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ok, so if 40 is the minimum...=

what should be the maximum in your mind? in my spellcaster deck i have 42, but in my plant i have 41 and 40 in my amazoness deck. so whats your maximum?Kitsane-San 05:13, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

H== 50-60ish? ==

Well, I prefer to set 50 as my personal max cap, but I would go with saying that anything over 60 is pushing it too far. Then again, I know plenty of people where I live that will not play a deck unless its a perfect 40, no more and no less.

  • You can't go over 60, the legal limit is 60. It changed from the 80 it was before. In any case, I try to keep my personal limit at precisely 40, with few exceptions for decks with a lot of draw power (42) or Lightsworns (43). --Darth Covah (Talk | Contribs) 12:23, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

I personally put my limits at 42-45. These are when I'm at a loss of what to cut to reduce Deck size. --Gadjiltron 01:30, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

  • All my decks are 40-43 usually. Depends if the extra cards are worth the lesser ratios for the other cards. I have made some deck lists that go to around 50 because the yare meant to mill very fast (Neddlebug nest and such). My Monarch deck is 42 atm, but not sure what to remove and I got more I want to add (like Dark Armed Dragon). But that’s not the deck that I’m upgrading atm. Bio 01:40, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 40-45 for me, the less cards, the quicker the deck in most situations. Cloak007 03:11, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
  • I prefer the 40 min as my max. I always try build to a ratio of monsters:20, spells:10, traps:10, but they may vary. Messengerofthedark 03:16, 15 June 2009 (UTC)Messengerofthedark

Like what some of the others said, I would personally stick with 40 cards in all my deck. 20 monsters and 20 magic/trap cards. I used to do 50 cards with my old chaos deck a couple years ago.--Xsamuraizx 03:24, 15 June 2009 (UTC)


Cards max+mininmum- Maximum card in a deck=65 Minimum=40

60 ...

what was the point of changing the deck maximum from 50 to 60.--Airbellum 09:51, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

  • actually the Maximum wasn't raised from 50 to 60, it was lowered from 80 (or whatever the maximum was... i don't remember there ever being a maximum before) down to 60.~MEOW~ Might of the BIRD Empire~~ 15:25, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Originally, as I recall, the limit was as many cards as you wanted so long as they were 40 or more. So you could go with 40 or 1000, same thing (I recall a guy with a deck 15cm tall, must have taken him like an hour to shuffle >_>). Then, the limit became 40 to 80, and recently (when Synchros were released I think) the limit became 40 to 60. That's all. --Darth Covah (Talk | Contribs) 15:39, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

hmmm... I have to tell my friend who owns a 100+ card deck lol. Never knew there was a maximum. The question is, why is there one? People had problem with a deck that big since it'll be time consuming to look for a card in the deck if you use ROTA or something? Can't see why people would have a deck over 60 cards also. --Xsamuraizx 19:15, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Suppose there exists some deck with a HUGE amount of cards. Pit that against a milling deck. How long do you think it would take before Deck Out is achieved? Maybe the max limit was to control the games and prevent it from being too slow, should a lockdown be achieved by the bigger deck. --Gadjiltron 10:43, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

  • I feel that NO Deck should exceed 40 cards, as it kills the potential draw, & thus it makes it harder to win. It's just common knowledge, IMO. For example: you're in the red with a 50 card Deck. Your opponent has field & hand advantage. Think about it. What are the odds that you will draw something totally game-breaking out of those 50 cards as opposed to having 40 cards? However, If your Deck is LOADED with searching cards, then MAYBE I would consider putting it at 45 AT MOST, just in order to include only the most important stuff. My Hero Deck had SEVEN searching cards (including Stratos), prior to the banlist. Now it has five (including Stratos). How's that for a lot of searchers.

--E-Dizzle 16:00, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

I have to disagree. I keep my deck at 40, but what if you run a monster stall fortress deck, for burn of Exodia, with lots draw power. But that is the only exception I can think of. Messengerofthedark 16:08, 16 June 2009 (UTC)Messengerofthedark

That would be a counter for a mill deck then (To Gadjiltron). Most people would still use a 40 card deck still so I'm not seeing a problem having a 100 card deck in a duel (couldn't think of a good reason for a problem anyway). It's the Player's problem of not drawing the right cards they wanted and it's the Player's choice to have more than 40 cards or not. I'm still not convinced why they would limit a deck to 60 cards though.--Xsamuraizx 06:22, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

keeping it at legal max

I personely have always tried to make decks that go up to the max limit of cards that you can have in a deck. I used to use 1 80 card deck that could beat just about anyone that I ran into. But then the rules were changed to 60 and I made 3 decks of 60 cards each. I find that if i go for the max that i usualy make a deck that has a better chance of winning. plus i always keep it in the back of my mind that if it comes straight down to it, i win when you have no cards to draw.

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Legal Limit is best for me

I would say that 40 cards in a deck is best cause it makes it to where you can sometimes draw what you need faster then bigger decks! my friend has a destiny hero deck that is 60 cards and he never draws what he needs and i do so i just like the bare minimum is best for me!!--Spirit deck for life!!!! :) 01:47, 3 July 2009 (UTC)

It all depends on the deck and playstyle

It all depends on the type of deck and the Duelist's play style... IF they are running a Defense Deck that then 45 plus is ok, if your going for Offense with beatdown brute force style then 40 or close to it is what you want... SO, it all depends on the Deck and Duelist Play Style~MEOW~ Might of the BIRD Empire~~ 01:56, 3 July 2009 (UTC)

Deck Type

Stall: 40-45 Beatdown: 40-41 Synchro: 40-45 Exodia: 40 Anything with searches:40 Chaos: 43-45

Leave a message on my page for info on other types...-- Murtagh4 (Talk) 02:14, 3 July 2009 (UTC)

I wish I was more up-to-date

Just as the title says. My current deck (which i have only used in friendly duels) is 80 cards. I didn't even know that a deck had been limited to just 60 cards. To others, 80 cards is far too many but for me it is perfect because my deck is filled with useful cards and the Destiny Board/Spirit Message set. Also I have never lost a duel with this deck. My friend even almost beat me when we traded decks for 1 duel.

Well I Keep it to 40...............

I need the right cards for my Synchron deck so I keep it to 40. Fallensilence (talkcontribs) 04:10, October 16, 2010 (UTC)

I keep mine at 40, though when confused over what to take out, sometimes I loosen the limits a little, up to a personal maximum of 42. --Gadjiltron (talkcontribs) 04:18, October 16, 2010 (UTC)

Yeah it's pretty difficult. Besides I like to keep a limit of 20 monsters and 10 spells and traps. Fallensilence (talkcontribs) 04:24, October 16, 2010 (UTC)

from my point of view , more cards just make deck go slower, i keep mine around 40 - 43, because my deck focused on OTK , i need the right card as soon as possible Nagareboshi-kun (talkcontribs) 04:30, October 16, 2010 (UTC)

I find a magic number at 43. It's still small, and the odds of drawing is negiable, and I can get that little extra bit of powrer...BassNettoHikari2...Chat Page... 05:38, October 16, 2010 (UTC)

I rarely have a deck of 40, I prefer to have 41-43 cards. Don't know why though XD. Even my biggest decks never exceede 50 cards. With more than 50, it just doesn't work as well anymore. Jens (talkcontribs) 09:43, October 18, 2010 (UTC)

I have 4 decks and all of them doesn't even exceed 45 cards. My minimum is 40 and my maximum is 45 (excluding the extra deck, of course). I can feel the effects of having too many cards because it slows me down even if I only added 2 in my deck. It's no use adding cards if you can't use it in a duel -SilentHero26 (talkcontribs) 11:11, October 18, 2010 (UTC)

40 vs 60 card decks. In my opinion it does not matter if you run a 60 card deck or a 40 card deck. Though 60 card decks need a lot more thought in the deck creation then the 40 card deck. Really I have been playin with a 60 card deck forever, and what I noticed is that I will almost always win against a deck that is running 40 cards. The reason is simple. 40 card decks really only have so many combos and stratagys. So if you can see the 1 main stratagys that deck has it is very easy to bring it down. I admit that 99 percent of all 60 card decks are not good decks. But this is only because they were not made properly. After years of playing the game I have come to the conclusion that the best decks have a lot of options, the ability to have easy access to all of their main cards in their decks, and extra decks. In my own personal opinion a good 40 card deck vs a good 60 card deck will lose 90 percent of the time. The reason is that 60 card decks have a lot more options, and if made properly can search most of their multi combo cards, and summon their extra deck easily. And with all these options they can counter almost every stratagys the opponent can throw at them. With making a deck people always go strait to the draw power. This is good but it is also slightly wrong. Really you want more fast search cards then draw cards. I only run 6 drawing cards. Reason is that I will averagely get 1 draw card every 10 cards. Not much. But I am also running around 6 search cards. So I will at least get a draw or a search card every 5 draws. Not only that but I also have menu different effects that get cards from my grave or banished to my hand. Also what I have notice is that if you run a few cards that will banish your opponent cards, and a few that help cards you have banished. You will have a huge advantage against a non banish 40 card deck. In my opinion 60 card deck requir a lot more skill to both make and too use then a 40 card deck. but when used right can almost become unbeatable. I have really been getting a lot of s**t on dueling network about my 60 card deck. But I love to see their reaction when I kick their a$$ lol. Don't get me wrong about 40 card decks though. Some are very good. But they do not take as much skill as a 60 card deck.

You know, I'm suddenly reminded of this opponent I faced on ygopro once. He had a 60 card stalling Deck, but plays with modified settings of a 7-card opening hand and drawing 3 cards per Draw Phase. Clearly his 60 cards were to prevent him from running out of resources while making him resistant to Deck Out by his own conditions. Beat him anyway. Both times. --Gadjiltron (talkcontribs) 01:10, October 22, 2012 (UTC)

I stick with 40, but If I recall there was originally no limit right? Kordeleski (talkcontribs) 06:54, October 23, 2012 (UTC)


I keep it to around 45

I have 44 cards in my main Harpie/Amazoness deck (Mai Valentine deck) but I always try to stay around a 40 to 50 card maximum because having to many cards in your deck means that there is a less chance that you will draw the right or correct card. so I'd say 55 card maximum.

--Darphwisdom (talkcontribs) 12:50, October 27, 2012 (UTC)

55 is just too close to the maximum of 60. Your better off at around 40-43 max. --99.33.41.163 (talk) 13:49, October 27, 2012 (UTC)

I believe that there should be 40 cards in a deck, or close to the 40 minimum, not going over 50. You want to have the lesser of the cards in your deck becuase then you can draw the cards you want easier. And if anyone out there is making an exodia deck, stay at 40. same reason. Most of my decks are 40, with the exception of my dark paladin deck which i traded with my friend, and he called tradebacks. But if you have an exetremely flexible deck, like yugi's, go ahead and do 50, or even 60. Otherwise, no.

If your going with a chaos deck like Twilight I recommend 45 --Veriteo (talkcontribs) 15:00, October 27, 2012 (UTC)

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