Deck Tier List | 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.

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

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.

S Expect to see these decks the most in ranked and tournaments.
A Will see a lot of play but not as strong as the Tier S decks.
B Decks that are strong only against certain matchups.

S Tier Decks

Water Xyz

Deck Rating
Abyss Dweller.pngAbyss Dweller 98 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
20/20: Extensibility
20/20: Stability

Overview

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.

How to Play

Get your Abyss Dweller out as early as possible to control that board and end the game.

Noble Knights

Deck Rating
Noble Knight Medraut.PNGEnlarge Noble Knights 98 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
20/20: Defense
19/20: One KIll
19/20: Extensibility
20/20: Stability

Overview

Noble Knights makes use of the Xyz and Equip spell cards to consistently put out level 4 and 5 Xyz monsters.

How to Play

Use Noble Knight Medraut and your Equip spell cards. Assess the situation and carefully decide how you want to attack.

Blue-Eyes

Deck Rating
Blue Eyes Spirit Dragon.pngBlue-Eyes 96 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
20/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
20/20: Stability

Overview

One of the most popular deck, Blue-Eyes simply wishes to summon big monsters.

How to Play

You want to make sure you take minimal damage in the early game until you can bring out your Blue-Eyes Spirit Dragon.

Thunder Dragon

Deck Rating
Thunder Dragon.png Thunder Dragon 96 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
19/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
17/20: Extensibility
20/20: Stability

Overview

Thunder Dragon is a control deck that maximizes and capitalizes on your card advantage.

How to Play

You want to use cards like Thunder Dragondark to search your deck. Cards like this allows you to maintain card advantage on the field and in your hand. Thunder Dragonhawk also allows you to make use of your graveyard.

Desperado

Deck Rating
Desperado Barrel Dragon.PNGDesperado 96 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
19/20: Defense
19/20: One KIll
19/20: Extensibility
18/20: Stability

Overview

You want to maintain Card advantage over your opponent. Make use of your Trap cards in order to support your boss monster.

How to Play

Many Desperado Deck builds rely on the Master of Destiny skill along with several cards with coin flip effects to maintain card advantage. Dark Machine monsters and a variety of Traps are essential in Desperado Decks to support its core card, Desperado Barrel Dragon.

Onomat

Deck Rating
Gagaga Cowboy.jpg Onomat 95 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
19/20: Defense
16/20: One KIll
20/20: Extensibility
20/20: Stability

Overview

This deck uses the skill Onomatoplay hence the name.

How to Play

Use a collection of Gagaga, Gogogo, Zubababa, and Dododo cards to gain synergy with Onomatoplay. Zubababancho Gagagacoat, Utopic Onomatopoeia, and Gagaga Samurai are all core cards.

A Tier Decks

Blackwings

Deck Rating
Assault Blackwing - Chidori the Rain Sprinkling.png Blackwings 94 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
16/20: Defense
19/20: One KIll
20/20: Extensibility
19/20: Stability

Overview

Blackwings is an aggressive synchro deck that has potential to one turn kill opponents.

How to Play

Blackwing - Simoon the Poison Wind and Black Whirlwind are the support cards to search in your deck to summon multiple Synchro monsters.

Cyber Dragon

Deck Rating
Cyber Twin Dragon.pngCyber Dragon 93 /100: Overall Rating
19/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
18/20: Extensibility
18/20: Stability

Overview

Cyber Dragon is a fan favorite deck as it is capable of destroying your opponent's board in one turn.

How to Play

This deck revolves around fusion summoning your boss monster. This boss monster, namely Cyber Twin Dragon, can attack twice allowing you to deal massive damage in one turn.

Ritual Beasts

Deck Rating
Ritual Beast Ulti-Apelio [UR].PNG Ritual Beasts 93 /100: Overall Rating
18/20: Attack
20/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
19/20: Extensibility
16/20: Stability

Overview

Ritual Beasts is another combo deck that focuses on searching for specific cards.

How to Play

Try and focus on searching and drawing Ritual Beast Ambush Rating. Also, try and getting Ritual Beast Ulti-Cannahawk in the early game to start getting more monsters.

Masked HEROS

Deck Rating
Masked HERO Anki.pngMasked HEROS 92 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
17/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
18/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

This deck revolves around playing the HERO cards.

How to Play

You want to special summon the HERO cards from your extra deck. Then, use Masked HERO Anki to finish your opponent off.

Gouki

Deck Rating
Gouki Suprex.pngGouki 91 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
16/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
18/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

Gain field control over the opponent by searching your deck for Gouki monsters.

How to Play

Gouki Decks rely on the ability of Gouki monsters to search each other from the Deck when they are destroyed. This effect allows you to slowly gain control of the field as the Duel progresses. Gouki monsters are often paired with Spell and Trap Cards that require you to Tribute monsters since they are constantly replenished in your hand.

Satellarknights

Deck Rating
Stellarknight Delteros.pngSatellarknights 91 /100: Overall Rating
19/20: Attack
16/20: Defense
18/20: One KIll
18/20: Extensibility
20/20: Stability

Overview

Make use of the powerful Xyz summons to bring out your Satellarknight monsters.

How to Play

Satellarknights are Decks that heavily focus on Xyz Summoning powerful monsters from the Extra Deck, specifically Stellarknight Delteros and Darktellarknight Batlamyus. The playstyle relies on the combined ability of Stellarknight monsters to constantly recycle themselves and continue performing Xyz Summons.

Fire King

Deck Rating
Stellarknight Delteros.pngSatellarknights 90 /100: Overall Rating
19/20: Attack
15/20: Defense
18/20: One KIll
18/20: Extensibility
20/20: Stability

Overview

Try to control the field as much as possible and OTK your opponent.

How to Play

The Fire King Deck's goal is to continuously destroy the field and deplete the opponent of their cards, while the player continuously reactivates and brings back their cards from the Graveyard. This Deck can OTK (One Turn Kill) through the effect of Fire King High Avatar Garunix destroying the entire field. If the Deck doesn't OTK, it will at least last long in a Duel. The Deck will also rarely brick because of searcher cards like Fire King Island, Fire King Avatar Barong, and Onslaught of the Fire Kings.

B Tier

Triamid

Deck Rating
Core CardTriamid 89 /100: Overall Rating
18/20: Attack
19/20: Defense
15/20: One KIll
17/20: Extensibility
20/20: Stability

Overview

Make use of your spells to search and combo your Triamid monsters.

How to Play

Triamid Decks involve a heavy use of Field Spells to support the different Triamid cards used in the Deck. The effects of the different Triamid monsters allow you to replace and recycle your different Field Spells, while the Field Spells allow you to search and summon other Triamid monsters.

Buster Blader

Deck Rating
Core CardBuster Blader 88 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
15/20: One KIll
17/20: Extensibility
18/20: Stability

Overview

Buster Blader is an aggressive deck that aims to use its monsters to push for lethal damage.

How to Play

The main goal of a Buster Blader Deck is to Fusion Summon Buster Blader, The Dragon Destroyer Swordsman and use it tandem with DNA Surgery to quickly take down your opponent.

Crystron

Deck Rating
Crystron Quariongandrax.pngCrystron 88 /100: Overall Rating
17/20: Attack
19/20: Defense
15/20: One KIll
18/20: Extensibility
19/20: Stability

Overview

Crystrons is an archetype that relies on Machines and Synchro summoning. The main card in this deck is Crystron Quariongandrax.

How to Play

You want to maintain control on the board as much as possible until you can finish your opponent with Crystron Quariongandrax.

Athena Burn

Deck Rating
Core CardAthena Burn 87 /100: Overall Rating
19/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
19/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
15/20: Stability

Overview

Athena Burn Decks use a set of very specific cards to execute a very intricate First-Turn-Kill strategy.

How to Play

Tethys, Goddess of Light and Reload allow you to draw your entire Deck during your first turn, while Athenainflicts damage each time a Fairy monster is summoned. By using Fairy monsters that can sequentially summon each other, this Deck can grant you a quick and easy win.

Elemental Heroes

Deck Rating
Core CardElemental Heroes 87 /100: Overall Rating
19/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
19/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
15/20: Stability

Overview

Elemental Heroes is an aggressive deck that relies on Fusion Summoning monsters from your Extra Deck.

How to Play

This Deck uses three different Elemental HERO monsters in the Main Deck that fulfill different roles to ultimately allow you to Fusion Summon at least one of the Fusion Monsters in your Extra Deck. With the many Spell Cards this Deck contains, there are also several different ways to bring your Fusion Monsters to the field.

Dark Magician

Deck Rating
Dark Magician.png Dark Magician 86 /100: Overall Rating
18/20: Attack
17/20: Defense
16/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
19/20: Stability

Overview

Dark Magician is a deck that uses the most popular card in the franchise in Dark Magician.

How to Play

Use cards like Dark Magical Circle Rating and How to Get and Magician Navigation to swarm the field and to banish opposing monsters.

Yubel Mill

Deck Rating
Core CardYubel Mill 86 /100: Overall Rating
17/20: Attack
20/20: Defense
16/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

Yubel Mill aims to destroy your opponent's deck in order to win the duel.

How to Play

This Deck uses the standard milling strategy of destroying Warm Worm to incrimentally thin your opponent's Deck, but combines it with highly defensive Yubel monsters to make the Deck less fragile. Yubel - Terror Incarnate also adds a consistent method of sending Warm Worm to the Graveyard.

Lightsworn

Deck Rating
Chaos Dragon Levianeer.pngLightsworn 86 /100: Overall Rating
19/20: Attack
14/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

Lightsworn is an aggressive Graveyard based deck.

How to Play

This deck aims to fill your Graveyard with Lightsworn monsters in order to summon Chaos Dragon Levianeer.

Invoked Magician Girls

Deck Rating
Quintet Magician.PNG Invoked Magician Girls 85 /100: Overall Rating
18/20: Attack
15/20: Defense
18/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
18/20: Stability

Overview

Invoked Magician Girls is a control deck based around the Magician Girls.

How to Play

Maintain control of the board until you can get Quintet Magician out on your board.

Exodia

Deck Rating
Exodia the Forbidden One (1).jpg Exodia 85 /100: Overall Rating
18/20: Attack
15/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
16/20: Stability

Overview

End the game by drawing all your Exodia pieces.

How to Play

Exodia Decks use the unique win condition of Exodia the Forbidden One to win the Duel on the first turn. All other cards in the Deck allow you to quickly draw and summon all your Exodia cards and eventually add them to your hand.

Dragunity

Deck Rating
Dragunity Knight - Ascalon.pngDragunity 85 /100: Overall Rating
17/20: Attack
16/20: Defense
19/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

This deck revolves around equipping Dragon-Type Tuner monsters to your other monsters.

How to Play

You are looking to equip your strong Dragon-Type Tuner monsters in order to make plays. Work around your extra deck until you can bring out Dragunity Knight - Ascalon)

Cubic Burn

Deck Rating
Core CardCubic Burn 85 /100: Overall Rating
20/20: Attack
11/20: Defense
18/20: One KIll
18/20: Extensibility
18/20: Stability

Overview

Cubic Burn deck makes use of its aggressive cards to deal lethal damage.

How to Play

Many Cubic Monsters have two crucial effects that make this Deck function. They can inflict damage to your opponent when summoned, and they can search and summon each other from different locations in the Duel.

Six Samurai

Deck Rating
Secret Six Samurai - Hatsume.png Six Samurai 85 /100: Overall Rating
19/20: Attack
16/20: Defense
19/20: One KIll
14/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

Six Samurai is an aggressive deck that relies on the Samurai cards to swarm the field.

How to Play

Combo your Six Samurais in order to get value out of each of them. These cards synergizes well with one another making it easy to play.

C Tier

Karakuri

Deck Rating
Karakuri Shogun MDL 00 Burei UR.PNGKarakuri 84 /100: Overall Rating
18/20: Attack
15/20: Defense
18/20: One KIll
15/20: Extensibility
18/20: Stability

Overview

Karakuri is a deck that floods the board with Synchro monsters. The deck is built around Karakuri Shogun mdl 00 “Burei”.

How to Play

Use Karakuri Anatomy and Karakuri Cash Cache to draw through your deck while flooding the board.

Cyber Angels

Deck Rating
Cyber Angel Dakini.pngCyber Angels 82 /100: Overall Rating
15/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
16/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

Cyber Angels is a control deck that has potential to OTK your opponent at times.

How to Play

Cyber Angels offers a versatile playstyle as it can be a control or aggressive deck that can finish the duel with an OTK. Primarily a control deck, Cyber Angels requires good resource management to mitigate your opponent's attacks

Flying Elephant

Deck Rating
Core CardFlying Elephant 80 /100: Overall Rating
15/20: Attack
15/20: Defense
20/20: One KIll
15/20: Extensibility
15/20: Stability

Overview

Flying Elephant is a fun deck that makes use of a different win condition.

How to Play

This Deck uses the unique effect of Flying Elephant to instantly win the Duel. All other cards in the Deck and the selected skill allow you to set up the proper conditions to activate the effect of Flying Elephant.

Ninjas

Deck Rating
Ninja Grandmaster Hanzo.pngNinjas 80 /100: Overall Rating
16/20: Attack
13/20: Defense
13/20: One KIll
19/20: Extensibility
19/20: Stability

Overview

Ninjas aim to control the board using the Ninja Monsters, Spells, and Trap cards before it finishes a duel off by sheer field advantage.

How to Play

Try and get Yellow Dragon Ninja Rating and How to Get out on the field as early as possible. Use this card's strong effects to clear the board and end the game.

Aromages

Deck Rating
Aromaseraphy Rosemary.pngAromages 80 /100: Overall Rating
13/20: Attack
16/20: Defense
13/20: One KIll
19/20: Extensibility
19/20: Stability

Overview

Aromages is a mid-range deck with elements of control.

How to Play

Make use of the strong Aromages to gain lost LP and to try and whittle down your opponent's in the process.

Star Seraph

Deck Rating
Star Seraph Scepter.pngStar Seraph Scepter 80 /100: Overall Rating
18/20: Attack
14/20: Defense
14/20: One KIll
17/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

The Star Seraph deck uses Star Seraph Scepter and Sovereignty as material to Xyz summon a level 4 monster. The deck previously had the Master of Destiny Skill to help with the draw, but it's been severely limited by the banlist.

How to Play

Draw your Star Seraph cards in order to Xyz Summon powerful Xyz monsters. Use these monsters to push through and try to get lethal damage as early as possible.

Destiny Board

Deck Rating
Core CardDestiny Board 79 /100: Overall Rating
13/20: Attack
16/20: Defense
13/20: One KIll
19/20: Extensibility
18/20: Stability

Overview

Destiny Board aims to prolong the game as a win condition.

How to Play

This is a unique Stall Deck that uses the unique win condition of the skill, Destiny Board. The other cards in the Deck are used to either stall your opponent or quickly search for Dark Necrofear and send it to the Graveyard.

Amazoness

Deck Rating
Amazoness Onslaught.pngAmazoness 79 /100: Overall Rating
16/20: Attack
13/20: Defense
13/20: One KIll
19/20: Extensibility
18/20: Stability

Overview

Amazoness is a control deck that looks to flood the field shortly after clearing it.

How to Play

This deck revolves around using cards such as Amazoness Princess as an engine to search for Amazoness Onslaught in order to flood the board with Amazoness Monsters.

Fur Hire

Deck Rating
Beat Bladesman fur Hire.pngFur Hire 78 /100: Overall Rating
19/20: Attack
17/20: Defense
13/20: One KIll
16/20: Extensibility
13/20: Stability

Overview

Fur Hire is a deck that relies on chaining together the Fur Hire monsters. This allows for a swarmy field that has potential to end the duel fast.

How to Play

Use the Fur Hire monsters' effect to either swarm the field or control it. These monsters have powerful effects making it easy to win the duel if you have the right cards in hand.

Sylvan

Deck Rating
Sylvan Komushroomo.pngSylvan 78 /100: Overall Rating
13/20: Attack
17/20: Defense
13/20: One KIll
18/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

You want to use your cards to excavate from your deck in order to remove your opponent's threats while boosting your monster's attack.

How to Play

Use your Sylvan Hemitree and Sylvan Peaskeeper to excavate cards from your deck. Ideally, you would want to excavate either your Sylvan Komoshroom or Sylvan Marshalleaf.

Invoked Lava Golems

Deck Rating
Core CardInvoked Lava Golems 77 /100: Overall Rating
13/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
14/20: One KIll
15/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

Invoked Lava Golems is an aggressive burn deck.

How to Play

This Deck uses the format of a typical Burn Deck but combines it with the Invoked archetype to make the Deck more stable. Lava Golem is still used to incrementally decrease your opponent's Life Points, but Invoked monsters are played as a support and counter when Lava Golem is either insufficient or destroyed.

Spellbook

Deck Rating
Spellbook of Fate.pngSpellbook 76 /100: Overall Rating
13/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
13/20: One KIll
15/20: Extensibility
17/20: Stability

Overview

This deck aims to do one thing and that is to control the field.

How to Play

Use Spellbook of Fate to disrupt any plays your opponent makes.

Ghostrick Mill

Deck Rating
Ghostrick SkeletonGhostrick Mill 75 /100: Overall Rating
13/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
13/20: One KIll
15/20: Extensibility
16/20: Stability

Overview

Ghostrick aims to Mill your opponent as a way to finish the duel.

How to Play

Ghostrick Mill decks rely on stalling to get as many Ghostrick cards into your control as possible, then using Ghostrick Skeleton to banish the same number of your opponent's cards from their deck. Stalling is prolonged with use of cards that repeatedly flip the opponent's face-up cards to face-down.

Lava Golem

Deck Rating
Core CardLava Golem 72 /100: Overall Rating
13/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
10/20: One KIll
15/20: Extensibility
16/20: Stability

Overview

Laval Golem is a Burn Deck that makes use of card effects to finish the duel.

How to Play

This Deck makes use of the effects of Lava Golem to incrementally inflict damage to your opponent. The other cards in the Deck are used to stall the Duel so Lava Golem can continue to deplete your opponent's Life Points until the Duel ends.

Warm Worm

Deck Rating
Core CardWarm Worm 71 /100: Overall Rating
13/20: Attack
18/20: Defense
9/20: One KIll
15/20: Extensibility
16/20: Stability

Overview

Make use of Warm Worm's unique effect to take control of the field.

How to Play

Warm Worm decks consist of almost entirely of cards that can Special Summon Warm Worm either from the deck or back from the Graveyard. The main objective of the deck is for you or the opponent to destroy Warm Worm as many times as possible, for destroying it mills the top three cards from the opponent's deck. Earn victory by having your opponent finish their deck, while they waste time destroying your Warm Worms.

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