Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel is out on Steam and there are a lot of new mechanics to learn and unpack before you can start to duel others. This guide will show you everything you need to know about the game, so you do not waste any of your precious gems.
When you start the game, you will find multiple options in the Home menu.
The flag icon on the upper-right corner is the missions tab. Complete both the Limited-time and Unlimited time missions to get rewards like gems.
Click the Shop button on the menu to purchase packs, accessories and Duel passes. A duel pass is similar to a battle pass, which gives you rewards as you progress through it.
Select the deck option underneath the Duel button to see your cards.
You can see and edit all your decks here. You can also create a new deck in this menu.
Right-click a card to include it in the deck and right-click the card on the deck to remove it from the deck. You also have an extra deck that you can summon anytime on the field if you meet its conditions.
On the right side of the deck building screen, you will find all the cards in the game.Selecting a cardallows you to read the effects and requirements of the card on the left side of the screen.
There are three different types of cards which are Monsters, Spells, and Trap Cards.
- Monster cards can attack and defend you. In general, if you do not have any monsters on the field, the enemy can directly attack and damage your life points.
- Spell and trap cards have different effects and requirements to activate which can change the flow of the game.
NOTE: Monster Cards that have 5 stars and above will have special summoning conditions before you can get them out of the field.
To get more cards, you can purchase packs in the store which contain a random set of cards in the game.
If you get duplicates, you can go to the submenu in the upper-right corner of the deck building menu and dismantle them. You can get tokens from dismantling cardswhich you can use to craft cards in the deck menu.
You can also find which pack you can get the card from by selecting the How to Obtain button.
The type of the monster can be found in the upper-right corner of the card.
If you want to easily create decks, you can also copy from Public decks, which are readily available structured decks online. However, you are going to need all the cards on the deck to copy it.
Selecting the solo section in the main menu will also help you learn the basics of Yu-Gi-Oh: Master Duel. Completing the Solo chapters will also give you gems, which you can use to purchase packs in the store.
You can also spectate on other live duels in the topics section.
You can add friends in the friend menu which can be found in the upper-right corner of the main menu.
Full Dueling Guide: Time to Duel!
Now, it is time to start a duel, and you can start a duel against a player or an AI in Solo. Before you start, you can change the deck you want to use on the My Deck section.
If you are dueling with other players, a coin flip will choose which player goes first.
Players who have the first turn cannot attack the other player. You will start with a draw phase and proceed to the Standby phase.
You can see the LP or life points of you and your opponent on the opposite sides of the screen. When your life points go to zero, you lose the duel.
When summoning monsters, you can place them vertically, which means they are in the attack position. You can also place them sideways to change them into a defense position.
Keep in mind that if your card is in the defense position and it goes to the graveyard, you will not get any leftover damage from your enemy. On the other hand, if your card is in the attack position and it goes to the graveyard, any leftover damage will affect your life points.
Another thing to note is that if you or your enemy attacks a card in defense position and it does not get destroyed, the attacker’s LP will decrease depending on the difference between the two cards.
On the field, the five slots in the center are for monsters, and the back row is for trap cards.
To the left, there is a single slot for a spell card.
On your Main phase 1, you can set up cards and lay down trap cards. Once you are done, click on the blue buttonon the board to end the phase. You will go into the battle phase, where you can attack with your monsters who are in attack position.
After that phase, you can go to Main phase 2, which you can use to lay down and set up more cards.
Once you are done, click the button again to end your turn. When your opponent plays a specific card and it meets the requirements of your trap card, you can activate it during the enemy turn.
And there you have it, these are the basics of dueling in Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel.
Were you able to get good cards for your battle strategy?
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