Top 10 Best Trading Card Games

The Top Ten
1 Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering is the original and best.

For starters, its 5-color mana system is simply brilliant (and brilliantly simple). It balances all the components of the game, creates clearly defined early, mid, and late game stages, and unites the flavor and meaning of different cards created decades apart.

In addition, the development process of the game is just awe-inspiring. Every few months a new set is released, and each set tells a story. Wizards of the Coast, the company behind Magic, manages to make every last set release exciting. It doesn't matter if you play Standard, Modern, Commander, or rules-free casual - every last set will have something new for you.

There are a few caveats. Becoming a skilled Magic player is challenging and can be quite the pricey habit. But once you get past the initial learning stages, you will be rewarded hundreds of times over. The community is established, the creators are ingenious, and the possibilities are endless.

2 Yu-Gi-Oh!

Really, Yu-Gi-Oh should dominate. I have Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh. I've been playing both for years, and Yu-Gi-Oh is a lot more fun. Magic is too complicated and it can be hard to create a new deck. Yu-Gi-Oh is not that complicated and is a lot easier to create a deck with. You don't need mana and all that stuff.

Also, Yu-Gi-Oh has strategy, but Magic is just working with what you have. Yu-Gi-Oh can play cards face down to keep your opponent guessing, but Magic just has monsters to attack.

Magic also has flying or overpowered creatures. Yu-Gi-Oh has cards which can always be beaten. Yu-Gi-Oh also takes longer to play, which is good because you can enjoy the experience longer. For another reason, Magic has like nine different types of ways to play with different rules. Yu-Gi-Oh has one good way to play, which is not confusing.

3 Pokémon TCG

Honestly, the best card game out there. In comparison to Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokémon appeals to anyone, regardless of how old they are. 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 of the same caliber together, so it isn't too unfair.

Additionally, anyone can qualify for the World Championships, unlike Yu-Gi-Oh, where you must qualify from nationals. Pokémon is a really strategic and fun game, and the community is much more friendly than Yu-Gi-Oh. I play both Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh, and while I still enjoy Yu-Gi-Oh a lot, I prefer playing Pokémon much more, especially as I have qualified for the World Championships 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.

4 Cardfight!! Vanguard

The game is very fun, requiring strategy and not relying on luck. It is well balanced and easy to grasp. In contrast, Yu-Gi-Oh can get complicated, with rules and cards sometimes contradicting each other.

When playing with friends, we sometimes argue over card effects because they are not specific or clear. I have also seen this happen to others. But in Cardfight Vanguard, the cards are clear and balanced. In Yu-Gi-Oh, it is not as balanced, and at times, it's not as fun due to arguments arising from card clarity.

In conclusion, Cardfight Vanguard is better due to its mechanics and the elements previously mentioned.

5 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

Ah, Yu-Gi-Oh brings back so many memories! It is one of those games that appeared out of nowhere. This game is highly recommended and one of the best TCG games! It is more fun when it's for dueling.

Best card game, simple rules, few requirements, great idea, and cool cards. It gave me a way to gain more friends.

Thanks, Yu-Gi-Oh!

It has cooler cards, more powerful monsters (except for Exodia, the God cards, etc.). I like all the Synchro summoning, and it goes a little differently, in a good way.

6 Duel Masters

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. The rules are very easy to learn, and you can use a lot of creativity with the decks compared to other TCGs, making every duel exciting.

In Japan, this game is still very popular and has advanced to a whole new level with many new card types, abilities, and of course, the beautiful art. I also love that the game depends on skill and strategy rather than luck and a card drawn by chance.

I really hope this game comes back to the rest of the world with the new concepts and abilities. It would be awesome!

7 Hearthstone

Great card game for those wanting a first experience with strategic card games or veterans looking to destroy. 889 cards are in the game, with another 45 officially coming out in about 3 or 4 weeks. The virtual aspect brings many cool animations and sound effects, playing on many different boards with many different heroes and many different mechanics.

What Hearthstone offers that no other card game can is the RNG, where sometimes probability can decide a critical moment in the game.

Honestly, in its glory years, this could be number 1 any day. But with the toxic devs, an overpowered card won't just get nerfed, but will be completely unusable. Got a request? Well, they obviously don't need to read them, as they used to nail Warcraft.

Also, it's fine having two battle modes, one friendlier for new players so they don't need to have all the old cards. But at no point do they encourage wild. Sorry, old players, tough luck.

Also, old players who spent a lot of money on the expansions? Well, guess what, those can be crafted, rendering everything but the levels (which have no replay value) useless.

8 Digimon

Simple, tactical, works with the theme of Digimon, and is overall a joy to play. Also, the artwork is great.

Good game, great card artwork, especially talking about the HC Series. Other series like Alpha and Fusion are way below. They have more childish artwork. Fusion resembles more Transformers than Digimon.

Digimon is much less complicated than ships.

9 Star Wars

The Decipher version should absolutely be in the top 10, and is number 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.

Great games, particularly Decipher's version. This was one of the great card games of all time, and if Decipher had been able to continue with the license from LucasArts, it would be one of the best out there today.

10 Lord of the Rings TCG

Besides being a lot of fun, it requires a lot of thinking. Try playing for an hour without making any mistakes.

Amazing game, requires lots of thinking.

Fantastic card game! Wonderful art!

The Contenders
11 World of Warcraft TCG

Unfortunately, it has stopped manufacturing. Otherwise, it's one of the better TCGs to learn and get hooked on, yet complex enough to be enjoyable for veterans. It captures the fantasy of the MMO well and is extremely flavorful with deck building and strategies.

Raid decks also provide a commander-like experience that is challenging and fun for group play in parties.

Legendary Game. Instead of dying, it gave its 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.

12 Chaotic

Chaotic is easily called the best. They have everything: Creatures, Battlegear, Mugic, Locations, and attacks. They boast a TV show, online game, trading card game, video game, and even drinks! No other TCG did all that, not even Pokémon, Magic, or Yu-Gi-Oh. Their card art, a lot of which is made by Khary Randolph, is exceptional. When you look at Chaotic cards, you can see all the good art.

Magic is just about mana and using attack/defense to attack, while in Chaotic you have energy, stats, elements, and abilities all per creature. Mugic (spells) in Chaotic is not like in Yu-Gi-Oh but they actually have an effect with paying costs which adds strategy. There are millions of combos but ONLY CHAOTIC has Battlegear, Location cards which alter effects, an ATTACK DECK and the ability to reshuffle so you don't just lose like in Magic. The Creature cards have so many different abilities which make you think twice before playing. Chaotic is definitely the best, and if you're reading this, go on Google, look at the cards and you can easily see.

13 Naruto

Great mechanics and a great set of art. Promos were full art, and the impressive detail put into the cards deserves a spot on this list.

Although it's the hardest game out there, this game is great!

14 Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V
15 Harry 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.

16 Sword 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 consumes a lot of time to progress.

I like SG because it's easy to learn, you can craft your own cards, the people are very friendly, and it also has good art.

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18 Digimon Fusion

Love this card game! It's one of the best out there! They made a smart decision by creating their own play styles and ideas for this game, unlike their previous versions, which copied much from other card games. It's too bad Bandai chose to back the Power Rangers card game instead. This game was selling out everywhere within days of being stocked. It 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.

19 Bakugan

It is so entertaining, and some of the designs for the Bakugan are spectacular. What other game can incorporate this many different types of creatures all into a ball shape? Even though I am still a gigantic fan of Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon, I feel like Bakugan deserves more appreciation. It had an excellent television run, and the TCG was played a lot during its time on air.

This game is so simple, and all the Bakugan have unique features, making it a very fun game to play. Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh are fun indeed, but this game just simplifies both. Also, there are constantly many Bakugan with high power G's that you can find almost anywhere.

20 Walking Dead
21 VS System Marvel

This was a great card game, and I miss playing it. I started off with only one deck/team (Arkham Inmates), but new characters and mechanics made me buy a lot more. The rules of the game were complex and made different kinds of tactics possible. I'm still looking for a CCG that can replace it.

FANTASTIC GAME! It's a terrible shame that it stopped being sold in stores, although you can still get new sets via the online community.

22 Future Card Buddyfight

This new card game by Bushiroad (the creators of Weiss Schwarz and Cardfight Vanguard) is a breath of fresh air for the TCG scene. It introduces all-new mechanics that are super solid and just looks fun! This card game comes out at the end of January, and the anime releases on January 3! So close, I can almost feel it taking my money from my wallet!

But seriously, try this new card game out. The coolest thing is that the Japanese and US are getting everything the card game introduces at the same time, so no waiting like with other card games.

I could talk about this card game all day, so just see for yourself, and I bet you won't regret it!

23 Topps 2013 Football Cards
24 Dragon Ball Z

This game recently got a reboot and I have to say it's 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 the Buu saga, it got ridiculous, especially GT. Freestyle decks and Sensei decks and all this unnecessary complexity did not benefit the wonderful card game.

Granted, it was great with all that stuff, but now the game is easy to pick up, so much fun, and streamlined.

Ignore the license, and this game has one of the best card game engines created. It's 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.

25 Battle Spirits

This game is so good and fun to watch!

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