Greetings! Fellow Seeker of the Arcane
Thanks to the introduction of Ray of Frost and Magic Trick, Open the Waygate is an absolute blast to play! Either for OTK/Exodia, or in a Miracle build, as this one, reminiscent of old Miracle Rogue, but more powerful.
Discover spells, play them efficiently and build up damage until you unlock lethal: each game will feel different, while your strategy will be surprisingly consistent and effective.
This is my own version of it. Yes, WITHOUT Mana Cyclone. Why? See below.
From the Library of Dalaran: Babbling Book, Tome of Intellect
The other versions of Miracle Mage make use of Mana Cyclone and Elemental Evocation. Obviously, the Combo is insanely powerful. HOWEVER, whenever you can't discount the Cyclone, the card overlaps with flamewaker. In other words, without discount, in your average midgame turn, you have to decide whether you need more spells, or more damage. I tried to find a way out of that with the Library Package.
Moreover, Books and Tomes are good as a topdeck as well.
So you can basically build random spells whenever you need, while not disrupting your Miracles.
AND the flavour of discovering and finding more spells through books and thinking of the best way to play them feels always very Mage-like and SATISFYING.
Miracle Mage Strategy
As with any Quest Mage decks, this one is HARD to play. It takes good knowledge or foresight of how to delay the game against each specific opponent, and optimising your limited Control resources means gaining a high wr compared to a mediocre one.
In other words, as with any Miracle deck, Miracle Quest Mage is very powerful and rewarding, but also very punishing regarding ill-planned moves.
Miracle turns are when you can combo a series of cheap spells with Sorcerer's Apprentice (many spells become (0) cost), plus either Flamewaker or Stargazer Luna (even both, in later turns!). Miracle turns generate HUGE burst damage and/or card draw.
The typical Miracle turn happens around than turn-6, but you can afford one at turn-5, or go as early as turn-2 with Apprentice alone, if very hard pressured.
In general, you want to hold as many cards as possible for the Miracle turns, while applying the minimum effort for stalling and casting Random spells in the rest of the time.
- Always keep the Quest, and mulligan mainly for Miracle minions: Sorcerer's Apprentice above all, and then Flamewaker (Aggro), Stargazer Luna (Control/Combo).
- Secondarily, Babbling Book, is also ok.
- Other spells may be ok to keep if you already secured a Miracle minion.
- Always mulligan away Archmage Vargoth and Arcane Giant, Ice Lance, Tome of Intellect, Research Project, Icicle.
Tips & Tricks
- Try to hide the quest as long as possible (but don't waste resourcers!), fake being a Control Mage.
- The Coin counts towards the Quest.
- Try to save as many cheap spells as possible for Miracle turns where you can drop Sorcerer's Apprentice (and possibly Flamewaker/Stargazer Luna too).
- NEVER waste Miracle cards like Sorcerer's Apprentice, Flamewaker, Stargazer Luna out of combos. Always plan ahead. You need these cards for the Miracles, and switching the game in your favor.
- This deck is vulnerable against Aggro, but Flamewaker + various Freeze effects are your main anti-Aggro and stall tools (but you can discover more!): one well-planned Miracle turn can seal the game in your favour, against Aggro.
- Don't be afraid to use Ice Lance for stall purposes: burst damage is meaningless if you are dead before you can deliver it.
- Archmage Vargoth + Time Warp generates 2 Extra Turns at turn-9! this means you can actually hope to generate a Miracle turns, even if you do not have all the pieces at hand (you draw more cards during each Extra Turns).
- Against Aggro, Archmage Vargoth is excellent as soft taunt, and can help you with finishing the Quest faster and/or draw more cards.
- Polymorph: Boar is there against pesky Big minions and their resurrections (Mal'Ganis, Voidlord, Obsidian Statue, Ragnaros the Firelord), but also against taunts in general. Alternatively, the card can be used on your own minions, for an additional 4-damage burst.
As you climb up in ranks, the meta will go faster, and you should adjust accordingly: