KC Cup: 1st Stage (Feb 2019)

Duel Links KC CUP Feb decks, the top meta of Duel Links in Feb 2019.
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Makrov KrauzBalanceFeb 9

A comment from Makrov Krauz:

The current meta is very OTK heavy with less back rows than before and here where Geargias shine.

  • Magic deflector steals games against koa'ki, AGs, hero and other spells dependent decks but still, the card is pretty much replaceable with a 3rd floodgates.
  • Cosmic cyclone to set your field and it's also good against AGs.
  • Super rush headlong is pretty much useless against koa'ki and AGs so I took it out.
  • Enemy controller worked way better for me than a 2nd pulse mines.
  • Make sure to regularly check your LP.


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MisPlayMakerBalanceFeb 10

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Fox TailsBalanceFeb 16



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MisPlayMakerSpell SpecialistFeb 12

A comment from nicigomo:

With gem knights each duel is always dynamic, it is not linear like other decks and that is precisely why it is a deck that serves against everything, the skill "specialist in magic" is better than balance because it guarantees a magic card even if the deck has 30 cards.

The use of cards like Gemini spark and supervise is important because in situations you can extend another turn while getting cards like grass is greener, additionally if you make a fusion with a monster that is equipped to supervise will make a special summon and you will have another material of fusion or a monster that can be used by bright diamond lady to bring in a special way another extra deck, as a prismaura to eliminate another card face up in the field (perfect for dragon reactor or some koaki meiru).

  • Obisdian will always be perfect for fusing from the hand, special invocation of a normal monster from the cemetery.

  • When the opponent has backrow I try to take out amethyst and then make another fusion and it activates its effect (when it leaves the field works like a giant trunade)

  • Bacon saver is used to save some otk if it gets to the graveyard with Grass is greener.

  • When it is possible the order of fusions must be: amethyst THEN lapislazulli (to activate the effect and send lazulli to the cemetery and recover another knight and perform 500 damage for each monster invoked in a special way) or zirconia (in both cases it seeks to activate the effect of amethyst) then any other strong fusion (prismura to eliminate face up or lady brilliant to go for the otk if there is no backrow).

  • This deck with grass is greener plus triramid pulse Works awesome

  • Econ is occasionally

Gladiator Beast


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SplittercoreHoly GuardFeb 13

A comment from Splittercore:
Hoplomus is great it survives wyvern, also I like to attack def monsters with it - gives lots of options and sometimes you don't want to destroy them by battle. Always play def when going first. Even if you have laquari - set it and defend don't let them know you play glads. Gravity lash is a must - makes ancient gear/blue eyes monsters super weak.

Impenetrable attack is awesome, but I would replace one with candida/floodgate if I had them. Holy guard is mandatory imo because most monsters in the meta have high def.

Gusto Burn


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SpiidoParasite InfestationFeb 10

A comment from Spiido:
This deck is more focused on defense than offensive, of course you can go to the attack on specific occasions. The ideal starting hand would be to come a Gulldo Gusto (since he is the only one that can activate something if it is destroyed by effect, different from the others Gusto that depends of being destroyed in battle) or a Floodgate Trap Hole to delay the opponent's turns. Once Gulldo is in the field you can start a combo in which you can call Winda> Egul> Pilica.

Important note: You can vary this sequence as you wish depending on the situation of the duel to reinforce your defenses almost creating a "looping" or to make Sychro, the ideal occasion to be offensive and to call Pilica in the field.

One of the problems with this deck is the risk of deck out or running out of monsters to create the "looping" I've talked about before. Here comes the cards Contact with Gusto and Daigusto Gulldos. Both have the function of recycling and destroying some card of the opponent. The Caam was an options I used but the final version I removed to make the deck more dynamic.

Here comes the "Burn essence", as the deck can be recycled in some way with the "Gusto looping combo", Lava Golem can surprise your opponent and Jade Insect Whistle to disrupt the draw. What made the deck lethal was Burning Land, only use it when you have a considerable Life Points advantage (fatal against Vampires) as it will be a "countdown" along with the Lava Golem.

With a little luck, this deck can face Koa'ki Meiru and even Ancient Gear. Another complicated match is DNA Buster Blade because you will have to be cautious and incredibly have a lot of players playing with this deck in this KC Cup.

Hazy Flame


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YourmichaelBeatdownFeb 9

A comment from Yourmichael:

Made it to rank 20 with a completely free to play deck! Pretty much the deck is straight forward. Summon Peryton to special summon sphinx and Manticore, use Sphinx’s effect to get another hazy flame, use beat down and that’s game usually!

The main pro of this deck is that all hazy flame monsters can’t be targeted by effects so there were times where the opponent had to target their own cards for destruction if they don’t know the effects which got me quite a few wins!

Manticore can usually kill any boss monster at 3100 atk. and if that's not enough summon Giganticastle and that would do it. The deck is super consistent for a free deck so I recommend this strategy for anyone who doesn’t want to spend money on the game! Good luck and see you at Stage 2!


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xanBeatdownFeb 11

A comment from xan:
Note: was an easy climb, AG is susceptible to OTKs, less back row rn and when they do it's 90% targeting spells. Cerb is MVP making SSA decks a pushover.


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mohdBeatdownFeb 13



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PHARMACISTLevel AugmentationFeb 10

A comment from PHARMACIST:
Karakuri are fun to play and compete at the same time. Level augmentation helps to get level 7 buire (the new level 5 nanishi +2) or to go directly to armades and rarely but crucial situations for stardust.

For protection. I use 2 offering 1 TTH 1E-con
For back row removal I used 2 cosmic cyclones, their non-destructive banishing helped me a lot against ancient gear players and to synchro easily.

Koa'ki Meiru


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MingSwitcherooFeb 7

A comment from Ming:

This deck is similar to my KoG deck, except I added back row removal cards and set the skill to Switcheroo.

Monty Talks

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Monty TalksDraw Sense: Spell/TrapFeb 7

A comment from Monty Talks:

I opted to only run two Maximus's because I have three Diamond cores to search and I find that having the extra Sandman to be extremely beneficial.

Two core compression as it's seriously underrated and it helps with follow up turns if you burn everything - also helps a lot when you go first to guarantee a Kuriboh or two.

I played against mostly Ancient Gear, Koa'ki, Spellbook, and Vampire on the way and I felt like this deck has everything needed to deal with all of them.

  • Ancient Gear is pretty simple - Urnight into Wall and then Pull Maximus; found that most AG players aren't running any back row

  • Spellbook is very similar; Urnight into the wall - ran into a couple of spellbook decks that are running Canadia so that was annoying but wall really shuts down Fate. Can be hard if you run into Silent Magician as she can negate Diamond Core - but Ice shut's that down pretty well.

  • The vampire was difficult if I went first; however going second is pretty easy. Just watch out for Vamp as that can turn the duel if you aren't prepared.

  • For other Koa'ki decks going second is pretty much auto win - barring a kuriboh and using wall + sphere kuriboh can usually shut down the OTK.


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KaiserRingerBalanceFeb 9

A comment from KaiserRinger:
I was able to reach the maximum level the first day. This with a lot of struggle, suffering, and even anger, faced with an extremely aggressive metagame, where those who reach the 2nd Turn with more resources win. I faced Koa'ki Meiru, Ancient Gear and Buster Blader most of the time.

Koa'ki Meirus has the best 2nd Turn in Duel Links, and using Balance, duels become faster. I used 21 cards, out of anger, since I always had problems with this ability while using 20 cards.

The most problematic matches are Buster Blader DNA Surgery and Parasite Infestation. And when facing someone using Grit, either take some of the opponent's LPs, or try to clear the field to attack with three monsters at once. And watch out for the Kuribohs who block that precious OTK.


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Construct1887GritFeb 9


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alexThe Tie that BindsFeb 10


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BdogBalanceFeb 11

A comment from Bdog:
I had 8 win in a row to get this lv max. I put koa ki boulder which i guess got me this far. Koaki ice is a beast also delete all special summon by deleting a card. Only reason I have galaxy cyclone it because dont have three (diamond core) .


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JR5333YBalanceFeb 10

A comment from JR5333Y:
Hi, I was able to complete the 1st stage of the Kaiba cup with this Koa'ki Meiru deck.Just 1 Urknight because I only have 1 but once I get the 2nd I will change 1 Wall for it. I prefer the Balance skill over Last Gamble because you will get at least 1 trap in your inital hand.


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kikealucard Deck 1BalanceFeb 13


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VideyParasite InfestationFeb 13

A comment from Videy:

Basic Koa'ki Meru deck that mixed with parasite infestation and jade insect whistle, it helps to make the last attack if you somehow only get to attack with maximus. its good against mirror match, spellbook, and vamp. not too consistent but I got 4 wins out of 5 duels.

Giresunlu Mümin

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Giresunlu MüminThe Tie that BindsFeb 15

A comment from Giresunlu Mümin:

İm lucky because I spend 10k gems this deck. İf old packs and dream tickets have existed, I am not able to pass Level 2. İ passed since level 19 I use balance version. My main problem was first turn and long games so I making this deck.

Other Lvl Max Players

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R.H.GritFeb 8
Mert1337GritFeb 10
Comickid15RestartFeb 12
gunroseBalanceFeb 13
Dr.AgonGritFeb 14


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In my opinion
Very cool event
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Where did you get this wallpaper ?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Kaiba is the mvp
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Horobi no basuto sutorimu !
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Nice, I think blue eyes was pretty competitive in the 2nd phase as well you just need to play Arkana + Sasuke Samurai :D
Deck shared! #DuelLinks

I made it to DL 20 Max with my deck.. how do I participate in th entire 2nd stage?? Please help because when i click on KC cup it only says Aggregating Results
<< Anonymous(D€vonator21 )
Anonymous Reply
That’s because it’s over lol you’re way late guy
<< Anonymous(D€vonator21 )
Anonymous Reply
It already ended, they are deciding the winners.
KONAMI employee
We have finally reached the true OTK coin flip era. Make sure to spend a few thousand dollars for three Canadias and three Floodgates if you survive going first.

Thank you for playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links.
Makrov krauz
I tried this deck on level max kc Cup.
A meme deck at best but sometimes it shines.
-5/10 win rate, loses to heavy backrow decks and vampires, usually wins against AGs, 50%-50% against koaki, hallowed life barrier and Fabled Dianaria are cluch against Koa'ki, heros and sometimes vampires.
-it rarely bricks but even so with Grit and hallowed life barrier you can stall.
-dark core and offerings are replaceable with snipe hunter but not necessarily for better.
-from my experience dark world dealing is the least useful card, it just allows you to swarm the field but the problem is non of the synchro monsters (except ASW and gigantic castle) can deal with big monsters so I prefere econ, dark core and offering.
-Hollowed life barrier is the main engine, free summon + full turn protection from damage and battle destruction.
-Econ is replaceable with Trunade but in this OTK meta Econ is very useful.
-replace ASW with Armades
<< Anonymous(Makrov krauz)
Anonymous Reply
i think i meet your deck yesteday and won......thanks..hahahaha
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
4kids was the worst company that ever dubbed Anime, if you think their job with YGO was poorly done, then you must see what they did to One Piece. Omfg... just plain awful
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
4kids sucked hard.
Btw, congratz Makrov. That's quite an original deck. b.b
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
However, 4Kids had one of the best openings for Yugioh 5DS, considering it was dubbed.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Aliens can make it to KOG any season, pal.
Let's see... feb 14th... I'd say they are pretty much capable to reach it by now.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Original poster, I typed it wrong because this is the kc cup page not KOG one.
<< Anonymous
Hmm Reply
Aliens can make it to KOG any season after the 1st week to be honest...
<< Anonymous(Hmm)
Anonymous Reply
Aliens are KOG material all the time, as some other dude said, you just gotta play them after the 1st week.
koakimeru cup
Koa’ki Meiru OTK makes this meta beyond stale. 7/10 times it’s against the same stale deck. Diamond Core needs to be Limited. No deck should be THAT consistent. I guess Konami wanted to squeeze some money out of Main Box 17 for this KC Cup. Oh well, I had a lot of fun making it to stage 2 with Plasma Fur Hire.
DLv. Max max with this "NO BOX RESET" Koa'ki deck. I only have two Urknights and Diamond Cores.

Other decks I used, Lava Assailant (stall) for starting dv up to 16, and Balance Noble Knights for dv 16-18. The rest, Koa'ki. Somehow NK and Koa'ki plays similar (use cards that will adapt to the current situation.)

Two losses from dv 19-20
1. Anki that used Cyclones for my traps on first turn and went for OTK.
2. Silent Spellbook that banished my DMF turn after turn. I nearly won, opponent has 100 lp left.

Drowning MFs were the MVP tho.
<< Anonymous(Shriek)
Anonymous Reply
It's because the game is NOT P2W.

<< Anonymous
CK15 Reply
Game isn't, AG, BE and SS decks are.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
However, that hashtagger who wrote,

"It's because the game is NOT P2W."

I think everyone knows who this spammer is and what he's doing in this site. I wonder if he already reached 1st stage max or the dude's too busy making internet memes and anti-p2w campaign in this site. Hmmmm,
<< Anonymous(Shriek)
Anonymous Reply
AWESOME; stop the hating .
Peace <3
AG is overhyped to the max. Certainly not tier 1.
<< Anonymous
DDR Reply
You sound like some guy that got whooped hard by AG deck. lmao
<< Anonymous(DDR)
Anonymous Reply
no. i just kinda knew B4Bear when Amazons and Heroes still the meta. he posted some of his shite decks before and some were really outrageous. just pointing fingers at him now because he just wont shut up hating AG and it's his mistake he got lured by it
<< Anonymous
DDR Reply
It was meant for B4Bear. Wrong reply button lol. Cheers.
<< Anonymous(B4Bear)
Anonymous Reply
Lovely Aster
Duel level max. Same as last season with 1 level per day. Zzz
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
Lovely Aster Reply
<< Anonymous
Lovely Aster Reply
"No one asked you to post your deck" So what? I don't need anyone's permission. I'll post what I want. "Tryhard" lol This deck is not even tier 2. Too much salt and salt is already stupid. Maybe I should get my old unga bunga dragon pierce/burn deck with peak performance out for stage 2. XD
<< Anonymous(Lovely Aster)
Anonymous Reply
We are just curious why are u posting that?
Its just a common zon deck. Hope its not for showing off?
<< Anonymous
Lovely Aster Reply
Because it is my ❤ favorite deck. That is all I can tell you.
This page is sad. I see: 1. Get yelled at if you lose or complain about meta. 2. Get yelled at if you win and don't complain about meta. What do people want?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
But why are they so rude? It is either "gg you suck" or "meta slave" type comments.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
People like to think they are better by bashing other players and most of them don't really think about what they mean. So they are just trying to make you mad.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
I guess so. I just wish that everybody could get along. When someone feels frustrated with duels it is better to take a break instead of taking it out on other players.
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
There are many rude kids around in this forum.
What the hell is the point of playing Koa’ki when you’re already KOG and DlMax? Hungry for wins?
<< Anonymous
Anonymous Reply
Because there's nothing else to do in this game
<< Anonymous
K Reply
Well....try other deck?
<< Anonymous
DDR Reply
You know what's better than telling people to abide to your limitation?


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