Budget Elemental Mage Deck List Guide (The Witchwood)

Class: Mage - Format: Raven - Type: Midrange - Style: Budget - Meta Deck: Elemental Mage

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Our Budget Elemental Mage deck list guide for The Witchwood expansion will teach you how to play this tempo Mage list. This Budget Elemental Mage guide includes Mulligans, Gameplay Strategy, Card Substitutions, and Combos/Synergies!

Introduction to Budget Elemental Mage

Since the release of Journey to Un’Goro, players have tinkered with the Elemental tribe in hopes that it would find a home in Mage. Unfortunately, the archetype has always played second fiddle to both Standard tempo-oriented builds and those containing Secret synergies.

Now, with many of the aforementioned Secret synergies relegated into the Wild format, Elementals may be Mage’s best hope. Fans of tribal decks can rejoice and dust off their Blazecallers and Fire Plume Phoenix in preparation for the Year of the Raven.

This guide will give you the basics of navigating the mulligan phase and basic strategies, as well as an overview of substitutions to make as your collection grows!

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The Witchwood

The Witchwood introduced a few new cards to propel Elemental Mage into the go-to archetype for budget-minded Mage players. In particular, Bonfire Elemental provides a solid body with a reliable card cycle. Additionally, Cinderstorm increases the deck’s burst potential and helps soften up minions for Mage’s Hero Power.

Budget Elemental Mage Mulligan Guide

High Priority Keeps

  • Mana Wyrm – Far and away the best turn one play in the deck, Mana Wyrm may just be the best opener in Standard Hearthstone right now.
  • Fire Fly – While it doesn’t have the same snowball potential as Mana Wyrm, Fire Fly can still help fend off early game minions against aggressive opponents.
  • Arcanologist – Despite the loss of many other Secret synergies, Arcanologist is still a powerful card, especially when curving into Kirin Tor Mage.

Low Priority Keeps

  • Sorcerer's Apprentice – Even with a low cost, Sorcerer’s Apprentice isn’t a great turn two play. In most games, you’d rather have a Mana Wyrm or Arcanologist.
  • Frostbolt – Similarly, Frostbolt can remove opposing minions but, as a reactive card, it doesn’t develop help develop on the board. Paired with Mana Wyrm and/or Apprentice, it may have a place in your starting hand. Otherwise, send it back for later.
  • Kirin Tor Mage – Curving Arcanologist into Kirin Tor Mage is still a strong tempo play. Only keep this card if you also have the former.

Budget Elemental Mage Play Strategy

Generally, Elemental Mage plays as a minion-based tempo deck. This means you want to stick minions in the early game to pressure your opponents. Paramount to this strategy is landing an early Mana Wyrm or Arcanologist into Kirin Tor Mage.

While the deck does have a substantial mount of burn spells, success is really predicated on the chip damage from early game minions. By the mid-game turns, Elementals begin to accumulate value if you’re able to maintain the tribal chain. Steam Surger and Bonfire Elemental ensure your hand is well-stocked going into the late-game.

As you begin to hit the top-end of your curve, it’s time to start counting damage and look to set up a kill. Always be aware of how much burst you have in hand and be on the lookout for lethal. Don’t commit too hard on the burn plan against aggressive opponents, however, as the lack of Ice Block means you may leave yourself open to a counter kill.

Budget Elemental Mage Future Card Replacements

  • 2x Arcane Intellect > 2x Book of Specters – With so many minions in this deck, there is little downside to running Book of Specters at a reduced mana cost.
  • 2x Water Elemental > 2x Primordial Glyph – Setting up board initiative is great, but Discovering Mage spells is even better.
  • 2x Cinderstorm > 2x Blazecaller – The loss of Firelands Portal stings a bit for tempo Mages, but Blazecaller provides a similar turn seven swing.

Budget Elemental Mage General Replacements

Here’s a list of cards you can add to this deck if you happen to have them or are missing anything in the decklist.

  • Aluneth – The reasonably low curve of this deck may warrant the inclusion of this Legendary weapon. However, the deck has a lot of hand refill already and equipping the weapon may lead to some clunky turns if you can’t dump your hand fast enough.
  • Pyroblast – Healing isn’t as common as it once was in the Standard metagame, but Pyro can still bring your opponent back into lethal range.
  • Nightmare Amalgam – This flexible mult-tribe minion can help your chain together Elemental turns, but isn’t necessarily required for this archetype.
  • Servant of Kalimos – Servant is still a reasonable inclusion in this deck, but pales in comparison Jaina’s new Elemental acquisition: Bonfire Elemental.


A card game veteran, Roffle has been infatuated with Hearthstone since closed beta. These days, he spends most of his time tinkering with decks on ladder or earning gold in Arena (f2p btw). In particular, Roffle has a wealth of experience in competitive Wild Hearthstone, including a top 16 finish in the inaugural Wild Open Tournament and numerous high end of season finishes since the format’s inception.

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Discuss This Deck
    July 3, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    This is my first netdeck and it’s a revelation! I’ve stopped counting my wins after about ten of them, with only one loss (bad draw, I got no minions early). I was rank 25 and I’m now almost at 22. It’s important to keep control of the board early, then get a either a counterspell or explosive runes to keep the turn 4-5 “medium” minions at bay. I’ve really enjoyed it! I often save my Fireballs and use them in a lethal finish that takes the opponent by suprise!

    One question, though. I have Pyroblast available but I’m not sure what to remove from the deck to make room for it. Any thoughts? One of the elementals?

      July 8, 2018 at 4:52 am

      Replying to myself with an update. I took out a Sorceror’s Apprentice and put Pyroblast in. The reason was that in about 20 games I only had one occasion where S.A made a big difference. Pyroblast has won at least half the games I’ve played since then. I think my opponent gets used to me picking away at them with cheap minions, getting them down to 10-15 health, then I shock them with a blast of 10 damage plus a kick or two from a minion and the game is over 🙂

      I don’t have a lot of time to play, but I’ve climbed from 25 to 21 with very few losses. I’d estimate about 85% win rate at these levels.

      • Brian Smith
        July 15, 2018 at 4:10 pm

        In the middle of rank 17 now and definitely hitting a wall. If your opponent has a lot of taunts or a lot of minions then the lack of AoE attacks (like flamestrike or blizzard) feels like a hindrance.

        I think I might be playing it wrong in some cases. But in situations where the opponent does NOT have those decks, this deck plays really well.

  2. Michael
    June 7, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    im on a 7 lose streak, no idea what im doing wrong… any help?

  3. YT_BrokenTeapot
    May 26, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I love this deck, but with Cubelock being so powerful right now I want to tech in one Acidic Swamp Ooze and two Spellbreakers. What cards should I remove to make space?

  4. Diogo Santos
    May 3, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I really need help. I built this deck today and I have checked many times but it keeps saying that this is a wild deck!!
    I am really worried

    • HydrelioxHS
      May 6, 2018 at 11:54 am

      Try to click on that deck in the editor and press “convert to standard” 🙂

  5. OptikRise
    April 25, 2018 at 10:38 am

    5-0 so far. Really fun deck. One mistake is playing all my secrets early. The longer the match, the more nervous I am with this deck but the late-game elementals are strong.

  6. Winston
    April 24, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Does Archmage Arugal have any place in this deck?

  7. Nemanja
    April 21, 2018 at 3:03 am

    I have 3150 essence can you please tell me what to take out and what cards to create to make a bit better deck if thats possible?

    • Nemanja
      April 21, 2018 at 5:19 am

      And i dont have that legendary weapon.

      • André Rocha
        May 21, 2018 at 8:51 pm

        Just make it

  8. Felix
    April 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    This deck let me climb surprising faster than a Baku Paladin… Works great! I just removed a Counter Spell for a Tar Creeper :3 Also removed a Kirin Tor Mage for a Frost Nova against aggro decks.

    • BRUH
      April 22, 2018 at 2:22 am

      What rank are you?

  9. Sorix
    April 18, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    what would you swap out for frost lich jaina?

    • Roffle - Author
      April 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

      I’m not sure Jaina fits in this deck, but you could try subbing her for a Water Elemental.

  10. spb314
    April 18, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    If I want to switch in Arcane Keysmith, should I sub out an arcane intellect or water elemental?

    • Roffle - Author
      April 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

      I’d try Water Elemental first. The draw from Arcane Intellect is always nice to have.

  11. Shadowlord
    April 18, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Umm what should I replace if I rather play servant of kalimos then the bonfire

  12. TimeLord
    April 17, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    I put in primordial glyphs and blazecallers and so far I am 10-0 with this deck from Rank 10-7 now. I don’t know what other people are talking about. This deck is amazing.

    • Roffle - Author
      April 17, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Congrats on the success! That’s quite a streak!

  13. Glacial Shard?
    April 16, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    It mentions the card, but there’s no Glacial Shard on the deck?

    • Roffle - Author
      April 17, 2018 at 6:55 am

      Thanks. Shard was in an early version of the deck and I failed to remove the references to it in the guide.

  14. Randomized
    February 24, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Can I put aluneth in this deck?

    • Randomized
      February 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      O actually I found that Aluneth frequently causes overdraw. Personal suggestion, Jaina and furbolg Mossbinder work well in this deck.

    • Josse
      March 11, 2018 at 11:09 am

      I think this deck is too slow for it, I’d put it in Secret Tempo Mage (a really strong deck with a really strong budget version, actually almost the meta version assuming you have Aluneth)

  15. plyzd
    January 24, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Awsome fun deck for unranked matches. 🙂 Any place for Lesser Ruby Spellstone in this deck?

  16. drununique
    January 22, 2018 at 12:17 am

    is it good idea to as far as suggested replacements to go rather eg 4*1 replacement than 2*2? (like 2 from each card)

  17. NightKnight
    December 19, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Would you consider putting in an arcane artificer?

  18. BIGKINGchobo
    November 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    ohhh man !!! thanks you sooo much 😀 love the deck very easy and very funny to play it!!the good thing of this deck, is very rare you dont have cards on your hand to play it and made good trades on board with minions…and almost your cards will give you cards (10 of 30 cards). i made some changes -2 Igneous Elemental +2 Shimmering tempest (very good early on, and give you a spell that sometimes will be the lethal damage that you need…or and ice block or a 2nd flamestrike, really think this card made a huge difference) -2 Faceless Summoner +1Tol’vir Stoneshaper and +1Frost Lich Jaina because i had lucky and finished the Knights of the Frozen Throne adventure and got myself a free Frost Lich Jaina!!! the best of all this deck dont really need her but when you have it just use it if can play it in game almost sure its a free win to strong card, in my opinion, i dont have blazecaller but for sure when i get it i will put in the deck, instead the 2 Firelands Portal (even saying that this card is very good on this deck)!!!!

  19. SynthNeo
    November 21, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Can I put a Sindragosa too ?

    • DaLittle
      January 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      sindragosa can fit on all deck, because its inconsistent. mostly use for fun only

  20. NixaHS
    October 24, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I exchanged 1x Arcane Missles for 1x Tol’vir Stoneshaper and I switched 1x Faceless Summoner for 1 more Flamestrike. Just waiting to get Frost Lich Jaina to replace Arcane Missles and Rank 5 will be no problem with this deck! 😀

    • DaLittle
      January 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      its not that easy to get rank 5 with this deck, trust me 🙂 already make a better version with this deck and still hard to pass 15 with all dragon priest

  21. Biobozz
    October 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

    What about a Baron Geddon in this deck? Or it’s a lack of mana? Maybe just for control the board.
    Ty for answers 🙂

    • Evident - Site Admin
      October 2, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Baron isn’t bad if you have the Jaina Death Knight because it can often heal you up quite a bit. If you have Baron you can cut a Faceless Summoner for it if you’d like to play it.

  22. Bross
    October 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    13 – 1
    I replace one arcane with jena and it’s insane. I lost against a dead knight hunter.

  23. Catalan
    September 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Trying this deck on new f2p account, replaced arcane missiles with Frost Lich Jaina. Currently 9-1 with it in ranked and beat Jade Druid on first try. Thanks for the decklist, highly recommend it to new players with little dust

  24. Joseph
    August 25, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Would this deck be able to make rank 5? I’m currently 13 looking for a jaina deck

  25. JOAO
    August 23, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Thank u so much, really easy win deck in low rank! i commend all of u use this deck if u r one starter player

  26. Johny
    August 17, 2017 at 2:17 am

    If i have frost lich jaina should i put into this deck? If so which card should i switch out

    • Carlos
      August 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      “If you, however, finished the Knights of the Frozen Throne Prologue and got yourself a free Frost Lich Jaina, you can add her to this deck just fine. I would cut either an Arcane Missiles or a Faceless Summoner.”

      That was written on the guide. Mayeb you should read before asking anything.

  27. Paulo
    May 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Really solid Deck, i get rank 18 . Thank u so much!!!!!

  28. jahdu
    April 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    What max rank did you get with this deck? Is there any other more expensive changes I can do to this deck (without karazhan please)? Thanks for the help)

  29. Shelleysqrd
    April 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    My apologies. I just put up a deck by the same name not realizing there was already one here. I need to try this deck before discussing but wanted to let you know I messed up on naming and could not edit

  30. albert
    April 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I just lost 10 games in a row at the first stage of ranked(25). This deck either completely sucks, or i have been incredibly unlucky.

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      You were at ranked 25 and you lost 10 in a row? That seems next to impossible, you should be able to win with basically any deck at that rank.

    • Thirteen
      May 3, 2017 at 8:46 am

      You should be able to rank 25-20 with basic decks.

    • Ignus
      August 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Ive been playing this in casual just to get a feel for it, completely net decked as well. Went on the most horrendous lost streak I can ever recall. The deck seems extremely susceptible to just getting awful hands compared to other midrange decks. I dont know what it is, but the deck simply doesnt work for me either. Hopefully others are having success with it.

      • Ignus
        August 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm

        Played about 10-12 more games after this comment…won a respectable amount, might have just been unlucky, but the deck definately feels like it could use some tweaks. For a sub 1k deck though, cant really complain.

  31. Kunto
    April 14, 2017 at 6:36 am

    What is the best muligan for this deck ?

    • Evident - Site Admin
      April 14, 2017 at 8:37 am

      You are looking for Mana Wyrm, Fire Fly, and Sorcerer’s Apprentice. If you know you’re against an aggro deck I would also keep Tar Creeper. If you’re on the coin and you have 1 – 2-drop in your hand you can keep Steam Surger or Water Elemental. If you have Mana Wyrm, you can consider keeping Arcane Missiles against something like Pirate Warrior.


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