If you recently picked up Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links you might be overwhelmed by the amount of boxes that are already released, which makes it very confusing for new players to know what box they should invest their gems in.
If you find yourself in that position, we will explain what box you should first consider investing in and what cards to exchange for the SR tickets that will be given to you to make your first competitive PvP deck. Although some players would say to wait before spending gems, and to farm cards first, this is very discouraging for new players because everyone just wants to have fun when playing this game. So in our opinion it’s best to have a cheap, good PvP deck, and then start saving gems for a more expensive deck that also requires you to farm for other cards.
If you ask around, some people would suggest new players to start by investing in a “Naturia” deck (box: Dawn of destiny) or a “Gladiator Beast” deck (box: cosmic origins). We do not agree with that. First of all, Naturias are very boring to play, the games will almost solely depend on your opening hand, and their power has significantly decreased. Second, although Gladiator Beast is a very strong deck currently, you will more than likely have to buy out almost a complete main box (200 packs), at which point you’ll still be missing important spells/traps to work well with those monsters.
We would advise people to look into a “Six Samurai” deck (box: Blades of Spirits) and an “Alien” deck (box: Abyssal Encounters). These decks are both able to reach King of Games in the right hands.
These two decks will only require you to buy on average half of the box, in which the cards can be found in order to make a good version. Between these two F2P friendly decks, we would recommend the “Alien” deck more than the “Six Samurai” deck because it will be more powerful. However, you will have to invest a few more gems because the Six Samurai cards are in a box with 80 packs, while the Alien cards are in a box with 200 packs.
Example Core Alien Deck
The Core of your Alien deck will be these 14 cards, but since the minimum amount of cards for a deck is 20, you’ll want to add 6 more cards to that. In most cases, an optimal deck only contains 20 cards. This is to raise the consistency of drawing your better cards.
Some good picks to fill up those 6 slots will be Alien Kid, Alien Grey, Mysterious Triangle and Enemy Controller. Mysterious Triangle is an SR from the Abyssal Encounters pack and there is a good chance that you picked up at least one while searching for the core R cards, but if you didn’t, do not worry, it is not needed to play this deck. You will obtain one copy of Enemy Controller by completing the bingo missions when you first start playing, but you can obtain more copies by exchanging some of the SR tickets you will receive during the first days that you login, and we highly advise you to get 3 copies of Enemy Controller as it has been a very strong spell since the release of this game.
The core cards of this deck are Rare (R), and there are 6 copies of each Rare card in a box with 200 packs, which means that if you would buy all those 200 packs without resetting the box, you will end up by owning 6 copies of each Rare card (and also 2 copies of each SR card and 1 copy of each UR card). Whenever you buy a pack there will be at least one R or higher card in that pack, which means that on average to get 3 copies of a Rare card you’ll have to buy 100 packs. So depending on your luck, you will have assembled all the cards needed for this Alien deck after buying about 100 packs (100 packs will cost 5000 gems).
A good skill to use with this deck is “Restart”. Bandit Keith can learn this skill by leveling up, however you first need to unlock Bandit Keith as a playable character which could take a bit. For this we recommend you start out the game by picking Seto Kaiba, and while playing PvP with this deck you will have a chance of the skill “Restart” dropping after a duel (it will become available with Seto Kaiba). Yami Yugi cannot learn this skill which is why we recommend starting out with Seto Kaiba, but even if you did start with Yami Yugi, you can still unlock all those other characters and the restart skill later on, it will just take a bit more time.
A great advantage about buying from this box is that it holds a lot of useful and powerful cards for other decks, which you could look into later on.
Example Core Six Samurai Deck
The core of a Six Samurai deck consists of these 4 Six Samurai monsters, but the amount of each that people run depends on your preference. Because Six Samurai monsters tend to have a weaker attack than other monsters that are currently popular, you will need to defend them with spells/traps.
For the filler cards, we included cards that you might have picked up while looking for the Six Samurai monsters. Great Shogun Shien is a UR in that same Box, Enishi, Shien's Chancellor is an SR (in a box with 80 packs only 1 copy of each SR is included). The SR spells/trap are Parallel Twister, Fire Formation - Gyokkou and Powerful Rebirth, which all have synergy with this Six Samurai deck. Although some people will say Great Shogun Shien and Enishi Shien’s Chancellor aren’t great in a Six Samurai deck, that is true for someone that has access to other more powerful spells/traps, but when you first start out they are very good to compensate for the lack of strong backrow.
Because each Rare card has 5 copies of it in a box with 80 packs, you’ll have to buy (on average) a bit more than 40 packs to pick up 3 copies, but this will depend on your luck. Since some of the other UR/SR cards in this box work well with this deck, you might pick up more of them as well, so do not get frustrated if you have to buy more than 40 packs.
To buy 40 packs you would need only 2000 gems, which is a lot less than for the Alien deck, but we do recommend the Alien deck as it will be much stronger.
The preferred skill to run with this deck is “Fields of the Warriors” which is a skill you unlock for Joey Wheeler by playing the Bingo Missions
In the Blades of Spirits box you’ll also pick up some of the “Hazy Flame” cards, which is another possible F2P friendly deck you can look into. You’ll have to buy some cards from the card trader, which could take a while to get the cards you want and the materials that are needed though.
Some commonly used terms:
King of Games (KoG): This is the highest rank you can obtain on the PvP ladder
Farm(ing): Farming is when you beat a legendary duelist over and over again with a specific deck that can get you a lot of rewards at the end of the duel, which in term increases the chance that a rare card would drop.
UR: An Ultra Rare card, the highest rarity currently in Duel Links. In each box only one copy of each UR is included.
SR: A Super rare card. In a main box (200 packs), each SR will have 2 copies included, while in a mini box (80 packs) there will only be one copy of each SR in that box
Resetting a box: If you are looking to get multiple copies of a UR/SR card from a box, you might want to reset the box when you get it in the first couple of packs, which will put the amount of packs back at 200 or 80 (depending on the box) so you can pull it again.
Backrow: When talking about backrow, it is referring to spells/traps, which are cards that are placed on the row below your monsters on the field. (frontrow = monsters)
Skill: In Duel Links you can link a skill to a deck, which will add some sort of advantage. Each character has their own unique exclusive skills that they can learn from levelling up, but they can also obtain skills through a random drop when you duel against Legendary Duelists or PvP.
Legendary Duelist: A legendary duelist is a character from the TV show, these duelists can drop more precious rewards than standard duelists.
SDs: Standard duelists are the generic duelists you will see in the overworld which you can beat to get keys. The keys can be used at the gate to duel Legendary Duelists.
Card Trader: This character stands in front of the shop and you can interact with him to exchange materials (gold, jewels) for cards he offers. The card trader changes his wares every 8 hours, and the timer only starts when you view him.
Except Sams was never good ever since its release. Not even a tier 3 garbage.
Alien and GB are at least good during its release and still cheap enough that most of the deck cores can be acquired from a single box without a reset. Btw GB which are older than Sams are still a decent deck now. Original Sux Sams are that bad. That said, their pack itself is decent. Just don't build Sams, build Hazy
^lol, that exactly why sams are garbage. Only plat? Alien and GB can easily reach KoG with less than 50 wins even with some unlucky matchup. Even Hazy can do so with maybe more more wins needed. Plat are shit tier dude, even unga bunga vanilla deck with somewhat decent backrow can reach plat with no problem
A good start, IMO, is getting Fisherman II, SSA, and Warrior of Atlantis early in the pack, then reset. Even if you have to buy the entire box after reset, you'll then be guaranteed to have the staples like 3x SSA, Warrior of Atlantis, 2x Citadel/Fisherman. If you want Archfiend, I'd look for an early Emperor find, reset, get Emperor again early, reset, then buy up for the last one.
Anonymous 25days ago
this is shockingly coherent and helpful...but no recommendation to tech in speed spell salvage 0/10