Clash Royale Card Popularity Snapshot – October 2017

Hello! 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.

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NOTE: The recent balance update made a few changes that may affect the ranking of these cards. Specifically, Electro Wizard damage was reduced, Graveyard was reworked to be less “random,” Lightning has a radius of 3 (from 3.5), and Spear Goblins (including those in the gang) attack faster.

Card Discussion

Zap discharges all tiny foes as the most popular card at the top of the ladder–included in over a half of all decks! Ice Spirit may sometimes get the job done cheaper, but it usually works better in defensive control decks than offensive beatdown ones. The popularity of these cards has suppressed the usage of Bats,whose descent has marked the rise of Goblins and the Goblin Gang. Their vulnerability to The Log keeps it at a respectable third place, just above the Ice Golem, another cheap distraction troop.

Cheapo cycle cards costing 1-3 elixir dominate the top of the usage list (as usual) but some more expensive cards have been on the rise recently. Electro Wizard was a top five troop last season and will likely remain one of the best support troops even after his damage nerf. Brave beatdown players continue to run Elixir Collector despite the rise in usage of Miner and Rocket which offer soft and hard counters, respectively. Bandit and Mega Knight are two legendary warriors whose synergy was broken slightly by a recent bugfix to their dashing mechanics, however they still remain reliable counterattackers.

Knight and Mega Minion remain the staple cards for shutting down small pushes. Their slower movement speed enables the buildup of light ground-based attacks from the Knight and larger, slower beatdown attacks with the Mega Minion providing air support. Hog Rider is the most popular card that functions solely as a win condition, making quick work of buildings in cycle decks and as the punisher behind P.E.K.K.A or Mega Knight in control decks.

The midrange damaging spells Fireball and Arrows have fallen from favor as their epic counterparts Poison and Tornado have seen an uptick in usage. Minions swoop in right below the Princess for their defensive, antiair capabilities but are upstaged by Minion Horde when it comes to going on the offense. Goblin Barrel sees virtually all of its play in the logbait deck but still comes in with an impressive top 20 finish.

Golem beatdown decks have increasingly relied on Night Witch to fend off other heavy, ground-based control decks. The Three Musketeers are just as popular in the world of beatdown and are seen in a variety of different archetypes outside of their classic decklist, reproduced below (often with Battle Ram). Inferno Tower struggles to burn through the many big targets marching toward it before Zap or Lightning resets its charge.

The bottom tier of viable decks starts with the Lava Hound and Balloon flying decks, which have sunk in usage behind ground-based strategies. Giant decks awkwardly run out of steam against heavier ground-based pushes and are too clunky to compete with quicker cycle decks. Mortar and X-Bow have stalled since their 0.5sec deploy time buff in the August balance update and teeter on the verge of irrelevance. Graveyard saw little use before the last balance change made it less “random,” but the jury is still out on whether the change made it less bad.

The new Flying Machine hasn’t really caught on yet.

Top 200 Suggested Decklists:

Goblin-Logbait Control (26 appearances): Goblin Barrel, Goblin Gang, Ice Spirit, Knight, Princess, Rocket, The Log, and PICK ONE- [Inferno Tower] OR [Tornado]

Golem Beatdown (18 appearances): Golem, Elixir Collector, Night Witch, Mega Minion, Zap, and PICK ONE SET- [Goblins, Bandit, Ice Spirit] OR [Electro Wizard, Mega Knight, Bats]

Mega Knight-Hog Rider Control (16 appearances): Mega Knight, Hog Rider, Electro Wizard, Zap, Ice Golem, Bats, Goblins, Fireball

P.E.K.K.A-Bandit Control (15 appearances): P.E.K.K.A, Bandit, Electro Wizard, Poison, Zap, and PICK ONE SET- [Miner, Bats, Goblins] OR [Battle Ram, Minions, Ice Spirit]

Three Musketeers Beatdown (13 appearances): Three Musketeers, Elixir Collector, Zap, Miner, Ice Golem, Goblin Gang, Minion Horde, and PICK ONE- [Bandit] OR [Battle Ram]

Hog Rider-Tornado Control (11 appearances): Hog Rider, Tornado, Ice Spirit, Knight, Goblins, and PICK ONE SET- [Zap, Fireball, Musketeer] OR [The Log, Executioner, Lightning]

Lava Hound-Balloon Beatdown (9 appearances): Lava Hound, Balloon, Goblin Gang, Minions, and PICK ONE SET- [Zap, Miner, Elixir Collector, Minion Horde] OR [Tombstone, Mega Minion, Arrows, Lightning]

X-Bow Siege (8 appearances): X-Bow, Ice Spirit, The Log, Ice Golem, Archers, Goblins, Mega Minion, and PICK ONE- [Elixir Collector] OR [Rocket]

Hog Rider-Cycle Control (8 appearances): Hog Rider, Rocket, Ice Spirit, The Log, Ice Golem, Bats, Mini P.E.K.K.A, Princess

P.E.K.K.A-Hog Rider Control (6 appearances): P.E.K.K.A, Hog Rider, Electro Wizard, Zap, Goblins, Bats, Ice Golem, Fireball

Mega Knight-Bandit Control (6 appearances): Mega Knight, Bandit, Electro Wizard, Zap, Inferno Dragon, Miner, Poison, Bats

Graveyard Control (5 appearances): Graveyard, Baby Dragon, Poison, Tornado, and PICK ONE SET- [Bowler, Electro Wizard, Goblins, Ice Golem] OR [Ice Wizard, Knight, The Log, Tombstone]

Mega Knight-Giant Beatdown (4 appearances): Mega Knight, Giant, Elixir Collector, Electro Wizard, Bandit, Zap, Arrows, and PICK ONE- [Mega Minion] OR [Inferno Dragon]

Mortar-Cycle Siege (4 appearances): Mortar, Knight, Rocket, The Log, Archers, Arrows, Goblins, Ice Spirit

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View the raw data here:

Rank Card Top 200 Appearances Change
1 Zap 108 1
2 Ice_Spirit 83 5
3 Goblins 74 12
3 The_Log 74 -3
5 Electro_Wizard 71 24
6 Ice_Golem 69 0
7 Bats 67 -10
8 Goblin_Gang 62 1
9 Elixir_Collector 61 19
10 Miner 53 0
11 Rocket 52 2
12 Bandit 51 16
12 Knight 51 -2
14 Hog_Rider 50 0
15 Mega_Minion 46 -4
16 Mega_Knight 41 17
17 Fireball 39 -9
17 Princess 39 -5
19 Minions 35 5
20 Goblin_Barrel 33 3
21 Pekka 31 11
21 Poison 31 12
23 Minion_Horde 30 -4
23 Tornado 30 15
25 Night_Witch 28 9
26 Golem 24 11
27 Three_Musketeers 23 3
28 Arrows 19 -16
29 Battle_Ram 18 6
30 Inferno_Tower 16 -14
31 Balloon 15 -13
32 Lava_Hound 12 -9
32 Mini_Pekka 12 -16
32 Tombstone 12 -5
35 Archers 11 -8
35 Giant 11 -11
35 Lightning 11 -11
38 Baby_Dragon 10 -3
38 Inferno_Dragon 10 -8
40 Mortar 9 -3
40 X_Bow 9 -5
42 Ice_Wizard 8 3
43 Executioner 7 1
43 Graveyard 7 0
43 Musketeer 7 3
46 Dark_Prince 6 -2
47 Lumberjack 5 -2
48 Skeletons 4 -5
49 Bowler 3 -1
49 Cannon 3 1
49 Clone 3 -3
49 Furnace 3 2
49 Mirror 3 -1
49 Prince 3 2
55 Cannon_Cart 1 0
55 Fire_Spirits 1 0
55 Flying_Machine 1 N/A
55 Freeze 1 -2
55 Skeleton_Army 1 -2
55 Sparky 1 -2
55 Wizard 1 1
62 Barbarian_Hut 0 0
62 Barbarians 0 -1
62 Bomb_Tower 0 0
62 Bomber 0 -1
62 Dart_Goblin 0 0
62 Elite_Barbarians 0 0
62 Giant_Skeleton 0 0
62 Goblin_Hut 0 0
62 Guards 0 -3
62 Heal 0 0
62 Rage 0 -1
62 Royal_Giant 0 0
62 Spear_Goblins 0 -1
62 Tesla 0 0
62 Valkyrie 0 0
62 Witch 0 0

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