Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Deck Building Guide – How to build a balanced deck

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel features an overwhelming amount of cards and deck builds to choose from. It can be hard to know what kind of deck to build and how to make it balanced with so many cards. We have gathered some tips on building a balanced deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel below.

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How to build a balanced deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

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When building a deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, you want to keep a balance of 40 cards. While you can add up to 60 cards to your deck, having more cards makes it harder to draw the cards you need to win. With these 40 cards, we recommend a balance of 20 monster cards, 10 spell cards, and 10 trap cards.

This ratio can fluctuate depending on the win conditions of your deck. Therefore, you should build your deck around one or two win conditions. This lets you have a higher chance of winning as you are more likely to draw and use your best cards.

Choosing a deck build in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

With so many cards and builds to choose from, it can be hard to know how to build your deck. There are a couple of different ways to choose a build. You can go with what's popular in the meta, choose a theme, or go with specific strategies. When building a deck, here are a couple of tips to remember.

  • Keep the ban list in mind when adding cards to your deck.
  • Don't forget simple cards such as Mystical Space Typhoon or Trap Hole that tend to be good in any situation.
  • Just because a card fits your theme doesn't mean it's good. Don't add cards simply for thematic purposes.
  • Avoid overly specific win conditions that rely on a single card. Instead, build around win conditions that use multiple cards.
  • Sometimes you will run into a deck that counters your win conditions. This doesn't mean your deck is bad or unbalanced, it simply reflects that there are multiple ways to win in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel.
  • Watch official Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments or check out high-level players to see what cards they are using and why. Incorporating or basing your strategy on their plays can be a great way to get ideas on deck building.

Fine-tuning your deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel

You are not done when you have finished your deck, as you still need to edit and fine-tune it. We recommend taking a look at your deck after three matches. Examine what worked and didn't work. If a card was not used or failed to live up to expectations, remove it from your deck.

On the opposite hand, if something worked, move your deck around to incorporate it into your win condition or add cards that support it or make it easier to achieve. With an ever-changing meta and new cards being added, your deck is never really complete in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel.

For more information on Yu-Gi-Oh!, check out Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel: Is the Duel Pass worth it? and How to get Red-Eyes Black Dragon in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel on Pro Game Guides.

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