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 December 6, 2021. We compared 47 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 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
    🔥 Great price!70€ atAmazon.de
  2. 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
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Marvel Champions: The Card Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  3. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 4.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  4. 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
  5. Summoner Wars: Master Set

    All details for the board game Summoner Wars: Master Set and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  6. 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
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Arkham Horror: The Card Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  7. Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire

    All details for the board game Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Kodachi

    All details for the board game Kodachi and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. 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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Riftforce

    All details for the board game Riftforce and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!16€ atAmazon.de
  11. Smash Up: What Were We Thinking?

    All details for the board game Smash Up: What Were We Thinking? and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de
  12. Wiz-War (Eighth Edition)

    All details for the board game Wiz-War (Eighth Edition) and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. 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
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Aristeia!

    All details for the board game Aristeia! and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. 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
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Fireteam Zero

    All details for the board game Fireteam Zero and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Fireteam Zero
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Pokémon Trading Card Game

    All details for the board game Pokémon Trading Card Game and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Mage Wars Arena

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

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 27% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Mage Wars Arena
    • 2 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!175€ atAmazon.de
  19. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions Trading Card Game

    All details for the board game Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions Trading Card Game and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Sakura Arms

    All details for the board game Sakura Arms and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  21. Kick-Ass: The Board Game

    All details for the board game Kick-Ass: The Board Game and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  22. Weiß Schwarz

    All details for the board game Weiß Schwarz and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • Medium difficulty
  23. Ortus Regni

    All details for the board game Ortus Regni and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 50 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  24. Behind

    All details for the board game Behind and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Pendulum

    All details for the board game Pendulum and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Pendulum
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

    All details for the board game Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. 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
    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  28. Cerebria: The Inside World

    All details for the board game Cerebria: The Inside World and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Cerebria: The Inside World

    • YouTube Review for the game "Cerebria: The Inside World" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  29. My Little Pony: Collectible Card Game

    All details for the board game My Little Pony: Collectible Card Game and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  30. Historical Conquest: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Historical Conquest: The Card Game and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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