Questions tagged [deck-building]

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
17 votes
12 answers
119k views

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? ...
cdeszaq's user avatar
  • 1,427
2 votes
1 answer
558 views

Different game modes for Thunderstone

While plenty entertaining in the original version, the game Thunderstone looks like it could be played in many more ways. Besides the most obvious modifications like playing with more (or less) ...
ver's user avatar
  • 783
10 votes
3 answers
17k views

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 ...
Alex P's user avatar
  • 29.5k
20 votes
5 answers
94k views

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 ...
JSBձոգչ's user avatar
  • 6,409
8 votes
3 answers
3k views

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 ...
Gordon Gustafson's user avatar
-2 votes
1 answer
2k views

What Is The Optimal Innistrad Sealed Deck From This Card Pool? [closed]

This weekend I participated in a very casual Innistrad Sealed Deck event with four of my friends. Opening my packs I discovered the following pool: White Selfless Cathar Avacynian Priest Elder ...
thesunneversets's user avatar
6 votes
3 answers
4k views

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 ...
Adam Arold's user avatar
  • 1,628
13 votes
3 answers
12k views

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 ...
Stephen's user avatar
  • 4,835
9 votes
4 answers
6k views

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 ...
JSBձոգչ's user avatar
  • 6,409
27 votes
1 answer
186k views

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 ...
JSBձոգչ's user avatar
  • 6,409
16 votes
8 answers
4k views

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 ...
Gordon Gustafson's user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
1k views

How to replace Leatherback Baloth in the post-Zendikar environment in a deck of this type?

Artifacts 2x Birthing Pod Creatures 2x Thrun, the Last Troll 4x Acidic Slime 4x Cudgel Troll 3x Dungrove Elder 2x Elvish Archdruid 2x Garruk's Companion 4x Llanowar Elves 2x Primeval Titan Land ...
Adam Arold's user avatar
  • 1,628
55 votes
6 answers
7k views

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 ...
JSBձոգչ's user avatar
  • 6,409
21 votes
3 answers
13k views

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 ...
LittleBobbyTables - Au Revoir's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
3k views

Multi-Game Deck Building Tool

I play Magic: The Gathering, one of my son's plays Pokemon, and the other plays Yu-Gi-Oh! I got a deck building tool for my iPad to build Magic decks, but I am curious if there is an app for building ...
Jim McKeeth's user avatar
  • 3,017
22 votes
8 answers
73k views

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 ...
Jim McKeeth's user avatar
  • 3,017
12 votes
3 answers
2k views

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 ...
MrHen's user avatar
  • 1,253
32 votes
5 answers
3k views

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 ...
gomad's user avatar
  • 4,992
10 votes
3 answers
2k views

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?
user avatar

1 2
3