An infographic on PsyGuenther's Discover Mage archetype.

Another new deck, Discover Mage (also known as Burn Mage) is easily the most popular Mage deck out there right now. Our friend Ray Walkinshaw recently put out an infographic looking at how deck composition varies across ten different pro player decklists. It examines what the core set of Discover Mage cards are, how players vary up their card packages, and what's deemed eligible to be cut.

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

The Core

These are the cards that Ray has identified as core across all of the Discover Mage decks in the sample. In total, this encompasses 27 of the 30 card slots meaning there isn't a ton of room for adding your own flair.

Card Number   Card Number
Mana Wyrm 2   Kabal Courier 2
Arcanologist 2   Fireball 2
Bloodmage Thalnos 1   Meteor 1
Frostbolt 2   Firelands Portal 2
Medivh's Valet 2   Flamestrike 1
Primordial Glyph 2   Medivh, the Guardian 1
Arcane Intellect 2   Alexstrasza 1
Ice Barrier 1   Pyroblast 1
Ice Block 2      



Here's Ray's infographic for Discover 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.

The Main Attractions

Most players choose to fill their remaining three slots using Babbling BooksVolcanic PotionGluttonous Ooze, or Polymorph. A few opt for a more Tempo Mage approach through Sorcerer's Apprenticewhile others adopt Elise the Trailblazer for added value.

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 Babbling Book they usually include two copies of it.

In Decks Card # Per Deck   In Decks Card # Per Deck
60% Babbling Book 2.00   40% Polymorph 1.00
50% Volcanic Potion 1.20   20% Sorcerer's Apprentice 2.00
40% Gluttonous Ooze 1.00   20% Elise the Trailblazer 1.00

Tech Cards

We really aren't joking when we call these tech cards. Each of these eight has only been represented a single time across all ten decklists and it's easy to see what weakness players were trying to shore up.

The Black Knight helps with pesky taunt minions, Archmage Antonidas gives you another late game win condition, Eater of Secrets improves mirror matches immensely, and Water Elemental helps cut down on the success of your weapon wielding opponents.


In Decks Card # Per Deck   In Decks Card # Per Deck
10% Ice Barrier 1.00   10% The Black Knight 1.00
10% Cabalist's Tome 1.00   10% Archmage Antonidas 1.00
10% Water Elemental 2.00   10% Eater of Secrets 1.00
10% Meteor 1.00   10% Harrison Jones 1.00

Potential Cuts

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

  • Kabal Courier - Cut in about 30% of the decks, Kabal Courier brings some value to the table, but as one of the deck's more vanilla cards, it can afford to be cut if you're able to properly identify what tech cards would better improve your chances of winning.

  • Flamestrike - With the abundance of aggro these days, Flamestrike can outright win you the game. If you don't make it to Turn 7 alive, however, and it's entirely useless.

  • Ice Barrier - While Ice Barrier can help you stay alive, sometimes it can be meaningless when faced with a big aggro push.

  • Bloodmage Thalnos - Thalnos is great because he provides both draw and Spell Damage which can help you later in the game. Again, if you don't make it there, he can be worth cutting.

  • Meteor - Meteor is primarily aimed at defeating one large target and a few smaller ones. This is great for the Primordial Drakes and other pesky large health minions that you're otherwise unable to remove.

  • Firelands Portal - Honestly, it's understandable why someone might cut Firelands Portal. While it can be an incredible tempo swing, removing your opponent's meaty minion while summoning your own, sometimes it's simply too slow.


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 what cards go into this kind of deck.

This is another reminder to follow Ray Walkinshaw, the creator of the infographic, on Twitter and Patreon.