starter deck advice

Let's talk about the various starter decks and structure decks that are available.
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starter deck advice

Post by squiddly » Sun May 05, 2013 8:28 pm

Disclaimer: total noob question...

Here's the situation: I've got a 8-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son. I used to play D&D way back in the day. Board games are fun, so I'm starting them on that path. Not quite to D&D just yet. I thought I'd start them on a trading card game to get them into strategic thinking and gaming. Everything I've read tells me that Yugioh has a shallower learning curve and still has enough depth for us to have loads of fun.

I'm ready to go out and purchase some starter packs, but I need a little help. I'd go right out and buy a couple of XYZ Symphony Starter Packs (one for each player), but does that make sense to purchase two of these to play against each other? Should I purchase a Structure Pack just for variety? I understand the Structure Packs are more difficult and strategy-based, but I think I could probably work that pack and let the kiddos use the Starter Packs. But does that make sense or is playing a Starter against a Structure just ridiculous?

I guess my last option would be to purchase a Symphony Starter Pack and try to locate an older (Dawn of XYZ) Starter Pack.

Any advice would be welcome. Many thanks.

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Re: starter deck advice

Post by JhonnyCees » Sun May 05, 2013 9:35 pm

Welcome, remember everyone was noob at one point.

As far as your question, here is a list of what you should pick up to start with:
[spoiler]Starter Deck: Xyz Symphony | Spoiler (YS12) New!
Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz | Spoiler (YS11)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Duelist Toolbox | Spoiler (5DS3)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Starter Deck 2009 | Spoiler (5DS2)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Starter Deck | Spoiler (5DS1)
Starter Deck: Syrus Truesdale | Spoiler (YSDS)
Starter Deck: Jaden Yuki | Spoiler (YSDJ)
Yugi Starter Deck | Spoiler (YSD)
Starter Deck: Kaiba Evolution | Spoiler (SKE)
Starter Deck: Yugi Evolution | Spoiler (SYE)
Starter Deck: Pegasus | Spoiler (SDP)
Starter Deck: Joey | Spoiler (SDJ)
Starter Deck: Kaiba | Spoiler (SDK)
Starter Deck: Yugi | Spoiler (SDY)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Structure Decks:
Onslaught of the Fire Kings | Spoiler (SDOK) New!
Realm of the Sea Emperor | Spoiler (SDRE)
Samurai Warlords | Spoiler (SDWA)
Dragons Collide | Spoiler (SDDC)
Gates of the Underworld | Spoiler (SDGU)
Lost Sanctuary | Spoiler (SDLS)
Dragunity Legion | Spoiler (SDDL)
Marik | Spoiler (SDMA)
Machina Mayhem | Spoiler (SDMM)
Warrior's Strike | Spoiler (SDWS)
Spellcaster's Command | Spoiler (SDSC)
Zombie World | Spoiler (SDZW)
Dark Emperor | Spoiler (SDDE)
Rise of the Dragon Lords | Spoiler (SDRL)
Machine Revolt | Spoiler (SD10)
Dinosaur's Rage | Spoiler (SD9)
Lord of the Storm | Spoiler (SD8)
Invincible Fortress | Spoiler (SD7)
Spellcaster's Judgement | Spoiler (SD6)
Warrior's Triumph | Spoiler (SD5)
Fury from the Deep | Spoiler (SD4)
Blaze of Destruction | Spoiler (SD3)
Zombie Madness | Spoiler (SD2)
Dragon's Roar | Spoiler (SD1)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Booster Packs:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
Hidden Arsenal 7: Knight of Stars | Spoiler (HA07)
Star Pack 2013 | Spoiler (SP13)
Cosmo Blazer | Spoiler (CBLZ)
Abyss Rising | Spoiler (ABYR)
Legendary Collection 3: Mega-Pack | Spoiler (LCYW)
Return of the Duelist | Spoiler (REDU)
Hidden Arsenal 6: Omega Xyz | Spoiler (HA06)
Battle Pack: Epic Dawn | Spoiler (BP01)
Galactic Overlord | Spoiler (GAOV)
Legendary Collection 2: Mega-Pack | Spoiler (LCGX)
Ra Yellow Mega-Pack | Spoiler (RYMP)
Order of Chaos | Spoiler (ORCS)
Hidden Arsenal 5: Steelswarm Invasion | Spoiler (HA05)
Photon Shockwave | Spoiler (PHSW)
Generation Force | Spoiler (GENF)
5D Series 1:
Extreme Victory | Spoiler (EXVC)
Hidden Arsenal 4: Trishula's Triumph | Spoiler (HA04)
Storm of Ragnarok | Spoiler (STOR)
Hidden Arsenal 3 | Spoiler (HA03)
Starstrike Blast | Spoiler (STBL)
Duelist Revolution | Spoiler (DREV)
Hidden Arsenal 2 | Spoiler (HA02)
The Shining Darkness | Spoiler (TSHD)
Absolute Powerforce | Spoiler (ABPF)
Hidden Arsenal | Spoiler (HA01)
Stardust Overdrive | Spoiler (SOVR)
Ancient Prophecy | Spoiler (ANPR)
Raging Battle | Spoiler (RGBT)
Crimson Crisis | Spoiler (CRMS)
Crossroads of Chaos | Spoiler (CSOC)
The Duelist Genesis | Spoiler (TDGS)
GX Series 3:
Light of Destruction | Spoiler (LODT)
Phantom Darkness | Spoiler (PTDN)
Gladiator's Assault | Spoiler (GLAS)
GX Series 2:
Tactical Evolution | Spoiler (TAEV)
Force of the Breaker | Spoiler (FOTB)
Strike of Neos | Spoiler (STON)
CyberDark Impact | Spoiler (CDIP)
Power of the Duelist | Spoiler (POTD)
GX Series 1:
Enemy of Justice | Spoiler (EOJ)
Shadow of Infinity | Spoiler (SOI)
Elemental Energy | Spoiler (EEN)
Cybernetic Revolution | Spoiler (CRV)
The Lost Millennium | Spoiler (TLM)
2004 Series:
Flaming Eternity | Spoiler (FET)
Rise of Destiny | Spoiler (RDS)
Soul of the Duelist | Spoiler (SOD)
Ancient Sanctuary | Spoiler (AST)
Invasion of Chaos | Spoiler (IOC)
2003 Series:
Dark Crisis | Spoiler (DCR)
Magician's Force | Spoiler (MFC)
Pharaonic Guardian | Spoiler (PGD)
Legacy of Darkness | Spoiler (LOD)
Labyrinth of Nightmare | Spoiler (LON)
Pharaoh's Servant | Spoiler (PSV)
2002 Series:
Magic Ruler | Spoiler (MRL)
Metal Raiders | Spoiler (MRD)
Legends of Blue Eyes White Dragon | Spoiler (LOB)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Duelist Packs:
Duelist Pack 1: Jaden Yuki | Spoiler (DP1)
Duelist Pack 2: Chazz Princeton | Spoiler (DP2)
Duelist Pack 3: Jaden Yuki 2 | Spoiler (DP03)
Duelist Pack 4: Zane Truesdale | Spoiler (DP04)
Duelist Pack 5: Aster Phoenix | Spoiler (DP05)
Duelist Pack 6: Jaden Yuki 3 | Spoiler (DP06)
Duelist Pack 7: Jesse Anderson | Spoiler (DP07)
Duelist Pack 8: Yusei Fudo | Spoiler (DP08)
Duelist Pack 9: Yusei Fudo 2 | Spoiler (DP09)
Duelist Pack 10: Yusei Fudo 3 | Spoiler (DP10)
Duelist Pack 11: Crow | Spoiler (DP11)
Duelist Pack Yugi | Spoiler (DPYG)
Duelist Pack Kaiba | Spoiler (DPKB)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Promotional Cards:
Promo Cards Spoilers
Shonen Jump Magazine Promos | Spoiler (JMP & JUMP)
Legendary Collection 1 | Spoiler (LC01)
Legendary Collection 2: The Duel Academy Years | Spoiler (LC02)
Legendary Collection 3: Yugi's World | Spoiler (LC03)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Reprint Series:
Dark Beginnings Volume 1 | Spoiler (DB1)
Dark Beginnings Volume 2 | Spoiler (DB2)
Dark Revelations Volume 1 | Spoiler (DR1)
Dark Revelations Volume 2 | Spoiler (DR2)
Dark Revelations Volume 3 | Spoiler (DR3)
Dark Revelations Volume 4 | Spoiler (DR04)
Gold Series | Spoiler (GLD1)
Gold Series 2009 | Spoiler (GLD2)
Gold Series 3 | Spoiler (GLD3)
Retro Pack| Spoiler (RP01)
Retro Pack 2 | Spoiler (RP02)
Dark Legends | Spoiler (DLG1)
Gold Series 4: Pyramid Edition | Spoiler (GLD4)
Gold Series 5: Haunted Mine | Spoiler (GLD5)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Tournament Packs:
Tournament Pack 1 | Spoiler (TP1)
Tournament Pack 2 | Spoiler (TP2)
Tournament Pack 3 | Spoiler (TP3)
Tournament Pack 4 | Spoiler (TP4)
Tournament Pack 5 | Spoiler (TP5)
Tournament Pack 6 | Spoiler (TP6)
Tournament Pack 7 | Spoiler (TP7)
Tournament Pack 8 | Spoiler (TP8)
Astral Pack: Booster One | Spoiler (AP01) New!
Astral Pack: Booster Two | Spoiler (AP02) New!
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Champion Packs:
Champion Pack: Game One | Spoiler (CP01)
Champion Pack: Game Two | Spoiler (CP02)
Champion Pack: Game Three | Spoiler (CP03)
Champion Pack: Game Four | Spoiler (CP04)
Champion Pack: Game Five | Spoiler (CP05)
Champion Pack: Game Six | Spoiler (CP06)
Champion Pack: Game Seven | Spoiler (CP07)
Champion Pack: Game Eight | Spoiler (CP08)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Premium Packs:
Premium Pack 1 | Spoiler (PP01)
Premium Pack 2 | Spoiler (PP02)
Movie Pack | Spoiler (EP1)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time Movie Pack | Spoiler (YMP1)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Turbo Packs:
Turbo Pack | Spoiler (TU01)
Turbo Pack: Booster Two | Spoiler(TU02)
Turbo Pack: Booster Three | Spoiler (TU03)
Turbo Pack: Booster Four | Spoiler (TU04)
Turbo Pack: Booster Five | Spoiler (TU05)
Turbo Pack: Booster Six | Spoiler (TU06)
Turbo Pack: Booster Seven | Spoiler (TU07)
Turbo Pack: Booster Eight | Spoiler (TU08)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Tins:
Booster Pack Tin Series | Spoiler (BPT)
Collectible Tin Series 1 | Spoiler (CT1)
Collectible Tin Series 2 | Spoiler (CT2)
Collectible Tin Series 3 | Spoiler (CT03)
Collectible Tin Series 4 | Spoiler (CT04)
Collectible Tin Series 5 | Spoiler (CT05)
Collectible Tin Series 6 | Spoiler (CT06)
Collectible Tin Series 7 | Spoiler (CT07)
Collectible Tin Series 8 | Spoiler (CT08)
2012 Premium Collection Tin | Spoiler (PRC1)
Yu-Gi-Oh Tin Zexal Collection | Spoiler (ZTIN) New![/spoiler]


Seriously though, the game can get expensive. But you are an adult though, so your perspective of money is most likely different than mine

Anyways, as far as what you should actually get, starter and structure DECKS(not packs, unless you are refering to something else) are pretty good to start out with. Amazon and have pretty good prices, better than real life stores in some cases.

If you are just starting out in Yugioh, buying starter decks would be a good idea. They include lots of different card types and are pretty basic and good for beginners. Its not that structure decks are wicked complex, yugioh is a fairly simple game, but starter decks are like a nice warm up. I would not advise buying more than one of the same type of starter deck, you should probobly try to get your hands on up to one of each of the following:

Dawn of the XYZ starter deck
Xyz Symphony starter deck
the soon to come out V for Victory starter deck

Maybe after that you should get some structure decks, of whichever you like. With these it is ok to buy multiple copies of the same deck because structure decks focus on a more competitive aspect of the game, have a more solid strategy, and in my opinion end up being more fun.

If you do end up playing a structure deck vs a starter deck by the way, the structure deck will(should) demolish the starter deck.

Also, all decks should be around 10 dollars online, a bit less for starter decks.
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Re: starter deck advice

Post by Hallowed » Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:42 am

Best booster packs to pick up at the moment are Hidden Arsenal 7: Knight of Stars, Lord of the Tachyon Galaxy and Cosmo Blazer.

There are some pretty expensive cards you can get from these packs, so you can price check them at

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Re: starter deck advice

Post by Kobalt » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:24 am

I wouldn't recommend buying any of the "Starter Deck: Yugi/Joey/Kaiba..." etc decks. The named starter decks are really not that great except for maybe "Starter Deck: Jaden Yuki", the rest of them are kind of outdated.

I would recommend any of the following for a first step into the game:
Super Starter: V for Victory
Starter Deck: Xyz Symphony
Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Duelist Toolbox
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Starter Deck 2009
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Starter Deck

However make sure you read up on the rules for all the different types of summon (Normal, flip, tribute, synchro, Xyz etc) but it should all be covered in the rulebook that comes with any of these decks
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