Top Trading Card Games


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The Top Ten

Magic The Gathering
Come on! Easily better because of the artistry on the cards, as well as the core gameplay being so much more expansive and the deck customization has so much creativity available for the players.
No competition here. Magic the Gathering has a community and competitive environment that destroys all other trading card games. You can walk into any game store across the world and find people playing MTG any day of the week.
Great for ALL ages! And the best game ever made!
[Newest]I really believe Magic The Gathering is BY FAR the best trading card game out them. With wonderful rules and creative card art, I think it tops all others. I also really like the fantasy theme as it incorporates so many different creatures.
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I've played yu-gi-oh and magic for a very long time, and I prefer Yu-gi-oh because it can be very simple and yet very complex at times making your brain work for your victory. The best quality it has is that it has a huge variety of cards that can appeal to almost anyone
Really, yugioh should dominate. I have magic and yugioh. I've been playing both for years and yugioh is a lot more fun. Magic is too complicated and it can be hard to create a new deck. Yugioh is not that complicated and is a lot easier to create a deck with. You don't need mana and all that stuff. Also, yugioh has stragetgy but magic is just working with what you have. Yugioh can play cards face down to keep your opponent guessing but magic just has monster to attack. Magic also has flying O. Creatures which is way overpowered. Yugioh has cards which can always be beatable. Yugioh also takes longer to play which is good cause you can enjoy the experience longer. For another reason magic has like 9 different types of ways to play with different rules. Yugioh has one good way to play which is not confusing.
Yugioh is beast. Its the number one card game in the whole ' world and deserves it. I have been playing for a good while, but my problem is that I have only one other person to play with most of the time but I have two friends who come down once or twice a year for a while so I play them when I can. Also I have no stores anywhere close to me that hold tournaments, but neither of those will stop me playing for a long time to come. I don't think this is a very well known combo 'cause I never play anyone that I don't know but I haven't heard anything about it so here it is. It's a combo for Last Turn. Summon wind-up zenmaines and play him in defense. Make sure it has at least one XYZ material when you activate Last Turn. When your oppenent attatcks use his effect and destroy his monster during the end phase. Hope it helps


[Newest]Pretty sure out of all the card games yugioh has the most variety of cards out there
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3Pokémon TCG
Honestly, the best card game out there. In comparison to Yugioh, Pokemon appeals to anyone regardless on how old they R. In tournaments, they have Juniors, Seniors and Masters so if you are 14 years old, you wouldn't have to worry about going against a 22 year old. This is also good because it puts people with the same caliber together so it isn't too unfair. Also, anyone can qualify to the world championships, unlike Yugioh which you must qualify from nationals. Pokemon is a really strategic and fun game and the community is much more friendly than Yugioh. I play Pokemon and Yugioh and while I still enjoy Yugioh a lot, I prefer playing Pokemon much more, especially as I have qualified for the World Championships 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.
IT IS AWESOME! It has great structure in the style of gameplay, and there is a lot variety in strategies, players, cards, and much more. So yeah I desperately recommend this game.
Easy game to pick up, yet has room for tons of strategy. Also, the online game is just fantastic, so if you're looking for an online card game, whilst waiting for Hex/Hearthstone, I definitely recommend it to put your feet in it before going out and buying cards. Like many said, it's appealing because it's Pokemon, everyone knows it and tons of people love it. Wish I'd gotten into the actual card game earlier when I was a kid, but with the online game and growing popularity in my town, I'm just happy to be a part of it.
[Newest]Umm honestly it's Pokemon. I swear if you don't put this in #1 ill have to eat some waffles
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4Cardfight!! Vanguard
Well, just as it is written above, the cardfight vanguard game is one of the best. Yes it didn't start well but after it came in tcg things are steadily changing. Yugioh was the boss as always( still has the Guinness record. But think of this: with the newest formats always depending on 2 maybe 3 decks that will be banned in one or two lists, all decks made a form of income and so on, the game has lost its value. Players out there search for something fun easy, with no rules (chains, priorities, sp summon chainability etc) cheap( most vanguard cards are cheap with the most expensive being at 30 $), and also new, fresh you could say. All that is the summary of vanguard. The rules are easy, the game is fun, the whole thing has some rules taken from yugioh, others from magic others from many games, but it only took the best aspects of those games leaving out all the imperfections. Number 10 might seem fine right now but with the coming of this game in all the world l think we will finally see the rival of yugioh. Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading
Cardfight! Vanguard is unique. There is no limit to possibility. Such a clever way of dueling. Utilising the amount of damage you have taken (Limit Break), being able to pay that damage (Counterblast), doing the unimaginable like Megablast, different deck types and playing styles, new sets and archetypes released constantly, being saved at the last minute because of how smartly the game is set up like drawing a Heal Trigger on a damage check or completely destroying your opponent with Critical Triggers, Barraging and torturing your opponent with Stand Triggers, never running out of options with Draw Triggers, the well thought out and well implemented Crossride and the effects bought with them, losing yourself and going all out guns blazing with Persona Blast, its made like a watch. In Yugioh, you can mix anything to make a deck. But in Cardfight! Vanguard each piece of a deck is made to work together, its all been fitted precisely to allow the ultimate gaming fun. Unbeatable.
Awesome game. Cool Mechanics, and they listen to what the players want as well. They also test cards before you use it to see if there are imperfections or flaws on the card. Although I miss some aspects of most card games such as spell cards, etc.
[Newest]Those game is on offer their best. It still stays true to its classics unlike yugioh. It keeps on pushing then limit.
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5Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's
The newest yu-gi-oh, you know the one that makes no sense to the old school players
sort of confusing at first but when you get into it you understant it a lot more
Best card game simple rules, few requirements, great idea, and cool cards, gave me a way to gain more friends.

Thanks yugioh!
[Newest]It is really the same as the normal one except the show has card games on motorcycles

6Duel Masters
As a matter of verity, I wasn't expecting this truely beatiful game to take the 9th position simply for some reasons; First of all, I played Yu Gi, Vanguard, and I know a lot about MTG and Pokemon, but believe me, Duel Masters requires more strategy and intelligence to master it, really though. You'd need like 1/2 years experience to consider yourself finally a "Good DM player". With a large card pool as well as efficient card combination, Duel Master pretty much encourage the player to be creative (for E. X: in Vanguard all decks are the same; decks are lost of your own touch) and enthusiastic and careful during deck building, since card choice represents the key to build a strong deck. As for gameplay, learning it wouldn't take a lot of time as it's pretty simple. And again, another advantage; most trading card games depend on luck whereas in DM, if you depend on it, you pretty consider yourself lost, as in; if winning the game depends on one card then your opponent will work to eliminate that card.
I want to get one thing out of the way. The art is frankly amazing. It was one of the factors that got me interested in this game so much. The rules are very easy to learn, and you can use a whole lot of creativity with the decks compared to other TCG's and the every duel is exciting. In Japan this game is still very, very popular and the game has advanced to a whole new level with many new card types, abilities and of course the beautiful art. I also love the fact that the game depends on skill and strategy rather than luck and some card you drew by chance. I really, really hope this game comes back to the rest of the world with the new concepts and abilities. It would be awesome!
Personally I love this game, it was cancelled in the u.s because they decided to parody-dub the anime*(making it idiotic). However I still play Yu-Gi-Oh due to the availabiltiy I believe Duel Masters to be more interesting.

I am extremely upset with the fact that it has stopped being aired on T.V. because it is honestly on of the best shows that was on the air. It is also on of the best card games out there. Truly disappointing it stopped airing
It is an innovation for trading card games because it can be played not only in reality but also online. It was released publicly as a trading card game online and a television show but with unfortunately squashed to death by more popular trading card games such as Magic the gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokémon. It had a very short lifespan, although there have been rumors that it will start up again in the year 2013 or 2014. I believe that on YouTube there was a video called Chaotic roomers and it was about 4kids saying that they would release it again in Japan.
It was always a balanced game. Nothing was definitely overpowered. You could have some of the best meta decks face each other and you would never know which one would win or lose. Anything that was too powerful would be balanced by the next set and even the oldest cards were playable competitively.
[Newest]Its just dumb how they toke off chaotic

8World Of Warcraft TCG
Very fun game. Its competitive ^^ doesn't cost much. You can get older cards for a fraction of what new ones cost. Great for current or former Warcraft players as well.
It offers a gameplay that is very similar to Magic, but with its own changes.
It's easier to learn, gives you boss fights and the types of cards are fun.
The combat system is also entertaining.
Legendary Game. Instead of dying it gave it's position to Hearthstone. And Hearthstone currently holds the number 1 position of digital card games and one of the top five positions of online games. Hearthstone has a great future but also a legendary ancestor.

Digimon is more card like instead of building ships which can be confusing
Digimon is much less complicated than ships.
Good game, great card artwork, talking about the HC Serie. Others series like Alpha and fusion are way below. They have more childish artwork, Fusion ressemble more to Transformers to digimon

10Star Wars
Great Games, particularly deciphers version. This was one of the great card games of all time and if decipher had been able to continue with the license from lucas arts it would be one of the best out there today.
The Decipher version should absolutely be top 10, and is #1 in my book. I tried numerous other games after Decipher lost the license to Wizards of the Coast (whose version was far inferior), and nothing compared in terms of mechanics and the "free-world" feel, although from what I've read, Legend of the Five Rings might be a contender.
Too bad the license didn't continue. Complex, but amazing!
[Newest]Decipher was the best game ever. Period.

The Contenders

11Lord Of The Rings TCG
Besides being a lot of fun it requires a lot of thinking. Try playing for a hour without making any mistakes.
Really good gameplay mechanics and really fun to play with friends

12Dragon Ball Z
Ignore the license and this game has one of the best card game engines created. Its from a time when every game wasn't trying to just be Magic 2.0. If you've only recently come into playing card games, or have never ventured far from Magic land, give this game a chance to see how fun Card Games can be.
This game recently got a reboot and I have to say its amazing. Panini bought the rights and they streamlined the game a ton making it way better. The original dbz ccg was great but once we got to like buu saga on it got ridiculous. Especially gt. Free style decks and sensei decks and all this crap that this wonderful card game did not need. granted it was great with all that stuff, the game is now easy to pick up so much fun and streamline
I must admit, these cards are AWESOME! They are really fun and I love trading them.

Great mechanics and a great set of art. Promos were full art and the impressive detail put into the cards deserve a spot onto this list.
Although it's the hardest game out there, This game is great!
I like the show Naruto I watched all epsode

14Future Card Buddyfight
This new card game by bushiroad (the creators of weiss schwarz and cardfight vanguard) is a new breath of fresh air for the tcg scene all new mechanics that are super solid and just looks fun! This card game comes out at the end of January and the anime comes out January 3! So close I can almost feel it taking my money from my wallet! But for real try this new card game out and the most cool thing is the Japanese and us are getting everything the card game introduces at the same time so no waiting like other card games. I could talk about this card game all day so just see for yourself and I bet you wont regret it!
One of the few promising games to be on the horizon. I tested it, its a lot of fun and quick to pick up. It will be interesting to see where it goes.
Its super awesome and very easy to learn. The anime may be boring but the art and way of it is awesome
[Newest]Awesome game easy to pickup

15Weiß Schwarz
Prove me wrong, but it's probably one of the most balanced card games out there for a tcg. I don't really know any other card games where a trial deck can actually quite easily come up top against competitive decks in tournaments (done many times before). A fun game overall!
Its not only in Japan anymore
Only in Japan :c

16Topps Attax

Card game is only cheap now because it got cancelled because it was too expensive laugh out loud. The cards are cool but the problem is you can tell what you are gonna draw even with the deck holder thing. Also frojlock ruined the game. It was a stupid combo that you would do over and over again and it sucked. The game is out of print its just a mess. But if you want something cheap to play I suggest this and its fun casually to but that's all it will ever be.
Redakai is a somewhat complicated game but if you want a tcg where you can get a lot of cards cheap this is the way to go. Stores are basically giving it away
It is awesome. The cards are see through which adds to a really cool gameplay. The cards are the most durable ever. It involes a lot of strategy so it is awesome way better then Yugioh or Pokemon or magic the gathering everyone should play this
[Newest]If you want a cheap fun tcg than this is for you, you can get a booster box for 20 bucks love this tcg!

Hearthstone is much awesome. I think that later a new game called hex might be better than it but for now it is a fun and simple time waster and is one of the best card games out there. The only thing I could criticize is it's long term appeal but they're adding some new game modes and cards too.
This list is broken. Hearthstone #34?
Simple easy fun to play

19Walking Dead
These cards are great

20VS System Marvel
This was a great cardgame and I miss playing it.
I started off with only one deck/team (Arkham Inmates), but new characters and mechanics made me buy a whole lot more. The rules of the game were complex and made different kind of tactics possible. I'm still looking for a ccg that can replace it.
FANTASTIC GAME! Terrible shame that it stopped being sold at stores, although you can still get new sets via the on-line community...

21Harry Potter Trading Card Game
The Harry Potter Trading Card Game, (colloquially "HPTCG") is a strategy and collectible card game based in the magical world of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. Created by Wizards of the Coast in August 2001, the game was designed to compete with the Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering card games. It was released to coincide with the release of the first film in the series. The game was praised for the way it immersed people in the Harry Potter universe. At one point the game was the second best selling toy in the United States.

22Sword Girls
My favorite, the art is attractive, the amount of card content is vast and it doesn't make you feel like you have to stick to any specific style or faction, the only downfall is it consume a lot of time to progress
I like SG easy to learn you could craft your own cards very friendly people and also good art.

23Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V
Same here. the beast


Good game but not all lot of people who don't know about it.
Really fun game. Underrated. You should try. Its great!

25Legend of the Five Rings
Far better story line, much more engaging game play and best options for players by far! Played Magic but gave it up for L5R!
This is the greatest CCG of all time. You can affect the story of the game and completely change the outcome of the game's history just by winning a tournament. It might be harder to learn than Magic but it blows the doors off of any CCG I've ever played.
At one time, this was my favorite ccg. The flavor and back story behind the cards is unbeatable.

26Digimon Fusion
Love this card game! One of the best out there! They made a smart decision on making their own play styles and ideas for this game, unlike their previous versions which copied much of the ideas from other card games. Too bad Bandai chose to back the Power Rangers card game instead, this game was selling out everywhere within days of being stocked. Could have put Bandai back up there in popularity.
Much better art than the original digimon and you can see some packs in target, proving it is becoming popular.

27The 39 Clues
All the cards are holding secrets within them.Some even have puzzles and top secret documents (related to the books)
Great, have a huge collection of cards, best card game hands down


29Urban Rivals
It's really fun game... You guys really have to try it. Awesome & addictive game.

30Topps 2013 Football Cards

Needs a bit more Developing, but overall, its heading to success

32Raw Deal
Amazing game really creative and innovative and I miss it a lot. Though my locals still has tournaments in 2014 laugh out loud and there is a really big online community where they make new sets that you can print out. A lot of old ccgs do this infact before dbz got its reboot they had a huge online community making sets. definitely try this game if you can get some friends into it

33Monster Rancher
I absolutely was addicted to this game. There is nothing better than it when it comes to tcg
Great game. Video games are even better. To bad no expansion packs were released.

34Shadow Era
Simple rule and hard strategy card with luck.
It definitely not a pay to win game, Players could PvE freely in 2 or 3 weeks to build a Tier 1 deck.
It's very good. One of the first with real 3D graphics on the mobile.

35FUTERA Trading Cards

36Battle Spirits
This game is so good and fun to watch!

Neo pets used to be good but now nobody knows what it is

Addictive, varied and fast gameplay awards players with gold and cards. Deckbuilding has a great influence on victory rates.
I tried forgetting the game several times and came back for more.
Complex gameplay that brings you fan playing and managing your deck. Unfortunately low player base.
Amazingly well made game with loads and loads of options to make and assamble your decks

39Rage of Bahamut


41Eredan iTCG
Fun but requires a lot of time to master
Verry good game with a very active community

42Rise of Mythos
This game is a best one yet because you can create an account and pick any race like warrior, mage, etc. and do some quest and battle with your friends with monster battling each other. Battling some quests, PVP, Challenges, trading cards, collect more cards, and you see the monsters in action which you battle them.
Although most games tend to be unilateral, this game has many "metas". The versatility is its most appealing characteristic. There are many variables other than cards, such as hero class, spells, equipment, etc. However, players that spend money have an overwhelming advantage.
This is so Awesome Game with awesome cards

43Card Wars
Interesting strategy, hard to win quickly, which makes each game more competitive. Easy and fun to learn. This was a game fans wanted, not one that was planned to occur because of the show, so it's interesting to see where it lands in the TCG history books.
Very strategic with the flexibility of the rules. Totally mathematical and awesome! Much room to be developed though.
Awesome TCG that is simple and easy to learn, but still has room for strategy and tough decision-making.

44Topps Cricket Attax

45Slam Attax

46Dinosaur King
Simple rules that anybody can learn, lots of variety and very appealing artwork on the cards. You should check out the AMAZING colossal rare card foils... Go check it out... NOW!
Easy to learn, fun and cheap.

47My Little Pony
It's a huge Trading card game, which is VERY popular (no joke) mostly played by men. (made by Hasbro the same people who make magic the gathering)

BEST CARD GAME EVER (its all about hacking)


50Guardian Cross

51Match Attax
Match Attax is awesome and is the best card game in the world

Gormiti is one of the simplest game ever! Each pack of cards comes with a figure and it makes it fun. There is a number on each figures foot and each card has one too. Then you add both of them together and however has the highest number wins.

53Universal Fighting System (UFS)
This thread must not get a lot of traffic, because this is ridiculous. This card game is above and beyond more than half of what was listed here.
Yeah, this list is pretty bogus... This is way above most of the games listed. Easily top 10
The sales for this game are actually higher than about half of your top 10.

Game includes characters from Megaman, King of Fighters XI, Darkstalkers, Tekken 6, Soulcalibur I and IV, ShadoWar, Red Horizon, Street Fighter, Samurai Showdown, Penny Arcade, King of Fighters 2006.

Currently published by Jasco Games. Newest sets are King of Fighters XI, and Mega Man coming out soon.

54Mitos y Leyendas

55TopCar Trading Cards

56Saint Seiya
I bought the card sets at a 99 cent store and they screwed up bad, the game in itself is fun and simple. And the artwork is right out of the anime but holographic, It's THE SHIZNIT!

57Order and Chaos Duels
This is amazing card game

58Bleach CCG

59Might and Magic: Duel of Champions
Plays similar to MTG but probably a bit simpler and with less cards, still fun though.

60Forgotten Myths
It's a small TCG but it's tons of fun! Easy to learn, but very strategic.

61Yu Yu Hakusho

62Animal Kaiser

63Battlegrounds of Eldhelm
A beautiful and unique card game and rpg. It really tries to be original with borrowing as little as possible from other games!

64Scan 2 Go
I love it it can be good for us playing but we just to buy their toy card


66Eredan Arena

67Highlander: The Card Game
There can be only one. Play as an immortal and try and take your opponent's head - what could be better?

A new game I am making out of paper and will come out by 2015. I am hoping that the kids a school will like this game and hope it becomes a massive hit worldwide. A croos between pokemna and yugioh hope ya play


69Valkyrie Crusade

The absolute best trading card game! Easy to play and easy to learn, this trading card game is the next generation of yu gi oh.

This game is so simple, and all the bakugan have unique features, making it a very fun game to play. I mean Magic and Yu Gi Oh are fun indeed, but this game is just both reduced to simplicity.

Also, there are constantly many bakugan with high power G's that you can find them almost anywhere.
Nobody understands the strategy within this game, I'm 35 with no mental issues whatsoever and I still play this with my dad!
This game should definitely be in e top five
[Newest]First I love yugioh but it is now boring but I am playing bakugan since I was 7 and still love it

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