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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 Spellbooks (Tier 3) is 9,000 gems + $18. This all comes from the cost of the core UR/SR cards:

1x Duel Links Card: Silent%20Magician%20LV8
3x Duel Links Card: Silent%20Magician
3x Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Magician%20of%20Prophecy
3x Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Secrets

as well as the core R/N cards:

  • 3x Spellbook of Fate
  • 1x Spellbook of Power
  • 1x Spellbook Organization
  • 2x Spellbook of Eternity
  • 1x Spellbook of the Master

Other Top Decks:

  1. Vampires (Tier 1) – 33,000 gems
  2. Blue-Eyes (Tier 2) – 27,000 gems + $4
  3. Masked Heroes (Tier 1) – 35,000 gems
  4. Buster Blader (Tier 3) – 35,000 gems
  5. Banish Control (Tier 3) – 46,000 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: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Widespread%20Ruin
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

Free In-Game

Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller


On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Destructotron
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Stardust%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Celestial
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Vyon
Duel Links Card: Water%20Spirit
Duel Links Card: Bingo%20Machine,%20Go!!!
Duel Links Card: Champion's%20Vigilance
Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption


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.

POWER OF BRAVERY

This box contains support for Buster Blader (Tier 3).

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

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
Duel Links Card: Bingo%20Machine,%20Go!!!
Duel Links Card: Birthright

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).

Duel Links Card: Stardust%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Silver's%20Cry

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Banish Control (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Drowning%20Mirror%20Force

EMPIRE OF SCARLET

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 1).

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

CLASH OF WINGS

This box contains support for Banish Control (Tier 3). Widespread Ruin is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Wind-Up%20Juggler
Duel Links Card: Widespread%20Ruin

SPELLBOUND SILENCE

This structure deck contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Silent%20Magician%20LV8
Duel Links Card: Silent%20Magician

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.

CRUSADERS’ BATTLEGROUNDS

This box contains support for Banish Control (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Assailant

VISIONS OF ICE

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 3). Treacherous Trap Hole is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Magician%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Secrets
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Library%20of%20the%20Crescent
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Fate
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Power
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Eternity
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20the%20Master
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

VALIANT SOULS

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 1) and Banish Control (Tier 3). Paleozoic Canadia is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Anki
Duel Links Card: Mask%20Change
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Onslaught
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

DESTINY RULERS

This structure deck contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 1).

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

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 1).

Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Grace

PRIMAL BURST

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

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

GALACTIC ORIGIN

Cosmic Cyclone is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

SERVANTS OF KINGS

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 1) and Blue-Eyes (Tier 2). Wall of Disruption is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice
Duel Links Card: Birthright
Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

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

LEGENDARY WARRIORS

This structure deck contains support for Banish Control (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Warrior

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.

GENERATION NEXT

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Skull

ECHOES OF SILENCE

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Silent%20Magician%20LV8

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

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 1), Buster Blader (Tier 3), and Spellbooks (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Gozuki
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: Spellbook%20Organization

CHAOTIC COMPLIANCE

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

Duel Links Card: Destructotron

VALKYRIE’S RAGE

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Xing%20Zhen%20Hu

NEO-IMPACT

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Masked Heroes (Tier 1), Blue-Eyes (Tier 2), Banish Control (Tier 3), and Buster Blader (Tier 3). Enemy Controller is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Decider
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20Draw
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Water%20Spirit
Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Champion's%20Vigilance
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Princess
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Queen
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Swords%20Woman
Duel Links Card: Goddess%20with%20the%20Third%20Eye
Duel Links Card: DNA%20Surgery
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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