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How To Win A Yugioh Duel

Updated on July 4, 2013

How To Win In Yugioh

There are over a million Yugioh duelists in the world that are all preparing their Decks for duels with friends. Yugioh is the most popular trading card game in the world, and I am a big fan of the fast growing game. I have won many duels in Yugioh, and I want to share my expert advice to other duelists who need it.

I have built over 100 different Yugioh Decks, and I have created over 30 different lenses about Yugioh Cards on Squidoo. I have seen the best cards and strategies, and I have seen some of the worst. I have visited Yugioh Blogs and created my own Yugioh Philosophy Blog, and today, I want to help you win more duels in Yugioh.

Everything Must Be Same Or Similar

In order to win more duels, you must have the right Deck. All of the cards must be similar in at least one way. Do you have a Deck of Naturia cards or Gladiator Beasts. You could also base your Deck on Attributes, Monster Types, or what each card's effect is. If you buy a Starter Deck, you'll know that all of the cards have one thing in common. In the Dawn of the XYZ Booster Pack, almost every card in the Deck changes the Level of another monster to make XYZ Summoning even easier while the Gates of the Underworld Structure Deck focuses on discarding cards to the Graveyard. Making most or all of your cards have the same kind of effect, type, or goal will help you win more duels. The Magnet Warriors have a main goal of bringing forth Valkyrion The Magna Warrior.

Having Yugioh Cards that work with each other like archetypes (Gladiator Beasts, Naturias, etc) will lead to more victories when you duel with your friends.

Effect Monsters - Always Beat The Normal Monsters

Effect Monsters will always beat Normal Monsters. For example, consider a Blue-Eyes White Dragon and a Chaos Emperor Dragon-Envoy of the End. I don't care how powerful Chaos Emperor Dragon-Envoy of the End's effect is. The point is that even though both Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Chaos Emperor Dragon-Envoy of the End have 3000 ATK and 2500 DEF, Chaos Emperor Dragon-Envoy of the End has an effect that can be used to save you in the duel. Blue-Eyes White Dragon is just a monster with brute power, but a simple Man-Eater Bug that doesn't even have more than 500 ATK can destroy a Blue-Eyes White Dragon. That same Man-Eater Bug couldn't destroy a Chaos Command Magician who is immune to Monster Effects. Effect Monsters will always beat the Normal Monsters.

Look At The ATK/DEF Stats Of All Of Your Monster Cards

If you have 2 monsters that both have 1800 ATK and 1500 DEF, pick the Monster Card with the better effect unless both of them are either really good or necessary for your Deck. However, if you have monsters of the same Level with the same effect, but 1 monster has 300 more ATK, then pick the monster with 300 more ATK. You can take out the Monster Card with 300 less ATK and replace it with another card.

Example Of ATK/DEF Method

Breaker The Magical Warrior and Hannibal Necromancer are both Level 4 monsters. Breaker has 1600 ATK and 1000 DEF while Hannibal Necromancer has 1400 ATK and 1800 DEF. Both get 1 Spell Counter when they are Normal Summoned. Both can have a maximum of only 1 Spell Counter, and Breaker gains 300 ATK for each of his Spell Counters. Since Breaker starts with 1 Spell Counter, Breaker The Magical Warrior's ATK would be 1900 ATK putting it 500 ATK over Necromancer. Also, Breaker can destroy a Spell or Trap Card on the field while Hannibal Necromancer can only destroy 1 face-up Trap Card. If you want the high ATK, then go with Breaker. You'll be able to destroy both Spell and Trap Cards with Breaker. In my opinion, I'm not willing to put Hannibal Necromancer in the same Deck as a Breaker the Magical Warrior if there was a suitable replacement. Even another Breaker The Magical Warrior would be better than a Hannibal Necromancer.

XYZ Monsters

In this age of Yugioh, everyone needs an XYZ Monster to win duels because your opponent will most likely have one as well. XYZ Monsters can have under 1000 ATK or over 4000 ATK, but most of them are very easy to play. Number 39: Utopia has 2500 ATK and 2000 DEF that could be played in 1-2 turns with the right Deck. It is important to have what everyone is using or at least prepare for what an XYZ Monster can do. With powerful cards like XYZ Veil and XYZ Territory, your opponent can destroy your Deck if you're not prepared. That's why every duelist should have an XYZ Monster.

See Some Of My XYZ Monster Reviews

There will be even more XYZ Monster reviews soon.

Some Of The Best XYZ Monsters

Yu-Gi-Oh! - Number C39: Utopia Ray # 40 - Order of Chaos - 1st Edition - Ultr...
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Number C39: Utopia Ray # 40 - Order of Chaos - 1st Edition - Ultr...

By detaching 1 XYZ Material, this card gains 500 ATK and an opponent's monster loses 1000 ATK resulting in a 1500 point gap.

Yu-Gi-Oh! - Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon (GAOV-EN041) - Galactic Overlord - 1st Edition - Ultimate Rare
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Neo Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon (GAOV-EN041) - Galactic Overlord - 1st Edition - Ultimate Rare

If one of the XYZ Materials for this card is Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon, then this card negates the effects of all other cards on the field. You can detach 1 XYZ Material to detach every XYZ Material from an XYZ Monster. This card gains 500 ATK and attacks equal to the number of detached XYZ Materials.

Yu-Gi-Oh! - Number 17: Leviathan Dragon GENF-EN039 Ultra Rare - Zexal Generation Force
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Number 17: Leviathan Dragon GENF-EN039 Ultra Rare - Zexal Generation Force

By detaching 1 XYZ Material from this card, this card gains 500 ATK.

Yugioh Generation Force Tiras, Keeper of Genesis GENF-EN086 Secret Rare
Yugioh Generation Force Tiras, Keeper of Genesis GENF-EN086 Secret Rare

This card cannot be destroyed by card effects, and during the End Phase, if this card was attacked or made an attack, you can destroy 1 card on the field. These effects last until this card has no XYZ Materials, and during each End Phase, you must detach 1 XYZ Material from this card.


Make Your Deck The Right Way

Here are the statistics to use to make the perfect Deck. These statistics will give you a total of 40 cards which is the minimum. It is better to retain the minimum of 40 cards than to reach the maximum of 60 cards. The smaller a Deck, the better.

  • 16 Level 4 or lower Monster Cards
  • 4 Level 5 or higher Monster Cards
  • 10 Spell Cards
  • 10 Trap Cards

Get The Right Cards

Look at your Deck right now, and think to yourself what other cards you want to see in your Deck as well as what kind of an effect do you want to see. If you want to find good Yugioh Cards that fit your description, then I recommend going to the Deck Constructor at to find your card.

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Nice and interesting lens! :D