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Murloc Mage Deck List Guide (The Witchwood June 2018)

Last updated on Jun 05, 2018 at 06:40 by Kat 2 comments

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This guide contains detailed Strategy, Mulligan, and deck-building information to help you play Murloc Mage in the Witchwood expansion.

Murloc decks have existed as part of multiple different classes throughout the history of Hearthstone, but the Witchwood has enabled them to viable be used in Mage for the very first time. Murloc Mage is one of the most aggressive Murloc archetypes that the game has ever seen. By using powerful drawing tools like Aluneth, Book of Specters, and Archmage Arugal, it is possible to be relentlessly aggressive for extended periods of time.

Though the current iteration of Murloc Mage is not the most dominant deck in the meta, it is more than capable of taking games off of any top deck and is great for catching opponents off guard.

1. Murloc Mage Card List

This Murloc Mage deck costs 8,960 Arcane Dust and it is made up of the following cards.

Mage Cards Neutral Cards

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2. Murloc Mage Mana Curve

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3. Murloc Mage Mulligan Guide

The Murloc Mage Mulligan is fairly similar for all matchups. As you will always aim to be the aggressor, you should look for the strongest opening possible to begin pressuring your opponent.

You should aim for the most aggressive curve possible to explode onto the board with ease. The ideal curve of minions to look for is Murloc Tidecaller, Rockpool Hunter, Murloc Warleader or Coldlight Seer, and Gentle Megasaur. Mana Wyrm can also be kept as a weaker alternative to Murloc Tidecaller.

Against other very aggressive decks, you can additionally keep a copy of Frostbolt to ensure you can gain control of the board in the early game.

4. Murloc Mage Strategy

In the early game, you should be looking to develop a resilient board that will be able stick around for many turns to come. Most of the time this will involve playing a combination of Murloc Tidecaller, Rockpool Hunter, Murloc Tidehunter, and Mana Wyrm. If you have alternative plays available, you should avoid playing Grimscale Oracle and Bluegill Warrior as these minions are very easy to remove and can serve as a source of burst damage on later turns. Your primary aim is to immediately start attacking your opponent and you should avoid trading as much as possible. However, it can be worth trading with your other minions if a high-value target like Murloc Tidecaller is under threat.

Going into turns 3 and 4, you should be looking to solidify your board position and begin dealing large amounts of damage to your opponent. This can be done using 3 key buffing minions, Murloc Warleader, Coldlight Seer, and Gentle Megasaur, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. If you simply want to add more damage onto the board, then Murloc Warleader should be your primary choice. However, you should consider if you opponent can easily remove your Warleader as any attack boost will be reverted once it has been killed. If your opponent is likely to clear your board, especially if you are vulnerable to cards like Defile, Swipe, or Hellfire, then Coldlight Seer is often a better first choice. By playing Coldlight Seer first, you can help protect your minions from AoE spells and make them much more likely to survive once they have been buffed by other cards. The lowest priority buff minion is Gentle Megasaur. This is because both the Warleader and the Seer previously mentioned can be buffed by your Gentle Megasaur if they are played first, in addition to the Megasaur costing more Mana and therefore being a slower card overall. However, if you require a very specific Adaptation such as Poisonous to push past a big minion, then Gentle Megasaur can be your best first choice.

As this is an Aggro deck, you should always keep in mind what AoE spells and board clears your opponent has. This can greatly affect how you trade and how much you commit from your hand. For example, against Warlock, it can often be better to keep multiple minions above 3 Health to avoid spells like Hellfire, even if it means sacrificing a minion rather than taking a value trade. However, unlike other Aggro decks, it is often correct to fully commit to the board even if you are expecting AoE from your opponent. This is especially true if you have a minion like Murloc Tidecaller on the board that will do additional damage for each Murloc you play. While this line of play is not of great value, it is often of little consequence due to powerful drawing tools like Book of Specters and Aluneth.

At some point in the game, you are likely to run out of minions to play. This is where Murloc Mage begins to shine as there are multiple powerful drawing tools available to refill your hand. The cards used for this come in two forms; direct draw like Aluneth and Book of Specters, and cards that synergise with them like Archmage Arugal and Dollmaster Dorian. You should nearly always try and combine these two types of card together to maximise your value, especially the latter two which are poor cards on their own.

When it comes to ending the game, the deck has a large amount of burst damage available to finish off opponents. This comes in two forms, minions like Grimscale Oracle and Bluegill Warrior and burn spells such as Fireball, Frostbolt, and Primordial Glyph. Of these, you should prioritise playing your minion-based burst damage first. The benefit of this is twofold: taking advantage of the minions you still have on the board to maximise the effect of your Grimscale Oracle and also guaranteeing that you can get the damage through in case your opponent proceed to play a Taunt minion. After you have played your minions, you can proceed to use up any remaining burn spells you have to finish off your opponent.

5. Murloc Mage Card Swaps

Murloc Mage is a new archetype and there is minimal flexibility with the cards that go into the deck. However, this is likely to change in the future as the archetype gets explored and understood more.

Corridor Creepers can be included to take advantage of the numberous minions in the deck that die. Consider including them over Murloc Tidehunter, Nightmare Amalgam, or Dollmaster Dorian.

Spellbreaker or Acidic Swamp Ooze can be teched into the deck if you are struggling against weapons or pushing past Taunt minions. They can be used in place of any of the previously mentioned minions.

6. Budget Murloc Mage Deck

Budget Murloc Mage removes a few of the more expensive cards like Dollmaster Dorian, Primordial Glyph, and Nightmare Amalgam for players on a budget. However, the main card draw engine that is essential for the deck has a high crafting cost and unfortunately cannot be replaced.

Mage Cards Neutral Cards

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Overall, this budget variant has very few strategic differences compared to a full-budget version. The most notable change to watch out for is the lack of Primordial Glyph that lowers the amount of burst damage available in the deck.

7. Wild Murloc Mage Deck

Murloc Mage is a niche deck that is very new to the Standard format. As a result, there are currently no Wild variants of the deck at this time.

8. Quick Tips and Tricks

9. Similar Hearthstone Decks

If you enjoyed playing Murloc Mage, we have many other Hearthstone deck guides you may enjoy.

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10. About the Author

This guide is presented to you by Kat, a professional Hearthstone player competing at the highest level since closed beta. She is a consistent legend player in both Wild and Standard with multiple high-rank finishes.

11. ChangeLog

  • 05 Jun. 2018: Deck added.
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