Meta Deck Tier List [01/17 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-Turn 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 matches 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, or are wielded by very dedicated players.
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 introduction of the ARC-V World has managed brought about a brand new way to play the game! Expect Decks to suddenly rise to prominence with the introduction of Pendulum Monsters!

Update Date Decks Summary
01/17 Harpies Tier S → Tier A
Rating: 46 → 42
01/17 D/D/D Tier S → Tier A
Rating: 46→ 44
01/17 Red Nova Resonatorr Tier S → Tier A
Rating: 47 → 44
01/17 Invoked Yang Zing Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 42
01/17 Burning Abyss Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 44
01/17 Dinomist Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 42
01/17 Prediction Princess Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 43
01/17 Abyss Actor Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 42
01/17 Cyber Style Evolution Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 40
01/17 Meklord Unrated → Tier B
Rating: 39
01/17 Destiny HERO - Dreadmaster Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 43
11/18 Red-Eyes Unrated → Tier S
Rating: 46
11/18 Black Luster Soldier Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 43
11/09 Destiny HERO - Dreadmaster Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 43
11/09 Performapal Unrated → Tier A
Rating: 42

Deck Tier List

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Tier S

Deck Detail
Red-Eyes Red-Eyes
Rating: 46 /50
Description
Red-Eyes Black Dragon gains its full potential when fused with different mosnters; this Deck realizes that potential through different options, gaining control of the field once the key monsters are Summoned from effect negation to being able to deal piercing battle damage.
Melodious Melodious
Rating: 46 /50
Description
An unorthodox Fusion-based archetype that managed to get a massive boost thanks to the new wave of cards, Melodious Decks will have great control over the battlefield, especially in battle against Special Summoned monsters.
D/D/D Kings D/D/D Kings
Rating: 46 /50
Description
A Deck that specializes in swarming the field with consecutive Special Summons to control the field, D/D uses nearly all the ways to Special Summon and is a great test to see how familiar a player is with each of them.

Tier A

Deck Detail
Onomat Onomat
Rating: 46 /50
Description
Onomat Decks make use of Gagaga, Gogogo, Dododo, and Zubababa cards along with the Onomatoplay skill to Xyz Summon monsters.
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.
Triamid Triamid
Rating: 45 /50
Description
This Deck uses several Field Spells and the effects of its Triamid monsters to gain control of the field.
Blue-Eyes Blue-Eyes
Rating: 45 /50
Description
Blue Eyes is an agressive Deck that constantly places powerful monsters on the field to overwhelm your opponent.
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.
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.
Burning Abyss Burning Abyss
Rating: 44 /50
Description
Do not let the monsters' low ATK fool you, as the power of the Burning Abyss lies in its ability to control the field and amass quite a number of Special Summoned monsters to fight. When built right, even the Graveyard becomes a secondary resource, and it becomes a consistent and self-sustaining Deck that can match any other Deck's firepower.
Water XYZ Water XYZ
Rating: 44 /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.
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.
Red Nova Resonators Red Nova Resonators
Rating: 44 /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.
Prediction Princess Prediction Princess
Rating: 43 /50
Description
This Deck is a very defensive Deck with its reliance on Effect Monsters that trigger whenever they are flipped face-up. While that may be inherently bad, that weakness is easily fixed with Prediction Princess Tarotrei, being able to flip monsters from face-down to face-up on command, and vice versa.
Chronomaly Chronomaly
Rating: 43 /50
Description
Chronomaly focuses on the ability to Xyz Summon with ease through the ability to Special Summon its monsters one after another, and being able to match their levels through its effects. Rank 5 and Rank 6 monsters will be very much welcome in this archtype.
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.
Noble Knights Noble Knights
Rating: 43 /50
Description
This Deck uses Noble Knights to summon its Xyz Monsters and increases their ATK with Noble Arms Equip Spells.
Gagaga Onomatopia Gagaga Onomatopia
Rating: 43 /50
Description
A great introductory Deck for those who want to familiarize themselves with the Xyz Summoning method, Onomatopeia specializes in Level 4 monster rushes to get their Rank 4 Xyz Monsters out to control the field.
Destiny HERO - Dreadmaster Destiny HERO - Dreadmaster
Rating: 43 /50
Description
Clock Tower Prison is one of the most iconic Destiny HERO strategies, being able to reduce damage to 0 at a certain point, then further applying the pressure once the Field Spell is destroyed to bring out the key monster, Destiny HERO - Dreadmaster. If that's not enough, Masked HEROes can come in as a suprise twist.
Yosenju Yosenju
Rating: 43 /50
Description
All-out offense in one turn, get out of dodge literally moments later. The Yosenjus are known for their ability to constantly go in and out of the field, sometimes swarming the field to overwhelm the opponent. Not to mention, their focus on Level 4 monsters makes them prime candidates to have potent Rank 4 Xyz Monsters on the field at any given moment.
Abyss Actor Abyss Actor
Rating: 42 /50
Description
Abyss Actors are an elusive set of Pendulum Monsters that has a penchant for being Special Summoned to the field, much like actual actors taking the stage. Their Spell subarchetype, Abyss Script, provide various forms of utility, and can serve as a form of bait as it triggers beneficial effects when destroyed by an opponent's card effect.
Black Luster Soldier Black Luster Soldier
Rating: 42 /50
Description
Getting Black Luster Soldier out on the field is the big goal; which one, and what was used to bring it out, is what makes or breaks this Deck. The Ritual Monster variant benefits from specific monsters being tributed, meanwhile the Effect Monster variants needs certain monsters in the GY to be banished.
Invoked Neos Invoked Neos
Rating: 42 /50
Description
Invoked Neos Decks fill the field with Fusion Monsters, particularly through Invoked Fusion Summons.
Dinomist Dinomist
Rating: 42 /50
Description
A Pendulum Monster-based Deck that promotes early aggression and powerful offense, Dinomists hit hard and fast, while having nice protection as their Pendulum Zones are occupied. On top of that, having monsters with similar levels that are easy to summon makes the archetype for a great Xyz Summon engine.
Gimmick Puppet Gimmick Puppet
Rating: 42 /50
Description
Gimmick Puppets have control over the field through various Xyz Summonings, especial "Number 15: Gimmick Puppet Giant Grinder" that has the ability of destroying Special Summoned monsters.
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.
Harpies Harpies
Rating: 42 /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.
Invoked Yang Zing Invoked Yang Zing
Rating: 42 /50
Description
An archetype known for their ability to constantly keep their presence on the field, Yang Zing is an archetype that has one of the rare abilities to conduct a Synchro Summon during your opponent's turn to derail their strategy. The archetype also enjoys its synergy with the Invokers engine, enjoying its possible prime as it did in the card game.
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.
Performapal Performapal
Rating: 42 /50
Description
Firepower befitting the spectacle of a performance, Performapals have surprising offensive prowess that can end the game very quickly when certain monsters are on the field. Fusion, Xyz and Pendulum Summoning are brought to high potential with this Deck that can be a good introduction to the power of Pendulum.
Lunalight Lunalight
Rating: 41 /50
Description
A control Deck that has the special option of using the Extra Deck as a Fusion Material resource. Lunalights have enough effects to keep the boss monsters safe for an attempt to win the game.
Satellarknights Satellarknights
Rating: 41 /50
Description
Stellarknights can constantly be recycled onto the field so you can repeatedly Xyz Summon your Boss Monster.
Galloping Gaia Galloping Gaia
Rating: 41 /50
Description
Gaia can rush the field with very strong monsters without tributes, and has enough support to bring out powerful Fusion Monsters that can be summoned without the need of Polymerization.
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.
Fortune Lady Fortune Lady
Rating: 41 /50
Description
Fortune Ladies thrive on being Special Summoned, whether immediately or on a delay. The goal is to bring out their signature boss monster, Fortune Lady Every, let it stay on the field for as long as possible, and Synchro Summon other monsters with useful effects.
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.
Monarchs Monarchs
Rating: 40 /50
Description
Monarchs are the best Monsters that use Tribute Summoning as their main Summoning style. They can forego using Extra Deck monsters and use their powerful effects of their monsters to control the field and attack the opponent.
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.
Witchcrafters Witchcrafters
Rating: 40 /50
Description
A Deck that challenges a Duelist's ability to maintain card advantage, Witchcrafters live and die by their access to Spell Cards at any given moment. So long as the player has even one on their hands, Witchcrafters have a barrier of protection.
Cyber Style Evolution Cyber Style Evolution
Rating: 40 /50
Description
A version of a Cyber Dragon deck that has a bit more control compared to usual hyper-aggression; Xyz is introduced to the mix, which has the dangerous ability to bring out the strongest Fusion monster of the archetype when played out right.
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
Superheavy Cybers Superheavy Cybers
Rating: 39 /50
Description
A cominbination of Superheavy Samura's tendency to stall, with the Cyber Dragon's extreme firepower; this Deck is about themes on both ends of the spectrum, luring the opponent into a false sense of security through stalling, before firing on all cylinders with a single Fusion Summon.
Gravekeeper Gravekeeper's
Rating: 39 /50
Description
A slow-paced Deck that finds its stride in denying the opponent their Graveyard as a second resource, Gravekeeper's force their opponent to rely to cards and effects on hand, which is especially important on a meta that has been growing its usage of the Graveyard with new archetypes.
Evil HERO Evil HERO
Rating: 39 /50
Description
The power of the Evil HERO archtype is augmented better by the Masked HEROs, being able to bring out powerful Fusion Monsters often protected from targeted effects through "Dark Fusion", then launching a blitz through the various Masked HERO Quick-Play Spells.
Meklord Meklord
Rating: 39 /50
Description
Meklords are built to be as specific counters for Synchro Monsters by absorbing them and making itself stronger. This Deck Recipe lets it become a powerful Machine-type monster engine that lets players gain that Synchro-specific counter while having Extra Deck capabilities of its own.
Desperado Desperado
Rating: 39 /50
Description
This Deck makes use of the skill Master of Destiny along with coin flip effect cards to maintain card advantage.
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.
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.
Counter Fairies Counter Fairies
Rating: 37 /50
Description
When under a good Duelist with great management of cards, this Deck can quite possibly be the most annoying one in the game.
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.
Smile World Smile World
Rating: 36 /50
Description
A recently discovered strategy comes from pairing Amano-Iwato with Yuya Sakaki's "Smile World" Skill to be able to shut down any combos starting with Effect Monsters.
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.
Dark Magician Dark Magician
Rating: 33 /50
Description
This is a Deck that relies on removing your opponent's cards from the field to summon Dark Magician.

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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