Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links is relatively new free to play mobile game that offers a different type of dueling experience.
Duel Links differs from traditional Yu-Gi-Oh in the following ways:
- The card pool is much smaller. For instance, there are currently no Tuners, Xyz, or Pendulum monters.
- It uses the Speed Duel format, which differs in the following ways:
There is no MP2. Your turn ends after the Battle Phase.
Only 3 Monster Card Zones
Only 3 Spell/Trap Zones
Start with 4 cards.
Start with 4000 Life Points.
Minimum and Maximum Deck Size Halved (20-30 vs. 40-60)
5 Card Extra Deck
- Each duelist has a variety of "Skils" they can use to swing the duel in their favour. They are unlocked by levelling the character up (which uses a similar Duel Assessment System as the old Game Boy and DS games). Some examples of skills are that Mai can see the top card of her deck at all times and Mako starts the duel with Umi on the field.
Gameplay is quick due to the Speed Duel format, but there are very few decks designed to create unbeatable fields or OTK (the one exception I can think of is a Cyber Stein deck, but the duelist needs to be under 1000 LP for it to go off).
Here's is a basic (probably not optimized) template for what's considered the 'best' deck:
Dino Beatdown (Rex Raptor; Skill puts Jurassic World into play at the start of the duel)
3 Two-Headed King Rex
3 Crawling Dragon #2
3 Jerry Beans Man
3 Order to Charge
1 Shard of Greed
While I don't wnat to make an entire deck-building guide in the OP, here are some examples of other strong generic cards in the format:
- Wonder Balloon
- Enemy Control
- Riryoku Field (meta tech due to an Equip variant of Dinos)
The game currently has three sets in rotation. In the near future, two of those will rotate out and two more will come in. That being said, this is not a rotation game. Like with the regular Yu-Gi-Oh! game, you'll be able to use old cards even when they aren't directly available from packs in the store any longer. They have made room for a ban list, but no cards currently sit on it.
So, my purpose for making this thread: is anyone else playing the game? What have been your impressions so far? If there are other people playing, I'd be happy to talk about deck strategies or duel against you.
My tier list looks something like:
- Dinosaur Kingdom
- Rituals (most variants)
- Clown Control
- Cyber Stein OTK
I don't have a large enough sample with most of the decks to feel confident, though.
Edit by mark:
We now have a Discord chat for duel links as well. https://discordapp.com/invite/010LERig7M1mW4mNi