Starter decks are a great of introducing yourself to Yugioh if you’re completely new. Of course, structure decks are far more viable but they can be way too confusing to use for brand new players. It’s highly recommended you pick up a starter deck, as they tend to be quite cheap while containing all the ingredients you need to learn how to play the game.
Finding the right starter deck can be troublesome though, there’s plenty available so you need to know which ones are the best. It might even be worth picking up several of these starter decks, to give you the advantage of multiple decks and plenty of spare cards to play around with.
I’ve gone through every starter deck available and listed them in order of the 10 best. Please be aware that some are slightly out-dated, starter decks aren’t released often so some will be years old, one of them is even 10 years old!
10. 5Ds 2008
Being the first starter deck in the 5Ds era means this particular product is great for obtaining some simple Synchro strategies. You’ll quickly learn how to efficiently manipulate tuner monsters and use them to your advantage. The only downside is the lack of strong Synchro monsters which heavily degrades this starter deck’s viability.
9. Duelist Toolbox
Coming with 4 shiny cards straight out of the box, this starter deck is exactly what it says on the packaging; essential. Pretty much a complete upgrade over the previous entry, you’ll acquire shiny cards for collectible purposes as well as further support for your Synchro summoning capabilities.
8. V for Victory
Technically a Super Starter deck rather than a normal Starter deck, V for Victory comes with two Super Starter Power-Up packs (card list here) which surprisingly contain some awesome cards. The V for Victory starter deck itself is also pretty nice, revolving around the rank 4 Utopia line which is honestly the easiest way to learn about XYZ summoning!
7. XYZ Symphony
Konami was generous with this starter deck, giving you five XYZ monsters to add to your collection. Other cards provided allow you to easily summon your XYZ monsters, as well as introducing you to a few archetypes. It’s worth investing time into archetypes, they tend to flow together naturally, giving you more options and fluidity.
Notable cards: Goblindbergh, Cyber Dragon, Sangan, Swords of Revealing Light, Mystical Space Typhoon, Reinforcement of the Army, Call of the Haunted, Seven Tools of the Bandit, Number 39: Utopia & Maestroke the Symphony Djinn
6. Starter Deck: Yuya
After Yugioh ZEXAL and its XYZ monsters came ARC-V and Pendulum monsters. Moving over to the new duel field and seeing these half-monster/half-spell cards can be extremely confusing, trust me it was difficult for even pro players to get used to the differences. Nowadays, Pendulum cards are seen in most decks so it’s important to know how to use them. Starter Deck: Yuya introduces Pendulum monsters perfectly whilst also giving you a playmat, 5 holo cards and even some tokens!
5. Space-Time Showdown
Another super starter deck, one that boasts considerably more power than the previous super starter. It comes with 2 bonus power-up packs, containing yet more cards that every duelist should have. Ultra Rare variants of Dark Hole and Odd-Eyes Dragon are also included, which are truly epic cards to receive.
4. Dark Legion
Beat-down cards are perfect for new players, intricate combos and strategies are confusing so using cards with simple yet effective abilities is crucial. The Dark Legion starter deck contains plenty of beat-down cards capable of going toe-to-toe with almost any other starter deck. You’ll also get a Secret Rare card which is arguably one of the best rarities in the entire game!
3. Saber Force
Saber Force and Dark Legion came out at the same time, as alternatives to each other. This starter deck brings more to the table though, being slightly more powerful while providing more notable cards. Odd-Eyes Saber Dragon, featured on the cover art, is an incredible level 7 monster with 2800 that can be summoned with ease. Quicker, more powerful than the previous entry, Saber Force deserves to be in the top 3 of this list.
2. Dawn of the XYZ
Three shiny cards are included with this starter deck, as are a number of generic cards that can be transferred to other decks if needed. Dawn of the XYZ gives you plenty of XYZ summoning options with beat-down support cards to keep them on the field. An emphasis on swarming monsters and level-changing make this starter deck a good choice to learn how to utilise monster effects correctly!
1. Link Strike
Without a shadow of a doubt, Link Strike is the best starter deck in the game, even long-time players will have obtained 3 of these when it came out. Decode Talker, depicted on the cover art, is one of the best budget Link monsters in Yugioh and the inclusion of Link Spider makes this starter deck even better. You also acquire 5 shiny cards upon purchasing this set and a ton of support for other decks, including hand-traps like Battle Fader and Effect Veiler.
No other starter deck includes so many rare cards and/or generic useful cards. Excellent value for money and a must-have for any Yugioh player!
Notable cards: 75% of the deck contains amazing notable cards, no point in listing them all!