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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. For additional context, even cards that don’t cost gems to get are included at the end of the list!

Details on how this guide works can be found below. And for more information on each set, the banner images will take you to full overview pages with complete card lists.


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.

Duel Links Card: Treacherous%20Trap%20Hole
Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia
Duel Links Card: Sphere%20Kuriboh

Set Breakdown

Boxes/structure decks not seen 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.

GAIA GENESIS

This box contains support for Fur Hires (Tier 2) and U.A. (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Galaxy%20Cyclone
Duel Links Card: U.A.%20Midfielder
Duel Links Card: U.A.%20Dreadnought%20Dunker
Duel Links Card: U.A.%20Rival%20Rebounder
Duel Links Card: U.A.%20Mighty%20Slugger
Duel Links Card: U.A.%20Stadium
Duel Links Card: U.A.%20Penalty%20Box

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

CLASH OF WINGS

This box contains support for Fur Hires (Tier 2).

Duel Links Card: Beat,%20Bladesman%20Fur%20Hire
Duel Links Card: Wiz,%20Sage%20Fur%20Hire
Duel Links Card: Dyna,%20Hero%20Fur%20Hire
Duel Links Card: Seal,%20Strategist%20Fur%20Hire
Duel Links Card: Donpa,%20Marksman%20Fur%20Hire
Duel Links Card: Recon,%20Scout%20Fur%20Hire
Duel Links Card: Mayhem%20Fur%20Hire

SPELLBOUND SILENCE

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

  • 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.
Duel Links Card: Silent%20Magician%20LV8
Duel Links Card: Silent%20Magician

VISIONS OF ICE

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 2). Treacherous Trap Hole is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20Magician%20of%20Prophecy
Duel Links Card: Spellbook%20of%20Secrets
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 Amazoness (Tier 1) and Masked Heroes (Tier 3). Paleozoic Canadia is also a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Witch%20Raider
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Onslaught
Duel Links Card: Masked%20HERO%20Anki
Duel Links Card: Mask%20Change
Duel Links Card: Paleozoic%20Canadia

RAMPAGE OF THE FOREST

Hey, Trunade! is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Hey,%20Trunade!

DESTINY RULERS

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

  • Warning: Some relevant cards in this structure deck are also available from free, in-game sources (see below).
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Trinity
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Dangerous
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Celestial
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Drilldark
Duel Links Card: Vision%20HERO%20Vyon
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Dreamer
Duel Links Card: Polymerization

RESONANCE OF CONTRAST

This box contains support for Vampires (Tier 1).

Duel Links Card: Vampire%20Grace

GALACTIC ORIGIN

Cosmic Cyclone is a strong staple in the current meta.

Duel Links Card: Cosmic%20Cyclone

SERVANTS OF KINGS

This box contains support for Amazoness (Tier 1) and Masked Heroes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Wall%20of%20Disruption
Duel Links Card: Forbidden%20Chalice

GENERATION NEXT

This box contains support for Amazoness (Tier 1) and Vampires (Tier 1).

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

ECHOES OF SILENCE

This box contains support for Spellbooks (Tier 2).

  • Warning: All relevant cards in this box have been reprinted in newer sets. Be extremely cautious about investing your gems here.
Duel Links Card: Silent%20Magician%20LV8

CRIMSON KINGDOM

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

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

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 Amazoness (Tier 1), Vampires (Tier 1), and Masked Heroes (Tier 3).

Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Paladin
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Princess
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Queen
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Swords%20Woman
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Tiger
Duel Links Card: Amazoness%20Willpower
Duel Links Card: Enemy%20Controller
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Malicious
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20HERO%20-%20Decider
Duel Links Card: Destiny%20Draw
Duel Links Card: Polymerization


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.


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