Clash Royale Card Popularity Snapshot #14

Hello! I recorded the Global Top 100 battle decks currently being used and am posting the results here. This list may help answer questions regarding which cards you should request from clanmates, purchase with gold, and ultimately include in your deck.

Elixir Collector widened its lead as the post popular card in the game and an easy, proactive play to generate an elixir advantage. Poison and Zap has held on as the killer spell combination, even with Ice Spirit providing another cheap AoE counter in over two-thirds of all top decks. The hardy, versatile Guards are now used in over half of all top decks. Diversity in Giant decks has made it more difficult to nail down the optimal decklist, yet nearly one-quarter of all top decks are running eight of the same nine cards. Mega Minion has supplanted Musketeer and Mini P.E.K.K.A as the most popular support troop for the Giant, while Prince remains on the front lines as a defining card for the archetype. With the popularity of flying troops, Bowler is now nowhere to be seen.

Miner decks have held steady at one-third of all top decks on ladder, usually in a control deck that seeks constant chip damage for the win. Inferno Tower and Princess are top control deck cards for single-target and AoE damage, respectively. Minion Horde remains a popular win condition for control decks and saw more use than the ground alternative Barbarians. Skeletons and Cannon saw some use in cycle decks that emphasize defensive play. Finally, vanilla troops like Knight and Archers saw a fair bit of play as defensive support troops.

Suggested decklists:

Giant-Prince Beatdown (24 appearances of this deck archetype): Giant, Prince, Zap, Poison, Elixir Collector, Ice Spirit, Guards, and (Musketeer or Mega Minion)

Hog-Poison Control (7 appearances of this EXACT deck): Hog Rider, Zap, Skeletons, Guards, Ice Spirit, Elixir Collector, Inferno Tower, and Poison

Hog-Freeze Beatdown (7 appearances of this EXACT deck): Hog Rider, Elixir Collector, Poison, Barbarians, Cannon, Valkyrie, Archers, and Freeze

Zap-Bait Control (4 appearances of this EXACT deck): Miner, Elixir Collector, Inferno Tower, Minion Horde, Poison, Princess, Skeleton Army, and Goblin Barrel

Miner-Minion Horde Control (3 appearances of this EXACT deck): Miner, Minion Horde, Guards, Ice Spirit, Elixir Collector, Inferno Tower, Spear Goblins, and Poison

Miner-Mini P.E.K.K.A Control (3 appearances of this EXACT deck): Miner, Mini P.E.K.K.A, Minion Horde, Guards, Elixir Collector, Cannon, Princess, and Zap

What conclusions do you draw from these numbers? Share in the comments below, send me a tweet @Woody_CR, or discuss it with me on my Twitch stream.

View the raw data here:

Card Appearances Change
Elixir Collector 88 10
Poison 75 5
Ice Spirit 67 3
Zap 66 1
Guards 51 6
Giant 37 -7
Mega Minion 35 15
Miner 33 0
Prince 32 2
Hog Rider 29 10
Inferno Tower 27 2
Princess 21 6
Minion Horde 19 7
Musketeer 19 -15
Mini P.E.K.K.A 17 -13
Skeletons 17 2
Cannon 16 7
Freeze 15 7
Barbarians 13 2
Knight 12 -2
Archers 11 6
Three Musketeers 10 1
Goblin Barrel 9 -4
Valkyrie 9 4
Ice Wizard 8 1
The Log 8 4
Minions 7 -9
Goblins 6 1
Skeleton Army 6 5
Fireball 5 -2
Spear Goblins 5 5
Bowler 4 -25
Mirror 4 0
Lightning 3 -5
P.E.K.K.A 3 1
X-Bow 3 1
Rocket 2 -3
Arrows 1 -10
Baby Dragon 1 -7
Dark Prince 1 1
Fire Spirits 1 0
Furnace 1 0
Lumberjack 1 1
Tombstone 1 -4
Wizard 1 1
Balloon 0 -2
Barbarian Hut 0 0
Bomb Tower 0 0
Bomber 0 0
Giant Skeleton 0 0
Goblin Hut 0 0
Golem 0 -1
Lava Hound 0 -3
Mortar 0 -1
Rage 0 -1
Royal Giant 0 0
Sparky 0 -1
Tesla 0 -1
Witch 0 -1
Inferno Dragon 0 N/A


  1. Thomas

    I like the lava hound and ice wizard team. Then use some sort of high attack troop preferably mini pekka or mega minion to crush their towers

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