CCGs, or collectible card games, have become a fixture in the mobile space with the massive success of games like Hearthstone. They feature addictive, fast-paced gameplay and in-depth strategy that can take months, if not years, to master. They're a blast despite your skill level.
Perhaps you're looking to branch out from the usual suspects, though. Hearthstone is good fun, but there are a lot of other options out there for you to master and enjoy. Here are five of the best hardcore mobile CCGs on the market right now. Each of these games are addictive and complex, and they have a robust competitive community.
Elder Scrolls: Legends
The new kid on the block as it were, Elder Scrolls: Legends has already cemented itself as one of the big names in CCGs on PC, and it hopes to do the same on mobile. Legends is entirely lane-based, which adds for some fresh strategy we haven't really seen before in other CCGs. Plus, Legends features Elder Scrolls lore at the forefront, making this an excellent choice for fans of the series.
Square Enix is always quick to jump on the latest trends in mobile gaming. Their answer to the CCG craze? Heavenstrike Rivals. You're able to build a powerful deck without investing any money, which is a welcome feature for folks who are tired of trying to compete with "whales". Rivals combines strong, strategic gameplay with the gorgeous artwork you've come to expect from a Square Enix title.
Pokémon TCG Online
An oldie but a goodie, Pokémon TCG Online is the classic Pokémon card game you may already be familiar with. If you're a collector of real-life Pokémon cards, you can even scan your collection and play with your favorite decks in the mobile game. Pokémon TCG features a strong competitive community both online and off.
This Japanese CCG has seen massive success both in the east and the west. It's a bit reminiscent of Hearthstone, in that you have several classes to choose from, each of which has their own unique set of cards. Shadowverse is a triump on all fronts. It features a captivating, dark story, beautiful artwork, and deep gameplay with strategy for days.
Mabinogi Duel is a good choice if you're looking to delve into intensive competition, but aren't sure where or how to start. The game does a great job onboarding new players, but online competition is just as fierce as any other entry on this list.
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