Yugioh Master Duel meta: The top 5 decks in the game
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Yugioh Master Duel has rocketed in popularity and with it comes an itch to win games. With a unique ban list but familiar card pool, the metagame draws similarities from the actual Trading Card Game and Japan’s own format the Orginal Card Game. Here are five Yugioh Master duel meta decks that players can make to make their ranked ladder climb easier. Players can acquire the cards to build these decks from crafting cards and from buying Secret Packs.

Bird-Up (Tri-Brigade/Lyrulisc)

A standard Lyrulisc Tri-Brigade decklist
A standard Lyrulisc Tri-Brigade decklist. | Provided by Yugioh Master Duel’s public deck function.

Bird-Up refers to the mix of two archetypes, Lyrulisc and Tri-Brigade. This strategy revolves around the use to Link and XYZ monsters to generate advantage. This deck excels at both grinding out the opponent while also having the ability to kill opponents at will. Going first, this deck can set up multiple disruptions making it very hard for the opposing player to breakthrough.

Main Deck

  • 3x Lyrilusc – Turquoise Warbler
  • 2x Lyrilusc – Cobalt Sparrow
  • 2x Lyrilusc – Beryl Canary
  • 2x Lyrilusc – Celestine Wagtail
  • 2x Lyrilusc – Sapphire Swallow
  • 3x Tri-Brigade Fraktall
  • 2x Tri-Brigade Kitt
  • 2x Tri-Brigade Nerval
  • 1x Mist Valley Apex Avian
  • 1x Barrier Statue of the Stormwinds
  • 3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
  • 3x Maxx “C”
  • 3x Lyrilusc – Bird Call
  • 1x Tri-Brigade Rendezvous
  • 1x Lightning Storm
  • 2x Fire Formation – Tenki
  • 2x Called by the Grave
  • 1x Foolish Burial
  • 1x One for One
  • 1x Harpie’s Feather Duster
  • 1x Tri-Brigade Revolt

Extra Deck

  • 1x Lyrilusc – Ensemble Robin
  • 1x Lyrilusc – Assembled Nightingale
  • 2x Lyrilusc – Recital Starling
  • 1x Number F0: Utopic Future
  • 1x Number F0: Utopic Draco Future
  • 1x Divine Arsenal AA -ZUES- Sky Thunder
  • 1x Salamangreat Almiraj
  • 1x Ancient Warriors Oath – Double Dragon Lords
  • 1x Harpie Conductor
  • 1x Tri-Brigade Bearbrumm the Rampant Rampager
  • 1x Tri-Brigade Ferrijit the Barren Blossom
  • 1x Simorgh, Bird of Sovereignty
  • 1x Tri-Brigade Shuraig the Omininous Omen
  • 1x Appollousa, Bow of the Goddess


A standard Eldlich decklist, one of the Yugioh Master Duel meta decks
A standard Eldlich decklist. | Provided by Yugioh Master Duel’s public deck function.

For players that are looking for a stun deck, this is the premier option. The deck utilizes the Eldlich engine which revolves around one singular monster, Eldlich the Golden Lord. This card gives players access to a plethora of different but powerful trap cards that force the opposing player to stop playing their game. On top of that the deck plays many “floodgate” trap cards. These cards make it near impossible for opposing players to advance their gamestate. This deck is fairly simple to play and players that are familiar with heavy trap strategies will feel at home playing this.

Main Deck

  • 3x Eldlich the Golden Lord
  • 3x Pot of Prosperity
  • 2x Cursed Eldland
  • 2x Eldlixir of Black Awakening
  • 1x Eldlixir of White Destiny
  • 3x Pot of Extravagence
  • 3x Eldlixir of Scarlet Sanguine
  • 2x Golden Land Forever!
  • 2x Huaquero of the Golden Land
  • 3x Conquistador of the Golden Land
  • 3x  Skill Drain
  • 3x Solemn Judgement
  • 3x Gozen Match
  • 3x Rivalry of Warlords
  • 2x There Can Be Only One
  • 1x Imperial Order
  • 1x Vanity’s Emptiness

Extra Deck

  • 3x Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max
  • 1x Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Juggernaut Liebe
  • 1x Imduk the World Chalice Dragon
  • 2x Consteller Pleiades
  • 1x Black Luster Soldier – Soldier of Chaos
  • 1x Knightmare Phoenix
  • 1x Vampire Sucker
  • 3x Link Spider
  • 1x Divine Arsenal AA -ZUES- Sky Thunder


A standard Drytron decklist
A standard Drytron decklist. | Provided by Yugioh Master Duel’s public deck function.

This deck is similar to the Bird-Up deck but this combo deck implements ritual monsters into its XYZ and Link monster arsenal. The Drytron archetype excels at making ritual plays and makes summoning ritual monsters easy. The ritual monster of choice in this deck is Herald of Ultimateness. This monster has the ability to negate multiple advances from the opposing player. The deck is perhaps the strongest in the game when going first.

Main Deck

  • 1x Herald of Ultimateness
  • 3x Cyber Angel Benten
  • 1x Cyber Angel Natasha
  • 1x Drytron Gamma Eltanin
  • 3x Drytron Alpha Thuban
  • 3x Drytron Zeta Aldhibah
  • 1x Drytron Delta Altais
  • 3x Diviner of the Herald
  • 2x Eva
  • 3x Herald of Orange Light
  • 3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
  • 2x Maxx “C”
  • 1x Foolish Burial
  • 1x Crossout Designator
  • 2x Called by the Grave
  • 3x Drytron Nova
  • 3x Cyber Emergency
  • 2x Pot of Prosperity
  • 1x Preperation of Rites
  • 1x Meteonis Drytron
  • 2x Infinite Impermanence

Extra Deck

  • 1x Elder Entity N’tss
  • 2x Herald of the Arc Light
  • 1x F.A Dawn Dragster
  • 2x Drytron Mu Beta Fafnir
  • 1x Lyrilusc – Assembled Nightingale
  • 1x Downered Magician
  • 1x Beatrice, Lady of the Eternal
  • 1x Divine Arsenal AA -ZUES- Sky Thunder
  • 1x Linkuriboh
  • 1x Union Carrier
  • 1x I:P Masqurena
  • 1x Knightmare Unicorn
  • 1x Borrelsword Dragon

Virtual World

A standard Virtual World decklist to build on.
A standard Virtual World decklist. | Provided by Yugioh Master Duel’s public deck function.

For players looking for a deck that rewards knowing the ins and outs of the game, Virtual World is the deck for you. This Synchro-based deck is very hard to pilot due to having many different lines of play on any given turn. The rewards for knowing how to play the deck are fantastic as Virtual World can beat Yugioh Master Duel meta deck in the current format. Especially since it has access to one of the most powerful monsters ever printed, True King of all Calamities.

Main Deck

  • 3x Virtual World Mai-Hime-Lulu
  • 3x Virtual World Roshi – Lalao
  • 3x Virtual World Hime -Nyannyan
  • 3x Virtual World Kirin -Lili
  • 3x Virtual World Xiezhi – Jiji
  • 3x Maxx “C”
  • 3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
  • 3x Virtual World City – Kauwloon
  • 3x Virtual World Gate – Qinglong
  • 3x Pot of Desires
  • 2x Called by the Grave
  • 3x Crossout Designator
  • 2x Emergency Teleport
  • 1x Triple Tactics Talent
  • 2x Virtual World Gate – Chuche
  • 1x Virtual World Gate -Xuanwu

Extra Deck

  • 1x  Virtual World Kyubi -Shenshen
  • 1x Virtual World Beast – Jiujiu
  • 1x Cloudcastle
  • 1x Stardust Charge Warrior
  • 1x Coral Dragon
  • 1x Vermillion Dragon Mech
  • 1x Ravenous Crocodragon Archethys
  • 1x Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon
  • 1x Ultimaya Tzolkin
  • 1x The Phantom Knights of Break Sword
  • 1x True King of All Calamities
  • 1x Virtual World Phoenix – Fanfan
  • 1x Divine Arsenal AA -ZUES- Sky Thunder
  • 1x Constellar Ptolemy M7
  • 1x Gaia Drago, The Thunder Charger

Sky Striker

A standard Sky Striker decklist, one of the Yugioh Master Duel meta decks
A standard Sky Striker decklist. | Provided by Yugioh Master Duel’s public deck function.

Eldlich is the premier stun deck. But for players that want to interact with the opponent and control the pace of play, there is no better deck than Sky Striker. Like Eldlitch, this deck revolves around one monster but instead of traps, this deck utilizes many powerful spells. Sky Striker Raye can Link summon into many of her different forms to access any spell the deck needs at any time. Players that fall into the Sky Striker player’s pace of play will find themselves always at a disadvantage as they slowly lose the grind game. If that sounds appealing then give this deck a try.

Main Deck

  • 3x  Sky Striker Ace – Raye
  • 1x Sky Striker Ace – Roze
  • 3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
  • 3x Maxx “C”
  • 3x Effect Veiler
  • 1x Ghost Belle & Haunted Mansion
  • 2x Sky Striker Mecha Modules – Multirole
  • 2x Sky Striker Mobilize – Engage!
  • 2x Sky Striker Mecha – Widow Anchor
  • 2x Sky Striker Maneuver – Afterburners!
  • 2x Sky Striker Mecha – Shark Cannon
  • 1x Sky Striker Airspace – Area Zero
  • 1x Sky Striker Mecha – Eagle Booster
  • 1x Sky Striker Maneuver – Jamming Waves!
  • 1x Sky Striker Mecha – Hornet Drones
  • 3x Pot of Desires
  • 2x Called by the Grave
  • 1x Forbidden Droplets
  • 1x Reinforcement of the Army
  • 1x Terraforming
  • 1x Harpies Feather Duster
  • 1x Pot of Avarice
  • 2x Infinite Impermanance

Extra Deck

  • 1x Sky Striker Ace – Kagari
  • 3x Sky Striker Ace – Shizuku
  • 3x Sky Striker Ace – Hayate
  • 1x Sky Striker Ace – Kaina
  • 2x Sky Striker Ace – Zeke
  • 1x Crystron Halqifibrax
  • 1x Knightmare Phoenix
  • 1x Selene, Queen of the Master Magicians
  • 1x Knightmare Unicorn
  • 1x Accesscode Talker

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