Clash Royale Card Popularity Snapshot #19

Hello! I recorded the Global Top 100 battle decks used in the previous season 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.

Card Review

Zap zips to the top once again, knocking The Log down several notches to claim the top spot on the snapshot! Mega Minion also held on this season; no spells trade into it favorably so it continues to soar high above every other troop. Fireball nearly doubles in popularity–it complements Zap well and has seen very high use rates in beatdown decks. Ice Golem is the final card found in over half of all top decks–the cheap tank can easily turn some cleanup troops into a threatening counterattack.

Archers were shot down this season, due primarily to the popularity of Fireball and a new ground threat… Elite Barbarians one-shot the pink-haired ladies, and with a MASSIVE buff in hitpoints and DPS they have become a new favorite in counterattacks. Perhaps their popularity bolstered the ranks of Minions, which survive Zap but are an awkward target for Fireball since they are rarely played near a tower.

Furnace has done well in heavy decks that need a constant stream of damage to counter their faster opponents, all while earning chip damage on the tower for an elixir cost just (1) higher than the recently-nerfed Tombstone. The Skeleton Army is finding a defensive role once filled by the rarely used Minion Horde–it deals massive damage on defense before baiting out an opponent’s Zap. Ice Spirit continues to see some use, but struggles to achieve the versatility offered by Zap.

Giant remains the tank of choice for beatdown decks, while Hog Rider earned a higher spot thanks to the relative unpopularity of defensive buildings. Musketeer made a comeback in a metagame lacking in Lightning, and she barely edged out Bowler. The Freeze spell has performed well in decks that get spell-resistant troops directly onto their opponent’s tower. Popular siege and control win conditions Graveyard, Miner, and Royal Giant dropped precipitously.

Recent buffs to Tornado, Inferno Dragon, Balloon, Wizard, Giant Skeleton, Lumberjack, Bomber, Mortar, and Mirror have not yet brought them favor at the top of the ladder.

Suggested decklists

Giant-Furnace Beatdown (9 appearances of this deck archetype): Giant, Furnace, Mega Minion, Fireball, Zap, Minions, Musketeer, Skeleton Army

Hog Rider Control (7 appearances of this deck archetype): Hog Rider, Mega Minion, Fireball, Ice Golem, Zap, Ice Spirit, Cannon, and PICK ONE: [Archers] (4); OR [Bowler] (3)

Lava Hound Beatdown (5 appearances of this deck archetype): Lava Hound, Miner, Skeleton Army, Tombstone, Minions, Zap, Fireball, Mega Minion

Giant-Graveyard Beatdown (5 appearances of this deck archetype): Giant, Graveyard, Archers, Skeleton Army, Zap, Fireball, Mega Minion, and PICK ONE: [Tombstone] (3); OR [Furnace] (2)

Bowler-Graveyard Control (5 appearances of this deck archetype): Bowler, Graveyard, Archers, Zap, Freeze, Ice Golem, Mega Minion, Tombstone

Hog-Freeze Control (5 appearances of this deck archetype): Hog Rider, Freeze, Ice Golem, Ice Spirit, Elite Barbarians, Zap, Minions, Musketeer

Giant-Bowler Beatdown (4 appearances of this deck archetype): Giant, Bowler, Archers, Tombstone, Minions, Zap, Fireball, Mega Minion

X-Bow Siege (4 appearances of this deck archetype): X-Bow, Cannon, Archers, The Log, Ice Spirit, Ice Golem, Fireball, Mega Minion

Royal Giant-Furance Siege/Beatdown (4 appearances of this deck archetype): Royal Giant, Furnace, Mega Minion, Elite Barbarians, The Log, Archers, Fire Spirits, Lightning

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 Popularity Table

Card Appearances Change
Zap 83 23
Mega Minion 79 -4
Fireball 69 33
Ice Golem 52 17
Archers 42 -26
Minions 34 17
Elite Barbarians 33 33
Furnace 32 7
Skeleton Army 31 6
Ice Spirit 30 4
Giant 29 5
Hog Rider 29 10
The Log 29 -37
Musketeer 28 18
Bowler 24 -3
Tombstone 21 -7
Freeze 20 1
Cannon 16 3
Graveyard 16 -9
Miner 12 -9
Lightning 10 -15
Elixir Collector 9 2
Princess 7 -5
Guards 6 1
Lava Hound 6 3
Inferno Tower 5 -14
X-Bow 5 3
Fire Spirits 4 -5
Royal Giant 4 -11
Barbarians 3 -5
Goblin Barrel 3 -4
Golem 3 -2
Ice Wizard 3 1
Minion Horde 3 -9
Poison 3 -3
Arrows 2 -1
Balloon 2 2
Lumberjack 2 2
Mirror 2 2
Spear Goblins 2 0
Baby Dragon 1 -2
Barbarian Hut 1 0
Goblins 1 -1
Knight 1 -5
Mini P.E.K.K.A 1 -7
Prince 1 0
Three Musketeers 1 -2
Bomb Tower 0 0
Bomber 0 0
Dark Prince 0 0
Giant Skeleton 0 0
Goblin Hut 0 0
Inferno Dragon 0 0
Mortar 0 0
P.E.K.K.A 0 -1
Rage 0 -1
Rocket 0 -4
Skeletons 0 0
Sparky 0 0
Tesla 0 0
Tornado 0 0
Valkyrie 0 -1
Witch 0 0
Wizard 0 0


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  3. Horacio

    They already nerfed Elite barbs, Royale Giant, Demon gang, and also myy favored card
    the log. It’s additionally wonderful to see that tthe recently launched Legendary Night Witch
    obtainjed nerfed due to its very irritating bats swarm.
    Oops now we are regarding to see a brand-new set oof cards the next few weeks – I wish they aare
    not OP and byy the way why they can not nerf thaat solo ppig push hog rider carfd it iss very solid particularly at 4k+ trophies it could strike youyr
    tower 2-3 times with simplicity.


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