Clash Royale Card Popularity Snapshot – August 2017

Howdy! My friends at sent me the Battle Decks from players in the Global Top 200 at the end of last season. I analyzed the decks to produce lists of the most popular cards and decks at the top of the ladder. These lists may help you decide which cards to request from your clanmates, purchase with gold, and ultimately include in your deck.

View the top decks here.

Card Discussion

The Log has petrified in the top position on the rankings, growing so much that it is once again used in over half of the top decks. Goblins made a sneak attack to the top, more than doubling in usage as they replace the brittle Skeletons. The Night Witch has risen to the #3 spot despite a recent nerf… her reign is expected to decline after widely anticipated balance changes.

The Ice Spirit and Ice Golem remain very popular options to facilitate card cycle and shut down leftover troops trickling in toward your tower. The Elixir Collector is pumping just as hard as ever in the #5 spot, fueling the massive offensive pushes in double-elixir time that are popular at the top of the ladder. The Mega Minion has soared back to the top, finding his favorite spot as a support troop behind heavy tanks.

Fireball and Poison remain competitive choices for decks in need of a midrange spell. Their interaction with Heal has given rise to what some pro players call a ‘rock-paper-scissors’ metagame (i.e. Heal beats Poison, which beats Fireball, which beats Heal). The Lightning-rod Battle Ram and mighty Minion Horde contribute to that effect, as both offer high DPS and are great targets for Heal.

However, Three Musketeers may have benefited the most from the introduction of Heal. The trio remains the win condition for the most-used deck at the top of the ladder. They have also bolstered the usage of Knight and Zap,which have otherwise faltered. The position of the Electro Wizard remains static toward the bottom of the A-tier cards.

The Miner has burrowed back toward the top to counter the proliferation of pumps. Rocket serves the same purpose, but can also eke out a win against a weakened tower or obliterate big pushes. That job can be made easier by a well-placed Tornado, which also works very well with splash damage troops like the Baby Dragon or Executioner. Those troops have all but replaced the lowly Bowler.

Hog Rider regained some ground lost in the previous season and is once again the preferred win condition in quick cycle decks. The P.E.K.K.A has made a surprise march toward the top following a strong performance by pro players in the Crown Championship. She nearly tripled in usage fighting back mid-sized ground pushes with the Bandit and smacking down tanks like the Golem and Giant.

Graveyard has dropped off in usage, but remains a top-tier win condition. Fragile ground troops in Logbait decks have also dipped in usage, specifically the Princess, Goblin Gang, Goblin Barrel, and Skeleton Army. The Cannon has made a comeback to counter ‘bridge spam’ decks and is now on par with Inferno Tower and Inferno Dragon, which fell hard this season. Balloon cycle is now more popular than beatdown decks behind a Lava Hound.

Top 200 Suggested Decklists:

Three Musketeers Beatdown (24 appearances): Three Musketeers, Elixir Collector, Battle Ram, Minion Horde, Heal, Ice Spirit, PICK ONE- [Knight] OR [Ice Golem], and PICK ONE- [The Log] OR [Zap] OR [Arrows]

Golem Beatdown (20 appearances): Golem, Mega Minion, Baby Dragon, Goblins, Night Witch, Elixir Collector, Rocket, and PICK ONE- [Arrows] OR [The Log]

Hog Rider Control (14 appearances): Hog Rider, Goblins, The Log, Fireball, Ice Golem, Mega Minion, PICK ONE- [Cannon] OR [Tombstone], and PICK ONE- [Electro Wizard] OR [Princess]

Giant Beatdown (11 appearances): Giant, Miner, Night Witch, Electro Wizard, The Log, PICK ONE- [Mega Minion] OR [Goblins], and PICK ONE SET- [Fireball, Zap] OR [Poison, Ice Spirit]

Hog Rider-Executioner Beatdown (11 appearances): Hog Rider, Executioner, Goblins, The Log, Ice Spirit, Knight, Tornado, and PICK ONE- [Rocket] OR [Poison]

P.E.K.K.A-Graveyard Beatdown (10 appearances): P.E.K.K.A, Graveyard, Poison, Night Witch, The Log, Goblins, Electro Wizard, Ice Golem

Graveyard Control (9 appearances): Graveyard, Poison, Ice Golem, Goblins, and PICK ONE SET- [Mega Minion, Tornado, Executioner, Bowler] OR [The Log, Night Witch, Ice Spirit, Princess]

Miner-Balloon Control (9 appearances): Miner, Balloon, Fireball, Executioner, Knight, Tornado, Goblins, and PICK ONE- [Mega Minion] OR [Night Witch]

Goblin Barrel Logbait Control (8 appearances): Goblin Barrel, Goblin Gang, Ice Spirit, Inferno Tower, Knight, Princess, Rocket, The Log

Three Musketeers Control (7 appearances): Three Musketeers, Elixir Collector, Battle Ram, Bandit, Night Witch, Ice Golem, and PICK ONE SET- [Zap, Ice Spirit] OR [Heal, The Log]

Battle Ram-Bandit Blitz (6 appearances): Battle Ram, Bandit, Ice Golem, Night Witch, Poison, Goblins, and PICK ONE SET- [Electro Wizard, Zap] OR [Inferno Dragon, The Log]

P.E.K.K.A-Bandit Control (5 appearances): P.E.K.K.A, Bandit, Battle Ram, Night Witch, Zap, and PICK ONE SET- [Fireball, Baby Dragon, Ice Spirit] OR [Poison, Electro Wizard, Goblins]

P.E.K.K.A-Miner Control (5 appearances): P.E.K.K.A, Miner, Battle Ram, The Log, Poison, Mega Minion, and PICK ONE SET- [Baby Dragon, Goblins] OR [Ice Spirit, Night Witch]

Lava Hound-Balloon Beatdown (5 appearances): Lava Hound, Balloon, Minions, PICK ONE- [Arrows] OR [Fireball], and PICK ONE SET- [Tombstone, Mega Minion, Goblin Gang, Lightning] OR [Elixir Collector, Miner, Minion Horde, Skeleton Army]

Giant-Minions Beatdown (4 appearances): Giant, Minion Horde, Minions, Miner, Zap, Fireball, Night Witch, and PICK ONE- [Goblins] OR [Bandit]

Balloon Control (4 appearances): Balloon, Ice Golem, Mega Minion, Elixir Collector, Zap, and PICK ONE SET- [Electro Wizard, Fireball, Night Witch] OR [Inferno Tower, Minions, Freeze]

X-Bow Siege (3 appearances): X-Bow, Fireball, Ice Spirit, The Log, Skeletons, Inferno Tower, and PICK ONE SET- [Minions, Fire Spirits] OR [Mega Minion, Guards]

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View the raw data here:

Rank Card Top 200 Appearances Change
1 The Log 106 14
2 Goblins 100 54
3 Night Witch 82 32
4 Ice Spirit 74 -2
5 Elixir Collector 69 5
6 Ice Golem 67 13
6 Mega Minion 67 23
8 Fireball 61 5
9 Battle Ram 58 -8
10 Knight 55 -21
11 Zap 54 -20
12 Poison 50 6
13 Minion Horde 43 -1
13 Three Musketeers 43 -5
15 Electro Wizard 42 0
16 Miner 41 19
17 Rocket 36 18
18 Arrows 34 8
18 Baby Dragon 34 6
20 Hog Rider 33 5
21 Tornado 31 -9
22 Executioner 29 11
22 Pekka 29 19
24 Bandit 27 -13
24 Graveyard 27 -9
26 Golem 26 12
27 Minions 24 -2
28 Heal 23 21
28 Princess 23 -3
30 Goblin Gang 22 -32
31 Giant 21 -9
32 Balloon 19 5
33 Tombstone 14 -2
34 Cannon 13 13
34 Goblin Barrel 13 -11
34 Inferno Tower 13 -19
37 Inferno Dragon 9 -17
37 Lightning 9 -17
37 Skeleton Army 9 -11
37 Skeletons 9 -17
41 Bowler 8 -20
42 Archers 7 -5
42 Fire Spirits 7 5
42 Lava Hound 7 -5
45 Musketeer 5 -3
46 Freeze 4 0
47 Lumberjack 3 -1
47 X Bow 3 -3
49 Furnace 2 0
49 Ice Wizard 2 -4
49 Mirror 2 0
49 Mortar 2 2
49 Witch 2 -4
54 Barbarians 1 1
54 Cannon Cart 1 N/A
54 Dart Goblin 1 -5
54 Guards 1 -1
54 Mini Pekka 1 -1
54 Sparky 1 -1
54 Spear Goblins 1 1
61 Barbarian Hut 0 -2
61 Bats 0 -2
61 Bomb Tower 0 0
61 Bomber 0 -2
61 Clone 0 -2
61 Dark Prince 0 -2
61 Elite Barbarians 0 0
61 Giant Skeleton 0 -2
61 Goblin Hut 0 -2
61 Prince 0 0
61 Rage 0 -2
61 Royal Giant 0 0
61 Tesla 0 0
61 Valkyrie 0 -2
61 Wizard 0 0

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