Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel: Best meta decks in 2023

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel key art featuring a dragon.Konami

Building a deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel can be quite demanding as there are so many options to choose from. To help you out, we’ve compiled a tier list that showcases the best Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel decks in 2023, ranked according to their power levels.

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel gives players a lot of flexibility in creating their decks, which keeps the meta interesting. However, the huge number of options also makes it hard for players to learn the game and even experts have trouble keeping up with the constantly changing trends.

When compared to Clash Royale, Marvel Snap, and Magic: The Gathering Arena, Yu-Gi-Oh is not the most beginner-friendly card game out there. The biggest challenge for newcomers is to not only make a deck but also understand how each card works.

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel doesn’t punish you for experimenting with your cards and making unique decks. Having said that, the card game is as competitive as it gets and only a handful of decks can help you reach the top.

On that note, here’s a list of the best Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel meta decks, based on the rankings from Master Duel Meta.

Screengrab of a game being played in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.Konami
Yu-Gi-Oh supports cross-platform play across PS, Xbox, PC, Android, and iOS.

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel meta decks tier list

Here’s a Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel tier list, ranking the most popular decks from best to worst. The ones placed in the S tier are the strongest while the decks in the D tier are weaker.

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TierYu-Gi-Oh Master Duel meta deck
SPurrely, Spright Runick, Exosister
ADragon Link, Traptrix, Kashtira
BLabrynth, Branded Despia, Rikka, Naturia, Pure Scareclaw,
CSwordsoul Tenyi, Mathmech, Lyrilusc Tri-Brigade, Ultra Athletes, Raidraptor
DIshizu Runick, Subterror Krawler, Gravekeepers, Domain Monarch, Melffy, Evil Eye

Best Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel meta decks

5. Branded Despia

Branded Despia deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.Konami / Master Duel Meta
Branded Despia is an archetype focused on Fusion Summoning powerful Fusion Monsters.

Regarded as one of the most powerful and popular meta decks in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel, Branded Despia is a versatile, consistent, and resilient deck in the game. It is based on the new archetype of Despia, which are dark fairy monsters that can manipulate the fusion mechanic and summon powerful fusion monsters from the extra deck.

The deck can also recover from disruptions and interruptions, thanks to cards like Albion the Branded Dragon, which can revive or protect the fusion monsters.

4. Labrynth

Labrynth deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.Konami / Master Duel Meta
Lovely Labrynth of the Silver Castlen is the main monster of the deck and has three distinct effects.

The Labrynth deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel makes use of DARK Fiend monsters and Normal Traps to control the game. Its main strategy is to activate the effects of its monsters by sending them to the graveyard or banishing them with its trap cards and gain an advantage by disrupting the opponent’s plays or drawing more cards.

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The deck requires skill and timing to play effectively, as it is not a simple stun deck that can negate everything. The player has to know when to use the trap cards, as using them too early or too late can be detrimental, but using them at the right moment can be very rewarding.

3. Kashtira

Kashtira deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.KonamiKonami / Master Duel Meta
Pressured Planet Wraitsoth is the best card to open with when using the Kashtira deck.

Consisting of six main deck monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel‘s Kashtira is a type of deck that belongs to the Visas Starfrost lore, that was introduced in the TCG in Darkwing Blast. It is an archetype that focuses on XYZ summoning, especially Rank 7 monsters.

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It has been a dominant force in the meta since Tearlament created a tier-zero environment. The deck plays like a control deck, using its effects to banish facedown important cards from the opponent and lock their monster and/or spell and trap zones. It also has a powerful boss monster that acts as a floodgate.

Dragon Link deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.KonamiKonami / Master Duel Meta
The Dragon Link deck takes heavily after the Danger! Thunder Dragon deck.

Dragon-Link is a combo deck that uses dragon-type monsters and link summoning to create a board with multiple disruptions. It mainly relies on the Rokket and Borrel archetypes, as well as some support cards for light and dark attributes. While the deck can get pretty complicated, it has a power rating of 15 which makes it one of the most successful Tournament Topping Decks.

The deck has also gained new support from the Bystial monsters, which boosted its power level and also has evolved over the years, adapting to the changes in the ban list and the introduction of new cards.

1. Purrely – Best Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel meta deck

Purrely deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.KonamiKonami / Master Duel Meta
Purrelys are adorable creatures of unknown but seemingly heavenly origins.

The Purrely, with a power rating of 18.5, is the best deck in Yu-Gi-oh Master Duel. Its strategy involves using the Quick-Play Spells to attach them to your “Purrely” Xyz Monsters, and make them as powerful as possible while they are on the field as its archetype is a unique way of using cards as materials for Xyz Monsters.

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This Deck switches between a Control and an aggressive playstyle depending on the situation. It tries to control the game until it can summon its boss monster, but then it becomes aggressive with a monster that can be very difficult to stop.

Well, this was everything to know about the best meta decks in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel. Building rogue decks is also an option, but it is wise to first understand the game’s mechanics deeply.

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