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The Strongest Yu-Gi-Oh Deck Builds
Many dueling fans often wonder "What is the ultimate Yu-Gi-Oh deck construction? What strategies can I use to build a top deck?" Luckily, we have access to several online decklists and databases constantly gathering information about the strongest decks and most-played cards.
I harbor my own author-biased thoughts about the most powerful decks, but today we'll go exactly by the data (gathered from yugiohtopdecks.com) to countdown and rank the best, most popular tournament-placing Yu-Gi-Oh decks available!
Here's what made the list:
- True King Dino
- Burning Abyss
- World Chalice
- ABC-Dragon Buster
- True Draco
10. True King Dino
True King Dino decks are often (but not always) packed with 60 cards rather than the 40-card standard. Why would you increase your card pool and thus risk a more-unpredictable deck? Well, extra cards allow for more search options, a better defense against mill decks, and allow you to play the card-drawing but deck-destroying Pot of Desires without fear.
Regardless of your deck's size, True King Dino builds use wyrm-type True King monsters alongside dinosaur-type supports and an excellent field spell (Dragonic Diagram). Since True King Agnimazud wields an extra banishing effect when used with fire monsters, many of the best utility monsters bear the flame attribute, like Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. Dinosaurs also enjoy access to one of the best search spells in the game, Fossil Dig, which can pull any level 6 or lower dinosaur from your deck, and they easily summon several powerful Evolzar rank 4 xyz monsters. These builds tend to be short on continuous spells and traps but can use traps like Heavy Storm Duster for spell/trap removal.
Signature True King Cards
True King Agnimazud, the Vanisher
Heavy Storm Duster
True King of All Calamities
Ultimate Conductor Tyranno
Double Evolution Pill
Bottomless Trap Hole
Often mixed with other archetypes like Mekk-Knight, Spellbook, and Windwitch, Invoked decks rely on an extraordinary fusion spell, Invocation, to summon impressive fusion monsters. This includes Invoked Purgatrio, who gains ATK for every card (of all types) that your opponent controls, can attack all opposing monsters once each, and inflicts piercing damage to defense position units. You'll also want several link monsters to let you access multiple extra deck zones at once. Pure Invoked decks operate fine, but some players opt to add in the swarming capabilities of the Mekks and Witches.
Either way, Aleister the Invoker plays a crucial role due to both being a fusion material on the Invoked fusion cards and for being able to search Invocation from your deck. Luckily, Aleister himself can be searched with the field spell Magical Meltdown, which also helpfully prevents the negation of your fusion spells.
Signature Invoked Cards
Aleister the Invoker
There Can Be Only One
8. Burning Abyss
A monster-heavy theme, the Burning Abyss series activate unique powers when sent to the graveyard, mass-swarming and overwhelming foes with their unique abilities. Some duelists even opt for a Sekka side blend, meaning they don't include any spells or traps other than Sekka's Light, allowing for heavy draw power and essentially wasting your opponent's spell/trap removals.
Fielded Burning Abyss monsters usually destroy non-Abyss monsters you control, so exercise caution with their self-mutilating structure. That said, many can be special summoned from the hand if you don't control any spells or traps, and aces like Dantre, Traveler of the Burning Abyss will send more Abyss creatures from your deck and/or hand to the graveyard, stocking it with revival fodder and activating more burial abilities.
Signature Burning Abyss Cards
Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss
Farfa, Malebranche of the Burning Abyss
Pot of Desires
Dante, Pilgrim of the Burning Abyss
7. World Chalice
World Chalice decks use their archetype's powers to summon unique link monsters, whose effects will revive other World monsters from the graveyard or call them from the deck, and you'll be amassing bonus extra deck zones along the way. Many of the low-level World monsters (such as Chosen by the World Chalice) are normal monsters, qualifying for support cards like Unexpected Dai.
Lee, the World Chalice Fairy is a nice World-search, World Legacy's Heart can add defeated members from the graveyard to the hand, and Imduk the World Chalice Dragon is an interesting link monster that only takes a single material to summon. For meatier boss monsters, your extensive searches pay off by fielding impressive beasts like Ib the World Chalice Priestess and Ningirsu the World Chalice Warrior to annihilate your foes once your preparations have been made.
Signature World Chalice Cards
World Legacy - "World Chalice"
World Legacy's Heart
The Phantom Knights of Shade Brigandine
Lee the World Chalice Fairy
Imduk the World Chalice Dragon
Mask of Restrict
6. ABC-Dragon Buster
Often infused with some Sky Striker flavor, the ABC series revolves around three union monsters (A-Assault Core, B-Buster Drake, and C-Crush Wyvern) who can make their equipped light-attribute machine-type monster immune to monster, spell, and trap effects respectively.
These union cards also defend their attached monster from a single destruction and activate bonus effects when sent to the graveyard. The series is a bit slow in terms of swarming; luckily, the field spell Union Hangar can special summon a union monster from your deck and the trap Evenly Matched will help you catch up ig you fall behind. The three main union staples can also combine into the powerful fusion monster ABC-Dragon Buster without the use of a fusion spell!