Best game that utilizes Deck building?

I have realized that this type of game is lacking from my collection and I like it as a mechanic, but I don’t love it as the ONLY mechanic (think Dominion). 

I am curious if you all have some good games that use deck building around a creative theme or other mechanics? I am intrigued by Great Western Trail and Aeons End because the deck building feels like a complimentary piece. I’ve looked into Clank but it doesn’t interest me a ton. Thoughts? Suggestions?

4 points by nealkfrank - updated 24 days ago | 10 comments | report

BenjaminK 28 days ago | 2 points

Although it doesn't interest you a lot, I'm a big fan of Clank! and its integrated mechanics. I love the adventure aspect tied in to deckbuilding.

Another good one is Ascension. It's purely a deckbuilder, but also incorporates combat (against other cards, not other players). You can play for free on the Ascension app.

Star Realms is so good, too. Lots going on, and encourages set collection to increase your abilities. Again, give it a try for free on the app.

Skurvy5 27 days ago | 1 point

I want to add Clank! to my collection very badly. I think it looks so thematic. 

Skyw3rd 28 days ago | 1 point

I'll throw in another vote for Clank! in either form. It was a a nice surprise for me.

I"m also a big fan of Star Realms, though deck building is pretty much the only mechanic. 

philryuh 24 days ago | 1 point

I shared your question on our Twitter and got two responses:

Skurvy5 27 days ago | 1 point

Legendary: Marvel is amazing. Highly recommend. 

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is also a good one, especially if you like the universe. 

BenjaminK 28 days ago | 1 point

I just remembered a favorite of ours: Legendary: A Marvel Deck-Building Game. It's a cooperative deck builder where you draft super heroes in order to defeat the various masterminds and their minions. Very fun, and if you enjoy the Marvel comics or movies, you'll be quite at home with it.

nealkfrank 27 days ago | 1 point

I have heard good things about the Legendary deck builder games. Marvel definitely interests me, I have also seen Alien as a variant! Have you played any other variant?

BenjaminK 27 days ago | 1 point

All I've played of the Legendary games is Marvel. I've heard Alien is a really good iteration, but I'm not a massive fan of that franchise so Marvel it is! :)

Skyw3rd 28 days ago | 1 point

One that I can think of is The Quest for El Dorado. Deck building and racing. SUSD did a nice review of it.

nealkfrank 27 days ago | 1 point

This is great! I have seen this thrown around through different forums, but I did not know it was deck building! I am going to look more into it for sure.