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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.

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 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 Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) is 43,000 gems. This comes from the 34,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:
2x Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20Spirit%20Dragon
1x Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
1x Duel Links Card: Michael,%20the%20Arch-Lightsworn
1x Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon
1x Duel Links Card: Maiden%20with%20Eyes%20of%20Blue
3x Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Ancients
1x Duel Links Card: Dragon%20Spirit%20of%20White
3x Duel Links Card: Sage%20with%20Eyes%20of%20Blue
1x Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance
1x Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break
along with the roughly 7,000 gems used for tech cards like {}. The rest of the core cards are free to obtain:
3x Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon

Other Top Decks:

  1. Shiranui (Tier 2) – 45,000 gems
  2. Darklords (Tier 3) – 37,000 gems
  3. Crystrons (Tier 1) – 51,000 gems
  4. Blackwings (Tier 3) – 45,000 gems
  5. Dark Magician (Tier 3) – 44,000 gems ()
  6. Elementsabers (Tier 1) – 65,000 gems
  • 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: Sphere%20Kuriboh
Duel Links Card: Black%20Rose%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Cavalry
Duel Links Card: Amulet%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Brionac,%20Dragon%20of%20the%20Ice%20Barrier
Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
Duel Links Card: Kycoo%20the%20Ghost%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: Raiden,%20Hand%20of%20the%20Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magic%20Curtain
Duel Links Card: Silver's%20Cry
Duel Links Card: Charge%20of%20the%20Light%20Brigade
Duel Links Card: The%20Melody%20of%20Awakening%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Ballista%20Squad

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Black-Winged%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Red%20Dragon%20Archfiend
Duel Links Card: Artifact%20Vajra
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonmatrix
Duel Links Card: Aloof%20Lupine
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
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 VOL.03

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1), Crystrons (Tier 1), Elementsabers (Tier 1), Thunder Dragons (Tier 1), Shiranui (Tier 2), Dark Magician (Tier 3), and Masked Heroes (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: The%20White%20Stone%20of%20Ancients
Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Citree
Duel Links Card: Fusion%20Reserve
Duel Links Card: Plaguespreader%20Zombie
Duel Links Card: Aloof%20Lupine
Duel Links Card: Archfiend%20Zombie-Skull
Duel Links Card: Armades,%20Keeper%20of%20Boundaries
Duel Links Card: Magician%20Navigation
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Adoration
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Stratos
Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Gold%20Sarcophagus
Duel Links Card: Fiendish%20Chain

Note: This Selection Box is available until April 12th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.02

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1), Elementsabers (Tier 1), Thunder Dragons (Tier 1), Blackwings (Tier 3), and Masked Heroes (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Molehu
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Lapauila
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Malo
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Nalu
Duel Links Card: Palace%20of%20the%20Elemental%20Lords
Duel Links Card: Chaos%20Dragon%20Levianeer
Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind
Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash
Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Note: This Selection Box is available until April 12th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.02

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 3).

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

Note: This Selection Box is available until April 12th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX MINI VOL.01

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 2) and Darklords (Tier 3). Cosmic Cyclone is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption
Duel Links Card: Lyla,%20Lightsworn%20Sorceress
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

Note: This Selection Box is available until April 12th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

SELECTION BOX VOL.01

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) and Elementsabers (Tier 1). Sphere Kuriboh is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Divine%20Wrath
Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence
Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Note: This Selection Box is available until April 12th. Only a limited number of packs can be purchased with gems.

FORTRESS OF GEARS

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 2) and Masked Heroes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Ballista%20Squad
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Faris
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Increase

JUDGEMENT FORCE

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20Spirit%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Michael,%20the%20Arch-Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Maiden%20with%20Eyes%20of%20Blue
Duel Links Card: Sage%20with%20Eyes%20of%20Blue
Duel Links Card: Glow-Up%20Bulb
Duel Links Card: Raiden,%20Hand%20of%20the%20Lightsworn
Duel Links Card: Charge%20of%20the%20Light%20Brigade

DRAGUNITY OVERDRIVE

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

Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence

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.

Note: All relevant cards in this structure deck are currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

FUTURE HORIZON

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 1), Shiranui (Tier 2), and Dark Magician (Tier 3). PSY-Framelord Zeta is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonduo
Duel Links Card: Artifact%20Lancea
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magical%20Circle
Duel Links Card: PSY-Framelord%20Zeta

SOUL OF RESURRECTION

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 2), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

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%20Spiritmaster
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spectralsword%20Shade
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Spectralsword
Duel Links Card: Shiranui%20Squiresaga
Duel Links Card: Raigeki%20Break

KING’S RESONANCE

This structure deck contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Red%20Dragon%20Archfiend

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.

AERIAL ASSAULT

This box contains support for Elementsabers (Tier 1), Thunder Dragons (Tier 1), and Blackwings (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Invoked%20Purgatrio
Duel Links Card: Brionac,%20Dragon%20of%20the%20Ice%20Barrier
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: Blackwing%20-%20Gram%20the%20Shining%20Star
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Simoon%20the%20Poison%20Wind
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Gale%20the%20Whirlwind
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Kris%20the%20Crack%20of%20Dawn
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Harmattan%20the%20Dust
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Oroshi%20the%20Squall
Duel Links Card: Blackbird%20Close

SPIRIT OF THE BEAST

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Thystvern
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Impact

MASTERS OF CHAOS

This structure deck contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 3) and Masked Heroes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Cavalry
Duel Links Card: Polymerization

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.

Warning: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also available from free, in-game sources.

DARK DIMENSION

This box contains support for Elementsabers (Tier 1) and Thunder Dragons (Tier 1). Samurai Destroyer is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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%20Lapauila
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Malo
Duel Links Card: Elementsaber%20Nalu
Duel Links Card: Invocation
Duel Links Card: Palace%20of%20the%20Elemental%20Lords
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonhawk
Duel Links Card: Samurai%20Destroyer

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

VALHALLA CALLING

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1), Thunder Dragons (Tier 1), and Darklords (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Lance
Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Star%20Eater
Duel Links Card: Banishment%20of%20the%20Darklords

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

CURSE OF DREAD

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

Duel Links Card: Plaguespreader%20Zombie
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 April 12th).

CYBERNETIC REBELLION

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1). Crystron Ametrix is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Quariongandrax
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Sulfefnir
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Smiger
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Citree
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Rosenix
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Rion
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Prasiortle
Duel Links Card: Crystron%20Ametrix

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

GUARDIANS OF ROCK

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 3).

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 April 12th).

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 1), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Aloof%20Lupine
Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Black%20Rose%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

LORDS OF SHINING

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) and Darklords (Tier 3).

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

WARRIORS UNITE

This box contains support for Darklords (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Deskbot%20Jet

ABSOLUTE INFERNO

This box contains support for Thunder Dragons (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Red%20Dragon%20Archfiend

SECRETS OF THE ANCIENTS

This box contains support for Crystrons (Tier 1) and Dark Magician (Tier 3).

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

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

BLACKSTORM RISING

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) and Blackwings (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Cards%20of%20Consonance
Duel Links Card: Black-Winged%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Bora%20the%20Spear
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Harmattan%20the%20Dust
Duel Links Card: Black%20Whirlwind

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

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

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). Azure-Eyes Silver Dragon is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Mausoleum%20of%20White
Duel Links Card: Silver's%20Cry
Duel Links Card: Azure-Eyes%20Silver%20Dragon

BURNING NOVA

This box contains support for Dark Magician (Tier 3).

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

SPELLBOUND SILENCE

Gold Sarcophagus is a strong staple in the current meta.

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 April 12th).

VISIONS OF ICE

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

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

VALIANT SOULS

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

Duel Links Card: Fusion%20Reserve
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 April 12th).

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

This box contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

DESTINY RULERS

This structure deck contains support for Masked Heroes (Tier 3).

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

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.

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

Warning: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also available from free, in-game sources.

PRIMAL BURST

This box contains support for Darklords (Tier 3).

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

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

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 April 12th).

SERVANTS OF KINGS

This box contains support for Shiranui (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

GENERATION NEXT

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

Duel Links Card: Floodgate%20Trap%20Hole

CRIMSON KINGDOM

This box contains support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1) and Dark Magician (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Ultimate%20Providence
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Paladin

Note: Some relevant cards in this box are also currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

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

VALKYRIE’S RAGE

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

Duel Links Card: Divine%20Wrath

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

NEO-IMPACT

This box contains support for Elementsabers (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall

Note: All relevant cards in this box are currently available in a Selection Box (until April 12th).

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 April 12th).

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Blue-Eyes (Tier 1), Crystrons (Tier 1), Thunder Dragons (Tier 1), Blackwings (Tier 3), Dark Magician (Tier 3), and Masked Heroes (Tier 3). Giganticastle is also one of the best staple cards in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Blue-Eyes%20White%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Crystal%20Beast%20Emerald%20Tortoise
Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Recycler
Duel Links Card: Crystal%20Beast%20Ruby%20Carbuncle
Duel Links Card: Shadow-Imprisoning%20Mirror
Duel Links Card: Artifact%20Vajra
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragondark
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonroar
Duel Links Card: Thunder%20Dragonmatrix
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: The%20Melody%20of%20Awakening%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Blackwing%20-%20Pinaki%20the%20Waxing%20Moon
Duel Links Card: Magician%20of%20Dark%20Illusion
Duel Links Card: Magician's%20Rod
Duel Links Card: Night's%20End%20Sorcerer
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magician
Duel Links Card: Dark%20Magic%20Curtain
Duel Links Card: Illusion%20Magic
Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Blast
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Malicious
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20Draw
Duel Links Card: Polymerization
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.