The best Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Swordsoul deck guide
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With the huge early-May update for Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, the new meta contender archetype has finally made its way into the game: Swordsoul, one of the most powerful archetypes to hit the physical Trading Card Game in 2021.

The deck is still a force in the physical game and will no doubt be one of the best decks in Master Duel. Here is a standard deck list utilizing the Swordsoul archetype mixed with Tenyi and Yang Zing to maximize the strengths of the Wyrm-type Synchro deck.

Deck list in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

Swordsoul decklist
This list is pretty much all the good Wyrm-type monsters thrown together in a powerful deck. | Screenshot provided by Warren Younger/Konami.

Monsters

  • 1x Effect Veiler
  • 1x Chiwen, Light of the Yang Zing
  • 1x Deskbot 001
  • 3x Tenyi Spirit – Adhara
  • 3x Maxx “C”
  • 1x  Mecha Phantom Beast O-Lion
  • 3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
  • 3x Swordsoul of Mo Ye
  • 1x Swordsoul of Taia
  • 3x Incredible Ecclesia, the Virtuous
  • 3x Swordsoul Strategist Longyuan
  • 3x Tenyi Spirit – Vishuda
  • 3x Tenyi Spirit – Ashuna
  • 1x Nibiru, the Primal Being
  • 1x  Archnemeses Protos

Spells

  • 2x Vessel for the Dragon Cycle
  • 3x Swordsoul Emergence
  • 2x Called by the Grave
  • 3x Crossout Designator
  • 2x Heavenly Dragon Cycle

Traps

  • 1x Swordsoul Blackout
  • 1x Nine Pillars of Yang Zing

Extra Deck

  • 1x Denglong, First of the Yang Zing
  • 1x Yazi, Evil of the Yang Zing
  • 2x Baxia, Brightness of the Yang Zing
  • 1x PSY-Framelord Omega
  • 1x Draco Berserker of the Tenyi
  • 2x Swordsoul Grandmaster – Chixiao
  • 1x Chaofeng, Phantom of the Yang Zing
  • 1x Baronne de Fleur
  • 1x Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign – Chengying
  • 2x Monk of the Tenyi
  • 1x Crystron Halqifibrax
  • 1x Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon

How the deck plays

The archetype is now the most potent Synchro-based deck in the entire game. The deck thrives on simple one to two-card combos that end on very simple but powerful boards. Swordsoul of Mo Ye and Eclasia are the bread and butter of the deck.

Seeing these, or the spell card Swordsoul Emergence, can put up two powerful boss monsters with negates. This is easily done by using Mo Ye to go into Swordsoul Grandmaster – Chixiao, which can then add Swordsoul Strategist Longyuan, which can then special summon himself and make either Baronne De Fluer or Swordsoul Supreme Sovereign – Chengying. And that’s just the simple combo.

The deck also has the very powerful Tenyi archetype available, which are the perfect utility cards. These cards are also good at going into more intricate combos that utilize the powerful link monsters Crytstron Halqifibrax and Mecha Phantom Beast Auroradon. These two end up making insane boards that utilize the other powerful Wyrm-type Synchro archetype, Yang Zings and their powerful boss monsters like Denglong, First of the Yang Zing.

The deck is both super simple to play but also has a lot of skill expression, too.

How to get the cards

All the Swordsoul cards are available through a brand new Selection pack in the shop, Refined Blade. Most of them high rarity cards, so it’s best to use these Selection Packs to pull them. The alternative is to craft them through UR and SR CP. For the rest of the cards, almost all of them can be found in the Dragon Spirit Secret Pack.


ASU alum with a B.A in Sports Journalism, Warren is one of the premier TFT Journalists in the scene and is a decent TFT player as well who has peaked Challenger and has had multiple accounts in Master+ over all sets. Warren also specializes in other esports content including League of Legends, Valorant, Smash Bros, and more.


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