Constructed play is a format where each participant creates a deck from their own card collection. Constructed deck building is a difficult yet rewarding aspect of playing TCGs.
Constructed tournaments come in two different modes that they can be played in: Basic and Advanced.
Constructed Deck requirements:
- 36 Cards in Deck (no more or less)
- 1 Hero
- 5 Combos (all unique)
- 30 Action Cards (up to 3 copies of any one card)
Each player brings along 1 deck of their choice along with a side deck. The side deck allows each player to bring along an additional 9 cards. A side deck can only consist of action and combo cards, but cannot contain Item cards. After the first game of a match has been played, players are allowed to swap out cards between their deck and side deck, without telling their opponent which cards (if any) are being swapped. This must still result in a valid deck (so the same number of combos must be swapped for combos; you cannot add more cards to a deck than you swap out, etc)
In multiplayer, cards can be swapped between the deck and sideboard after seating has been determined.
Each player brings 3 decks but no side deck. The decks need to be of different Orders.
In each match, the players get to ban one of their opponent’s decks. They make this call purely based on the hero (they are not allowed to look through the decks). Who bans first depends on the structure of the tournament, and where in the tournament they are. In a Swiss or Single Elimination structure, it is randomly decided who makes the first ban. The person who bans first also gets to choose whether or not they go first (and it then alternates from game to game within a match). If the players have reached a knock-out stage following a Swiss stage, the greatest seed gets to choose whether they want to ban first or not
After one of the three decks has been banned, the players decide, in secret, which deck to play first and then reveal it to their opponent before the game begins. A player must win with both remaining decks to win the match; i.e., once they’ve won with one deck, they can’t play it again that match.
Effective 20th March 2018
Some cards are not allowed in competitive play. A deck or sideboard containing any of the cards listed below is not allowed and is not considered a valid deck.
- Shadow Wraith
- Pollen Weaver
- Moon Song