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

Class: Mage - Format: Mammoth - Type: Control - Style: Meta Deck - Meta Deck: Big Spell Mage
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Our Big Spell Mage deck list guide is fully updated for the post-nerfs February 2018 meta of the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion! This guide will teach you how to mulligan, pilot, and substitute cards for this archetype!

Introduction to Big Spell Mage

Big Spell Mage is the spiritual successor to Control Mage. It is one of the purest control decks in Kobolds and Catacombs: seeking to remove the opponent’s threats throughout most of the game and then finally pushing forward with some big finishers. The central card of the archetype is Dragon's Fury, a powerful area-of-effect damage spell that is only effective when the deck is built around expensive spells. Early versions of Big Spell Mage experimented with tempo-based plays with Spiteful Summoner, but Dragon’s Fury directs the deck more towards pure control play. Currently, Big Spell Mage decks range from control decks with a number of powerful late-game win conditions to almost pure fatigue builds, sometimes even including N'Zoth, The Corruptor. This guide is written from the perspective of a control build, not a fatigue build.

Big Spell Mage Card Choices

Building a Big Spell Mage deck is a delicate exercise. As a control deck, it is highly reliant on the meta that surrounds it, and it needs to adapt to whatever is prevalent in order to have the right answers. For this reason, I expect some changes to be necessary even after a brief period of time. In this section, I strive to explain the card choices in the sample list and what you may need to do to adapt to the meta you are facing.

As a control deck, Big Spell Mage is in large part defined by its removal package. Most of the removal in the deck is damage-based, and may need to vary depending on the meta.

  • Dragon's Fury – The definitive card of the deck, always included in two copies. It is the most powerful area-of-effect damage spell available to Mage and also the cheapest such spell that deals three or more damage.
  • Blizzard – A flexible area-of-effect damage spell: you can use Blizzard to stall and prepare for a bigger spell next turn, or even to prevent the opponent from responding to your minions in order to hit face. Almost always included in two copies.
  • Meteor – A powerful area-of-effect damage spell, especially suited for taking down individual big minions with some friends tagging along. Meteor is more meta-dependent than Dragon’s Fury and Blizzard, but in the Kobolds and Catacombs big minions meta, it has established a strong position in the deck.
  • Flamestrike – Area-of-effect damage spell for taking down wide boards. Kobolds and Catacombs meta has generally not favored wide boards that have been prevalent in various token metas before. If the deck does not run all possible removal, Flamestrike is currently the card that is most often cut, at least down to one copy.
  • Polymorph – The sole piece of hard removal in the deck, doubling up as a silence effect. Silence is very common and highly useful in the Kobolds and Catacombs meta, and Polymorph does a lot of work for the deck. When playing against opponents who can resurrect their minions, such as Control Warlock and Big Priest, good use of Polymorph is vital. Against Control Warlock, for example, denying early activation of Rin, the First Disciple is crucial, but if Rin is not seen until late, rendering the Seals inconsequential, polymorphing Voidlord becomes a higher priority. Against Big Priest, it is important to polymorph unique minions so that they cannot be resurrected with Lesser Diamond Spellstone: The Lich King and Ysera being the main targets.
  • Firelands Portal – Often used for removal, but this is actually one of the few spells in the deck that can hit face. Some lists also include Pyroblast, but it has fallen in popularity as Big Spell Mage has moved away from a burn plan.
  • Doomsayer – In the pre-nerfs meta, Doomsayer was usually too slow. Yes. Seven health, turn two, meet Patches. No longer! With the aggro nerfs, Doomsayer is actually a capable removal piece, especially in the early game. It can also be combined with Blizzard later in the game, but as the meta is heavily focused on silence, it is not very reliable there. Doomsayer’s main late-game use is to play it after a board clear spell to ensure an empty board for the following turn to get something like Frost Lich Jaina out safely.

In addition to removal, a control deck needs some solid card draw. Big Spell Mage uses less card draw than many other control decks, but it would not find the right answers without any.

  • Raven Familiar – The first sign for an opponent that you are playing Big Spell Mage, Raven Familiar only draws a spell when it is more expensive than a random spell from the opponent’s deck. While this can be easier said than done – Spiteful Summoner decks only run very expensive spells, for example – Raven Familiar is reliable in drawing against aggressive decks, where you need your answers the most.
  • Bright-Eyed Scout – Card draw tool that is only useful for decks that run plenty of cards that cost five mana or more. Luckily, more than half of the cards in a Big Spell Mage deck fit that bill! Some great high-roll potential, if it hits one of your big win conditions. Acolyte of Pain or Coldlight Oracle are sometimes used instead: Acolyte is a solid and a little boring option, whereas Coldlight Oracle is a good choice for a heavy control meta, where you anticipate fatigue games and may want to mill some of the opponent’s cards.

Control decks also need some healing. Big Spell Mage has Frost Lich Jaina and Alexstrasza that are also win conditions, and it also has Arcane Artificer. Arcane Artificer is not a one-drop! You never keep it in the mulligan or play it on turn one, it is a comeback tool best combined with area-of-effect damage spells for healing while clearing up the board. It can do a lot of work with Blizzard, especially if the opponent cannot then remove the Artificer and it lives to provide more armor next turn.

What about those win conditions? Big Spell Mage has several.

  • Frost Lich Jaina – Jaina can take your game to fatigue, or simply overpower the opponent with endless Water Elementals. Once you have turned into Frost Lich, the game becomes a math puzzle where you try to find ways to get minions down to one health so that you can turn them into Water Elementals. The basic level is to do this to the opponent’s minions. The more advanced view takes a multi-turn approach, combining area-of-effect damage spells and minion damage to provide a steady stream of Elementals. Finally, you can also turn your own minions into Water Elementals, or refresh a Water Elemental from one health to six by simply pinging it with your Hero Power.
  • Medivh, the Guardian – Atiesh is a natural fit with big spells. Why not get some big minions to go alongside your board clears? Sometimes, however, you may also want to hit things, or the opponent, with Atiesh when that one damage makes a difference.
  • Dragoncaller Alanna – Another win condition with natural synergy with big spells. A fully charged Alanna can summon six 5/5 Dragons on the board, providing enough damage for lethal on the following turn, if the board cannot be answered.
  • Alexstrasza – While Big Spell Mage lacks burn, it can have powerful boards, from example thanks to Medivh and Alanna. Alexstrasza can help finish those games, and she can also heal your hero against aggressive decks.

The remaining cards in Big Spell Mage are for defense, swings, and disruption. Hearthstone provides limited ways to disrupt your opponent’s plays, but Big Spell Mage makes use of what tools there are.

  • Dirty Rat – Disruption tool that can be used to deny combo pieces, Battlecry effects, and simply to pull powerful minions from the opponent’s hand to a removal turn. Some prime targets include N'Zoth, The Corruptor and Dragoncaller Alanna. Against aggro decks, Rat can also sometimes be used in the early game simply to stall. With Corridor Creeper out of the meta after the nerfs, an early Rat is a bit safer now than before.
  • Skulking Geist – A key tool against decks that rely heavily on one-mana spells. Removes Jade Idol from Jade Druid, Deadly Poison from Kingsbane Rogue, Evolve from Evolve Shaman, Inner Fire from Combo Priest, and perhaps most importantly, Dark Pact from Warlock.
  • Tar Creeper – With all the spells costing a ton, some early defenses are needed, and Tar Creeper can provide exactly that. Bonus points for being an Elemental, so it gains Lifesteal when you turn into Frost Lich Jaina.
  • Arcane Tyrant – It’s not quite pre-nerf Corridor Creeper, but following up a board clear with a 4/4 minion is a good tempo swing, even when mostly used for defense.

Big Spell Mage Mulligan Strategy & Guide

VS Fast Decks

Your priority is survival and heavy emphasis is placed on early defensive cards.

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Polymorph – Keep against decks that cheat out big minions early.
  • Dragon's Fury – Your cheapest big area-of-effect damage spell, can be kept if you anticipate surviving until turn five in a decent shape or if you have the Coin.
  • Bright-Eyed Scout – Some minion presence and card draw, can be kept if you have some other early game as well.

VS Slow Decks

Early survival is not that much of an issue against slow decks. However, you need to find answers specific to your opponent and can afford to keep some of them in the mulligan.

Higher Priority (Keep every time)

Lower Priority (Keep only if certain conditions are met)

  • Polymorph– Keep against decks that cheat out big minions early. Keep against Warlock also in case of Rin.
  • Skulking Geist – Keep against decks that rely heavily on one-mana spells: Jade Idol from Jade Druid, Deadly Poison from Kingsbane Rogue, Evolve from Evolve Shaman, Inner Fire from Combo Priest, and perhaps most importantly, Dark Pact from Warlock.
  • Frost Lich Jaina – Keep if you’re expecting a slow fatigue game.

Big Spell Mage Win Rates

Winrates provided by Metastats

Big Spell Mage Play Strategy

VS Aggro Decks

Your plan against fast decks is going to be the same across all classes: clear the board. Decks like Zoo, Hunter, Tempo Rogue, and Paladin make a living off of strong early game and powerful minion interactions. Your goal to combat that should be to do everything in your power to never let them go too wide. A turn two Doomsayer is a great way to make that happen, but your endless removal does the trick as well. These are games where you need to find a balance between proactive and reactive plays. You want to get the most value out of your big clears, but you also don’t want to wait too long and fall into burst range. Every single aggro deck these days runs a wide range of fast damage, and they will kill you with it if you take too long to get on top of their boards. Always calculate your opponent’s damage potential and then adapt accordingly.

On that note, healing is extremely important in these games. You have access to both Arcane Artificer and Frost Lich Jaina, and you need to try to use both when possible. Frost Lich Jaina can often close out games against aggressive decks, but it can be difficult to find the time to play her, and you cannot afford to keep her in the mulligan, as you may not find enough early answers if you do. A board clear followed by Doomsayer is often your best chance to get enough breathing room to secure a Jaina turn. Arcane Artificer works well with all of your board clears, and can also sometimes provide enough Armor to secure a safe Jaina turn.

I should also mention that Secret Mage is always going to be a rough battle for this build. Counterspell hits you extremely hard, and there is no real way to play around that unless you’re on the Coin, which you should save for Counterspell. You often need to have your early minions if you’re going to have a chance. If you do make it to the later turns of the game, you should prioritize healing over everything else.

VS Control Decks

When going up against slower decks, you typically want to lean on your finishers. This deck packs the big three of Medivh, the GuardianFrost Lich Jaina, and Dragoncaller Alanna. All of those cards do a lot of work, especially when you’re trying to slowly grind your opponent down to dust. In every game, if you have the option of become Frost Lich Jaina, you should. The Death Knight is the best control tool in the game right now and will allow you to create a constant stream of threats for your opponent to answer.

The hardest part of going long is deciding when to drop Dragoncaller Alanna. Your opponent will often try to save a board clear to respond to Alanna, and if you can force them to use it, Alanna can win the game. On the other hand, sometimes you want to play Alanna to force the opponent to use that board clear instead of doing something proactive.

Remember, this is a deck that is going to slowly break people down. You are taking things slow, which means that against control builds you need to take things even slower. Awareness of your opponent’s resources is the key to victory. For example, against Control Warlock with Rin, the First Disciple, Rin is your primary Polymorph target, not Voidlord. However, this changes in the very late game, when the Seals no longer make a difference in fatigue – then you can safely use Polymorph on other targets.

Big Spell Mage Card Substitutions

Secret Package

There is one glaring omission in the sample list on this guide: there are no Secrets! The history of the Secret package in Big Spell Mage is an interesting one, and understanding it can help you decide whether you want to include some kind of Secret package into your deck. The very first builds at the start of Kobolds and Catacombs ran no Secrets. They were crushed by Highlander Priest’s one-turn-kill Velen combos, and soon Secrets were introduced into the build, often in the form of two copies of each ArcanologistIce Block, and Medivh's Valet.

As time went by, Medivh’s Valet was more commonly dropped from the build, and eventually Arcanologist was more often cut down to just a single copy – while it resembles an early-game card, it is more of an answer to combo decks in Big Spell Mage, and you do not have to find it early to succeed. Eventually, even Ice Block itself was sometimes cut down to a single copy – just enough to survive a single lethal blow from a combo deck, or sometimes from an aggro deck that you can then stabilize against with a board clear and Arcane Artificer.

Another factor that affects the usefulness of Secrets is anti-Secret tech. Eater of Secrets has been a rare sight in general, but in the early post-nerfs meta, its use increased sevenfold as other decks responded to the prevalence of Secret Mage and Spell Hunter. If anti-Secret tech is common, Secrets are less useful.

In conclusion, Ice Block is needed if combo decks are very common – you need to survive the combo and then heal up afterwards. It can also help against aggressive decks, but without combo decks to worry about, it becomes a more difficult call whether to include it or not. If you choose to go with Secrets, the most common builds use one Arcanologist and either one or two copies of Ice Block.

As the Secret package introduces more cheap cards into the deck, you may want to look into Acolyte of Pain or Coldlight Oracle for card draw instead of Bright-Eyed Scout should you go that way.

Card Draw

The three main card draw options, Bright-Eyed ScoutAcolyte of Pain, and Coldlight Oracle each have their upsides and downsides.

  • Bright-Eyed Scout can only draw one card, and if it happens to be a cheap one, its cost increases. As an upside, the Scout is actually a somewhat useful body on the board, for example to contest aggro decks early on.
  • Acolyte of Pain can draw up to three cards, and if you play it on Turn five or later, you can use your Hero Power on it to almost guarantee two draws. However, it is a weak body and you need to pay attention to your hand size when playing it or your opponent may try to force you to draw too many cards and burn some of them.
  • Coldlight Oracle draws two cards for both you and your opponent. It is bad against aggressive decks, as you give them more fuel to hit you in the face with, but it is great in control matchups, as you get to draw cards without going deeper into fatigue than your opponent and you can also often time it to mill some of your opponent’s cards.

Tech Cards

There are several tech cards in the list. Dirty RatSkulking Geist, and even Tar Creeper are all heavily meta-dependent choices. One of the most glaring omissions in the sample list is lack of weapon removal. Acidic Swamp Ooze is sometimes used for the purpose, often in place of Dirty Rat. With the Pirate nerfs, the days of Golakka Crawler in the deck seem to be over, but should Pirates experience a resurgence, it remains an option. Twilight Flamecaller is another card that can help in an aggressive meta, as long as the aggro decks run many one-health minions: it is good against Aggro Paladin, for example, but much less so against Murloc Paladin. If you find yourself needing some additional reach, you can also consider Pyroblast – I have enjoyed the surprise lethals with the card, but it is next to useless against aggro.

Budget Replacements

Big Spell Mage is not a budget deck. No matter how you look at it, it cannot be done on a budget, because you need powerful win conditions and you also need a bunch of removal cards, many of which are of Epic rarity.

  • Frost Lich Jaina is absolutely irreplaceable. It is at the very core of the deck.
  • You need a good removal package, and Dragon's Fury and Meteor are both Epics. You might be able to cut one Meteor, but you absolutely need both Dragon’s Furies.
  • In certain metagames, you must have Skulking Geist in a slow deck.

Other than those, you can do some replacements.

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  1. Bonerman
    February 16, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Aggro decks tear this to shreds. 2/10.

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    • Old Guardian - Author
      February 17, 2018 at 2:40 am

      Are you having trouble with the Silver Hand Paladin that has become popular lately? Twilight Flamecaller is the key. I played a variant of this deck to legend in December, when Aggro Paladin was the go-to aggro deck, and Flamecaller put in a lot of work then. With the rise of Murloc Paladin, it became less useful, but Silver Hand Paladin is once again a good target.

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      • Yo
        March 7, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        isnt just playing one volcanic potion instead better?

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        • Old Guardian - Author
          March 8, 2018 at 11:08 am

          No. It’s a bad card for Raven Familiar and Dragon’s Fury, you mess up your synergies even more. I know some people use it on the ladder, but I think it is a sub-par choice.

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          • GoodBoy
            April 5, 2018 at 12:11 am

            Volcanic Potion should be put in the deck. You keep it in the opening hand vs aggro so it doesn’t interfere with raven and dragon fury. Not that it matters since the meta is going to change pretty soon

  2. Daniel
    February 13, 2018 at 10:54 am

    What’s the best replacement for Alanna…Yogg, Baron G or Lich King

    Reply
    • Old Guardian - Author
      February 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      The Lich King. Lich King can defend you as a Taunt minion, and the cards from Lich King can be game-changing. Yogg is unreliable – its most reliable effects are area-of-effect damage and card draw, and you generally don’t need more of them. Baron Geddon is really good when you are already Frost Lich Jaina, but mediocre before that.

      Reply
  3. yuukanoone
    January 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Is it possible to use other cards to replace the medivh?

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    • Zed
      January 2, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      The Lich King would be a decent replacement I think. Maybe Ysera? Medivh will be moving to Wild in a few months anyway.

      Reply
      • yuukanoone
        January 3, 2018 at 4:17 am

        i am trying The Lich King and it is not bad i thought.

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        • Felixhana
          February 3, 2018 at 11:18 pm

          While Lichking doesnt generate addtional threat but his body is bigger, guard your face and a must kill for your opponent. His deathknight card, beside army of the dead, are very good for this kind of grindy control deck.

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  4. hmmm
    December 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I made this deck at the begging of expansion and I had trouble winning games around rank 13… Gaara’s controllish version is much better and can win games at legendary ranks…

    ### Garaa’s Big Spells Mage
    # Class: Mage
    # Format: Standard
    # Year of the Mammoth
    #
    # 1x (1) Arcane Artificer
    # 2x (2) Arcanologist
    # 2x (2) Medivh’s Valet
    # 2x (2) Raven Familiar
    # 2x (3) Ice Block
    # 2x (3) Tar Creeper
    # 2x (4) Bright-Eyed Scout
    # 2x (4) Polymorph
    # 2x (5) Dragon’s Fury
    # 2x (6) Meteor
    # 1x (6) Skulking Geist
    # 2x (6) Spiteful Summoner
    # 2x (7) Firelands Portal
    # 1x (7) Flamestrike
    # 1x (8) Medivh, the Guardian
    # 1x (9) Alexstrasza
    # 1x (9) Frost Lich Jaina
    # 2x (10) Pyroblast
    #
    AAECAf0EBsUE7AehtwKgzgKb0wKW5AIMTcABvwijtgLXtgKIwQLBwQLKwwKWxwLV4QLX4QLX6wIA
    #
    # To use this deck, copy it to your clipboard and create a new deck in Hearthstone

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    • hmmmm
      December 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      actually it’s more “burny” than “controllish” 😀

      Reply
  5. andrew
    December 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    well , here are some card i want to switch off
    1.polymorph( i guess this deck has enough damage to kill most minions)
    2. acolyte of pain ( i don’t get it, does this deck demand card draws?)
    can anyone answer?

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  6. andrew
    December 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    can i switch polymorph to other defensive card?

    Reply
  7. mageguye
    December 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    is there something to replace dirty rat

    Reply
  8. andrew
    December 23, 2017 at 6:45 am

    can DK jaina be switch to other stuff like pyroblast?

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    • chitogebestg
      December 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      No, shes a must in this deck.

      Reply
      • andrew
        December 28, 2017 at 5:12 am

        hmm ok
        but i don’t get why she’s is so important
        can anyone explain why?

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        • Lightsworn
          December 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

          Heals, Board Control and the syn with the other elementals in the deck

          Reply
        • BatteryPowered
          February 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm

          She is one of your win conditions. After you exhausted your opponent with efficient board clears, you end up with very low health and clear board. She generates minions for you with her hero power, which seals the deal vs an opponent with no cards/minions left. Without her, it’s hard to heal up or generate final push. Her minions also freeze other minions/hero, which lets you stay in control.
          Other versions of this deck use fatigue as win condition, which works really well, by implementing Coldlight.

          Reply
  9. Jhonny Combo Player
    December 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    can we have the “old” (first) list posted?

    Reply
  10. augustus Ceasar
    December 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Dont you think ice block is neccesary maybe? This is the only build i’ve seen without ice block

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    • isaac
      January 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

      if you use Ice block you should use an arcanologist, to find the secret as fast as possbile, because if you play dragons fury you dont want to reveal a cost 3 spell.

      Reply
  11. lastlegs
    December 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I’m new to Dirty Rat and i’ having trouble knowing when is a good time to play him. All it says in the guide is it’s good for priest, but when? I’m not sure what i’m trying to pull from their hand. Any advice would me much obliged!

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    • Fanderay
      December 21, 2017 at 1:30 am

      Dirty Rat is good vs every sort of combo deck. If you manage to pick Raza it will not activate his Battlecry and your opponent’s won’t have the “shadow machine gun” at 0 mana. It is also good vs Exodia Mage if you pick the Novice Apprentice or (even better) Antonidas.
      The more important is the minion you pick (in terms of value in that given specific archetype) the more useful is your Dirty Rat
      Another tip: Dirty Rat is often used when you have the opportunity to kill the minion you summon in the same turn. (Someone said Meteor?).
      Another one tip: don’t think only at his Battlecry, Dirty Rat is also good vs aggro because of his body, it’s still a 2/6 taunt and it will give you at least 1 turn.

      Hope this will help you. Cheers!!

      Reply
  12. Beast
    December 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Have you considered adding Baron Geddon? I played against a frost lich Jaina who used a Baron Geddon, went to -1hp then went to 14 hp.

    It literally can’t kill you while you have Jaina active. It will just deal two damage to everything damage then heal 2 for every character hit.

    As I said earlier, even though you go negative in health, you’ll still manage to stay alive. He’s very good for board clear and for sustain.

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  13. Jhonny Combo Player (J)
    December 13, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    for what i see from Rank 5 and above for the match up:

    Favorable:

    Razakus /Dragon Razakus Priest
    Dragon Priest
    Zoo Warlock
    Control Warlock
    Spell Hunter
    Evolve Shaman
    Aggro Paladin
    Jade Druid
    Kingsbane Rogue
    Miracle Rogue
    Keleseth Rogue

    Bad Match-Up:

    Secret Mage (counterspell = lose)
    Big Priest (too many big minions more than a Ramp Druid)
    Murloc Paladin (if they are too fast for a turn 4-5 Dragon Fury)
    Highlander Warlock (total outvalue)

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    • Beedo
      December 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      I dont know about Razakus priest, I’ve been having problems trying to beat them. They either Kill Alanna and all the dragons with their DK, use destroy all minions with 2 or less attack + pint size or they shuffle all the dragons back to your deck and kill you before you can come back.

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      • Jhonny Combo Player
        December 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm

        use Alanna only after DK Anduin (and they MUST play him since is their win condition)
        if they shuffle Alanna, you can have another turn with her (or singular dragons that’s are ok against the Dragonfire Potion) and when this happen, normally is later in the game, when your deck is small, so you have a lot of chance to draw her soon.

        Build a board with Spiteful Summoner and Medivh+Fireland Portal , so they are obligated to reset ,and then use Alanna (after Anduin)
        Razakus Priest is “slow”,so you have a lot of time to do that.

        At least this is what i’ve faced o_0
        Obviously “bad draws” are the bane of every deck XD

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  14. Pilgarlik
    December 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I got some Yogg goodness in mine. Tastes great!

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    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Seems like a good idea to me!

      Reply
  15. J
    December 12, 2017 at 11:33 am

    No update for this deck?
    on Disguised Toast is rated as “Tier 1”

    Reply
    • Evident - Site Admin
      December 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      We’re working on all of the guides currently, and I wouldn’t take that tier list very seriously.

      Reply
      • J
        December 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm

        I know that is very “provvisorial”.
        But Control Mage as Tier 1…a man can always dream… ç__ç

        Reply
        • Evident - Site Admin
          December 12, 2017 at 8:04 pm

          I hear you, I like Control Mage as well. We updated the deck guide, so hopefully you feel it’s useful!

          Reply
  16. aldrich
    December 12, 2017 at 5:49 am

    I’ve been trying the dck out and it’s super fun
    Only problem is that I can’t seem to win against highlander dragon priest or warlocks, they seem to outsustain jaina and just hard save twisting nether for alanna. Same for priest with anduin and psychic scream

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    • Lokatorro
      December 12, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Exactly Warlocks are prepared for this deck 🙁
      Each keeps Twisting Nether till the end.

      What I’ve found useful is Simulacrum … I’ve exchange it with on of mine Acolyte of Pain ( exchange for Kabal Courier )

      Still this is really fun deck 🙂

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      • WildRage
        January 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm

        Simulacrum makes sense against Warlock, I might add it to my list.

        Reply
  17. FoxxyHere
    December 10, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Hi, havent got opera so no bubbling book for me, what should i do? 🙂

    Reply
    • Jhonny Combo Player
      December 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Shifting Scroll

      Reply
    • Chimborazo
      December 11, 2017 at 2:50 am

      Loot Hoarder is a great cheap minion that will help you cycle through your deck. Alternatively, if you want more safety (and slightly less reliable Dragon’s Fury), you can go for Arcane Intellect or Frost Nova to keep you safe with the Doomsayers.

      Reply
  18. Draegarn
    December 9, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Can you do a replacement section?

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    • Meavine
      December 10, 2017 at 12:09 am

      It would also be easier if you mention what cards you need replaced for others to help you.

      Dragoncaller is the core of the deck so obviously no replacement for that.

      Reply
    • Chimborazo
      December 11, 2017 at 2:51 am

      If this deck continues to take off, we will expand our guide and it will include a replacement section!

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      • Kirito999
        December 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm

        I went for some modified and it work really well, it is similar to kibler deck. Went 15-2 in it, i think you should add replacement for other people to enjoy it

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  19. milos
    December 9, 2017 at 3:06 am

    unkilledable deck .. tier 1 for sure

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  20. BaboyInTheCity
    December 8, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Anyone think there could be a budget version of this?

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  21. Jaroslove
    December 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Better try this version af this deck http://www.hearthstonetopdecks.com/decks/jonnychills-big-spell-mage-theorycraft/#comment-205151 . And I strongly recommend swapping 1 tyrant with skulking giest,there are still enough jades and evolve shamans. And medovh actually fits well.

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    • Jaroslove
      December 8, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Anyway Barron Geddon is just vital!!! His ability(2 dmg to EVERYONE at the end of ur turn)combines with effect of dk Jaina and can heal a lot of hp. (if there are 7 creauters on table it will heal you for 16hp)

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  22. AgentMango
    December 8, 2017 at 11:21 am

    This deck is actually really good. I’m not using this exact deck list, but it is very similar and doing very well on ladder.

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  23. Jeremy
    December 8, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Will try this after packing Alanna. I may add a Medivh for more big spell synergy.

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  24. NuggetHeed
    December 7, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Awesome deck, just played 10 games with this deck list and won all 10!
    Really well put together deck which works very well, I had thought I would end up cutting Tyrant, but after playing this deck it just makes perfect sense why it is there….

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  25. bombtrap
    December 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    i think that with the add of dragon’s fury you have a good amount of AOE, you should consider remove

    -1 blizzard
    -1 flamestrike
    -1 Ice Block

    get more early control with

    +1 medivh’s valet (that isn’t a spell)
    +2 Explosive runes (good single removal for mid/late game)

    find a room for at least 1 Kabalist’s tome

    Alanna is so OP filling board with 5/5 dragons i think this deck will be tier1 for sure.

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  26. CocoAsticot
    December 6, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Nice list, but why no Medivh?

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    • JoyDivision
      December 7, 2017 at 12:46 am

      Maybe because there will be more weapon removal in the meta? In that case, Dragoncaller Alanna is the ‘safer bet’.

      Or maybe it’s because new cards are shiny and new. 😉

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      • Squirrel
        December 7, 2017 at 5:19 am

        Cool deck. I think tyrant will end up getting cut.

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