Clash Royale is technically a tower defense game, but it’s also a collectible card game. And making the best use of your cards is a big part of winning in Clash Royale.
Players use cards to shore up their defenses or to press an advantage, and building up a deck that has a clear and focused strategy is of the utmost importance for actually winning games in Clash Royale. Here are some of the most important tips and tools for building up an effective Clash Royale deck.
What is the best Clash Royale deck?
The best Clash Royale desk will inevitably shift over time as new cards are introduced and the metagame shifts. Not only that, but there is a degree of balance and flexibility that allows players to build a viable deck based on their own preferences and play styles. There are also varying degrees of options based on how much a player has invested.
At the tip-top of everything is Clash Royale esports. Things are always competitive at the top, but as of this writing, many top professional Clash Royale players have similar decks. SK Gaming’s Morten “Morten” Mehmert, who sits at the top of the Clash Royale League standings at the moment, is using the following deck:
- Hog Rider
- Ice Spirit
- The Log
Different players in different regions have slightly different versions of this deck, but all of them have something similar. Players can swap around some cards based on their tastes and what they have available, but this is the best basis to start with today.
How to build Clash Royale decks
Clash Royale has a lot of strategy in play for a mobile game and has a lot of different cards that interact in varied ways. Here are the steps for building a viable Clash Royale deck:
- Pick your win condition card or cards
- Add cards to complement your win condition
- Maintain an appropriate elixir cost
- Play with your deck
- Pick counters for weaknesses
The first step is to get a card you can rely on to get you victories and build around it. Though covering bases and taking a balanced approach to the game is important, even more important is actually being able to win your games.
After getting a general idea for one’s new deck, it’s important to ensure that it has a fitting elixir cost. Generally speaking, a slow-moving deck will have a high elixir cost while a fast deck with weaker units has a lower elixir cost. It’s important to guarantee that the elixir cost ultimately fits with the general style and intent of the deck.
Once players have a general idea for their deck, they should start actually playing with it. There’s no better way to get a read on the strengths and weaknesses of a deck than putting it through its paces against other players. Once they’ve done so, some fine tuning to address weaknesses should do the trick and result in a winning Clash Royale deck.