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Gem Guide

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.

Quick Links

  • 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 competive cards inside them.
  • Analysis Details: Technical details about how this page chooses what to show and recommend.



The average cost to build Koa’ki Meiru (Tier 1) is 28,000 gems. This comes from the 15,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:

1x Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Sandman
3x Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Urnight
3x Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Core%20of%20Koa'ki%20Meiru

as well as the core R/N cards:

  • 3x Koa’ki Meiru Maximus
  • 3x Iron Core of Koa’ki Meiru

along with the roughly 13,000 gems used for tech cards like Paleozoic Canadia.

Other Top Decks:

  1. Vampires (Tier 2) – 37,000 gems
  2. Karakuri (Tier 2) – 39,000 gems
  3. Masked Heroes (Tier 2) – 42,000 gems
  4. Buster Blader (Tier 2) – 48,000 gems
  5. Control (Tier 3) – 73,000 gems

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: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!
Duel Links Card: Armades,%20Keeper%20of%20Boundaries

Free In-Game

Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller


On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Goddess%20with%20the%20Third%20Eye
Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Breaker%20the%20Magical%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: The%20Dark%20-%20Hex-Sealed%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Mirage%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Grimson
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20Draw
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed
Duel Links Card: Core%20Reinforcement


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.01

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 2). Sphere Kuriboh is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Gozuki
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: This Selection Box is available until January 23rd. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.01

This box contains support for Buster Blader (Tier 2), Vampires (Tier 2), and Control (Tier 3). Offerings to the Doomed is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: The%20Dark%20-%20Hex-Sealed%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Skull
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed

Note: This Selection Box is available until January 23rd. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.02

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Anki
Duel Links Card: Mask%20Change

Note: This Selection Box is available until January 23rd. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

REVOLUTION BEGINNING

This box contains support for Koa’ki Meiru (Tier 1) and Karakuri (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Wall
Duel Links Card: Diamond%20Core%20of%20Koa'ki%20Meiru
Duel Links Card: Core%20Reinforcement
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Shogun%20mdl%2000%20%22Burei%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Komachi%20mdl%20224%20%22Ninishi%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Merchant%20mdl%20177%20%22Inashichi%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Soldier%20mdl%20236%20%22Nisamu%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Strategist%20mdl%20248%20%22Nishipachi%22
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Cash%20Cache
Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Anatomy

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 2) and Control (Tier 3). Armades, Keeper of Boundaries is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Fairy%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Junk%20Synchron
Duel Links Card: Armades,%20Keeper%20of%20Boundaries

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Control (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Breaker%20the%20Magical%20Warrior

POWER OF BRAVERY

This box contains support for Buster Blader (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Buster%20Whelp%20of%20the%20Destruction%20Swordsman
Duel Links Card: Destruction%20Swordsman%20Fusion

STARDUST ACCELERATION

Offerings to the Doomed is a strong staple in the current meta.

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

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until January 23rd).

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Koa’ki Meiru (Tier 1) and Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Sandman
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Urnight
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Maximus
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Ice
Duel Links Card: Koa'ki%20Meiru%20Prototype
Duel Links Card: Iron%20Core%20of%20Koa'ki%20Meiru
Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone

EMPIRE OF SCARLET

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Retainer
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Familiar
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Vamp
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Grimson
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Kingdom
Duel Links Card: Vampire's%20Desire
Duel Links Card: Vampire's%20Domain
Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Takeover

CRUSADERS’ BATTLEGROUNDS

This box contains support for Control (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Assailant

VISIONS OF ICE

This box contains support for Koa’ki Meiru (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

VALIANT SOULS

This box contains support for Karakuri (Tier 2) and Masked Heroes (Tier 2). Paleozoic Canadia is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Karakuri%20Anatomy
Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Anki
Duel Links Card: Mask%20Change
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until January 23rd).

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

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

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

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

DESTINY RULERS

This structure deck contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Celestial
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Drilldark

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.

RESONANCE OF CONTRAST

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Grace

GALACTIC ORIGIN

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until January 23rd).

SERVANTS OF KINGS

This box contains support for Control (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until January 23rd).

GENERATION NEXT

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

Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Skull
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until January 23rd).

DAWN OF DESTINY

This box contains support for Buster Blader (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: The%20Dark%20-%20Hex-Sealed%20Fusion

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until January 23rd).

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Buster Blader (Tier 2) and Vampires (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader,%20the%20Dragon%20Destroyer%20Swordsman
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Paladin
Duel Links Card: Buster%20Blader
Duel Links Card: Emblem%20of%20Dragon%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Gozuki

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until January 23rd).

THE ULTIMATE RISING

Sphere Kuriboh is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until January 23rd).

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Buster Blader (Tier 2), Masked Heroes (Tier 2), and Control (Tier 3). Enemy Controller is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Goddess%20with%20the%20Third%20Eye
Duel Links Card: Mirage%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: DNA%20Surgery
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Decider
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20Draw
Duel Links Card: Junk%20Berserker
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.


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