Now we could encounter some meta decks in Clash Royale including Giant Beatdown, Royal Giant, Hog Rider or all kind of Miner decks very frequently, and the fact is that they are very tough to counter effectively. In this guide I will give you a solid deck being able to tackle with any aforementioned threats!
Overview: As the aim of this deck is to “anti” most common decks in Clash Royale, every card in this deck is aimed to counter each specific popular deck archetype. Valkyrie and Mini P.E.K.K.A are always decent cards to be included in any decks because of their versatility, and so is Zap or Fire Spirits. Inferno Tower has been a hard counter to every kind of Tank for a long time, even after the recent nerf. Meanwhile, the Fireball can serve as the alternate defense line and Goblins will make this deck cycle faster.
Note: This version is for Arena 5, 6 and 7 gameplay, yet it is still decent and playable in Legendary Arena. There are 2 other versions for higher Arena, yet they either require some cards being unlocked only in higher arena, or have Legendaries, so I won’t mention here.
Anti-Meta Deck Offensive Strategy
We only execute small combos here, since our main goal is to effectively counter enemy’s meta push with our cards. They may vary from Hog + Goblins to Hog + Fire Spirits, Valkyrie and Hog behind to push her to go faster or even Hog + Zap. During the double elixir time, you can use bigger combos. In general, you may choose one of these combo to perform depending on your opponent’s deck (e.g. Hog + Mini P.E.K.K.A would be best against Cannon, while Hog + Fire Spirits is perfect to deal with Minion Horde, and Zap will allow Hog to land extra hit on Tower if your opponent deploys Mini P.E.K.K.A to defend)
To play this anti-meta deck, doing defensive gameplay in order to have positive elixir trade is crucial, due to the fact that our deck does not excel in attacking. As a consequence, using counter-attack strategy after successful defense is the best way to win the battle.
This deck is capable of defending almost every kind of deck as I said before. For the exception, I would say that Poison is the worst thing we can encounter, considering nothing could stop an over time damage spell. As a result, Giant + Poison or Hog Trifecta Deck would be the most troublesome decks to deal with.
Anti-Meta Deck Offensive Strategy
Every card but Hog Rider can be defensive cores xD
To deal with the infamous Giant Poison Beatdown deck , first place the Inferno Tower in the middle to aggro Giant and use Mini P.E.K.K.A to take him down faster. If you have sufficient elixir then you may summon Valkyrie to clear the behind supporting troops and prepare for the next counter-attack.
Against Hog Riders/Hog cycle deck/Hog Trifecta, you can either drop Mini P.E.K.K.A to kill Hog instantly, or place Inferno Tower to distract him instead. I would recommend you to use Mini P.E.K.K.A if they send Hog alone. Valkyrie or Fire Spirits is helpful in clearing and distracting supporting troops
Royal Giants: The same as Giant Poison one.
Three Musketeers: Easy! Fireball or Zap + Fire Spirits combo xD
Payfecta deck: Anticipate their Miner position and pre-drop your Goblins to distract him. Against Princess and Ice Wizard, wait for them to lock on other targets, than drop Goblins or Mini P.E.K.K.A to quickly take them out.
Giant Balloon/LavaLoon: Only Inferno Tower can deal with this combo. Remember to let Mini P.E.K.K.A hit Giant so as to get rid of him fast, so our Inferno can target the Balloon.
Spawners: Double lane pressure of course! This will force your enemy to retreat and split their troops on defending on the lane we attacked. On defense, try to use Fireball on Tower, Huts and troops simultaneously.
PPP/Double Prince Deck: Inferno Tower in the middle Kill zone, then drop Goblins to distract enemies, allow the Inferno to charge damage. Use Mini P.E.K.K.A and Zap to take care of them if necessary.
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Anti-Meta Deck Tips
Poison is not only our main source of damage output on Tower, but also a great tool on defending. On offense, try to hit as many units as you can, or to eliminate dangerous threats (e.g. use Poison on both Princess and Arena Tower to eliminate her and deal chip damage on Tower). On defense, it is best to use it for slowing down a Beatdown push such as Giant + Witch.
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