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 At least since Hearthstone appeared in 2014, trading card games have been very trendy. In the face of countless, sometimes good, sometimes bad trading card games, it is now difficult to find the right one for you. But do not despair! We show you the ten games that are definitely worth your time.

10th place: Yu-Gi-Oh: Master Duel

When the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh started in the early 2000s, it laid the foundation for an extremely successful trading card series. With Yu-Gi-Oh: Forbidden Memories, the first video game adaptation for the Playstation made it to Europe in 2002. The most recent of these, Yu-Gi-Oh: Master Duel, is also one of the best-rated offshoots in the series with a Metascore of 80. Then as now, you play your monster cards in attack or defense mode and place trap cards to decide the duel for you. You put together your first deck as part of a tutorial, and you get new cards via booster packs.

Yu-Gi-Oh: Master Duel

9th place: Monster Train

Hell freezes over sooner! What is otherwise just a spell forms the starting point in the Monster Train card game. What sounds and looks like a cheap Free2Play title turns out to be a very successful trading card game. In the eponymous Monster Train, you fight your way through hell in the familiar card game manner to get it going again. The train has three levels. The fight starts on the lowest level and in every round that an opponent survives, he fights his way up one floor. You have to gradually play your cards on the different floors so that the opponent doesn't reach the top and destroy your hellish embers. Otherwise, the run is over.

Monster Train

8th place: Legends of Runeterra

With Legends of Runeterra, Riot Games also launched an adaptation of their MOBA classic League of Legends in 2019. In Legends of Runeterra, maps are available to you, consisting of familiar and new characters, representing different regions of the continent of Runeterra. Each region's cards have specific special abilities, and your goal is to skillfully combine them to gain the upper hand in a duel. Unlike the competition, in Legends of Runeterra, you can also play cards when it is actually your opponent's turn. Then you can't attack.

Legends of Runeterra

7th place: Rogue Book

As the name suggests, Roguebook is a roguelike card game invented by none other than Magic The Gathering creator Richard Garfield himself. You take on the role of the heroine Sharra, who is trapped in the eponymous rogue book. Even before your first fight, you will also get your second character with Sorocco, because you are never alone. You throw yourself into battle with a deck consisting of attack and defense cards. In each round, you draw the cards from your deck and try to defeat your opponents with a mixture of defensive and offensive. If you manage to do this, you will leave behind this magic ink, which you can use to continue coloring the rogue book and making your way through the world.

Rogue Book

6th place: Slay the Spire

Slay the Spire sends you on a sinister quest to scale a dark tower. Depending on the character you choose at the start of a run, your decks can be upgraded with relics and artifacts found throughout each run. Especially the relics that you get from bosses in the game not only have positive effects but can also give you a debuff. For example, whether you gain an energy point in each round of a fight but don't want to rest at rest stops is a decision that needs to be considered carefully. If you want to compete with other players, you can try the Run of the Day, where you can tackle new challenges every day.

Slay the Spire

5th place: The Elder Scrolls: Legends

Bethesda also decided to enter the card market in 2017 and released The Elder Scrolls: Legends, its own offshoot of its role-playing series in the trading card cosmos. However, they were not satisfied with just releasing a clone of Hearthstone or Magic, but came up with a clou. In The Elder Scrolls: Legends, the game board is divided into two sides. Each card can only attack or block another card that is on the same side of the board. If one side is empty, you can attack your opponent directly and rip off valuable life points. Should you be vastly inferior, every five life points that are deducted from you break a rune that lets you draw new cards.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends

4th place: Incryption

An old shack in the middle of nowhere, a dark, eerie figure that stares at you from across the table with scary eyes and threatens to kill you if you lose to it. As in a pen & paper role-playing game, Leshy leads you through a map peppered with enemies, bosses, and traders, in whose role he himself slips as the game master. Your arsenal consists of cards that have an attack value and a defense value as usual. But the real secret of Inscryption lies beyond the card game: Because between the games, you walk around the house to unravel its secrets and get hold of new cards. Macabre: You can even rip your teeth out of your mouth with pliers, mutilating yourself in-game and gaining an advantage in combat.


3rd place: Gwent

Gwent started out as a side hustle in The Witcher 3 but was so popular with players that CD Project quickly decided to give the fun card game its own spin-off. At the beginning, you choose one of six different factions. Each of them brings their own special abilities. Nilfgaard, for example, relies on so-called spy cards, which you can use to reveal your opponent's cards. Gwent doesn't let you build your own deck to your heart's content but limits you based on recruitment costs. You need at least 25 cards in your deck and have a certain amount of resources available to fill them up. In the games, you have two rows on which you can play your cards. One row forms the front, on which you best place your melee fighters, while the rear one is ideal for long-range fighters. If you want to experience this addictive gameplay embedded in an epic 50-hour story campaign, we recommend the excellent single-player spin-off Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales.


2nd place: Magic: The Gathering - Arena

Almost 30 years ago, Magic: The Gathering marked the Big Bang for fantasy trading card games and set an exemplary success story. At that time, people still sat together in the schoolyard during the long break and peppered each other with magic and set creatures against each other. Magic is not only one of the most popular trading card games but also one of the most complex. So you not only have to pay attention to attack and defense points but also keep an eye on the mana costs and color of the cards. This indicates what kind of mana you have to spend to play the card. Good for beginners, because the game is available for free. You can build your first deck and go head-to-head with the AI ​​before taking on real players in multiple modes.

Magic: The Gathering - Arena

1st place: Hearthstone

The Warcraft franchise has expanded from its beginnings as a strategy game to a variety of genres. With World of Warcraft, it can claim the title of the most successful online role-playing game, a mobile game is due to appear soon, and the fantasy universe has also taken the trading card market by storm with Hearthstone. In addition to the very classic modes, in which you slip into the role of Warcraft characters like Jaina and Thrall, each with their own special abilities and compete with your decks against other players, Hearthstone also offers fun solo adventures again and again. These let you either relive well-known battles and events from Warcraft history,