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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 1) is 50,000 gems (). This comes from the 35,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:
1x Duel Links Card: Dark%20Cavalry
1x Duel Links Card: Amulet%20Dragon
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
1x Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 14,000 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. Cyber Dragon (Tier 3) – 38,000 gems
  2. Crystrons (Tier 3) – 50,000 gems
  3. Blackwings (Tier 2) – 76,000 gems
  • 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.

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: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

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

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Cavalry
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Paladin
Duel Links Card: Amulet%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: The%20Eye%20of%20Timaeus
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash


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.

FUTURE HORIZON

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

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

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

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: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Sohaya%20the%20Rain%20Storm
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: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Kunai%20the%20Drizzle
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Sirocco%20the%20Dawn
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Kris%20the%20Crack%20of%20Dawn
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Oroshi%20the%20Squall
Duel Links Card: Blackbird%20Close

SPIRIT OF THE BEAST

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Thystvern
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Impact

MASTERS OF CHAOS

This structure deck contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Cavalry

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.

DARK DIMENSION

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer

VALHALLA CALLING

Forbidden Lance is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance

CYBERNETIC REBELLION

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

Duel Links Card: Night%20Beam
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

GUARDIANS OF ROCK

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 1).

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

BLAZING ROSE

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

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

WARRIORS UNITE

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

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

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 2).

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

STARDUST ACCELERATION

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 3).

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

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone

BURNING NOVA

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 1).

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

VISIONS OF ICE

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

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

GALACTIC ORIGIN

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

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Paladin

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

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

Duel Links Card: Magician%20of%20Dark%20Illusion
Duel Links Card: Magician's%20Rod
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magician
Duel Links Card: Illusion%20Magic
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Jin%20the%20Rain%20Shadow
Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Recycler
Duel Links Card: Crystal%20Beast%20Ruby%20Carbuncle
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.