5 Starter Decks to Start Playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

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Who's just starting to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will face the difficulty of building a deck. After all, there are hundreds of options for spell, trap and monster cards to use. This work, however, can be made easier if you have a base from which to build. That's why in this article we're going to bring you five essential decks for anyone starting to play this game.

1. Yami Yugi

As soon as the game starts, you have to choose which duelist you will control: Yami Yugi or Seto Kaiba. This choice will interfere with the start of your game, but no more. Until the battle against Joey Wheeler, in which you gain access to the character and his deck, you will have to play as one of these two legendary duelists.



If you choose Yami Yugi, you'll have a pretty balanced deck for a starter player. There are no traps, and only four spell cards are among the 20 cards that make up the deck. Although few, they are very efficient, aimed at increasing the attack points of your monsters, to attack the opponent's life points or to change the opponent's defense and attack positions.

Among the creature cards, stands out, of course, the Black Mage. It can only be summoned by sacrificing two creatures. Which is no problem, as the deck contains fifteen low-level monster cards. As you can see, it is an interesting set of cards only for beginners, as it is limited to facing more experienced opponents.

See the deck's list of cards:

Cards Market Skills Quantity
Dark Magician Monstro/Spellcaster/Dark

ATK: 2500



DEF: 2100

stars: 7

1
Horn Imp Monster/Fiend/Dark

ATK: 1300

DEF: 1000

stars: 4

3
Feral Imp Monster/Fiend/Dark

ATK: 1300

DEF: 1400

stars: 4

3
Silver Fang Monster/Beast/Earth

ATK: 1200

DEF: 800

stars: 3

3
Wattkid Monster/Thunder/Light

ATK: 1000

DEF: 500

stars: 3

3
Curtain of the Dark Ones Monstro/Spellcaster/Dark

ATK: 600

DEF: 500

stars: 2

3
Banner of Courage Spell Card All monsters you control gain 200 ATK in the Battle Phase only 1
Block Attack Spell Card Choose a face-up ATK Position monster on your opponent's field and change it to Defense Position. 1
Stop Defense Spell Card Choose a DEF Position monster on your opponent's field and change it to ATK Mode. 1
Raimei Spell Card Decreases opponent's health by 300 points 1

2. Seto Kaiba



Seto Kaiba is Yugi's famous rival. It's no wonder that at the beginning of Duel Links you can choose between the deck of one or the other to start your journey. If you choose Kaiba's, you will have in your hands a card of the legendary Blue-Eyes White Dragon. As it's a beginner deck, don't expect to have all three dragons right away.

Despite having different monsters than Yami Yugi's, Kaiba's deck is very similar to his rival's. There are twenty cards, sixteen monsters and four spell cards. With the exception of the White Dragon, the rest of the monsters are quite weak. That's why it's better for you to start the game with a very high level card in your possession.

Here are the cards that make up the deck:

Cards Market Skills Quantity
Blue-Eyes White Dragon Monster/Dragon/Light

ATK: 3000

DEF: 2500

stars: 8

1
Fireyarou Monstro/Pyro/Fire

ATK: 1300

DEF: 1000

stars: 4

3
Ryu-Kishin Monster/Fiend/Dark

ATK: 1000


DEF: 500

stars: 3

3
One-Eyed Shield Dragon Monster/Dragon/Wind

ATK: 700


DEF: 1300

stars: 3

3
Hitotsu-Me Giant Monstro/Beast-Warrior/Earth

ATK: 1200

DEF: 1000

stars: 4

3
Bue-Eyed Silver Zombie Monstro/Zombie/Dark

ATK: 900

DEF: 700

stars: 2

3
Banner of Courage Spell Card All monsters you control gain 200 ATK in the Battle Phase only 1
Block Attack Spell Card Choose a face-up ATK Position monster on your opponent's field and change it to Defense Position. 1
Stop Defense Spell Card Choose a DEF Position monster on your opponent's field and change it to ATK Mode. 1
Raimei Spell Card Decreases opponent's health by 300 points 1

3. Joey Wheeler

Joey Wheeler's deck is one of the best for those new to Duel Links. The most important card, of course, is the Red-Eyes Black Dragon, a 2400 ATK monster. After him, however, the remaining monster cards don't bring anything very powerful. There's the Baby Dragon, with its 1200 ATK, which is one of the few creatures above 1000 offensive points.

One problem with this deck is that it comes with practically no support card. There is only one spell card, which grants the player extra life points. Otherwise, you will be forced to duel in order to summon the Black Dragon. It is therefore a deck that should only be used to build a base.

See the cards that make it up:

Cards Market Skills Quantity
Red-Eyes B. Dragon Monster/Dragon/Dark

ATK: 2400

DEF: 2000

stars: 7

1
Masaki The Legendary Swordsman Monster/Warrior/Earth

ATK: 1100

DEF: 1100

stars: 4

3
M-Warrior # 1 Monster/Warrior/Earth

ATK: 1000

DEF: 500

stars: 3

3
M-Warrior # 2 Monster/Warrior/Earth

ATK: 500

DEF: 1000

stars: 3

3
Battle Warrior Monster/Warrior/Earth

ATK: 700

DEF: 1000

stars: 3

3
Flame Manipulator Monstro/Spellcaster/Fire

ATK: 900

DEF: 1000

stars: 3

2
Hero of The East Monster/Warrior/Earth

ATK: 1100

DEF: 1000

stars: 3

2
Baby dragon Monster/Dragon/Wind

ATK: 1200

DEF: 700

stars: 3

2
Blue Medicine Spell Card Increases your health by 400 1

4. Spellbound Silence

This deck and the next are known as structure decks. It is recommended that all players buy at least one set of cards of this type. They provide advanced cards, all of which are focused on one or at most two types of monsters. Spellbound Silence, for example, is focused on summoning powerful mages.

Once you get the hang of Duel Links, you'll definitely want to drop one of the three decks above to get a better base. If you're a fan of sorcerers and Spell Cards, this deck is for you.

See the cards that make it up:

Cards Market Skills Quantity
Silent Magician Monster/Spellcaster/Light

ATK: 1000

DEF: 1000

stars: 4

Can only be Summoned by sacrificing a Spellcaster Monster on the field. Gains 500 ATK for each card in your hand. Once per turn negate the activation of a Spell Card used by the opponent.

1
Silent Magician LV 4 Monster/Spellcaster/Light

ATK: 1000

DEF: 1000

stars: 4

Each time the opponent draws a card, a Spell Counter is placed on this card. She gains 500 attack points for each Counter. After the fifth Counter is placed on the card, you can send it to the Graveyard to Summon Silent Magician LV 8 from your hand or Deck.

3
Silent Magician LV 8 Monster/Spellcaster/Light

ATK: 3500

DEF: 1000

stars: 8

Can only be summoned by the sacrifice of Silent Magician LV 4

1
Magical Exemplar Monstro/Spellcaster/Earth

ATK: 1700

DEF: 1400

stars: 4

Whenever a Spell Card is activated, place two Spell Counters on this card. Once per turn, you can remove these Counters to Summon a Spellcaster monster from your hand or Graveyard that has a number equal to the number of Counters removed.

1
Alchemist of Black Spells Monstro/Spellcaster/Wind

ATK: 1200

DEF: 1800

stars: 4

Once per turn, you can change this card's ATK position to DEF position, providing a Spell Counter for a monster of yours that needs it.

2
Blast Magician Monstro/Spellcaster/Fire

ATK: 1400

DEF: 1700

stars: 4

Whenever a Spell Card is activated, place a Spell Counter on that card. You can remove as many Spell Counters from the card as you want. The number of Counters you remove x 700 must be equal to or less than the points of an opponent's monster. If so, destroy the opponent's monster

2
Maidem of Macabre Monstro/Spellcaster/Dark

ATK: 1700

DEF: 0

stars: 4

Whenever that monster destroys an opposing monster by battle, add a Spell Counter to it. Gains 200 ATK for each Counter

2
Gold Sarcophagus Spell Card Banish a card from your deck. During your second Stand By phase after activating this spell, the banished card goes into your hand. 1
Magical Citadel of Endymion Spell Card Each activated Spell Card gives that card a Spell Counter. If a card with a Spell Counter is destroyed, those Counters go to Magical Citadel. It is for you to remove the Counters from it when you need 1
Silent Burning Spell Card If you control a Silent Magician and you have more cards in hand than your opponent during any Battle Phase: Both players draw cards until they have six in their hands. You can send this letter to the Graveyard to add a Silent Magician to your hand 1
Level Modulation Spell Card Your opponent draws two cards. You add any LV 1 monster from your Graveyard to the field. That monster cannot attack or activate special effects this turn.

1

Pitch-Black Power Stone Trap Card Bring this trap into play by adding three Spell Counters to it. Select a target on the opponent's field. Once per turn transfer your Spell Counter to that target. When all three are transferred, the opposing card is destroyed. 2
Good Goblin Housekeepin Trap Card Draw cards in an amount equal to the number of Good Goblin Housekeepin in your Graveyard + 1. Select a card from your hand and place it at the bottom of the deck 2

5. Draconic Force

Draconic Force is one of the most powerful decks for beginners who want dragon-type monsters. It doesn't have the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, the Red-Eyes Black Dragon, or the Millennial Dragon, three of the most famous cards of the type. Even so, it has creatures of high power, monsters with effect and spell and trap cards that make the whole set a very good set for beginners.

See the cards in this deck below:

Cards Market Skills Quantity
Felgrand Dragon Monster/Dragon/Light

ATK: 2800

DEF: 2800

stars: 8

Can only be Special Summoned if it is in the Graveyard and only if it went there directly from the battlefield. If Special Summoned, choose a monster from the Graveyard. Felgrand Dragon will gain extra attack points by multiplying that monster's LV x 200

1
Hieratic Dragon of Night Monster/Dragon/Light

ATK: 1700

DEF: 900

stars: 4

Once per turn, when this card is face-up and targeted by a Spell, Trap, or Effect, Special Summon a Normal-Type Dragon monster from your hand, Graveyard, or Deck. Both the ATK and DEF of that monster will be 0

2
Exploder Dragon Monster/Dragon/Earth

ATK: 1000

DEF: 0

stars: 3

If this card is destroyed by battle, destroy the monster that destroyed it. Neither player loses life in this attack.

1
Wattaildragon Monster/Dragon/Light

ATK: 2500

DEF: 1000

stars: 6

2
Hunter Dragon Monster/Dragon/Dark

ATK: 1700

DEF: 100

stars: 3

3
Koumori Dragon Monster/Dragon/Dark

ATK: 1500

DEF: 1200

stars: 4

3
Advance Zone Spell Card

Once per turn, during the End Phase of any turn in which you Sacrificially Summon a monster(s), you can apply these effects sequentially based on the number of monsters you sacrificed:

  • 1 or more: Destroy a card your opponent controls
  • 2 or more: buy a card
  • 3 or more: Add a monster from your Graveyard to your hand
1
Advance Force Spell Card You can sacrifice a LV 5 or higher monster to Summon a LV 7 or higher monster. 1
Dragon Treasure Spell Card A Dragon-Type monster equipped with this card gains 300 ATK and 300 DEF. 2
Tyrant Wing Trap Card Choose a Dragon monster on the field and equip it with this card. It gains 400 ATK and 400 DEF. It can attack twice during its battle turn. If it makes an attack on an opponent, this Trap Card is destroyed at the end of its turn. 2
Dragon's Rebirth Trap Card Choose a Dragon-Type monster from your hand and send it to the Graveyard. Special Summon another Dragon monster from your hand or Graveyard

1

Altar for Tribute Trap Card Choose a monster on your side of the field and send it to the Graveyard. You gain life equal to the monster's original ATK. 1

Now that you know the best Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, see 10 tips to do well in the game and 8 ways to improve your deck to make it unbeatable.

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