If you have just started playing Duel Links or you simply haven’t opened the game in a while, you are probably looking at the Shop, wondering where to start. After all, this game has been out for over two years, and the amount of options available at this point is quite overwhelming. You do, however, have a limited amount of resources, so I am going to try and direct you towards what’s relevant at the moment.
For starters, let’s talk about some of the most popular cards in the game right now—mostly Spell and Trap Cards that can fit in pretty much any deck. These cards have proven to be a great investment for many players by remaining relevant for a very long time and should be one of your primary foci, if you have just started playing the game.
|The cards are sorted by Type and Rarity|
|WIND Machine ★1|
ATK 200 / DEF 400
|Tour Guides Mission Bingo Event [SR]|
|Activate when you discard this card from your hand during damage calculation after a direct attack. Any Battle Damage you would receive from that direct attack becomes 0. Only once, if you remove this card from the game when it is in your Graveyard, any Battle Damage you would receive from a direct attack becomes 0.|
Another amazing low-Level monster that can allow you to survive an OTK. Kiteroid has been Semi-Limited pretty much right after its release.
Quick-Play Spell used for backrow removal; Cosmic Cyclone’s activation cost gives it synergy with a lot of Skills (like Sorcery Conduit).
|Seto Kaiba [SR]|
Seto Kaiba (DSOD) [SR]
Ranked Rewards [SR]
|Activate 1 of these effects.● Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change that target's battle position.● Tribute 1 monster, then target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; take control of that target until the End Phase.|
Versatile Quick-Play Spell that can be used to protect your monsters and/or your Life Points, or to take control of an opponent’s monster. Enemy Controller is currently Semi-Limited.
Another Quick-Play Spell that is currently Semi-Limited; World Legacy Clash is used to decrease the stats of the opponent’s monsters, stall, or to trigger certain effects.
Removal effect that can get rid of any card in your opponent's field. Tributing your monster can also be useful for triggering effects whose activation involve "when sent to graveyard" or "when this card is tributed"
Trap Card that’s generally used to slow down the opponent by locking a monster that has just been Summoned in face-down Defense Position.
|Valiant Souls [UR]|
Bundle Set Sale [UR]
|Target 1 face-up monster your opponent controls; change it to face-down Defense Position. Once per Chain, when a Trap Card is activated while this card is in your Graveyard: Special Summon this card as a Normal Monster (Aqua-Type/WATER/Level 2/ATK 1200/DEF 0). (This card is NOT treated as a Trap Card.) If Summoned this way, this card is unaffected by monster effects, also banish it when it leaves the field.|
Similar to Floodgate Trap Hole, Paleozoic Canadia can flip monsters face-down, but it’s more versatile and it has an additional effect that allows you to Special Summon it from the Graveyard as Level 2 monster.
A Trap Card with a minor activation requirement and the ability to destroy two monsters on the field. Treacherous Trap Hole is currently Semi-Limited.
Here are the decks that we recommend to invest.
Gouki is a beater deck you can build by pulling from Flames of the Heart. If you want an effective deck that requires minimal combos, this deck is for you. The floating effect inherent to all Goukis, allows you to maintain resources and keep up with more combo-oriented decks.
This example assumes you pulled the full Future Horizon box once or at least pulled the Superheavy Samurai SR and UR cards. Most of the cards in this deck are R and all cards are found in a single box making the deck fairly cheap to build. The unique tactic used by Superheavy Samurais mean you will not need any of the staple Spell/Traps in your deck, adding to this card's cheapness.
In terms of power, The DEF of your Synchro monsters equipped with Superheavy Samurai Soulshield Wall can easily reach the level of Blue-Eyes decks' ATK.