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Budget Elemental Mage Deck

Last updated on Dec 08, 2017 at 08:24 by Pesty 42 comments

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This budget variant utilises most of the Elemental synergies seen in full-cost Elemental Mage decks. However, the Legendary and Epic options have been swapped for cheaper alternatives to make the archetype more accessible for players on a limited budget.

1. Card List

This deck costs 1,400 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Mage Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Mana Curve


3. Comments on the Variation

This budget variant plays very similar to the Main Elemental Mage deck. The primary difference is the removal of Primordial Glyph, Blazecaller, Frost Lich Jaina, and Pyros for cheaper alternatives.

The addition of Babbling Book in place of Primordial Glyph provides additional early-game board presence, providing the deck with slightly more tempo. The drawback of this is getting a generated spell over a Discovered one, which lowers the flexibility of the deck and will often result in a slight change of strategy to cater to the generated spell.

Using a second Shimmering Tempest in place of Pyros is a minor change. Overall, it will slightly reduce the late-game potential of the deck, however in some situations an additional spell may prove to be more useful anyway.

Firelands Portals are included as a replacement for Blazecaller. Overall, this is another minor change as the effects are very similar. The main drawback is the inconsistency of the minions generated by Firelands Portal, in addition to getting a minion weaker than a 6/6 most of the time.

The lack of Frost Lich Jaina means the deck has no win condition in the late-game and you should take this into consideration when planning your turns. Try and keep track of how much damage you have available at any one time, if you are expecting to lose board control you can forgo trading and attack your opponent directly so that your opponent can be finished off with burn spells like Fireball and Firelands Portal.

4. About the Author

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

5. ChangeLog

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  • 08 Dec. 2017: Deck updated for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion. Removed 2x Water Elemental, 2x Fire Fly for 2x Lesser Ruby Spellstone, 2x Leyline Manipulator.
  • 12 Aug. 2017: Guide updated to reflect changes in the full-budget deck.
  • 28 Jun. 2017: Guide updated to new archetype format.
  • 09 Apr. 2017: Deck added.
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