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A concept that describes how a deck works.

An archetype takes a deck type and builds upon it using specific game and card mechanics as well as synergies. While there are different ways to turn an archetype into a specific deck, all decks of an archetype revolve around a core set of cards that use these mechanics and synergies. These core cards are often what make an archetype strong or weak when matched up against other different archetypes, and this usually decides an archetype’s place in the meta.