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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 Combo Shiranui (Tier 2) is 43,000 gems. This comes from the 35,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:

1x Duel Links Card: Trishula,%20the%20Dragon%20of%20Icy%20Imprisonment
1x Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Squiresaga
2x Duel Links Card: Gozuki
2x Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Solitaire
2x Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Squire
1x Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
3x Duel Links Card: Ghost%20Meets%20Girl%20-%20A%20Shiranui's%20Story
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 7,000 gems used for tech cards like Ballista Squad.

Other Top Decks:

  1. Karakuri (Tier 1) – 49,000 gems
  2. Ritual Beasts (Tier 3) – 34,000 gems
  3. Control Shiranui (Tier 2) – 63,000 gems
  4. Blackwings (Tier 2) – 69,000 gems
  5. Invoked Magician Girls (Tier 3) – 61,000 gems
  6. Witchcrafter (Tier 3) – 61,000 gems
  7. Crystrons (Tier 2) – 82,000 gems

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: Forbidden%20Lance
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Ballista%20Squad


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Night%20Beam
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Cash%20Shed

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Citadel%20Whale
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Muso%20mdl%20818%20%22Haipa%22
Duel Links Card: Raiden,%20Hand%20of%20the%20Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Harmattan%20the%20Dust
Duel Links Card: Herald%20of%20the%20Abyss
Duel Links Card: Charge%20of%20the%20Light%20Brigade
Duel Links Card: Sea%20Stealth%20Attack

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 MINI VOL.02

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2) and Witchcrafter (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Every
Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance
Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut

Note: This Selection Box is available until October 22nd. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.03

This box contains support for Crystrons (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: Archfiend%20Zombie-Skull
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain

Note: This Selection Box is available until October 22nd. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.02

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2), Crystrons (Tier 2), and Witchcrafter (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Necrovalley
Duel Links Card: Sea%20Stealth%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Night%20Beam

Note: This Selection Box is available until October 22nd. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.01

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2). Cosmic Cyclone is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: This Selection Box is available until October 22nd. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.01

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

Duel Links Card: Needlebug%20Nest
Duel Links Card: Gozuki

Note: This Selection Box is available until October 22nd. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SHINING HOPE

Fiendish Chain is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

ARENA OF SANCTUARY

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 1), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Bonze%20mdl%209763%20%22Kunamzan%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Gama%20Oil
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Cash%20Inn
Duel Links Card: Trishula,%20the%20Dragon%20of%20Icy%20Imprisonment
Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

CHRONICLE OF GLORY

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Coral%20Dragon

WITCH’S SORCERY

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Madame%20Verre
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Schmietta
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Pittore
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Collaboration
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Holiday
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Unveiling

FLAMES OF THE HEART

This box contains support for Combo Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Ghost%20Meets%20Girl%20-%20A%20Shiranui's%20Story

TRUTH UNIVERSE

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Pixie%20Dragon

FORTRESS OF GEARS

Ballista Squad is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Ballista%20Squad

JUDGEMENT FORCE

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 3).

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

DRAGUNITY OVERDRIVE

Bad Aim is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Bad%20Aim

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.

FUTURE HORIZON

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Superheavy%20Samurai%20Swordmaster%20Musashi

SOUL OF RESURRECTION

This box contains support for Combo Shiranui (Tier 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Squiresaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spiritmaster
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spectralsword%20Shade
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%20Spectralsword

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2) and Invoked Magician Girls (Tier 3). Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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-%20Harmattan%20the%20Dust
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Oroshi%20the%20Squall
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Purgatrio
Duel Links Card: Brionac,%20Dragon%20of%20the%20Ice%20Barrier

SPIRIT OF THE BEAST

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 2) and Ritual Beasts (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Thystvern
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Impact
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Cannahawk
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Pettlephin
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Winda
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%20Ambush

DARK DIMENSION

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 1), Blackwings (Tier 2), and Invoked Magician Girls (Tier 3). Samurai Destroyer is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Steel%20Shogun%20mdl%2000X%20%22Bureido%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Cash%20Shed
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: Chocolate%20Magician%20Girl
Duel Links Card: Berry%20Magician%20Girl
Duel Links Card: Apple%20Magician%20Girl
Duel Links Card: Invocation
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

VALHALLA CALLING

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 1) and Witchcrafter (Tier 3). Forbidden Lance is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Star%20Eater
Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Every
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

CURSE OF DREAD

This box contains multiple popular staple cards.

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

CYBERNETIC REBELLION

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 2) and Witchcrafter (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: Night%20Beam

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

BLAZING ROSE

Black Rose Dragon is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Black%20Rose%20Dragon

WARRIORS UNITE

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 1) and Ritual Beasts (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Deskbot%20Jet
Duel Links Card: Herald%20of%20the%20Abyss

DIMENSION OF THE WIZARDS

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 2) and Witchcrafter (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Psychic%20Wheeleder
Duel Links Card: Arcanite%20Magician

ABSOLUTE INFERNO

Bad Aim is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Bad%20Aim

Warning: All relevant cards in this box have been reprinted in newer sets. Be extremely cautious about investing your gems here.

REVOLUTION BEGINNING

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Shogun%20mdl%2000%20%22Burei%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Komachi%20mdl%20224%20%22Ninishi%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Merchant%20mdl%20177%20%22Inashichi%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Cash%20Cache
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Cash%20Shed

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Fairy%20Dragon

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Bora%20the%20Spear
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Harmattan%20the%20Dust
Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

STARDUST ACCELERATION

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

Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
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 October 22nd).

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

VALIANT SOULS

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 1), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Muso%20mdl%20818%20%22Haipa%22
Duel Links Card: Needle%20Ceiling
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

ABYSS ENCOUNTERS

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 2).

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

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 October 22nd).

GENERATION NEXT

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

Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

DAWN OF DESTINY

This box contains support for Combo Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Sealing%20Ceremony%20of%20Katon

CRIMSON KINGDOM

Gozuki is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Gozuki

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

LAND OF THE TITANS

This box contains support for Combo Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Needlebug%20Nest

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until October 22nd).

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Crystrons (Tier 2) and Witchcrafter (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Recycler
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Genni
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Patronus
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Masterpiece


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.