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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 decks

Arcbrave Dragon

You need to purchase Dragonic Knights to build this deck.

Masked HERO

Geargia

Amazoness

Karakuri

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.

Cyber Angel

Tier
1
Cost
Expensive

Sylvan

Tier
1
Cost
Budget - Expensive

Masked HERO

Tier
1
Cost
Expensive

Geargia

Tier
1
Cost
Budget-Expensive

Quick chart

DeckCostTier

Cyber Angel
Expensive1

Sylvan
Budget - Expensive1

Masked HERO
Expensive1

Geargia
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

Alien
Budget2

Archfiend Emperor
Expensive2

Sea Stealth Attack
Expensive2

red eyes zombie
Expensive2

Golden Flying Fish
F2P - Budget2

Gaia Plate
Budget - Expensive2

Hazy Flame
Budget2

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

Amazoness
Expensive3

Snipe Hunter
Expensive3

Gladiator Beasts
Budget - Expensive3

Aromage
F2P3

Control Dinosaur
Budget3

Fire Fist Hazy
Budget3

Destiny Hero
Budget - Expensive3

Lava Golem Weevil
Budget - Expensive3

Temple of the Mind’s Eye Burn
Budget - Expensive3

Arkbrave Slash
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 World
Expensive4

Ancient Gear
Budget4

Nephthys
Expensive4

Six Samurai
Expensive4

mill
Budget4

Dark Magician
F2P4

KOG Worthy Decks

DeckCostTier

Bujin
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

gemini zombie
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Call of the Mummy
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Frog Monarch
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Psychic
BudgetKOG Worthy

Red Rotus Venus
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Papa-Corn
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Red Eyes Slash
ExpensiveKOG Worthy

That Grass Looks Greaner (Magnet)
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

E Hero Beat
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Water Beatdown
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Ras Disciple OTK
Budget - ExpensiveKOG Worthy

Ultimate Cyber-Stein
F2PKOG Worthy

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Anonymous 13days ago
As soon as you hit Stage 18 for KC cup, have fun dueling with nothing but Sylvans. Had to tweak my Aster deck to get to Dlvl Max and it worked really well with synergy:

2x Decider
3x Drilldark
3x Celestial
1x Vyon
3x Mask change
2x Chalice
2x Divine Wrath
2x Econ
2x Cosmic Cyclone

Destiny Calling skill
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 8days ago Reply
It's the chalice and don't play vyon in a non-fusion variant I guess
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
the synergy is great though cause i can mill out celestial instead of having a third decider, and still use mask change on it
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
Divine wrath rocks!
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 5days ago Reply
^^ i agree! lots of deck use GY effects these days anyway so the cost is definitely worth sending komushroomo to the grave
board2death 9days ago
hey need adivce, been playing for lil over a month spent my first batch of gems building an alien which i kinda regret now even tho its gotten me by, what deck should i build with my next 10,000 gems considering it will be really hard to build a third deck so i have to make the second deck count and last awhile, been debating btw masked, CA, fish, SSA, gregiano, or slyvan, any help would be cool
<< Anonymous(board2death)
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
When I decided to play ca it wasn't because it was a meta deck or a tier 1, it was because I like to play rituals and chain combos, also the OTK. So, I'd say choose a deck that you will enjoy playing and doesn't bore you. Now I'm at KoG rank, and so you can be playing SSA, it is not a tier 2 deck lol. Archfiends also come in the same abyss box (the best so far, at least for me).
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
If you want to w8 for future boxes, i'd say stay with a f2p deck like flying fish and invest in Servant of kings, it has wall of disruption and draining shields. You can also invest in some other useful Tech cards, super rush headlong, etc.
<< Anonymous(board2death)
Anonymous 6days ago Reply
Awesome
<< Anonymous(board2death)
Anonymous 6days ago Reply
U are only thinking of playing metas like others did? What's the fun in that?
Anonymous 8days ago
People saying SSA is Tier 2 have lost their minds! Just because people play Sylvans now does not mean it is no longer viable. It's so easy to bring out Citadel Whale and get combos going. Even a few tech cards to stop them is all you need.
<< Anonymous
Aquablast 8days ago Reply
Actually it's quite possible for sylvans to beat SSA, if only by the virtue of removing all your monsters... In fact that might not even be necessary if the sylvan used Rose Lover and special summon the tree. But just because SSA is supposedly T2 doesn't mean it is bad. It's just that GameA consider it worse than Syvlan. Personally I think the tiers are subjective... everyone has a different list.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
CA kill SSA.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
More and more people are not running two Cosmic Cyclones anymore because of Sylvan, and most SSA decks have at least two SSA cards. The only way Sylvan beats SSA is by virtue of bad hand. Abyss Warrior will take out sets and discard Fishborg to bring out Citadel Whale on turn two, and that only one combo choice! At that point it is almost impossible for a Sylvan victory. SSA 75% and Sylvan 25%.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
Agree! SSA player here, turn 2 whale is a BEAST plus if you have early abyss warrior and whale to discard.. OMG. However, I find it a bit problematic that ULTIMATE PROVIDENCE(S) are being used against me after turn 1, so if I didn't play first and there's a Set card, I'm now cautious to use monster effects becaue it will leave my field open and very hard to recover from that onwards.
Anonymous 6days ago
Flying Fish > Sylvans
And Fish are less expensive
Also Mako is cool
Anonymous 7days ago
With Marik coming out, they will release necrovalley and gravekeepers will be the new meta. SCREW YOUR GRAVEYARD EFFECTS
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
Xd
Anonymous 7days ago
3 copies of Abyss Warrior keeps SSA Tier 1, that card is is more essential in the current meta than Citadel Whale for SSA.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 7days ago Reply
Agree
Brazilian Guy 10days ago
So this game is now tottaly P2W guys. There's no way a free to play player or even a budget player can keep up with the meta. Sure, the goal of a company is to make money, but Konami has been way too greedy lately, releasing new boxes and completely changing the meta every month. I'm a budget player, and even spending some bucks I can't play competitively. RIP duel links
<< Anonymous(YoureJustDumb)
Anonymous 9days ago Reply
I'm a budget and there's no way you can get dark worlds or other such decks through f2p unless you only play 2-3 decks
<< Anonymous
Malefic 9days ago Reply
"I'm a budget and there's no way you can get dark worlds or other such decks through f2p unless you only play 2-3 decks"

Well, thats how F2P survive in long run. Focus on building 1-3 strong decks, Dont buy unnecessary box if it's not needed, climb KoG to get the most gems, and clear all events for gems
<< Anonymous(Malefic)
@malefic 7days ago Reply
At least you are admitting they stay focused on some decks and not all the cards. Unfortunately...when the meta changes, then these f2p players are left with no more choices if they want to keep playing. Think GB versus Geargia...or Sylvans. They spent all they had on GB, now they are screwed.
<< Anonymous(@malefic)
Malefic 7days ago Reply
Not really. Actually, if you invest in Galactic Ori for GB, you probably get 1-2 Saffira while digging for GB cards, and im talking as the one who did this. Now I have CA (full set but only 2 Senju) and GB deck. Every box always include F2P and P2W deck.
Itzmolin 9days ago
They should add gb dairus,or test tiger
Advance ritual art
Call of the haunted
Crush card virus cause errata anyway
Mask of darkness
Just limited them
<< Anonymous(Itzmolin)
Anonymous 8days ago Reply
Might as well add the weather painter archetype

It's not really good in the real life game but i can see its potential in duel links
Mitsu 9days ago
Hey! I just started duel links and i'm faced to a dilemma, I need your advices :

My primary idea was to have Cyber Angel's deck. But when i saw how difficult it was to have (i spend 1000 gems) i decice to buy abyss encouter's box. Then i choose to take Alien's deck (which was 1 tier at this moment), i almost complete the deck (btw i'm so dissapointed that it become 2 tier...)

Nevermind, on what deck should i spend my precious gems? Sylvan? Or should i try again to have cyber angel's deck? Masked heroes ?

I just want having fun when i'm playing (and if it possible beautiful cards) and of course win the more i can do

I hope this text wasn't too long... And I'm sorry if i misspoken, i'm a french girl

[for moderators : thank you for this amaaazing site, u really help me ! )
<< Anonymous(Mitsu)
SSA user 8days ago Reply
SSA needs "early protection" for your monsters, just in case you can't summon 2 or more monsters in one turn (though it should be easy with Fishborgs and Beautunaful Fish), so you need atleast 2 econs and 2 Sphere Kuribohs. Traps van't be trusted nowadays, since Hey Trunade CAs and Rose Lover Sulvans plague the competitive field.
<< Anonymous(Mitsu)
Aquablast 8days ago Reply
Mako? I honestly don't remember when he is unlocked. Just keep advancing the in-game stage and he should appear at some point. I think you should wait before considering Sylvan. The thing is Sylvan has been used TOO much, and I think most people will complain about in the event survey. And really, look into Aromage. It's a F2P deck where you just need in-game gold to trade for them.
<< Anonymous(SSA user)
Mitsu 8days ago Reply
SSA user: I notice thank you, i dont have theses cards for now but i will focus on it (but i have 2 ennemy controler and 1 miror wall, its nothing but it helps me a lot :D)

Aquablast: Thanks, i'm in hurry to meet Mako just for using field card
And yeah you're right maybe i should be patient, but you know i farm some gems and i soooo tempted to use them...x')
I'll take a look for Aromage deck :)
<< Anonymous(Mitsu)
Anonymous 8days ago Reply
To be honest when you are at that point probably best to invest your gems in boxes that you already invest in and try to build good deck out of cards you found in that box. Abyss Encounter is a pretty nice box for that since the good decks come out of it mostly does not require other box as much to be good. (Namely Alien, SSA) after that maybe collect more staple from other box like super rush...
Unlucky dragon lover 8days ago
Hello everyone

I havent played duel links since Valkyrie's Rage and the meta has changed.
I am willin to pay for a more expensive deck exept cyber angels. What do i go for?
I really liked masked hero anki and the deck for that card. Is it worth? Will it stay relevant? I just need a bit of help so i can play pve and competitive.

All advice is apreciated.
(Pls dont judge me english i am no native speaker xd)
<< Anonymous(Unlucky dragon lover)
Aquablast 8days ago Reply
You're a dragon lover but you're not working on a dragon deck!? That said, I don't blame you. I switched to a dino deck myself. I don't see how Anki would get invalidated... except if they get limited or something. You don't really need help for PvE, but as for competitive... best jump into it and see for yourself. There is no better way to learn than facing those decks yourself.
Anonymous 15days ago
I don't thinks aliens should be tier 1. their pretty brick. i see sylvans, ca, ssa and archifiend easily destroy aliens decks.
<< Anonymous
CA beats Alien? 15days ago Reply
In your dream
<< Anonymous(CA beats Alien?)
You're dreaming now 14days ago Reply
hey trunade and dakini in 2nd turn? ez OTK
<< Anonymous(You're dreaming now)
Anonymous 14days ago Reply
It really is the best deck ever! Long Live Cyber Angels!
<< Anonymous(You're dreaming now)
Anonymous 8days ago Reply
trunade and mask change second turn easy otk lol
Anonymous 10days ago
"I may have copied 90%-100% of someone else's deck, I may follow other people's instructions on how to use them, I may be part of the braindead hordes using the same tryhard meta decks someone else made for them, but my wins are pure skill!" - Duellinks players.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 9days ago Reply
High tier duels are only between the current tier 1 and some statistical anomalies how can you argue that there's no skill involved?

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