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Secret Mage has been skyrocketing in popularity as of late. The latest ViciousSyndicate Data Reaper Report places the archetype at 7.44% popularity at all ranks which increases to nearly nine percent of the meta from Rank 5 to Rank 1. Now seems as good of a time as ever to jump on the train and start figuring out what the best Secret Mage deck list is to play. Thankfully, our friend Ray Walkinshaw has put together an all new infographic comparing ten pro decks side by side helping us compare their varrying compositions.

These are the ten Secret Mage decks we're looking at today:

The Core

These are the cards that Ray has identified as core across all of the Secret Mage decks in the sample. In total, this encompasses 23 of the 30 card slots with lots of room to decide which secrets you want to run.

Card Number   Card Number
Mana Wyrm 2   Counterspell 2
Arcanologist 2   Kirin Tor Mage 2
Frostbolt 2   Mirror Entity 1
Medivh's Valet 2   Fireball 2
Primordial Glyph 2   Kabal Crystal Runner 2
Arcane Intellect 2   Firelands Portal 2



Here's Ray's infographic for Secret Mage You can find him on Twitter and contribute to his Patreon here.

Afterward, we'll be further breaking down some stats on what cards are being run.


We wanted to take a slightly different approach to Secret Mage since many players are probably wondering which secrets end up making the cut. Outside of the three core secrets, these were also run.

Note: The Number of Cards Per Deck columns in the table below do not take into account decks that do not run the card. We simply want to show you that when players run Ice Block they occassionally include two copies of it.

In Decks Card # Per Deck   In Decks Card # Per Deck
50% Ice Block 1.20   20% Mana Bind 1.00
50% Spellbender 1.00   20% Potion of Polymorph 1.00
50% Mirror Entity 1.00        

Everything Else

This is what makes up the rest of your Secret Mage deck. Most players turn to Sorcerer's Apprentice and Babbling Book as solid ways to use up a few cards slots.

However, there are very clearly a few different types of Secret Mages out there. Some run Pyros, others utilize Yogg-Saron, Hope's End, and a few lean into the Discover Mage archetype with Medivh, the Guardian.

In Decks Card # Per Deck   In Decks Card # Per Deck
70% Sorcerer's Apprentice 2.00   20% Archmage Antonidas 1.00
60% Babbling Book 1.33   20% Medivh, the Guardian 1.00
40% Pyros 1.00   10% Kabal Courier 1.00
30% Kabal Lackey 2.00   10% Faceless Summoner 1.00
30% Yogg-Saron, Hope's End 1.00   10% Cabalist's Tome 1.00
20% Ethereal Arcanist 1.50   10% Elise the Trailblazer 1.00
20% Pyroblast 1.00   10% Tar Creeper 2.00
20% Burgly Bully 2.00   10% Genzo, the Shark 1.00
20% Water Elemental 2.00   10% Bittertide Hydra 2.00

Potential Cuts

Outside of adding these cards, a few pros have opted to remove some as well.

  • Primordial Glyph - Only Catdestroyer removed Primordial Glyph and they did so to make room for two finishers in Yogg-Saron and Pyroblast.

  • Mirror Entity - Likewise, Puksin2 chose not to run Mirror Entity, opting to run Ice Block, Mana Bind, Potion of Polymorph, and Spellbender as their secret package.

  • Arcane Intellect - We wouldn't recommend this cut. Only Civila123 removed it in what is easily the most unique Secret Mage deck list here.

  • Counterspell - 20% of decks cut Counterspell and both of those were running Medivh.

  • Firelands Portal - The most popular cut, the first three decks - all running Kabal Lackeys - were clearly looking for something a bit more aggressive than Firelands Portal.


Thanks for checking out another installment of Hearthstone Pro Deck Comparison. We hope you've enjoyed it and that it helped you learn more about the archetype.

You can follow Ray Walkinshaw, the creator of the infographic, on Twitter and support him on Patreon.