My first local tournament went very well, I was undefeated until I got to the final round. The last duelist I had to face wielded an actual meta deck, one that would perform well in a national tournament. Needless to say, my half-casual half-competitive D/D deck got destroyed, the match didn’t last long at all.
To avoid this happening to you, a meta competitive deck is required. I hate to be the one to say it but if you use a casual and/or fun deck, you simply won’t win any tournaments that involve a deck on this list.
If you’re just returning to the game and are interested in the competitive scene, this list will tell you 10 decks you can use to perform in tournaments. All of these entries are extremely powerful, fun to use and of course, expensive!
Despite having their main boy Astograph Sorceror being hit by the ban-hammer, Pendulum Magicians are still going strong. The featured deck list managed to reach 2nd place in the World Championship Qualifiers of North America which is an outstanding achievement.
They’re arguably one of, if not the hardest deck on this list to use. So much variety can be overwhelming for new players and while they’re fairly cheap (in comparison to other meta decks), I wouldn’t recommend a new player pick them up.
9. Gouki Knightmare
On its own, the Gouki archetype is fairly lackluster but if you combine them with the brilliance of Knightmares, you have a top-level meta deck. Every Gouki main-deck monster searches another Gouki from the deck, such recycling power gives you a ton of fodder for Link summoning.
Combine this with Firewall Dragon for the ability to swarm the field with Link monsters, letting you choose whether to summon disruptors (when going first) or heavy-hitters (when going second) for OTKs.
It really is awesome to see ABC being played in this format, for so long has it been the go-to budget competitive deck in the Yugioh community. Insanely cheap yet abnormally powerful, ABC-Dragon Buster (featured) is an epic boss monster that refuses to go down.
One of their main strengths is their speed, summoning their main boss monster can be done 1st turn, almost every game. This is only via the 3 main union monsters and Union Hangar (3 of each of those mentioned + 3 Terraforming), giving you 25 extra spaces for hand-traps and other staples like Evenly Matched.
7. Burning Abyss Sekka’s Light
Weirdly enough, this deck actually won the UK National Championship. You can watch the final match here. Sekka’s Light (pictured) adds exceptional draw power but it prevents you from activating any other spells/traps for the rest of the duel. This is fine though, fitting perfectly with Burning Abyss monsters that can special summon themselves if you control no spells/traps.
Milling is also a huge focus of this deck, with all Burning Abyss monsters having strong destruction, recycle, disruptive or search effects. Such versatility grants them few bad match-ups!
6. Sky Striker ABC
Of all the ways to build ABC, adding the Sky Striker series is the best. As you’ll see throughout the rest of the list, Sky Striker cards are a very potent set to tech into pretty much any deck. In the ABCs previous entry I pointed out how easy it is to add staples, they don’t come any better than Sky Strikers.
As expected, this ABC deck variant is much more expensive but as a result, it’s a lot more competitive!
5. True Draco
Upon Master Peace getting rekt by the Forbidden List, many players were screaming “RIP TRUE DRACO” but that couldn’t be further from the truth. As recently asJune 2018, a True Draco deck (link below) reached 21st place in a Regional tournament, which is no easy feat.
Dragonic Diagram being re-printed in the recent Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge as well as the banning of Master Peace has reduced the cost of this entry significantly. I’d highly recommend this deck for any new or returning player, it’ll teach you how to play the meta properly while also being a formidable deck to beat!
4. Sky Striker Gouki
Knightmares mixed with the Gouki archetype make a mighty deck for a relatively budget price but adding Sky Strikers boosts Gouki Knightmare’s effectiveness sevenfold. Combining the crazy good staple cards of Sky Strikers, with the swarming power of Gouki Knightmares sounds a bit much but it just works.
Players love this deck for multiple reasons, not only are they competitively viable but they’re fun to play as and against!
Upon their release, Trickstars were a relatively over-looked archetype, compared to what they are now anyway. 90% of decks you’ll find in tournaments will be some form of Trickstar variant. Justifiably so, they inflict massive burn damage over the course of the duel, while also locking your opponent out of their own combos.
Decent recycling power is required for any deck to even attempt to be competitive and Trickstars have this in droves. Overall, they bring so much to the table, more so than almost any other archetype in the game.
2. Sky Striker
Pure Sky Striker is pretty disgusting with seemingly no weaknesses. The only monsters you’ll need to summon are Sky Striker Ace – Raye, as well as the Link monsters Kagari and Shizuku. Both Link monsters can be easily summoned by Raye, Kagari will increase its ATK by 100 for each spell in your graveyard while Shizuku reduces your opponents ATK/DEF by the same amount per spell.
This doesn’t sound too bad, until you consider how easy it is to get a huge amount of spell cards in your graveyard. A vast majority of Sky Striker cards are spells, with many of them being extremely powerful in their own right. The Yugioh community have been patiently waiting for Sky Strikers to be released in the TCG (named Brandish in OCG).
Now that they’ve arrived, they’re the best. Well, almost the best…
1. Trickstar Sky Striker
Combining 2 of the most versatile, reliable archetypes ever made creates a monstrosity of a deck. One that is simply un-matched and if they lose, it’s either due to mis-plays or sheer bad luck in terms of drawing. These 2 archetypes are barely related yet they fit together so well, with both having amazing recycle and search power.
Trickstar Sky Striker is undoubtedly the best competitive deck right now and likely will be for a long time!