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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 Ritual Beasts (Tier 1) is 21,000 gems. This all comes from the cost of the core UR/SR cards:
2x Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Apelio
3x Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Winda
3x Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Cannahawk
2x Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
as well as the core R/N cards: The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:
1x Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Plasma

Other Top Decks:

  1. Darklords (Tier 1) – 32,000 gems
  2. Blackwings (Tier 1) – 46,000 gems
  3. Crystrons (Tier 3) – 33,000 gems
  4. Invoked (Tier 1) – 52,000 gems
  5. Amano Stun (Tier 3) – 48,000 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: Aleister%20the%20Invoker
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Magellanica
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current
Duel Links Card: Invocation


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Plasma
Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Goblin
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Lara

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Caliga
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Prasiortle
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast's%20Bond
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Entry


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.

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 1) and Amano Stun (Tier 3).

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-%20Steam%20the%20Cloak
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 Ritual Beasts (Tier 1) and Crystrons (Tier 3).

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: Ritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Elder
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Lara
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast's%20Bond
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ambush
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Thystvern
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Impact

DARK DIMENSION

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

Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Cocytus
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Magellanica
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Caliga
Duel Links Card: Aleister%20the%20Invoker
Duel Links Card: Invocation

VALHALLA CALLING

This box contains support for Darklords (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Banishment%20of%20the%20Darklords

CYBERNETIC REBELLION

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

Duel Links Card: Flip%20Flop%20Frog
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Quariongandrax
Duel Links Card: White%20Aura%20Dolphin
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: Crystron%20Entry

GUARDIANS OF ROCK

This box contains support for Amano Stun (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Guardian%20Eatos

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Black%20Rose%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash

LORDS OF SHINING

This box contains support for Darklords (Tier 1) and Amano Stun (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Desire
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ixchel
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Superbia
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Morningstar
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Nasten
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Tezcatlipoca
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Amdusc
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ukoback
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Contact
Duel Links Card: The%20Sanctified%20Darklord
Duel Links Card: Rebirth%20of%20Parshath

WARRIORS UNITE

This box contains support for Invoked (Tier 1). Concentrating Current is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Goblin
Duel Links Card: Concentrating%20Current

ABSOLUTE INFERNO

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Red%20Dragon%20Archfiend

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Powered%20Inzektron

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 1).

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

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

GALACTIC ORIGIN

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

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

SERVANTS OF KINGS

Wall of Disruption is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

GENERATION NEXT

This box contains support for Invoked (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Amano Stun (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence

VALKYRIE'S RAGE

This box contains support for Amano Stun (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Divine%20Wrath

NEO-IMPACT

This box contains support for Amano Stun (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Invoked (Tier 1), Ritual Beasts (Tier 1), Amano Stun (Tier 3), and Crystrons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Plasma
Duel Links Card: Avenging%20Knight%20Parshath
Duel Links Card: Amano-Iwato
Duel Links Card: Crystal%20Beast%20Emerald%20Tortoise
Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Recycler


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.