Clash Royale Card Popularity Snapshot #15

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.

The Log has reached the top of the popularity rankings! Supplanting the nerfed Poison, which no longer slows enemies, the buffed Log still knocks back every ground troop and rolls faster, farther, and for 8% more damage. Ice Spirit follows closely behind–the number of positive-elixir trades this one-elixir card can get are insane! Mega Minion continues to surge as the most popular support troop, troubled only by the faltering Musketeer and Minion Horde. The Princess has made a surprise comeback in siege and control decks despite the popularity of The Log, which is her hard counter. The cheaper, nimbler Skeleton Army also soared to a top ranking–sixteen buffed Skeletons work wonders as a defensive swarm when your opponent lacks troops with splash damage. Inferno Tower is seeing more play as support for, and counter to, the stalwart X-Bow, which has returned as a win condition in 19 top decks. The key defensive tower also counters the nerfed Giant, which still has an appreciable showing despite his 5% hitpoint loss.

Zap has fallen out of favor since Ice Spirit can usually accomplish the same goal at half the cost while also being playable proactively. Lightning accompanies many Giant decks as a counter to Inferno Tower and Mega Minion. While Miner cycle decks were hurt by the nerf to Poison, they remain popular as a way to convert weakened defensive troops into counterattackers. Bowler has made a comeback as a solid counter to siege buildings and light, poking attacks from Hog Rider or goblins. Arrows and Fireball are seeing renewed experimentation as players eschew Poison. Tombstone experienced a big surge as players found utility in the distracting Skeletons. Ice Wizard and Fire Spirits also enjoyed a big surge at the expense of Guards, which have been shut out by a metagame wrought with ample splash damage. Nerfs to Goison and the popularity of Mega Minion have seen Prince use drop to near-zero. Lastly, the 6-cost Elixir Collector has finally been ditched now that Miner and spells have a much easier time nuking the 80sec building down.

Suggested decklists:

Giant-Bowler Beatdown (14 appearances of this deck): Giant, Bowler, Musketeer, Mega Minion, Tombstone, Arrows, Lightning, and either [The Log] OR [Zap]

X-Bow Siege (10 appearances of this deck): X-Bow, Inferno Tower, Skeleton Army, Fire Spirits, Ice Spirit, Princess, The Log, and either [Mega Minion] OR [Mini P.E.K.K.A]

Hog-Log Control (9 appearances of this deck): Hog Rider, The Log, Mega Minion, Princess, Ice Spirit, and either [Skeletons, Fireball, Inferno Tower] OR [Skeleton Army, Ice Wizard, Rocket]

Miner Zap Bait (5 appearances of this deck): Miner, The Log, Princess, Fireball, Inferno Tower, Skeleton Army, Goblin Barrel, and either [Minion Horde] or [Minions]

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
The Log 68 60
Ice Spirit 61 -6
Mega Minion 54 19
Princess 51 30
Skeleton Army 46 40
Inferno Tower 40 13
Zap 37 -29
Lightning 36 33
Miner 29 -4
Hog Rider 28 -1
Bowler 26 22
Arrows 25 24
Fireball 25 20
Tombstone 23 22
Minions 19 12
X-Bow 19 16
Ice Wizard 18 10
Fire Spirits 17 16
Giant 17 -20
Musketeer 16 -3
Mini P.E.K.K.A 14 -3
Skeletons 14 -3
Minion Horde 13 -6
Goblin Barrel 11 2
Rocket 11 9
Spear Goblins 10 5
Guards 9 -42
Knight 7 -5
Goblins 6 0
Ice Golem 6 N/A
Elixir Collector 5 -83
Freeze 5 -10
Furnace 5 4
Lava Hound 5 5
Cannon 3 -13
Golem 3 3
Mortar 3 3
Archers 2 -9
Baby Dragon 2 1
Barbarians 2 -11
Royal Giant 2 2
Goblin Hut 1 1
Mirror 1 -3
Poison 1 -74
Prince 1 -31
Tesla 1 1
Three Musketeers 1 -9
Valkyrie 1 -8
Balloon 0 0
Barbarian Hut 0 0
Bomb Tower 0 0
Bomber 0 0
Dark Prince 0 -1
Giant Skeleton 0 0
Inferno Dragon 0 0
Lumberjack 0 -1
P.E.K.K.A 0 -3
Rage 0 0
Sparky 0 0
Witch 0 0
Wizard 0 -1

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