Deck building includes discussion of games where you build decks and strategies and methods to build decks. Generally a tag for another game should be included with this tag.

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What is a good Pokemon deck ratio?

My son really likes Pokémon, and owns a lot of cards. He mostly plays the video games and reads the books, but wants to build a Pokemon deck to play as well. We understand the basic rules. I know ...
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How many creatures should be in a draft deck?

How many creatures should the average, typical draft deck contain? Obviously this depends on a multitude of factors, including the kinds of creatures in your deck, the kinds of non-creatures you have ...
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How can I efficiently build a deck from a box of random cards?

Recently I've become interested in playing Magic The Gathering. One of my friends, a long time player of the game, has offered me a large box with many random cards in it. He says I'm free to take ...
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What kind of mechanics can make MTG fun for my opponents?

I'm looking for a way to build an EDH deck that makes sure my opponents have fun while playing against me. In other words I'm less concerned with winning than with doing fun/creative/interesting ...
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How can I protect my tron deck against Crumble To Dust

So I made a really cool Mono-Black Eldrazi Tron deck. The only decks it has lost to are Bogles and an Izzet Control that was running a few copies of Crumble to Dust. The only thing I can come up with ...
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What is the fastest MTG Mill deck that can be made?

I have been working on putting together a Mill deck and it occurred to me that there are likely much faster Milling decks out there. So, what is the fastest Milling win condition that can be achieved? ...
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Creatures with “Whenever you cast a colorless spell, untap ~”

Are there any other creatures that have an ability that's the same as Nettle Drone's second ability, "Whenever you cast a colorless spell, untap [card name]"? I'm not sure how exactly to search for ...
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Why are MUD decks called MUD?

I have done numerous Google searches, and come up with nothing remotely definitive for the reason for the name MUD given to MUD decks. The definition of MUD appears to be, an artifact deck, that uses ...
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Can I use a card with “Add one mana of any color to your mana pool” in any Elder Dragon Highlander (EDH) deck?

I recently tried Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander, and found it to be a ton of fun. I've started customizing one of the pre-cons I got, but I'm a little confused by some of the deck-building ...
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What cards can be used to cheat Eldrazi creatures onto the table?

I'm constructing an Eldrazi based deck and I'm thinking about possible ways of getting one onto the table. What I already considered: Summoning Trap Polymorph Do you know any other cards like ...
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How should I determine how many lands of each different color to put in my deck?

Situation: You've built your at least 2 color deck, know exactly what number of lands you want in it, but don't know how many to put in of each basic-land type. How do pro-players figure this out? ...
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Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, and cards with a * as their power

So my question is if I have Alesha, Who Smiles at Death on the battlefield can I use her ability to bring back a creature where * is the cards power, for example Kolaghan Forerunners?
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Accessible (and educational) deck building game for second grade primary school child? [closed]

What deck building / card games would be most accessible to a 7-9 year old? As a bonus, are there any that could encourage his/her learning, in line with his/her abilities at that age? As guidance, ...
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MTG Conspiracy cards allowed in modern

So I always thought that the Conspiracy set was allowed in Modern Format but I recently discovered that there are 65 cards that are not allowed. Can any give me a list or a link for a list of the ...
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MTG Cards that interact with each other by name

So I know that Bogbrew Witch, Festering Newt and Bubbling Cauldron all name each other in their rules text and I was wondering if there are any other cards that do this as well. How can I find more ...
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Is there any reason to buy the Ascension base game?

Since Ascension: Storm of Souls is both a standalone and expansion to Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, is there any reason to buy COTG? SOS adds new mechanics and seems to have better artwork.
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Are multicolor decks in any color combination viable in modern Magic?

I've just recently regained interest in MtG and was overwhelmed by the quantity of new collections and the amount of cards. I stopped playing MtG when the Fallen Empires expansion was just out. One ...
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How does Magic the Gathering play differently with proxies? [closed]

I was once a kitchen table Magic: the Gathering player, but I quit because the cost of buying enough singles and packs to create a competitive deck (or even a fun kitchen table deck) was simply too ...
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Can the Mage Wars Warlock be played without any Demon cards?

As the subject states, I was wondering if the Mage Wars Core Set comes with enough Fire type cards to allow the Warlock Mage to build a spellbook with absolutely no Demon cards. Without seeing the ...
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How many lands should I have in my sealed or draft decks?

A standard draft deck has 40 cards in it; a 4-booster sealed deck has 30 cards. How many lands should I put in each of these formats? And why do I need this ratio? The conventional wisdom that I ...
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Are there any other spells in bant colors that will cause Enduring Scalelord to go infinite?

Are there creatures, artifacts, enchantments, etc that will make Enduring Scalelord go infinite in Bant? I'm building a Bant counters EDH deck and it'd be fun to have ES blow up in a couple of ...
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What are effective strategies for playing control against aggro-control?

In Magic, there's a style of deck known as "aggro-control", which plays a mixture of cheap threats and disruption (especially counterspells). Against a pure control deck, aggro-control seeks to set up ...
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When would I use Leyline Phantom?

I'm a relatively new MtG player, and among my first batch of cards was Leyline Phantom: At first I wondered what I'd do with a card that might return to my hand regularly. Is it a relatively cheap ...
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What's actually good against Jund?

"Jund" is the red-black-green shard from Shards of Alara. More importantly, however, it's a term for a midrange archetype in those colors, using a mixture of quick disruption, multi-faceted removal, ...
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Why play Land Grant?

When looking through recent results of Pauper daily events in Magic Online, I noticed that some of the Infect decks are using Land Grant. For the life of me, I can't figure out what this card is ...
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How do I make this zombie mill deck faster?

Although I'm not that bad at sealed deck format (I usually end up in the first 5 places) I suck at draft. This is my first attempt to build a T2 deck. I need help because I think the deck is too slow. ...
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Pokemon Call of Legends Starter Cards

My son got a bunch of Pokemon cards. One set he bought used was the Call of Legends expansion. The instructions say that there are two preset decks that you can use to start with to understand the ...
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Do Ascension's small box expansions work well with the other big boxes?

I currently own Chronicle of the Godslayer and Return of the Fallen, which are a paired set, so they work very well together. I'm having trouble locating a copy of Storm of Souls, but I could pretty ...
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Are there any resources available for building custom battle decks?

I work with a group of people who frequently like to play table top games and the like during lunch hour, and I've been wanting to play some M:TG. The problem though, is that Only myself and one ...
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point buy TCG CCG deck building mechanics

what games are there that use a point buy system for deck building instead of a card limit? what are the obvious effects this would have on the style of play? I am only currently aware of one example ...
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Magic the gathering deck foundation [duplicate]

I have 800 cards dated between 2004 up to 2011.... Is it cool to to build a deck from a variety of sets? Trying to get into mtg and need a boost of knowledge.
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Modern affinity deck without Mox Opal

I am making a modern affinity deck with all the usual cards, Arcbound Ravager, Etched Champion, Inkmoth Nexus and the like. The problem is I can't afford the Mox Opals - they're over £200 for the ...
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How to build MtG duel decks out of a set of older cards? [closed]

I have some older Magic: The Gathering cards: Lands 25 Island 14 Mountain 10 Swamp U 1 Aura Flux 1 Balloon Peddler 1 Boucing Beebles 1 Buoyancy 1 Cloud of Faeries 1 Delusions of ...
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Collect cards for beginner deck [closed]

i'm willing to dive into MtG I just ordered Deck Builder's Toolkit from our local club, is that going to be enough for building at least average beginner deck? What my best options to expand my ...
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How do I identify the role of a singleton in a well-tuned deck?

In this instance, I'm looking at Matt Sperling's Pro Tour top 8 Boros Burn deck, and there's one thing I don't get--what's the single Eidolon of the Great Revel doing here? Creatures: 4 ...
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Comparisons Betwen Deck-Building Games

I never played Magic. I briefly tried the original Vampire: The Masquerade (V:TM) themed CCG (Jyhad?). I had some Illuminati: New World Order (INWO) cards. I bought and listlessly toyed with a deck of ...
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What to consider when naming decks [closed]

I'm relatively new to deck building, but I have noticed that sometimes players name their decks. What are the things to consider when I come to name decks? Here are a few things that I consider ...
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How can I improve my deck building skills?

I've been playing M:tG for nearly a decade now. I understand the rules very well, I've participated in a few draft tournaments, and I've built a few decks that I'm very proud of. Nonetheless, I seem ...
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Where can I find price-lists for Star Trek CCG cards?

I have some Star Trek CCG cards from the Decipher game in the 1990s. I'm looking to discover if any of these cards have economic value. I've tried looking at starcitygames.com and tcgplayer.com, but ...
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Could an actual mono black storm (Tendril of agony) deck be viable for Legacy?

From experienced deckbuilders, how would you approach building a budget-friendly Tendrils of Agony deck? I'm thinking of basically only swamps for the manabase, but the rest (hand disruption, tutors, ...
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Are there specific deck combinations to avoid in Smash Up?

I just got the game, and haven't had a chance to play yet, but I did a quick run through on the decks (I got the basic version; no expansions yet), and it seemed like some of the combinations might be ...
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Mono-Green Deck: Responding to Sorceries/Instants?

I'm working on a mono-green overrun deck but I'm having some trouble responding to my opponent's non-creature cards. Against another creature-heavy deck it does very well, but up against anything ...
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How can I make a fast, MTG Modern Glimpse-based mill deck?

I have always been fascinated with MTG milling decks and, since Ravnica, have wanted to build a fast Glimpse the Unthinkable based mill deck. I've tried numerous times but the deck is always too slow, ...
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How can I mana ramp in a Commander game without helping my opponents?

I'm working on a Commander deck and I'm looking at ways to ramp my mana that won't aid my opponents. I may eventually use all the listed ramp cards, but, I'd like to keep the restriction for the ...
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How to build / ideas for a multiplayer lifegain control deck?

I'm more of the dueler type, but sometimes I play multiplayer with my friends. At this point my decks are just not viable. I want to build a multiplayer deck for this purpose. When I check online ...
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Do I need to buy data packs to be competitive?

I've seen that there are tournaments of Android: Netrunner. Regarding data packs, is it necessary to buy all the data packs to have a chance to win those tournaments? I guess the cards allowed to ...
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Is there a limit to the maximum number of each card in a Netrunner deck?

In collectible card games there is usually a maximum number of each card one can use in a deck for constructed formats. As a reference, take Magic: The Gathering where most formats allow for 4 of each ...
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Should we take good cards out for better cards while sideboarding (magic 2014 rules update)?

It has been announced, among other changes, that you are allowed to increase the number of cards in your deck beyond 60 while side boarding. Meaning you can bring 5 cards in and not have to take 5 ...
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Building a Blue Deck on a budget?

My daughter is a huge Blue card fan (she loves mermaids especially). How can I build a solid blue deck on a limited budget with easily obtainable cards?
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Types of EDH mana base

After looking at a number of EDH deck lists I have seen two distinct types of mana bases used by various decks. Some decks use a large number of basic lands, dual lands and utility lands. Other ...