Had it not been for the recent buff on elixir cost, Goblin Barrel could not become the trend in a lot of decks. Today I will give you a new deck with the presence of Hog Rider + Goblin Barrel combo, which will wreck your opponent’s tower in the blink of an eye!
Overview: The idea is to drop the Hog then drop the Goblin Barrel such that the tower targets the Hog while the Gobs do serious damage very quickly. Because of the relatively low cost of the push and the elixir collector, you are always ready for counter pushes. Sometimes you zap the tower to get an extra second out of your troops.
Hog Rider + Goblin Barrel Deck Offensive Strategy
This cycle deck focus on performing small combos such as Hog + Fire Spirits, Mini P.E.K.K.A + Fire Spirits, Hog + Goblin, Hog + Barrel or even Hog/Barrel + Poison. It’s up to your opponent’s deck to decide which combo you will execute.
To play this deck, you must be flexible between offense and defense, go back and forth with your troops and be proactive to keep pressure on enemy. The tactic can be described as follows:
- Step 1: In early stage, it is recommended to send out small combos to force your opponent to show his defensive cards.
- Step 2: Afterward, use your cards to defend effectively. You have wide selections of Inferno Tower, Goblins, Mini P.E.K.K.A and Fire Spirits to choose from. In case you have sufficient elixir to defend and you know for sure that they don’t have Zap, place Barrel on top of their Tower and watch the Goblins deal significant damage as they will barely have something to deal with that Barrel.
- Step 3: Make a counter-attack with Hog Rider + alive units from step 2. If your opponent doesn’t have Zap or already used it, you can play the Goblin Barrel when the Tower already locked on the Hog. Otherwise, cast Poison instead, especially when your opponent has Elixir Collector. You should read How to counter push guide to know more.
- Step 4: Replay step 2 and 3 until the Tower is down. A worthy mention here is the Mini P.E.K.K.A, who can serve as a runner along the lane (from defensive unit to offensive one). It is possible to build a combo around her, since she hits really hard and will severely damage the Tower even if she can only land 1 hit.
Goblin Barrel use for baiting zap (or arrows), or punishing zap being used (especially good if tanked for. Consider having zap ready in case of goblins or fire spirits. Also, dont keep drop ur barrel at the same place. One time I threw a gob barrel on my opponents princess (at the bridge) and he zapped his tower. It was so funny.
In my opinion, this deck is so versatile that it almost has no specific counter to it. However, you should know some Gameplay Tips to gain more trophies with it. Also, there are many Mini Pekka Decks, you will now how to play mini pekka properly.
Hog Rider + Goblin Barrel Deck Defensive Strategy
Main defensive cores: Mini P.E.K.K.A, Goblins, Fire Spirits, Inferno Tower.
Against Hog Riders/Hog cycle deck/Hog Trifecta, Mini P.E.K.K.A or Inferno Tower is the best choice. Meanwhile, Fire Spirits and Zap are useful against the supporting units behind the Hog.
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. Use Zap to briefly stun the Giant combo and allow our Inferno to finish him off. Use Poison to counter their Elixir Collector and deal chip damage on Tower as well.
Royal Giant + Sparky: Inferno Tower to deal with Royal Giant, and use Zap to cancel Sparky’s charge. Deploy Mini P.E.K.K.A or Goblins to kill both of them.
PPP/Double Prince Deck: Kite all 3 of them with Goblins of Fire Spirits. Keep in mind that Zap will cancel charges from the Double Prince. Place down Inferno Tower to kill them while they are busy dealing with our distraction.
Three Musketeers: Simply cast Poison on them, or else you can use the advanced technique – simultaneous Zap + Fire Spirits to get rid of them.
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: The best way to counter this combo is to use Poison to slow them down, while placing Inferno Tower in the middle to lure them. If you plan to make a quick counter attack afterward, Mini P.E.K.K.A is a viable choice instead of Poison.
Spawners: Use Poison on both Huts and Tower, and execute the aforementioned combos as usual. Otherwise, you may try to double 1 lane pressure and push on the other lane immediately after they place down Huts.
Hog Rider + Goblin Barrel Deck Tips
I would like to show you 2 comprehensive guides on How to use and counter Fire Spirits as well as How to use Zap. Keep in mind that the Fire Spirits + Zap combo will execute the Three Musketeers right away. Also, want to know how to play Poison? See more Poison Deck with Videos.
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