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PvP Best decks [26 Mar 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 26/03/2019

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Deck tier list

NOTES

The GameA Tier List is primarily based on King of Games decks submitted by users.

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

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 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.

Dino Survival's End

Tier
1
Cost
Budget

This Control Deck has completely monopolized PvP lately, boasting, quite frankly, amazing results and carrying an incredible amount of people to KoG. Being so accessible and easy to build is certainly a big part of the appeal of this Deck, but that’s not to say that its spot on the Tier List is not deserved.

Geartown Turbo

Tier
1
Cost
Expensive

Geartown Turbo is a relatively recent addition to the game. This deck is able to Summon multiple 3000 ATK monsters with the ability to disable the opponent’s backrow on attack declaration in a single turn, quickly overwhelming the opponent and ending games.

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Dino Survival's End
Budget1

Geartown Turbo
Expensive1

Tier 2

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

Karakuri Synchro

Tier
3
Cost
Expensive

Karakuri Synchro is a remarkably powerful and consistent Deck. Karakuri Anatomy allows you to replenish the resources spent on Synchro Summoning and draw through your Deck.

Koa'ki Meiru

Tier
1
Cost
Expensive

Since both Koa'ki Meiru Urnight and the now Limited Koa'ki Meiru Maximus require Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru in order to function, it would be impossible to run less than two copies of it, which pretty much means that this deck doesn’t have access to Enemy Controller, Hey, Trunade! and Treacherous Trap Hole anymore.

Sure, Koa'ki Meiru Maximus can still be added to the hand via Diamond Core of Koa'ki Meiru, but, if you don’t have Iron Core of Koa'ki Meiru, you can’t Special Summon it and, due to the fact that you only have two copies of that Spell Card in your entire Deck, you are not that likely to open with it. Consistency has definitely dropped, but Diamond Core alone can keep everything together.

Masked HERO

Tier
3
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 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.

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Karakuri Synchro
Expensive2

Koaki Meiru
Expensive2

Masked HERO
Expensive2

Tier 3

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

Buster Blader DNA Surgery

Tier
3
Cost
Expensive

Buster Blader is able to directly counter any Deck that revolves around Dragon-Type monsters 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 even Dino Survival’s End.

Silent Spellbook

Tier
3
Cost
Expensive

Silent Spellbook is one of the few Decks that really doesn’t mind going first. Silent Magician and Spellbook of Fate are an incredibly solid combination to open with and Silent Magician LV8 can be a quite problematic card to deal with due to its extremely 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.

Vampire

Tier
3
Cost
Expensive

Samurai Skull’s addition to the Semi-Limited List essentially forces this Deck to run three copies of Gozuki in order to be consistent while also making Enemy Controller less of an obvious inclusion. Vampire is still a really strong Deck, it’s just not as consistent and versatile.

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Buster Blader DNA Surgery
Expensive3

Vampire
Expensive3

Silent Spellbook
Expensive3

High Potential

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Laval Synchro
Budget - ExpensiveHigh Potential

KOG Worthy Decks

DeckCostTier

Alien
BudgetKOG Worthy

Amazoness (Banish Control)
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Ancient Gear Fusion Beatdown
PremiumKOG Worthy

Anti-Trap
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Anti-Meta Beatdown
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Archfiend Emperor
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Armades Control
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

Geartown Nephthys
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

Nephthys Ritual
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Noble Knight
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Rocket Swords Woman
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Rooklord Beatdown
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Parasite Infestation
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Sea Stealth Attack
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Silent Swordsman
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Silent Spellcaster Beatdown
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

U.A
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Wind-Up
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Yubel Fire King
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Yubel Nephthys
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Ohter popular decks

Regarding to comments on this page

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Comments

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Anonymous
See... No meta deck for new pack. So I gonna spend my 3k gems looking for 2 more kozuki & wyvern for my zombie red eyes deck, wish me luck guys
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
There are no good or bad cards. Its how u use them.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Agreed. I think Mushroom man and Raigeki are on the same level. All cards are created equal!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
U r obviously retarded. Waste time talking to ya.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
What? I was agreeing with you. A truly skilled duelist will be able to get just as much value out of Mushroom Man as Raigeki! It's all about how you use the cards!
Anonymous
Sooo guys..after playing for 9 months, today I decided to delete this game. I was already thinking about it for a while but this week's event covinced me the game isn't worth playing . I've built a great deck, and was super excited about it. I went from plat 1 to plat 5 with 16 wins in 18 games. I had a win streak of 14 and only lost to toons. I t looked like I came up with an own deck that will wasily take me to kog. The next 3 days tho my win rate dropped to like 40%, and I went back to plat 1(I had a win streak of 8 in this period too tho). So that made me realise how stupid the ranked system is. Skill doesn't matter almost at all. It.s almost only about luck. Your starting hand, the cards you draw, Your opponent's cards, your opponent's starting hand. I even think now, kog is for those players that are lucky enough to get good matchups and starting hands. I don't believe it's because they play well. You can reach kog or be stuck in plat 1 with the exact same deck. Luck plays a way bigger factor in this game than it should in my opinion. And this weakness of the game is even more emphasised by the ranked duel system. Getting 5 wins in a row requires a fckin lot of luck, no matter how good your deck is. You can have the godliest deck and may still not be able to get to kog just because of how much luck kog requires. I really think the current format needs some serious change. it should be rather like win 4 games outta the last 5 and promote. This consecutive win thing is bullshit. Win rate should be the thing that matters, not the luck that is required to win 5 games in a row
<< Anonymous
Anon Reply
Lmao you probably just played his deck badly. Technical play is super important for getting kog. It's so easy if you understand how to play the game well lmao.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
yeah what ever this guy said
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply

What about doing a magic approach? Where you can sack your whole hand once for a redraw and if you decide to sack your hand again you loose a card? It would relieve a bit of the starting hand problem and gives you a fairer shot of not getting a trash hand
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I'm sorry but how didn't you realise this game is heavily shaped around luck at the very start? Like it's a card game... hello?
The whole point of kog is to be difficult to reach it. Why would it be easy?
Interesting...
Strange, people usually hate the most popular deck... or should I say: "Those who plan to boycott duel links always hate the most popular deck while claiming to be "the general public"(?),

Promoting hate against the most popular decks makes the boycott easy, that's how they plan to get rid of a competitor in the market and push their own game.

It has happened to Microsoft as well.
Do you Remember that: "XBOX has no games rant"?. It was created to deceive the general public and boycott Microsoft, so they can push the sales of their HUGE multinational corporations such as Sony.
<< Anonymous(ShadowMist.)
Anonymous Reply
Every day? Oh you. That's such a flattering confession! XD I got a life, so just wait for me every weekends, will that do? :)
<< Anonymous
ur favorite some1 Reply
What are you going to do anyway, bro?
copulating with the shekinah at the fake wailing wall aka fort antonia?

https://youtu.be/XkremY6y9JU
<< Anonymous(ur favorite some1)
[AJ] Maxwell Reply
HAHAHAHAHAH !
<< Anonymous([AJ] Maxwell)
Anonymous Reply
Lul
NeoBatman:D
Wow masked hero is in the meta for almost 7 months. Nicely done Konami, glad I bought the deck back in the day and Zero regrets so far. I won't really bother if you limit it soon or whatsoever, I already have my Buster Blader deck (purchased it with gems!). But this deck will remain forever as one of my very favorites.
<< Anonymous(NeoBatman:D)
CptFolky Reply
It seems like as soon as the new box arrives, this deck will be left out of the current meta. Play it while you can.
<< Anonymous(NeoBatman:D)
Brachioradius Reply
You can play anki forever if you want lo, I guess it's getting weaker and weaker as time passes by, but if you want you could just play endless trap hell with full of traps + witchrider and mask lmao.
<< Anonymous(NeoBatman:D)
BigFanHere Reply
lol I guess getting rid of the past is kinda difficult for some :d
<< Anonymous(NeoBatman:D)
Anonymous Reply
Buster blader is really op with the right setup !
Anonymous
I think they should just DISABLE the comment section, the game is going to do fine anyway just like in the OCG YouTube channel. No big deal.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Yeah I get to jack off, laugh at nazi jokes and get information about my favourite card game at the same time. Truly the best website ever
<< Anonymous
[AJ] Maxwell Reply
All kind of perversions are tolerable.
Except liking this game ;)
<< Anonymous([AJ] Maxwell)
Main Square Reply
I think they should be disabled as well.
<< Anonymous([AJ] Maxwell)
Anonymous Reply
You're the one that's disabled here
Anonymous
Man this game is so stressful that to calm down I have to drill my gfs back door every time,konami are bad people cause of them my gf is passing bloody stools every day
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Ur beyond sad
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
If its true,its true why overthink it?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
^LAME-O
Anonymous
If you're reaching kog it's because you're running a meta deck. Listen to me when I say you have no originality when you copy these decks. Do you feel like more of a winner because you're using a deck you didn't even come up with? I'm not some butt hurt kid who keeps losing, I realize this is just yugioh. But I grew up playing it and would like the integrity of the game to come back to it . Who the wants to keep playing draw out, fire king, inflict life points, or of course the red eyes decks? This right here just shows what kind of sheep live in this game. No thought for yourself.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
ye i lost to a guy wtih dig beak therefore its op
<< Anonymous
Player J Reply
HAHAAHHAAHHAAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAH

I have a picture of the OP after he lost to a meta deck!

I even added some advice on their!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
just try using a good card next time you duel.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
And pray for rngesus. On my promo match to kog had to fight with red eyes last gamble that use providence on 3 of my phoenix before last gamble and last gamble roll 6. He already been bless with luck with starting hand and draw after that plus last gamble luck. As conclusion this game is 85% luck 15% skill. If u play this game long enough u know its true
Anonymous 23days ago
Thanks to the new DINOSAUR deck.
I can only say that now... Duel Links is 100% FREE-TO-COMPETE !!!

>> Just take a look at this, a deck shared by [CD]Yehhey @DuelLinksMeta, King of Games 1st day of the Month - GODDAMN !!! This deck claps ! every single card is from events except canadias, but they are so old, so old that many people actually obtained them with gems by now. (or maybe even with dream tickes! THIS DECK CLAPS !!!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 11days ago Reply
wow, no megalosmasher? that says a lot... I guess that card is not really a must
<< Anonymous
Dead guy 9days ago Reply
Not for me...
Oh well I already quit because the meta sucks.
<< Anonymous
JJ 9days ago Reply
Megalosasher X is only good if you want to have a slight advantage. But not really needed
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 8days ago Reply
Salamandra is not available just in events dude... wtf... omfg ... you just need to get a ticket from ranked duels. Even tickets from duel quest, Log In bonus give u the Salamandra lul
Anonymous
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
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
I like beatdown version of the deck, but Trick Up the Sleeve seems to be a lot better.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 22days ago Reply
Thanks for sharing pal, I prefer to play trick up the sleeve but it was really awesome the way u reached kog as Kaiba. The otk potential is crazy.
<< Anonymous
zz 21days ago Reply
looks tiered to me, but yeah trick up the sleeve might be better and it allows you to play sasuke samurai
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 20days ago Reply
I like this deck, but seriously, isn't arkana a better character to play blue-eyes white dragon?
Anonymous
Koaki is the first tier 0 deck
far more dangerous than fure hire or sylvans before their nerf
staples like fth canadia dmf wod wr cc do nothing against koakis
you have to play spellbooks to negate diamond core but even so you will lose most of the games
<< Anonymous(Self-reply)
Anonymous Reply
^ LOL

I have never insulted anyone even anonymously, I am just annoyed when people ask something again repeatedly despite the fact that I explained it already

You guys have some problems, but I will try not to judge, this site just must open the registration
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Cyber Angels were introduced way too early and as a result were completely OP for their time, but not so much anymore since they are so vulnerable to backrow. At this point Koa'kis are better. They are probably some of the most annoying decks to face, right next to Anki OTK and Silvans. Fur hires were never as bad as this, and amazoness was pretty much f2p. Shouldn't have been nerfed imo.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
The only deck worse than Koa'ki to face are annoying wevil parasyte garbage and, god forbid, bamboo OTK back in the day.
<< Anonymous(A)
Anonymous Reply
I'm hesitating to buy packs to make a Koa'ki deck because I know it'll be inevitable that Konami will nerf that deck to shit next month. That's how it always happens. Happened to me with CA, Silvans, fur hire and SSA, and will happen to Koakis too, you just know it. What even is the point in trying to build a meta deck as f2p when it'll be nerfed next month :/
Dave
I think I have a serious question for the haters of this deck. What is the point of releasing new decks if you are not going to play with them?, sylvans came out, you didn't play them, amazoness were released, you didn't play them either, and now these cats "fur hire" arrived and you still complain. What do you want?, perhaps you want a very exclusive deck, highly expensive, but then you'll have the excuse to call duel links "pay to win". It seems to me, that the most noob among noobs want to condition people's opinion, our opinion. The deck is cool and fun to play and also not very expensive.
<< Anonymous(Dave)
DF-Gi-Oh Reply
Because EVERYONE uses it. And is not like the deck is fair, if you encounter someone using the deck, just surrender because you can't do ANYTHING against it. The worst part is that is a deck of furries.
<< Anonymous(Dave)
ReviveAllMetas Reply
^ K, so guys this is the conclusion.
New Meta --> complaint --> nerf --> new meta --> complaint --> nerf --> and so on till we dont have enough gems to spend unless we pay $$$ for it.
This is what konami wants, and they are laughing right NOW !
<< Anonymous(Dave)
Anonymous Reply
well, there are plenty of free to play decks in duel links, you don't really need the last deck to win as long as you know how to play.
If you don't know this fact, well, maybe you are not a player :o
<< Anonymous
Yang Reply
The thing is, Konami treats Anti-Meta players with wanton disregard, and tell others they try to make a diverse meta...
Joshua
>_< well, what can I say man? this weirdo, this troll that keeps spamming: "this game sucks a sssssss" every day in the board, trying to convince everyone to leave the game is actually some kind of mentally sick idiot who is always thinking about one thing: "money".

Every day repeats the same stuff man wtf seriously. His hate for Duel Links is real.

You know, maybe if we actually spend like 3$ in the game this idiot will finally learn his lesson and stop acting in such lame way. >_<!
<< Anonymous(Joshua)
Daniel@OCG Reply
I hope you don't take this as a personal attack, because it's not, but let me tell you one thing: I have no sympathy for hypocrisy.
Let's say a random person actually posts something related with the game, (some deck, some good drop, anything). Then you and/or any other guy start calling such person: "meta slave", "cock smoker" or something like that.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
^GPU troll^
<< Anonymous(Joshua)
DancingPEPE Reply
I believe the boycott intend is pretty evident by now.
<< Anonymous(Joshua)
lolol Reply
You know what's really funny? the fact even that 'exclusive' content as card sleeves or blue eyes support can be purchased with gems as well lol

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