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Secret Mage Deck List Guide

Last updated on Aug 17, 2017 at 02:28 by L0rinda 13 comments

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Secret Mage is an Archetype that many players have tried to build for a long time. Mage has several cards that have incredible synergy with Secrets. This can lead to many of the cards being discounted if a Secret is in play, or lead to Secrets being free to cast. This archetype takes advantage of those synergies to get a very powerful early board. It then attempts to hold onto that board using a range of removal spells. As there is often a large amount of damage on the board, the deck will often finish off the opponent very quickly if it goes unchecked.

Despite this, the archetype was previously not particularly successful as an aggressive deck. However, the releases of Kabal Crystal Runner in the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, followed by Arcanologist in Journey to Un'Goro, have filled in the gaps where previously the archetype was struggling. The archetype is now capable of some extremely explosive early turns, which can carry it to victory.

There are many choices to make when building a Secret Mage deck, which means that sometimes the specific cards will either be decisions based upon the meta or personal preference. When reading through Secret Mage guides, always be aware that you can change a card for another card of the same type, and not have a big negative impact on the way the deck plays out.

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

This Secret Mage Deck is a middle of the road variant of Secret Mage. As Secret Mage has a wealth of different options, this one is presented as the main building block from where to start with the deck. The list is a very powerful one, capable of doing well at all levels of Hearthstone, but it is also a balanced one, and if you want a starting point for your own deckbuilding, this is a good variant to use.

APXVoid's Rank 18 Secret Mage Deck was built by Tempo Mage expert APXvoid, and he then piloted the deck to Rank 18 Legend. It was one of the first good variants of the Knights of the Frozen Throne meta. It does not contain many cards from the new expansion, which makes it ideal for fans of the archetype.

Yogg Secret Mage Deck is the greediest of our presented variants for Secret Mage. By being greedy, the deck can sustain its attack for longer, which is useful in more controlling metas. If you are playing against a lot of Control decks, this is the right variant for you.

Secret Mage L0rinda Variant Deck was L0rinda's build of the deck, and it is still a powerful deck now. It is presented as a deck with more interesting interactions than the regular metagame decks, and also is capable of more explosive starts with Kabal Lackey allowing for early secrets, and Loot Hoarder allowing for card draw and development very early. This variant is better suited against aggressive decks compared to the other versions.

1. Aim of the Archetype

This archetype aims to abuse reduced card costs to explode onto the board very early on. The board can be protected with Secrets and Spells, while the high value minions deliver several turns of high damage. Once the board is lost, spells no longer kill the opposing defenders, and instead turn to burning the opponent to remove any remaining Health.

2. Strengths and Weaknesses

Very aggressive opponents can be difficult for the deck to deal with. The archetype often uses Mirror Entity to help to defend itself, and this card gets very poor value against Aggro decks. As the deck's strength is in removing large opposing defenders, it can struggle to remove very wide boards of small minions. If you end up having to trade away your board, you can find yourself short on cards.

The deck excels in beating Crystal Rogue, and slower decks in general. It can deliver a lot of damage very rapidly, and Taunt minions can be blown out of the way using the available burn spells. Counterspell makes the board difficult for opponents to remove, and will often result in them missing a turn, which allows the Secret Mage to further develop.

3. Midrange Minions

In all of the listed variations, the midrange minions are interchangeable. Water Elemental is good against Pirate Warrior in particular, but also as a minion with high health, and a low Mana cost, which can munch through Aggro decks.

Ethereal Arcanist can be played in a slightly slower metagame, and especially if you are running Ice Block in your deck, so that it will get repeated buffs.

Faceless Summoner is often played as a way to maintain a wider board. If you find yourself running out of cards often, then this is the midrange minion for you.

4. Key Cards and Crafting

Pyros is the Legendary that is most used in this archetype, and it is very replaceable. It can be switched out for a Loot Hoarder, or for any midrange minion. Similarly Yogg-Saron, Hope's End and Medivh, the Guardian are non-essential, and there are variations listed with neither of those cards in.

Primordial Glyph and Ice Block are the main Epic cards used in the archetype, and neither are essential to building. Ice Block is often replaced by another secret anyway. The Glyph is a card that you will definitely want if you intend to play a lot of Mage of any kind, and it will likely see play until it leaves Standard in 2019. However, if you cannot afford to craft them, or would like to test the deck before investing dust, then they can be replaced with more midrange minions, or any of the cards from other versions of the deck to the one you are currently playing. It should be noted that although non-essential, you will definitely notice significantly better results with the Glyph in your line-up.

5. ChangeLog

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  • 05 Jun. 2017: Added new guide format for the Secret Mage Archetype.
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