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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.

WARNING: Considering the most recent banlist, the meta still hasn’t settled. As such the Tier List is in a volatile state and is subject to rapid change over the next few weeks. Bear that in mind before you make any long-term investments.


Recommended Deck

The average cost to build Thunder Dragons (Tier 2) is 55,000 gems (). This comes from the 37,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:

1x Duel Links Card: Hieratic%20Sun%20Dragon%20Overlord%20of%20Heliopolis
1x Duel Links Card: Constellar%20Ptolemy%20M7
1x Duel Links Card: Photon%20Strike%20Bounzer
3x Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
2x Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonhawk
1x Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
1x Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonduo
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 18,000 gems used for tech cards like Raiden, Hand of the Lightsworn. The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:
3x Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragondark
2x Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonroar
1x Duel Links Card: The%20Melody%20of%20Awakening%20Dragon

Other Top Decks:

  1. Harpies (Tier 3) – 32,000 gems + $150 ()
  2. Onomat (Tier 0) – 42,000 gems + $158 ()
  3. Resonators (Tier 3) – 46,000 gems + $225 ( + )
  • These are decks that can 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 13th). 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: Book%20of%20Moon
Duel Links Card: Mystical%20Space%20Typhoon
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice
Duel Links Card: Number%2070:%20Malevolent%20Sin


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonduo
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Harpie%20Lady
Duel Links Card: Gold%20Sarcophagus

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Infernity%20Doom%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Arcana%20Force%20XIV%20-%20Temperance
Duel Links Card: Raiden,%20Hand%20of%20the%20Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Book%20of%20Moon
Duel Links Card: Charge%20of%20the%20Light%20Brigade

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.04

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2). Book of Moon is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 13th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.02

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2) and Harpies (Tier 3). Treacherous Trap Hole is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 13th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.03

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2) and Harpies (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Aloof%20Lupine
Duel Links Card: Gold%20Sarcophagus
Duel Links Card: Hysteric%20Party

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 13th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.01

Forbidden Chalice is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 13th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.01

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: This Selection Box is available until June 13th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

THE KING OF VERMILION

This box contains support for Resonators (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Crimson%20Resonator
Duel Links Card: Resonator%20Call

ETERNAL STREAM

This box contains support for Onomat (Tier 0).

Duel Links Card: Heroic%20Champion%20-%20Excalibur

SIGN OF HARPIES

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Slash%20Harpie%20Lady
Duel Links Card: Harpie%20Channeler
Duel Links Card: Harpie%20Harpist
Duel Links Card: Harpie%20Perfumer
Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Harpie%20Lady
Duel Links Card: Hysteric%20Sign
Duel Links Card: Hysteric%20Party

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 13th).

ANTINOMIC THEORY

Mystical Space Typhoon is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Mystical%20Space%20Typhoon

PHOTON OF GALAXY

This box contains support for Onomat (Tier 0) and Harpies (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Head
Duel Links Card: Dodododwarf%20Gogogoglove
Duel Links Card: Abyss%20Dweller
Duel Links Card: Photon%20Strike%20Bounzer
Duel Links Card: Number%2070:%20Malevolent%20Sin
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Roach

INFINITE RAY

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2) and Harpies (Tier 3). Constellar Ptolemy M7 is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Hieratic%20Sun%20Dragon%20Overlord%20of%20Heliopolis
Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
Duel Links Card: Number%2091:%20Thunder%20Spark%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Constellar%20Ptolemy%20M7

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 13th).

SHARK FANG

This box contains support for Onomat (Tier 0).

Duel Links Card: Dodododraw

VOLTAGE OF THE METAL

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Number%2018:%20Heraldry%20Patriarch

GAGAGA XYZ

This structure deck contains support for Onomat (Tier 0).

Duel Links Card: Zubababancho%20Gagagacoat
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Mancer

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.

SHINING HOPE

This box contains support for Onomat (Tier 0).

Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Utopic%20Onomatopoeia
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Sister
Duel Links Card: Gagagabolt
Duel Links Card: Gagagawind

FORTRESS OF GEARS

This box contains support for Resonators (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Hot%20Red%20Dragon%20Archfiend%20Bane

JUDGEMENT FORCE

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2).

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

FUTURE HORIZON

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonduo

SOUL OF RESURRECTION

This box contains support for Resonators (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Red%20Resonator

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 3) and Resonators (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Swallow's%20Nest
Duel Links Card: Dark%20End%20Dragon

DARK DIMENSION

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonhawk

VALHALLA CALLING

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 13th).

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Aloof%20Lupine

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until June 13th).

REVOLUTION BEGINNING

This box contains support for Resonators (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Doomcaliber%20Knight

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Hysteric%20Party

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 13th).

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

SPELLBOUND SILENCE

This structure deck contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Gold%20Sarcophagus

Note: This structure deck cannot be purchased with gems. Think twice about pursuing decks that use these cards if you do not want to spend money.

VISIONS OF ICE

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

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 13th).

BLADES OF SPIRITS

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Cyber%20Harpie%20Lady

GALACTIC ORIGIN

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Trifortressops

SERVANTS OF KINGS

Forbidden Chalice is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 13th).

THE ULTIMATE RISING

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until June 13th).

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 2), Harpies (Tier 3), and Resonators (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragondark
Duel Links Card: Arcana%20Force%20XIV%20-%20Temperance
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonroar
Duel Links Card: The%20Melody%20of%20Awakening%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Harpie%20Oracle
Duel Links Card: Harpie%20Lady%201
Duel Links Card: Elegant%20Egotist
Duel Links Card: Harpie's%20Feather%20Rest
Duel Links Card: Infernity%20Doom%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red%20Rising%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Wandering%20King%20Wildwind


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.