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By card fighting, I mean games where two opponents face off with oppositional decks, usually differing from each other, and duke it out until one is destroyed.

I include:
Magic: The Gathering
Android: Netrunner
Legend of the Five Rings (currently defunct)
Doomtown: Reloaded (currently being defuncted)
Yomi (second edition)
Codex: Card-Time Strategy – Deluxe Set
BattleCON: Devastation of Indines
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
Mage Wars Arena
Summoner Wars: Master Set

My list is far from complete. For definitional purposes, I don't include games like:
Dominion or Ascension: Deckbuilding Game, which don't really seem like battling games to me. I'd be hesitant to include other shared games like Star Realms, although I'm open to being convinced.

So? What others are there? And which is the best? (There can be only one!)
 
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The only one I think you missed is Epic Card Game. From the makers of Star Realms, it plays like high-speed MTG. Does Warhammer 40,000: Conquest count? Technically the primary objective is to capture planets, not destroy your opponent, but you can win by killing the opposing warlord. Neat game, love the art, but some of the rules are a-thematic which gets in the way of enjoyment a bit.

I really haven't played many of the ones listed. I like Epic due to the low investment, both financial and time. I love everything about Doomtown except for how difficult it is to teach (especially to someone that doesn't know how to play poker), and how scatterbrained the rulebook is. It really could have used a FFG style Rules Reference, or at least a glossary in the back.
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I think Blue Moon is a particularly good one.
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Well there are two more that come to my mind:
Blue Moon (it's rather simple and definitely wouldn't qualify for the best)
Catan Card Game, together with some expansions, also allows you to build your own deck before the game and try it against your opponent — although there's not much fighting involved.
 
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Wait, where is the poll?
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would any of these make the cut?
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game your facing off an automated deck and a bit more in scenario
A Few Acres of Snow its got the opposing decks but its kinda treated like a behind the curtain mechanic
Smash Up king of the hill
 
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wamsp wrote:
Wait, where is the poll?

I wasn't sure I had a complete list. My polls must be scientifically valid.
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I quite enjoy Magic: The Gathering, Android: Netrunner, Doomtown: Reloaded, Epic Card Game and am learning Mage Wars Academy. I can understand the "non-battling" impression of 2-player Star Realms, I don't really feel that Android: Netrunner feels super battley to me, either. Confrontational surely, but not battley. I know that you specifically said you were looking for 2p games, but I think Star Realms starts to feel more battley with 3 or more players.

At the current moment, I'm kinda most intrigued by Doomtown: Reloaded. It's just such an endearing oddball both with its mechanics and its almost fanatical devotion to its bizarre theme. I also find it refreshing that each game it feels like you come out of the gate swinging (which it shares with Epic Card Game, in my view). I haven't really tried deckbuilding yet, but each card's secondary function as a "combat" resource makes it seem like that rabbit hole could be quite fun. Despite its defunctness, there seems to be quite a bit of "there" already there. I think a base game and (maybe) a couple expansions will give plenty of replayability for my group.
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I'm surprised no-one mentioned Pokémon or Yugi-oh

(for the record, this isn't an endorsement)

Would Battle for Hill 218 (or the new Ogre reimplementation) fit the bill?
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My daughter has a great game called GOSU but it gets edged out by BattleCon at our house.

EDIT she has more anime based card games but I have to check for em , someone here may know them.
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Omen: A Reign of War

I'd also probably include Dice Masters and definitely the upcoming Star Wars: Destiny. Baseball Highlights: 2045 is kind of like a card battling game. Thunder & Lightning could count.
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VS 2PCG, the new version of the old Marvel/DC CCG from several years back, is pretty fun.
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although I've never played it, my best gaming buddy talks about this one:

Rage

it's something about packs of werewolves fighting it out to the death. The one thing he keeps mentioning is one of the combat maneuver cards is called "Curb Stomp" He seems to find that cool.
 
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dogzard wrote:
although I've never played it, my best gaming buddy talks about this one:

Rage

The one thing he keeps mentioning is a card called "Curb Stomp" he seems to find that cool.

Though I've played neither, I think it's more likely your buddy is talking about the identically named but apparently unrelated Rage.
 
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wamsp wrote:
dogzard wrote:
although I've never played it, my best gaming buddy talks about this one:

Rage

The one thing he keeps mentioning is a card called "Curb Stomp" he seems to find that cool.

Though I've played neither, I think it's more likely your buddy is talking about the identically named but apparently unrelated Rage.


Yeah, I realized I put the wrong one in. Fixed it. Thanks.
 
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skutsch wrote:
By card fighting, I mean games where two opponents face off with oppositional decks, usually differing from each other, and duke it out until one is destroyed.
Legend of the Five Rings (currently defunct)

My list is far from complete. For definitional purposes, I don't include games like:
Dominion or Ascension: Deckbuilding Game, which don't really seem like battling games to me. I'd be hesitant to include other shared games like Star Realms, although I'm open to being convinced.

So? What others are there? And which is the best? (There can be only one!)


Just a heads up that Fantasy Flight Games picked up the Legend of the Five Rings license and will be releasing it at next years gencon
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There's tons of 'em! On my blog I'm doing a series of posts about TCG and ECGs. Here's a list I made. At the bottom of the list are games that aren't TCG/ECGs, that give a similar feel.

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Also from Level99, Pixel Tactics might fit the bill, although they use the same decks for both side out of the box. There are deck customization instructions or outright using completely different decks if you so choose.
 
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You missed out both the Warhammer LCGs... Warhammer: Invasion and Warhammer 40,000: Conquest. I don't recommend Invasion and I've not played Conquest.

Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn is solid and attractive. It's in no way incredible, but it's a very well made game with beautiful art.

If you like the theme of Android: Netrunner just get that, you can't really beat it. It's absolutely superb. However, the gameplay is slightly unusual and you're not really attacking each other, you're sort of trying to outwit one another to score points. When playing it I kinda miss the simplicity of just trying to kill my opponent, but it is just an awesome game and I highly recommend it if you think it's something you might be interested in. I don't think any other card games really compare.
 
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Allegiance: A Realm Divided is my favorite card fighting game.
It's a stand alone game with all original art, which is all exquisite.
It can be stand alone because there are 3 shared decks. Each player does not have to supply their own deck.

The game play is also unique from other fighting games in that your avatar, your hero, has unique powerful abilities instead of just being a pile of health points.
 
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The Ares Project

My recommendation is for this little gem of a game. 4 completely different factions, each with many strategies. Hidden information and quick turns simulate the feel of a computer RTS. Definitely worth a look.

My vote for "best" goes to magic: the gathering. It is so versatile and can be any number of games to any person.
 
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Been looking at a few of these and have come across these. In both of them you build your own deck before you start.

Field of Glory: The Card Game
Like battle line a bit but with combat related tactical elements - there's terrain to conquer and certain units will have different abilities depending on where you place them.

Ortus Regni
You're a feudal lord and you place cards to build and defend your lands and attack your opponents to take theirs or kill their people. Winner is the last person standing.



 
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