Clash Royale Card Popularity Snapshot – January 2018

Hello! My friends at Starfi.re 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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Card Discussion

Zap charges back to the top of the pack, energized by the popularity of Bats and the dropoff in Goblin Gang usage. It is a must-have spell in most decks with a 7- or 8-cost troop to prevent the Inferno Dragon from burning them up too quickly. The Log remains a viable alternative, preferred in siege decks, but is now decidedly less popular.

Royal Ghost is the new card on the block and has made a huge impact on the competitive scene. He far outclasses the Knight and Bandit, which were played much less this season. Ice Spirit and Miner share third place this snapshot, both offering great versatility and reliable support for any deck. Poison has a leg up on Fireball, but both see plenty of high-level play in the top 10 of most-used cards.

A cluster of popular, but not overpowered, cards comes next: Mega Minion, Ice Golem, Electro Wizard, Minions, Minion Horde, and Night Witch. Each of them is relatively inexpensive and presents little threat alone, but support a wide variety of primary win conditions. Giant has steadily regained his supremacy as the midrange tank of choice, able to overwhelm heavier decks and present a major threat to lighter decks.

Tornado season is winding down and Arrows rarely blot out the Sun. The nerf to spell damage halved the popularity of Rocket, which targets far fewer Elixir Collectors since its nerf. Five cards rose from obscurity since the last balance changes: Guards, P.E.K.K.A, Skeleton Barrel, Goblin Hut,and Prince. Some improved from recent buffs, while others were in decks used at the Clash Royale World Finals 2017.

Calls of “Hog Rider!” have faded away since troop received a light nerf, but the mounted marauder remains a major menace. Mega Knightremains a top-tier control card and headlines the most popular deck at the top of the ladder. Goblin Barrel, Princess, and Goblins usage has fallen precipitously as top players take to the skies. But they rarely do so with Lava Hound and Balloon, which continue to descend.

Tesla conducts the defense in X-Bow decks, but may leave the defender helpless against a Golem. The Battle Ram and Dark Prince are charging back into the striker role along heavier decks that run P.E.K.K.A or Three Musketeers. There’s no more Cannon Cart to carry Graveyard decks, but if those Skeletons keep climbing you can expect an Ice Wizard to cool them off.

Zappies and Hunter have not yet found a place in any meta deck.

Suggested Decklists (Click deck name for in-game link)

Mega Knight Control (26 appearances): Mega Knight, Bats, Inferno Dragon, Miner, Royal Ghost, Skeleton Barrel, Zap, Goblin Hut

Goblin Gang Logbait (16 appearances): Goblin Gang, Goblin Barrel, Princess, Ice Spirit, The Log, Rocket, Knight, and PICK ONE- [Tornado] OR [Inferno Tower]

Golem Beatdown (15 appearances): Golem, Mega Minion, Night Witch, Zap, and PICK ONE SET- [Baby Dragon, Tornado, Elixir Collector, Lumberjack] OR [Royal Ghost, Poison, Goblin Hut, Flying Machine]

X-Bow Siege (15 appearances): X-Bow, The Log, Tesla, Ice Spirit, Ice Golem, Fireball, Archers, and PICK ONE- [Skeletons] OR [Mega Minion]

Giant-Prince Beatdown (13 appearances): Giant, Prince, Zap, Mega Minion, Electro Wizard, Dark Prince, Ice Golem, and PICK ONE- [Poison] OR [Fireball]

Giant-Miner Beatdown (12 appearances): Giant, Miner, Zap, Night Witch, and PICK ONE SET- [Minion Horde, Minions, Fireball, The Log] OR [Royal Ghost, Poison, Ice Spirit, Guards]

Three Musketeers Beatdown (10 appearances): Three Musketeers, Elixir Collector, Goblin Gang, Minion Horde, Battle Ram, Zap, Giant, Bats

P.E.K.K.A-Dark Prince Control (8 appearances): P.E.K.K.A, Dark Prince, Poison, Zap, and PICK ONE SET- [Electro Wizard, Miner, Mega Minion, Ice Spirit] OR [Tornado, Executioner, Ice Wizard, Prince]

Hog Rider-Royal Ghost Control (8 appearances):Hog Rider, Royal Ghost, Ice Golem, Zap, Fireball, Guards, Inferno Dragon, Minions

P.E.K.K.A-Miner Control (7 appearances): P.E.K.K.A, Miner, Poison, Zap, Electro Wizard, Bats, Guards, and PICK ONE- [Royal Ghost] OR [Bandit]

Lava Hound-Balloon Beatdown (7 appearances): Lava Hound, Balloon, Mega Minion, Minions, Zap, Fireball, Guards, Tombstone

Hog Rider-Executioner Control (6 appearances): Hog Rider, Executioner, The Log, Ice Spirit, Rocket, Tornado, Knight, Goblins

P.E.K.K.A-Battle Ram Control (5 appearances): P.E.K.K.A, Battle Ram, Poison, Zap, Electro Wizard, Ice Spirit, Minions, Royal Ghost

Hog Rider-Mortar Control (5 appearances): Hog Rider, Mortar, Minion Horde, Goblin Gang, Bats, Zap, The Log, Ice Golem

Inferno Dragon-Royal Ghost Control (4 appearances): Inferno Dragon, Royal Ghost, Zap, Skeleton Barrel, Poison, Goblin Hut, Miner, Bats

Giant-Graveyard Beatdown (4 appearances): Giant, Graveyard, Zap, Mega Minion, Fireball, Night Witch, Arrows, Archers

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View the raw data here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-Py-kk6lXxE7xMtT2CY28SFTV8tbkUHZ/view?usp=sharing

NOTE: There was no December 2017 snapshot so the Change reflected below took place over the past two seasons.

Rank Card Top 200 Appearances Change
1 Zap 132 44
2 Royal Ghost 73 N/A
3 Ice Spirit 65 -12
3 Miner 65 20
5 The Log 63 -30
6 Poison 62 20
7 Bats 61 13
8 Mega Minion 60 -6
9 Fireball 52 -2
10 Ice Golem 49 -11
10 Inferno Dragon 49 25
12 Goblin Gang 43 -17
13 Tornado 39 -22
14 Guards 38 37
15 Giant 37 18
16 Electro Wizard 36 11
17 Minions 32 -3
17 P.E.K.K.A 32 25
17 Skeleton Barrel 32 31
20 Goblin Hut 30 28
20 Hog Rider 30 -17
20 Mega Knight 30 2
20 Rocket 30 -27
24 Minion Horde 28 -6
24 Night Witch 28 -1
26 Knight 25 -36
27 Elixir Collector 21 -18
28 Arrows 20 -10
28 Goblin Barrel 20 -5
30 Princess 19 -19
30 Tesla 19 4
32 Battle Ram 18 4
33 Archers 17 0
33 Prince 17 14
35 Golem 16 -5
35 Skeletons 16 5
37 Dark Prince 15 8
37 X Bow 15 -8
39 Executioner 14 1
39 Three Musketeers 14 -2
41 Baby Dragon 12 -7
41 Graveyard 12 -4
43 Balloon 11 -2
43 Tombstone 11 1
45 Lava Hound 8 -4
46 Bandit 7 -18
46 Furnace 7 4
46 Goblins 7 -32
46 Ice Wizard 7 -14
46 Mortar 7 -1
51 Inferno Tower 5 -3
51 Lumberjack 5 -10
51 Mirror 5 -1
54 Musketeer 4 -3
55 Barbarians 3 0
55 Flying Machine 3 2
55 Freeze 3 2
55 Spear Goblins 3 3
59 Bowler 2 -8
59 Cannon 2 0
59 Dart Goblin 2 2
59 Fire Spirits 2 -3
59 Heal 2 1
59 Hunter 2 N/A
59 Skeleton Army 2 -1
66 Cannon Cart 1 -12
66 Clone 1 -1
66 Giant Skeleton 1 1
66 Mini P.E.K.K.A 1 -11
70 Barbarian Hut 0 -1
70 Bomb Tower 0 0
70 Bomber 0 0
70 Elite Barbarians 0 0
70 Lightning 0 -3
70 Rage 0 -1
70 Royal Giant 0 -1
70 Sparky 0 -3
70 Valkyrie 0 0
70 Witch 0 0
70 Wizard 0 0
70 Zappies 0 N/A

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