Freeze Mage Deck List Guide (Post Nerf) – Kobolds – March 2018

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Our Freeze Mage deck list guide for the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion, will teach you the ins-and-outs of this deck! This Freeze Mage guide includes Card Choices, Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, and Card Substitutions!

Introduction to Freeze Mage

Freeze Mage is one of the oldest deck archtypes in Hearthstone. The basic premise revolves around constantly freezing and wiping the opponents board, so you can transition safely to the late game, where you can either out-value your opponent, or kill them outright with a combo.

The days of Ice Lance are long gone by now, but Freeze Mage is still alive and well, mainly thanks to Frost Lich Jaina. The ability to create Water Elemental and have them heal you when they attack, is a pretty powerful one, it turns out. The deck spends the majority of the early and mid game either drawing/generating cards or wiping/freezing the board, so it can transition to the late game, where it can shine. Primordial Glyph, Cabalist's Tome and Elise the Trailblazer give you enough extra fuel to outvalue most control decks, while Frost Lich Jaina can single-handedly win you the game against aggressive ones.

Key Cards/Combos

  • Arcane Artificer: A newly-released card, this little elemental provides you with armor each time you cast a spell, equal to its cost. This makes aggressive decks think twice before ignoring it, while providing you with some life-saving extra time to draw into your answers.
  • Coldlight Oracle: A substitution for the usual Acolyte of Pain, the oracles are aimed to target decks such as Control Warlock and Spiteful Priest that either keep a large hand size, giving you a chance to burn cards and accelerate their path to fatigue, or revolve around not drawing some of their cards. A well-timed coldlight can turn the game around in the blink of an eye.
  • Frost Nova / Blizzard + Doomsayer: This is one of the oldest tricks for Freeze Mage lists. Doomsayer, when combined with a freeze effect, is really good at stalling the game against aggressive decks, or forcing control decks to make weird decisions, such as wasting a card or choosing to “burn” their next draw.
  • Primordial Glyph: A pretty powerful discover effect, since it is limited to class spells and comes with a 2 mana discount. Primordial Glyph and Arcanologist are the most typical turn 2 plays you can have, since they give you something to do on the next turn.
  • Elise the Trailblazer: Aside from a solid 5-mana body, Elise provides you with extra cards to play, outside of your deck, which is especially potent when you face slower decks. Cards from the Un’Goro expansion have a high chance of being elementals, so they synergize with your Death Knight’s passive effect, an extra upside.
  • Skulking Geist: With a good enough body for a 6-drop, this minion’s battlecry removes all 1-cost spells from both decks. While you do not have to worry about that, other decks in the meta have pretty impactful cards at that mana spot, which can harm or even outright destroy (looking at you, Jade Druid) their game plan!
  • Sindragosa: The new Dr. Boom? Well, not quite. Still, this 8/8 Legendary Dragon provides you with a good amount of value against slow decks. The two 0/1 tokens that she spawns each provide you with a random legendary when killed, plus they synergize really well with the Death Knight’s Hero Power.
  • Frost Lich Jaina: One of the more thematic Death Knights, Jaina provides you with a new hero power and a passive effect; your hero power spawns a Water Elemental when it kills a minion and your elementals heal you when they deal damage, for the rest of the game.

Mulligans

Against Aggressive Decks

  • Arcane Artificer: Can provide you with early armor and require 1-2 trades from your opponent’s minions.
  • Doomsayer: Wiping the early aggression and giving you back tempo to win the board and transition to mid-late game safely.
  • Arcanologist: Decent body for early board control and guarantees Ice Block draw.
  • Frostbolt: Early removal for dangerous minions.
  • Frost Nova (if you already have Doomsayer in hand): When combined with Doomsayer on turn 5 (or 4 with the coin), this can wipe almost any board.

Against Slow Decks

  • Arcane Intellect: Card draw is of utmost importance in these matchups, so draw whenever possible.
  • Coldlight Oracle: Most slow decks have a pretty sizeable hand until the mid game, so burning 1-3 of their cards, while also drawing yourself is a pretty good deal.
  • Polymorph: Removing your opponent’s threats is a good thing, but denying powerful effects in the process is priceless.
  • Cabalist's Tome/Elise the Trailblazer: They both achieve similar things, so keeping one in hand gives you a chance to take full advantage of the effect as early as possible.
  • Frost Lich Jaina: If you play her early enough, you can overwhelm your opponent with your water elementals, forcing them to do desperate moves.

General Strategy

Facing Aggressive Deck

Your goal here is to stall the game long enough to play Frost Lich Jaina. Be careful of when you decide to use your spells, because every turn can be the last. Take your time to review your available options and keep yourself healthy as much as possible. If you can take a hit to guarantee a large board clear the following turn, go for it. You should only play coldlights if you really do not have any answers in hand, or can answer anything the enemy can throw down. If you face a lot of these decks, you should look to replace some of your late-game minions for early AoE, such as Volcanic Potion or even include one Ice Barrier to buy some time so you can stabilize.

Facing Slow Deck

This is where the deck shines the most. Your Death Knight keeps you healthy and provides you with a board, while you generate extra cards and remove your opponent’s threats. Cabalist's Tome, Elise the Trailblazer, Primordial Glyph and Sindragosa all have their moment in the spotlight in these matchups, surprising your opponent with extra burst, removal or threats that he cannot handle. Be mindful of your remaining cards and do not go too far towards fatigue, since you want the opponent to run out of cards before you. Other than that, use Polymorph on minions with powerful effects or deathrattles and Meteor on just big threats and overwhelm your opponent with hero-healing Water Elementals!

Card Substitutions

Elise the Trailblazer => Weapon removal minion: If you find yourself facing weapons pretty often, you could forego some of the value that Elise provides to deal with them, since she requires a lot of setup. Harrison Jones could provide you with extra card draw, in case you need it. If you find you have enough draw, go either for Acidic Swap Ooze or Gluttonous Ooze, depending on the kind of weapons you encounter.

Skulking Geist => Medivh, the Guardian: Should you find that you are facing a lot of heavy control decks, excluding Jade Druid, this change is recommended. Medivh provides really big swing turns, allowing you to develop big minions when using AoE or removal spells. Firelands Portal is especially good with him, providing you with a 5-drop and a 7-drop while removing an opposing minion.

Meteor => Volcanic Potion: A change purely targeting aggressive matchups, Volcanic Potion can help you survive the early onslaught of cheap minions and stabilize quicker. Meteor tends to be a glorified Volcanic Potion in those matchups anyway, so why not save the 4 extra mana?

Closing

Freeze Mage has evolved since the last time it saw decent play on the ladder. Even though it has become a clear control deck, rather than a combo/otk one, it has not lost its flavor; you still look to freeze the board and keep your opponent from developing his game plan. The difference is that you now look to out-value your opponents with big, impactful minions and gain card advantage through your card-generation effects. The deck is not an easy one to pilot, but it is as fun as ever! Take your time to decide on the best available play for the turn; the deck has plenty of removal and value, so make the best of it and you should come out on top!

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  1. Rafito
    March 3, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I’m thinking about replacing Sindragosa for Alanna for a finisher, what could be a good replacement for Elise?

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  2. Mercy
    February 22, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I’ve been really struggling with Big Spell Control variations lately, so I decided to craft Sindragosa and take this new Freeze version for a spin. I had much better results so far, the deck feels consistent (I should mention I’m missing Elize; I replaced her with Glutonous Ooze).
    I’m loving Sindragosa synergy with Frost Lich in particular. Somehow, the two really shine in this shell/deck.

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  3. Aaron
    November 4, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Just want to make it clear to anyone asking for Medivhs Valet replacement and to anyone telling them they need it in the deck… Although it fits the deck it is not needed and by no means a necessity. Alot of the time you won’t hit with the 3 damage! In my variant of the deck I choose Coldwraith over him and it is DEFINITELY better, it’s a 3 drop rather than 2 drop in which we have plenty so when they miss their respective battlecrys is it is better, and you hit his battlecry 70% of the time… This is freeze mage guys card draw is everything and pinging for 3 pre-Alex is pretty average!

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  4. 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?

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    • 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

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    • asdf
      October 17, 2017 at 4:51 am

      alex sets up kill 90% of the time while antodidas rarely sees any play, she is much more vital to this deck archetype

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  5. Gangstaman
    August 8, 2017 at 3:51 pm

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

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. spacel
    April 29, 2017 at 10:22 am

    any replacements for Medivh’s Valet

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    • Stonekeep
      May 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Sadly not. You really need them.

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      • Aaron
        November 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        Replace him for Coldwraith it works brilliantly, strong tempo and extra draw alot of the time!

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  9. 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!

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    • Fr0st3d
      May 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

      The thing making ice barrier good is the Arcanologist

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    • 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.

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

    THIS… DECK… IS… DIRTY

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  11. 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..!

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Lorenzo Malavasi
    April 19, 2017 at 11:29 am

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

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    • Stonekeep
      April 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm

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

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    • Moonwalker
      August 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

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

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

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

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    • 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.

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      • 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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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    • Aaron
      November 4, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Coldwraith is an awesome substitute… it has good body and you get a draw from him 70% of the time, very strong

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  20. 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.

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

    freeze mages are unbeatable. 0 skill required

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    • 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?

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      • Portis
        April 14, 2017 at 11:35 am

        You forgot to mention aggro shaman

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      • Mars
        April 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm

        LMAO!

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    • 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.

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  22. 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.

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  23. MrMeme
    January 22, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Any good replacement for Alextrassa?

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    • 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.

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    • CHJ
      April 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Yeah, Weasel Tunneler

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  24. 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.

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  25. MageFreeze
    December 10, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Dude, thx
    just
    thx

    I lovve you

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  26. Ihavenothingtosay
    December 6, 2016 at 12:38 pm

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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      • 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.

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        • Azzan
          April 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

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

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  27. Lowchamp
    December 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    How good is this deck after gadgetzan release?

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

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

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      • 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.

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        • 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.

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        • 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…

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        • 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

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      • 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 ?

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        • 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.

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  28. 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?

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    • 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 😀

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  29. Nonstop
    November 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Replacements for Alex?
    Saving my dust for the new expansion

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    • 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.

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  30. Colaguy2011
    November 21, 2016 at 12:49 am

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

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  31. Mage
    November 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    What would be a good replacement for Forgotten Torch??

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  32. dipa
    November 18, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Second Barrier or second Blizzard?

    i prefer a second barrier :/ is that bad?

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  33. Anonymous
    November 18, 2016 at 5:02 am

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

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

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

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    • 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
  34. Jakob
    November 16, 2016 at 6:28 pm

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

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    • 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
  35. 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)

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

      Malygos instead of what

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

        Maybe flamestrike?

        Reply
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Anonymous
    October 30, 2016 at 4:45 am

    replace for thalnos ?

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    • 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. Tony
    May 12, 2016 at 10:18 am

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

    Reply
  51. 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
  52. 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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