KC Cup [February 2018]

Duel Links KC Cup February 2018, the meta decks, guide.
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1st StageFeb 8 - unknown
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Currently we haven’t received much information yet about the next KC Cup but in this article we are going to assume it will work the same as last time.

Stage 1 of the KC Cup will start on the 8th of February, which last time consisted of 20 Duel Levels (Dlv), which work like the ladder system: you had to go “+3” to advance one level , and going “-3” would result in a demotion. You couldn’t be demoted from rank 5,10,15 and 20 and to rank up from level 19 to 20 you needed a win streak. Last time around, stage 1 gave out a lot of gems which gives you an incentive to get as high as possible.

If you get to Dlv 20 you can participate in stage 2 , which will start on the 16th of February (if you get to Dlv 20 after stage 2 started you can still join in). If you achieved King of Games in January you are qualified to join stage 2 no matter what Dlv you are on the 16th, but if you aren’t Dlv 20 yet and you want to go for it for the gems, you can still do that after stage 2 already started.

In stage 2 you try to get as high as possible on the Global/Regional ranking to receive prismatic UR/SR tickets, Gold and an Icon. If you finish in the top 500 of your Region you will get an invite for the World Championship Qualifiers (which will be held in a few months).

The World Championship Qualifiers will be a PvP event where people who qualified for it will fight for an invite to the World Championship which was held in Japan last year.

For Stage 2 each player will have an individual ranking depending on your Duel Points (DP). Everyone starts with 0 DP at the start (you can go under 0 DP) and you will win about 1000 DP when winning and lose 1000 DP for a loss. However the higher you climb the less DP you gain for a win and the more DP you lose for a loss.

This means you need a consistent and also fast deck to make your climb as efficient as possible. In this article we will list the current best decks (tier list) and which ones are good choices. Or if you won’t play any of these decks you can use this list to know what to expect people will be playing.


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.

Currently we have 2 decks in Duel Links that correspond to this. “Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon” and “Gladiator Beasts”.

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.

The Current tier 2 decks we have are “Hazy Flame” and “Saffira Cyber Angels”

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.

These are the tier 3 decks currently available: “Ancient Gears”, “Dark Worlds”, “Dino Control”, “Snipe Hunter Control”, “ Volcanics Control”, “Endless Trap Hell”

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. However since these decks lack consistency when compared to other deck, we will not include them here because there are not good choices for the KC Cup. However to give you an idea of what these decks are, here are some examples: “Gaia Plate Magnet Warriors”, “Six Samurais”, “Dark Magician”, “Phoenix”, …..

Common Decks

Probably the most common decks you’ll face during the KC Cup will be Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon and Saffira Cyber Angels. The reason these are good picks is because they can close out games very fast.

Saffira Cyber Angel

A lot of times Saffira Cyber Angels will either win or lose on turn 2/3 , even if the winrate with this deck is lower than for example Gladiator Beasts, because they can play games much faster they could be the better pick to climb early on (when one win is about the same DP as one loss).

Saffira, Queen of DragonsSaffira, Queen of DragonsSaffira, Queen of DragonsCyber Angel DakiniCyber Angel IdatenCyber Angel Benten
Cyber Angel BentenCyber Angel BentenSenju of the Thousand HandsSenju of the Thousand HandsSenju of the Thousand HandsCyber Petit Angel
Cyber Petit Angel
Hymn of Light
Hymn of Light
Hymn of Light
Machine Angel Ritual
Fairy's BlessingFairy's Blessing--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUsers
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck.
Check here!

Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon

Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon is in the highest tier right now and is a solid pick because they can also finish games fast, but even if they do face a harder matchup they can go the control route and still get the win (where Saffira Cyber Angels is not as good when playing a control style).
Because Red-Eyes Zombie Dragon is also less expensive to build it will be more common for that reason.

GozukiGozukiGozukiRed-Eyes WyvernRed-Eyes Zombie DragonRed-Eyes Zombie Dragon
Samurai SkullSamurai SkullBacon SaverRed-Eyes InsightRed-Eyes InsightEnemy Controller
Enemy ControllerSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongStormStormRed-Eyes Spirit
Red-Eyes SpiritCurse of Anubis--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Boosts the ATK of face-up attack position monsters you control by 300 per level 5 or more monsters you control. You can only use the skill once per turn.

Seto Kaiba
Straight to the Grave
Begin Duel with the Field Spell "Wasteland"

The Tie that Binds
Until the end of you turn, the ATK of all face-up monsters on your field increases by the number of monsters on your field times 100. This skill can only be used once per turn.

Yugi Muto

Gladiator Beast

When getting to higher DP, Gladiator Beasts will become much more common because a loss will cost you more DP than a win will get you. Gladiator Beasts are the best pick for consistency because they are so well rounded, they have a way to deal with backrow and monsters, they can also bring out big monsters if needed.

Gladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast LaquariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast BestiariGladiator Beast Murmillo
Gladiator Beast MurmilloGladiator Beast DimacariSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongEnemy ControllerEnemy Controller
Floodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleImpenetrable AttackImpenetrable AttackWall of DisruptionWall of Disruption
Windstorm of EtaquaCurse of Anubis----
Gladiator Beast EssedariiGladiator Beast NerokiusGladiator Beast Heraklinos---

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUsers
Your starting hand will reflect the card balance of your deck.
Check here!

Hazy Flame

Next on the list of most common decks will probably be Hazy Flame. There are cheap versions that can be build, they can close out games fast with an early Beast Rising or Beatdown (skill) or they can also play the waiting game if they fear Wall of Disruption/Mirror Wall by waiting until they draw Beast Rising. The version with Aroma Strategy is the most consistent one though as they can play more control oriented with Soul Exchange and other backrow (the versions without Aroma Strategy only run 5-7 backrow to raise the chances of the top card on their deck being a monster).

Flame TigerHazy Flame SphynxHazy Flame SphynxHazy Flame Sphynx
Hazy Flame CerbereusHazy Flame CerbereusHazy Flame CerbereusSoul ExchangeSoul ExchangeSoul Exchange
Super Rush HeadlongSuper Rush Headlong
Super Rush Headlong
Beast Rising
Beast Rising
Beast Rising
Windstorm of EtaquaCurse of Anubis--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Aroma Strategy
You can see the card at the top of your deck even before drawing it.


Ancient Gear

From the tier 3 decks we only suspect Ancient Gears and Dino Control will be commonly played. Dark Worlds, Snipe Hunter Control and Volcanics Control are very expensive and Endless Trap Hell is a very slow deck which will only be played by people trying to tilt others and not actually climb.

Ancient Gear GolemAncient Gear GolemSergeant ElectroSergeant ElectroSergeant ElectroAncient Gear Knight
Ancient Gear KnightAncient Gear KnightHeavy Knight of the FlameSphere KuribohSphere KuribohSuper Rush Headlong
Super Rush HeadlongSuper Rush HeadlongFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HoleFloodgate Trap HolePulse Mines
Windstorm of EtaquaCurse of Anubis----

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Middle Age Mechs
Begin Duel with the Continuous Spell "Ancient Gear Castle" activated.


Dino Control

Black BrachiosBlack BrachiosBlack BrachiosSergeant ElectroSergeant ElectroSergeant Electro
HydrogeddonHydrogeddonHydrogeddonFossil DigSuper Rush HeadlongSuper Rush Headlong
Super Rush HeadlongEnemy Controller
Enemy Controller
Anti-Magic Arrows
Anti-Magic ArrowsWall of Disruption
Wall of DisruptionFloodgate Trap Hole--------

Set Skill

[Skill] descriptionUser
Dinosaur Kingdom
Begin duel with the field spell "Jurassic World" activated.



Hot New Top
M 1days ago
So I get up to 4500 dp and then the next three games I play after I get some people who use this connection error glitch to win. I don’t know how they are doing it but it seems that they can activate it at whatever point in the duel they want in order to win a game that is clearly not going in their favor. This completely takes any fun out of the game for me. It already sucks that you can just pay to get good in this game but for us grinders our there who just play for fun I really hate how people can simply exploit the ranked system in order to advance. This just means ranks mean nothing. It’s all bull.
<< Anonymous(M)
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
Ranks mean nothing. Unless there is big money involved, as a rule, never take Duel Links seriously. It's all fun and games. I mean, it's mostly a luck based Card Game. LOL
<< Anonymous(M)
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
all top ranked global using it..
i lose 6000+ dp because them, fvck this shit
<< Anonymous(M)
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
And the worst part is KONAMI doesn't give a f***. I emailed them in order to report a cheater, and they said they couldn't talk about hacking/cheating and advised me to block those players instead. They didn't even ask for a proof. Sigh...
Anonymous 1days ago
Sigh.. Veteran fun loving player stuck under 13.. can't get past all the try-hard and cancerous decks

Should I delete the game? I don't want to invest in meta or play cancerous decks
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
Hard to delete something you love, probably reinstall it like I've done countless times...
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
And reinstalling this takes lots of hours regardless how good your connection is. So don't waste your time to uninstall if you still felt like playing.
Anonymous 2days ago
5 win streak to hit stage 2 is too much, I'm a busy man and can only hit DLv 19 due to don't have time keep tying to hit DLv 20, just make it 3 win strike will suffice. Not everyone that play this game are lifeless dude without a job.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
Bro, I was lazy with this event but I still managed to reach Stage 2. Starting from DLv.17 of today, I made it to DLv.20 in only an hour.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
I've encountered stall/GB decks which ruin my 4th ws sometimes, and those decks require long ass time to progress, thanks lifeless fker who use long ass time wasting deck.
Anonymous 1days ago
I made it to DLv.20 w/ out using copy-paste or meta premade by Konami. You can do it too! ;]
Anonymous 1days ago
I won't be making it to lv 20, but I am sure enjoying beating people on lv 19 who are trying hard like hell with their Hazy, Burn, and GB decks.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
I made it to DLv. 20 w/ using meta.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
*w/ out
Anonymous 1days ago
Can i play this children cards game in my motorcycle?
Duelist 2days ago
This back-row meta is really boring.. missing the old meta
<< Anonymous(Duelist)
Anonymous 1days ago Reply
The more back-row, the more strategic this games gets. Duel Links is NOT Yu-Gi-Oh Forbidden Memories. LOL
Anonymous 4days ago
Lol I'm not getting past dlv 16 with gladiator beasts. I'm kinda only facing Phoenix and weevil burn, how come?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 4days ago Reply
Also GBs are no match for Hazy
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 4days ago Reply
When you get a high win ratio, the game will rig your matches to lose against very specific decks that counter you. Konami does this to get you to grind, grind, grind and spend money at the store. Well, this is how a lot of Card Games practice Business
<< Anonymous
Anonymous 3days ago Reply
I fight to Lv.13 and stage 2 started, then I continue to fight KOG desk and now dropped to LV.10. This is very discouraging for good players.
KyanbuXM 2days ago
Finally, I made it to stage 2.
Blue Balls 2days ago
WOW! So like, my opponent used Restart and my App automatically froze. Guess what Konami? I had to take the loss on my rank up in the KC Cup.
<< Anonymous(Blue Balls)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Yup! It always happens on the Rank Up.
Anonymous 2days ago
Yugi said " its time to duel " but many people use burn deck, wth is this, it is Yugioh Duel Links not Yugioh Defence Links. And to Komoney please remove instant copy deck in PVP, you dont know if make a deck isnt easy.
<< Anonymous
Yugi 2days ago Reply
ah burn a cowards game!!!
Player J 2days ago
Just want to remind you guys that i am first place global this time. Remember my name,

I AM... PLAYER J!!!!!
<< Anonymous(Player J)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
Congrats m8
<< Anonymous(Player J)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
what deck use?
<< Anonymous(Dkayed)
Anonymous 2days ago Reply
You lost Decayed you suck!

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