When you think of digital trading card game, the first one that probably comes to mind is Hearthstone. Some people may even think that this is the only digital card game out there. But contrary to this belief, there is actually a large array of card games to choose from. If you’re a fan of traditional trading card games, then these are definitely worth checking out. Here are some of the best out there.
Top 7 digital trading card games
The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online
The Pokémon TCG is still one of the most active real-life card games out there. Fans of this game will be happy to hear that the online version of the game is just as extensive and interesting to play as its real-life counterpart. It can also be great practice for those preparing to play in some Pokémon tournaments.
A long-anticipated game, Gwent is currently in open beta and features one of the more complex game mechanics when it comes to digital card games. By using the Witcher universe as its backdrop, Gwent creates an intense atmosphere that is as captivating as its gameplay. The official release is set to later this month, with a PS4 and Xbox release coming in December.
HEX: Shards of Fate
HEX sets itself apart from other collectible card games, as it features a more customizable approach to classes than other games often have. You’re able to choose between a variety of race and class combinations, each with their own unique benefits. For example, there are eight races, and each one features a different pet ability for the ranger class. This can create a truly dynamic gameplay. While the PVP of this game is a little lackluster compared to other games in this genre, HEX boasts one of the largest and more interesting PVE campaigns of any digital card game.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
Skyrim fans will love the combination of strategic gameplay with the familiar atmosphere of The Elder Scrolls universe. Unlike most card games, Legends revolves around position, and it’s imperative that you plan every move carefully ahead of time. This game can be one of the most challenging to adjust to, and that’s part of the fun.
Magic the Gathering: Arena
While Magic the Gathering: Online focused on recreating Magic in its original format, Arena focuses more on creating a unique digital experience for players. This game still features the familiar gameplay of Magic, while also being up to date with the digital automation of standard online card games like Hearthstone. This is the perfect game for any long-time Magic fans.
The only digital card game on this list besides HEX that doesn’t have a different game associated with it, Shadowverse is quite the unique experience. This game follows a traditional Japanese art style while maintaining an overall dark aesthetic. Along with the much darker tone, this game features unique classes that affect the game in much larger ways than most other card games do. Each class has a unique playstyle that is different then a traditional TCG might see, and is definitely worth trying out if you’re looking for something versatile.
As one of the largest, oldest, and most successful digital card games out there, no digital TCG list would be complete without including Hearthstone. This game is really as great as it’s cracked up to be. With familiar Blizzard characters, nine unique classes, stunning visuals, and immersive gameplay, it’s no surprise that this game has stood the test of time. It is one of the most updated games on this list, and it’s constantly improving.
Despite most card games being based off another game series (such as Hearthstone being based off WoW, and Gwent being based off the Witcher series), they are all actually rather unique in how they function, and worth playing on their own. You don’t have to be a fan of WoW to enjoy the complexity and ingenuity of Hearthstone, so feel free to try any of these no matter your gaming background!