Kirin Tor Mage
Kirin Tor Mage is one of the Mage's class cards that needs to combo with secrets to bring out its full potential. In return the card offers high stats at 4/3 to 3 mana and the ability to play a secret for free the turn it's played. This leverages the power of the Mage's secrets and eliminates their prohibitive 3 mana cost, allowing the typically slow secret deck to compete for board control.
What secrets you combine your Kirin Tor Mage depens on your deck's purpose. If you're trying to outtempo your opponent and win the game by board control, Mirror Entity, Spellbender and Counterspell are safe bets, where a more lategame approach would favor Ice Block and Ice Barrier. Vaporize is in a tough spot since it doesn't really help fight for board control and it's often impossible to control what minion triggers it.
Patch 18.104.22.16844. Despite the strengths of Kirin Tor Mage, the aggressive metagame dictates usage of low cost direct impact cards. 3 Mana secrets are too much of a tempo deficit for too little return when faced with aggression, it's more than the card can compensate for by itself making it largely unplayed competitively.
Tip! Note that 4 attack puts Kirin Tor Mage in Priest's removal blind spot.
|Counterspell||Rare||Mage||Spell||General||3||Secret: When your opponent casts a spell, Counter it.|
|Vaporize||Rare||Mage||Spell||General||3||Secret: When a minion attacks your hero, destroy it.|
|Ice Barrier||Common||Mage||Spell||General||3||Secret: As soon as your hero is attacked, gain 8 Armor.|
|Mirror Entity||Common||Mage||Spell||General||3||Secret: When your opponent plays a minion, summon a copy of it.|
|Spellbender||Epic||Mage||Spell||General||3||Secret: When an enemy casts a spell on a minion, summon a 1/3 as the new target.|
|Ice Block||Epic||Mage||Spell||General||3||Secret: When your hero takes fatal damage, prevent it and become Immune this turn.|
|Ethereal Arcanist||Rare||Mage||Minion||General||4||3||3||If you control a Secret at the end of your turn, gain +2/+2.|