The best strategic card games

  (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)

Card games have been classics for centuries and have been the driving force behind countless enjoyable gatherings. A simple deck of cards can be used for a multitude of variations, guaranteeing variety even during long rounds of play. Strategy card games stimulate the grey cells and keep all players on their toes. They can prove their strategic thinking and measure their skills against others.

In the digital age, many card games have moved into the mobile world and have been equipped here with exciting background stories and strong heroes. However, the principle has remained the same at its core: Players have to use their deck of cards strategically in order to achieve the best possible success for themselves. This article presents the most beautiful strategy card games that can be played against human opponents or robots.

Strategic card games - a highlight on the table or on the PC

A deck of cards is light, small and handy and can find a place in any suitcase, no matter how full it is. That's why strategy card games are a popular pastime when traveling. Those who are tired of solitaire, poker or skat can discover the virtual world of strategy card games on the PC, smartphone or game console. The design, characters and special effects breathe life into the game and make for a colorful experience.

Monster Train

In Monster Train, players take on the role of demons and join a demon clan. In doing so, they fulfill tasks and work their way through the game's story: in Hell, the fire has gone out and must be quickly rekindled. The plot twist of the virtual strategy card game is: players fight against celestial beings who represent the classified good and want to extinguish the hellfire. Monster Train is available for the PC or for the Xbox.


Wingspan, in German Flügelspanne, is literally about birds. Players play against one or more opponents at a time, placing birds in various habitats. The little critters earn points during the course of the game by achieving certain goals and increasing their abilities. The player whose birds earn the most points wins. Wingspan not only impresses with its pleasantly calm pace of play, which invites players to relax, especially after hectic days. It also provides players with a broad knowledge of different birds and their characteristics during the course of the game, making it a nice choice for any bird fan.

Legends of Runeterra

Legends of Runeterra is based on the popular classic game League of Legends. The card version of the classic game allows players to ward off spells or monsters of the opponent in the same turn, thus dueling in an exciting duel. Legends of Runeterra can be played on the PC or the smartphone and delights on both devices with cool animations and a modern design.

Magic The Gathering: Arena

Magic the Gathering is another strategy card game that can be played online. If you collected and played Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in your childhood, this will take you right back to your childhood. Fortunately, you don't have to buy the cards for a hefty price or trade them in the schoolyard. The design is another plus point for this online game.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

In Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, the player enters a fantasy world that clearly surpasses that of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Accompanied by exciting music, participants climb the leaderboards, compete in private matches and relax in casual rounds. The strategy card game invites extensive rounds on the PC, Playstation or Xbox.


In Faeria a special creativity is required: The player builds up not only his deck of cards over time, but also the entire playing field. Therefore, the game is different every time, which is why it is still fun even after several rounds. There are no fixed moves here, which gives Faeria maximum freedom to its players and makes it an exciting reinterpretation of classic card games. Different modes and the complex deckbuilding system provide variety. The versatile strategy game also looks good and has what it takes to become the new favorite game of many card fans.


The list of the best strategy card games would not be complete without Hearthstone. In the popular online game, players collect cards that are used strategically against other players in various modes. If you don't want to spend money on the cards, progress is slow and it takes a lot of time to build up a strong deck. Nevertheless, the large community shows that the game is worthwhile and can rightly be found on many leaderboards.

This article was written in cooperation with Pixelrein GmbH & Co. KG