Arena Tier List – Mage cards (March 2017) – Hearthstone

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Our guide to choosing the best Mage cards in Arena.

If you’ve grown a little tired of banging your head against the same old decks over and over again in Hearthstone’s Ranked Play mode, nothing will reignite your love for Hearthstone quite like a few days spent messing around in the Arena.

Variety is the spice of life in this part of the game, and you’ll have to constantly think on your feet if you’re to avoid being knocked out. You can win a maximum of 12 games in Arena, but you’re knocked out after losing three. The longer you stay in, the bigger your rewards will be when you leave.

If you’ve yet to get stuck into this part of the game, you’ll be presented with a series of three randomly selected cards, from which you have to pick a single one. This card is then added to your deck, and the process is repeated until you have the usual tally of 30 cards.

As a result of this drafting process, it’s a lot harder to build the kind of highly efficient, synergistic decks that dominate in Ranked Play. For this reason, it becomes very important to make sure you’re picking the cards with the very highest value at every stage of the drafting process.

We’ve collated a number of different opinions on what are considered to be the best cards to draft in Hearthstone’s Arena and then re-appraised them based on our own experience. You’ll find the results below, and you can switch between the different categories of cards as they come up in the draft.

Take a look further down the page for some important tips on actually drafting your Mage Arena deck.

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Mage Arena Common card tier list – March 2017

Tier 1
Fireball Flamestrike North Sea Kraken
Firelands Portal Frostbolt Water Elemental
Tier 2
Acidic Swamp Ooze Boulderfist Ogre Drakonid Crusher Pit Fighter
Amani Berserker Chillwind Yeti Evil Heckler Polymorph
Bog Creeper Dark Iron Dwarf Harvest Golem Sen’jin Shieldmasta
Tier 3
Argent Horserider Flame Juggler Medivh’s Valet Silver Hand Knight
Argent Squire Frost Elemental Nerubian Prophet Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Cult Master Hired Gun Pompous Thespian Spellbreaker
Dire Wolf Alpha Huge Toad Raging Worgen Stormwind Champion
Earthen Ring Farseer Hungry Dragon Scarlet Crusader Stranglethorn Tiger
Ethereal Conjurer Mad Bomber Shattered Sun Cleric Tomb Spider
Faerie Dragon Mana Wyrm Silent Knight Worgen Infiltrator
Tier 4
Aberrant Berserker Dalaran Aspirant Kvaldir Raider Stormwind Knight
Abusive Sergeant Daring Reporter Loot Hoarder Toxic Sewer Ooze
Arcane Intellect Dragonhawk Rider Mukla’s Champion Twisted Worgen
Big-Time Racketeer Dragonkin Sorcerer Murloc Tidehunter Violet Illusionist
Bilefin Tidehunter Fen Creeper Naga Corsair Volcanic Drake
Bloodfen Raptor Friendly Bartender Polluted Hoarder Youthful Brewmaster
Blowgill Sniper Frostwolf Warlord Psych-o-Tron
Boneguard Lieutenant Hozen Healer Silver Hand Regent
Clockwork Knight Kooky Chemist Spellslinger
Tier 5
Acolyte of Pain Flesheating Ghoul Maiden of the Lake Squirming Tentacle
Ancient of Blossoms Fossilized Devilsaur Mirror Entity Stormpike Commando
Arcane Missiles Frigid Snobold Mistress of Mixtures Streetwise Investigator
Archmage Gadgetzan Socialite Oasis Snapjaw Tanaris Hogchopper
Bloodsail Raider Gnomish Inventor Ogre Magi Twilight Flamecaller
Bluegill Warrior Gurubashi Berserker Razorfen Hunter Wolfrider
Captured Jormungar Ironfur Grizzly Refreshment Vendor Worgen Greaser
Cone of Cold Jeweled Scarab River Crocolisk Zealous Initiate
Darkscale Healer Jungle Panther Silvermoon Guardian Zoobot
Flame Lance Lance Carrier Spiteful Smith
Tier 6
Ancient Brewmaster Dragon’s Breath Infested Tauren Red Mana Wyrm
Anubisath Sentinel Dragonling Mechanic Ironbeak Owl Spawn of N’Zoth
Arcane Anomaly Duskboar Kabal Chemist Tentacle of N’Zoth
Arcanosmith Eldritch Horror Kobold Geomancer Venture Co. Mercenary
Arcane Explosion Faceless Behemoth Lord of the Arena Voodoo Doctor
Blackwing Corruptor Frost Nova Lowly Squire War Golem
Blackwing Technician Gadgetzan Jouster Mirror Image
Booty Bay Bodyguard Gorillabot A-3 Pantry Spider
Cryomancer Ice Rager Reckless Rocketeer
Tier 7
Ice Barrier Elven Archer Mogu’shan Warden Runic Egg
Ice Lance Frostwolf Grunt Netherspite Historian Silverback Patriarch
Kabal Lackey Grook Fu Master Nightblade Tauren Warrior
Shattered Sun Cleric Grotesque Dragonhawk Novice Engineer Thrallmar Farseer
Core Hound Ironforge Rifleman Priestess of Elune Tournament Attendee
Dalaran Mage Menagerie Magician Raid Leader Windfury Harpy
Tier 8
Freezing Potion Evolved Kobold Murloc Raider Street Trickster
Am’gam Rager Goldshire Footman Murloc Tinyfin Tournament Medic
Backstreet Leper Grimscale Oracle Shieldbearer Wisp
Cult Apothecary Leper Gnome Southsea Deckhand Young Dragonhawk
Dread Corsair Magma Rager Stonetusk Boar

Mage Arena Rare card tier list – March 2017

Tier 1
Argent Commander Blizzard Sunwalker
Azure Drake Fallen Hero
Tier 2
Babbling Book Defender of Argus Mind Control Tech Stampeding Kodo
Corrupted Healbot Kirin Tor Mage Polymorph: Boar Violet Teacher
Tier 3
Ancient Shade Effigy Injured Blademaster Twilight Drake
Armored Warhorse Emperor Cobra Master Jouster Volcanic Potion
Bomb Squad Flamewaker Saboteur Wild Pyromancer
Doppelgangster Imp Master Sunfury Protector Wobbling Runts
Tier 4
Abomination Demolisher Questing Adventurer Vaporize
Avian Watcher Kabal Courier Ravenholdt Assassin Young Priestess
Backroom Bouncer Knife Juggler Second-Rate Bruiser
Counterspell Light’s Champion Servant of Yogg-Saron
Crazed Alchemist Midnight Drake Spiked Hogrider
Tier 5
Blackwater Pirate Dragon Egg Grim Patron Pint-Sized Summoner
Coliseum Manager Ethereal Arcanist Injured Kvaldir
Corrupted Seer Fencing Coach Kabal Crystal Runner
Demented Frostcaller Gadgetzan Auctioneer Moat Lurker
Tier 6
Ancient Mage Bloodsail Corsair Eater of Secrets Potion of Polymorph
Animated Armor Book Wyrm Mana Addict Secretkeeper
Arcane Golem Coldlight Oracle Mana Wraith Small-Time Buccaneer
Argent Watchman Coldlight Seer Master Swordsmith
Tier 7
Alarm-o-Bot Eerie Statue Murloc Tidecaller
Ancient Watcher Lightwarden Silithid Swarmer
Angry Chicken Mogor’s Champion Summoning Stone

Mage Arena Epic card tier list – March 2017

Tier 1
Sea Giant
Tier 2
Kodorider Pyroblast
Tier 3
Blood Knight Coldarra Drake Forbidden Flame Grand Crusader
Tier 4
Arcane Blast Cabalist’s Tome Djinni of Zephyrs Garrison Commander
Tier 5
Darkspeaker Faceless Shambler Southsea Captain
Defias Cleaner Manic Soulcaster Twilight Summoner
Tier 6
Ancient Harbinger Faceless Manipulator Murloc Warleader Spellbender
Burgly Bully Frost Giant Recruiter Twilight Guardian
Crowd Favorite Leatherclad Hogleader Scaled Nightmare Validated Doomsayer
Doomsayer Master of Ceremonies Sideshow Spelleater Wind-up Burglebot
Tier 7
Arcane Giant Cyclopian Horror Greater Arcane Missiles Mountain Giant
Big Game Hunter Dirty Rat Hungry Crab Naga Sea Witch
Blood of The Ancient One Fel Orc Soulfiend Ice Block Weasel Tunneler
Blubber Baron Fight Promoter Molten Giant

Mage Arena Legendary card tier list – March 2017

Tier 1
Kazakus Ragnaros the Firelord Ysera
Onyxia Sylvanas Windrunner
Tier 2
Cairne Bloodhoof Deathwing Nefarian Y’Shaarj, Rage Unbound
Chromaggus Emperor Thaurissan The Curator
Tier 3
Alexstrasza Eydis Darkbane Hogger Reno Jackson
Arch-Thief Rafaam Fjola Lightbane Hogger, Doom of Elwynn Rhonin
Archmage Antonidas Gruul Medivh, the Guardian The Black Knight
Baron Geddon Harrison Jones Nexus-Champion Saraad
Tier 4
Auctionmaster Beardo Deathwing, Dragonlord Malygos Wrathion
Barnes Icehowl N’Zoth, the Corruptor
Bloodmage Thalnos Illidan Stormrage The Beast
Tier 5
Chillmaw Genzo, the Shark King Mukla Mukla, Tyrant of the Vale
Elise Starseeker Justicar Trueheart Moroes Prince Malchezaar
Tier 6
Brann Bronzebeard Leeroy Jenkins Nat Pagle The Boogeymonster
Inkmaster Solia Millhouse Manastorm Soggoth the Slitherer Tinkmaster Overspark
Tier 7
Anomalus Gormok the Impaler Nat, the Darkfisher Skycap’n Kragg
Captain Greenskin Madam Goya Patches the Pirate The Skeleton Knight
Finja, the Flying Star Majordomo Executus Sir Finley Mrrgglton Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End
Tier 8
Bolf Ramshield Mayor Noggenfogger Rend Blackhand Shifter Zerus
Lorewalker Cho Nozdormu Sergeant Sally

Mage Arena drafting tips

– It’s important to keep appraising your specific deck throughout the drafting process. By all means use this guide to pick out your first ten or so cards, based purely on raw value. From there on, however, you should think carefully about the make-up of your actual deck – it’s OK to drop down a tier if there’s a particularly powerful synergy up for grabs, for example.

– Once you’ve selected your first chunk of cards, you should review your deck and consider your weaknesses. Do you have any juicy removal spells to deal with any deadly minions that might show up in the late game, for example? Are you drafting a fast deck, or one that’s more control-orientated?

– If you’ve got lots of very low-cost minions in your hand at this stage, prioritise fattening up your deck a little, and also make sure you take any card-draw effects or creatures that come your way. This will help you fill your hand back up if you lose everything to a board-wipe.

– On the other hand, if you’ve been drafting very high-cost creatures and spells, you should look to get a few more smaller minions in your hand. We like to go into Arena with at least half a dozen two-Mana drops, as you can’t afford to lose the early-game.

– In the final ten picks, just shore up any strengths you have in the deck, and minimise any weaknesses. This is your last chance to get a balanced deck that can perform at every stage of the game, so make these final picks count!

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