Mana Curve

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Cards Attributes

Card Distribution & Keywords

Guard 13
Prophecy 6
Slay 3
Drain 3
Ward 3
Breakthrough 3
Rally 0
Regenerate 0
Wane 0
Wax 0
Treasure Hunt 0
Lethal 0
Exalt 0
Charge 0
Betray 0
Invade 0
Last Gasp 0
Pilfer 0
Assemble 0
Plot 0


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Skeletal Mage Consume (budget)

By: ODMtesseract
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Posted: 5 months ago
Outdated (Elsweyr patch)
Crafting Cost: 7200crystal
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How to Play: Use the big bodies to contest the board in the early to mid-game until you can use Skeletal Mage and Dark Rebirth to generate a lot of value and put the game beyond reach for your opponent. Use Wake the Dead to tutor out the Mages, or if you have one already in hand, a Vigilant Spirit, which also helps smooth out your magicka curve and it will withstand a Lightning Bolt.

Don’t be afraid to play Skeletal Mage and then, on a separate turn, use Dark Rebirth(s). Because of it’s 3/5 stat line, Mage resists a large number of commonly used removals (Lightning Bolt, Execute, Fell the Mighty, Drive Mad, etc.). Consuming Imbued Breton makes it even better at a 4/6 Ward, resistant to lethal pings, which are more common than Fell the Mighty. Take caution to not overinvest into the board to avoid your opponent wiping it and getting enormous value out of it. A single guard in the right place can make all the difference and a slow and steady grinding down of your opponent will win the day here.

As with any Consume deck, it’s vulnerable to banish effects such as with Memory Wraith, but it’s not as damaging as you might expect because you’ll be consuming creatures at healthy clip so there isn’t that much to lose.

Expunge is a multi-purpose card that lets you either: heal a creature (particularly valuable for big bodies), draw a card and/or unleash a surprise by unshackling Vigilant Spirit or Hulking Mummy.

Version 1.0: Skeletal Mage and the Consume mechanic in general are really interesting to me. The idea of recycling cards to generate extra value feels fun and satisfying. However, there are a lot of consume cards that aren’t overly great. This list basically uses what I consider to be the select best and that’s how this ended up being a Sorcerer deck. Before publishing it, I experimented a lot (much more than usual) before finding something that was suitable. Initially I used even bigger creatures with a drawback (ex. Imprisoned Deathlord, Corrupted Shade, Death Hound, etc) so that the Skeletal Mage could really hit hard but I ended up running out of room to fit all my cards within a 50 card deck. I experimented with making it into a Covenant, Tribunal or Telvanni deck which was ok, but it was really not consistent enough. Eventually I hit upon the solution to use smaller (but still big) creatures without needing to self-silence and suddenly it opened up the space I needed and I was able to keep it at 50 cards for consistency. I had also tried Boneweaver before deciding it wasn’t that great because it needs 2+ identical cards in the discard pile to be of use and that’s too slow. At best, it could be a “one-of” if you felt so inclined but I don’t at this time. The biggest vulnerability is to lethal pings so I’d love to hear your ideas about combating this, probably by including more wards.

About Me: Former Hearthstone veteran from closed beta times who made the jump to ESL. I'm a budget player and I don't get to too much time to grind the ladder so this is made from a collection that is not very extensive. If a card isn't used, it's quite probably because I don't have it. But I still want to hear from you on how you would improve it!


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Anvil_Hero 5 months ago
gonna give this a try. I've got a lot of the cards for the popular "billions of undead" deck on the front page of hottest decks, but I suck with it so I'll tr y this

edit: I'm rank 5 in ranked and won my first match against someone who was using a bad version of a tribunal deck. This gives me ideas for some other decks though. I'm thinking of trying "A Night to Remember" with Vastarie in a skeleton / spirit themed sorcerer deck.
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