LoMCD: Deckbuilding and Sample Decks

Posted on June 13th, 2022 by Dr. Sheexy
Filed under Seikens

Over in the Legend of Mana Card Duel section of the site we have some new content going over the very basics of deckbuilding in the one and only Mana collectible card game. I hope to eventually add various sections discussing useful strategies, but for now this will have to do.

Head over to the Deckbuilding page to check it out.

In addition to that, I’ve also put together two sample decklists that people can play with:

Red Sample Deck


Blue Sample Deck


The first deck was detailed in Making of Mana, published by Famitsu Bros. on July 29, 1999 (ISBN4-7561-3148-4). It’s a very basic deck, but it gets the job done. The second deck is one I put together myself, and I tried to keep it as similar to the first deck as I could in terms of power level and card selection while branching out into three different elements.

I had a chance to play the tcg with a buddy of mine over the winter holiday. It was really fun! The two decks seem pretty evenly matched and there are a lot of fun interactions. We both ended up winning one game, but we’ll have to run a tiebreaker next time we meet up.

On the deck pages linked above you can find a lot of details about each deck, including strategies to consider if you end up trying to play on your own. Don’t forget, I’ve got all the cards scanned in and translated, and the entire Rulebook is available as well!

Just for fun, I made some late 90s style deck box covers for these two decks. If you ever played with Pok√©mon cards back in the day, these should jog some memories. The names of the decks “Firestorm” and “Floodwater” come from spells you can cast in Legend of Mana. I thought they seemed pretty fitting given the elements involved in each deck! The names even fit what the decks aim to do; the Red deck wants to wipe out everything their opponent controls while the Blue deck wants to flood the field with Monsters.

One Response to “LoMCD: Deckbuilding and Sample Decks”

  1. KOL Says:

    Wow. Jealous that you actually got to play this with someone. Western Audiences really missed out!