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Blackfall’s Support Mage – January 2018

3 [card]Elixir of Vitality[/card]
3 [card]Firebolt[/card]
3 [card]Shrieking Harpy[/card]
3 [card]Daggerfall Mage[/card]
2 [card]Excavate[/card]
3 [card]Reverberating Strike[/card]
3 [card]Tower Alchemist[/card]
3 [card]Elusive Schemer[/card]
3 [card]Hive Defender[/card]
3 [card]Lightning Bolt[/card]
1 [card]Ayrenn[/card]
3 [card]Cauldron Keeper[/card]
1 [card]College of Winterhold[/card]
3 [card]Piercing Javelin[/card]
1 [card]Wabbajack[/card]
3 [card]Ice Storm[/card]
1 [card]Orb of Vaermina[/card]
1 [card]Goldbrand[/card]
2 [card]Dawn’s Wrath[/card]
1 [card]Laaneth[/card]
3 [card]Mantikora[/card]
1 [card]Miraak, Dragonborn[/card]
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By: Blackfall
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Posted: 2 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago
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Crafting Cost: 21050crystal-2027797
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EDIT: Facing a lot of support removal heavy decks? Play a pure Control Mage instead, guide + decklist right here.

EDIT2: CVH did a very nice gameplay video of this list, that you can find right here! Make sure to check the content on his Youtube channel, definitely worth it!

Hey everyone!

As usual, new season, new decklist! Haven’t posted a decklist here in quite a while, but I’ve decided to post what I think is the best Control Mage decklist every month with an in-depth guide.

No surprise here, the best Control Mage archetype right now is the one using the support package. Been trying to make regular Control Mage works, but it just isn’t enough to withstand the greed of all the Journey/Scout decks out there.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Card choices:

No Execute

While I think Execute is in a good place right now, I just can’t find room for it. The Elixir of Vitality basically took their place. They kinda have the same role in the early game: sustain you a little bit to allow you to reach your late game where you can hope to stabilize. It doesn’t kill the creature, but it obviously combos with Cauldron Keeper and Tower Alchemist. If you’re facing a very aggressive metagame, a possible modifications to the list would be -2 Excavate +2 Execute.


Now that’s an interesting card. Basically a Soul Tear for supports and items. When it will most of the times bring back a support for you, it’s worth noting that it can also bring back a Tome of Alteration from a Daggerfall Mage for the extra reach or card draw. This card is in a versatile spot (as stated above), and can be swapped to help you against whatever metagame you’re facing. Support heavy metagame? Swap them for Vicious Dreugh. Aggressive, as said above, swap them for Execute.
I do believe Excavate is a key card in some match-ups (especially against Scout) where you can get extra value from your supports. For example, you could climb your College of Winterhold all the way to the 7 mana spells, grab your Journey to Sovngarde if you see it, then voluntarily destroy it so you can Excavate it and climb all the way again. It’s a tricky card to play with!

Reverberating Strike

Not a lot of people run this card right now, and I don’t understand why! First of all, no one will EVER play around it, period. It would be at such a tempo cost. This card is also very good against Hist Grove, where it’s basically a 3 mana Ice Storm that touches only the Leviathans (which is more than good enough). For example, triple Reverberating Strike clears them all, or double Reverberating Strike + Ice Storm. Again, it’s a versatile card, and we like versatile in Control. Finally, card is obviously extremely good against agro, having the possibly to do a X-for-1 with a 3 mana card is nuts. This card took the spot of Crushing Blow, but since we’re playing a very grindy list, we don’t really need the extra reach to win the game, our supports will do that.

No Mage’s Trick

While I love this card, I think we’re in a metagame right now where I’d rather drop a Daggerfall Mage or play a Reverberating Strike on turn 3. If the metagame would become slower, you would swap the Reverberating Strike for the Mage’s Trick.

Elusive Schemer

As always, this card is bae. Unconditionnal card draw that cycles itself? Please. Probably one of the most important card against other slow decks.


So yeah… Wabbajack. If Bringer of Nightmares didn’t get nerfed, I would play them. Wabbajack is THE best card in your deck against any Soul Tear / Scout based decks. Just wabba everything you don’t wanna see comeback from the dead. Laaneth should be used only to find this card against those match-ups. Happened to me quite a few times to wabba every Giant Bat, Paarthurnax, Galyn the Shelterer and Eclipse Baroness. It’s pretty funny to watch them Soul Tear a bad card. Also in those match-ups, Excavate should only be used to bring back Wabbajack if they ever destroy it.


This is your lock. If you ever stabilizes with a Goldbrand that’s at least at 8+ damage, the game is over. Anything they play will die right away. I don’t think I’d play Support Mage if Goldbrand didn’t exist.

Only 2 Dawn’s Wrath

While I always play 3 of them in almost all my control decks, the 3rd Dawn’s Wrath spot went to the Wabbajack, for obvious reasons.


Such a powerhouse. Laaneth allows you to go find that specific support you need, or an Excavate if you wanna bring back a support, or a Lightning Bolt if you’re close to having lethal, or anything else you want. Tutor effects are extremely powerful and that’s why we play this card.

In conclusion, this deck is relatively easy to play, but extremely hard to master. You have to be able to gauge when you can tank damage, when to activate your Elixir of Vitality at the correct time, what to seek with your Laaneth, what to choose on your College of Winterhold, and so on. But the deck is an absolute blast to play. I’ve refined the list a lot before posting this here and I’ve been able to reach #1 Legend last season with it.

As always, feel free to ask me any question, I’ll be glad to answer them wink-7962076

See you guys on the ladder!

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Meru 2 years ago
played against control mage. copied his mechanical heart, made him discard his. I got my 1st support-related card only at turn ~20 though. He stole my wabba and laaneth (and created for himself a 10/10 dude with 3rd charge of wabba) it was all fine still but I lost due to no cards in deck… (he played journey that i was able to beat, minion-wise).
Overall he played 2 miraaks, 4 paarthurnaxes, 4 laaneths. All of which I was able to beat
So sad. I like mages and this is a fun deck, but my winrate is at 53% while with more classic control mage it is 70+ pre-legend and 60+ after.
Edit: maybe i should add journey.. if i had it i would have won… (assuming he wouldn’t steal it)

Edit2: tbh this is the same problem as with scout – soul tear that paarth gave him. they should remove this card from the game. then things will be balanced again, Without it i would beat him 2 times with my single deck bigsmile-5141852
Edit3: soul tear should be:
1: get a non-legendary minion from discard pile with the cost 4 or less
2: same, but 8 or less
3: any cost but still non-legendary.
and no buffs.

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You can get Journey on your college, you don’t need to play it naturally. This deck is really hard to play sometimes, especially the mirror, it can be extremely delicate. You’ll do better and better with experience smile-2724830

Meru 2 years ago
just played against a couple altars. also lost to journey… never single time i lost to aggro though. they just concede most of the time once i get my healz going. thanks to a couple of aggro decks got boosted to 55% winrate

started to encounter a lot of mirrors as well as some versions of the deck with minor differences. saw even support crusader. lost em all. winrate down to 45%. gonna give up on this deck. i just need ~200-ish legend and forget about ranked till next month. going back to the previous, less rng decks i’ve played.
mirrors always draw some kind of skeewers and outlast me. i never got anything crazy from winderhold in any game. same for wabba.

Missing Soul Gems: 7200

FeelsBadMan frown-1541928

having trouble with similar mage decks but with journey turns into a really long wait for defeat and its kind of disappointing

any advice ??? maybe replace for memory wraith or adding a journey into the deck

otherwise really fun balance deck

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Just try and get your College to the 7 mana cost, you’d see a Journey 75% of the time, which is enough, don’t need to run Journey main deck! smile-2724830

So I am missing 11200 gems…. and I fucking hate this deck to play against.. I don’t know how to beat it… Any suggestions?

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Play Scout, hardest matchup for this list.

Kasta 1 year ago
Hi! As a control player, ty so much for posting this. i have a couple of question, i would be happy to hear your reply:
1) Lets just say that by some murkwater curse the only matchup u see in ladder is vs scout: what are the changes in the decklist u would make? I get that u need to wabbajack anything that u dont wanna see again, but galyn+soultear+priest+”Drem yol lok, greetings” means neverending support removal, period.
Also this deck kinda sucks at going aggressive, so i cant even try to push for some damage and exploit the lack of good prophecies in scout…
2) Do u stream? i would love to see u playing this deck on the ladder

1) If I’d face only Scout, I’d remove 1 Mantikora and 2 Dawn’s Wrath for 3 Arrest.

2) I used to stream a lot, now it’s really when I have the time for it and when I feel like it frown-1541928

lonelywulf 1 year ago
Love this deck!

But I miss 2 Hive Defender and one Daggerfall, Ice Storm and Dawnswrath each.

I replaced them with (1) immolation blase (1) Senche Tiger (2) Knight of the Hour, 1 wardcrafter and Ancano. what do you think?

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Decent replacements smile-2724830

Works great! 8:1 today. Mostly beaten by Sorcerers. Any strategy tipps against them?

Hello any suggestions to replace dawns?

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