There are lots of debates in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links as to what is the “best” deck to play. However, one particular deck within the community has earned the reputation of “easiest” one to put together among the popular and viable builds – Rex Raptor’s Dinosaur Kingdom.
Though it is not the strongest, the deck at least is consistent in going toe-to-toe with the rest of the meta. In other words, if you want a “safe” deck to play, this is the one to use.
What I firmly believe is that a player does not necessarily have to copy the meta, but they should still respect it. This Dinosaur Kingdom deck is a solid strategy no matter how you slice it. Let’s scrutinize the deck from the ground up and see why it works so well.
There are many ways to build a Dinosaur Kingdom deck in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Below is an example.
As the name implies, Dinosaur Kingdom entails using the might of Dinosaur monsters. In a nutshell, the deck focuses on using the character skill from Rex Raptor that immediately begins a match with the Jurassic World Field Spell. With this in play, all Dinosaurs receive 300 ATK and DEF, which are hefty bonuses.
Immediately, any decent Dinosaur Kingdom deck has these two monsters in full sets: Two-Headed King Rex and Crawling Dragon #2. You want three of each. Playing either of these will let you have 1900 ATK “beatsticks” by default as long as Jurassic World remains in play.
Furthermore, the deck makes use of efficient cards that are versatile. Order to Charge works wonders in this deck, allowing you to Tribute your Normal Monster (both of these particular Dinosaurs fit the bill) to destroy a target monster your opponent controls. You want to run two or three of this particular Spell Card.
Playstyle-wise, the deck just tries to attack, attack and attack. If it’s not attacking, it’s probably not winning. Extremely straightforward. The rest of the cards in the deck just focus on clearing a path so the Dinosaur army can rampage through and deal some damage.
There are many variations for meta decks out there in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. And the Dinosaur Kingdom build is no different. In this case, I want to bring up the strongest option.
Going with the Fusion Summon method is by far the best variant out there. Tossing in some Polymerization cards adds more punch to your overall monster lineup.
For Dinosaur Kingdom, using three Thunder Dragon cards is quite worthwhile. Using its effect, you immediately search through your deck for the other copies. This move not only thins your deck, but then it immediately gives you the option of Fusion Summoning for Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon the moment you have Polymerization in hand.
At 2800 ATK, Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon can match up against many mid-strength monsters out there. Not to mention, this Fusion Summon variant gives you access to Bracchio-Raidus, which makes use of your aforementioned Two-Headed King Rex and Crawling Dragon #2 cards.
Though not as mighty as Twin-Headed Thunder Dragon, this Dinosaur at least gets bonus stats from the Jurassic World in play.
Dinosaur Brains – How to Beat the Deck
As solid as this deck strategy is, it is not without its weaknesses. It relies heavily on the Jurrasic World Field Spell. The Dinosaurs in the deck depend on the stat boost to make them fierce, but they instantly become manageable without the Field Spell. This means removing it from play should be your top priority when facing this deck. Use cards like Twister to destroy the Field Spell!
Secondly, Dinosaur Kingdom is an attack-centric deck. Its only semblance of tactics is to keep running at you and hoping you die.
Cards like 4-Starred Ladybug of Doom are naturally outstanding counters for Dinosaur Kingdom decks. This particular bug thwarts many beatdown tactics quite easily.
Not Going Extinct Anytime Soon
Love it or hate it, Rex Raptor’s Dinosaur Kingdom deck is here to stay in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. The deck may not be flashy, but it has a stable build, it is easy to “farm” compared to the other meta decks and it is not hard to play correctly.
Personally, I think it is fine if some players want to use decks like Dinosaur Kingdom as a base to work with, at least to get the ball rolling. Using a proven winner is a legitimate way to approach the game.
See you all in Duel World.
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