Meta Deck Tier List [5/17 Updated] | Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

This page contains our ranking for the meta decks in the game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Read for information regarding the best decks to use for PvP.

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This page contains our ranking for the meta decks in the game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Read for information regarding the best decks to use for PvP.

Deck Tier List Criteria

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We rated the decks according to the following criteria: Attack, Defense, One Kill potential, Extensibility, and Stability. Then we decided which deck fits in each tier depending on the overall rating it got.

Note: These decks are primarily for Ranked Duels.

S Icon.png Expect to see these decks the most in ranked and tournaments.
A Icon.png Will see a lot of play but not as strong as the Tier S decks.
B Icon.png Decks that are strong only against certain matchups.
C Icon.png These Decks are either no longer viable in the current meta. Most of these are played for fun.

Deck Tier List Updates

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The Roll the Dice! Duke Devlin Appears! brought in a handful of powerful cards. Crystal Beasts has jumped from unrated into Tier A!

Update Date Decks Summary
4/5 Crystal Beast Unrated → Tier A
4/5 Blue-Eyes Tier S → Tier A
Rating: 48 → 43
4/8 Harpies Unrated → Tier A
4/15 Onomat Tier S → Tier A
Rating: 45 → 40
4/15 Star Seraph Tier C → Tier A
Rating: 30 → 40

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Deck Tier List

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Tier S

Deck Detail
Noble Knights
Noble Knights
Rating: 48 /50
Description
This Deck uses Noble Knights to summon its Xyz Monsters and increases their ATK with Noble Arms Equip Spells.
Water XYZ Water XYZ
Rating: 48 /50
Description
Gain quick control of the Duel by utilizing your WATER Monsters and the Territory of the Sharks skill to Summon powerful Xyz and Synchro WATER Monsters.
Desperado
Desperado
Rating: 46 /50
Description
This Deck makes use of the skill Master of Destiny along with coin flip effect cards to maintain card advantage.

Tier A

Deck Detail
Thunder Dragons
Thunder Dragons
Rating: 46 /50
Description
Thunder Dragons use their effect to consantly recycle each other around the Duel so you can continuously summon Xyz Monsters.
Blue-Eyes Lightsworn
Blue-Eyes Lightsworn
Rating: 45 /50
Description
The deck combines the sheer force of power seen from the Blue-Eyes decks, and the milling and searching prowess of the Lightsworn archtypes. It is a time bomb for both the user and the opponent; a powerfu deck that can last a short duel.
Red Nova Resonators
Red Nova Resonators
Rating: 45 /50
Description
Getting Red Dragon Archfiend out to go for Red Nova Dragon is the Deck's gameplan. Going for an OTK via an unhindered direct attack is the main win condition, but there are other Synchro Monsters and Spell Cards to surprise the opponent with forms of control.
Harpies
Harpies
Rating: 44 /50
Description
You want to try and put out your Cyber Slash Harpie Lady as quickly as possible. In order to achieve this, swarm the field with Harpie monsters. The Harpies themselves are a strong enough win condition that you don't need to focus on winning with your boss monster.
Blackwings
Blackwings
Rating: 44 /50
Description
This Deck can quickly swarm the field with Blackwing monsters, which you can use to perform your Synchro Summons.
Shooting Star Dragon
Shooting Star Dragon
Rating: 44 /50
Description
This deck has a wide variety of combinations to play around in terms of boss monsters, depending on the situation at hand. It revolves around Junk Synchron and the Shooting Star Road skill, opening the chance to Synchro Summon powerful monsters like Junk Archer, Junk Berserker and the titular Shooting Star Dragon as early as the first turn.
Ritual Beasts
Ritual Beasts
Rating: 43 /50
Description
Ritual Beasts can quickly control the Duel by establishing strong defenses on their side of the field.
Cyber Dragon
Cyber Dragon
Rating: 43 /50
Description
This Deck can quickly fill your field with Fusion Monsters since Cyber Dragons can search and summon themselves in rapid succession.
Blue-Eyes
Blue-Eyes
Rating: 43 /50
Description
Blue Eyes is an agressive Deck that constantly places powerful monsters on the field to overwhelm your opponent.
Invoked Neos
Invoked Neos
Rating: 42 /50
Description
Invoked Neos Decks fill the field with Fusion Monsters, particularly through Invoked Fusion Summons.
Masked HEROs
Masked HEROs
Rating: 42 /50
Description
This Fusion Deck allows you to quickly summon different Masked HERO monsters that you can use to Fusion Summon from your Extra Deck.
XYZ Sharks
XYZ Sharks
Rating: 42 /50
Description
This deck focuses on rushing the field with Level 4 monsters to be able to summon a variety of Rank 4 Xyz monsters, which support that can refresh cards from the Graveyard, and negate effects even before they can be used against this Deck.
Satellarknights
Satellarknights
Rating: 41 /50
Description
Stellarknights can constantly be recycled onto the field so you can repeatedly Xyz Summon your Boss Monster.
Gouki
Gouki
Rating: 41 /50
Description
Gouki monsters allow you to control the field by using their effect to search each other when they are destroyed.
Crystal Beasts
Crystal Beasts
Rating: 41 /50
Description
This Deck is your typical heavy Control. Aim to maintain an advantage on the field as you set up your Crystal Beasts monsters.
Dream Mirror
Dream Mirror
Rating: 40 /50
Description
Dream Mirror heavily focuses on the ability to Special Summon monsters depending on the situation, which are further augmented by two Field Spells that can alternate between one another.
Fire King
Fire King
Rating: 40 /50
Description
This Deck controls the field by continously Special Summoning Fire King cards to destroy all cards on the field.
Magnet Warriors
Magnet Warriors
Rating: 40 /50
Description
Magnet Warriors allow you to quickly fill the field, hand, and Graveyard with monsters that you can use to summon its Boss Monsters.
Onomat
Onomat
Rating: 40 /50
Description
Onomat Decks make use of Gagaga, Gogogo, Dododo, and Zubababa cards along with the Onomatoplay skill to Xyz Summon monsters.
Star Seraph
Star Seraph
Rating: 40 /50
Description
This Deck controls the field by continuously Summoning Star Seraph monsters in order to use them as material for an Xyz Summon.

Tier B

Deck Detail
Triamid
Triamid
Rating: 39 /50
Description
This Deck uses several Field Spells and the effects of its Triamid monsters to gain control of the field.
Evil Eye Evil Eye
Rating: 39 /50
Description
This deck aims to equip Evil Eye of Selene onto your Medusa, Watcher of the Evil Eye.
Combo Shiranui Combo Shiranui
Rating: 39 /50
Description
You want to flood the board with your Samurai cards. Use your graveyard to maximize the aggression and value of this deck.
Crystrons
Crystrons
Rating: 38 /50
Description
This Deck controls the field by continuously Synchro Summoning monsters from the Extra Deck.
Buster Blader
Buster Blader
Rating: 38 /50
Description
Buster Bladers are one of th best counters against a Dragons Deck, but can also be viable against other Decks while using DNA Surgery.
Athena Burn
Athena Burn
Rating: 37 /50
Description
Athena Burn Decks use the effect of Athena and several Fairy monsters to continuously inflict damage during the first turn of the Duel.
Elemental Heroes
Elemental Heroes
Rating: 37 /50
Description
This Fusion Decks makes use of three Elemental HERO monsters to fulfill different summoning conditions.
Yubel Mill
Yubel Mill
Rating: 36 /50
Description
This Deck uses highly defensive Yubel Monsters to stall your opponent and mill their Deck by sending Warm Worm to the Graveyard.
Lightsworn
Lightsworn
Rating: 36 /50
Description
This Deck uses Lightsworn monsters to fill your Graveyard and allows you to summon its Boss Monster.
Dark Magician
Dark Magician
Rating: 36 /50
Description
This is a Deck that relies on removing your opponent's cards from the field to summon Dark Magician.
Six Samurais
Six Samurais
Rating: 35 /50
Description
Six Samurai Decks swarm the field with several aggressive cards that synergize well with each other.
Dragunity
Dragunity
Rating: 35 /50
Description
Dragunity Decks use strong monsters and their powerful effects to gain control of the field.
Exodia
Exodia
Rating: 35 /50
Description
Exodia Decks rely on the unique win condition of Exodia the Forbidden One to win the Duel on the first turn.
Cubic Burn
Cubic Burn
Rating: 35 /50
Description
Cubic Burn Decks repeatedly inflict damage on your opponent by constantly summoning monsters with burn effects.
Invoked Magician Girls
Invoked Magician Girls
Rating: 35 /50
Description
This Deck synergizes two different archetypes to make a decent Deck that makes use of Invoked Fusion Monsters.

Tier C

Deck Detail
Karakuri
Karakuri
Rating: 34 /50
Description
Karakuri Decks use Synchro Monsters to swarm the field and OTK the opponent during the middle stages of the Duel.
Cyber Angels
Cyber Angels
Rating: 32 /50
Description
Cyber Angels is a versatile and aggressive Deck that requires good resource management to use.
Ninjas
Ninjas
Rating: 30 /50
Description
This Deck aims to control the field by gaining advantage with its Ninja Monsters, Spells, and Traps.
Aromages
Aromages
Rating: 30 /50
Description
Aromage Decks aim to flood the field with monsters while constantly increasing your Life Points.
Flying Elephant
Flying Elephant
Rating: 30 /50
Description
This Deck uses a set of very specific cards to set up the field for Flying Elephant to take down your opponent on the first turn.
Amazoness
Amazoness
Rating: 29 /50
Description
This Deck uses Amazoness Princess and Amazoness Onslaught to flood the field with Amazoness monsters.
Destiny Board
Destiny Board
Rating: 29 /50
Description
Destiny Board is a unique skill that allows a player to win the Duel after certain conditions are met.
Sylvans
Sylvans
Rating: 28 /50
Description
Sylvan cards are used to search the Deck for cards that can remove your opponent's threats and boost your attacks.
Fur Hires
Fur Hires
Rating: 28 /50
Description
Fur Hire Decks chain the effects of their monsters to swarm the field and quickly end the Duel.
Invoked Lava Golems
Invoked Lava Golems
Rating: 27 /50
Description
This Deck uses the basic Burn Deck strategy but adds the Invoked archetype to make it more stable.
Spellbooks
Spellbooks
Rating: 26 /50
Description
This Deck relies on Spellbook of Fate to control the field and disrupt your opponent.
Ghostrick Mill
Ghostrick Mill
Rating: 25 /50
Description
Ghostrick Mill Decks use the effect of Ghostrick Skeleton and several Ghostrick cards to continuously mill cards from the opponent's deck.
Lava Golems
Lava Golems
Rating: 22 /50
Description
This Deck uses the effect of Lava Golem to incrementally decrease your opponent's Life Points.
Warm Worm
Warm Worm
Rating: 21 /50
Description
Warm Worm Decks repeatedly have Warm Worm destroyed in order to activate its effect and mill cards from the opponent's deck.

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