Duel Links [Guide] – How to live as a Competitive and Free to Play player at the same time #DuelLinks #Yu-Gi-Oh!

Before we go into the post, I have to say something first. My english-writing is bad firstly because english isn’t my first language, and most of times I only learned english from books, games, and internet but I will try my best to avoid mistakes as much as I can so you guys can enjoy reading this post.

Duel Links


Today, I will discuss about one of my favorite mobile game, Duel Links.

In recent weeks, I see a lot of F2P (Free to play) players felt unfair since Silent Magician [Structure Deck] was released and the popular hastags #IWantMyGems becomes a thing. With this post, I want try to help the players who thinks it’s hard to live as F2P player to play competitive, and hopefully it can change your mindset.

From the first time I’ve been playing Duel Links, maybe I’m the only one who feel grateful to Konami with how gems works in this game. In almost every online games, there’s always two kind of currency to buy item and stuff, one is you can get it from the game itself, and the other one is you only can get it with real money. In Duel Links, we’re blessed, because there’s only one currency in this game (honestly there’s two, but who cares about gold), and you can get it either from the game itself or using your money. It seems simple but this is a very rare case, and gladly it’s a good one. Sadly, it’s the fact only before Silent Magician was arrived not too long time ago.

However, we also can’t blame Konami for releasing this kind of premium items, a game company surely will always find a way to get the money from their customers, moreover if the game is a huge success. But, let’s see it from the positive side, Silent Magician isn’t really used in meta right now (Meta is Fur Hire, Amazoness, and Masked HEROes), so there’s no reason to upset about it. You play to win, so if Konami’s act doesn’t bother your way to win, that’s not a problem, isn’t it? There’s nothing to complain about, at least for now. Instead of complaining, let’s thanks Konami for their generosity to make a free (Amazoness) and cheap (Fur Hire) meta deck. A reminder for you guys who doesn’t know the nightmare IRL (In real life) duelist always has, you need at least $1000 (in total) to buy competitive-staple cards to compete for highest level. That’s why I said we are blessed in this game.

What it means to be a competitive player ? Competitive is an attitude for someone who always want to win, which mean you will always want to compete in highest level. In other words, you’ll have to play meta decks which is the best way to do that.

To play as a competitive and F2P (Free to Play) player at the same time, you need to spend your gems wisely because gems for F2P player is limited. Spend wisely means you must only focus to buy cards only for competitive purpose (materials for meta deck and important staple cards). And, you need to learn how to tell the differences between a good card and a bad card, or a card that you should buy and a card that you shouldn’t buy. The point is, you must know what you need to have.

To do that, you must have a lot of knowledges from Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. It takes a lot of times and experiences, so if you’re in doubt or still can’t tell which card you should buy, you can visit this site for references.

Now, let’s get into the main topic. I will tell you how I spend my gems, which I believe the best way to use your gems wisely, especially if you’re a F2P player.


How to spend your gems wisely

1. [Main Box-Guide] Don’t buy any pack in Main Box to only find 1 UR/SR card

  • Go blindly into Main Box only to find 1 card isn’t the best way to use your gems, especially an UR card. The percentage is very small and can used up to your 10.000 gems in worst scenario, so it’s much better idea if you avoid it. As much as I remembered, there’s no card in this game is that important for you to go blindly into the Main Box just to find 1 particular card.
  • There’s also a special set named Selection Box which contains a bunch of important UR/SR cards in the previous set. Basically it’s the reprint of many useful cards. Instead of blindly spend gems for only 1 card, it’s wiser to wait for this special set.


2. [Main Box-Guide] Spend in Main Box if you got two or three purpose in mind

  • If you want to spend gems in Main Box, always prepare two or three useful goals why you should spend in that set. It can be for farming deck materials, potential and important staple cards, or make a new meta deck. Just don’t spend it with only 1 purpose in mind.
  • For example is, Valiant Souls. You can find important pieces for Masked HEROes and Geargia deck, many staple-cards like Paleozoic Canadia, Needle Ceiling, Double Cyclone, and a lot of useful and potential cards like Vision Hero Witch Raider, Fusion Reserve, and Dark World Dealings.


3. [Mini Box-Guide] Always give your full attention to Mini Box.

  • Mini Box is our treasure, our destined holy place to spend gems, the reason is solely because of the percentage to get the card you want is higher than in the Main Box.
  • Things you need to make sure to spend gems in Mini Box is, either the set has meta-deck materials or two or three important staples. If one of those requirements is fulfilled, it’s time to spend, otherwise, don’t spend your valuable limited gems.


4. [Gems-Guide] Never buy any pack to build a deck for fun.

  • This is the most important thing what you need to learn to survive as a F2P player. It’s a bad habit from every F2P-player, can’t hold their hunger to open a pack for fun. I’ve got nothing to say other than you must hold back your desires because open a pack for fun is a luxury we can’t have as a F2P-player, remember where are you come from, bro.


The conclusion is, if you want to remain as a competitive player and doesn’t want to spend any money, know what cards you should have, avoid any set that doesn’t contains competitive-purpose cards, and always remember you don’t have the luxury to open any pack for fun, just keep that in mind and you’ll be alright.


So, if you already done my methods above, you will have a rich-people’s problem which is having too much gems (because there will be always one or two set to skip per format). There’s must be a reason why Konami set a limiter for every player’s gems, and for me it’s to force their players to spend gems blindly if their gems is already maxed out. Then, when you need gems in crucial time (for example, to find particular cards you need for tournament), and 9999 gems isn’t enough, you will be forced to pay it with your money. I think this is their main goal.

But, I found a little trick to avoid this problem (I’ve been doing this for a while now).

Trick how to save gems if your gems is already maxed out (9999)

1. Level-up your Legendary Duelist until level 27, and don’t let it level up until the last exp you need, here’s an example

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2. Do this to your every Legendary Duelist who still isn’t level 27 yet.

Here’s some examples some of my saved gems.


3. Then, with 1 or 2 duels, you will get to withdraw your gems immediately if you need it.

I bet most of players who love to save gems know this method, but for F2P player who like to open packs for fun, let alone know this method, they won’t even have this luxurious problem.

The real purpose of this trick is so we can be ready anytime if we have to spend gems for any purpose, without having to spend money. Also it can be used to avoid any useless set, so we don’t have to be forced to spend our gems if already maxed out, and keeping it for something useful in the future. Think it as your warehouse.

Little tips : Keep your ‘9999 gems slot’ solely for ‘gems from event’ as much as you can, and if you don’t have enough gems to buy packs, withdraw it by leveled up your legendary duelist (like the method above).

Note :

  • If you already withdraw gems from level 27 and want to save up your gems again, you can do the same to level 28.
  • Basically, it doesn’t have to be exact level 27, you can do it from whatever level you want, as long as the prize for level up is gems.
  • This method is only applies to gems from Legendary Duelist.
  • Don’t spend more than you need, always remember this.

I’m not sharing this method without a prove and result. From doing my methods above, now I have all of Tier 1 decks (Fur Hire, Amazoness, and Masked HEROes), some good old decks (RE Zombie, Gladiator Beast, Sylvan, and Spellbooks) and other good stuff while still having 9999 gems and some saved gems in the bag (Ignore about my deck’s compositition, I just put some of them randomly just to screenshot it).

Once again, if you can put your focus only for competitive purpose, gems that we get for free from Konami is more than enough.





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I just realized I’m still on stage 43, and it’s kinda embrassing. For your information, I’m a kind-of laziest player in this game. I never farm a card despite having a farming deck, because the only non-auto duel that motivate me is PvP and gems-event. Should’ve fix this bad habit, and don’t try this at home.

Closing :

The real purpose I made this post is to show everyone you can live as a competitive player and F2P player at the same time, not to tell you to not spend any money in this game. If you have money and decide to spend it, it’s better because you will have easier time.

I just somehow feel weird when people said Konami is not giving us enough free gems, when the fact is, it’s mostly the player’s fault who spend it blindly.

Somewhere in my heart, I strongly feel this game will be like another shitty P2W Konami YGO games and will fail again at some point, but I was wrong.

Duel Links World Championship, that’s the prove Duel Links is a huge success. Konami is brave enough to make a World Championship for Duel Links, which means they see a lot of potential in this game. As a duelist, I always happy for everything good that happened to the game I love.

Hope this post will get good feedbacks which can motivate me to post another useful stuff for Duel Links in the future! Thanks for reading ^^