 2: Great
Recombobulator Sea Giant
Tier 3: Good
Pyroblast Blood Knight Grand Crusader Weaponized Pinata
Batterhead Enhance-o Mechano Hench-Clan Hag
Tier 4: Above Average
Arcane Blast Mana Cyclone Garrison Commander
Astromancer Spellbender Kodorider
Tier 5: Average
Coldarra Drake Loose Specimen Portal Overfiend Southsea Captain
Augmented Elekk Magic Carpet Recruiter
Crystallizer Omega Defender Seaforium Bomber
Tier 6: Below Average
Icicle Big Bad Archmage Faceless Manipulator Star Aligner
Unexpected Results Crowd Favorite Frost Giant Twilight Guardian
Azerite Elemental Doomsayer Murloc Warleader
Tier 7: Bad
Echo of Medivh Clockwork Giant Master of Ceremonies Unseen Saboteur
Wee Spellstopper E.M.P. Operative Mini-Mage
Arcane Giant Hobgoblin Mountain Giant
Big Game Hunter Hungry Crab Sideshow Spelleater
Tier 8: Terrible
Barrens Stablehand Holomancer Junkbot Whirlwind Tempest
Tier 1: Excellent
Archmage Antonidas Dr. Boom SN1P-SN4P
Tier 2: Great
Kalecgos Cairne Bloodhoof Onyxia
Baron Geddon Deathwing Zilliax
Tier 3: Good
Rhonin Foe Reaper 4000 Illidan Stormrage Ysera
Brightwing High Inquisitor Whitemane Nexus-Champion Saraad
Eydis Darkbane Hogger Toshley
Tier 4: Above Average
Khadgar Archivist Elysiana Malygos Sneed's Old Shredder
Stargazer Luna Fjola Lightbane Medivh, the Guardian
Alexstrasza Icehowl Mogor the Ogre
Tier 5: Average
Archmage Vargoth Gormok the Impaler King Mukla The Beast
Barista Lynchen Gruul Moroes The Black Knight
Bloodmage Thalnos Harrison Jones Prince Malchezaar Troggzor the Earthinator
Tier 6: Below Average
Barnes Mecha'thun Mimiron's Head Tinkmaster Overspark
Jepetto Joybuzz Mekgineer Thermaplugg Nat Pagle
Leeroy Jenkins Millhouse Manastorm The Curator
Tier 7: Bad
Captain Greenskin Chillmaw Justicar Trueheart Skycap'n Kragg
Chef Nomi Gazlowe Nozdormu The Skeleton Knight
Tier 8: Terrible
Flame Leviathan Blingtron 3000 Harbinger Celestia Lorewalker Cho
Luna's Pocket Galaxy Bolf Ramshield Hemet Nesingwary Subject 9

4. Changelog

  • 04 Jun. 2019: Updated arena spreadsheets for the 3rd of Junes nerfs and buffs.
  • 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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