Big Spell Mage is perhaps the best of several attempts to make the most of the Mage Death Knight card. Frost Lich Jaina is very powerful has proved too slow to be competitive. Especially since Ice Block got removed from Standard play.

The Boomsday expansion, though, gave the deck a few extra defensive pieces to make up for the gap. Right now it's one of the very best decks around.

Card Choice
  • 2 x Arcane Artificer
  • 2 x Raven Familiar
  • 2 x Polymorph
  • 2 x Dragon's Fury
  • 2 x Blizzard
  • 2 x Meteor
  • 2 x Astromancer
  • 1 x Flamestrike
  • 1 x Dragoncaller Alanna
  • 1 x Frost Lich Jaina
  • 2 x Doomsayer
  • 1 x Gluttonous Ooze
  • 1 x Voodoo Doll
  • 2 x Bright-Eyed Scout
  • 1 x Arcane Tyrant
  • 2 x Giggling Inventor
  • 1 x Skulking Geist
  • 1 x Baron Geddon
  • 1 x The Lich King
  • 1 x Alexstrasza

The good news is that a lot of the legendary and epic cards in this deck are replaceable. Astromancer, Meteor, Dragoncaller Alanna, Bright-Eyed Scout, Arcane Tyrant, The Lich King, Alexstrasza are all non-essential.

The bad news, though, is that the likely replacements are just as expensive. However, if you've got the right cards lying around, you can still make the deck work.

The real budget inclusion is Stonehill Defender. It's two solid defensive cards in one. Other alternative defensive cards include Tar Creeper, Rotten Applebaum and a second Flamestrike. So if you're short on dust, throw a couple of those in.

Other substitutions are just as expensive as the cards they replace. Arcane Keysmith is a worthwhile inclusion, for example. So is Sindragosa and a single Pyroblast.