Tempo Mage is one of Mage’s best decks for the ladder, learn more with our Tempo Mage Deck Guide!
Tempo Mage is a deck list that has been strong for a while but is rarely top tier. Flamewaker is one of the keys to the deck, and with Blackrock Mountain rotating out of Standard in 2017, it could be your last chance to play it! The deck can be a tad inconsistent, but a lot of the RNG is manageable for the most part.
This deck list is based off RayC’s Tempo Mage.
Tempo Mage in December 2016, Season 33
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan has not brought Tempo Mage any real new inclusions. I’ve seen some experimentation with Greater Arcane Missiles, but I’m not sure whether or not it will stick in the deck.
Standard Tempo Mage Mulligan Guide and Strategy
Babbling Book, Mana Wyrm, Cult Sorcerer, Frostbolt, Sorcerer's Apprentice are your general keeps. Arcane Blast is another worthwhile keep if you have a playable 1-drop or Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Flamewaker can be kept if you have The Coin or a 1 and 2 drop.
Tempo Mage Matchup Win Percentages
Here’s a look at how Tempo Mage stacks up against other decks in the meta. Thanks to Metastats for allowing us to provide these statistics!
Winrate stats are currently unavailable for this deck at the moment!
Standard Tempo Mage Game Play Strategy
This deck is all about establishing the board and being able to beat down your opponent with your minions and spells. As the name implies, you need to use the Tempo of this deck to grab the board. This is made easier with cards like Sorcerer's Apprentice, which allow you to cheaply remove minions while preserving your board and establishing more minions.
Flamewaker is the all-star in this deck because it pairs great with Sorcerer's Apprentice and your other spells which can take down a variety of early game minions. This card also does a lot of work against Warlock Zoo and other decks that take advantage of Tokens.
Water Elemental is a killer in this deck, it can put a hold on Weapon aggression from Warrior and has 6 health which can make multiple trades.
This deck is also very effective against Renolock. Reno Warlock tries to find a health total that will generally keep them out of danger, but with all of the burn and minions at your disposal it’s very hard for them to find a safe spot.
Ragnaros the Firelord can finish games and help take back the board. Ragnaros is fairly popular now, so it’s a good to counter to an opponent’s Ragnaros. Rag is a great card because not only can it 2 for 1 (or more), but it has an effect that will at least get used once before your opponent can answer it.
Standard Tempo Mage Card Substitutions (Replacements)
- Bloodmage Thalnos: I see this as one of the cards that always is in need of a sub, if you get a chance you should craft him. He’s super versatile and there’s really no good substitute for him. You can run Kobold Geomancer, but it’s not a very good replacement.
- Arcane Blast: A very strong card that synergizes with the Spell Damage cards in the deck, but you could replace it with Forbidden Flame.