5 great trading card games that aren’t Magic: the Gathering
00:00 – Introduction
01:00 – Pokemon
03:00 – Yu-Gi-Oh!
05:30 – Ashes Reborn
07:40 – Keyforge
10:30 – Android: Netrunner
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Android Netrunner is an absolutely brilliant game, both in mechanics and flavor. I've played what feels like a million different TCGs and Android Netrunner is by far the best one out there. Despite FFG discontinuing support for the game it still lives on through the fan-run Nisei, which is available either very cheap or entirely free and is essentially the same game. Don't miss out on it.
The first two are part of the big 3 and the last 3 arent even trading card games, they're self contained card games.
Flesh & Blood is also great fun
Force of Will is pretty fun and similar to MTG
I'm so sad A:NR is no longer in production. It's easily the best LCG/CCG I've played. There are no wasted turns. You always have an option because the parts of a turn are modular (each player has 4 points to spend and corp is forced to draw on their first one). Want to spend a turn just drawing cards? Go ahead. I remember so many MtG games where I just draw a card, look at my sad game state, and pass. Like Yu-Gi-Oh, it has the fun of bluffing with face-down cards. I've seen the bluffing aspect balance a game that would've been a blowout otherwise. The asymmetry is a big plus, too. Playing each side feels very different. If you're like me and don't like wasting money trying to chase rares and mythics, it also has the benefit of being a LCG, which means you always get the same cards when you buy a pack. (It's also pretty easy to teach to someone who's used to games like MtG.)
aw, no Cardfight!! Vanguard. admittedly i don't know if it's considered a good TCG, but i like it a lot and its insane combos are really fun to set up and execute, especially with G Era cards.
It's out of print now, but the Harry Potter TCG has always been my favorite. We still have family tournaments every once in a while. I highly recommend it if you see a starter pack in a garage sale or some thing.
What's cowboy shit? 😎
A fun TCG I would recommend would be the new digimon TCG. The memory system that the game uses instead of a more traditional mana system I feel is a really fun mechanic and the more free form evolution mechanics definitely represent the series well while also adding some interesting considerations for deck building
I am a big fan of Marvel: Champions. Was hoping it made the list.
What's a shhorset?
When he mentioned the dice mechanic in Ashes I thought of Star Wars Destiny which uses dice and is a spectacular game that uses small deck sizes and really pushes you to strategize and doesnt feel as bloated as an MTG game can get. Once my friend and I made 100+ card decks in MTG and the game would never end 😆
I’ve actually been digging out my Netrunner collection over the last week or two, having stopped playing in 2018. Holy crap, it’s a good game. And guess what? You can play indefinitely and entertain yourself with just the core set. The other sets and expansions are nice, but definitely not necessary.
The Star wars TCG was great, sadly it is out of print for like 15 years, really captured the rebel vs Empire feel. Great game
Netrunner still lives with NISEI.
I think a few people mentioned 2 of the three i be mentioning. Digimon cards are making a comeback. I love their new system mechanic. It was supposed to rival pokemon TCG but failed in the 90's. It made a come back not that long ago during the pandemic. Also Card Battle Vanguard i like it very simple and quick pace. I like it over Yu-Gi-Oh i still love Yu-Gi-Oh. Lastly I think they try to make it more TCG than accessories is Bakugan. They made a come back in 2018 where you focus on the cards then i knew what's going to happen. Adding more stuff like more gimmicks, and needing to buy the expensive toy with the card….yeah it's a new twist to a marbles game with cards. Also anyone from Dicebreaker is reading this. THANK YOU for your time. I appreciate you lot. Please keep doing what you are all doing.
Hey, I'll chime in and say that I got the Nisei (Android successor game) set in its entirety just a few weeks back and it is GLORIOUS. Have no qualms recommending that.
A great recommendation : Chaotic
It's one of the most unique tcg i've ever seen. The game is currently dead, but there are some news about reviving it and even if no new cards are being printed, the community is still alive!
I'd also recommend Cardfight Vanguard which is a bit different to what we are used. Like Yugioh, very simple at first, but the combos and synergies are very cool
I recommend Ascendants of Aetheros.
There's a new Pokémon TCG app coming out some time this year if you wanna give it a try without spending money. If you're in Canada you can try the beta right now
I'm surprised Fless and Blood wasn't mentioned here!
The last three aren't really TCGs. There are no random boosters, no need to trade cards.
My favorite TCG, for a few years now, is Weiß Schwarz. The ultimate crossover game, where every set is licensed, and interchangeable.
where flesh and blood at and why is pokemon on the list
The new digimon TCG and Cardfight Vanguard are very glaring omissions.
I was quite surprised to hear you saying that getting into Netrunner is not so easy anymore and I also have to disagree.
I never was that much into LCGs/TCGs, but I've recently made the Nisei System Gateway set as a print and play and oh my word, is it good. Of course you could just get the cards made at a copy shop, or just print the paper faces, stick it into an opaque back sleeve with a a Poker card and Bob's your uncle…
Keyforge absolutely had a meta, which meant that instead of chasing packs for good cards people just bought and sold entire decks to chase the meta. It just moved the secondary market from single cards to entire decks.
No mention of Summoner Wars?
I recommend the Final Fantasy TCG. It plays as if MtG was redesigned recently.
Didn't mention "Flesh and Blood"..also a top tier cardgame.
While I don't play any myself, I like the idea of living card games and very much agree that they are more consumer-friendly. Glad to hear there's fan-efforts to keep some of them alive.
Vampire: the Eternal Struggle is missing from this list. An interesting game that works well for big groups rather than just two players.
I would really suggest people check out Flesh and Blood. It’s a great game with a very welcoming community!
Ashes Phoenixborn is such a great game and deserved more love.
Android Netrunner is THE BEST card game, it’s a SHAME that Fantasy Flight lose the license and can no longer release new expansion for it
I could be wrong, but I am almost 100% sure Wheels is a Creative Assembly employee, or works for Sega. I think I remember him doing some early Total War: Three Kingdoms Let's plays and video break downs when I was waiting for the release. I knew I had seen and heard him somewhere else other than this channel!
Sorry to say Wheels…but you WON'T be summoning your Blue-Eyes White Dragon with your Pot of Greed. Because not even veterans know what Pot of Greed does.
Flesh and Blood is also incredibly good. It has a lovely back-and-forth with both combatants running out of options as time goes on. And the upcoming Sorcery Contested Realm is looking very promising too, with a print and play version you can try for yourself before its release! It has hand painted art and pretty wild card effects for a TCG. It has lands like Magic, but in a separate deck you can draw from, and you use them to create the space you play on!
I'm a big fan of Keyforge – not needing to build decks proved a massive time-saver, plus it means when I do badly I can just blame the deck rather than me! Its aember/key-forging focus also helps reduce instances of games snow-balling, by requiring players (usually) to give their opponent some breathing room when they have the advantage, because your creatures are busy collecting aember instead of hitting the other player.
Unfortunately it's a bit harder to get hold of at the moment than it should be because FFG managed to 'lose' the algorithm for producing decks so there hasn't been a new set in a while and I think some of the more recent sets have sold out. Hopefully FFG manages to get it back up and running again and I have the chance to grow my collection some more!
I don't even card game ((unless you count Uno or Poker)), but I was surprised how many of these I'd at least heard of😳😃
I'll recommend shadowfist for fans of magic the gathering's multiplayer/commander format. It's the only tcg I know of designed to be played with 3-4 players. The "answers" are costed extremely cheaply so players are incentivized to include them in their decks. All creatures have trample and haste by default to discourage turtling. And most importantly the mechanics allow you to determine who is winning by looking at the board. So you don't get this feelbad moment of "do I attack the Izzet player who has played nothing incase he might win next turn". And the turn-over-turn progression is well balanced so you can win by breaking away and never letting the other players catch up, or by cagily playing from second and then sprinting over the finish line.
You included the god of card games – Netrunner. You have my respect good sir.
I love the shout out for KeyForge. It's easily my favorite card game. I gotta point out that it's not a 2-4 player game, it's 1-3 players. The standard match is 1v1, but there are Adventures where 1-3 player(s) can play against the Adventure deck as a solo or co-op experience.
Another mechanical difference to most other card games is that you draw to a max hand size instead of one card per turn.
I would like to see a video about more living card game, or similar systems.
i add to your list game of thrones lcg 2nd edition
Have a like for your cool Hangman Adam Page shirt sir.
What about kryptik tcg ?
Flesh and Blood
I love KeyForge!! I'm glad it got featured in this video! 🙂
Culdscept is still my favourite card game. I wish they'd try to translate the mechanics to work as a psychical version