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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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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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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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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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In MTG, was there ever a five-color deck that worked well?

The first pre-con I ever bought was the five-color one from I believe planeshift. I liked that deck when I was learning the game, but it didn't hold up when I actually started going to tournaments, ...
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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 these? ...
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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 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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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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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 to build a budget-friendly manabase for a 5-color deck?

I am a commander player who operates on a very tight budget. I recently started brewing for a 5-color Jodah chaos deck, but am having trouble building an affordable manabase. I can't afford shocklands,...
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What is the fastest MTG Mill deck that can be made? [closed]

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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When should I add life gain cards to my deck in MTG?

One common mistake in MTG is to overvalue life-gain cards (at least in 2 player games) because they don't do anything to actually help you WIN the game, and only make you lose slower. This makes them ...
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What's the strategic advantage of building around alternate win conditions?

In MTG, there are several ways to win that don't involve damaging your opponent. The most prominent is milling (running an opponent out of cards to draw), but there are also special cards like Felidar ...
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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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Becoming better at sideboarding

One of the keys to tournament performance in Magic is proper sideboarding. This seems to be a point of failure with many Magic players that want to move up from casual play and compete in tournaments ...
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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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Can you play older versions of cards in standard?

Say, for example, you have a card that is still legal in standard but the version you have of it comes from a set that has since been rotated out. Can you still play the version from your older set?
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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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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 doing ...
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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 Young ...
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What is a quick way to test or simulate card strategies for deck building games?

Dominion is the specific example I would like to play with but this certainly applies to any game that involves decks of cards being shuffled and drawn. I often see references to various simulations ...
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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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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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Building a Blue Deck on a budget? [closed]

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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What makes an ideal "control finisher"?

In Magic: The Gathering, many players talk about a "control finisher" -- some kind of big back-breaking spells that (usually) seals up your victory. I guess you could say that, if you boil down a ...
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How can I beat green Tron with a control deck?

I've been building a Modern control deck based around the Gifts reanimator engine. The general gameplan is to slow your opponent using counters and removal until you can reanimate a big creature for ...
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When a card modifies how many copies of that card a deck can have, does that affect the sideboard?

I'm using MTG Cardsmith to design custom cards for a casual tournament with friends. My goal is to design some cards that make sense within the current rules of the game, while still being flavorful ...
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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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How many Diabolic Tutors is too many?

Everyone loves the Diabolic Tutor: But how many tutors is too many? If I'm running a mono-black or black-heavy deck, is there any reason to not just put in four Tutors? What are the possible ...
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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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Is there an AI that can build decks?

Examples of the games I have in mind are Magic: the Gathering and Pokemon Netbattle (the latter is not a traditional card game, but it does involve teambuilding so should be similar). AI can beat the ...
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Is there a "good" ratio of card types to have in an MTG deck?

In practice do competitively viable decks have approximately similar ratios of card types? There are CCGs in which this is empirically observed, such as Pokémon (2-3 trainers: 1 Pokémon: 1 energy) and ...
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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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How to build a multi-colour aggro deck to be more effective against control

I'm building a casual (anything goes, kitchen-table) deck for my friend, out of our combined pool of cards, which will have 3+ colours (atm it's three). She's a Vorthos/Timmy. She often builds her own ...
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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 ...
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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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When should I add cards whose primary feature is drawing more cards to my MTG deck?

It seems like cards that are based around scrying and drawing additional cards would be a nice addition to any deck. But what decks do they really shine in and what decks can safely forgo them? It ...
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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 ...
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Brigette Supporter: Does Pokemon GX considered EX?

When using Brigette supporter card, how many basic GX should I search? Do I need to search only (1) considering it an Ex or (3) considering it as non-EX basic? I have GX pokemons in my deck and don't ...
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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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Could I use old lands for a standard MTG deck? [duplicate]

Could I use land cards from let’s say 8th edition in my standard format deck? Or do I have to use newer cards?
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What distribution of ICE should I have in my deck?

When building Corporation decks for Android: Netrunner, I've been finding it difficult to get the balance of ICE in my deck right. For instance, in my most recent deck, I've found that I've put a ...
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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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Sacrifice enablers for EDH

I'm building my first EDH deck and have chosen Thraximundar (Grixis) as my general. My deck has a lot of synergy centered around sacrificing creatures. I find it easy to benefit from sacrificing and ...
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Is there a conventional way of searching for lands in a mono-red deck?

I'm constructing a mono-red deck and I was wondering whether there are any options for land search / ramp for this kind of deck? I don't want to combine my deck with green for land searching. I was ...
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What ways are there for a Standard Werewolf deck to handle Ratchet Bomb?

What can a Standard (M12, Scars, Innistrad) Red-Green werewolf deck use, either in the main deck or the sideboard, to handle a deck with Ratchet Bomb? Some back story: When a werewolf is in its ...
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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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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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Can I produce off-color mana and activate off-color abilities outside my commander's identity?

Can a commander deck use abilities of creatures or spells, and generate mana that are not part of the commander's color identity? For example, if my commander has only black in its color identity, can ...
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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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