Tempo Mage was a very fringe deck before the release of Flamewaker. Now, it is more consistent and is able to compete with some of the top decks in the meta. The deck is very capable of seizing the board with cheap removal spells while adding value minions to the board as it curves into strong finishers like Dr. Boom and Archmage Antonidas. Loatheb can buy you an extra turn to finish off an opponent with Fireball, and Unstable Portal can outright win you games with the right draw.
Tempo Mage Deck List Update – April 2016 (Season 25)
The deck is particularly popular right now because it has a good matchup against Midrange Druid.
Tempo Mage Mulligan Guide and Strategy
Mana Wyrm, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Unstable Portal, and Mad Scientist are the general cards you are looking to get. Flamewaker can be kept if you’ve already got one of the previously mentioned cards or you are on the coin. Flamecannon is a good keep against Druid because it can potentially take down a hidden Shade of Naxxramas. Arcane Missiles is a good combination with Flamewaker, and is a solid keep against Paladin to deal with Muster for Battle.
Tempo Mage Tech Cards
Ragnaros the Firelord can sometimes be swapped for Archmage Antonidas. When playing Archmage it can be acceptable to add Clockwork Gnome as a way to generate a spare part, and Mirror Image to protect your face and have an additional cheap spell. Forgotten Torch is a fringe card for this deck, having access to extra spells is a positive in a spell based deck.
Tempo Mage Card Substitutions (Replacements)
Keep in mind that replacements for cards are rarely ever going to be perfect. It’s usually easiest to try and come close to what the card accomplishes in the deck, or double up an already existing card in the deck.
- Archmage Antonidas: As mentioned above, you can use Ragnaros the Firelord as a replacement. You can also double up Ethereal Conjurer or add a Loatheb.
- Ethereal Conjurer: Don’t have LOE? You can try Sylvanas Windrunner, Loatheb, or double up an Arcane Blast.
Tempo Mage Combos and Synergies
This deck is great at just firing off missiles in different directions. Arcane Missiles and Flamewaker can wreak havoc on your opponent’s board. Sorcerer's Apprentice can allow free spells to be cast, and Ethereal Conjurer can generate a possible game saving spell when necessary. Archmage Antonidas has great synergy with the low cost spells and the spell cost reduction of Apprentice.