Hearthstone Basic Mage Aggro Deck -
Since I've been playing in the Hearthstone Beta since the release, I've been trying to share some of the tips and tricks I've learned for Hearthstone. I understand a lot of you do not have Hearthstone Beta keys yet and this information will be of good use to you once you get into the Hearthstone Beta or the game goes into Open-Beta (which may be sooner than we thought).
Basic Cards Only Mage Deck
In the first article I've written about Grinding For Gold & Boosters In Hearthstone, I had mentioned:
If you want to Grind Gold in Play Mode:
I recommend building a speed deck. Pick one of the faster decks that can bring out a quick force of minions and then support those minions with your own creature control, direct damage, and removal spells to clear the way for your minions to attack quickly. In my opinion the 3 fastest decks for this strategy are Mage, Rogue, & Hunter. All 3 have direct damage dealing Class Abilities and Class Spells that include plenty of creature control options. You should build a deck with small cheap creatures, lots of removal, and some direct damage spells.
In the comments of that post, I was asked "what would you include in a speed deck for Mage, Rogue, & Hunter?" I promised a few sample deck builds for Hearthstone beginner decks as examples of what I was recommending be used for grinding matches quickly. This post is the first of 3 example decks made completely from Basic Hearthstone Cards only. The Basic Cards are unlocked by leveling the decks, which you advance in experience regardless of win or loss record, so everyone has easy access to unlock these cards. The Mage deck is forced on you in the tutorial, so you will already have many of the Mage Basic Cards unlocked, which makes it the easiest transition from the tutorial to constructed play.
Basic Mage Deck StrategyThe goal with this Basic Cards Only Constructed Mage Deck is pure aggression. In the earlier article I recommended a quick deck that would turn over matches quickly, a deck that would either win or lose quickly. If you are grinding for gold, then you want quick matches to increase your games played per hour. Long lasting games that you lose are crippling to your gold per hour grinding earning potential, and long lasting games that you do win aren't worth the time required. You are better off getting more matches in. More matches means more chances to win.
|Mana Curve of This Basic Mage Deck|
Basic Cards Only Hearthstone Mage Deck List:
|Basic Only Mage Aggro Deck|
Make sure to use your Elven Archers intelligently. I've seen way too many players cast a first turn Elven Archer and shoot me for 1 damage. That's just horrible play. Hold onto your Elven Archer and cast him when you can use the 1 point of damage to kill another minion. That way you've not only added a threat onto the battlefield, but you've also removed one of your opponent's threats.
Reckless Rocketeer is a great mid to late game finisher. The Reckless Rocketeer is also what I call a "tank buster". The Rocketeer can be summoned and then it's Charge ability allows you to ram a minion with taunt to clear the way for your other minions to continue with the beatdown. I love blasting Lord of the Arena and other big taunters with a Reckless Rocketeer to clear the way for my minions to keep up the full press.
There is only a single Flamestrike in this Mage Deck because you will usually have the match close to over by the time you could play it and you definately don't want to get stuck with two in your hand. I did include 1 because it can be such a game changer in the later-mid game and it will grant you victories. The primary goal is to never make it that late into the game, thus only 1 is needed.
Getting down a few early creatures (Murloc Tidehunter & Razorfen Hunter are great for this) and then buffing them up with a Raid Leader can be overwhelming for an opponent lacking speed or early creature removal.
Remember, when you only have access to the Basic Cards, you aren't going to be as competitive until you can unlock some of the booster packs and get better cards. So get your grind on and get to earning gold and unlocking those Hearthstone booster packs.
Happy Hearthstone Grinding!
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