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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 18,000 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
2x Duel Links Card: Sacred%20Noble%20Knight%20of%20King%20Custennin
3x Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Medraut
1x Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Drystan
1x Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Pellinore
3x Duel Links Card: Merlin
1x Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break
3x Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut
2x Duel Links Card: Until%20Noble%20Arms%20are%20Needed%20Once%20Again
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 4,000 gems used for tech cards like Diamond Dire Wolf.

Other Top Decks:

  1. Blue-Eyes (Tier 2) – 30,000 gems + $11 ()
  2. Desperado (Tier 2) – 38,000 gems + $11
  3. Thunder Dragons (Tier 2) – 58,000 gems ()
  4. Blackwings (Tier 3) – 62,000 gems
  5. Invoked Neos (Tier 3) – 62,000 gems + $4
  6. Gouki (Tier 3) – 66,000 gems
  • 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 only available while the Selection Boxes are around (until February 15th). 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: Karma%20Cut
Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Dire%20Wolf
Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: The%20Melody%20of%20Awakening%20Dragon


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Sohaya%20the%20Rain%20Storm
Duel Links Card: Kachi%20Kochi%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20Alternative%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Ally%20of%20Justice%20Quarantine

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Machina%20Gearframe

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.

SELECTION BOX VOL.04

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 2), Thunder Dragons (Tier 2), Blackwings (Tier 3), and Invoked Neos (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Michael,%20the%20Arch-Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Number%2046:%20Dragluon
Duel Links Card: Raiden,%20Hand%20of%20the%20Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Charge%20of%20the%20Light%20Brigade
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Zephyros%20the%20Elite
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Pettlephin
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Winda
Duel Links Card: Book%20of%20Moon
Duel Links Card: Ballista%20Squad
Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break

Note: This Selection Box is available until February 15th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.02

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2), Thunder Dragons (Tier 2), and Blackwings (Tier 3). Karma Cut is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Super%20Team%20Buddy%20Force%20Unite!
Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind
Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut

Note: This Selection Box is available until February 15th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.03

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 2), Desperado (Tier 2), and Thunder Dragons (Tier 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Ancients
Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Legend
Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance
Duel Links Card: Ms.%20Judge
Duel Links Card: Aloof%20Lupine
Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain

Note: This Selection Box is available until February 15th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.02

This box contains support for Noble Knights (Tier 1). Necrovalley is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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%20of%20Destiny
Duel Links Card: Necrovalley

Note: This Selection Box is available until February 15th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.01

Cosmic Cyclone is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: This Selection Box is available until February 15th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.01

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

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence

Note: This Selection Box is available until February 15th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

BLUE-EYES EVOLUTION

This structure deck contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 2) and Invoked Neos (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20Twin%20Burst%20Dragon
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
Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence

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.

Note: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Sacred%20Noble%20Knight%20of%20King%20Custennin
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Pellinore
Duel Links Card: Noble%20Knight%20Brothers
Duel Links Card: Gwenhwyfar,%20Queen%20of%20Noble%20Arms
Duel Links Card: Constellar%20Ptolemy%20M7
Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
Duel Links Card: Hieratic%20Sun%20Dragon%20Overlord%20of%20Heliopolis
Duel Links Card: Number%20C39:%20Utopia%20Ray
Duel Links Card: Gaia%20Dragon,%20the%20Thunder%20Charger

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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.

Note: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

SHARK FANG

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2). Adreus, Keeper of Armageddon is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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

VOLTAGE OF THE METAL

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Gear%20Gigant%20X
Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Dire%20Wolf
Duel Links Card: Number%2050:%20Blackship%20of%20Corn

GAGAGA XYZ

Gagaga Cowboy is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Cowboy

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 Thunder Dragons (Tier 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Number%2025:%20Force%20Focus
Duel Links Card: Number%2039:%20Utopia
Duel Links Card: Gagaga%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

ARENA OF SANCTUARY

Karma Cut is one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Karma%20Cut

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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 3).

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Pixie%20Dragon

FORTRESS OF GEARS

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2). Ballista Squad is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

JUDGEMENT FORCE

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

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

DRAGUNITY OVERDRIVE

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

Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence

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.

Note: All relevant cards in this structure deck are currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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

FUTURE HORIZON

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

Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonduo

SOUL OF RESURRECTION

Raigeki Break is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 3) and Invoked Neos (Tier 3). Assault Blackwing - Onimaru the Divine Thunder is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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: Blackwing%20-%20Kris%20the%20Crack%20of%20Dawn
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Oroshi%20the%20Squall
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Purgatrio
Duel Links Card: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Onimaru%20the%20Divine%20Thunder

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

SPIRIT OF THE BEAST

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2) and Invoked Neos (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Super%20Team%20Buddy%20Force%20Unite!
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Pettlephin
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Winda

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

DARK DIMENSION

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2), Thunder Dragons (Tier 2), Blackwings (Tier 3), and Invoked Neos (Tier 3). Necrovalley is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Ally%20of%20Justice%20Quarantine
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonhawk
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Caliga
Duel Links Card: Aleister%20the%20Invoker
Duel Links Card: Invocation
Duel Links Card: Necrovalley

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

FULL METAL DESPERADO

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

Duel Links Card: Desperado%20Barrel%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blowback%20Dragon

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.

BLAZING ROSE

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

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

LORDS OF SHINING

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

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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

NEOS FUSION

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

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.

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.

REVOLUTION BEGINNING

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Ms.%20Judge

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Fairy%20Dragon

BLACKSTORM RISING

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

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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 2).

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 2).

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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

CLASH OF WINGS

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Blowback%20Dragon

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

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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

VALIANT SOULS

Paleozoic Canadia is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

PRIMAL BURST

This box contains support for Invoked Neos (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Volcanic%20Shell

GALACTIC ORIGIN

Cosmic Cyclone is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

GENERATION NEXT

This box contains support for Gouki (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Invoked Neos (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until February 15th).

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

THE ULTIMATE RISING

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

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

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

Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Rules
Duel Links Card: Kachi%20Kochi%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Twin-Barrel%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Arcana%20Force%20XIV%20-%20Temperance
Duel Links Card: Cup%20of%20Ace
Duel Links Card: Fiend%20Comedian
Duel Links Card: Head%20Judging
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragondark
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonroar
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos
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.