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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 Darklords (Tier 2) is 34,000 gems. This all comes from the cost of the core UR/SR cards:
2x Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Desire
3x Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ixchel
1x Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Superbia
3x Duel Links Card: Banishment%20of%20the%20Darklords
2x Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
as well as the core R/N cards:

Other Top Decks:

  1. Ritual Beasts (Tier 3) – 22,000 gems
  2. Shiranui (Tier 1) – 37,000 gems
  3. Blackwings (Tier 2) – 47,000 gems
  4. Elementsabers (Tier 2) – 61,000 gems
  5. Dark Magician (Tier 2) – 54,000 gems + $4 ()
  • These are decks that 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.

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: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Gram%20the%20Shining%20Star
Duel Links Card: Gozuki
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spiritmaster
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Rampengu
Duel Links Card: Bacon%20Saver
Duel Links Card: That%20Grass%20Looks%20Greener
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash
Duel Links Card: Burgeoning%20Whirlflame
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ambush

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Black-Winged%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Sohaya%20the%20Rain%20Storm
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magic%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Blackbird%20Close


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 MINI VOL.01

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1). Cosmic Cyclone is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Bacon%20Saver
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: This Selection Box is available until January 30th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.03

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1) and Dark Magician (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Archfiend%20Zombie-Skull
Duel Links Card: Gold%20Sarcophagus
Duel Links Card: Magician%20Navigation

Note: This Selection Box is available until January 30th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.01

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Gozuki

Note: This Selection Box is available until January 30th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

FUTURE HORIZON

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magical%20Circle

SOUL OF RESURRECTION

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Squiresaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Sunsaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Shogunsaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Samuraisaga
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Solitaire
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Squire
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Samurai
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spiritmaster
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spectralsword%20Shade
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spectralsword

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2) and Elementsabers (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Assault%20Blackwing%20-%20Onimaru%20the%20Divine%20Thunder
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-%20Gram%20the%20Shining%20Star
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: Blackbird%20Close
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Purgatrio

SPIRIT OF THE BEAST

This box contains support for Ritual Beasts (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Cannahawk
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ulti-Pettlephin
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Winda
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Cannahawk
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Pettlephin
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Rampengu
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Tamer%20Elder
Duel Links Card: Spiritual%20Beast%20Apelio
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Return
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast's%20Bond
Duel Links Card: Ritual%20Beast%20Ambush

MASTERS OF CHAOS

This structure deck contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Cavalry

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.

DARK DIMENSION

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2) and Elementsabers (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magic%20Veil
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Magellanica
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Cocytus
Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Caliga
Duel Links Card: Aleister%20the%20Invoker
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Molehu
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Malo
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Nalu
Duel Links Card: Invocation
Duel Links Card: Palace%20of%20the%20Elemental%20Lords

VALHALLA CALLING

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1) and Darklords (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance
Duel Links Card: Banishment%20of%20the%20Darklords

CURSE OF DREAD

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Revived%20King%20Ha%20Des
Duel Links Card: Archfiend%20Zombie-Skull

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until January 30th).

GUARDIANS OF ROCK

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Amulet%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: The%20Eye%20of%20Timaeus
Duel Links Card: Magician%20Navigation

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until January 30th).

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Black%20Rose%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash

LORDS OF SHINING

This box contains support for Darklords (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Desire
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ixchel
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Superbia
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Morningstar
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Nasten
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Tezcatlipoca
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Amdusc
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Ukoback
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Contact
Duel Links Card: The%20Sanctified%20Darklord

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Black-Winged%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Bora%20the%20Spear
Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone

BURNING NOVA

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Burgeoning%20Whirlflame

SPELLBOUND SILENCE

This structure deck contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Gold%20Sarcophagus

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.

Note: All relevant cards in this structure deck are currently available in a Selection Box (until January 30th).

VISIONS OF ICE

Treacherous Trap Hole is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

VALIANT SOULS

Paleozoic Canadia is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

This box contains support for Blackwings (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

GALACTIC ORIGIN

Cosmic Cyclone is one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until January 30th).

GENERATION NEXT

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1). Floodgate Trap Hole is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Bacon%20Saver
Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 1) and Dark Magician (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Gozuki
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Paladin

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Shiranui (Tier 1), Blackwings (Tier 2), Dark Magician (Tier 2), and Ritual Beasts (Tier 3). Enemy Controller is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: That%20Grass%20Looks%20Greener
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Pinaki%20the%20Waxing%20Moon
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Jin%20the%20Rain%20Shadow
Duel Links Card: Magician%20of%20Dark%20Illusion
Duel Links Card: Magician's%20Rod
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magician
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magic%20Attack
Duel Links Card: Illusion%20Magic
Duel Links Card: Lava%20Golem
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.