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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.

New decks

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Elements Unite! deck

Tier 1

Clown Control

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9.5 / 10Mid - HighUnnecessary

Due to lack of more or better spell/trap removal cards, defensive decks like clown control are pretty strong since they play defensively while being able to destroy/return all your monsters.

Harpies' Hunting Ground


This deck got many supports from the relase of Wonders of the Sky. A common card they use is Sonic Duck which has 1900 attack, and any monster that you use to try to take it down will only be met with an Order to Charge.

Statue Control


Guardian Statue can be difficult if you can't handle their back row. Any attack that you try to do will probably be met with a spell/trap that stops your attack, and any monster you put to the field will only just be returned to your hand.

Tea's Burn deck


Tea's Burn deck has started to become truly competitive due to it's reliability with the addition of Burning Land and Lady Assailant of Flames.

Desert Twister


If played correctly, this deck can clear your field, leaving you with no chance to counter against their attack at all.



With 2 relinquished in the deck, it can take control of any monster you put on the field, they also bring Interdimensional Matter Transporter and Fulfillment of the Contract to make it stay on the field.

Venus deck


It's obviously a deck in the top tier if your starting hand contains The Agent of Creation - Venus, Order to Charge, and White Elephant's Gift.

Tier 2

Relinquished (Harpies' Hunting Ground)

Still strong in the meta since there's still no hard counter to harpies' hunting ground decks and the Order to Charges, especially since Twister is no longer obtainable.

Deep-seated balloons

Most people don't run multiple spell removal cards in their deck, making this viable and difficult to handle.


Gravekeeper decks can run much faster now due to cards like Soul Exchange and Double Summon. They can summon Oracle in a turn, destroying your set cards to prevent flip effects or weakening your monsters right away.

Parasite Burn

Still strong in the meta since Jade Insect Whistle can prevent you from further draws and newer burn cards are added into the game.

Tier 3

Luck on Your Side

If you manage to get low LP to get the skill going, this deck can destroy any monster or spell/trap your opponent has. but it can be tricky to pull off and might not work as well against players who know better.

Bluff Trap

Can be dangerous to go against since they can tribute summon and destroy your back row very easily, but it comes with a requirement of lowering their LP to activate.

Doomsday Horror

Good in the meta for now since people don't bring 3 spell/trap removal to go against their 3 skull lairs. Able to destroy any face-up monsters using Skull Lair and re-using monsters through Doomsday Horror, but relies heavily on Magical Merchant and some RNG.


Currently strong in the meta due to the new gemini cards released from the new pack. It can get a very strong start that can summon high level gemini monsters in a turn, but unable to bounce back if your opponent is able to deal with them.

Tier 4

Tier 5

Recently added decks

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Loopy 8hour ago
Got to platinum with this.
What do you think?
habieboer 9days ago
I was reached gold 4 with this deck. If i didn't face harpie lady deck maybe i can go tier 2.
<< Anonymous(I believe you!)
I believe you! 2days ago Reply
Habieboer than does the following play: -SE his opponent monster leaving them with no monster on field. -Brings out Beast of Talward -He sets Michizure -Equips Gravity Axe + Black Pendant. His monster than has about 3500 or so attack. -He does 1 massive hit. Reducing his opponent life points down to about 500. At this point the game is already over. Continue...
<< Anonymous(I believe you!)
I believe you! 2days ago Reply
The reason why is because even if his opponent can kill or get rid of the Beast of Talwar. The Black Pendant is still equipped to the monster. Which means if Talwar dies or goes back to the hand I.E anything. The Black Pendant will hit the grave dealing 500 damage to the opponent who is already that low. Habieboer is declared the winner & the crowd goes wild! Yes, Habieboer will reach KOG!
<< Anonymous(habieboer)
Anoymous 16hour ago Reply
Lol... You do realize that you skip battle phase if you use soul exchange right? Therefore habieboer is declared stupid. Period.
<< Anonymous
I believe you! 11hour ago Reply
Yes, everyone knows soul exchange skips battle phase. Does it look like Habieboer cares? He will pass 1 turn to make his opponent sweat. The threat still endure! The play will still continue on his next turn. Resulting in Habieboer as the winner! V for Victory!
Anoymous 15days ago
Gravekeepers are Tier 1 as they can use Soul Exchange and Econ consistently
Of all the matchups people have trouble with, GK is king.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 11days ago Reply
I don't have many issues with GK deck, my cyberstein deck easily destroys them
<< Anonymous
Inti 11days ago Reply
@ShkelqimH In any card/video game there will always be a meta decks or a meta strategy.
<< Anonymous(Inti)
Anoymous 5days ago Reply
And half the fun argueably is creating anti-meta decks. This game allows different tiers (Silver, Gold, Plat) and makes the strategy even more elaborate by figuring out which deck, meta or anti-meta, to use during each tier
<< Anonymous
Inti 1days ago Reply
I personally find Anti-meta to be more expensive then meta which is a interesting change for once lol. The only semi cheap anti-meta decks if you consider them to be anti meta is Bluff Trap,Luck on Your Side,Statue Control and Clown Control etc to be anti meta?
Anoymous 1days ago
Relinquished has now dropped to Tier 2
Switcheroo nerf has added far too much inconsistency that Card trader is now being run
Change the Tiers you autistic idiot
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 1days ago Reply
Just use 3 Relinquished and set skill as either Balance or Restart. No big deal. When RNG wants to screw you over even the pre-nerf switheroo wouldn't help you.
<< Anonymous
Inti 1days ago Reply
Yup Pretty much the meta hasn't changed much also some variants use Mind Scan. Though Harpies Relinquished I think will rise in popularity more.
D/D/D 1days ago
I build fun theme decks like red-eyes and blue-eyes. Thanks to super Joey I was HOPING to get more red-eyes cards but because they gave him (this is the only card that passes me off) KUNAI WITH CHAIN, BECAUSE NOW I ATTACK OH NO HIS MONSTER IS 2500 AND MINE IS DEF MODE, ITS COMPLETE BS. But my point being, you can have fun with different decks, blue-eyes is fun because turn 1 3K dragon is a bit annoying to destroy, and with red-eyes, turn one 3.5K beater is funnier. I dunno, play what you wanna play, except for clown control, anything but clown control.
Anoymous 1days ago
Anoymous 7days ago
You guys should really recheck the meta, Gravekeepers, Relinquished, Harpies, and Last Gamble Dester Twister are the only T1 decks, Tea Burn, and Venus are to inconsistent, and statue control doesn't have enough early game to stabilize consistently
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 6days ago Reply
Not really since Venus decks run vanilla beaters which can be used with OtC if necessary, and 3 E-Cons are staple. Even starting off with a lone sphere isn't too bad if you run WEG
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 6days ago Reply
Lol can anyone spot the trash relinquished player that's just butthurt that his relinquished keeps getting OtC'd as soon as it's summoned
<< Anonymous
tea 2days ago Reply
agree especially the burn deck
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 2days ago Reply
Lol and relinquished isn't "to inconsistent"... i've slayed relinquished plenty with Venus Control...
joey 2days ago
I haven't gotten a single SR card in the duel and I have been playing since that start. anyone else has this issue????????????????????????
<< Anonymous(joey)
znativeson 2days ago Reply
I've had very little progress as far as the card rewards go as well. I only get good drops from level 40 and i'd say that 80% of them are the freaking fusion card considering I have 8 of them and only 1 of everything else except the one time I got lucky getting 2 Meteor's from 1 win. And I've been using the Unhappy Girl with Piranha Army deck...
rock 2days ago
tea's burn deck goes thru cards so fast and leaves you very vulnerable. I have had very bad luck with it against the cpu and pvp. I don't recommend it I don't think it should be rated 9.5 more like 8.0
Bread 7days ago
Strong deck that got me to platinum. It can carry you to KOG if you could replace the transporters with vigilance. I would but I have 8 Econ and only 1 vigilance. Have fun
<< Anonymous(Bread)
Anoymous 4days ago Reply
if u have econs why use 2 twister make no sense lol
<< Anonymous(Bread)
maalsenu 4days ago Reply
KoG?!?! I think you may have dead hands many times with this deck. Maybe some crystal seer may help to solve this problem.
<< Anonymous(Bread)
Anoymous 3days ago Reply
Bewd decks can only reach plat 1 tier right now because they suffer from carrying to many dead cards. Sometimes people will get lucky and get a little further.
<< Anonymous(Bread)
Anoymous 2days ago Reply
3 kuriboh?!?! What's the goal of that??? You need BES to be attacked so you can search BEWD. Also your key card is 3000 atk!!! You don't need to protect it with kuriboh as if it were Relinquished, statue or any other weak monster. The wand is very situational since you only have BES as Spellcaster. Remove wands and kuriboh and place something more useful.
KAIBA CUP 4days ago
JoeA17 15days ago
Good Garlandorf decks are in tier 2/3 at least in my opinion. Used this to reach King of Games this season
<< Anonymous(JoeA17)
Anoymous 12days ago Reply
This deck will be only Platinum 1 and can't reach to KOG
<< Anonymous(JoeA17)
Anoymous 11days ago Reply
This deck could easily reach KoG. Have you read the ritual spell's graveyard effect? Pretty nutty.
<< Anonymous(JoeA17)
Anoymous 7days ago Reply
Just a whale deck, 2 kuri, 3 sonic, 2 mil, 3 gaia...
<< Anonymous(JoeA17)
Anoymous 6days ago Reply
......Expensive deck I

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