This is another Mage Spatula - Dragon carry comp - but this time with the 10-cost Tempest Dragon - Ao Shin! The mage bonus and Tempest 4 will make your Dragon melt the enemy board with almost only 1 ability cast!
If you get a Spatula this should be your first thought. Aside from that any Mage augments can push you in this direction as well as a lot of rod or tear components.
Level to 4 at the first PvP round and then to 5 after the carousel to start finding higher cost Mages.
Regardless if you win or lose, levelling lets you play some very powerful traits with Mages and Trainer (or Bruiser with Sylas) so it's important to have the extra unit slots.
At 3-2 you should level to 6 and see if you can activate 5 Mages with Trainer or Bruiser frontline. This is a very strong mid game setup that can let you win streak.
Try to make sure you stay above 50 gold and slowly level to 7.
You should hit level 7 at 4-1 and ideally be strong enough to wait to roll until you hit level 8 towards the end of Stage 4.
Once you're at level 8, try to find at least 1 Ao Shin to stabilize. From there, continue finding upgrades or save up for level 9.
The best starter for any mage comp is by running the low cost mage trio and Tristana to activate Nomsy with Trainer. If you get lucky and see a Lulu copy early, play her over Tristana to activate Mystic.
At this point you are able to get to 5 Mages while still having Nomsy frontline. We swap Tristana out for Lulu providing a bit more support here too. Sylas is a great frontline tank to hold your items and Ryze can hold all your damage items.
You can extend this further into 7 mages quite easily with a few changes. This can be good if you find no Spatula or have even more items to place on Nami and Ryze.
Play Sona as a Mage carry until you find a copy of Ao Shin. If you find a copy of Aurelion Sol - just play the Astral Dragon instead. At level 8 you have to drop Bard and Sona - but once you reached level 9, throw in Bard again for further CC and Mystic.
Gain a Mage Emblem, a Spear of Shojin, and a Ryze.
Urf's Grab Bag I
Gain 1 Spatula and 1 random item component.
Gain 1 Tome of Traits.