The best Deck Builder board games 2021

Looking for a really good deck builder? We've created a list of the best deck building games 2021.

What are deck-building games?

In deck-building board games, players play cards from their deck. By playing, they try to acquire new cards and thus gradually improve their deck more and more. The challenge is to skillfully combine the cards with each other.

The deck builder category also includes bag building, pool building and related mechanisms.

Dominion has pioneered the deck-building mechanism.

The best Deck Builder Games 2021

This list was last updated on August 1, 2021. We compared 656 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    All details for the board game The Quacks of Quedlinburg and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 9.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for The Quacks of Quedlinburg
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!24€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  2. Century: Golem Edition

    All details for the board game Century: Golem Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  3. Star Realms: Colony Wars

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Colony Wars and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  4. Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

    All details for the board game Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  5. Star Realms: Frontiers

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Frontiers and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. Star Realms

    All details for the board game Star Realms and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for Star Realms
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  7. The Quest for El Dorado

    All details for the board game The Quest for El Dorado and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for The Quest for El Dorado
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for The Quest for El Dorado

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quest for El Dorado" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  8. Century: Spice Road

    All details for the board game Century: Spice Road and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Century: Spice Road
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Century: Spice Road

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Century: Spice Road" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  9. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  10. Undaunted: Normandy

    All details for the board game Undaunted: Normandy and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Undaunted: Normandy
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Undaunted: Normandy

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Undaunted: Normandy" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  11. War Chest

    All details for the board game War Chest and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for War Chest
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for War Chest

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "War Chest" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  12. Dune: Imperium

    All details for the board game Dune: Imperium and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    More details for Dune: Imperium
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!43€ atAmazon.de
  13. Dominion

    All details for the board game Dominion and similar games

    Nominated for 32 awards and won 17.

    Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Dominion
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de
  14. Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure

    All details for the board game Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!66€ atAmazon.de
  15. Concordia

    All details for the board game Concordia and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Concordia
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime100 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Concordia

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Concordia" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Concordia" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  16. Lost Ruins of Arnak

    All details for the board game Lost Ruins of Arnak and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Lost Ruins of Arnak
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!59€ atAmazon.de
  17. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

    All details for the board game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age11+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!37€ atAmazon.de
  18. Dice Forge

    All details for the board game Dice Forge and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

    More details for Dice Forge
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Dice Forge

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Dice Forge" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  19. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!132€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  20. Aeon's End: War Eternal

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: War Eternal and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!45€ atAmazon.de
  21. Orléans

    All details for the board game Orléans and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 4.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Orléans
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de
  22. Palm Island

    All details for the board game Palm Island and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Palm Island
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!7€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Palm Island

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Palm Island" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  23. Tyrants of the Underdark

    All details for the board game Tyrants of the Underdark and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!90€ atAmazon.de
  24. Aeon's End: The New Age

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: The New Age and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Aeon's End: The New Age

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End: The New Age" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End: The New Age" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  25. Shards of Infinity

    All details for the board game Shards of Infinity and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  26. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples

    All details for the board game The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  28. Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age17+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  29. Paperback

    All details for the board game Paperback and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Paperback
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  30. Baseball Highlights: 2045

    All details for the board game Baseball Highlights: 2045 and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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