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.

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