Ultimate List of Yugioh Budget Decks

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  1. Avatar John says:

    hello i am new to yu gi oh so i have a question: Are the extra cards mentioned in the recommended list obligatory?

    1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

      Hi mate

      Every deck can function with their own in-built support and Extra Deck. This is for casual and/or fun duels only, absolutely not competitively.

      Deck lists have the best cards from the archetype mixed with other cards that work well with the archetype. If you want your deck to be competitive, these extra cards are well worth investing in.

      For example:

      The entire Deskbot core is extremely cheap, very powerful (eve somewhat competitively) and fun to use.

      For the deck to be even better, cards like Genex Ally Birdman and Machine Duplication can be added.

      So these decks are usable on their own but are much better with those extra cards 🙂

      1. Avatar Jacen says:

        Gravekeepers are a lot more powerful than you’re giving them credit for.
        I own or have owned almost every deck you have on this list, and you’re either downplaying or overexaggerating all of them.

        1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

          You have to remember, those reading this list aren’t looking for top of the line, competitive quality descriptions with every word being 100% stat-backed and true.

          I get giddy writing some paragraphs it’s true and maybe I underestimate some decks 😛 But this list is the best budget guide for Yugioh in the entire world!

          1. Avatar Tommy Jackson says:


    2. Avatar Chris says:

      yes, they are mandatory in almost every single deck

  2. Avatar Carl says:

    I introduced my son to the game when it was just yu gi and kaiba a few years later he still into it he wants me to play again. Just been into a shop bought lair of darkness. Can you tell me any to improve this deck.

    1. Avatar Tom Foolery says:

      Kinda late but you could always sync the deck with dark worlds as the two archetypes work pretty good together. Here is a link to a dark lair deck list that got 5th in regionals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igHijmiKhCw

  3. Avatar Dakota says:

    I, personally, run a Lunalight deck and I have to say, they are amazing. I win most of the time and the fusion monsters completely annoy my friend. Leo Dancer is terrific against him because he uses Elemental HEROs. Her ability to destroy special summoned monsters makes her an asset against this deck. The only deck he’s made that has challenged me is his dragon deck. I must add that my wins were with half a Lunalight deck. I haven’t tried it now that I’ve completed it.

    I’d love to make a Ghostrick deck, do any help regarding that will be very appreciated.

    1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

      Leo Dancer is a nightmare to deal with….My friend has a Lunalight deck, my only strategy is to try and win before he can summon Leo Dancer (strategies like using Effect Veiler on Kaleido Chick help a ton)

      Ghostricks I’m not sure how to use as it was recommended to me for this list, asking on Reddit.com/r/Yugioh is a great way to start though 🙂

  4. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Are predaplants , raidraptors, or blackwings any viable?

    1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

      Predaplants: Not at all, not even casually to be honest :/

      Raidraptors: MR4 hit them hard, they struggle to get any kind of board going really. Not recommended!

      Blackwings: Like 2million variants exist, some are actually decent to be fair. If you enjoy the archetype, I say go for it 😀

      1. Avatar Benamrouche Malek says:

        Predaplants received some good new support though

    2. Avatar Olaoluwa Aremu says:

      Blackwings for sure, they are about to get support. BUT that also means all of the good blackwing cards have either already spiked up in price or will very soon.

      1. Avatar Manuel says:

        what kind of support are you talking about? BWs are by far my fav archetype and im struggling between building a cyber deck or modernizing my old BW deck since im coming back to YGO after 6 years. If BWs could be meta in a few months time I would build them.

  5. Avatar Dan says:

    Love the list. I was looking up Magical Musketeers and like their artwork and style of play. How viable do you reckon they are?

    1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

      Casually I’d say they’re very viable, meta decks are way faster and recycle through Musket’s removal effects but against other casual decks? Magical Muskets are great!

      Good shout btw going to add them to this list 🙂

  6. Avatar Alex says:

    That’s a shame predaplants are my favourite archetype other than ghostricks. I play against a frog ftk and a blue eyes deck and neither have link support so predaplants could help me

  7. Avatar Alex says:

    I don’t know why the frog ftk doesn’t have link support there’s room in the extra deck and my friend who owns the deck owns two saryuja skull dreads (my favourite link monster)

  8. Avatar Anonymous says:

    If I were to get one of the following decks which one should I get (1)predaplants
    (2)golden castle of stromberg

  9. Avatar Peter says:

    Is Phantom Knights viable?

    1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

      Casually yes, very good!

      1. Avatar Peter says:

        Okay thanks!

        One more thing, what’s the most consistent and best variant of Phantom Knight in your opinion?

  10. Avatar The reaper says:

    I personally have played a predaplant deck since they have been released and so far they have won most of the duels I have used them in in fact to be honest they have 2 losses but in both those duels I was on the edge of winning.

    Now I am in progress on a Danger deck and so far I am only missing 11 cards

  11. Avatar Anonymous says:

    Chronomaly’s are a forgotten rock archetype however, when paired with kaiju’s they can easily ftk or otk your opponent.

  12. Avatar john johnson says:

    What about boarder stun? its only 100$, or so

    1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

      Recommend me a deck list please? I’ll take a look, never heard of it before haha

  13. Avatar Ekarnouk says:

    Hey, does anyone know if F.A.’s are any viable?

    1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

      They do still kind of work, but only casually. Relied on Ancient Fairy Dragon too much 🙁 Although their newer support has mitigated this slightly

  14. Avatar Roberto Pato says:


    Out of all these decks, what are the ones that you think are more viable? (Apart from Salamangreats of course)


    1. Ryan McKenna Ryan McKenna says:

      Orcust and Altergeist really 🙂 Maybe Pendulum Magicians too (especially now with the Order of the Spellcasters structure deck)

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