There are many hidden abilities and tricks in Duel Masters that only an experienced duelist may know. This topic aims to provide tips for duelists to ramp up their dueling skills. Some skills can even be used without changing any cards in the deck.
Remember => Knowledge is power.
Pro Tip 1: Know your shields without looking at them and how to act accordingly!
Whenever you search through your main deck don't just look at it blindly. Cards not in the main deck/hand/graveyard should be in shields. This method does not exactly determine the location of the cards in ur shields (unless you only have one) but still it means u know how many triggers u have in shields and which ones so you can play safely or a bit recklessly depending on the situation or how many of your core cards are stuck in shields (believe me this happens a lot). U don't always have to go through ur entire deck. Mostly, it should be fine looking through the key cards of ur deck and basing ur judgment on that.
Situation 1: Once I had one shield when I searched my deck and I realized that I have holy awe in my shields. I fearlessly readied my field accordingly. I don't particularly play recklessly unless I know I can handle it. Situation 2: I have had my Bolmeteus Steel Dragon locked in shields reducing my chances of drawing another one from my deck.
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Last Edit: Oct 10, 2016 20:19:30 GMT by Duelmeteus
Check your opponent's hyperspatial at the start of the duel, to get a sense of what civilizations your opponent uses or what type of deck you face. Although there are some psychic creatures which are universally good ( for example those that form Gaial Ore Dragon, the Vainglory, or Black Ganveet), some psychic creatures appear in specific decks. If there are 3-4 volg thunders, then it's a mill deck. If there are many low cost psychic creatures, then certainly you face a rush deck.
Keep track of any information you can access: graveyards, mana zones, hand zone (if you have the possibility to take a look at your opponent's hand with cards like jenny or pakurio then don't forget the other cards you see, not just the one you choose to discard/set as shield).
If you play a control/assault deck and you've stabilized the situation and wait for your finishers, think about how your opponent might still win the match. Observe what your opponent is aiming for: charging mana aggressively, may mean that he's preparing for some sort of combo (ex.: cheap demon command+ballom to wipe out the battle zone), summoning as many cheap minions as possible should be a warning for a potential apocalypse day and so on.