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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 1) is 27,000 gems. This comes from the 22,000 gems needed for the core UR/SR cards:
1x 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
as well as the core R/N cards: along with the roughly 4,000 gems used for tech cards like Darklord Morningstar.

Other Top Decks:

  1. Vendread (Tier 3) – 15,000 gems
  2. Six Samurais (Tier 2) – 30,000 gems
  3. Desperado (Tier 1) – 26,000 gems + $11
  4. Triamids (Tier 3) – 24,000 gems
  5. Fortune Lady (Tier 2) – 37,000 gems ()
  6. Amano Stun (Tier 3) – 32,000 gems ()
  7. Subterror (Tier 3) – 35,000 gems
  8. Spellbooks (Tier 3) – 26,000 gems + $18
  • 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: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash
Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: Armades,%20Keeper%20of%20Boundaries
Free In-Game
Duel Links Card: Avenging%20Knight%20Parshath


Trending Cards

On the Rise 

Duel Links Card: Avenging%20Knight%20Parshath
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Desire
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Superbia
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!
Duel Links Card: Drowning%20Mirror%20Force
Duel Links Card: Debunk
Duel Links Card: Rebirth%20of%20Parshath

In Decline 

Duel Links Card: Star%20Eater
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Brave%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Executor
Duel Links Card: Cockadoodledoo
Duel Links Card: Time%20Wizard
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Morningstar
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Neos%20Fusion
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Library%20of%20the%20Crescent
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia


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.

VALHALLA CALLING

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

Duel Links Card: Banishment%20of%20the%20Darklords
Duel Links Card: Scrap%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Star%20Eater
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Every
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Past
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Calling

CURSE OF DREAD

This box contains support for Amano Stun (Tier 3) and Vendread (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Beast%20King%20Barbaros
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Slayer
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Executor
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Battlelord
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Revenants
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Houndhorde
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Anima
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Origin
Duel Links Card: Revendread%20Evolution
Duel Links Card: Vendread%20Nights

FULL METAL DESPERADO

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

Duel Links Card: Desperado%20Barrel%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: BM-4%20Blast%20Spider
Duel Links Card: Dekoichi%20the%20Battlechanted%20Locomotive

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.

GUARDIANS OF ROCK

This box contains support for Amano Stun (Tier 3) and Triamids (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Guardian%20Eatos
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

BLAZING ROSE

This box contains support for Fortune Lady (Tier 2) and Subterror (Tier 3), as well as multiple popular staple cards.

Duel Links Card: Black%20Rose%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Cockadoodledoo
Duel Links Card: Subterror%20Behemoth%20Umastryx
Duel Links Card: Subterror%20Behemoth%20Stygokraken
Duel Links Card: Subterror%20Nemesis%20Warrior
Duel Links Card: Subterror%20Final%20Battle
Duel Links Card: Vermillion%20Dragon%20Mech
Duel Links Card: World%20Legacy%20Clash

LORDS OF SHINING

This box contains support for Darklords (Tier 1). Rebirth of Parshath is also a strong staple in the current meta.

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%20Ukoback
Duel Links Card: Darklord%20Contact
Duel Links Card: The%20Sanctified%20Darklord
Duel Links Card: Rebirth%20of%20Parshath

NEOS FUSION

This structure deck contains support for Subterror (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 2) and Amano Stun (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: Concentrating%20Current

DIMENSION OF THE WIZARDS

This box contains support for Desperado (Tier 1) and Fortune Lady (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Dimensional%20Prison
Duel Links Card: Arcanite%20Magician

ABSOLUTE INFERNO

This box contains support for Amano Stun (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Dark%20Bribe

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

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 3).

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

STARDUST ACCELERATION

This box contains support for Six Samurais (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: X-Saber%20Wayne

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Fortune Lady (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Drowning%20Mirror%20Force

BURNING NOVA

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 3).

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

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 Six Samurais (Tier 2).

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 3) and Triamids (Tier 3).

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

Paleozoic Canadia is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

This box contains support for Darklords (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

PRIMAL BURST

This box contains support for Six Samurais (Tier 2).

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 Fortune Lady (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Powerful%20Rebirth

GALACTIC ORIGIN

Cosmic Cyclone is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

SERVANTS OF KINGS

Wall of Disruption is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption

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 Desperado (Tier 1) and Spellbooks (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Dekoichi%20the%20Battlechanted%20Locomotive
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.

NEO-IMPACT

This box contains support for Triamids (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Mirror%20Wall

THE ULTIMATE RISING

This box contains support for Vendread (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Sonic%20Bird

FREE IN-GAME SOURCES

The best cards from free, in-game sources consist of support for Desperado (Tier 1), Fortune Lady (Tier 2), Six Samurais (Tier 2), Amano Stun (Tier 3), Subterror (Tier 3), and Triamids (Tier 3). Avenging Knight Parshath is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Twin-Barrel%20Dragon
Duel Links Card: Arcana%20Force%20XIV%20-%20Temperance
Duel Links Card: Time%20Wizard
Duel Links Card: Cup%20of%20Ace
Duel Links Card: Fiend%20Comedian
Duel Links Card: Debunk
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Light
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Wind
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Lady%20Water
Duel Links Card: Fortune%20Vision
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Bending%20Destiny
Duel Links Card: Giganticastle
Duel Links Card: Amano-Iwato
Duel Links Card: Elemental%20HERO%20Neos
Duel Links Card: Triamid%20Pulse
Duel Links Card: Avenging%20Knight%20Parshath


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.