Pre-Customized Decks

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Note: See Deck Building of the creation of decks during gameplay.


Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Illuminati: New World Order, Pokémon Trading Card Game, Magic: The Gathering, and Star Trek Customizable Card Game are all games where players create their own Pre-Customized Decks in most game formats before gameplay begins. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game is an example of a co-operative game with Pre-Customized Decks.


Airborne Commander, A Few Acres of Snow, A Study in Emerald, Dominion, Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, Thunderstone are all games where Deck Building is done during gameplay rather than before it begins.

Using the pattern

Diegetic Aspects

Interface Aspects

Narration Aspects




Game Element Insertion Collectible Card Games Drawing Stacks Stimulated Planning Freedom of Choice Heterogeneous Game Element Ownership Multiplayer Games Evolving Rule Sets Purchasable Game Advantages Pottering Asymmetric Starting Conditions Cards Discard Piles Ubiquitous Gameplay Meta Games Memorabilia Player Unpredictability

Can Instantiate

Abstract Player Constructs, Complex Gameplay, Construction, Extra-Game Actions, Gameplay Engines, Gameplay Mastery, Gain Competence

Can Modulate

Combos, Hands, Decks

Can Be Instantiated By


Can Be Modulated By

Drafting, Drafting Spreads, Strategic Knowledge

Possible Closure Effects


Potentially Conflicting With



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