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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 Arcanologist and Primordial Glyph. Control Mage has a flexible game plan, being capable of starting with an aggressive, Tempo Mage-style opening with Mana Wyrm or Medivh's Valet and focus on finishing the opponent with burst. Alternatively, it could play a more value-focused game with N'Zoth, the Corruptor, Medivh, the Guardian or Frost Lich Jaina. It can also be played similar to Freeze Mage, incorporating Alexstrasza or Archmage Antonidas into the burn plan to finish the game, or even Arcane Giants and Yogg-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 Luna's Pocket Galaxy was buffed from 7 to 5 mana, which has great synergy with Conjurer'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:

DAL 577.png
CS2 024.png
EX1 608.png
NEW1 021.png
Stargazer Luna(89805).png
CS2 023.png
CS2 026.png
DAL 177.png
EX1 287.png
Flame Ward(90790).png
Arcane Keysmith(89426).png
CS2 029.png
DAL 539.png
Luna's Pocket Galaxy(89888).png
CS2 028.png
CS2 032.png
Tortollan Pilgrim(90747).png
DAL 578.png
EX1 561.png
DAL 609.png
King Phaoris(90792).png
Puzzle Box of Yogg-Saron(90692).png
EX1 279.png

Optional cards[]

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

Elemental Evocation(90232).png
Daring Fire-Eater(90177).png
Raid the Sky Temple(90705).png
Firetree Witchdoctor(90194).png
DAL 603.png
Questing Explorer(90691).png
Arcane Flakmage(90743).png
EX1 012.png
DAL 575.png
Research Project(89916).png
Ancient Mysteries(90832).png
EX1 007.png
EX1 289.png
Splitting Image(90247).png
Tt 010.png
CS2 022.png
EX1 043.png
Naga Sand Witch(90820).png
Cloud Prince(90742).png
Khartut Defender(90794).png
EX1 559.png
Jan'alai, the Dragonhawk(90176).png
DAL 752.png
EX1 563.png
EX1 105.png

Wild cards[]

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

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Babbling Book(42028).png
Mad Scientist(7748).png
Netherspite Historian(42039).png
Medivh's Valet(42048).png
Golakka Crawler(55453).png
Primordial Glyph(55552).png
EX1 295.png
Volcanic Potion(49689).png
Explosive Runes(76906).png
Elise the Trailblazer(55451).png
Dragon's Fury(76963).png
Firelands Portal(42025).png
Medivh, the Guardian(42036).png
The Lich King(62922).png
Frost Lich Jaina(61810).png
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End(33168).png
Arcane Giant(42049).png