09/28/2016: With the announcement of the Yogg nerf, there is no longer a sustainable theme or reason to play this deck. Thank you for the support.
IT IS UPON US.
This deck is kind of tempo-y with a whole lot of RNG and Brann Bronzebeard synergy.
How To Play:
We've got lots of early removal, play it. This deck is a very standard tempo mage kind of deck with cheap spells, Flamewaker , and in place of the glorious E-sportal, Arcane Blast . Don't be worried about exactly how many spells this deck runs, just know when you eventually play Yogg-Saron, Hope's End everything will change. And you'll probably win. Maybe.
Against pretty much every deck, we're looking for our cheap minions and early removal spells. If you get Flamewaker against aggro hunter or paladin, keep him.
Again, pretty standard tempo mage frame with Spellslinger thrown in for a chance at AoE, more spells to work with yogg, and general tasty rng fun.
Emperor Thaurissan is included for direct synergy with massive amounts of spells and because we run a frickin' 10 mana card.
Cabalist's Tome is, in my opinion, a great card this expansion. You are almost always guaranteed to get some really incredible, clutch cards that will more than likely turn the tide of the game. The ONLY downside to this card is its cost directly affecting mage's best AoE spells being played in the same turn.
Yogg-Saron, Hope's End is pure insanity. I used to think this card was kind of poor, but after the many games people have played with it, the general consensus is that the card is borderline unfair. You could be down to yogg in your hand and your opponent can have lethal on the board and a full hand and the tides can turn in the blink of an eye. Yogg often draws you cards and clears the board making it quite the beast.
I get it, a lot of people don't like rng. That's ok. We've got choices. Some to include even more rng, some to streamline the deck a little more.
Jeweled Scarab could be thrown in in place of your spellslingers x2 for more strictly beneficial brann bronzebeard synergy. (credit goes to vynestra for suggestion)
Faceless Summoner actually doesn't curve as poorly as i thought it would. Synergizes with Brann well (and gives us another reason to run him in our deck).
Archmage Antonidas is the card you'd replace yogg with if you hate all things fun and chaotic. BUT I no longer believe he is better than yogg in this deck.
Sylvanas Windrunner in place of Thaurissan. She has massive potential this expansion to steal any one of your opponent's game ending cards. The 10 mana combo of playing her into Fireball is magnificient. If your opponent plays Yogg and it kills your Sylvanas, the rest of the spells cast that turn will be from your side.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Why no Ice Block ? Your own secrets can't activate on your turn, so yogg will smite you if he deems fit, ice block or no ice block haha.
2. Why no AoE? We run so much single target board clear that synergizes with Flamewaker , I think we can survive without any AoE ran in the decklist. Our tomes and conjurers have a good chance of giving us anything we really need in the course of a game.
3. Why no Servant of Yogg-Saron ? I'd like to keep the deck more tempo than casino purely for consistency. Servant curves poorly and it's battlecry doesn't add to yogg's battlecry.
4. Is there a replacement for Flamewaker ? NO, stop asking. Seriously, you can't run an effective tempo mage without the card.
5. Is there a replacement for Arcane Blast ? Now that we run double cult sorc, the short is no. The long answer is sort of, but only if you absolutely can't craft the cards and the replacements will be worse.
Milestones and Accomplishments!
-OVER 500k views!!! WOW. 4/28/2016
-Over 777 upvotes!! That means everyone who plays this deck will get the most efficient Yogg possible guaranteed (at least once hue).
-Over 620k views!!! 5/1/2016
-Over 710k views! 5/6/2016
-GaNewDragon reached legend from rank 2 playing this deck! here's some links as proof. http://imgur.com/lvlkOga
Their match-ups: http://imgur.com/cmIu3U1
Massive wall of video highlights, gameplay, and general fun!
Willbit's stream highlight video (watch the ending for a little surprise heh)
Majestic Brann/Yogg combo (nsfw volume/language)
Barskie's phenominal deck showcase video!
Ladder updates for this deck!
1. I think it's still a lot slower than tryhard tempo mage, so I'm keeping the 2x Mirror Image. Even in a control heavy meta, they give you time to build up your board.
Illustration by Unidcolor deviantart
AAAHHHHH 1000 UPVOTES!! I don't even know what to say. Thank you all.
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Babbling Book is going to see extensive play in the tempo mage archetype. It gives us a turn 1 play that doesn't involve Mana Wyrm so that kind of makes it a 2 of auto-include. I replaced poly and torch for these guys as they far outvalue those other cards.
I'm also considering Prince Malchezaar for the sheer potential, unpredictability, and great fun that rng brings us.
Speaking of RNG, here's my new deck I've been theorycrafting! There is also a wild variant that's way more fun, albeit not as competitive.
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Maybe a full write-up in the future if it gets enough attention. With college starting up soon, I may be a bit busy, but will continue to do my best to answer all of your questions.