The meta is always changing within Clash Royale and for the 21st time, we have the new best deck within Clash Royale! This deck is a hog lumberjack deck, centered around getting a bunch of chip damage and defeating the OP mega knight! Here is some gameplay and strategy around the best deck in Clash Royale right now, a hog lumberjack deck!
Hog Lumberjack Deck Overview
The only *somewhat* strong and tanky cards in this deck are the hog and lumberjack, which will be your two most valuable cards by FAR when you are using this deck to win in Clash Royale. The hog and the lumberjack are often used together since they are so similar in nature; both have decent health, are fast, and can do HUGE amounts of damage when uncountered. Ideally, when pairing them together in a push, you want the lumberjack to lead the push, making sure that he dies before the hog. The LJ will drop a rage which will empower the hog rider to get a bunch more shots onto the tower!
So besides the hog and lumberjack, all the rest of the cards are extremely cheap or spells. Let’s review your inexpensive support/defense cards before we get into the triple spells in this deck. First off, you have the ice golem which can be used as a kiting card on defense, but also works pretty well for you on offense, acting as a primary tank to the lumberjack and hog. We also have the ice spirit as an extremely cheap counter or support card, fitting in well basically anywhere and helping you cycle through cards. Last, but definitely not least, bats appear in the hog-lumberjack deck in order to counter any air troops or provide a cheap counter to any card that isn’t splash.
This deck is a little bit odd by featuring 3 spells when most decks have 1-2, but with a hog deck, you need the variety in order to get wins. To begin with, we have the fireball, which is so good in a meta that features the wizard and electro-wizard so often. Tornado is also a fantastic card to pair with the hog rider, warding off goblins and minions of any kind. Finally, there is no better spell than the zap, making it easy to kill the cards like skeleton army which are so popular against hog and lumberjack.
Constant Chip Damage
Hog decks are almost always about chip damage and this deck does not deviate from that norm at all. Now, the usual chip card in hog rider decks, the rocket, doesn’t appear in this deck, but you still have a lot of ways to get damage. The biggest direct damage card in this hog lumberjack deck is the fireball, which should be used as often as possible to start chipping down the tower. Every time a card with the health of a wizard (e-wiz, musketeer, etc.) comes by the arena tower, it should be hit with an immediate fireball!
Of course, spell damage isn’t the only way to get chip damage onto a tower. Cycle your hog as much as possible, aiming for a few hits on the tower for each deployment. In this deck, you can cycle FAST, so you’ll be able to play your hog often throughout the attack.
Cycle Past Defenses with Hog
So speaking of hog cycling, it is going to come up big when you are playing this deck. We are at a point in the Clash Royale meta that most players will bring a defense in their deck, usually the inferno tower. By cycling your cards (remember no card in this deck costs more than 4 elixir), you can outcycle your opponent’s hand and hopefully get back to your hog rider in your hand before they get back to their defense in their hand. This will lead to them playing the defense late or not at all, allowing your hog to attack the tower first.
Defend as Cheaply as Possible
Now obviously, with such cheap cards, you are going to have to defend pretty cheaply, but with this deck, we are talking about VERY cheap defense! Don’t overcommit to any countering, especially if it can all be killed by a single spell or troop. Instead, go simple, quick, and effective when playing defense. The number one key to SQE defense is using the ice spirit to full advantage. Having the ice spirit reset sparky and the inferno dragon is effective, not to mention the two second freeze. A good example of strong, yet cheap defense is using the ice spirit and bats to limit the royal giant to just two shots on your tower.
And with that, we are going to wrap it up for this week’s edition of the most meta deck in Clash Royale! I hope that you guys enjoyed this article and can use this deck to help you win out there on the ladder. Thanks for reading and comment down below what deck you are currently using in Clash Royale!
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