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YuGiOh Strategies

To outsiders, YuGiOh may look like a game played by little kids with little strategy:  We’ve had a 12 year old kid as a former US champion after all. To anyone who plays it, we all know it is nothing like top trumps and it is definitely not designed purely for kids! A bit like chess, YGO is easy to pick up and very difficult to master.  It’s learning the YGO strategies and developing them that makes a good player.  The basic rules are fairly long and take a while to get, and you will need about 10 tournaments before you would have a good idea of what you can and can not do. But, it is still easy enough for you to get started after watching a few games.

So what makes the difference between a mediocre player and championship winning one?  Do they know some strategies others don’t?  Is it because they are lucky in terms of drawing the right cards? Is it because they are rich so they have all the really rare cards? Or is it because they are really just THAT good?

To be honest, it is all of the above. At national level, you would need the ‘best’ cards. I don’t care who you are, you will not win a national with a starter deck! In mirror matches, or even bad matches (as in their deck was built to counter yours), a bit of luck could take you a long way. But lets face it, if you play something like 12 matches before the final, that’s up to 36 games, you luck would even out! So the simple truth is, to get to the top, you HAVE to be a good player too.


The Five Crucial Points Every YuGiOh Player Should Know

So what makes a player good? First, you need to know your deck well and know exactly what the good combos are and the chance of getting it. You have an Allure of Darkness in your hand, and a Dark Armed Dragon, should you play it? What would affect that decision?

Second, and this is overlooked by most, is knowing your enemy, and be able to side deck against them efficiently. You should have prepared exact side deck strategies against all deck types that are bad matches for you. You need to know what to take out as well as what to put in. So having decided on what’s in your side deck, you still need to think what you should take out when play against various opponents. 15 cards out of 40 is significant!

Third, the ability to read your opponent’s field and hand, and be able to work out if certain play can be ‘game breaking’ and learn to avoid letting them do that. For example, if you have two monsters out, they have a Spirit Reaper, you have a Caius in hand, should you play it? What should you be thinking about? Over committing is often punished by Mirror Force, Torrential Tribute, Lightning Vortex or even Needle Ceiling!

Fourth, the ability to plan for the future. Unless you are certain you can win this turn, you should always leave a few ‘aces’ up your sleeve. You have one monster out, they have nothing, you have a monster reborn and a dead Monarch, should you play it? What if they Gorz you? Would you have been better off saving that reborn so you can do a synchro later?

Fifth, the ability to adapt your playing style when played against different decks. Playing against Gladiator Beast needs an entirely different mind set for example. You need to practice and figure out when to go on the offensive and when to hold back. Against a control player, you may not want to keep a Health Hand and save up on ‘options’ for later, you could lose it all to a Morphing Jar! Against a Gladiator Beast player, you may want to be more aggressive and not set any bluffs etc. All these only come with experience, and so play testing is a must.

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Yugi 2.0 on May 02, 2017:

this is very great for defeting peeps

Dark Magician on April 30, 2017:

Should I customize one of Yugi Mottos structure decks so I could win more easily? I can use all the advise I can get! Please help me

Erhio The Ace on December 10, 2016:

Now im kicking ass !!! My cousin has three Blue Eyes White Dragon cards and does not kno how to play well (he beats me every time until i found out about this) he always screws me over with the Ultimate Blue Eyes White Dragon but now i screw him with sum traps and spells ! xD

Charles Fortson on May 20, 2015:

Finally, I became legend. I have been playing for 10 years. I can not be beaten because I am way more invincible.

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Yami yugi on January 31, 2015:

This is the best thing ever ...although I haven"t got my first deck yet

anno2000 on September 15, 2014:

Can anybody tell me an alternative to the website he mentioned because link is broken

g money on September 14, 2014:

I use an exodia deck. I am one of few people in northern part of colorado that uses him. Anyone who is near me and wants a challenge, let me know

mateo on September 12, 2014:

chimaera,the master of beast.when I summon this card I sacrifice 3 beast-trype monsters and I win the duel

YGOCHAMP on November 11, 2013:

i have an aqua, flame and earth armoured ninja. are they any good?

CameronNiemi on October 05, 2013:

well that was a good help but i didn't get it

yugi moto on September 05, 2013:

This is defently good. But it will be better with a DARK MAGICHIAN

Z on May 25, 2013:

when i one day enter a tournament this will help a lot

ygo lover on April 16, 2013:

to glen,

if u live near st. maries ID, i'm there 4 u, man!

yu-gi-oh helper(unofficial) on April 16, 2013:

Dear LB

I do not know what type of card 'Magic Cylinders' is , but don't use 'Eye of Truth', with it, your opponent gains 1000 lp per turn; have a trap that destroys 1 card on the field handy.

catrap0 on January 15, 2013:

Returned to Yugioh just recently, is this advanced legal and if so is it any good?

Lol on August 01, 2012:

It was mediocre

Lol on August 01, 2012:


johnny on June 08, 2012:

since monster reborn is banned can premature burial be a good replacement

river of styx on April 22, 2012:

thanks! it helped a lot

wall e on March 07, 2012:


P_Jack on March 05, 2012:

Extra Deck.. my fault

P_Jack on March 05, 2012:

sorry, forgot the Side Deck:

1x Evolzar Laggia

1x Steelswarm Roach

1x Wind-Up Zenmaines

1x Number 17: Leviathan Dragon

2x Gachi Gachi Gantetsu

1x Black-Winged Dragon

1x Stardust Dragon

1x Mist Wurm

1x Brionac, Dragon of the Ice Barrier

1x Hyper Librarian

P_Jack on March 05, 2012:

Hello who wants to rate my deck?

Monster Cards:

3x Metaion, the Timelord

1x Maxx "C"

2x Tour Guide from the Underworld

2x Tour Bus from the Underworld

2x Rescue Rabbit

3x Kabazauls

3x Genex Ally Birdman

1x Sangan

1x Plaguespreader Zombie

2x Reborn Tengu

Spell Cards:

1x Pot of Duality

1x Shard of Greed

1x Book of Moon

1x Monster Reborn

1x Mystical Space Typhoon

1x Heavy Storm

1x Dark Hole

1x Lightning Vortex

3x Gold Sarcophagus

Trap Cards:

1x Sakuretsu Armor

1x Magic Cylinder

2x Safe Zone

1x Metal Reflect Slime

1x Zoma the Spirit

2x Imperial Custom

1x Scrap-Iron Scarecrow

Sam on February 22, 2012:

This is great I was told by a different website to show no mursy it was great advise but I was blinded and forgot to think about the future and my opponent in the game thank for the help

Yu Gi Oh Fan on February 19, 2012:

Cheers, helped me loads

card master origin on February 13, 2012:

I agree with matt's post about the guy that said blue eyes sucks. I have an original blue eyes and blue eyes toon with toon world.

card master origin on February 13, 2012:

I don't use many cards past the yugioh gx series.

Original cards rock!!! I love strategy.

card master origin on February 13, 2012:

Try this strategy

place umi or legendary ocean and tornado wall then play aqua chorous then play 2 amphibious bugroth mk-3,and finally mirror force or magic cylinder etc. Then your set

tazz on January 14, 2012:

hey try make a kakurui deck they are the bomb

Gary on January 12, 2012:

Very helpful. Thank u

noah on December 06, 2011:

trying to find out how to xyz summon fast any ideas?I need three lvl 4 monsters for my xyz monster.

Glen on October 29, 2011:

I wish that i could find more people that play yugioh.

Matt on October 21, 2011:

Who ever said that Blue Eyes Stinks should be put in a coffin of spikes and have it slowely closed. Blue Eyes White Dragon is one of the most powerful cards in the original series. I have been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! for ever and i used to be really good. I stoped for about 4-5 years. One of my friends told me he had cards, so I thought that it was time to get the dusty box out of the closet. I have a lot of the original cards, but im using a lot of the new cards now. These tips are very helpful, and I really need to start thinking of some straties to beat my friend. He makes some of the most powerful decks I have ever faced. It's an amazing felling when I beet him. Remember, some of the most pointless cards can be used to make some of the most powerful decks.

Key2DestNE on October 11, 2011:

To LB:

Just use eye of truth, if you know he has that down, then destroy it with 7 tools of the bandit, ect.

LB on August 21, 2011:

I have never Faced more than 2 Decks My whole life I always Lose To Magic Cylinders Can you help me?

chris on July 16, 2011:

hi, dude thnx soo much, this is exactly what i needed to get back into the game... im going to make two new decks with this in mind, THANKS AGAIN!!

LONG LIVE yu-gi-oh!GX!!!

GOdStEpZ on June 26, 2011:

Thanks dude.Please can you make a guide for fighting blackwing?

yami's mirror on June 03, 2011:

so clear but hard to do

staci-dene on May 09, 2011:

wat does this do i could bet the master

Just4fun regular on April 13, 2011:

don't use ojamas! Blue eyes stink, and use lightning vortex instead of dark hole!

kaimen on March 27, 2011:

wats doing yugiho people

joshua on March 05, 2011:

hey is tis combo good?:

specia summon harderned armed dragon by throwing blue-eyes white dragon from your hand

then set a decoy dragon

then just wait until he attacked decoy dragon and special summon blue-eyes white dragon, is it good enough?

oogabooga on February 28, 2011:

Nice tips, but not enough emphasis on adaption. The ability to change your options on the fly will definetly cahnge your game.

Deul hard, play fair...


Dylan Cronin on February 10, 2011:

I've been playing yugioh for 8-9 years now and it is hard to win but easyier to win with the new synchro monsters

justin on January 15, 2011:


ntyd on December 28, 2010:

i as a experieced player still learned from that

Yami-Yugi on December 22, 2010:

I have a good tactic:

1st place "Skull Invitation" on the field

then activate "Card Destruction"

Its GREAT!!!

KEN on December 17, 2010:

ihave found out that the best spell card to have is a card everyone looked over like the dude with the exodia problem well the card is dark hole it is an old card but a GREAT!!!! card to have it eliminates every card on the field so prob solvd

albinolegend on December 17, 2010:

good tips their dude

axon kicker on December 14, 2010:

im a beter player thancks to you

YGO collector on December 08, 2010:

Nice work. Any suggestions for a deck containing mostly original ygo cards? ie Gandora, XYZ, Blue eyes, Relinquished, Kaiser Glider etc + some synchros

GregxDxZ on December 05, 2010:

Thax this does help :)

black majestic end on December 03, 2010:

I am trying to find the strategy to win first turn, Ive done it before, but I was playing 4000 life points only.Im getting closer to finding great ideas, but its still really hard to find strategies. any suggestions?

QWERTY on December 01, 2010:

So good but what happens when you 've got 2 cyber dragons in your hand and 1 proto cyber dragon on the field and you have magicians library should you play it and get Polymerization and summon Cyber End Dragon or should you add something like Mystical Space Typhoon? Great Tips:):):):)

cookieface1 on November 24, 2010:

Hey! I looked at your post just now. It was awesome, but I didn't know a lot about most of the cards you mentioned. I'm looking for ways to tell me ifI should either improve my gravekeeper deck or make a new, better deck. Hope you can help

amugiv on November 17, 2010:

i bult a deck with e.i.chacu challhua & malefic stardust d. it has some oevist cards lick stardust & field spells & tuners but its not as good as i wunt it to be any asggestions

9deaths on November 07, 2010:

a response for the guy who was talking about exodia, spell counters, and hand removal. if u can tell hes near getting exodia or pritty sure hes close use that then dump them in the grave.

kyle on October 05, 2010:

sorry for misspellings above but also please respond to it :)

kyle on October 05, 2010:

i have been playing yu gi oh since i was 4 i am now 11 i ove the game but i cant find anyone to play against and so i cant find out if my new stratigest are good or not any advice????

Yami Soxas on September 19, 2010:

well for last night i made a best friend who gave me advice might be similar to this but he helped me construct a zombie deck which i give him a hard time trying to pass up my monsters i will keep this deck very well in handy when i come across duelist who love friendly duels of not taking cards away from each other

you dont need to know who I am, you might be a stalker. on September 14, 2010:

Its always great to have fail safes and "just in cases" like, my opponent has exodia nearly finished or, they have 2 magician's valkyrias. Be prepared!

kris on September 01, 2010:

hey i have a wicked avatar any stratagies i should know

kyle on August 09, 2010:

great guide=)

ojamighty on July 24, 2010:

These are great tips but i'm looking for another deck and trying to find good strategies for it, but so far its really hard. I've used my ojamas for a year. I'm just tired of'em. Any suggestions?

Person on July 21, 2010:

I followed thought about this, rebuilt my deck, and now I OWN

Tommy on July 18, 2010:

Nice I started playing yu-gi-oh in year 1 but now I realised its not about good powerful cards its about how to use than and last thing do not for get the heart of the cards and respect the 0000 atk to the 4000 atk.

Areil on July 05, 2010:

I have got Dark Magician and Magician of Black Chaos plus Obnoxious Celtic Guard,but I don't know how I should use them in a duel against my brother.I need your help. Sinsearly:Ariel

Pharaoh Atem on June 30, 2010:

You guys have excellent cards. Now you need right combos on how to use them well. For instance you have "Blue Eyes Toon Dragon" but you need "Toon World" to summon it. But if they wipe out your "Toon World" your toast.

You should think of including a lot of defensive magic and trap cards like mirror force or scapegoat. Try picking strong monsters that also have good effects. And always have these 2 cards in your deck: "Polmerization" and "Monster Reborn"

Hope you guys succeed in your battles.

/ -Atem







Better than Yugi(Way better) on April 25, 2010:

Are these good cards: Mystical Elf,Gift of the mystical elf,Blue eyes White dragon,Dark Magician,Infernal Flame Emperor,Monster Reborn,Blue Eyes toon dragon,Black horn of heaven

duelist Andrew on April 21, 2010:

great stuff!!!but what cards should I includ in my deck????

thomaster on April 19, 2010:

This was a very helpful piece of info tyvm

taco on April 05, 2010:

i am going to take this advice and hopes it wroks but it seems like it does

mills on March 29, 2010:

it helped me out tons

This is Chuck Norris on December 11, 2009:

This is amazing! This really will make me think on how I should construct my deck carefully.

yu-gi-oh fan on December 04, 2009:

this helped me a lot!

This is not Chuck Norris on October 02, 2009:

Awesome! I like the way you said this whole thing.

M on September 09, 2009:


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