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Exodia Mage is a Mage Combo deck whose win condition uses Archmage Antonidas, four Sorcerer's Apprentices, and any spell to gain a Fireball off of Antonidas, creating an infinite loop of 0-mana Fireballs to achieve a one-turn-kill combo.

This combo has existed before the Standard year, but was much more difficult to achieve. The old method required two copies of Sorcerer's Apprentice and two copies of Echo of Medivh for the first step, followed by Emperor Thaurissan reducing the cost of all five combo pieces. Exodia Mage returned to Standard format with Open the Waygate and Molten Reflection, which created a significantly easier way to achieve the combo. Kobolds and Catacombs created a new variation of a questless Exodia Mage, with the addition of Leyline Manipulator and Simulacrum from the previous expansion. Another version of Exodia Mage that was made available with Luna's Pocket Galaxy, where its only requirement is to play it with Antonidas in your deck, creating much more room for other cards in your deck.

Starting from the Year of the Dragon, no reliable combos on Standard exist at the moment. The quest version of Exodia Mage remains popular in Wild due to being able to easily complete its quest with Mana Cyclone, as well as being able to take two extra turns with Archmage Vargoth. The deck's ability to create significant tempo pressure has even caused some Quest Mage decks to forego Antonidas as the prime win condition for giants instead.

Its name comes from the Yu-Gi-Oh! card Exodia the Forbidden One, an iconic alternate win condition card that, like Exodia Mage, requires five pieces—the original Exodia requires the head and four limbs, while Exodia Mage requires Antonidas and four Sorcerer's Apprentices.

How To[]

Exodia Mage comes in two versions: Quest version and questless version.

Quest Mage requires the following steps:

Questless Exodia Mage requires the following steps:

Alternatively, play Luna's Pocket Galaxy before you draw Antonidas and play him with 2 Sorcerer's Apprentices and 2 Molten Reflections or Simulacrum-copied Apprentices.

Common cards[]

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type: The following cards are usually in the deck.

Core cards[]

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

Elemental Evocation(90232).png
Babbling Book(42028).png
Magic Trick(90579).png
Ray of Frost(90607).png
Sorcerer's Apprentice(4).png
Mad Scientist(7748).png
Mana Cyclone(90608).png
Primordial Glyph(55552).png
Research Project(89916).png
Stargazer Luna(89805).png
Arcane Intellect(489).png
Ice Block(28).png
Ice Barrier(672).png
Molten Reflection(55553).png
Archmage Antonidas(220).png
Arcane Giant(42049).png

Quest build[]

The following cards are commonly played in the quest version:

Open the Waygate(55551).png
Questing Explorer(90691).png
Licensed Adventurer(184980).png
Archmage Vargoth(90615).png

Questless exodia build[]

The following cards are commonly played in the version without quest:

Leyline Manipulator(76932).png

Optional cards[]

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

Freezing Potion(49734).png
Clockwork Gnome(12200).png
Arcane Artificer(76908).png
Violet Spellwing(151421).png
Mirror Image(30).png
Ice Lance(188).png
Shooting Star(89862).png
Novice Engineer(435).png
Medivh's Valet(42048).png
Shimmering Tempest(55561).png
Baleful Banker(89438).png
Loot Hoarder(395).png
Plated Beetle(76995).png
Archmage Arugal(89424).png
Bloodmage Thalnos(525).png
Book of Specters(89416).png
Acolyte of Pain(428).png
Coldlight Oracle(88).png
Kabal Courier(49621).png
Brann Bronzebeard(27214).png
Zola the Gorgon(76880).png
Frost Nova(49).png
Explosive Runes(76906).png
Ghastly Conjurer(61820).png
Cone of Cold(26).png
Echo of Medivh(12300).png
Cobalt Spellkin(151371).png
Cabalist's Tome(33155).png
Emperor Thaurissan(14454).png
Luna's Pocket Galaxy(89888).png
Mana Giant(151419).png