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PostSubject: New Players Guide   Thu 13 Jul 2017, 08:25

In this Guide, I will be explaining how to build a deck and what are some cards that are recommended for your first deck and other general things about Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links. The deck will be a general deck that can get you far. As you progress through the game, you will get better and get stronger cards which you can then include in your deck later on in the game.

[size=47]Duel Links in a Deck of Cards:[/size]

Duel Links is not your standard Yu-Gi-Oh! game. It has been simplified for everyone to use. First of all, there are only three monster zones, three spell/trap zones, a graveyard, an Extra Deck zone (only 5 monsters can be added), a field spell zone, and your deck. Cards can be removed from play. There is no "2nd Stand By Phase", so you have to set your spell and trap cards. Once you are finished with your "Battle Phase", you can then end your turn.You only have 4000 life points.

[size=47]Accessing Your Deck:[/size]

You can edit and build your deck by going to the "Deck Editor" screen. You can get there by going to the "Card Studio" or by tapping on your character icon on the bottom right and tapping on the deck box icon on the top. The minimum cards that can be in the deck are 20 cards (not 40) and the maximum number of cards in your extra deck can be 5 fusion or ritual monster cards. Here is an example deck for Auto Dueling.

[size=47]Editing Your Deck:[/size]

You edit your deck by tapping on the "Deck Edit" tab then tapping on the card in your deck or in your collection that you want to edit. You can add or remove cards by tapping on the "Add" or "Remove" arrow icon. You can have a maximum of 3 of the same card in your deck. By tapping on the "Sort/Filter" triangle icon on the bottom tab, you can search your card collection and build your own unique deck. To simplify the search, you can filter the cards shown by category or even by the attack, power, etc.

[size=47]How to Obtain New Cards:[/size]

You can get new cards in many ways.You can obtain new cards by dueling NPCs and Legendary Duelists. You can also buy cards from the "Card Trader" who starts to appear starting at Stage 7 and you'll have to reach Stage 17 to unlock the UR cards. The Card Trader will require certain crafting materials for certain cards. You can also use the Batch Convert option in the "Card Studio" using the Card Catalog. You can also use your gems and try your luck at pulling cards from card packs in the "Card Shop". You can obtain gems by dueling, completing missions, leveling up, and from daily login bonuses. I personally prefer to keep a minimum of three cards each if I need more than one copy for a deck.

[size=47]Take Into Mind When Building Your Deck:[/size]

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is taking you back to the beginning of dueling, so there are almost no cards from the second generation and beyond. You won't be seeing any super meta cards like Syncros or XYZs. The key to victory is just to power-up your cards and don't let your opponent play for higher attack monsters. Cards like "Reinforcements" that increase your attack and equip spell cards are very good to have, especially when battling AI opponents. When battling online opponents, you might want to add spell cards like "Twister" and "De-Spell" that destroys traps and spell cards. AI opponents are very easy in the beginning because they usually just summon weak normal monsters in attack mode. Just click the Auto-Duel option and make a sandwich. Will discuss later on Auto Dueling.

[size=47]Get Those Gems:[/size]

The best way to build a deck is just to use those Super Rare (SR) and Ultra Rare (UR). The way to get those cards is to get Gems and buy booster packs from the card shop. Gems are very important so you will want to try to do as many missions as possible to collect Gems and pull those SR and UR cards from the card shop I recommend saving up to 500-1000 Gems before buying card packs.
When we first download a game, we can get through the first couple of opponents no problem, but the challenge comes a little later when your opponents start getting better and smarter. Here are some tips to help you keep that momentum going in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links for mobile.

[size=47]Auto Dueling Dos and Don'ts:[/size]

If your objective is to level up, then you probably have been hitting that "Auto Duel" button and letting the AI do all the work.
However, there are cards that you should and should NOT add to your deck when auto-dueling. The AI takes "Statuses" over "Effects" into account when dueling, so it is better to add cards like "Axe Raider" when auto-dueling.
Spell cards like "De-Spell" should be avoided, especially when you have a "Skill" that lets you play a "Field Spell" in the beginning of the battle. This is because it will sometimes activate it and destroy your own field spell card.
Combo heavy decks in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links- like "Karate Man" + "Secret Pass to the Treasure", which allows the former to have the double attack ( a direct 2000 points damage). The AI won't be able to use those combos correctly or to their fullest potential.


"Skills" in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links are special effects that affect the duel in you favor. They can include effects such as taking no battle damage to playing a "Field Spell" card at the beginning of the duel. Every character can learn their own set of "Skills" just by leveling up. They can also get other skills when dueling and your opponent can drop those hidden skills specific to your current character. Use those skills to get a leg up in the battle.

[size=47]Dueling by Stage Level:[/size]

  • Stage Level 1-10 There is not really much to say about the AI will almost not have any spell cards, and they will put all their weak monster in attack position. Just add all your strongest attack monsters and hit that "Auto Control".
  • Stage 11-19 Here, for the most part, you can still win a lot of your duels by auto-dueling, but there are times where you will lose. The deck that you have to worry about the most is the Spirit deck.
  • Stage 20 and onwards In these stages, your opponents start using stronger cards and some with great card effects. Auto-duelings starts to get hard. The deck you have to worry about is the "Thousand-Dragons" deck.

[size=47]Card Trader is Your Friend:[/size]

To get those hard-to-get cards, go to the "Card Trader". He will exchange stronger cards for coins and stones. Depending on the card, certain stones and card gems are required. If you don't have enough stones and card gems, you can always convert your excess cards into stones and card gems. Just go to the "Card Studio", "Card Catalog" then tap on the card you want to convert and hit the "Convert" tab. In doing so, it is possible getting strong cards early on.

[size=47]Little Known Secret for Free Gems:[/size]

Each location has hidden gems located in them. You just have to tap on the right item to get 1-3 free gems. They are as follow:

  • Gate - Tap on the water fountain
  • PvP Arena - tap on the street lights
  • Shop - Tap on the Giant Spinning Card
  • Card Studio - Tap on the Garbage Can

You will be surprised at what happens during some locations.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links takes you back to the past before all these Syncro and XYZs cards even existed. It is very fun and interesting to see combos with cards that nobody plays now. You are forced to think outside the box with the limited non-meta cards that you have. If you miss the good old' days of Yu-Gi-Oh! this game is definitely for you.
As with the actual card game, finding the best way to win depends on what deck you are using. Some players prefer a "Beat-Stick" deck that uses only strong attack monsters while others prefer strategy decks. It is all up to you. So start unlocking all those skills and cards and find the strategy that best suits you. Get You Game On in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links!


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