Arena Mage Tier Lists for Forged in the Barrens

Last updated on Mar 31, 2021 at 15:32 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.


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.


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.


Mage Spreadsheet

Common Cards
Rare Cards
Epic Cards
Legendary Cards
Tier 1: Excellent
Fireball Runed Orb Eccentric Scribe Venomous Scorpid
Firework Elemental Claw Machine Onyx Magescribe
Messenger Raven Dalaran Crusader Stoneskin Basilisk
Tier 2: Great
Arcanologist Refreshing Spring Water Fleethoof Pearltusk Ruststeed Raider
Starscryer Burrowing Scorpid Gold Road Grunt Sneaky Delinquent
Wand Thief Crimson Hothead Hench-Clan Hogsteed Steward of Scrolls
Firebrand Fishy Flyer Hog Rancher Stormwind Champion
Tier 3: Good
Arcane Intellect Dark Iron Dwarf Hired Gun Rocket Augmerchant
Argent Squire Darkspear Berserker Mad Bomber Smug Senior
Big-Time Racketeer Disguised Wanderer Overconfident Orc Sunwell Initiate
Bonechewer Brawler Dragonmaw Sky Stalker Plagued Protodrake Toxic Sewer Ooze
Burly Shovelfist Flight Master Proud Defender Wandmaker
Circus Medic Frozen Shadoweaver Razormane Raider Wretched Tutor
Daring Reporter Grim Necromancer Redgill Razorjaw
Tier 4: Above Average
Cone of Cold Bonechewer Vanguard Fantastic Firebird Loot Hoarder
Kabal Chemist Crabrider Far Watch Post Manafeeder Panthara
Cryomancer Darkmoon Dirigible Friendly Bartender Peon
Primordial Studies Darkmoon Statue Guardian Augmerchant Sen'jin Shieldmasta
Confection Cyclone Dire Wolf Alpha Hench-Clan Sneak Soldier of Fortune
Ethereal Conjurer Divine Rager Imprisoned Vilefiend Spider Tank
Annoy-o-Tron Earthen Ring Farseer Kooky Chemist Stranglethorn Tiger
Blowgill Sniper Faceless Rager Lake Thresher Wriggling Horror
Tier 5: Average
Game Master Crossroads Gossiper Murloc Tidehunter Streetwise Investigator
Lab Partner Death's Head Cultist Naga Corsair Strongman
Mirror Entity Explosive Sheep Oasis Thrasher Sunreaver Spy
Netherwind Portal Flesheating Ghoul Ogremancer Talented Arcanist
Oasis Ally Grook Fu Master Optimistic Ogre Terrorguard Escapee
Animated Broomstick Injured Marauder Ratchet Privateer Traveling Healer
Arcane Servant Jungle Panther Rustsworn Initiate Violet Warden
Chillwind Yeti Lushwater Murcenary Sorcerous Substitute Worgen Infiltrator
Circus Amalgam Mistress of Mixtures Spellbook Binder Youthful Brewmaster
Tier 6: Below Average
Magic Dart Frog Emerald Skytalon Potion Vendor Soulbound Ashtongue
Shooting Star Ethereal Augmerchant Prize Vendor Stormwatcher
Abusive Sergeant Felfin Navigator Raid Leader Supreme Abyssal
Ancient of Blossoms Gurubashi Berserker River Crocolisk Tour Guide
Barrens Trapper Hozen Healer Rustsworn Cultist Voodoo Doctor
Bloodsail Raider Ironbeak Owl Safeguard
Dalaran Librarian Parade Leader Scavenging Shivarra
EVIL Cable Rat Pen Flinger Sleepy Dragon
Tier 7: Bad
Imprisoned Phoenix Costumed Entertainer Inconspicuous Rider Tanaris Hogchopper
Kabal Lackey Elven Archer Intrepid Initiate Toad of the Wilds
Ray of Frost Gadgetzan Socialite Kindling Elemental Toxfin
Arcane Anomaly Gruntled Patron Lushwater Scout Toxicologist
Banana Vendor Gyreworm Red Mana Wyrm Violet Spellsword
Cogmaster Ice Rager Rock Rager Worgen Greaser
Tier 8: Terrible
Conjure Mana Biscuit Snap Freeze Knife Vendor Street Trickster
Freezing Potion Backstreet Leper Mana Reservoir
Ice Barrier Desk Imp Murloc Tinyfin
Incanter's Flow Heroic Innkeeper Showstopper
Tier 1: Excellent
Conjurer's Calling Runaway Blackwing Taurajo Brave
Tier 2: Great
Kabal Courier Water Elemental Deep Freeze Wyrm Weaver
Reckless Apprentice Brain Freeze Volcanic Potion Mor'shan Watch Post
Tier 3: Good
Babbling Book Acidic Swamp Ooze Exotic Mountseller Tunnel Blaster
Fallen Hero Bomb Squad Lone Champion Violet Teacher
Imprisoned Observer Burning Blade Acolyte Second-Rate Bruiser Voracious Reader
Rimetongue Defender of Argus Spellward Jeweler
Tier 4: Above Average
Counterspell Hecklefang Hyena Horde Operative
Tier 5: Average
Glacier Racer Potion of Polymorph Doppelgangster
Kabal Crystal Runner Crazed Alchemist Injured Blademaster
Kirin Tor Tricaster Cult Neophyte Spiked Hogrider
Tier 6: Below Average
Font of Power Ring Toss Recurring Villain Young Priestess
Magic Trick Backroom Bouncer Robes of Protection
Trick Totem Gadgetzan Auctioneer SI:7 Infiltrator
Grand Finale Portal Keeper Safety Inspector
Tier 7: Bad
Cram Session Armor Vendor Fogsail Freebooter Sunreaver Warmage
Flurry (Rank 1) Coldlight Seer Mad Summoner
Mask of C'Thun Derailed Coaster Scrapyard Colossus
Tier 8: Terrible
Arcane Devourer Humongous Razorleaf Murloc Tidecaller Underbelly Ooze
Blistering Rot Infectious Sporeling Nerubian Egg
Hecklebot K'thir Ritualist Small-Time Buccaneer
Tier 1: Excellent
Flamestrike Power of Creation Southsea Scoundrel
Tier 2: Great
Tier 3: Good
Apexis Smuggler Batterhead Hench-Clan Hag
Greater Arcane Missiles Burgly Bully Primordial Protector
Tier 4: Above Average
Mana Cyclone Carnival Clown Transfer Student
Wildfire Darkmoon Rabbit Waste Warden
Tier 5: Average
Coldarra Drake Defias Cleaner Leatherclad Hogleader Spirit Healer
Manic Soulcaster Fel Orc Soulfiend Magic Carpet
Occult Conjurer Horrendous Growth Portal Overfiend
Tier 6: Below Average
Azerite Elemental Big Game Hunter Educated Elekk Southsea Captain
Barrens Blacksmith Crossroads Watch Post Faceless Manipulator Wind-up Burglebot
Big Bad Archmage Deathwarden Fight Promoter
Tier 7: Bad
Apexis Blast Barrens Stablehand Enchanted Cauldron Mo'arg Artificer
Arcane Luminary Clockwork Giant Mini-Mage Unseen Saboteur
Tier 8: Terrible
Rigged Faire Game Devolving Missiles Dirty Rat Weasel Tunneler
Potion of Illusion Blubber Baron Replicat-o-tron Whirlwind Tempest
Tier 1: Excellent
Keywarden Ivory Deathwing the Destroyer Y'Shaarj, the Defiler
Alexstrasza the Life-Binder N'Zoth, God of the Deep
Tier 2: Great
Astromancer Solarian Jandice Barov Keymaster Alabaster Onyxia the Broodmother
Evocation Baron Geddon Malygos the Spellweaver Overlord Runthak
Kalecgos Cairne Bloodhoof Moonfang Ysera the Dreamer
Tier 3: Good
Mordresh Fire Eye C'Thun, the Shattered Maiev Shadowsong
Kazakus High Inquisitor Whitemane Silas Darkmoon
Brightwing Lorekeeper Polkelt Teron Gorefiend
Tier 4: Above Average
Aegwynn, the Guardian Khadgar Archivist Elysiana Headmaster Kel'Thuzad
Ras Frostwhisper Mozaki, Master Duelist Blademaster Samuro Shadow Hunter Vol'jin
Tier 5: Average
Varden Dawngrasp Barista Lynchen King Mukla
Archmage Vargoth Bloodmage Thalnos Taelan Fordring
Auctionmaster Beardo Genzo, the Shark Vectus
Tier 6: Below Average
Sayge, Seer of Darkmoon Kazakus, Golem Shaper Nozdormu the Eternal Wrathion
Jepetto Joybuzz Mankrik Sphere of Sapience
Tier 7: Bad
Inkmaster Solia Chef Nomi Sergeant Sally
Al'ar Kael'thas Sunstrider
Tier 8: Terrible
Deck of Lunacy Kargal Battlescar Mayor Noggenfogger
Baron Rivendare Madam Goya Patches the Pirate
Finja, the Flying Star Magtheridon Yogg-Saron, Master of Fate


  • 31 Mar. 2021: Updated Arena Ratings for Forged in the Barrens.
  • 23 Jan. 2021: Updated Arena Ratings for Darkmoon Races.
  • 06 Aug. 2020: Updated Arena Ratings for Scholomance Academy.
  • 08 Apr. 2020: Updated Arena Ratings for Ashes of Outland.
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