Freeze Mage Deck List Guide (August 2017, Standard) – Season 41

Our Frozen Throne Freeze Mage deck list guide will teach you how to pilot this popular deck! Our guide features mulligan, play, and card replacement strategies!

Introduction

“Freeze Mage is dead” – first time I heard it after the nerfs to Freeze cards back in the Closed Beta. Then I heard it again when the meta was infested with Control Warriors. Then I heard it once again after the last year’s Standard rotation – when Mad Scientist was out. Recently I heard that once again – this time people were 100% sure. After all, Emperor Thaurissan – rotated out. Forgotten Torch – rotated out. Ice Lance – rotated out. But no, the deck is not dead and it will probably still be a common tournament pick. Maybe even a ladder pick depending on the meta.

Sure, the deck has lost a lot, but at the same time, Reno Jackson has rotated out of the meta, which makes the Freeze Mage’s life much easier. The 20+ damage burst turns were really necessary mainly because if you didn’t burst your opponent down to 0, they played Reno Jackson and you had to start over. Now it’s impossible and so the two turn kill of Alexstrasza -> burn is much more feasible than it was before.

This is probably the strongest Freeze Mage build right now. It was created by Monsanto, a high Legend player from Canada, and successfully piloted to top 100 Legend on NA server. But Chinese player Payton has piloted a very similar list to #1 Legend on NA, so the deck is definitely viable.

Check out our List of the Best Standard Decks for Hearthstone Ladder

Update – Frozen Throne Freeze Mage August 2017, Season 41

All decks & guides will be fully updated as these decks get more refined, but I’m going to take a look at the possible changes coming in Knights of the Frozen Throne.

Not a lot of help for Freeze Mage in Knights of the Frozen Throne. One interesting card, however, is Simulacrum. It would take some doing, but you could duplicate cards like Medivh's Valet for extra damage or give yourself a second Archmage Antonidas. Is this good enough to give it a spot in an already well-refined deck? Only time will tell!

Frozen Throne Freeze Mage Mulligan Strategy & Guide

I’ll divide the mulligan section into two – against fast decks and against slow decks. Fast decks are generally the Aggro decks (e.g. Pirate Warrior) or high tempo Midrange decks (e.g. Midrange Hunter). Slow decks are slower Midrange and Control decks.

Vs Fast Decks

Higher Priority (keep every time):

  • Arcanologist – The best card draw for fast matchups. Not only is it a 2/3 minion, which is much better for trading than Loot Hoarder, it also gives you a guaranteed turn 3 play if you didn’t have one before (a Secret).
  • Doomsayer – It’s the strongest card you can get vs fast decks. While you usually combo it with Freeze, if you drop it on turn 2 and your opponent can’t kill it, it gives you a lot of early game tempo and stops the aggression, making you more likely to survive until mid/late game.
  • Frostbolt – You keep it in fast matchups as an early game answer for whatever threats he might play.
  • Medivh's Valet – If you miss your other turn 2 play, you can just drop it as a 2/3, but the card shines on turn 4 or 5. If you play Ice Block on turn 3, then Medivh’s Valet is MVP on turn 4 (you can play it with ping, Frostbolt, Loot Hoarder, whatever). You can also play a Secret + Medivh’s Valet combo on turn 5. It’s like playing a Frostbolt to kill something, but dropping an extra 2/3 on the board for free, it’s absolutely amazing.

Lower Priority (keep only if certain conditions are met):

  • Loot Hoarder – Keep it if you don’t have Arcanologist. If you do, Arcanologist is a better turn 2 play and since you will have turn 3 covered, you won’t likely be able to play it until turn 4, where you actually might already have drawn something else to do.
  • Arcane Intellect or Ice Block – Missing a turn 3 play is pretty awkward, because just pinging or playing 2-drop on turn 3 is pretty weak. That’s why I like to keep one of the two best turn 3 plays IF I don’t have Arcanologist (then I simply don’t need one and I prefer to mulligan harder for e.g. Doomsayer).

Vs Slow Decks

Higher Priority (keep every time):

  • Arcanologist – Even though your priority against slow decks is a bit different, Arcanologist is still the best card draw. You keep it 100% of the time. Hell, you probably even want to keep 2 of them if you get them!
  • Loot Hoarder – Card draw is most important vs slow decks, so you basically want to have as much of it as possible. Loot Hoarder is slightly worse than Arcanologist, but still good.
  • Arcane Intellect – Even more card draw, this time for 3 mana. Generally on turn 3 Arcane Intellect is usually better than Acolyte of Pain, unless your opponent has some 1-2 attack minion that you will likely be able to bump into. But…

Lower Priority (keep only if certain conditions are met):

  • Acolyte of Pain – It’s still a solid turn 3 play, because – you’ve guessed it – it draws cards. But if I had to pick between Arcane Intellect and Pain, I’d pick Arcane Intellect most of the time.

Frozen Throne Freeze Mage Win Rates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Frozen Throne Freeze Mage Play Strategy

The play style hasn’t changed too much from the last Standard rotation. The deck has became less bursty and now relies more on the Alexstrasza and gaining extra burn from Archmage Antonidas. But like I’ve mentioned already, the extra burst isn’t that necessary, because there is no need to get passed Reno. The deck feels much more like the classic Freeze Mage played back in the day than the burst-heavy lists we had in the last months. Warriors are still hard matchups, but not unbeatable, because the current Taunt Warrior lists often don’t even run Shield Block and with Justicar Trueheart out of the Standard, their Armor gain is very limited.

Vs Aggro

Games vs Aggro are very interesting, because sometimes you win without even using a single burn spell from your deck on their Hero, even though that’s technically your main win condition. You use things like Frostbolt and Fireball as board control tools. Aggro decks are known for their poor ability to refill the board after a clear in the mid/late game and from having a really poor top deck mode. They will try to rush you down as fast as possible. Once they realize that you’re Freeze Mage, they’ll try to put as much pressure on the board as possible and kill you before mid/late game. And you want to do what everyone tries against Aggro – survive.

You still want to draw cards, but not as much as in the Control matchup. Drawing is most often a negative tempo play, so if you go all-in on the drawing, you’ll end up with losing board control and dying before you can utilize all those cards you have in your hand. Sometimes you prefer a ping to kill that 2/1 than drawing cards, because it actually lets you catch up on the board a bit.

Doomsayer is the best card. Sometimes you might want to keep him for turn 5, for the Frost Nova combo. Against Aggro it’s almost guaranteed board clear, it’s very unlikely for them to have a way to deal with it from their hand – even if they do they might not want to waste 7+ burn damage on a minion. But turn 2 Doomsayer might be even better. Whether you play it early or keep for the Nova combo is a hard decision, I’d say that generally if you don’t think that it will die on turn 2 while it destroys a 1-drop or two, it’s worth it. Also depends on whether the rest of your hand is good enough to survive until turn 5 with enough health left to comeback from that position. You can also combo Doomsayer with Frostbolt to counter one big minion you can’t answer (like Bittertide Hydra) and prevent them from developing for a single turn.

Frost Nova can also be used alone to “heal” you. If you have no good way to deal with the board or you want to stall until Blizzard turn, Frost Nova is a great way to do that. Some people think that it’s there only to combo with Doomsayer – no, that’s not true. If your opponent has 10 damage on the board, Frost Nova is really amazing – it prevents 10 damage. You can also use it when your opponent has a full board (which happens against Aggro), so they basically can’t attack with their minions OR develop anything new – they often have to skip their turn just like that.

Primordial Glyph is not a good turn 2 play most of the time. You prefer to drop a minion or sometimes even ping a 1/1. The thing about Primordial Glyph is that it gets much better later in the game, when you know what you want to pick. On turn 2 it’s hard to say whether you will need a single target removal, AoE, maybe another Ice Block, maybe more card draw. Of course, there are some things that are universally good to pick – like the Ice Block I’ve mentioned, or maybe Frostbolt (having a 0 mana Frostbolt for later can save the day). But it’s better to play it on let’s say turn 5 and 6, after looking at your hand. Maybe you don’t have any AoE? Then Blizzard will be a great choice. You’re running out of cards? Arcane Intellect etc. Still, try to not completely rely on that card, because even though you get 3 choices, there is a solid chance that you won’t get anything you need. Having to pick between Mirror EntityPyroblast and Greater Arcane Missiles is pretty difficult, because none of those choices are good.

Medivh's Valet is obviously bad without a Secret in play. But against Aggro decks, the 2/3 body on the board might be valuable enough to play it without synergy than keeping it in hand and hoping that you will draw some Secret to combo it with. For example, if it’s your only turn 2 play, then you might drop it on the board. I’d keep it only if I had Ice Block in my hand, Ice Barrier doesn’t combo with it well until turn 5 (because it will be popped earlier, so you need to play those two together on a single turn).

When it comes to the win condition, I’d say that there are two main ones. You won’t deal much damage to your opponent throughout the game, so straight up “burn then when they’re low” is rarely a good win condition. With Fireballs and Frostbolts used as board control tools, you simply won’t have enough damage. The best way to win the game is survive long enough to Alexstrasza yourself. Then you have a decent life total, maybe even an Ice Block up, 8/8 minion on the board and you can start turning the whole game around. You’re no longer under any pressure, because your opponent is in topdeck mode. Alternatively, you can also Alexstrasza your opponent if you have enough burn in your hand to kill them before they kills you – that’s sometimes possible. The second win condition is Archmage Antonidas. A top decking Aggro deck simply has no way to answer it. And now you have a 5/7 minion and 2 Fireballs per turn. If Antonidas survives even for a single turn, you should win the game. Alternatively, if your opponent has a pretty big board that you can’t deal with, Antonidas + Frost Nova is a really powerful combo. They can’t clear it with minions, so if they have no burn damage to kill it, you’re set.

Taking the right opportunities and improvising is really great when playing in fast matchups. Let’s say that you have Acolyte and 2x 2 damage minion on the board. Your opponent might ignore them to hit your face. You might take your chance and Alexstrasza them, bring them down to 10 and then even if they pop your block and kills the board, you might finish them with Fireball + Frostbolt + Ping.

 Vs Control

Playing vs slow decks can be really easy or really hard depending on the matchup. Alexstrasza + burning down the opponent next turn is great vs decks that can’t heal a lot. But if you play against Control Paladin or Priest, it gets much more tricky, because the “steady” burn over 3-4 turns can get countered by a lot of healing. Taunt Warrior is an interesting matchup – on the one hand it’s DEFINITELY easier than the old Control Warrior, but it’s still probably 70/30 in favor of Warrior, because of the Armor gain.

In slow matchups, your #1 priority is drawing cards. Working on a full hand gives you more options and you don’t have to worry about dying, because you can always Frost Nova, Blizzard, Ice Block or whatever. Also, the more cards you draw, the sooner you dig to your Alexstrasza and Antonidas, which are often simply necessary to win such a game. A lot of the games will go pretty much to the last card in your deck, so the faster you start cycling, the easier it will be. It’s harder to cycle later in the game when you have to answer the board at the same time. Try to squeeze some card draw into every turn – you shouldn’t be under too much pressure in the early game so try to use that time for drawing.

Mid game is mostly about even more drawing and stalling. Your opponent still isn’t likely putting tons of pressure on you, but the damage on the board might start to pile. Use cards like DoomsayerFrost Nova or Blizzard to clear the board. You generally try to not use your burn to remove minions. There are only some cases in which you want to do that. If the minion you’re killing will generate more health over time (e.g. you want to Fireball + ping Alley Armorsmith if you can – otherwise it will give Warrior much more Armor if it stays on the board). Or let’s say if you have to kill the minion or it will simply put too much pressure. The general rule is that unless you HAVE to, don’t use burn on minions.

When it comes to Primordial Glyph choices, there are a few that work best. If you don’t need something immediately, you can pick a cheap spell to combo it with Antonidas. Also picking more burn, like an extra Fireball, is rarely wrong. High value picks like Cabalist's Tome can also be good – while it’s a bit RNG, there is a high chance that at least 1 or 2 cards will be very useful.

You generally want to wait until you can get 2 or 3 Fireballs immediately before dropping Archmage Antonidas, or alternatively you want to combo him with Frost Nova and hope that your opponent has no way to kill it. But if you’re desperate, just dropping Antonidas on the empty board and hoping that your opponent has no way to kill it can be a decent play. Of course, 90% of the time he will just die on the spot, but if you’re in a terrible spot anyway, that 10% chance to win the game might be good enough.

Don’t play Alexstrasza on your opponent just like that, just because you can. You want to wait with Alexstrasza until you have enough burn to kill them, probably even MORE than enough burn in case they heal. Dropping Alexstrasza and having no way to finish the game is often like giving up a win. You give your opponent a lot of time to react, they know that they are under a serious threat and they might start playing differently. Instead of trying to kill you fast, they might start cycling through their deck to find that heal. They might simply adjust their play style and you prefer to catch them by surprise. It’s also probably the worst play ever you can make against Priest, considering that they can heal for 2 per turn with Hero Power. You should do that only if you’re sure that your opponent runs no healing.

General Tips

  • If you pick a 1-3 mana spell from Primordial Glyph, you can keep it to combo with Archmage Antonidas. Without Emperor Thaurissan, it’s really hard to get a big Antonidas turn, but you can easily get 2 or 3 Fireballs if you pick the right cards from Primordial Glyph. And of course, it’s still a great card to have if your opponent happens to have no way to remove it.
  • When you can choose between the two Secrets, I’d say that Ice Barrier is better in the early game when you’re mostly facing minion damage. Ice Block is always useful, but Ice Barrier becomes a dead card later in the game when they can finish you with burn and pass through it (most of the people will play around Barrier and not attack with a minion first if they can kill you with a spell).
  • If you have some free mana and Acolyte of Pain on the board, you should consider pinging it to write an extra card. It’s a pretty slow play, but if you can farm Acolyte for 3 cards, then most of your card draw problems should be solved.
  • The highest amount of burst you can do without any extra spell from Primordial Glyph is 15 with 2x FireballFrostbolt or Bloodmage Thalnos + 2x FrostboltFireball. Those are the best combos to follow-up the Alexstrasza with.
  • Sometimes you don’t even need Alexstrasza to win the game. If you did some early damage with your minions, or maybe pinged your opponent a few times, Pyroblast (10 damage) into your highest burst turn (15 damage) is 25 damage in total – usually more than enough to win the game. It basically means that you don’t automatically lose if you’re forced to Alex yourself or don’t draw her at all.
  • If you desperately need to draw a card to e.g. find the Ice Block or the last burn spell, you can play your Thalnos or Loot Hoarder and ping it. It costs 4 mana to draw a card, but should be enough to play most of the things you draw.
  • Remember that Ice Barrier activates only on minion/weapon damage, NOT on the Battlecries, Spells or Hero Powers. So you won’t get the 8 Armor when your opponent is trying to finish you with a burn spell. You might still try to fake an Ice Block and make your opponent hit with a minion first to pop it, but it will rarely work against good players.

Frozen Throne Freeze Mage Card Substitutions

Sadly, this deck is full of expensive cards and the majority of them can’t be subbed, because they’re vital and the deck can’t operate without them.

  • Bloodmage Thalnos is probably the only card that can get replaced without losing too much power. You probably want to play Novice Engineer in this slot – it’s more card draw and probably better than playing Kobold for extra Spell Damage – Spell Damage is pretty weak in this deck, because you can’t realistically play 4-5 or more burn spells in a single turn, which you could do before that with Ice Lances and Emperor.
  • Primordial Glyphs aren’t technically necessary either. For example, pro player Abar hit top 50 Legend earlier this season with a build that played Dirty Rat instead (it was when Quest Rogue was all over the ladder). You can replace Glyphs with 2x Novice Engineer, or maybe also Dirty Rats if you play against a lot of Quest Rogues (it’s a great counter to the deck).
  • Similarly, Pyroblast is technically unnecessary for the Alex -> burn combo, but it comes in handy if you don’t draw Alex or you have to use her on yourself. You MIGHT try playing without it (you can maybe add Flamestrike or Cone of Cold instead) but it might be harder.
  • I’m afraid that DoomsayerIce BlockArchmage Antonidas and Alexstrasza can not be replaced. They’re really important and the deck wouldn’t work well without them.
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124 Comments

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  1. Crystallis
    August 12, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Im building this deck at this right moment, i got almost all the cards but for now i only have enough dust for one legendary, which one should i get first, either Alex or Antonidas?

    Reply
    • Kokofnuff
      August 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

      Alex might be more flexible for other decks. You should only play this deck with both tho

      Reply
  2. Gangstaman
    August 8, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    are this deck is the same and work now ? with the new cards ? pls tell me

    Reply
  3. Skyskrapr
    June 8, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Wow I thought there was no way freeze mage would survive. After all, the super key cards like emperor tharusan and forgotten torch was rotating out, and in addition, blizzard was trying to get rid of this archetype by moving ice lance into wild format. However, somehow Freeze Mage was able to not only survive the nerfs, but is actually sitting at a comfortable tier 2 (according to tempo storm) by using new things such as primordial glyph, which gives you a relatively big antonia’s turn, the nice 3 damage from medihv’s valet, and arcanologist which makes you draw into your defensive secrets super quickly. I got from rank 12 to rank 4 using this decklist, however i exchanged loot hoarder for eater of secrets, because of the large number of mages on the ladder.

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  4. Tesshi
    May 1, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Still very fun deck.

    Am playing this with 1x Pyro instead of Antonidus and 2x Stonehill instead of Barrier.

    With Stonehill you get 4 taunts your opponent needs to trade into. Like it much better than a reactive barrier.

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    • Stonekeep
      May 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      In theory, the idea of Stonehill Defenders isn’t that bad. But in practice, it’s probably isn’t that good.

      First problem is mana cost. To even match the 8 damage mitigation you get from the Barrier, you’d need to pay at least 6 mana in total most of the time, while Barrier costs 3. You rarely have “spare” mana playing as the Freeze Mage, each one of your turns is full of things you want to do, so having to pay extra 3 mana for the same effect is pretty bad (for that 3 mana you could play another Acolyte of Arcane Intellect to dig further into your deck).

      Barrier also increases the Arcanologist consistency. With just 2 Blocks, you often end up drawing 1 or even 2 before your Arcanologists (on average, second one will be useless).

      And last, but not least, Mage has no class Taunts. You’re only picking from the Neutrals, which makes it significantly worse than in e.g. Paladin, Warrior or Shaman, which have pretty powerful class Taunts.

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  5. spacel
    April 29, 2017 at 10:22 am

    any replacements for Medivh’s Valet

    Reply
    • Stonekeep
      May 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Sadly not. You really need them.

      Reply
  6. Nolyn
    April 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Comment to the whole world: I am convinced that stonehill defender is a much better 3 drop than ice barrier in all mage builds. Stonehill defender amounts to 4 cards (yet only two deck slots) that save your life total. It’s also much more proactive. You can win by beating face instead of just waiting to draw burn. Thems my thoughts.

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    • Tesshu
      May 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Exactly!

      Reply
    • Fr0st3d
      May 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

      The thing making ice barrier good is the Arcanologist

      Reply
    • NoneckGeorge
      June 24, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Hi, I dont really think Stonehill defender is better let me tell you why. Ice barrier = 8 life granted for 3 mana but Stonehill is only 4 life guaranteed for 3 mana and potentionally you could get up to 8 or more hp saved with Stonehill but it is VERY unlikely, and yes you get another taunt but you have to spend mana for the next taunt and in freeze mage you ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT waste whole turn to play taunt because you are not some taunt deck you have to use your mana to freeze the board or draw cards for your win condition. Another important factor is that barrier scales with Arcanologist and to pull the battlecry of Arcanologist consistently you should always have at least 4 secrets in your deck.

      Reply
  7. Joseph
    April 27, 2017 at 10:44 am

    THIS… DECK… IS… DIRTY

    Reply
  8. positivre
    April 26, 2017 at 6:17 am

    -1 archmage antonidas +1 pyroblast
    -2 loot hoader +2 novice enginner
    so much eficiency,plz try this..!

    Reply
  9. Mathieu
    April 25, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    In the guide he said archmage cannot be replaced. I think actually yes he can be replace by a second pyroblast.
    You dont get a lot of value from him in the current meta.

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    • Adzy
      April 28, 2017 at 4:10 am

      im new and this deck has taken me to rank 14 so i dont know if this is good or not but I traded acolyte with alarm-o-bot. since there are a lot of times I had no minions in my hand. frost nova alarm o bot than next turn having archmage swapped in and all my mana to spend on spells to build up fireballs.

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      • Wojciech Cebula
        July 22, 2017 at 3:37 am

        Yeee you can get from alarmo bot archmage or you esential cart to win – alex so it bad.
        And you r in 14 rank not bc this deck is bad . You just dont know how to play it 😁

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  10. MooPenguin32
    April 22, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Great guide! Thanks to you and Evident for everything you do to make Hearthstone Top Decks one of my favorite sites. I’ve been playing Laughing’s build lately and have had pretty good success with it. I also watched Day9 play a bunch of matches to Legend using a similar deck he put his own flavor on. I’m still learning and am not the best Hearthstone player by far. However, it is a great deck that allows me to win against all kinds of other decks.

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  11. Mars
    April 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    How do we measure IQ, it seems subjective… as the seemingly endless low IQ that drifts unto this website would indicate the demise of the human civilization if they were to breed. Which is really sad for the hard work, time to write up such great guides, and articles on this site… just to have people, IMO, troll.. questions that are clearly answered in the article they have spent so much time crafting.

    I’m testing a couple of swaps thoughts on it welcome.

    • novice engineer instead of loot hoarder
    • coldlight instead of acolyte

    • difficulty with priest matchups, the rare quest priest is particularly well suited.. thoughts on those match ups.

    again thank you to stone and Evi for the work put into this place, I come here for the reads often as it’s just good reading if nothing else, but also keep up with changes. sometimes get great ideas on here, and sometimes just netdeck something to try it out. been coming here for awhile, far longer then actually signing up an account. just wanna say I appreciate the hard work.. and I just had to say something when you read over and over the “troll” comments..

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  12. Lorenzo Malavasi
    April 19, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Do we have some replacements for Thalnos ?? I don´t want to craft him.

    Reply
    • Stonekeep
      April 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      See “Freeze Mage Card Substitutions” section at the bottom.

      Reply
    • Moonwalker
      August 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Thalnos is such a good legendary, definitely worth crafting it!

      Reply
  13. DikenSakaL
    April 18, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Dont waste powder for this deck like I did .. You will regret it eventually

    Reply
    • Stonekeep
      April 19, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Why are you saying that? The deck is still very strong, it has one of the highest win rates in the current meta.

      Reply
      • DikenSakaL
        May 6, 2017 at 6:08 am

        Well , I was very disappointed with results . I usually reach rank 5 or more every month but with this deck I lost a lot at the beginning of the month . Maybe not my type of deck .. Now I am trying it again after read your reply with few changes . Sorry for my late respond and keep up the good work 🙂

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  14. Rondo
    April 17, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Do you recommend crafting this deck? I have about 3k dust and I can really craft one deck only, is this a good deck to craft or do you recommend something else? I have both antonias and alex from packs, just need to craft the epics.

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    • Sandrock
      April 17, 2017 at 11:36 am

      To be honest there are a lot of decks out right now that easily beat this deck. I would hold off maybe another week or 2 If you’re looking to move up the ranks to see what is competitive. If you’re just looking for a deck to fart around with, see if anything is replaceable and try the deck out with the replaced cards before crafting a bunch and spending your 3k

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    • Stonekeep
      April 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      It really depends on whether you like this play style or not. The deck is very uninteractive and a lot of the games feel like you’re playing with yourself, or rather against your own deck (bad draws). With a perfect draws, you can beat almost any deck in the meta. But you can struggle with poor draws and it just feels really bad, because you can’t do anything.

      When it comes to the strength, it’s one of the best decks in the meta, but it’s also pretty hard to play 100% correctly, so it might take you some time to start playing it at its max potential.

      If you like the combo style gameplay and you don’t mind that the games will be pretty draw-dependant, then you should enjoy it. If you don’t, then you probably want to look for something else. I really like the deck, but I know a lot of people who don’t like this kind of play style.

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      • Indi
        June 8, 2017 at 8:27 pm

        Well i love this deck i sure do but theres no counterplay against control priest i checked online and the winrate is like 30% oh Hsreplay

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  15. Woodsy
    April 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Freeze mage is such an annoying deck. They don’t interact with the board at any point and with no healing in the game it is impossible to win. It’s such a boring and annoying deck to play. Nothing is more aggravating than getting pyroblasted in the face twice over two turns, and not being able to do anything about it.

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  16. amim
    April 16, 2017 at 7:29 am

    What to pick instead of MEDIVH’S VALET? I was out for a while and don’t have any Karazhan wing.

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    • Demaru
      April 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      You should get the Karazhan adventure there are a bunch of good cards.

      Reply
    • anon
      April 17, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Welcome to Hearthstone, if you want to have fun hand over your paycheck or get the fuck out.

      Reply
      • Sandrock
        April 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

        If you’re paycheque is only 25 dollars then you should probably find a new job… If you even try to say that some ppl can’t afford 25 dollars then that’s fine… It’s 700 gold a wing. Gtfo with your stupid bs.

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    • Stonekeep
      April 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      I’d strongly recommend crafting it, because they’re great for the mid game board control and give you more reach in the late game. But if you can’t afford to, I would recommend adding a second Pyroblast (for more reach) and maybe something like a Volcanic Potion to have a better board control vs Aggro in the mid game.

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  17. Antonidas
    April 15, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Antonidas is too slow right now, having more success with two pyroblasts and exclusively using glyph to find burn or aoe instead of cheap spells to feed antonidas

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    • Stonekeep
      April 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      What I always liked about Antonidas is that it absolutely has to be dealt with or else Freeze Mage wins. While Control decks will obviously keep an answer, it often happens that a deck like Midrange Hunter just doesn’t have a way to kill Antonidas and loses the game. Then even in the slow matchups it might happen that your opponent didn’t draw a big removal and a turn 10 Antonidas + Frost Nova means that you win the game on the spot. It happens only in like 10-20% of the matches, but it’s a nice addition.

      Reply
  18. trust me
    March 26, 2017 at 6:44 am

    freeze mages are unbeatable. 0 skill required

    Reply
    • TheFaceIsThePlace
      March 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      And I’m assuming you, yourself, know this from piloting many high-level, skill-intensive decks, such as Secrets Paladin and Pirate Warrior?

      Reply
      • Portis
        April 14, 2017 at 11:35 am

        You forgot to mention aggro shaman

        Reply
      • Mars
        April 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm

        LMAO!

        Reply
    • Stefan Jakob
      April 16, 2017 at 4:06 am

      Dude, Freeze Mage is one of the most skill-intensive decks in the game. Yes if a Freeze Mage draws well and PLAYS well, no deck can beat it. But thats the power of the deck, good players can make huge things happen with it! I’ve played a lot Freeze Mage in the past and you saying that Freeze Mage doesnt need skill just shows me that you’ve never played it and probably are crippling at rank 15 or are nee to the game.

      Reply
  19. XHAD
    January 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Is fireball even required for this deck anymore? I swapped it out for volcanic potion due to the amount of aggro decks there are.

    Reply
  20. MrMeme
    January 22, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Any good replacement for Alextrassa?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      January 23, 2017 at 8:37 am

      No, it’s especially important in this deck. Freeze Mage is a difficult deck to pilot, and if you are missing a key card it’s going to be even harder.

      Reply
    • CHJ
      April 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Yeah, Weasel Tunneler

      Reply
  21. Zzp75
    December 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve been playing this deck for a while. I noticed two things. First, the Acolyte of Pain often caused me to draw too many cards. I tend to have 8-9 cards in hand most games, and it’s simply too risky to put him out there and possibly lose a valuable card. Second, most games are lose are because I don’t draw Alexstrasza quickly enough. I found a great substitution that solves both these problems and has benefited me greatly – remove 1 Acolyte of Pain, and add The Curator. He will automatically pull Alex into your hand, plus he’s a strong taunt minion that can help deflect a lot of the damage coming at you. The point of Acolyte of Pain is to try and draw Alex…The Curator guarantees that outcome, effectively doubling your odds of getting Alex.

    Reply
  22. MageFreeze
    December 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Dude, thx
    just
    thx

    I lovve you

    Reply
  23. Ihavenothingtosay
    December 6, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Is there any way this deck can be played without Alexztrasa or is it too important?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      It’s too important, it ends up being a win condition in a lot of games.

      Reply
    • Døg
      December 10, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      No you dont need alex tbh i play her in my deck but shes not needed(or used) in 9/10 of my games but if you dont use her you NEED the kobold to finish.

      Reply
      • Stefan Jakob
        April 16, 2017 at 4:09 am

        Dude Alexstrasza wins me like 9/10 of my Freeze Mage games what are you talking about? Every second player is Taunt warrior so dealing 15 damage with an 9 mana 8/8 feels pretty good to hurst him down the turns after that. If you draw Alex this (one of the worse matchups) is easy as hell. Without Alex its an insta lose.

        Reply
        • Azzan
          April 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

          You do realize this guy posted from over 5 months ago, lol. @StefanJakob

          Reply
  24. Lowchamp
    December 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    How good is this deck after gadgetzan release?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 3, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Tough to say, it’s usually good against aggro though.

      Reply
      • VipSaN
        December 4, 2016 at 2:24 am

        I dont think it has any chance against Pirate Warrior, you just die way too fast.
        Even though you can keep the board clean you just take too much weapon damage until you can play your combos.

        Reply
        • Sandrock
          December 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm

          I lost to freeze mage cuz they literally managed to keep me frozen the whole game… I attacked maybe 2 times and then that was it. theres no removal in pirate without the weapon damage.

          Reply
        • starkhalo
          December 4, 2016 at 10:21 pm

          That’s why LaughingHS runs double Ice Barrier instead of Flamestrike, it’s better against aggro decks, though pirate warrior is another story…

          Reply
        • Dslice
          December 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm

          I think this meta requires 1 weapon removal so I removed one of the acolytes of pain and put in a swamp ooze. I’ve had quite a bit of success but it is tough without the extra card draw

          Reply
      • Voidboy
        December 5, 2016 at 7:45 am

        Hey evident I got 3400 dust right now.Do you think it’s a good idea to spent the dust to complete this deck ?(only miss alextrazza and 1 doomsayer) or invest it on something else ?

        Reply
        • Evident - Site Admin
          December 5, 2016 at 7:55 am

          I would wait and see how good it is, I’m not sure Freeze Mage is going to work in this meta.

          Reply
  25. Carestless
    November 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I love Freeze Mage, and this deck seems pretty solid.
    I also love Malygos, even if it is not ideal I would prefere to add it into this deck due to nostalgic feelings l.
    My guess is to either switch Flamestrike or Evolved Kobold for Malygos.
    Currently I am using this deck as it is, but without Malygos, it just feels like something is missing for me.
    So my question is, what is the best replacement to add Malygos to this deck?

    Reply
    • Soaruh
      December 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      I run Malygos is my deck with Emperor as as a combo with Malygos + ( reduced at least 1 time ) ice lance x 2 + 1 frostbolt is very damaging and adds more options to freeze mage (: Suggest you give it it a try. Good luck in further encounters 😀

      Reply
  26. Nonstop
    November 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Replacements for Alex?
    Saving my dust for the new expansion

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      You’d probably have to run Archmage Antonidas, and I don’t know if I’d play this deck without Alexstrasza.

      Reply
  27. Colaguy2011
    November 21, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Laughing changed his deck, he removed flamestrike and added ice barrier.

    Reply
  28. Mage
    November 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    What would be a good replacement for Forgotten Torch??

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      I don’t think you can play this deck without it. Most Freeze Mage cards aren’t replaceable.

      Reply
    • jjj
      December 14, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      You can play a 2nd ice barrier, a pyroblast, Antonidas or a cone of cold. I disagree that freeze mage cards aren’t replaceable – there are tons of small variations out there (like 1-4 card differences).

      Also I’m not sure but the new 1-mana 2/1 that plays a secret for free might be playable too.

      Reply
  29. dipa
    November 18, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Second Barrier or second Blizzard?

    i prefer a second barrier :/ is that bad?

    Reply
  30. Anonymous
    November 18, 2016 at 5:02 am

    replace for thalnos ?, that litle mage with spell damage and buffs cthun ?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      November 18, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Cult Sorcerer is the one you’re thinking about, and yes that would work.

      Reply
    • FunkyOne
      April 18, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Card draw is more needed than spell damage. So Novice Engineer is gonna be better than Cult Sorcerer

      Reply
  31. Jakob
    November 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    How is the mirror match and any tips on how to getting the edge in those ?

    Reply
    • Yoshi
      November 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Basically whoever draws Thaurissan/Alex first and doesn’t have their hand filled with the dead cards of the matchup (blizzards, doomsayers, frost novas, ice barrier, flamestrike) wins. Look for opportunities to burn cards if your opponent misplays with acolyte, never attack with minions if opponent has a secret (because you’re never breaking 8 armor ice barrier, so attacking actually gives him more health).

      Reply
    • 8BitBrain
      November 16, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      I haven’t had a mirror match but I’d guess: use your burn often since they have very limited healing.

      Reply
  32. Demonlord
    November 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I recommend to use malygos in this deck,because you can shred up control war with Alextrasza+Malygos+2frost bolts+2ice lances.(cheaped by emperor)

    Reply
    • 8BitBrain
      November 16, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Malygos instead of what

      Reply
      • Ravena
        November 26, 2016 at 2:06 pm

        Maybe flamestrike?

        Reply
  33. Staffninja
    November 9, 2016 at 7:14 am

    What do we do with freeze mage when forgotten torch rotates out?

    Reply
    • Havoc
      November 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      we bring back Antonidas.

      Reply
    • Malv
      December 9, 2016 at 7:27 am

      Freeze mage existed long before forgotten torch was added, somebody will find something to throw in.

      Reply
  34. OblivionAwaits_
    October 30, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Hey man,
    Just starting to get back into Hearthstone. Absolutely lost, and I’d like to talk to someone about it. Can I e-mail you and talk a bit?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 30, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Hey, you can e-mail me at evident[at]hearthstonetopdecks.com, but I haven’t been able to play too much lately, so I won’t have a lot of great info for you!

      Reply
      • OblivionAwaits_
        October 30, 2016 at 8:57 pm

        No problem, I’d just like a bit of advice and general knowledge.

        Reply
  35. Shiverr
    October 30, 2016 at 8:04 am

    What do I replace for the evolved kobold? I don’t have it.

    Reply
    • what
      October 31, 2016 at 8:49 am

      kobold is a tech card that turned out to be surprisingly good. perhaps you could replace it with ice barrier as it seems they replaced it for kobold

      Reply
    • Norboka
      November 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      It’s 40 dust LUL

      Reply
  36. Anonymous
    October 30, 2016 at 4:45 am

    replace for thalnos ?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 30, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      I wouldn’t want to replace it, but if you’re really desperate you can run with Kobold Geomancer.

      Reply
      • 8BitBrain
        November 16, 2016 at 11:04 pm

        I don’t have it and I just run a 2nd ice barrier. But also, technically cult sorcerer is better

        Reply
    • Laughing
      November 10, 2016 at 4:27 am

      2nd Barrier

      Reply
  37. DJ
    October 25, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I only have one Doomsayer….thoughts on a replacement? I know he is key board removal with Frost Nova…

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 25, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Maybe second Flamestrike, but yeah it’s pretty key removal.

      Reply
  38. Ping
    October 23, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Would you recommend this list over tom’s aggro freeze mage (list from september)?
    I feel like tom’s list does not have that much stall-potential but is way easier to play and has early-game minions to control the board which is why you don’t need that much stall.

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 23, 2016 at 8:50 am

      I think this Freeze Mage is the overall better deck.

      Reply
  39. Kapatina
    October 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    What can i replace forgetten torch for ? i dont have that expansion

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      There’s no replacement unfortunately, it’s too good for early game and end game.

      Reply
    • Fishex3
      November 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Dude save up for 700gold. It is 700 only. If not replace it with more card draw cards or aoe cards

      Reply
  40. LosingMyEdge
    October 19, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I play this -1 flamestrike -1 barrier and +2 mirror image. I understand teching in flamestrike if you like clears better but I think barrier is way too slow now without mad scientist.

    Reply
  41. Midatri
    July 17, 2016 at 9:50 am

    No more Antonidas?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      July 17, 2016 at 10:10 am

      He hasn’t been in the deck in a while.

      Reply
      • Doug Dimmadome
        October 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm

        I’ve been running Antoninus in my list and it has been really good. Even if it is sometimes a clunky draw, freeze mage is famous for havin dead cards in hand 90% of the game. Also, it has bumped my warrior match up at least 15%.

        Reply
  42. NoName
    July 14, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    What changed in July 2016 season?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      July 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Nothing.

      Reply
  43. Ethan
    June 23, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Why Flamestrike?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      June 23, 2016 at 7:30 am

      To clear the board.

      Reply
    • daniel
      August 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      is this ethan my brother if it is hi ethan

      Reply
  44. Kaiman91
    June 13, 2016 at 3:36 am

    i playtested the deck… vs priest, warrior and hunter real big problem!
    50-50 vs zoolock
    I don’t think it’s a good deck to low level… i hope that upper lvl can be a good deck

    Reply
    • Nito
      June 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Zoo has to be your best MU imo

      Reply
    • Mnescat
      November 26, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Running into same problem. Tips and skill help a lot, warrior (Armor based) and druid are tough.

      But hunter…either I have skill issues or I can’t explain that 100% lose rate 🙁
      89% win on rogue >50% vs mage and everything else.

      Reply
  45. Kaiman91
    June 13, 2016 at 3:18 am

    I Lose 80% times vs hunter what can i do to win vs him?

    Reply
    • Chinto
      August 1, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Don’t be stingy with your burn. Throw a few forgotten torches/fireballs at his face early, so that when it gets later in the game, you are not dependent on Alexstrasza to close it out.

      Reply
  46. Jeagolas
    May 23, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I´m playin this list with the following modifications: +1 Antonidas instade of -1 Pyro +1 Cone of Cold instead of -1 Blizzard. I dont think that Antonidas is so slow.

    Reply
    • Jeagolas
      May 23, 2016 at 7:55 am

      One more modification: -1 novice +1 acolyte

      Reply
      • 720BLAZE
        September 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm

        Not that good tho deck without your modifications is way better

        Reply
  47. Tony
    May 12, 2016 at 10:18 am

    No need for 2 barriers, I use 2 acolytes instead, you need maximum card draw.

    Reply
  48. Dr WubWub
    May 12, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Given the dust, should i craft alexstraza?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 12, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Yes.

      Reply
      • Dr WubWub
        May 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

        Haven’t played in a while tho and i just came back for the latest expansion, i haven’t seen much so is there other legendary that should be crafted first or is this one still a priority?

        Reply
        • Evident - Site Admin
          May 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

          For this deck Alexstrasza is a priority. It depends which deck you wanted to play.

          Reply
  49. Sc0rpi0s
    May 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

    No antonidas ?? Also I don’t understand the way this category works ( top meta decks) the higher a deck is the best it is? Or the deck on the top is the newest one?

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      May 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Antonidas is too slow at the moment. The top meta decks are ordered by most recent.

      Reply
    • 123
      May 11, 2016 at 6:25 am

      2 Forgotten Torch is there instead of Antonidas. This deck is new one for standard game.

      Reply

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