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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 Blue-Eyes (Tier 3) is 25,000 gems + $11. This comes from the 19,000 gems + $11 needed for the core UR/SR cards:

2x Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20Spirit%20Dragon
1x Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
1x Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
1x Duel Links Card: Hieratic%20Sun%20Dragon%20Overlord%20of%20Heliopolis
1x Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20Alternative%20White%20Dragon
3x Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Ancients
1x Duel Links Card: Dragon%20Spirit%20of%20White
3x Duel Links Card: Sage%20with%20Eyes%20of%20Blue
3x Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance
along with the roughly 5,000 gems used for tech cards like Book of Moon. The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:

1x Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
3x Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
1x Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Rules

Other Top Decks:

  1. Onomat (Tier 2) – 45,000 gems + $8
  2. Thunder Dragons (Tier 3) – 59,000 gems ()
  3. Harpies (Tier 1) – 39,000 gems + $75 ( + )
  4. Fire King (Tier 2) – 57,000 gems + $161 ()
  • 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: Book%20of%20Moon
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Abyss%20Dweller
Duel Links Card: Mystical%20Space%20Typhoon


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Brotherhood%20of%20the%20Fire%20Fist%20-%20Tiger%20King
Duel Links Card: Heroic%20Champion%20-%20Excalibur
Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Roach
Duel Links Card: Number%2068:%20Sanaphond%20the%20Sky%20Prison
Duel Links Card: Number%2018:%20Heraldry%20Patriarch
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Head
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Mancer
Duel Links Card: Harpie%20Harpist
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Sister
Duel Links Card: Battlin'%20Boxer%20Veil
Duel Links Card: Gold%20Sarcophagus
Duel Links Card: Fire%20Formation%20-%20Tenki
Duel Links Card: Gagagabolt
Duel Links Card: Gagagawind
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragons'%20Hundred%20Thunders
Duel Links Card: Hysteric%20Party

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Number%2091:%20Thunder%20Spark%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Raiden,%20Hand%20of%20the%20Lightsworn
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.

ETERNAL STREAM

This box contains support for Fire King (Tier 2) and Onomat (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Brotherhood%20of%20the%20Fire%20Fist%20-%20Tiger%20King
Duel Links Card: Fire%20Formation%20-%20Tenki
Duel Links Card: Heroic%20Champion%20-%20Excalibur

SIGN OF HARPIES

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 1) and Fire King (Tier 2).

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: Hysteric%20Party
Duel Links Card: Daigusto%20Emeral

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 Harpies (Tier 1) and Onomat (Tier 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Steelswarm%20Roach
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

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 Harpies (Tier 1) and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Number%2091:%20Thunder%20Spark%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Number%2068:%20Sanaphond%20the%20Sky%20Prison
Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
Duel Links Card: Hieratic%20Sun%20Dragon%20Overlord%20of%20Heliopolis
Duel Links Card: Constellar%20Ptolemy%20M7
Duel Links Card: Number%20C39:%20Utopia%20Ray

RAGE OF VOLCANO

This box contains support for Fire King (Tier 2) and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3). Battlin’ Boxer Veil is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Coach%20Soldier%20Wolfbark
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Arvata
Duel Links Card: Tiras,%20Keeper%20of%20Genesis
Duel Links Card: Battlin'%20Boxer%20Veil

SHARK FANG

This box contains support for Fire King (Tier 2), Onomat (Tier 2), and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Maestroke%20the%20Symphony%20Djinn
Duel Links Card: Dodododraw
Duel Links Card: Adreus,%20Keeper%20of%20Armageddon

VOLTAGE OF THE METAL

This box contains multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Dire%20Wolf
Duel Links Card: Number%2018:%20Heraldry%20Patriarch

GAGAGA XYZ

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

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 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

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

ARENA OF SANCTUARY

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

Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut

RETURN OF THE FIRE KINGS

This structure deck contains support for Fire King (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20High%20Avatar%20Garunix
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Barong
Duel Links Card: Onslaught%20of%20the%20Fire%20Kings
Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Island

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.

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 Blue-Eyes (Tier 3) and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Stardust%20Spark%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonduo

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 1), Fire King (Tier 2), and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Swallow's%20Nest
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Purgatrio
Duel Links Card: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Onimaru%20the%20Divine%20Thunder

DARK DIMENSION

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

Duel Links Card: Aleister%20the%20Invoker
Duel Links Card: Invocation
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonhawk

VALHALLA CALLING

This box contains support for Harpies (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance

BLAZING ROSE

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

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

LORDS OF SHINING

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

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.

BLACKSTORM RISING

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

Duel Links Card: Harpies'%20Hunting%20Ground
Duel Links Card: Hysteric%20Party
Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance

Warning: Some relevant cards in this box may also be found in newer sets. Think carefully before 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 Blue-Eyes (Tier 3).

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.

SPELLBOUND SILENCE

This structure deck contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 3).

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

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

This box contains support for Onomat (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

BLADES OF SPIRITS

This box contains support for Fire King (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Avatar%20Barong

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 Fire King (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Fire%20King%20Island

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 Harpies (Tier 1), Fire King (Tier 2), Blue-Eyes (Tier 3), and Thunder Dragons (Tier 3).

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: Kiteroid
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Rules
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragondark
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonroar
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: The%20Melody%20of%20Awakening%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragons'%20Hundred%20Thunders


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.