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PvP Best decks [18 Feb Updated]

This page notes decks in Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links and their rating to help players build their own decks.
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update 18/02/2019

Update Information

  • Vampire promoted as Tier 1 Deck
  • Koaki Meiru Decklist Updated
  • Tier 1,2 and 3 Deck description added

New / Updated Deck

Koa'ki Meiru

Deck tier list

Tier list

Decks in Tier 1 and 2 are ones that are known to have achieved good success against other decks/players.

Meta decks

Meta decks are decks that are often commonly used by players in PvP. Meta decks will often change depending on newer cards or strategies, so we will keep updating this page often to keep everyone informed of newer decks.

Tier 0

Tier 0 decks are decks that completely dominate a meta and you either play the same deck or a deck that completely counters it (but loses to almost any other deck).

No deck can currently be classified as Tier 0: even Koa'ki Meiru, the most popular one at the moment, has very clear flaws and quite a few unfavorable matchups.

Tier 1

These decks are very well rounded. They have ways to deal with almost every deck and have very few weaknesses themselves.

Koa'ki Meiru

Tier
1
Cost
Expensive

Koa'ki Meiru is a very explosive and aggressive deck that can usually OTK most opponents on Turn 2. The fact that this deck is so popular right now should come as no surprise: the ability to end games so quickly and its overall consistency makes it a perfect pick for climbing in PvP. The deck can struggle to put up a decent board on Turn 1, which makes it an easy target for other aggressive decks.

Vampire

Tier
1
Cost
Expensive

Although it’s not among the most popular decks in PvP right, Vampire is still a very solid pick. Gozuki and Samurai Skull make this deck incredibly consistent, Vampire Vamp provides an easy way of getting rid of high ATK monsters such as Koa'ki Meiru Maximus and Ancient Gear Reactor Dragon and, since no core card is featured in the Forbidden/Limited List right now, this deck can freely run cards like Hey, Trunade! and Enemy Controller.

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Koaki Meiru
Expensive1

Vampire
Expensive1

Tier 2

Tier 2 decks have a bit more weaknesses than tier 1 decks but your opponent needs to draw them early on.

Buster Blader DNA Surgery

Tier
2
Cost
Expensive

Buster Blader is able to directly counter Koa'ki Meiru and Blue-Eyes thanks to Destruction Swordsman Fusion. DNA Surgery also allows this deck to significantly hinder, if not completely shut down, Silent Spellbook, Silent Swordsman, Karakuri Synchro and other popular decks. Consistency can still be an issue for Buster Blader

Geartown Turbo

Tier
2
Cost
Expensive

Geartown Turbo is a very recent addition to the game. This deck is able to Summon multiple 3000 ATK monsters that can almost completely ignore back row and Hand Traps in a single turn. The deck struggles with consistency and can easily fall prey to other aggressive decks.

Masked HERO

Tier
2
Cost
Expensive

Masked HERO is another deck that didn’t really get any worse: Mask Change and Masked HERO Anki are able to generate early OTKs and Destiny HERO - Decider is a fantastic card against Geartown Turbo, Blue-Eyes and even Buster Blader. Destiny HERO - Celestial’s presence in the Semi-Limited List makes this deck unable to run cards such as Hey, Trunade! and Enemy Controller freely.

Silent Spellbook

Tier
2
Cost
Expensive

Silent Spellbook is one of the few decks that really doesn’t mind going first in the current meta. Silent Magician and Spellbook of Fate are an incredibly solid combination to start with and Silent Magician LV8 can be a quite problematic card for Koa'ki Meiru and Geartown Turbo decks due to its high ATK. When the deck doesn’t open with Silent Magician, it is notably weaker and going second can actually be detrimental in certain matchups.

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Buster Blader DNA Surgery
Expensive2

Geartown Turbo
Expensive2

Masked HERO
Expensive2

Silent Spellbook
Expensive2

Tier 3

These decks are very strong but have either one big, or a lot of weaknesses.

Karakuri Synchro

Tier
3
Cost
Expensive

Karakuri Synchro is a remarkably powerful and consistent deck, but, without backrow, it struggles to deal with high ATK monsters, which are quite common in the current meta. Diamond Core of Koa'ki Meiru and Ancient Gear Fortress can make Offerings to the Doomed completely useless and Karakuri Gold Dust is a very situational card that, when added via Karakuri Merchant mdl 177 "Inashichi", has to revealed to the opponent and that Sphere Kuriboh, Paleozoic Canadia and other cards can easily prevent.

Silent Swordsman

Tier
3
Cost
Expensive

Another relatively recent addition to the game, Silent Swordsman is a pretty powerful deck that, similarly to Silent Spellbook, can deal well with Koa'ki Meiru. Geartown Turbo can give this deck quite a hard time and, without Silent Swordsman out, most aggressive decks can deal with it.

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Amazoness (Banish Control)
Expensive3

Armades Control
Expensive3

Karakuri Synchro
Expensive3

Silent Swordsman
Expensive3

High Potential

None

KOG Worthy Decks

DeckCostTier

Ancient Gear Fusion Beatdown
PremiumKOG Worthy

Alien
BudgetKOG Worthy

Anti-Trap
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Anti-Meta Beatdown
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Archfiend Emperor
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Batteryman
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Blue-Eyes Cosmo Brain
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Bujin
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Cyberdark
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Dragunity Synchro
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Fur Hire
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Geargia
F2P - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Gem Knights
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Gemini Control
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Gladiator Beasts
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Grass Spellbook
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Hazy Flame
BudgetKOG Worthy

Kinetic Soldier DNA Surgery
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Mermail
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Morphtronic
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Noble Knight
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Sea Stealth Attack
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Silent Spellcaster Beatdown
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

U.A
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Wind-Up
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Yubel Fire King
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

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Anonymous 5hour ago
Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan this game reeks from a mile away :(
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 2hour ago Reply
Its more like a 100 miles
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Blue eyes solid KoG !
<< Anonymous(o/)
Love Arkbrave Reply
I never thought this deck could make it to Kog so early in the season 'cause it seemed 'bricky' to me, I gues I was wrong. Congrats mah boi !
<< Anonymous(o/)
Anonymous Reply
I wish there would be more light hearted comments like this one instead of just 'money' related trash. And then porn if you dont agree with them.
<< Anonymous(o/)
Anonymous 11hour ago Reply
what are the names of those trap cards?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 5hour ago Reply
Needlebug nest. Removes 5 cards from your deck to your graveyard.
Anonymous 23hour ago
Why is Vampire tier 1 again?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 22hour ago Reply
Yeah why
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 12hour ago Reply
There's some odd choices in general. I feel like Ancient Gear's proven itself Tier 1 at this point, and Blue-Eyes should definitely be on here at Tier 2 or 3.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 6hour ago Reply
Bcs vampire is the most consistent deck along with koaki
Evil rick 9hour ago
Careful guys I’m that guy that has sex with your girlfriend and suck your dads dick at the same time.
<< Anonymous(Evil rick )
Anonymous 7hour ago Reply
Correction, its with your mom while your dad sucks his dick
Anonymous 8hour ago
ag and koaki... both lame as fuck.stop playin for a while -.-
Anonymous 10hour ago
Update for newest decks, please.
Anonymous 2days ago
I stopped playing for a couple of months and came back about 1 week ago.

- Easy King of Games
- Easy DLV MAX

• No trick up the Sleeve
• No canadia
• No Breaker the Magical Warrior
• Bought it with gems (Purchase history shown at the end of the video)
• You can get a third copy of Dragon Spirit of White with Tickets.

• This of course means, the game is not 'Time demanding' at all. Decks who were released months ago can be 100% competitive.

Almost all my duels are shown here:
https://youtu.be/RvYVAPWGUvc

• Hope the video entertains you. (Before you say something funny, I upload videos like... every 2 months, I'm not a content creator.)
<< Anonymous(piper)
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
Only autistic people understand you and even then they still really don’t
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
Playback speed too fast.. Can anyone really watch this without eye pain?

When a player summons a monster, the summon animation with the flying Blue Eye Dragon is played and it is longer and slower in time than the gameplay itself. Every single time, just really why

In addition, the author uses cards that are not listed in his deck.
<< Anonymous
@Toon 1days ago Reply
Eye pain? playback too fast?
Way to be a hater in my opinion.
The video is pretty cool actually, if you have eye pain... well jeez man, maybe you are 90 years old or something.
<< Anonymous(@Toon)
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
Only kids cannot distinguish criticism from hate and not accept it.

Hate is personal, critism (when conducted constructively) is not.

Take honey out of your ears and make some changes!

Anonymous 1days ago
i miss burn meta with triple massive morph.
What O.o 2days ago
Imagine if there is no ban list no more. Wich deck will be the suprem one ?
Will the game be more or less balanced ?
<< Anonymous(What O.o)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
bamboo burn FTK
<< Anonymous(What O.o)
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
tier -2 bamboo burn.
tier -1 cyber angel.
tier 0 sylvan ,fur hire ,koaki and A,G.
Anonymous 1days ago
When you see a Koa'ki Meiru or an Ancient Gear Deck.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
Its over.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
Lol
A 19days ago
I find some of the comments here kinda 'CINGREY' to read. None of the old releases are useless fight now, none of them. Let's say you play SSA, Hazy Flames, even Cyber Angels which are from the 2017 meta, and let's also say you don't want to grind gems for any reason. So you do not PVE, you only PvP and pay with cash (which would be pretty... errr... dumb, due to the fact the game allows you to purchase any Top Tier deck for free such as Koa'ki Meiru or Karakuri, etc). Anyway, even if the context I'm describing would be true, that person, that player would only need to wait a little; perhaps a week, perhaps fifteen days, so he can reach King of Games Rank with those 'old decks' from previous releases.

The proof? There are plenty of videos on youtube in which people reach king of game rank with Hazy Flames and Aliens.
<< Anonymous
lolol 5days ago Reply
u must be really salty or have some kind of personal grudge against konami if you keep spamming bullcrap love spells in the site.
<< Anonymous(lolol)
Anonymous 4days ago Reply
Game is FAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR
from dead, deal with it guys ^^
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 4days ago Reply
I rather play with / against Koa'ki Meirus often than not having a F2P deck in the game. They are not being overused in the meta, well... maybe a bit in tournaments as the kc cup, but not in the regular ladder to KoG which has karakuris, gustos, ssa, armades, etc.
<< Anonymous
sean 1days ago Reply
I kinda laugh at the fact the top global play at this last kc cup played amazoness and not koa'ki meiru nor ancient gears.

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KONAMI Touching boys since 1969
KONAMI Touching boys since 1969
lol so its may to june biggest tournament of DL
Best f2p deck is amazoness
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