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Control Mage (Also referred to as Burn Mage, Discover Mage, or Yogg Mage) is a control Mage deck type. Control Mage utilizes a mix of high amounts of card generation to maintain their resources on the mid and late-game, as well as big finishers in the late game using either burst damage or big minions, often using cost-reduction effects to play out their biggest threats in quick succession.

Control Mage is the successor to Freeze Mage, formed after the launch of Journey to Un'Goro thanks to the inclusion of powerful cards such as Journey to Un'GoroArcanologist and Journey to Un'GoroPrimordial Glyph. Control Mage has a flexible game plan, being capable of starting with an aggressive, Tempo Mage-style opening with LegacyMana Wyrm or One Night in KarazhanMedivh's Valet and focus on finishing the opponent with burst. Alternatively, it could play a more value-focused game with Whispers of the Old GodsN'Zoth, the Corruptor, One Night in KarazhanMedivh, the Guardian or Knights of the Frozen ThroneFrost Lich Jaina. It can also be played similar to Freeze Mage, incorporating LegacyAlexstrasza or LegacyArchmage Antonidas into the burn plan to finish the game, or even Arcane Giants and Whispers of the Old GodsYogg-Saron, Hope's End.

With the release of Kobolds and Catacombs, most Control Mage shifted towards Big Spell Mage, using synergy effects with high-cost spells and grinding out victories over very long value games. A generalist type of Control Mage saw a return when The Boomsday ProjectLuna's Pocket Galaxy was buffed from 7 to 5 mana, which has great synergy with Rise of ShadowsConjurer's Calling to create huge boards for low mana.

Common cards[]

The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[]

The following cards are played in most or all versions of the deck:

Ray of Frost
Frostbolt
Sorcerer's Apprentice
Doomsayer
Stargazer Luna
Arcane Intellect
Frost Nova
Conjurer's Calling
Counterspell
Flame Ward
Arcane Keysmith
Fireball
Sunreaver Warmage
Zilliax
Luna's Pocket Galaxy
Blizzard
Siamat
Flamestrike
Tortollan Pilgrim
Power of Creation
Alexstrasza
Kalecgos
King Phaoris
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron
Pyroblast

Optional cards[]

The following cards are played more than occasionally, but not always:

Elemental Evocation
Daring Fire-Eater
Raid the Sky Temple
Firetree Witchdoctor
Mana Cyclone
Questing Explorer
Arcane Flakmage
Bloodmage Thalnos
Khadgar
Research Project
Ancient Mysteries
Acolyte of Pain
Pyromaniac
Ice Barrier
Splitting Image
Spellbender
Polymorph
Twilight Drake
Naga Sand Witch
Cloud Prince
Khartut Defender
Archmage Antonidas
Jan'alai, the Dragonhawk
Jepetto Joybuzz
Malygos
Mountain Giant

Wild cards[]

Wild icon.pngThis section concerns content exclusive to Wild format.

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Babbling Book
Mad Scientist
Netherspite Historian
Medivh's Valet
Golakka Crawler
Arcanologist
Pyros
Primordial Glyph
Ice Block
Duplicate
Volcanic Potion
Explosive Runes
Elise the Trailblazer
Dragon's Fury
Meteor
Firelands Portal
Medivh, the Guardian
Sindragosa
The Lich King
Frost Lich Jaina
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End
Arcane Giant
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