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


Recommended Deck


The average cost to build Triamids (Tier 2) is 24,000 gems. This comes from the 14,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:
2x Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Master
3x Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Cruiser
2x Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 10,000 gems used for tech cards like Paleozoic Canadia. The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:
2x Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Pulse

Other Top Decks:

  1. Six Samurais (Tier 1) – 29,000 gems
  2. Ancient Gears (Tier 2) – 26,000 gems + $11
  3. Magnet Warriors (Tier 3) – 24,000 gems
  4. Spellbooks (Tier 2) – 23,000 gems + $18
  5. Red-Eyes (Tier 2) – 34,000 gems + $8
  6. Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) – 40,000 gems + $11
  7. Neos (Tier 3) – 41,000 gems + $11

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: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Armades,%20Keeper%20of%20Boundaries
Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Breaker%20the%20Magical%20Warrior
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Breaker%20the%20Magical%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Kycoo%20the%20Ghost%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Burial%20from%20a%20Different%20Dimension
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Return%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Snipe%20Hunter
Duel Links Card: Dawn%20Knight
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Retro%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: D.D.%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Silver's%20Cry
Duel Links Card: Power%20of%20the%20Guardians
Duel Links Card: Drowning%20Mirror%20Force


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.

GUARDIANS OF ROCK

This box contains support for Triamids (Tier 2) and Magnet Warriors (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Master
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Hunter
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Dancer
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Cruiser
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Kingolem
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Fortress
Duel Links Card: Berserkion%20the%20Electromagna%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Alpha%20The%20Electromagnet%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Gamma%20The%20Electromagnet%20Warrior

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1), Six Samurais (Tier 1), and Red-Eyes (Tier 2). Vermillion Dragon Mech is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Keeper%20of%20the%20Shrine
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash
Duel Links Card: Black%20Metal%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech

RETURN OF THE RED-EYES

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

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Retro%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%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.

LORDS OF SHINING

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

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

NEOS FUSION

This structure deck contains support for 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.

WARRIORS UNITE

This box contains support for Six Samurais (Tier 1) and Magnet Warriors (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Shi%20En
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Kizan
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Enishi
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Fuma
Duel Links Card: Legendary%20Secret%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Six%20Samurai%20United
Duel Links Card: Shien's%20Dojo
Duel Links Card: Six%20Style%20-%20Dual%20Wield
Duel Links Card: Burial%20from%20a%20Different%20Dimension

DIMENSION OF THE WIZARDS

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

Duel Links Card: Power%20of%20the%20Guardians

ABSOLUTE INFERNO

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

Duel Links Card: Red%20Dragon%20Archfiend

ANCIENT GEAR AWAKENING

This structure deck contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Reactor%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Double%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Geartown
Duel Links Card: Ancient%20Gear%20Fortress

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.

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

Armades, Keeper of Boundaries is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Armades,%20Keeper%20of%20Boundaries

BLACKSTORM RISING

Breaker the Magical Warrior is a strong staple in the current meta.

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

THE WHITE DRAGON OF LEGEND

This structure deck contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1).

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 1), Six Samurais (Tier 1), and Red-Eyes (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Stardust%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Silver's%20Cry
Duel Links Card: X-Saber%20Wayne
Duel Links Card: Offerings%20to%20the%20Doomed

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Ancient Gears (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Drowning%20Mirror%20Force

BURNING NOVA

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 2).

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

SPELLBOUND SILENCE

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

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 Six Samurais (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Rihan
Duel Links Card: Secret%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Kizaru
Duel Links Card: Return%20of%20the%20Six%20Samurai

VISIONS OF ICE

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 2). 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 Ancient Gears (Tier 2) and Triamids (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Double%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

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

RESONANCE OF CONTRAST

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

Duel Links Card: Snipe%20Hunter
Duel Links Card: Dawn%20Knight
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Slash%20Dragon

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

PRIMAL BURST

This box contains support for Six Samurais (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Shien's%20Dojo

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

BLADES OF SPIRITS

This box contains support for Six Samurais (Tier 1) and Magnet Warriors (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: The%20Six%20Samurai%20-%20Irou
Duel Links Card: Powerful%20Rebirth

GALACTIC ORIGIN

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

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

LEGENDARY WARRIORS

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

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 Neos (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Bacon%20Saver

ECHOES OF SILENCE

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 2).

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 Red-Eyes (Tier 2) and Spellbooks (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Wyvern
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Organization

Warning: Some relevant cards in this box may also be found in newer sets. Think carefully before 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 Blue-Eyes (Tier 1), Red-Eyes (Tier 2), Triamids (Tier 2), Magnet Warriors (Tier 3), and Neos (Tier 3). Giganticastle is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: A/D%20Changer
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20B.%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red-Eyes%20Insight
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Pulse
Duel Links Card: Delta%20The%20Magnet%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Beta%20The%20Electromagnet%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Lava%20Golem
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle


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.