Top Trading Card Games

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The Top Ten

1 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!

Not much competition. Magic: The Gathering is 100% the best trading card game and here is why:

1. Better Artwork
2. More Strategy/Thinking
3. More Formats for a variety of players
4. Magic: The Gathering Arena. Magic Arena is an online version of Magic with great visuals and programming. This is great for new players and players who don't want to spend money on the game and still want to enjoy it. Magic Arena will also force other players to not be able to cheat during the game.
5. In-Depth story. The story for Magic is great compared to any other trading card game. Every card in every set has something to do with the story of the game whether it is a key event or a creature that exists in the plane(Not the flying kind)
6. Card Types. In Magic, the number of different cards may be confusing for new players but offers a variety of different play styles and unique decks.

These are just a few examples I can think of from the top of my head, I'm sure there are ...more

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2 Yu-Gi-Oh!

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.

You sound like you've never really played magic much. Or you are just terrible at it since you're complaining about flying creatures. It's far more than just creatures attacking creatures. Try playing it and try building a decent deck. Flying is far from your biggest worries. - Robbyrob

I have played this game for years and have tried other card games and only Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon piqued my interest but now I only play Yu-Gi-Oh

Because is good

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3 Pokémon 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.

Seriously, there is no question about this game. It is to legendary. I play all top three + Bakugan and I find pokemon the best

I play all top three card games and by extremely far, pokemon is the best, it got me so many friends and I enjoy the way the game is made

Pokemon the name is 'Got to Catch Them All' the reason is the favorite select chosen Pocket Monster can be against a vastly distinct number of foes. Meanwhile the Pokemon can evolve itself too so more forms of the same enjoyable creatures can be given to the user for satisfaction. The Items and Clothing evolve as well, despite being an evolution problem this series is fun and never ceases to amaze. So although the others might be not in the favor list there is a newer better evolve version to captivate the attention in a good way. If that holds true the Poke-Masters can enjoy at leisure victories against all sorts of diverse beings in the same built world of Pokemon. So the changes are important but not always needed to do well with the user's Pokemon of lower level for instance. Different levels of play change the game as well, and although strange sometimes not evolve creatures under control might win against different strong or larger adversaries simply since are not in the same ...more - iliescu

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4 Cardfight!! 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 ...more

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.

Why it is not in india?

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5 Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's

It has the coolest cards like ya

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!

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6 World Of Warcraft TCG

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.

Was a very fun game. I don't know why I voted for it at this point though, now that they've discontinued it so they can take our money online instead.

Wow is an awesome strategy game its simple at times and some times tricky to play
but still it is a really great tcg game

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7 Duel Masters

I collected the cards when I was 4. I didn't learn to play until years after the TCG had died, but once I learned, I loved it. Best TCG ever, I hope it can make a (another) comeback. - HollywoodRose

I love magic but hate how standard always pushes cards out which are less than a year old. I started with duel masters and kinda started making it popular at my school for most of 2012 but honestly it's downfall was its own fault, it's kinda sad. Now in japan the artstyle is so over hyped and flashy it makes my eyes roll to the back of my head. Magic is amazing but in the end it's basically a cash cow I do play magic but only casually with duel decks or if my friends happen to have a spare deck. Duel masters will always have a special place in my mind!

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.

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8 Chaotic

Very fun and under rated

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

I hate that this game isn't around anymore. It was made for today's mobile market. Heck, the show was basically showing us what we would have today if it hadn't been for the greed of 4Kids. It would have been Pokemon GO long before Pokemon GO. Go out into the world, scanning monsters, battlegear, mugic, and attacks with your phone, then using those scans against other players either from the app or with the online game. But now we'll never have it and it sucks.

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.

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9 Digimon Digimon “Digimon” is a term commonly used to describe a variety of Japanese anime series based on the Bandai virtual pet brand “Digimon” (Dejimon). As of 2017, there are 7 series: “Digimon Adventure” (1999), “Digimon 02” (a.k.a. “Digimon Adventure 02”) (2000), “Digimon Tamers” (2001), ...read more.

Digimon is more card like instead of building ships which can be confusing

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

Digimon is much less complicated than ships.

Pokemon imitation

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10 Star 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!

No doubt a complex game but the feel of star wars and depth of play is off the charts. Best game ever!

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The Contenders

11 Future Card Buddyfight

I like this card game

How did buddyfight drop to 11!?!? it's a super fun game!

Fun game

The game is more of a skill based than luck based

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12 Bakugan

Bakugan is not only a fun game, but one of only three that I can think of off the top of my head that is played the same way in real life as it is in the anime.

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!

I have played this for a long time and it is very fun I have like 100 bakugan

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13 Hearthstone

Hearthstone is trash I was fighting a bot and they spawned tons of minions that heal eachother and boost eachothers damage, while making the main guy invincible. once again it is whoever has the cheap cards wins. - Jaker747

Hear this.MTG and yu gi oh may have some history to say but I bet they doesn't stand a chance with hearthstone.Yes I do agree that hearthstone took ideas from those games but their has been no card games that was able to draw huge attention all over the world unlike pokemon card games who's popularity is restricted and this game is the one of the top among esports games.Blizzard gives great maintenance to the game and it's free to play and you could really get cards without paying.I am a legendary rank player and I have proven it.So great gaming guys!

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.

Great card game for those wanting a first experience to 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.

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14 Lord Of The Rings TCG

Best TCG I have played

Amazing game, requires lots of thinking.

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

It is my favorite tcg and I'm sad it got discontinued

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15 Dragon 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.

Variety is the area this game excels in. The variety in win conditions masteries and personalities make it to where there are no two decks exactly alike.

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16 Beyblade

Literally not a card game, I'm so happy this is sixteenth.

Unique game play.

I am in love with beyblades 16th place someone stop me from swearing.

LET IT RIP

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17 Naruto

Best

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!

People just voted for the love of naruto, I am guilty too

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18 Walking Dead

Its great fun

Stupidest game out there zombies seriously people!

These cards are great

19 VS 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...

20 Harry Potter Trading Card Game

I am so sad they discontinued it... :( I almost want to design cards based on the last 5 books and print them out to play with my dad as we did years ago.

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.

YUR A WIZARD HARRAY

21 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 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.

22 Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V

This is yugioh with a little difference

Newest yugioh on psp

It's a new awesome gerneration of yu gi oh and I have watched a lot of arc v episodes and its good so put this your stuff down and start playing

23 Digimon 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.

24 Topps Attax
25 Topps 2013 Football Cards
26 Legend of the Five Rings

A classic.

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.

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27 Kaijudo

Good game but not all lot of people who don't know about it.

Really fun game. Underrated. You should try. Its great!

28 Scrolls

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

29 Weiß Schwarz

anime

Anime girl!

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!

Defiantly one of the most balanced and easy to pick up card games out there!

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30 Raw 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

31 Force of Will

It has really good art, easy to learn game mechanics, and a lot of fun to collect. They are very focused on making the players and other consumers happy. I wish more people had access to it.

great game

Stellar, if I had more money I would only play this.

This one is cool

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32 Battle Spirits

A really great TCG

This game is so good and fun to watch!

I lovs this TCG, inovetion sistem core

It's a really great TCG, too bad it's not known world-wide :( - weatherman419

33 Dinosaur King

Super simple to learn, awesome if you love dinosaurs. On the other, hand they stopped printing them long ago

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.

34 The 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

35 Card 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.

Its awesome and it has an original card style

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36 Monster 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.

37 My Little Pony

This game seems underrated and overlooked by others but after learning to play, the game gets advanced and a little competitive. There are several elements to this game that such as solving problems and face offs. The game is all about strategy and out smarting your opponent like a game of chess making the game 20% cooler than your average card games.

A lot more complicated then one would think. The rules that come with the starter decks don't explain things too well, but they do have a comprehensive rule PDF online.

Great system, you gain action tokens every turn to play cards from your hand, draw cards, and move friends to solve problems. I really do enjoy the game thoroughly! Do hope more people are willing to try it out.

Many people think this is too complicated for kids, but you can totally scale the game up or down. I play with my 5yo. She loves solving problems with her pony friend, and looking at all the cards. I enjoy the theme as well.

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)

38 Drakenlords

Great game! Easy to get into but very deep, and with cool innovative ideas like customizing your warlord's skills. Besides PvP, there are lots of single-player adventures and events which really test your deck-building abilities. My #1 right now!

The best TCG for mobile right now. Lightweight, polished, and with new single player adventures every few weeks. I wish Hearthstone also released adventures this often!

It's an awesome game! I lover he depth it offers! Much more interesting than all the others in the list!

Really interesting game! I love it! Lots of adventures, events, competitions...

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39 Urban Rivals

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

The best there is! :D

Best fight over 1000 charasters it's mindblowning game evrybody sould try it

This is the best videogame ever and I'm really adicted.
I'm a lvl71 and I have a fortune of 1M clintz.

40 Shadow Era

Amazing game. Good mechanics. Very balanced. Easy to learn. Awesome community.

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.

Strong gameplay, intresting tactics, best digital TCG after MTG

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41 Neopets

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

It's the best

42 Redakai

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

If you want a cheap fun tcg than this is for you, you can get a booster box for 20 bucks love this tcg!

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43 Vampire Eternal Struggle
44 Star Trek CCG

One of the best games out there! Fun for all ages!

Classic Star Trek: TNG game. Fun and engaging. Heh..."Engage."

45 Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

One of the best if not the best!

Good question on how this is not on here. One of the few card games that ever caught my attention.

Best ccg on the market.

Honestly, how is this not on here? - CaptainGurm

46 Elements

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

47 Netrunner

Honestly, my favorite card game EVER. It has a more chill attitude to the players and isn't just "My dude fight your dude. HAHA SPELL! I win". It's a lot more strategic in some aspects.

BEST CARD GAME EVER (its all about hacking)

Best card game ever. No doubt.

I heard this is good and it seems good but I can't find cards anywhere everything just has magic pokèmon and yugioh

48 Pirates

Nice tiitle

49 Bleach CCG
50 Wixoss

Gameplay is simple compared to older TCGs (in my opinion). Great art and every cards are literally waifu materials. The community grows every second but due to the lack of English text cards (since it originated from Japan so the language is Japanese) not many wants to try and play it, which is a shame. The basics are easy to understand, card effects are not complicated (but becomes complicated once one card effect has the effect to interfere with other card's effect). Sometimes the effects can get confusing without help from experienced players. Plus in late 2016 they added new feature to the game along with the new anime called Lostorage Incited WIXOSS). The TCG itself is extremely collectible but as for those who wants to invest money on this... The market is not stable, a common card can cost quite high compared to other TCGs, sometimes their price can decrease or increase after the release of new booster sets. And can drop quite drastically (or not) once the card gets reprinted.

Amazing art, and great gameplay

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