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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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update 26/05/2017

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.

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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


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rock 3days 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 8days 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 5days ago Reply
if u have econs why use 2 twister make no sense lol
<< Anonymous(Bread)
maalsenu 5days 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 4days 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 3days 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 5days ago
JoeA17 16days 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 13days ago Reply
This deck will be only Platinum 1 and can't reach to KOG
<< Anonymous(JoeA17)
Anoymous 12days ago Reply
This deck could easily reach KoG. Have you read the ritual spell's graveyard effect? Pretty nutty.
<< Anonymous(JoeA17)
Anoymous 8days ago Reply
Just a whale deck, 2 kuri, 3 sonic, 2 mil, 3 gaia...
<< Anonymous(JoeA17)
Anoymous 6days ago Reply
......Expensive deck I
Anoymous 8days ago
Does anyone have a good megarock deck?
Anoymous 8days ago
another deck to easy farm joey and i got 8000+ point from this guy's idea. watch here guys
Why is tea burn so high up? It's literally a 50/50 based on turn 1. That's not a strong deck it's just a lucky one (and I'm saying this as someone who cimbed to plat with it).
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 31days ago Reply
I have no idea. And you're 100% spot on with what you are saying.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 30days ago Reply
because u can fast duel with it.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 9days ago Reply
your argument doesn´t make it a top tier deck... its just a shitty burn deck which requires some lucky draws...
Anoymous 10days ago
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Pixie 12days ago
Here is my version of plant deck. Very fun deck to play and it can setup combos nicely. I say it's tier 2/3 at best. Sadly, it isn't fast enough to setup your combos to beat those annoying burn decks. But I really like this deck. Requires a lot of thinking and strategy.

I use "rigorous reaver" for getting rid of the cards I dont want or send a card I want in the graveyard like "Talaya" to setup my combos. I use switcheroo for backup. You do not want any "Talaya" in your hand except in the graveyard or in your deck unless you have "Lekunga" and a token for tribute fodder. I do not use "raging mad plants (SR)" because IMO it is a horrible card at most time.

Instead of mirror wall, you can replace it with security orbs when fighting someone who uses a lot of mirror walls.
Anoymous 13days ago
How should Gaia/Flash Assailant decks be rated? I was able to get to Plat 3 without great difficulty with a variant of it.
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 13days ago Reply
I'd go with Tier 1 or Tier 2, but it isn't very common for some reason. I guess that's why it hasn't been rated yet?
Anoymous 21days ago
I hope this works
<< Anonymous
Anoymous 17days ago Reply
Ofc it will work. 14 URs and 6 SRs...
<< Anonymous(Slowking)
Boxman 14days ago Reply
I think u meant lousy players use every card exploits to get ahead in game. What skill needed to do card exploit? Lol.
<< Anonymous
Manolasso 13days ago Reply
Mirror Wall is a dead card in high plat. I'll say just that
<< Anonymous(Manolasso)
Anoymous 13days ago Reply
Most traps are
Anoymous 13days ago
I use a plant deck. Imo they r tier 3 at best. They can beat some tier 2 deck if you get a good hand. Also good at destroying harpies hunting ground. Most tier 1 decks is way too fast for plants.

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