The CCG Thread – Playing Favorites

Welcome to the *CG thread, where we talk all manner of Card Games – Collectible, Trading, Living, and otherwise! Feel free to chat amongst yourselves about the card games you’re playing or anything card game-related that strikes your fancy.

This week I wanted to take a break from the more technical/serious subjects and talk about Favorite Cards. Part of the appeal of *CGs is the customizability aspect. Unlike a normal boxed game, you get to make your own deck that you get to play, and you have a wide variety of cards to choose from to put in your deck. This enables some level of personalization – if there’s a card you enjoy playing, think is really strong, or even just like the art for, you can build your deck to feature that card. That capacity for the game to make a personal connection is a little psychological tweak that makes you more invested and feel more positively for the game, translating into, at least in part, the addictive pull of the genre. Having a favorite card that means something special to you can be a way to see a piece of yourself in the game every time you play.

This can even go further than individual cards – people can even have favorite versions of cards – in Magic, where there are dozens and dozens of versions of each basic land, and some people seek out hundreds of copies of their one favorite basic land.

Flavor plays strongly into this too, sometimes a particularly funny card calls out to someone, or in licensed games like Hearthstone, maybe there’s a character from another medium that appeals to a person. And then in digital, you can have little voice lines accompanying the cards, which people sometimes get… overly attached to. There are also Factions to consider – in Magic there are the 5 colors, which all have their own personalities, but then there are two-color guilds and three-color wedges and shards that have a feel to them, and those personalities can make emotional ties that draw players in.

There’s not necessarily a logic to it – even the most serious players might have a pet card that, while not strictly speaking optimal, is their favorite card that sneaks its way into decks, or gets picked a little too highly in drafts.

This week’s prompt: What’s your favorite card? Has it changed much since you started playing? Any cool stories behind that choice?

Or, as always, feel free to talk about anything going on with you in the world of *CGs.