Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel: Best Decks Guide

Try out these five of the best decks for Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel if you want to get competitive and win.

Currently, there are over 10,000 cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, which can be either purchased in the shop or earned by completing various game missions. So how do you sift through them all to make the best decks?

This Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel decks guide will list the best decks that are currently dominating the meta. Although some of the cards have been specifically augmented for the Master Duel game and differ in one way or another from their physical counterparts, there is still a lot of power in many of these cards and decks.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Best Pendulum Deck

         

Crafting Points

  • Normal: 120
  • Rare: 450
  • Super Rare: 570
  • Ultra Rare: 390

The pendulum mechanic, which allows cards to be played as both a monster and a spell, is one of the latest additions to Yu-Gi-Oh! card game now getting a lot of attention from many top-tier players.

This deck is built around Heavymetalfoes Electrumite deck master, a card that can summon Pendulum monsters from your Extra Deck. The best part is that this action cannot be negated by your opponents.

Here, both your main and extra decks include a whole variety of Pendulum cards to help you win in matches. The two biggest Pendulum monsters in the deck are Performapal Skullcrobat Joker and Wisdom-Eye Magician that each can summon various types of Pendulum cards from your deck.

If you feel that you need more Pendulum cards, then use the following two spells in the deck: Duelist Alliance and Pendulum Call. Both of these can easily add extra Pendulum cards to your existing roster, thus increasing your chances of winning.

Pendulum Decklist

Deck Master

  • Heavymetalfoes Electrumite

Monsters

  • 3x Performapal Skullcrobat Joker
  • 3x Wisdom-Eye Magician
  • 3x Performapal Pendulum Sorcerer
  • 3x Abyss Actor - Curtain Raiser
  • 2x Dragonpit Magician
  • 2x Oafdragon Magician
  • 2x Harmonizing Magician
  • 1x Endymion, the Mighty Master of Magic
  • 1x Astrograph Sorcerer
  • 1x Mythical Beast Jackal King
  • 1x Chronograph Sorcerer
  • 1x Double Iris Magician
  • 1x Performapal Celestial Magician
  • 1x Purple Poison Magician
  • 1x Timegazer Magician
  • 1x Tuning Magician

Spells

  • 3x Duelist Alliance
  • 3x Pendulum Call
  • 3x Pot of Desires
  • 1x Star Pendulumgraph

Traps

  • 3x Time Pendulumgraph

Extra Deck

  • 2x Supreme King Dragon Starving Venom
  • 1x Odd-Eyes Vortex Dragon
  • 1x Odd-Eyes Meteorburst Dragon
  • 1x F.A. Dawn Dragster
  • 1x Odd-Eyes Absolute Dragon
  • 1x Norito the Moral Leader
  • 1x Timestar Magician
  • 1x Number 41: Bagooska the Terribly Tired Tapir
  • 1x Evilswarm Nightmare
  • 1x Accesscode Talker
  • 1x Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians
  • 1x Heavymetalfoes Electrumite
  • 1x Crystron Halqifibrax
  • 1x Apollousa, Bow of the Goddess

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Best Virtual World Deck

         

Crafting Points

  • Normal: none
  • Rare: 420
  • Super Rare: 180
  • Ultra Rare: 240

Since its introduction, Virtual World has quickly become one of the most popular archetypes in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. This deck focuses on banishing monsters from graveyard, and summoning monsters from both hand and graveyard.

The master of the deck is Virtual World Kyubi - Shenshen, a powerful monster who can do all the above mentioned tricks. It also banishes enemy cards and it can be special summoned from graveyard, which is super convenient for this type of deck.

Other cards like Virtual World Kirin - Lili and Virtual World Roshi - Laolao allow you to quickly swarm the field with monsters, which can be a big surprise for your opponents that will suddenly face a huge number of threats.

This chain reaction can get a serious boost from such continuous spells like Virtual World Gate - Qinglong and Virtual World City - Kauwloon, making things even harder for your opponents to deal with.

Virtual World Decklist

Deck Master

  • Virtual World Kyubi - Shenshen

Monsters

  • 3x Nibiru, the Primal Being
  • 3x Virtual World Kirin - Lili
  • 3x Virtual World Roshi - Laolao
  • 3x Virtual World Mai-Hime - Lulu
  • 3x Virtual World Xiezhi - Jiji
  • 3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
  • 3x Maxx "C"
  • 3x Droll & Lock Bird
  • 2x Virtual World Hime - Nyannyan

Spells

  • 3x Virtual World Gate - Qinglong
  • 3x Virtual World City - Kauwloon
  • 2x Foolish Burial Goods
  • 2x Pot of Desires
  • 2x Emergency Teleport

Traps

  • 3x Virtual World Gate - Chuche
  • 1x Virtual World Gate - Xuanwu

Extra Deck

  • 1x Geomathmech Final Sigma
  • 1x Virtual World Kyubi - Shenshen
  • 1x Vermillion Dragon Mech
  • 1x Cloudcastle
  • 1x Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
  • 1x Virtual World Beast - Jiujiu
  • 1x Coral Dragon
  • 1x Stardust Charge Warrior
  • 1x Ultimaya Tzolkin
  • 1x Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder
  • 1x True King of All Calamities
  • 1x Gaia Dragon, the Thunder Charger
  • 1x Number 39: Utopia Beyond
  • 1x Constellar Ptolemy M7
  • 1x Virtual World Phoenix - Fanfan

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Best Eldlich Trap Zombies Deck

         

Crafting Points

  • Normal: 180
  • Rare: 570
  • Super Rare: 240
  • Ultra Rare: 180

Traps and zombies are a powerful combination, which is evident by the sheer number of Eldlixir spells in this deck that summon zombies.

In this case, you need to put out Eldlich the Golden Lord on the field as soon as possible, using summoning spells, and start swarming the field with an army of zombies.

There are also plenty of defense spells, such as Forbidden Chalice and Forbidden Droplet, in here that will protect your gameplan, and allow you to build up a lot of power relatively quickly.

The deck plays out in a really straightforward way, which makes it not only one of the most powerful decks in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, but also one of the easiest to play.

Eldlitch Decklist

Deck Master

  • Eldlich the Golden Lord

Monsters

  • 2x Eldlich the Golden Lord

Spells

  • 3x Forbidden Chalice
  • 2x Pot of Prosperity
  • 2x Called by the Grave
  • 2x Cursed Eldland
  • 1x Eldlixir of Black Awakening

Traps

  • 3x Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine
  • 3x Bottomless Trap Hole
  • 3x Paleozoic Dinomischus
  • 3x Torrential Tribute
  • 3x Lost Wind
  • 3x Dogmatika Punishment
  • 3x Conquistador of the Golden Land
  • 3x Horn of Heaven
  • 2x Huaquero of the Golden Land
  • 1x Solemn Judgment
  • 1x Golden Land Forever!

Extra Deck

  • 2x Five-Headed Dragon
  • 2x Shiranui Shogunsaga
  • 2x ZW - Leo Arms
  • 1x Invoked Mechaba
  • 1x PSY-Framelord Omega
  • 1x Number 84: Pain Gainer
  • 1x Number 35: Ravenous Tarantula
  • 1x Number 61: Volcasaurus
  • 1x Cyber Dragon Nova
  • 1x Knightmare Unicorn
  • 1x I:P Masquerena
  • 1x Link Spider

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Best Thunder Dragon Deck

         

Crafting Points

  • Normal: 30
  • Rare: 210
  • Super Rare: 510
  • Ultra Rare: 210

If you enjoy drawing a lot of cards, then this archetype will fit you the best as it is intended to thin your deck by discarding and banishing cards.

All iterations of Thunder Dragon cards in the deck, including the master deck card, trigger different effects when being discarded. Of course, Thunder Dragon Colossus can be fusion summoned in a more traditional way as well, if you wish to do so.

Your spells, such as Allure of Darkness and Chaos Space, allow all your Light and Dark monsters to get banished, thus triggering their own effects.

There are no traps in this deck, as many discard effects have protective abilities of their own.

Thunder Dragon Decklist

Deck Master

  • Thunder Dragon Colossus

Monsters

  • 3x Thunder Dragon
  • 3x Thunder Dragondark
  • 3x Aloof Lupine
  • 3x Maxx "C"
  • 3x Thunder Dragonmatrix
  • 2x Thunder Dragonroar
  • 2x Batteryman Solar
  • 1x Thunder Dragonlord
  • 1x Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon
  • 1x Thunder Dragonduo
  • 1x The Chaos Creator
  • 1x Thunder Dragonhawk
  • 1x Black Dragon Collapserpent
  • 1x White Dragon Wyverburster
  • 1x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring

Spells

  • 3x Allure of Darkness
  • 3x Chaos Space
  • 3x Book of Moon
  • 2x Thunder Dragon Fusion
  • 1x Instant Fusion
  • 1x Raigeki

Extra Deck

  • 3x Thunder Dragon Titan
  • 1x Thunder Dragon Colossus
  • 1x Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon
  • 1x Sea Monster of Theseus
  • 1x Kaminari Attack
  • 1x Thunder Dragon Thunderstormech
  • 1x Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior
  • 1x Triple Burst Dragon
  • 1x Some Summer Summoner
  • 1x Geonator Transverser
  • 1x Cross-Sheep
  • 1x Predaplant Verte Anaconda
  • 1x Linkuriboh

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Best Sky Striker Deck

         

Crafting Points

  • Normal: 150
  • Rare: 390
  • Super Rare: 270
  • Ultra Rare: 180

This deck revolves around Sky Striker Ace - Kagari master card, which allows you to put any other Sky Striker spell from your graveyard back into your hand. This lets you recycle plenty of cards until you find one you need the most at the moment, and then bring all other Sky Strikers back into the game.

Obviously, the deck includes several Sky Striker monsters and plenty of Sky Striker spells, such as Mecha, Maneuver, and Airspace. 

You can start the game with Sky Striker Ace - Raye, a card that can summon any other Sky Striker Ace monster from your extra deck, and you've got plenty of those in there.

In case your monsters get swiped off the field, your biggest savior is going to be Sky Striker Mecha - Shark Cannon, which can put any monster from your opponent's graveyard and make it protect you instead.

Sky Striker Decklist

Deck Master

  • Sky Striker Ace - Kagari

Monsters

  • 3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
  • 3x Maxx "C"
  • 3x Sky Striker Ace - Raye
  • 2x Effect Veiler
  • 2x Sky Striker Ace - Roze

Spells

  • 3x Sky Striker Mecha - Shark Cannon
  • 2x Lightning Storm
  • 2x Sky Striker Mecha - Widow Anchor
  • 2x Sky Striker Mecha Modules - Multirole
  • 2x Sky Striker Mobilize - Engage!
  • 2x Mind Control
  • 1x Chicken Game
  • 1x Sky Striker Airspace - Area Zero
  • 1x Sky Striker Maneuver - Afterburners!
  • 1x Sky Striker Maneuver - Jamming Waves!
  • 1x Sky Striker Mecha - Eagle Booster
  • 1x Sky Striker Mecha - Hornet Drones
  • 1x Raigeki
  • 1x Terraforming
  • 1x Upstart Goblin
  • 1x Reinforcement of the Army

Traps

  • 2x Infinite Impermanence
  • 2x There Can Be Only One

Extra Deck

  • 3x Sky Striker Ace - Hayate
  • 3x Sky Striker Ace - Shizuku
  • 1x Sky Striker Ace - Kagari
  • 1x Sky Striker Ace - Zeke
  • 1x Crystron Halqifibrax
  • 1x Knightmare Phoenix
  • 1x Sky Striker Ace - Kaina
  • 1x Hiita the Fire Charmer, Ablaze
  • 1x Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior
  • 1x Access code Talker
  • 1x Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians

Those are the best decks in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel. If you're wondering how to unlock secret packs, we've got you covered here.

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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Jan. 27th 2022

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