What does TCG stand for?

Trading card game

TCGs, or "trading card games," are games in which players assemble a custom deck of cards and battle each other. As the name "trading card game" implies, TCG players often trade cards with one another to build stronger decks. Examples of popular TCGs include Magic: The Gathering (MTG), the Pokemon Trading Card Game, and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

What is the difference between a TCG and a CCG?

As you might know, CCG is an acronym that stands for "collectible card game." CCGs print different cards at different rarities, making some cards more scarce and valuable than others. These games typically sell cards in randomized "booster packs," which contain one rare card and a collection of others.

Most, but not all, CCGs are also TCGs. Which is to say, most CCG players trade cards among each other (usually, players attempt to trade cards of equal value). Some digital CCGs, however, do not allow trading. For example, Hearthstone does not provide a way for players to trade cards with each other, and Magic: The Gathering Arena differs from its physical counterpart in that it does not allow trading.


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TCG stands for "trading card game"
TCG stands for "trading card game"

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Updated July 15, 2021

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