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!
Note: Prices include generic staples such as Infinite Impermanence and Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. So if you buy 3 of each, you’ll be able to put them into any future decks, so consider them as you’re looking at the prices!
Easily the most budget friendly of all competitive decks, a mixture of Paleozoics and the Frogs can be used to great effect. Seeking to control and disrupt, this deck utilises traps to prevent your opponent from playing Yugioh. Combined with Toadally Awesome (Pictured), it’s a reliable strategy that will still be around in a few years time!
Konami seems to have a soft spot for both of the archetypes so investing in a Paleofrog deck is well worth it!
Average deck price: £593/$778
9. Brilliant Invoked Mekk-Knight
The Brilliant and Invoked engines are some of the most potent in the entire game, capable of being splashed into almost any deck. Mekk-Knights are similar, providing a toolbox for players to summon monsters for high Link ratings.
Mekk-Knight Spectrum Supreme propelled the previously under-rated Mekk-Knight archetype into competitive viability. Turbo’ing out that Link monster is the aim of the game for this deck, as it can be a nightmare to deal with for the opponent!
Average deck price: £656/$860
Considered a cheap, budget rogue option; Altergeists are well loved by the Yugioh community. Well, players enjoy the fact they’re strong without being overbearing but Altergeists are one of the most disruptive decks in Yugioh history.
Altergeist Protocol shuts down any monster effects and stops your opponent from negating your Altergeist effects. I know that doesn’t sound like much but it can be game winning on its own!
Secret Village of the Spellcasters prevents them from using Spell cards, add Solemn cards for maximum negation. Altergeist’s Link monsters are their win conditions though, as they’re easy to summon with good ATK/DEF stats and even better effects!
Average deck price: £432/$567
7. Trickstar Sky Strikers
Not too long ago, mixing Sky Strikers with the Trickstar archetype resulted in one of the best all-round decks the game has ever seen. Sky Strikers provide an excellent array of beat-down cards, making the most of any situation. Trickstar’s burn damage is incredible with the new time rules, you can often win despite being behind at the time.
As the meta has evolved, this deck variant has lost its oomph. In the right hands though, you can still top local tournaments with ease!
Average deck price: £743/$974
Specifically the Knightmare variant, the Gouki archetype is one of the easiest to achieve an Extra Link with. The linked deck list also makes use of a small Sky Striker engine, there’s simply so many ways to consistently produce an Extra Link.
One of the more difficult decks on this list to use, you’ll need to know all combos before going into a tournament, one slight misplay can lose you the duel. Summoning Isolde is the main strategy, then dumping Divine Sword – Phoenix Blade to the graveyard to continually use as discard fodder for Knightmares.
Each time a Gouki monster is sent to the graveyard, you can add any Gouki card from your deck to your hand. Such searching capabilities are actually insane, especially when you add cards like Gouki Re-Match.
Average deck price: £513/$673
5. Brilliant Thunder Dragons
Thunder Dragons have gone from a fairly obscure archetype with little support to one of the best meta decks you can find. Their Thunder Dragon Fusion card allows you to make fusion monsters using any Thunder Dragons in your field, graveyard or even those that are banished face-up!
Brilliant Fusion is added to summon Gem-Knight Prismaura, another Thunder type monster that can be used for Link or Fusion summoning. Consistency is key in the Yugioh game of today and Thunder Dragons offer this in spades.
Average deck price: £790/$1036
4. Sky Striker
Even after Hornet Drones was limited to 1 copy per deck, Sky Strikers are still going strong as a pure deck. To be fair, while Engage! (pictured) exists, they will never fall out of meta, the plus 1 is just so good. Only 1 main deck core monster is needed, in the form of Sky Striker Ace – Raye, with hand-traps being added in too.
Such a low monster count doesn’t affect this deck’s swarming capabilities though, as they can easily summon boss monsters like Borrelsword Dragon without an issue!
Average deck price: £477/$625
3. Chaos Thunder Dragons
Any consistent archetype containing both Light and Dark attribute monsters should add the Envoy Twilight cards. Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon (pictured) is only available as a price card but if you set yourself back £1000, you can get one yourself.
Batteryman Solar is used to get Link monsters easily, there you’ll have the monster zones to summon the Thunder Dragon fusions and/or other Link monsters. Back them up with Black Luster Solder – Envoy of the Beginning for maximum destruction!
Average deck price: £1992/$2612
2. Burning Abyss Sekka’s Light
After so many years, players are still discovering ways to make Burning Abyss viable. The introduction of Sekka’s Light (pictured) offered an alternative play-style for Dante and the rest of his crew, while now the addition of Orbital Hydralander has helped them a ton.
No other Spell or Trap cards are needed, so the deck can be filled with toolbox cards. Kaijus, hand-traps and others like Fairy Tail – Snow offer a ton of disruption. Personally I’ve built this deck and had absolutely rotten luck with the milling but it’s performed so well at tournaments, I had to include it on this list!
Average deck price: £435/$570
1. Danger! Dark Warrior
Winner of YCS Niagara Falls, Danger! Dark Warriors beat out Thunder Dragons, Paleozoics and Burning Abyss to be able to call themselves the top dog. All included Danger! cards have a Dark attribute, working well with the likes of Armageddon Knight (pictured) and Dark Grepher.
Additionally, a small Gouki engine should be added for even more consistency and Link climbing capabilities. I love this deck for its simplicity, being one of the easier decks to use on this list.
Right now, no other deck or archetype can match this variant for consistency and power levels, making it the best competitive deck in the game!
Average deck price: £536/$703