Clash Royale Card Power Rankings (July 29th)

It has been awhile since any balance changes have been announced (for Clash Royale standards), but if the Clash Royale team’s goal is to encourage players to use a variety of cards and decks, then our Rankings clearly show that changes are absolutely necessary.  Of the 58 cards in the game, only 19 cards are played by 2 or more of the Top 30 players on the ladder, with the Top 8 cards in this week’s rankings played by over half of these players.  And for the first time ever in our rankings, we have a card that was in EVERY deck in the Top 30!  It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone what this card is…

Clash Royale Card Power Rankings (July 29th)

Rank Card Last Week’s Rank
1 Zap  zap 1 Ok, we love Zap, and I’m sure everyone else does too, but if a card is being used in pretty much every deck out when there are 57 other cards at your disposal, perhaps this card is a little overpowered.  With the Legendary Log being the other 2-cost spell that currently no one uses, I would expect that the Clash Royale team will look to close the gap between these two cards in the next update.
2 Mini P.E.K.K.A mini_PEKKA 4 The little guy/gal shoots up in the rankings this week! With the increasing popularity of Giant (more on that later) and Miner, Mini P.E.K.K.A.’s ability to dish out quick hard damage is more valuable than ever.
3 Poison PoisonCard 2 Another card rumored to be nerfed in the next update, Poison is a great companion for the 2 hottest decks in the current meta: Trifecta and Giant/Elixir Collector.
4 Elixir Collector  elixir_collector 3 Speaking of the Elixir Collector… it’s still the most boring card in the game.
5 Princess  PrincessCard 8 (tied) While Barbarians are the poster child(s) for Clash of Clans, Princess is arguably the poster girl for Clash Royale.  Now if only casual players had a chance to actually use her…
6 (tied) Musketeer  MusketeerCard 5 The perfect back up troop to Giant, Musketeer would be higher in the rankings if not for some players’ preference to use Three Musketeers instead.
6 (tied) Giant  giant 8 (tied) Arguably the most overpowered card in the game right now, Giant decks were seen in almost every game during the recent Shanghai Championships.  We suspect that Giant will receive a small nerf in the next update (after getting a slight buff not so long ago!).
8 Guards  GuardsCard NEW The Shielded Trio finally make their debut in our Card Power Rankings!  Guards’ increase in usage has more to do with it’s effectiveness in countering Mini P.E.K.K.A. more than the card actually being strong.
9 (tied) Cannon   cannon 6 Interestingly, Guards are now also becoming an alternative to Cannon.  Both cost 3-Elixir and are used to deter attacking troops, but while Cannon can draw away building attackers, Guards can also provide a punch on counterattacks and protect Princess while she’s firing away from the middle of the Arena.
9 (tied) Miner MinerCard-1 NEW Miner digs his way back into the rankings this week (pun intended) as players are finding ways to pair him up with Giant.  It’s also worth noting that there is a huge gap in usage between the #8 and #9 card this week.


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  1. Win

    Samples are no longer appropriate here. Since you’re using decks Top 30 rankings, there are shit tons of win trading (1-10 are from the same clan, probably the same player with similar deck).

    1. Wagonut (Post author)

      That’s slightly true, but of the Top 30 only about 15-20% of the accounts are win traders, and the decks they use are still a representation of what are the top decks in the current meta.

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  3. Louie Primozich

    After a recent update situation in the highest Arena looks to be stabilized.  If you want to know more about the most popular cards keep on reading!


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