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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 Vampires (Tier 1) is 24,000 gems. This all comes from the cost of the core UR/SR cards:

2x Duel Links Card: Gozuki
2x Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Retainer
2x Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Familiar
2x Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Kingdom

as well as the core R/N cards:

  • 1x Vampire Vamp
  • 2x Vampire Grace
  • 3x Samurai Skull
  • 1x Vampire’s Domain
  • 1x Vampire Takeover

The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:

2x Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller

Other Top Decks:

  1. Blue-Eyes (Tier 2) – 21,000 gems + $4
  2. Spellbooks (Tier 3) – 15,000 gems + $18
  3. Masked Heroes (Tier 1) – 38,000 gems
  4. Gladiator Beasts (Tier 2) – 38,000 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: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

Free In-Game

Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller


On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Grimson
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Library%20of%20the%20Crescent

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Vampire's%20Desire


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.

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!!!

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: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Legend
Duel Links Card: Protector%20with%20Eyes%20of%20Blue
Duel Links Card: Silver's%20Cry

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

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.

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). 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: Paleozoic%20Canadia

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

GALACTIC ORIGIN

This box contains support for Gladiator Beasts (Tier 2). Cosmic Cyclone is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Heraklinos
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Nerokius
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Essedarii
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Laquari
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Bestiari
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Murmillo
Duel Links Card: Gladiator%20Beast%20Dimacari
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

SERVANTS OF KINGS

This box contains support for Gladiator Beasts (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

GENERATION NEXT

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 1) and Gladiator Beasts (Tier 2).

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

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) and Spellbooks (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Gozuki
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Organization

VALKYRIE’S RAGE

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

Duel Links Card: Xing%20Zhen%20Hu

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Masked Heroes (Tier 1) and Blue-Eyes (Tier 2). 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: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
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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