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PvP Best decks [May 23 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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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.

How to beat Sylvan?

Many people are using Sylvan deck currently in the ranked match. If you want to know how to deal with the deck, check the link!

New / Updated decks [May 23 Updated]

Silent Swordsman

Noble Knight

Steelswarm

Six Samurai

Bujin

Crystal Beast

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). Currently we have 0 decks in Duel Links that are Tier 0 (which is great, this means the game is rather balanced), Cyber Angels before all the nerfs were 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.

Amazoness

Tier
1
Cost
Budget

Geargia

Tier
1
Cost
F2P - Expensive

Masked HERO

Tier
1
Cost
Expensive

Spellbook

Tier
1
Cost
Expensive

Sylvan

Tier
1
Cost
Budget - Expensive

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Amazoness
Budget1

Geargia
Budget-Expensive1

Masked HERO
Expensive1

Spellbook
Expensive1

Sylvan
Budget - Expensive1

Tier 2

Tier 2 decks have a bit more weaknesses than tier 1 decks but your opponent needs to draw them early on. An example of this is Hazy Flame, one of the best counters to it is Floodgate Trap Hole, which if you don’t draw at the start is a big problem.

DeckCostTier

Cyber Angel
Expensive2

Archfiend Emperor
Expensive2

Fire Fist Hazy
Budget2

Golden Flying Fish
F2P - Budget2

Gaia Plate
Budget - Expensive2

Hazy Flame
Budget2

Red Eyes Zombie
Expensive2

Alien
Budget2

Sea Stealth Attack
Expensive2

Tier 3

These decks are very strong but have either one big, or a lot of weaknesses. An example of this is Ancient Gears. If they destroy your Ancient Gear Castle early on (with Gladiator Beast Bestiari, Storm, Cosmic Cyclone) you lost a major win condition which could easily result in your loss.

DeckCostTier

Ancient Gear
Budget3

Arkbrave Slash
Budget - Expensive3

Control Dinosaur
Budget3

Lava Golem Weevil
Budget - Expensive3

Snipe Hunter
Expensive3

Destiny Hero
Budget - Expensive3

Gladiator Beasts
Budget - Expensive3

Aromage
F2P3

Temple of the Mind’s Eye Burn
Budget - Expensive3

Tier 4

The decks in Tier 4 clearly feel weaker than other decks higher up on the tier list. They can do the same stuff other decks high on the tier list do, but just much slower or less consistent. However when playing ranked they can still be piloted to KoG in the right hands.

DeckCostTier

Dark Magician
F2P4

Dark World
Expensive4

Mill
Budget4

Nephthys
Expensive4

KOG Worthy Decks

DeckCostTier

E Hero Beat
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Frog Monarch
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Paleozoic
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Ras Disciple OTK
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Red Eyes Slash
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

That Grass Looks Greaner (Magnet)
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Ultimate Cyber-Stein
F2PKOG Worthy

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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?
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
Duel links is over. I remember first pegasus event and kc cup event, what a hype that was real duel links but now it became "buying more card packs game" and too many unnecessary events, too much decks and stuff. I cant enjoy, im done But thank you duel links they were really good times, i loved you so much. see you in another life kc cup mako rex days.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
love it when u make several comments saying that this was a joke and people still take it serious and think they're the next coming of jesus for figuring it out. ur retarded.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I've never spent a dime on this game and I'm a legend rank just because u dont have every card this websites promoting for a deck does not mean u cannot win without paying
<< Anonymous(GaryRose)
Mah Boi Reply
You're just forgetting that the real life cards, despite being more expensive, aren't threatened by the end of all hype this game still has so far. Konami might just abandon Duel Links in the future, because that's what happens to most Smartphone Games...
<< Anonymous(Job ahead)
Anonymous Reply
lol, this is so long
Anonymous
Is it possible to climb out of Plat without playing phoenix; Naturia; Red Eyes; Ice barrier?
Never thought I'd miss the good old relinquished; 3SD and HHG meta :(
<< Anonymous
Inti Reply
Naturia is a really cheap decent deck and Red-Eyes can easily be built on a budget.
<< Anonymous
Mr. Johnson Reply
Yes,it is possible to catapult to platinum without those decks,and believe or not its not so hard to reach.. This is the deck what I played through all leagues to Plat 1(it was modified step by step from league to league,depends on gems and Ranked rewards tickets).
<< Anonymous(Mr. Johnson)
Anonymous Reply
What deck? I don't see any deck.
<< Anonymous(Mr. Johnson)
Anonymous Reply
Mr. Johnson, stop tending to your Johnson or else, we'll have problems, do we?
Anonymous
Currently in Legend 5 and it's nothing but Alien. This game is boring and not worth playing anymore. I've played since day one and it's straight cancer now.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Man in kog 69.69 ally of justice and worms absolutely wreck
<< Anonymous
e-con-take Reply
I'm in Legacy 4 and all I see is Dragunity, Blue Eyes Digimon and Harpie Dragon Beatdown. I am so disappointed by the ladder that I'm afraid to duel. I wish my Alien deck decks more support, because it only works in Legend 14....
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
lol you guys are nothing. I am on Legend Area 51. all I see is Aliens with big boss card Apokarimon. They aLways draw 9999 beater immune to anything on the first turn
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
mhm you guys are nothing... i am in rank konamis bad descions 43 and all i see is aliens and sylvans
African American 14days ago
Never spent a single cent on this game.
<< Anonymous(African American)
^true champ 13days ago Reply
No complains and no regrets :D
<< Anonymous(African American)
Anonymous 12days ago Reply
Lol those who vent rage at konami have never playerd blizzard's hearthstone. Oh man, that's pay to win at its best
<< Anonymous(African American)
Anonymous 12days ago Reply
since they do not have any argument to bash this game, now they try to annoy ppl with their porn pics lol
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 12days ago Reply
^Wow... frankly man thats sooo lame and immature
Ojama for the win!
I've beaten all of these "meta" tier 1 decks with ojama deck
<< Anonymous(8==D)
Anonymous Reply
Pal he wasn't even talking to you and you're on the wrong yugioh website with all that stuff you're talking about.
<< Anonymous(8==D)
8==D Reply
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<< Anonymous(8==D)
8==D Reply
Restrict1 add above ran out space obedience school main deck if want
<< Anonymous
8==D Reply
I commented off the top of page where it talks of ojamas
Anonymous
Just wanted to post a thank you to the people who manage the best deck section as I am terrible at theory craft and seeing examples on how to build meta decks is helpful in deciding where my gems go
<< Anonymous(Genocide Lover)
Valencia Reply
Enjoyed it as well! People call me back then, The Succubus, everyone revered me boys and girls alike!
<< Anonymous(Valencia)
Anonymous Reply
^ all of you suck Genocide my ass suckers
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
jealouz
<< Anonymous(Genocide Lover)
Anonymous Reply
and for more than 50 years Hollywood pay big money to make Jewish the only casualty at World War 1 and 2.. Aww poor Jewish
Anonymous
4 wins, 1 loose, 4wins, 1 loose, 4 wins, 3 looses.
Total = 12 wins 5 looses
Fell from leg 3 to leg 2.
Please Konami change the way to be kog, it is sooo frustrating !

To win 5 times in a raw you need that's all.
If there is one powerful deck compared to the others (like CA),everyone gonna use it and win against the same deck as yours is luck.
If there is many different type of deck that are good, then you have a huge probability to play against a deck that counter yours and need luck to wins 5 times.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Completely ineffective against dark tho
<< Anonymous
Dank Magician Reply
I agree completely, it is less luck based as it as forcing you to use the most powerful of the decks available, even if logically you would be able to reach KoG with your current deck, the 5 wins in a row system enforces using top tier decks, therefore forcing people to spend more on packs.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
This is so frustrating .. It happens to me lots of times ... Win 4 matches in Legend 3 and when I am about to reach KOG ... Bad starting hand , Opponent with optimum hand , and then You cannot play anything this is happening to me now as I am in Legend 3 .. and this happened to me lots of times last season .. I do not know whether bad luck or the system forces U to lose but it is very disgusting
<< Anonymous
blyat Reply
Thats how the algorythm works. Packs opening, matchup, card drop, skill drop, and even the card shuffle is planned to be a shit fest. They rigged every single thing that revolves around RNG. I know some people dont believe this, but thats what Konami wanted.
Anonymous
i just wanna say you to all these players that like to use restart and take ages to decide to restart or not,you retards can't even decide on 4 cards,
now you only have 20 sec so don't cry boohoo,I bet you are angry thinking: fuck!! I am retard I need 3 minutes to think, why konami discriminate retarded people??? LOL
As for CA pussy players, don't cry, the deck is still playable, but since mind scan don't work at the start no more, you're insecurity will rise so I suggest you ca players have your mum and dad hugging you while you play ca mind scan to make up for your insecure so when you see econ, your parents are there for you to calm you down and wipe your pityful tears
<< Anonymous(Alex the Nice Guy)
Anonymous Reply
F2P = Poor? Tell me, is it better to buy a virtual card or irl necessity?
<< Anonymous
Slipshot Reply
I use CA in fact I hate the pieces of crap but I know if I use another a deck I run the risk of having a hard time because that’s all the opponent is going to play. Moral of the story is if you can’t beat em join em.
<< Anonymous(Alex the Nice Guy)
Alex isn't Nice Fuck Reply
Or maybe you feel like wasting your money on better things than fake virtual 'cards', like idk, FOOD n shit, you 'nice' fuck
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Sounds like youre tired of getting pwned by CA to me. Even with konami nerfing the shit out of them they arent going anywhere anytime soon. There are people that have been running 1 dakini hybrid decks from the start. Its not someone elses fault that you lose.
Anonymous
Why do all you morons just run the same 3-4 decks as everyone else. All u need to do is make a deck that counters them and it's freebie wins. I went from gold 1 to plat 3 without even trying in 1 day only lost a couple due to brick deals. You people are idiots. How smart is it when your opponent know every move you're gonna make because he's played the deck 100 times hahahaha
<< Anonymous
Inti Reply
Your Relinquished deck is shitty because you use more then one copy of the Djinn which you will only need one copy of with that skill, running a terrible skill with that deck, and not enough lv 4 or lower monsters not counting sphere and Djinn. I play the deck myself competitively or Red-Eyes depending on what BS I faced in ranked.
<< Anonymous(Inti)
Anonymous Reply
So besides the fact I got kog with that deck ur saying I should just copy the relinquished deck on this website that everyone uses.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
U do realize the point of fiend farewell is to feed relinquished and darkflare free tributes while thinning the deck at the same time
<< Anonymous
Inti Reply
No I didn't say that at all and in fact this website sucks at building decks lmfao.

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