The meta is every changing in Clash Royale, so today is the 2nd week of the most meta deck in Clash Royale. While elite barbarians-hog is still strong, the LavaLoonion deck has gripped Clash Royale at the top of the ladder. In today’s article I’ll be explaining how to play and how to win with this meta deck!
Explaining the Deck
This deck is a strategy straight out of Clash of Clans, the ever popular LavaLoonion strategy! Obviously, it seems as if it works just as well in Clash Royale as it does in Clash of Clans. Anyways, you’ve got the lava hound and balloon to build up massive pushes, with the minions or mega minion for support.
The tombstone and skeleton army are pure defense, meant for defending hog or elite barbarians pushes. The zap and fireball are great spells to have in any deck, allowing you to clear minions, musketeer, or ice wizard placed down to counter.
You have two great options with your starting hand, as long as you have them up and ready to go. Your starting hand is super important and you need to make a great move here in order to make sure that you can build up for the rest of the game.
Since you are starting off with a big troop, you want to follow it up with something that can make this push successful, namely the balloon. Mega minion or minions aren’t bad options either.
Mega Minion: If you don’t want to start off with a 7 elixir card, the mega minion is also a great play to start building a push. Even if you can’t get the balloon after, the mega minion will still provide some defense if your opponent decides to push.
Lava Hound Build Up Push
Now, lets talk about winning. The main push that you want to do is a lavaloonion push, as you could probably guess by the name of the deck. The lava hound offers tanking ability along with some support units after it pops. The balloon will be the main damage dealer here, as long as you are able to get it to the tower. Mega minion or minions give support help, clearing away any defensive troop.
Make sure that your push is exactly in this order, with the lava hound and support unit sandwiching the balloon in. If not, then the balloon can get attacked much more easily, especially if it is in the front of your push.
Also, have a fireball or zap ready and primed. Most likely, you will be countered with minions/MM/minion horde and you need to be able to blow them away. A solid push with these 3 cards can completely decimate a tower and put you in the lead.
Defending Popular Pushes
As with every deck within Clash Royale, if you can’t play defense you won’t be able to win! These are 4 of the most popular pushes in Clash Royale right now, with explanations on how to counter each push with this LavaLoonion deck.
Mirrored Goblin Barrel
Mirrored goblin barrel is a way to get your zap out of your hand, but because there are so many cheap units in this deck, countering both barrels is easy and you should suffer minimal damage on your tower. First off, go ahead and play your zap on the first barrel, easy play!
Then for the second one, you could fireball since it would be an even elixir trade, but you can get a better trade by using minions plus get those minions for a counter push.
Ice Golem Hog
Ice golem-hog is super easy to counter with this deck and there are actually multiple counters. First, you could place skeleton army; just make sure it takes out the hog before the ice golem! However, my favorite and most fool proof way to beat this push is a tombstone, followed up with a mega minion on top of the hog.
Since you do have so many air units, countering the mirror of this deck is pretty simple. Minions followed up by a mega minion, placed to kill the balloon, is more than enough to stop this dead in its tracks! After they take down the balloon, both units will clean up the hound, making sure the pups do minimal damage to your tower.
Our last popular push is the bowler graveyard which has really grown in popularity lately. The hardest part about this deck is not playing units to be killed by the bowler. Therefore, you have to play tombstone to distract the bowler, while the skeleton army deals with countering the graveyard!
So that wraps it up for coverage of the latest meta deck in Clash Royale: LavaLoonion! If you can get the hang of the deck, it really can dominate on the ladder. Thanks for reading and come back soon for more Clash Royale content!
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