Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel Eldlich deck profile and combos: how to build an Eldlich deck
The cards and combos you need to win with the Eldlich deck
Want to master the Eldlich deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel? The strength of the Eldlich deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel comes from its ability to effectively counter many of the best meta decks currently being played by people online. While many other top decks rely on heavy amounts of special summoning, this deck’s key to victory lies with bringing out Eldlich the Golden Lord and using his effect and strength to prevent your opponent from summoning an effective counter.
This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to the Eldlich deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel, including a sample deck profile and core strategies to master. Here we will also introduce you to a few key strategies that you can use with this deck to start your journey. Consider both these basic strategies and your opponent’s deck and cards in order to decide which move is best against any given opponent.
Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel: Eldlich deck profile
Here is our recommended Eldlich deck profile. The deck consists of a total of 40 Main Deck cards and 15 Extra Deck monsters:
- 3x Eldlich the Golden Lord
- 2x Lava Golem
- 3x Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
- 2x Maxx “C”
- 3x Eldlixer of Black Awakening
- 2x Cursed Eldland
- 2x Pot of Extravagance
- 3x Eldlixer of Scarlet Sanguine
- 3x Hauquero of the Golden Land
- 3x Conquistador of the Golden Land
- 3x Skill Drain
- 3x Solemn Judgement
- 2x Dogmatika Punishment
- 1x Golden Land Forever!
- 1x Imperial Order
- 2x Gozen Match
- 2x There Can Be Only One
- 1x Constellar Pleiades
- 1x Constellar Ptolemy M7
- 1x Number 61: Volcasaurus
- 1x Gaia Dragon: The Thunder Charger
- 1x Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max
- 1x Galaxy-Eyes Cipher X Dragon
- 1x Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Juggernaught Liebe
- 1x Divine Arsenal AA-ZEUS - Sky Thunder
- 2x Induk the World Chalice Dragon
- 2x Vampire Sucker
- 1x Knightmare Phoenix
- 1x Lynda the Light Charmer, Lustrous
- 1x Unchained Abomination
The primary aim of the Eldlich deck is to get its primary boss monster, Eldlich the Golden Lord, on the field within the first turn. From there, the deck’s high proportion of trap cards - including control cards like Skill Drain and Gozen Match, whose primary aim is to prevent your opponent from being able to perform any counter-moves - are used in the deck to ensure Eldlich remains on the field. If it is destroyed, the effect of Eldlich the Golden Lord allows it to summon itself back onto the field at the minimal cost of sending one spell or trap card you control from the field to the graveyard.
Many Eldlich cards, such as Eldlixer of Black Awakening and Eldlich the Golden Lord, can be obtained in the Immortal Royalty secret packs. To create a cheaper version of this deck, consider using different cards within the extra deck. While monsters like Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max, Divine Arsenal AA-Zeus - Sky Thunder, Imduk the World Chalice Dragon, Vampire Hunter and a number of other Extra Deck monsters are effective options in certain situations, the Extra Deck is less important for Eldlich compared to other meta decks. Since you will rely on the Extra Deck far less, many of the options within it could be considered beneficial rather than essential. Indeed, some cards will be used primarily as fodder for Pot of Extravagance or Dogmatika Punishment.
As such, if you wish to replace some of these cards with lower-rarity alternatives like Shark Fortress or Skypalace Gangaridai, this is also an option.
The Core Combo: summoning Eldlich the Golden Lord
To win using an Eldlich deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel, it is imperative that you summon Eldlich the Golden Lord in your first turn if possible. Aim to go first if you win the coin toss, as the deck’s large number of negation effects in the form of hand traps and cards like Skill Drain and Solemn Judgement can stall your opponent, if it becomes impossible to get Eldlich onto the field in your opening turn.
If you have Eldlixer of Black Awakening in your opening hand, activate this card’s effect to summon a copy of Eldlich the Golden Lord from your deck. This should be done even if you already have a copy in your hand. This allows this second copy to be summoned later in the same turn or the following turn, and avoids wasting resources.
It is possible to summon Eldlich the Golden Lord using solely its own effects, provided there is another card on the field, by doing the following:
- Activate Eldlich’s effect to send itself and one spell/trap card from your hand to the graveyard to send that card from the field to the graveyard.
- Activate Eldlich’s effect in the graveyard.
- Send one spell or trap card you control to the graveyard to add this card back to your hand, then special summon it to the field.
Not only does this allow you to summon Eldlich the Golden Lord to the field, but it also gains 1000 attack and defense until the end of your opponent’s next turn. With the large number of spell and trap cards you run while using this deck, the cost is insubstantial, and prioritizing sending Golden Land or Eldlich cards to the graveyard allows them to activate additional effects. For example, sending Cursed Eldland to the graveyard at step 3 allows you to send a Golden Land or Eldlich card from the deck to the graveyard, setting you up for the following turn.
After ensuring you have summoned Eldlich the Golden Lord to the field, you can take advantage of the effects of Golden Land spell and trap cards to prevent your opponent from countering them. Huaquero of the Golden Land and Conquistador of the Golden Land can both be used without Eldlich on the field to summon itself as a level 5 normal monster. When Eldlich the Golden Lord is on the field, however, these cards both gain additional effects: Conquistador can destroy one face-up card on the field while Huaquero can banish one card from either graveyard.
Key to success is using cards like Vanity’s Emptiness, Skill Drain and Imperial Order to prevent your opponent from countering once you have built up a strong board. With many counter cards in the Eldlich deck being trap cards, it is, in turn, most effective when going first.
Extra Deck combos to consider
The control nature of the Eldlich deck makes it less reliant on the Extra Deck than other meta decks whose boss monsters are typically XYZ and Link monsters that utilize it efficiently. In fact, on many occasions, your only use for the Extra Deck will be to banish select cards from it for the effect of cards like Pot of Extravagance, without summoning monsters from it. This is what allows you to use traps like Vanity’s Emptiness without worrying about its impact on your own combos.
Still, some monsters in the Extra Deck are useful in select circumstances. Imduk the World Chalice Dragon can overcome any monster your opponent controls thanks to its effect that allows it to destroy a monster it enters battle with at the start of the Damage Step. This can also be summoned to the field very easily thanks to only requiring one normal monster to Link Summon, which includes Huaquero or Conquistador of the Golden Land.
The Extra Deck can be useful for finding uses for these trap card normal monsters after their effects have been activated upon summon. Alongside Link Summoning, if you control two of these monsters, you can XYZ Summon Constellar Pleiades, allowing you to use its effect to return one card on the field to the hand. In some circumstances it may be useful to summon Constellar Ptolemy M7 over the top of Pleiades for additional attack, however its effect cannot be activated the turn you summon the monster in this manner.
Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max is an effective card for ending the duel if you have two Eldlich the Golden Lord monsters on the field at once. If, after the battle phase, your opponent’s life points are low, you can XYZ summon this monster in Main Phase 2 and use its effect to deal 2000 damage to your opponent’s life points.
In some circumstances with two Eldlich the Golden Lord on the field, you can utilize this combo during your Main Phase 1 for an effective OTK:
- XYZ Summon Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Gustav Max using two copies of Eldlich the Golden Lord as material.
- Detach one material to activate Gustav Max's effect to inflict 2000 damage to your opponent’s life points.
- XYZ Summon Superdreadnought Rail Cannon Juggernaut Liebe using Gustav Max as material. Juggernaut Liebe will have two materials attached to it as a result of being summoned in this manner.
- Detach 1 material from this card in order to gain 2000 additional attack. This card will now have 6000 attack and can attack up to two monsters on the field, or can attack directly once. Note that if you attack a monster and your opponent controls no more monsters, you cannot attack directly, due to the effect allowing it to make attacks on monsters up to the number of materials +1.
Through this effect, you have the ability to inflict 8000 damage to your opponent’s life points easily, in most cases ending the match unless they gained life points earlier in the duel.
In most circumstances, however, victory can be assured without relying on these Extra Deck monsters and strategies. Sometimes it may not be an effective use of resources to summon monsters from the Extra Deck monsters instead of keeping Eldlich on the field, particularly if you have Skill Drain active. Consider what is best based on your opponent and the current duel before using monsters in your Extra Deck.
That’s everything you need to know to get started with your new Eldlich deck in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel. If you need more gems in order to attain the cards you need for this deck, you may want to check out these guides on how to obtain gems in Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel. If you would prefer a deck that utilized more complex combos and techniques such as Link Summoning, you may want to check out our guide for another deck such as our guide to play the Lyrilusc Tri-Brigade deck.