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 December 6, 2021. We compared 690 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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!21€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Century: Golem Edition

    All details for the board game Century: Golem Edition and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated

    All details for the board game Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  4. Star Realms: Colony Wars

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Colony Wars and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Star Realms: Frontiers

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Frontiers and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  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
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The Quest for El Dorado

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Quest for El Dorado" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  8. Hero Realms

    All details for the board game Hero Realms and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Hero Realms
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. 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
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Century: Spice Road

    • YouTube Review for the game "Century: Spice Road" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. Undaunted: Normandy

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

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

    More details for Undaunted: Normandy
    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Undaunted: Normandy

    • YouTube Review for the game "Undaunted: Normandy" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  11. War Chest

    All details for the board game War Chest and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for War Chest
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for War Chest

    • YouTube Review for the game "War Chest" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "War Chest" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  12. Dune: Imperium

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

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dune: Imperium
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  13. 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
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de
  14. Dominion: Intrigue

    All details for the board game Dominion: Intrigue and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for Dominion: Intrigue
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!37€ atAmazon.de
  15. 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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure

    All details for the board game Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!66€ atAmazon.de
  17. 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
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 100 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!36€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Concordia

    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  18. Aeon's End

    All details for the board game Aeon's End and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Aeon's End
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Aeon's End

    • YouTube Review for the game "Aeon's End" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  19. 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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 11+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!35€ atAmazon.de
  20. 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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Dice Forge

    • YouTube Review for the game "Dice Forge" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. Palm Island

    All details for the board game Palm Island and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Palm Island
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!6€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Palm Island

    • YouTube Review for the game "Palm Island" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  22. Aeon's End: War Eternal

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: War Eternal and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!47€ atAmazon.de
  23. 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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. Tyrants of the Underdark

    All details for the board game Tyrants of the Underdark and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Shards of Infinity

    All details for the board game Shards of Infinity and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. 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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de
  27. Aeon's End: The New Age

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: The New Age and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Aeon's End: The New Age

    • YouTube Review for the game "Aeon's End: The New Age" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  28. Cubitos

    All details for the board game Cubitos and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de
  29. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  30. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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