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Top Tier Yu-Gi-Oh! Decks 2012

Updated on March 3, 2013

Tiers and Meta Defined

Tiers are levels that describe how good Yu-Gi-Oh! decks are. Tier 1 decks are the best, followed by Tier 2 and Tier 3. There is no official list, so it is made up of what the Yu-Gi-Oh! community agrees upon. Top Tier decks mean something a little different than Meta decks, but they are usually the same decks. Meta is short for Metagame, which basically means the decks that win the most. From Meta decks came Anti-Meta decks, like banishing decks, that try to counter Meta decks. They usually do not do well against a variety of deck types. Like Top Tier decks, there is no official Meta decks list. So it is also decided by the players.

Tier 1

The Tier 1 decks are currently considered to be Dino Rabbit, Hieratic, Wind-Up, Inzektor, and Chaos Dragon.

Dino Rabbit

This deck revolves around a monster card called Rescue Rabbit. This card lets you banish the monster and special summon 2 level 4 or lower normal monsters with the same name from your deck. Once you have the two monsters, which are usually dinosaurs, you can XYZ summon an XYZ monster. All that just from one card. It is really cheap. The XYZ monsters that are generally summoned are Evolzar Dolkka and Evolzar Laggia. Dolkka can negates monsters' effects, and Laggia can negate the summon of a monster or the activation of a spell or trap card. So you use one overpowered card to summon another, all in one turn. But it doesn't end there. Then you can summon Tour Guide From the Underworld, which lets you summon a level 3 fiend-type monster from your deck. Then you XYZ summon Leviair the Sea Dragon, which can special summon a banished monster, which just happens to be Rescue Rabbit. So then you do it all over again.


This deck swarms the field with dragons. There are all kinds of monster effects that let you special summon the dragons, and then you can use the dragons to XYZ summon high-level XYZ monsters. This deck uses the Hieratic archetype, as well as Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, Number 11: Big Eye, and Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max. This deck is also really cheap.


This deck is by far the cheapest deck ever in my opinion. Most people don't even use most of the Wind-Up cards. They just use a combination of them that can make the opponent discard their hand one card at a time. The main cards in the deck are Wind-Up Zenmaighty, WInd-Up Hunter, Wind-Up Rat, and Wind-Up Shark. The combination lets you swarm the field, and also slowly makes your opponent discard cards from their hand in one turn. I say slowly because even though it is all in the same turn, it takes forever and you just have to watch the player do that for a while.


Like Wind-Up decks, people only use the exact same combination of Inzektor cards. They are Inzektor Centipede, Inzektor Dragonfly, and Inzektor Hornet. It goes exactly the same every time. You summon Dragonfly, then equip Hornet, then send Hornet to the grave to destroy one of the opponent's cards. Then you special summon Centipede from the deck, equip Hornet again, and send it to the grave to destroy a card again. All that happens by summoning Hornet. Cheap.

Chaos Dragon

This deck uses high level dark and light attribute dragon-type monsters. It uses Red Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, Lightpulsar Dragon, Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning, sometimes Chaos Sorcerer, Red Eyes Wyvern and Ecipse Wyvern. It uses Darkness Metal to summon a bunch of dragons, and it uses other monsters' effects to get light and dark monsters in the graveyard. THen you can remove one light and one dark monster to summon either Lightpulsar Dragon, Black Luster Soldier, or Chaos Sorcerer.

Tier 2

I'm not about to write a paragraph for all of these, so you can just Google them if you want to learn more.


Dark World

Six Samurai

Gladiator Beast

Chain Burn





Tier 3






Machina Gadget


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      nerdnuts 2 years ago

      i LOVED this article. thank you SSSSOOOOOOOO muck ;P

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      Masquerade 4 years ago

      with the new ban-list wind-up is at least tier 2 now

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      Mark 5 years ago

      Chaos Ninja is Tier 2²

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      adreds 5 years ago


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      Andre 5 years ago

      Chaos Ninja is Tier 2

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      coon stank you people who say your deck is amazing and unstoppable but isn't a tier deck obviously don't play Competitive...these decks win at big tournaments not just a run of the mill local 5 years ago

      you people who say your deck is amazing and unstoppable but isn't a tier deck obviously don't play Competitive...these decks win at big tournaments not just a run of the mill local

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      manifestdestiny 5 years ago

      i've never heard of tiered decks before. a deck is only as good as the person using it.

      and six samurai isn't a top tier? that's a load of bull. a friend of mine has a six samurai deck that is virtually unbeatable.

      and x-saber is third tier? are you kidding me? those things freaking rock!

      but all of that is irrelevant when you consider my first statement "a deck is only as good as the person using it."

      plus all of these are themed and archetype decks. i have a variety deck(i call it my 'big deck' cause the cases that are on are freaking huge.) its mainly built for attack power and destroying power. it can clear the field twice in one turn. i've won duels on my first turn quite a few times with that deck.

      also, a lot of these "tier" decks revolve around xyz monsters. and personally i think xyz and sychros are just fucking cheating. i don't even like fusion mosters most of the time. if you can build a good deck without using any of those, then and only then will i respect you as a good duelist.

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      dailytop10 5 years ago from Davao City

      Yugi oh is all about strategy. I've played it with my friends a long time ago and my deck was quite strong. My focus was not on sheer power but on effect combinations. I simply seal off enemy monsters with attack powers more than a thousand. Set a card with 2k def and defeat the enemy with a curses which can zap off a portion of his life points in every turn. It's almost impossible to stop my deck once everything is perfectly in place.

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      Omnivium 5 years ago

      Inzektors are still pretty good, maybe tier 2 or 3. I would definitely consider Geargia to be tier 1, and maybe Dark World too. Wind-Ups are still tier 1. Fire Fist and Mermaill/Atlanteans are not in the TCG yet, but I think they will be tier 1 when they come out.

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      kaleb barbrey 5 years ago

      What would you consider to be the top tier decks now after the banlist has hit

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      Omnivium 5 years ago


      Rescue Rabbit is now semi-limited, Inzektor Hornet and Inzektor Dragonfly are both limited, and Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon is limited. So all of those decks will be worse, and we will see some new meta decks shortly.

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      Omnivium 5 years ago

      I used to play it as a kid too. I got back into in online, and it has gotten a lot more complex.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      This is an interesting hub. My kids used to collect these cards and play against each other. Although they don't play them nowadays, they still keep them in their treasure boxes and no one is allowed to touch them.