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Overview

This is a living guide which automatically updates itself based on daily new top decks and weekly Tier List updates to give you the most up-to-date gem investment advice possible. The green/red arrows — / — found on cards throughout the guide represent recent trends in those cards’ usage rates.

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  • Recommended Deck: The best deck for new or returning players to pick up and immediately become competitive.
  • Top Staples: All the cards used in multiple top-tier decks; these cards are very flexible and powerful.
  • Trending Cards: Take a look at which cards are currently going up or down in usage.
  • Set Breakdown: Full list of relevant boxes and structure decks along with the most competitive cards inside them.
  • Analysis Details: Technical details about how this page chooses what to show and recommend.


Recommended Deck


The average cost to build Dark Magician (Tier 2) is 39,000 gems (). This comes from the 31,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:
1x Duel Links Card: Kycoo%20the%20Ghost%20Destroyer
1x Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
3x Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magical%20Circle
3x Duel Links Card: Magician%20Navigation
along with the roughly 7,000 gems used for tech cards like Dark Paladin. The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:
1x Duel Links Card: Magician%20of%20Dark%20Illusion
3x Duel Links Card: Magician's%20Rod
3x Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magician
1x Duel Links Card: Illusion%20Magic

Other Top Decks:

  1. Ritual Beasts (Tier 3) – 36,000 gems
  2. Shiranui (Tier 2) – 52,000 gems
  3. Blackwings (Tier 2) – 58,000 gems
  4. Cyber Dragon (Tier 3) – 50,000 gems ()
  5. Crystrons (Tier 1) – 67,000 gems
  6. Elementsabers (Tier 2) – 56,000 gems + $150 ()
  7. Masked Heroes (Tier 2) – 30,000 gems + $229 ()
  • These are decks that require significant in-game play time to build. Because they make heavy use of cards from sources like drop rewards, ranked tickets, the Card Trader, and level-up rewards, these decks can be difficult for a new player to obtain.
  • These are decks whose best versions involve cards currently exclusive to Selection Boxes. Such cards are extremely expensive and only available while the Selection Boxes are around (until June 14th). It is unknown when these cards will be available to purchase again.

Note: Before investing in a deck, take the time to look into the play-style of the deck as well as general opinions on the deck. Be sure that you’ll enjoy playing the deck and that it’s not in danger of suddenly becoming irrelevant.


Top Staples

Warning: Not all box staples are in good boxes. Chasing cards from much older boxes is almost never a good idea for newer players. Boxes/Structure Decks

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain
Duel Links Card: Ballista%20Squad


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Koga
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Pettlephin
Duel Links Card: Archfiend%20Zombie-Skull
Duel Links Card: Magician%20of%20Dark%20Illusion
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Winda
Duel Links Card: Form%20Change
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magic%20Expanded
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Magellanica


Set Breakdown

Boxes and structure decks that are not in the list below have no cards that are frequently used in current top-tier decks. Competitive free-to-play duelists should not invest in them right now.

For more information on each set, the banner images will take you to full overview pages with complete card lists.

SELECTION BOX VOL.03

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1), Dark Magician (Tier 2), Elementsabers (Tier 2), Masked Heroes (Tier 2), and Shiranui (Tier 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Genex%20Undine
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Citree
Duel Links Card: Genex%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Magician%20Navigation
Duel Links Card: Unending%20Nightmare
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Adoration
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Stratos
Duel Links Card: Archfiend%20Zombie-Skull
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 14th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.02

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1), Blackwings (Tier 2), Dark Magician (Tier 2), Elementsabers (Tier 2), and Cyber Dragon (Tier 3). Forbidden Lance is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Molehu
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Lapauila
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Nalu
Duel Links Card: Palace%20of%20the%20Elemental%20Lords
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 14th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.02

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1), Blackwings (Tier 2), and Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Sea%20Stealth%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Necrovalley
Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Anki
Duel Links Card: Mask%20Change

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 14th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.01

Cosmic Cyclone is one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 14th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.01

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 2). Sphere Kuriboh is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Gozuki
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 14th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

HERO GENERATION

This structure deck contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Koga
Duel Links Card: Mask%20Change
Duel Links Card: Polymerization

Note: This structure deck can only be purchased once with gems. Be careful about pursuing decks that use these cards if you do not want to spend money.

Note: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

Warning: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also available from free, in-game sources.

TRUTH UNIVERSE

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Pixie%20Dragon

FORTRESS OF GEARS

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 2). Ballista Squad is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Faris
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Increase
Duel Links Card: Ballista%20Squad

JUDGEMENT FORCE

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Raiden,%20Hand%20of%20the%20Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Charge%20of%20the%20Light%20Brigade

FUTURE HORIZON

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2), Shiranui (Tier 2), and Cyber Dragon (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magical%20Circle
Duel Links Card: Artifact%20Lancea
Duel Links Card: Chimeratech%20Rampage%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Dragon%20Core
Duel Links Card: Cyberload%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Cybernetic%20Overflow

SOUL OF RESURRECTION

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Squiresaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Sunsaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Shogunsaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Samuraisaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Solitaire
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Squire
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spiritmaster
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spectralsword

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1), Blackwings (Tier 2), and Elementsabers (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Brionac,%20Dragon%20of%20the%20Ice%20Barrier
Duel Links Card: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Chidori%20the%20Rain%20Sprinkling
Duel Links Card: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Raikiri%20the%20Rain%20Shower
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20Tamer%20-%20Obsidian%20Hawk%20Joe
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Simoon%20the%20Poison%20Wind
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Zephyros%20the%20Elite
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Gale%20the%20Whirlwind
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Kris%20the%20Crack%20of%20Dawn
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Oroshi%20the%20Squall
Duel Links Card: Blackbird%20Close
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Purgatrio

SPIRIT OF THE BEAST

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1) and Ritual Beasts (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Thystvern
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Impact
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Cannahawk
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Cannahawk
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Pettlephin
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Rampengu
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Elder
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Lara
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Return
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast's%20Bond
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Pettlephin
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Winda

MASTERS OF CHAOS

This structure deck contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2) and Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Cavalry
Duel Links Card: Polymerization

Note: This structure deck can only be purchased once with gems. Be careful about pursuing decks that use these cards if you do not want to spend money.

Warning: Some relevant cards in this structure deck may also be found in newer sets. Think carefully before investing your gems here.

Warning: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also available from free, in-game sources.

DARK DIMENSION

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1), Blackwings (Tier 2), and Elementsabers (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Necrovalley
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Magellanica
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Cocytus
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Caliga
Duel Links Card: Aleister%20the%20Invoker
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Molehu
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Lapauila
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Nalu
Duel Links Card: Invocation
Duel Links Card: Palace%20of%20the%20Elemental%20Lords

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

VALHALLA CALLING

Forbidden Lance is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

CURSE OF DREAD

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Revived%20King%20Ha%20Des
Duel Links Card: Archfiend%20Zombie-Skull

CYBERNETIC REBELLION

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1) and Cyber Dragon (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Quariongandrax
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Ametrix
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Sulfefnir
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Smiger
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Citree
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Rosenix
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Rion
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Prasiortle
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Twin%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Dragon

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

GUARDIANS OF ROCK

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Amulet%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: The%20Eye%20of%20Timaeus
Duel Links Card: Magician%20Navigation

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Black%20Rose%20Dragon

WARRIORS UNITE

This box contains multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Herald%20of%20the%20Abyss
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

REVOLUTION BEGINNING

This box contains support for Elementsabers (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Unending%20Nightmare

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1) and Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Powered%20Inzektron
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Fairy%20Dragon

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Black-Winged%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Bora%20the%20Spear
Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

STARDUST ACCELERATION

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Genex%20Undine
Duel Links Card: Genex%20Controller

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

BURNING NOVA

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Kycoo%20the%20Ghost%20Destroyer

VISIONS OF ICE

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

VALIANT SOULS

This box contains support for Elementsabers (Tier 2), Masked Heroes (Tier 2), and Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Anki
Duel Links Card: Mask%20Change
Duel Links Card: Needle%20Ceiling

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

Warning: Some relevant cards in this box may also be found in newer sets. Think carefully before investing your gems here.

DESTINY RULERS

This structure deck contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Trinity
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Celestial
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Vyon
Duel Links Card: Polymerization

Note: This structure deck can only be purchased once with gems. Be careful about pursuing decks that use these cards if you do not want to spend money.

Warning: Some relevant cards in this structure deck may also be found in newer sets. Think carefully before investing your gems here.

Warning: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also available from free, in-game sources.

ABYSS ENCOUNTERS

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Citadel%20Whale
Duel Links Card: Sea%20Stealth%20Attack

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

GALACTIC ORIGIN

Cosmic Cyclone is one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

GENERATION NEXT

Floodgate Trap Hole is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2) and Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Paladin
Duel Links Card: Gozuki

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

THE ULTIMATE RISING

This box contains support for Cyber Dragon (Tier 3). Sphere Kuriboh is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Fusion%20Gate
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 14th).

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Crystrons (Tier 1), Dark Magician (Tier 2), Masked Heroes (Tier 2), and Cyber Dragon (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Recycler
Duel Links Card: Magician%20of%20Dark%20Illusion
Duel Links Card: Magician's%20Rod
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magician
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magic%20Expanded
Duel Links Card: Illusion%20Magic
Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Blast
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Plasma
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Malicious
Duel Links Card: Form%20Change
Duel Links Card: Polymerization
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20End%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Chimeratech%20Overdragon
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Dragon%20Vier
Duel Links Card: Cybernetic%20Fusion%20Support


Analysis Details

This page works by analyzing recent top decks from the past few weeks, automatically accounting for any changes to the Forbidden/Limited List and Tier List. Only cards which are used in those decks above a certain “usage threshold rate” are counted on this page, so the cards you see above are guaranteed to have been successful in multiple top decks from multiple players.

A “staple” card is classified as any card which is commonly used in multiple top-tier decks. Cards may shift from being staples to being classified as “archetype-specific support” if all but one of the decks using that card fall off the Tier List. Similarly, cards may become staples as other decks that use the card are promoted on to the Tier List.

The recommended deck is the best, most accessible deck on the Tier List, perfect for new or returning players. The price of each deck is estimated by looking at the “core” cards and then factoring in how expensive common “tech” cards are. If you’re instead looking for information on one of the non-recommended decks, the deck-type pages have full statistical breakdowns of the cards used in every deck.