Hearthstone and 15 Other CCGs You Should Play

So if you’re like a lot of gamers and Hearthstone is your first experience with collectible card games, you might be wondering what else is out there. Thankfully, we here at Den of Geek have you covered. Here are a 5 more games that will test your newly found card building skills.

Magic: the Gathering

Magic: The Gathering is one of those games like Pokemon that even if you’ve never played it, you’ve surely heard of it. First created in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, Magic was the first ever, and some claim still best, trading card game. In fact, a lot of longtime Magic fans claim that Hearthstone is essentially a toned down version of Magic with a Warcraft paint job. Indeed, both the traditional card game and its most recent electronic update, Duels of the Planeswalkers, contain a number ofadditional rules and features to keep track of.

Hearthstone tournaments are starting to take off, but Magic Online is still king for now. Magic: The Gathering decks are much more complex and contain more cards than one in Blizzard’s game, and as such, players will have to memorize some pretty rigid tournament rules.

Buying cards and tournament invites is a bit more expensive than in Hearthstone as well, so it will be interesting to see what happens as Blizzard’s game continues to pick up steam. That said, if you really want to get into CCGs, there’s no better place to start than the game that started it all.


SolForge launched to much acclaim in 2013 after a successful Kickstarter in 2012. It’s big selling point is that the creator of Magic: The Gathering, Richard Garfield, helped design the game along with the team from popular board game Ascension. Like Hearthstone, which recently launched on iPad, SolForge supports cross-platform play between PC and Mobile. It should be noted that this game was the first to reach mobile devices, and was specifically designed for the platform, making it one of the best free-to-play games for your iPhone or Android device.

The game only added tournament and draft play at the end of last year and it’s very much a title that’s in development. But what’s there already is quite good, and until Blizzard manages to port its iPad version over to mobile phones, SolForge represents the best way to game on the go.

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