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Elemental Mage Archetype Guide

Last updated on Apr 24, 2018 at 12:43 by Kat 50 comments

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Elemental Mage is an archetype that focuses heavily on using the synergies of the Elemental tribe, introduced in the Journey to Un'Goro expansion. Similar to Dragon archetypes, it aims to have a strong curve of Elemental minions to take advantage of their powerful Battlecry effects. The strength of these Battlecries makes the archetype highly flexible and able to shift between Tempo and value strategies.

In order to be successful, Elemental decks need to reliably play Elementals on turns prior to using powerful cards in order to benefit from their effect. To aid this, cheap Elemental tokens are frequently generated from cards such as Flame Geyser and Fire Fly to consistently benefit from the likes of Blazecaller and Servant of Kalimos.

If Frost Lich Jaina is played, the dynamic of games can change greatly. The generation of free Water Elementals in combination with the passive Lifesteal effect for all Elementals allows Elemental Mage decks shift from a Tempo strategy to a Control one, using Icy Touch to generate value while Elementals provide a consistent source of healing.

Below, you will find link to our deck lists for Elemental Mage, starting with our featured deck, which we consider the most common variant.

This Elemental Mage Deck is a well-rounded build of Elemental Mage. It is a great starting point for any players who wish to familiarise themselves with the archetype. It is flexible enough to tweak based on personal preference and has room for tech cards to react to the meta.

✶ Featured Deck

Firebat's Aggro Elemental Mage Deck

  • Guide written by Kat and last updated on Apr 13, 2018 (WW meta)
  • Costs 4.2k (9 basic, 10 common, 6 rare, 4 epic, and 1 legendary)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 1 Weapon • 13 Spells • 16 Minions
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This Firebat's Aggro Elemental Mage Deck created by Firebat uses the strong minion presence of Elementals combined with burn spells to swiftly beat opponents.

✶ Featured Deck

Kibler's Minion Elemental Mage Deck

  • Guide written by Kat and last updated on Apr 12, 2018 (WW meta)
  • Costs 9.9k (4 basic, 8 common, 8 rare, 6 epic, and 4 legendaries)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 6 Spells • 23 Minions
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This Kibler's Minion Elemental Mage Deck, created by Brian Kibler, cuts out damage spells in favour of additional minion synergies such as Book of Specters and Archmage Arugal.

✶ Featured Deck

Budget Elemental Mage Deck

  • Guide written by Kat and last updated on Apr 11, 2018 (WW meta)
  • Costs 1.7k (6 basic, 12 common, and 12 rare)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 10 Spells • 20 Minions
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This Budget Elemental Mage Deck is a budget version of Elemental Mage. It substitutes some of the more expensive cards from the main deck in favour of cheaper alternatives. However, it is still a very a strong deck and almost as powerful as full-budget variants despite the changes.

✶ Featured Deck

Minion Elemental Mage Deck

  • Guide written by Kat and last updated on Apr 11, 2018 (WW meta)
  • Costs 8.3k (5 basic, 8 common, 8 rare, 6 epic, and 3 legendaries)
  • Mana curve:
  • Card breakdown: 6 Spells • 23 Minions
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This Minion Elemental Mage Deck uses additional minion synergies such as Book of Specters and Archmage Arugal for much more sustained board dominance.

1. Aim of Elemental Mage

Elemental Mage aims to consistently take advantage of powerful Elemental synergies in order to push opponents out of the game by gaining large leads in Tempo or by generating many additional cards for huge value.

2. Elemental Mage Strengths and Weaknesses

Elemental Mage is a very well-rounded archetype, it has the Tempo tools to be able to compete for early-game board control against Aggro while also being able to generate enough value in long games against Control.

The main weakness of the archetype is a lack of healing available. Over the course of a game any damage taken is permanent, which can be problematic against decks that have access to sources of direct damage to end the game.

3. Key Cards and Crafting for Elemental Mage

Steam Surger is one of the most deceptively powerful cards used in Elemental Mage. It has decent stats for a 4-Mana minion while also being able to generate a spell which in turn generates another minion, providing a total of 3 cards in 1.

Servant of Kalimos is another extremely powerful card used within the archetype. The ability to generate additional Elemental greatly increases its power going into the late-game. As it is able to able to generate additional copies of itself as well as other powerful Elementals such as Blazecaller, its potential is almost limitless.

As previously mentioned, Blazecaller is another extremely powerful Elemental used within the archetype. However, it is not as high of a priority specifically for Elemental Mage as it is very similar to Firelands Portal. Despite Blazecaller being more powerful, Firelands Portal is a reasonable substitution if you are on a tight budget and are playing in Wild format.

4. ChangeLog

  • 28 Jun. 2017: Added new guide format for Elemental Mage.
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