27 March 2013

Top 10 2-Player Card Games - #1

We have reached the end of our Top 10 journey. Here is a look back at the first 9, and then onto number one.

10. Yomi
9. Lost Cities
8. Citadels
7. Smash Up
6. Carnival
5. Jaipur
4. Revolver
3. Morels
2. Lord of the Rings the Card Game

#1 Dominion
Dominion is still in this slot, as our favorite 2-player card game. Yes, this game is great with 3 and I would say 4 as well (although some would beg to differ). However, we love to play this one with just the two of us. And yes, it seems like almost every time we play I destroy Mrs. Games with Two, but she always comes back for more. I believe the reason for this is that half the fun of Dominion is seeing how all the cards interact with one another. It is almost more fun to play a bunch of cards in front of you, than to actually try to score points. One of our friends plays this way all the time. He always loses, but he has a blast doing so. And because of this the game continues to be one of our favorites. It has infinite replay ability with the endless cards and expansions and you can try new strategies out all the time. And I really think that is why we continue to love this game. And even though their are other deck builders out there that have better themes, it seems like nothing beats the original deck builder.

WHAT! WHY ISN"T (enter your favorite card game here) ON YOUR LIST! Well, there are some notable games missing from our list. First, Battleline by Reiner Knizia. The reason this game isn't on our list is simple, I have yet to play it. I know it is one of the infamous 2-player card games, but just haven't had  chance to try it out yet. I am sure that once I get a chance to play this one it will be on our list. Second, Android: Netrunner, I have had a chance to play this one, but it has only been recently and I have yet to make a decision on how I feel about it. I am thinking that it will be in my Top 10 card games soon, and you can see what I think about Netrunner once I do a full review of it in the not so distant future. Finally, Magic: The Gathering. This one is off my list because I am not a CCG (Collectible Card Game) player. I have never played one, and I don't plan to. If someone really wanted to play Magic, I would be glad to indulge them, but it just isn't my style. So with those notable snubs, I am sure that I still left off one of your favorites. So, what is your favorite 2-player card game?


  1. One day you will go to heaven and God himself will look you in the eyes and will ask you, "why Android Netrunner wasn't in your list?" and you, will have to answer... O_O

  2. Yeah, Netrunner made my Snub list. I think it will be on this list sooner rather than later, but right now I just don't have a good feel for it yet.

    1. Do you think it has too much expansions in too little time?

  3. Summoner Wars would like a word with you.

  4. Summoner Wars made my honorable mentions. Personally, I don't really care for it all that much. I appreciate it, and think it's a great game, but it just wasn't for me. Thus the exclusion from the Top 10 list.

  5. That's really nice one list! I love to play smash up game.

  6. I had recently picked up Battle Line, but my own Ms-games-with-two couldn't deal with the anxiety of having to play cards early on without knowing what was coming up. Part of the fun of the game is taking educated guesses towards card combo's and adapting when you don't have them, but it was too stressful for her to make decisions based on luck of the draw.

    Dominion just came in the mail today, I'm excited to play it! I think it will be much more low-stress for her, I just hope the constant-shuffling isn't a turn-off.