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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 Noble Knights (Tier 1) is 23,000 gems + $11. This comes from the 11,000 gems + $11 needed for the core UR/SR cards:

2x Duel Links Card: Sacred%20Noble%20Knight%20of%20King%20Artorigus
1x Duel Links Card: Artorigus,%20King%20of%20the%20Noble%20Knights
1x Duel Links Card: Gaia%20Dragon,%20the%20Thunder%20Charger
1x Duel Links Card: Number%2070:%20Malevolent%20Sin
2x Duel Links Card: Sacred%20Noble%20Knight%20of%20King%20Custennin
3x Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Medraut
1x Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Drystan
3x Duel Links Card: Merlin
1x Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
2x Duel Links Card: Until%20Noble%20Arms%20are%20Needed%20Once%20Again
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 11,000 gems used for tech cards like Cosmic Cyclone.

Other Top Decks:

  1. Onomat (Tier 2) – 36,000 gems + $8
  2. Blue-Eyes (Tier 3) – 28,000 gems + $11 ()
  3. Desperado (Tier 2) – 43,000 gems + $11
  4. Thunder Dragons (Tier 3) – 58,000 gems ()
  5. Water Xyz (Tier 2) – 65,000 gems + $150 ()
  • 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 not currently available. 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: Number%2070:%20Malevolent%20Sin
Duel Links Card: Hieratic%20Sun%20Dragon%20Overlord%20of%20Heliopolis
Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Dire%20Wolf
Duel Links Card: Book%20of%20Moon
Duel Links Card: Abyss%20Dweller
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: The%20Melody%20of%20Awakening%20Dragon


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Gishki%20Chain
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Mancer
Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Legend
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Number%2046:%20Dragluon
Duel Links Card: Necrovalley
Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break

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.

PHOTON OF GALAXY

This box contains support for Onomat (Tier 2), 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

BLUE-EYES EVOLUTION

This structure deck contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Ancients
Duel Links Card: Dragon%20Spirit%20of%20White
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance

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 are also available from free, in-game sources.

INFINITE RAY

This box contains support for Noble Knights (Tier 1) and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Gaia%20Dragon,%20the%20Thunder%20Charger
Duel Links Card: Sacred%20Noble%20Knight%20of%20King%20Custennin
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Brothers
Duel Links Card: Gwenhwyfar,%20Queen%20of%20Noble%20Arms
Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
Duel Links Card: Hieratic%20Sun%20Dragon%20Overlord%20of%20Heliopolis
Duel Links Card: Constellar%20Ptolemy%20M7

RAGE OF VOLCANO

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Battlin'%20Boxer%20Veil

TALES OF THE NOBLE KNIGHTS

This structure deck contains support for Noble Knights (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Sacred%20Noble%20Knight%20of%20King%20Artorigus
Duel Links Card: Artorigus,%20King%20of%20the%20Noble%20Knights
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Medraut
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Drystan
Duel Links Card: Merlin
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Borz
Duel Links Card: Glory%20of%20the%20Noble%20Knights
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Arfeudutyr
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Caliburn
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Gallatin
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20of%20Destiny
Duel Links Card: Until%20Noble%20Arms%20are%20Needed%20Once%20Again

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.

SHARK FANG

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2), Onomat (Tier 2), Water Xyz (Tier 2), and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Maestroke%20the%20Symphony%20Djinn
Duel Links Card: Number%2028:%20Titanic%20Moth
Duel Links Card: Dodododraw
Duel Links Card: Number%2037:%20Hope%20Woven%20Dragon%20Spider%20Shark
Duel Links Card: Silent%20Angler
Duel Links Card: Adreus,%20Keeper%20of%20Armageddon

VOLTAGE OF THE METAL

Diamond Dire Wolf is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Dire%20Wolf

GAGAGA XYZ

This structure deck contains support for Desperado (Tier 2) and Onomat (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Cowboy
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 Desperado (Tier 2), Onomat (Tier 2), and Water Xyz (Tier 2). Gagaga Samurai is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Number%2039:%20Utopia
Duel Links Card: Utopic%20Onomatopoeia
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Sister
Duel Links Card: Gagagabolt
Duel Links Card: Gagagawind
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Samurai

ARENA OF SANCTUARY

Karma Cut is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut

FORTRESS OF GEARS

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Machina%20Fortress
Duel Links Card: Machina%20Gearframe

JUDGEMENT FORCE

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 3) and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20Spirit%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Sage%20with%20Eyes%20of%20Blue
Duel Links Card: Raiden,%20Hand%20of%20the%20Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Charge%20of%20the%20Light%20Brigade

FUTURE HORIZON

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

Duel Links Card: PSY-Framelord%20Zeta
Duel Links Card: Superheavy%20Samurai%20Stealth%20Ninja
Duel Links Card: Machina%20Cannon
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonduo

SOUL OF RESURRECTION

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break

AERIAL ASSAULT

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

Duel Links Card: Brionac,%20Dragon%20of%20the%20Ice%20Barrier
Duel Links Card: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Onimaru%20the%20Divine%20Thunder

SPIRIT OF THE BEAST

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Super%20Team%20Buddy%20Force%20Unite!

DARK DIMENSION

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2), Water Xyz (Tier 2), and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Ally%20of%20Justice%20Quarantine
Duel Links Card: Necrovalley
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonhawk

VALHALLA CALLING

This box contains support for Water Xyz (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance

FULL METAL DESPERADO

This structure deck contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Desperado%20Barrel%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Dekoichi%20the%20Battlechanted%20Locomotive

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.

CYBERNETIC REBELLION

This box contains support for Water Xyz (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: White%20Aura%20Dolphin
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Ametrix
Duel Links Card: Deep%20Sea%20Diva

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2) and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3). Vermillion Dragon Mech is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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

LORDS OF SHINING

This box contains support for Noble Knights (Tier 1) and Blue-Eyes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Brothers
Duel Links Card: Gwenhwyfar,%20Queen%20of%20Noble%20Arms
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Caliburn
Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Ancients

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

SWORDBOUND SILENCE

This structure deck contains support for Noble Knights (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Caliburn
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Gallatin

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

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance

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

THE WHITE DRAGON OF LEGEND

This structure deck contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Dragon%20Spirit%20of%20White

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

STARDUST ACCELERATION

This box contains support for Onomat (Tier 2) and Blue-Eyes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Legend

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

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Water Xyz (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Atlantean%20Marksman
Duel Links Card: Atlantean%20Heavy%20Infantry

CRUSADERS’ BATTLEGROUNDS

This box contains support for Noble Knights (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Medraut
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Drystan
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Borz
Duel Links Card: Glory%20of%20the%20Noble%20Knights
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Arfeudutyr
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Caliburn
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20-%20Gallatin
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Arms%20of%20Destiny

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

VISIONS OF ICE

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

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

Hey, Trunade! is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

ABYSS ENCOUNTERS

This box contains support for Water Xyz (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Gishki%20Chain
Duel Links Card: Salvage

GALACTIC ORIGIN

This box contains support for Noble Knights (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

SERVANTS OF KINGS

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Machina%20Cannon

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

DAWN OF DESTINY

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Card%20of%20the%20Soul

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Dekoichi%20the%20Battlechanted%20Locomotive

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

THE ULTIMATE RISING

Sphere Kuriboh is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Desperado (Tier 2), Water Xyz (Tier 2), Blue-Eyes (Tier 3), and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3). The Melody of Awakening Dragon is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Black%20Salvo
Duel Links Card: Arcana%20Force%20XIV%20-%20Temperance
Duel Links Card: Jirai%20Gumo
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Number%2047:%20Nightmare%20Shark
Duel Links Card: Atlantean%20Attack%20Squad
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragondark
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonroar
Duel Links Card: The%20Melody%20of%20Awakening%20Dragon


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.