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Deck Building Guide: The Slot Method

Clash royale deck building guide comes from MWolverine63. Thanks for making this! It’s a great guide!

In this deck building guide, I’m going to outline how I approach deck building, tweaking, and evaluating. I’m not a master, so feel free to let me know in the comments what I’ve missed! It’s general enough that almost all decks should fit under the guide, but some decks may not.

With that being said, let’s get to it!

If you would like me to analyze your deck in the comments, feel free to write it out!


1. Slot Definitions

Slot [1]: Win Condition
Slot [2]: Win Condition #2
Slot [3]: Win Condition Support
Slot [4]: Main Defense
Slot [5]: Defensive Support
Slot [6]: The Runner
Slot [7]: Versatile Response Card
Slot [8]: Spell

2. Deck Examples:

Hog Trifecta
Giant/Sparky Beatdown
Giant/Guards Beatdown
Golem Beatdown
Miner/Furnace Cycle
PEKKA Double Prince Beatdown
Royal Giant Beatdown
Siege Beatdown

See more about Deck Archetype

3. Testing Decks:

1. Test in Friendlies with people near your trophy level
2. Test in a tourney
3. Test in the ladder after you are comfortable with the deck
4. Look back and see which decks you regularly lost to. If it was the same person, take it with a grain of salt as that person might just have an edge on you in skill.

That’s all I’ve got, thanks for reading!

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  • Adrian Lee

    How’s the deck im currently using???
    Win con 1:hog
    Win con 2:musk/goblin barrel/fire spirit/bomber
    Win con support:same as above plus a tombstone sometimes
    Main def: inferno
    Def supp:tombstone/bomber/musk/fire spirit
    Runner:musk/bomber/tombstone (sometimes some of the skeletons survive n i use them for the counterattack)
    Versatile response card:goblin barrel
    Did i miss out anything or is this deck imbalance in any way??? Feel free to tell so i can evaluate it myself next time

    • ben4cr

      so you are gonna use Hog cycle deck? I would recommend this:
      – Win con 1: Hog
      – Win con 2: Musk (for Hog Trifecta deck) or Fire Spirits (for Cycle deck)
      – Win con support: Poison for Trifecta or Mini P.E.K.K.A/Zap for cycle deck.
      – Main def: Cannon for trifecta or inferno for cycle.
      – Def sup: Minions for both. Minion Horde is good but can be countered easily by zap or arrows.
      – Runner: Valkyrie for trifecta or Mini P.E.K.K.A for cycle deck.
      – response: Skeletons or Spear Goblins or Fire Spirits.
      – Spell: Zap and/or Poison

      You can check out our Hog decks here:

  • Adrian Lee

    Want to ask how is goblin barrel a versatile card???

    • ben4cr

      just because you can drop Barrel while your opponent is making a big push, in order to perform a counter push for yourself. This will also cycle your deck and go to your desire defensive card

  • Adrian Lee

    Hi i jiz thought this deck out can you guys help me in figuring out the pros and cons of this deck???
    Win con 1:mortar
    Win con 2:goblin barrel/ miner chip
    Win con support:poison(to defend the mortar or deal damage along with the miner n goblins)/ice spirit
    Main def: inferno
    Def supp:mega minion/ice spirit
    Runner:mega minion/mortar(after defending shoot the tower)
    Versatile response card:goblin barrel miner