In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, the duel starts long before you meet your opponent and making the right choices before the match is even more important than playing well during it. The assembly of the deck is, without a doubt, the most decisive point in its success in Duel Links. It is no use being good if you just don't have the cards you need at the right time. Therefore, we have selected the 8 best tips for you to build the best deck possible in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links!

1. Keep as few letters as possible

To begin, the most basic tip and perhaps the most important. In Duel Links, decks can have 20 to 30 cards. It is crucial that you keep yours with 20 or little more. The reason is that in this game, the important thing is to have consistency in your card purchase. The fewer cards your deck has, the more chances you have of buying the card you need at the right time.

2. Make a balanced deck

Your deck needs to have a balance between monsters, magic cards and traps. It is advisable that you maintain a ratio: 2: 1: 1 , that is, 2 monsters for each 1 spell and 1 trap. The structure is not mandatory but it is usually the most successful.
Example of what your deck should look like. Always prioritize a high number of monsters unless you have a very specific strategy in mind.

3. Understand the victory conditions

In Duel Links there are three ways to win a match:
  • Reducing your opponent's Life Points to 0
  • When your opponent can no longer draw cards
  • Special victory conditions (Exodia)
Based on this, there are four main ways to achieve these goals:
  • Reducing the opponent's Life Points through Battle Damage: attacking with monsters.
  • Reducing an opponent's Life Points through Effective Damage: with cards like Hinotama .
  • Exhausting the opponent's deck: with cards with the effect of destroying the deck ( mill effect ), such as Burning Worm .
  • Mounting Exodia .
It is important that your deck prioritizes only one of these winning conditions. If you try to win through two or more, it is very likely that you will have difficulties. For example, it is not advisable for your deck to aim to win the duel through Effective Damage and exhausting your opponent's cards.
The cards above are generally used in the same strategy as they have the same effect: exhausting the opponent's deck.
The best way to win at Duel Links is to focus on a winning condition and come up with a very strong plan A. If you still have space for other cards, use them in case plan A fails.

4. Give your deck identity

Cards like the Blue-Eyed White Dragon must assume the identity of the deck. Choose cards to help you stay in the game.
When you define the victory condition you want to focus on, build your deck around it. For example, if you have a Blue-Eyed White Dragon , it is clear that you intend to win by Battle Damage, as it is an extremely strong card that can destroy most monsters in the game. Your deck's identity should revolve around that card. Based on that, ask yourself: which cards will help to summon, protect and assist the monster? Likewise, choose your skill according to the intended strategy.

5. Increase consistency and avoid situational charts

Most of the time, if a card is good, you should have two or three copies of it in your deck. As I said before, in Duel Links the player with the most consistency in the purchase of cards wins, and this is achieved by increasing your chances of buying the right card at the right time. Obviously, you cannot fill your deck with repeated cards because you need to be prepared for several different situations. Just try to reduce the “luck” factor as much as possible. Another way to increase the consistency of your strategies is to decrease the use of situational cards, that is, those that require several different conditions to come into play. You can lose the match while waiting for the chance to execute your plan.

6. Don't cling to bad cards

In Duel Links, it is strangely common for many players to keep bad cards in their deck without noticing that they are not contributing effectively, either because they want to be faithful to the design or from other games' experiences. Stop to review the deck regularly and try to identify weaknesses, as every deck has one. Returning to the Blue-Eyed White Dragon deck , for example, the weakness is being able to summon the monster, since it requires two tributes. In that case, remove cards that do not contribute to the strategy and insert cards that make invoking it easier.

7. Adapt to the metagame and prepare to win the majority

Keeping an eye on the game's current metagame is crucial. The Amazoness deck, for example, has been considered the best deck of 2018. So, identify player trends and play accordingly.
Modify your deck according to the current metagame. Recognize which decks and strategies are being used most by players and play accordingly. This way, the result will be a deck prepared to win most matches, instead of a deck built to fight just one strategy.

8. Adopt wild cards

If your strategy is established and there are still spaces for cards, try to fill them with wild cards, that is, versatile cards that can be used in many situations. Some good examples of wild cards are Etaqua Typhoon , Enemy Controller , Mirror Wall and Kuriboh Sphere . See too:

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