The best games where you can construct your deck of cards before the game starts 2021

Looking for a really good game where you can create your deck of cards before the game? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best deck construction games 2021.

What are Deck Construction games?

In the games from this best list, each player creates the deck they will use in the first step or before the game starts.

Examples of games where you can create your deck before the game:

A good example of a deck construction game is Magic: The Gathering or the games of the Smash Up series.

list of the best deck-construction games 2021

This list was last updated on August 1, 2021. We compared 32 board games for this list and selected the top 24. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Marvel Champions: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Marvel Champions: The Card Game
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Marvel Champions: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Marvel Champions: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  2. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 4.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  3. 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  4. Summoner Wars: Master Set

    All details for the board game Summoner Wars: Master Set and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  5. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Arkham Horror: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 4.

    More details for Arkham Horror: The Card Game
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Arkham Horror: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Arkham Horror: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  6. Kodachi

    All details for the board game Kodachi and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  7. Smash Up

    All details for the board game Smash Up and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Smash Up
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  8. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  9. Smash Up: What Were We Thinking?

    All details for the board game Smash Up: What Were We Thinking? and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de
  10. Riftforce

    All details for the board game Riftforce and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  11. Magic: The Gathering

    All details for the board game Magic: The Gathering and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 6.

    More details for Magic: The Gathering
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  12. Aristeia!

    All details for the board game Aristeia! and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  13. Pokémon Trading Card Game

    All details for the board game Pokémon Trading Card Game and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!18€ atAmazon.de
  14. Mage Wars Arena

    All details for the board game Mage Wars Arena and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Mage Wars Arena
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  15. Faiyum

    All details for the board game Faiyum and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Faiyum
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime110 - 140 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  16. Sakura Arms

    All details for the board game Sakura Arms and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  17. Weiß Schwarz

    All details for the board game Weiß Schwarz and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  18. Ortus Regni

    All details for the board game Ortus Regni and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 - 50 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  19. Behind

    All details for the board game Behind and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  20. Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

    All details for the board game Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  21. Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de
  22. Cerebria: The Inside World

    All details for the board game Cerebria: The Inside World and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Cerebria: The Inside World

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cerebria: The Inside World" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cerebria: The Inside World" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  23. My Little Pony: Collectible Card Game

    All details for the board game My Little Pony: Collectible Card Game and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  24. Magic: The Gathering – Unsanctioned

    All details for the board game Magic: The Gathering – Unsanctioned and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old

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