Welcome, fellow achievement hunter.

Here we will be taking a closer look at what Hearthstone has for us in store when it comes to Gameplay XP Achievements for the Mage class in Forged in the Barrens expansion. Each one gets its own section below, so you could always scroll down if looking for tips and tricks for anything in particular. All other important info along with the links to other classes and categories can be found here.


Mage Barrens Achievements - General

Mage had a number of fairly straightforward achievements with the previous iteration, and here the tradition continues. You have most likely made some progress on these if you played the class enough in any of the relevant modes. More or less regular Spell Mage list might do the trick, but we could also adjust it slightly to better suit our purposes:

That all still does take a while, however. If you only need to focus on one particular achievement, it becomes easier to switch to a more specialized deck. Let's take a quick look at such below.

As always, we will be defaulting to Standard format lists with the assumption that many players may not have the necessary older cards, then adding relevant notes for Wild and Duels where applicable. Remember that this is just one example of a possible direction to take! Mix and match per your own needs. Tips, tricks, and recommended cards for each separate achievement as follows:


How to Complete the "Shatter Combo" Barrens Achievement

Who remembers when Shatter was actually a card? And not a very desirable one at that. Luckily for us, that's not something we'll have to rely on. As long as you finish off minions while they are still frozen solid, anything goes. So put on your best Sub-Zero impressions for this one:

  • Mulligan for: Runed Orb, Wandmaker, Venomous Scorpid.
  • Your frosty combos are best pulled off slightly later once you have enough mana and some targets to play with. If there is anything constant freezing excels at, it's stalling. And you get to discover even more spells for your chilly arsenal.
  • The achievement doesn't say that it ought to be enemy minions only, and a few of your spells (Brain Freeze, Snap Freeze, Cone of Cold) don't mind some friendly fire... so you've got options. 
  • Varden Dawngrasp can be very flashy, but far from a must. You have a pretty good chance to find them through Font of Power if you wish, otherwise Glacier Racer does a similar thing in fair style. 
  • This one doesn't actually have to be completed by playing Mage only, so you might find yourself with some progress from playing Rogue (Brain Freeze, Wand Thief finds), or even see other classes pulling off an occasional Frozen combo in various game modes. 
  • Wild format note: all those old "favorites" you might or might not've missed. Frostbolt, Frost Nova, Blizzard, Ray of Frost, Ice Lance, Icicle, Shatter... and more. Even certain synergistic minions to help compose that frosty symphony, such as Demented Frostcaller, Snowchugger, or Coldwraith. Or you could go play that poor forgotten Freeze Shaman archetype, if that's your thing (Ice Breaker, Cryostasis, Avalanche & others, let's go!). 
  • Duels note: your very own Frost Shards to fit the theme, Embercaster for more cheap Frost spells. 

How to Complete the "Barrens Bubbler" Barrens Achievement

If you played any Spell Mage before the patch that hit Refreshing Spring Water with the increased mana cost, chances are you already got this done. And even now it's not that difficult given some luck, as Incanter's Flow still helps a lot. We can modify the deck to focus less on face burst, upping the achievement odds instead: 


How to Complete the "It's Not "Spamming", It's Art" Barrens Achievement

Even without playing Ranked at all, it's possible to get there eventually. You would be surprised just how often you end up pressing that Hero Power button while playing Arena or Duels. But of course there are also special cards to make this whole process move along a lot faster: 


Other Resources

Our clever community members set up a forum thread just for such achievement progression, and we have added separate #achievements channel to our Discord server. Feel free to join in! Any comment in here will also not go unnoticed, if you'd like to share your own experiences or point out anything in particular. We try to keep an eye on things and reply swiftly. 

Good luck tackling any of these achievements for your experience boost or just for the sake of satisfying completion!