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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 Witchcrafter (Tier 1) is 48,000 gems. This comes from the 38,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:

1x Duel Links Card: Arcanite%20Magician
1x Duel Links Card: Black%20Rose%20Dragon
1x Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Every
2x Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Madame%20Verre
1x Duel Links Card: Lyla,%20Lightsworn%20Sorceress
3x Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Schmietta
2x Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Pittore
3x Duel Links Card: Charge%20of%20the%20Light%20Brigade
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 9,000 gems used for tech cards like Galaxy Cyclone. The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:
1x Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Edel
2x Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Genni
1x Duel Links Card: That%20Grass%20Looks%20Greener
1x Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Masterpiece

Other Top Decks:

  1. Blackwings (Tier 1) – 58,000 gems
  2. Dark Magician (Tier 3) – 40,000 gems ()
  3. Crystrons (Tier 3) – 68,000 gems
  4. Blue-Eyes (Tier 2) – 40,000 gems + $51 ()
  5. Ritual Beasts (Tier 3) – 24,000 gems + $75 ()
  6. Shiranui (Tier 2) – 53,000 gems + $75 ()
  7. Gouki (Tier 3) – 47,000 gems + $79 ()
  8. Invoked Neos (Tier 2) – 56,000 gems + $141 ()
  9. Elementsabers (Tier 3) – 60,000 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: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain
Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Magellanica
Duel Links Card: Michael,%20the%20Arch-Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Masterpiece
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ambush

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Rampengu
Duel Links Card: Bacon%20Saver
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Patronus

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.

INFERNITY DESTRUCTION

This box contains support for Gouki (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Goyo%20Guardian
Duel Links Card: Naturia%20Barkion

WITCH’S SORCERY

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 1).

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 Gouki (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Gouki%20Suprex
Duel Links Card: Gouki%20Riscorpio
Duel Links Card: Gouki%20Twistcobra

TRUTH UNIVERSE

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 1).

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 1) and Blue-Eyes (Tier 2). Michael, the Arch-Lightsworn is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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

DRAGUNITY OVERDRIVE

This structure deck contains support for Invoked Neos (Tier 2) and Gouki (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence
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 Dark Magician (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magical%20Circle

SOUL OF RESURRECTION

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

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%20Spiritmaster
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spectralsword
Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break

AERIAL ASSAULT

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

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-%20Oroshi%20the%20Squall
Duel Links Card: Blackbird%20Close
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 3) 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

MASTERS OF CHAOS

This structure deck contains support for Invoked Neos (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Keeper%20of%20Dragon%20Magic

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 Elementsabers (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Magellanica
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Molehu
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Lapauila
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Nalu
Duel Links Card: Palace%20of%20the%20Elemental%20Lords
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Cocytus
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Caliga
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Aleister%20the%20Invoker
Duel Links Card: Invocation
Duel Links Card: Necrovalley

VALHALLA CALLING

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 1) and Shiranui (Tier 2). Scrap Dragon is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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

CURSE OF DREAD

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 2).

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

CYBERNETIC REBELLION

This box contains support for Crystrons (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: Crystron%20Entry

GUARDIANS OF ROCK

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

Duel Links Card: Magician%20Navigation

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 1) and Blue-Eyes (Tier 2).

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

LORDS OF SHINING

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

Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Ancients

NEOS FUSION

This structure deck contains support for Invoked Neos (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Brave%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Neos%20Fusion

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.

WARRIORS UNITE

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

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

DIMENSION OF THE WIZARDS

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Arcanite%20Magician

ABSOLUTE INFERNO

This box contains support for Gouki (Tier 3).

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 Elementsabers (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Unending%20Nightmare

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

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

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Fairy%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Powered%20Inzektron

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 1) and Blue-Eyes (Tier 2).

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

THE WHITE DRAGON OF LEGEND

This structure deck contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 2).

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

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.

STARDUST ACCELERATION

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

Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Legend
Duel Links Card: Genex%20Undine
Duel Links Card: Genex%20Controller

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone

BURNING NOVA

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

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

VALIANT SOULS

This box contains support for Elementsabers (Tier 3). Paleozoic Canadia is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Fusion%20Reserve
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

ABYSS ENCOUNTERS

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 3).

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

PRIMAL BURST

This box contains support for Witchcrafter (Tier 1) and Invoked Neos (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Lyla,%20Lightsworn%20Sorceress
Duel Links Card: Volcanic%20Shell

GALACTIC ORIGIN

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

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

GENERATION NEXT

This box contains support for Invoked Neos (Tier 2). Floodgate Trap Hole is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Bacon%20Saver
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Invoked Neos (Tier 2) and Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence
Duel Links Card: Gozuki

VALKYRIE’S RAGE

Divine Wrath is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Divine%20Wrath

THE ULTIMATE RISING

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

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Witchcrafter (Tier 1), Blue-Eyes (Tier 2), Invoked Neos (Tier 2), Crystrons (Tier 3), Dark Magician (Tier 3), and Ritual Beasts (Tier 3). Enemy Controller is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Edel
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Genni
Duel Links Card: That%20Grass%20Looks%20Greener
Duel Links Card: Machine%20Angel%20Ritual
Duel Links Card: Storm
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Patronus
Duel Links Card: Witchcrafter%20Masterpiece
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Recycler
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: Heat%20Wave
Duel Links Card: Lava%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller


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.