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Tempo Mage (also known as Aggro Mage or Burn Mage) is a Mage deck type that aims to aggressively maintain early board control by using cheap spells and minions, notably Mana Wyrm and Arcanologist and finish the game with direct burn from hand. They use Aluneth and Stargazer Luna to maintain constant fuel.

Tempo Mage was a dominant archetype throughout much of Hearthstone's history. Its strong start with Mana Wyrm and its ability to control the board while dealing efficient burn damage kept it in a good spot. The rotation of cards such as Flamewaker, Arcane Blast, Unstable Portal and Forgotten Torch going into the Year of the Raven has injured Tempo Mage's ability to compete in Standard, with the Secret Mage offshoot of it being far more successful at the beginning of the year. However, with the addition of Aluneth, Tempo Mage returned to the forefront, often hybridizing with Secret Mage.

The deck archetype made a return in the Year of the Raven in the absence of Secret Mage, this time utilizing more low-cost burn spells with Vex Crow for board tempo. This was around the time when the line between Tempo and Aggro Mage was blurred. The version of Tempo Mage in The Boomsday Project uses bonus Spell Damage to increase the efficiency of their burn spells.

Tempo Mage in the Year of the Dragon experienced a shift in playstyle involving spamming cheap spells while maintaining a large amount of value with Mana Cyclone. This version of Tempo Mage is sometimes referred to as Cyclone Mage. Some versions of Cyclone Mage hybridize with Conjurer Mage.

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:


Violet Spellwing(151421).png
CS2 027.png
DAL 608.png
DAL 577.png
Elemental Allies(151423).png
EX1 608.png
DAL 603.png
CS2 024.png
Chenvaala(151348).png
CS2 023.png
DAL 177.png
CS2 029.png
EX1 559.png
Mana Giant(151419).png

Optional cards[]

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

EX1 277.png
Learn Draconic(127286).png
NEW1 012.png
DAL 182.png
EX1 012.png
DAL 575.png
EX1 044.png
EX1 612.png
DAL 434.png
EX1 294.png
EX1 287.png
DAL 558.png
CS2 033.png
CS2 022.png
Cloud Prince(90742).png
CS2 032.png
DAL 609.png
EX1 279.png
DMF 004.png

Wild cards[]

Wild cards that fit well into this deck type:

Elemental Evocation(90232).png
Arcane Blast(22358).png
Babbling Book(42028).png
Clockwork Gnome(12200).png
Kabal Lackey(49692).png
Shooting Star(89862).png
Open the Waygate(55551).png
Arcanologist(55450).png
Celestial Emissary(89836).png
Mad Scientist(7748).png
Medivh's Valet(42048).png
Primordial Glyph(55552).png
Research Project(89916).png
Unstable Portal(12178).png
Banana Buffoon(90268).png
Cinderstorm(89450).png
Duplicate(7732).png
EX1 295.png
Explosive Runes(76906).png
Flamewaker(14445).png
Forgotten Torch(27216).png
Stargazer Luna(89805).png
Unexpected Results(89826).png
Volcanic Potion(49689).png
Cosmic Anomaly(89861).png
Piloted Shredder(12191).png
Vex Crow(89365).png
EX1 284.png
Aluneth(73321).png
Kabal Crystal Runner(49700).png
Hemet, Jungle Hunter(55508).png
Meteor(55558).png
Dr. Boom(12182).png
Firelands Portal(42025).png
EX1 298.png
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End(33168).png
Arcane Giant(42049).png
EX1 105.png


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