It is time for a new epic card rankings for all the epic cards in Clash Royale! We will be having a power ranking, 23-1, of the epic cards in Clash Royale as of February 2018. As many of you know, I have done this ranking before, when there were only 22 epic cards. The top 5 cards then, in order, were executioner, tornado, golem, skeleton army, and PEKKA. Let’s see how much those rankings were shaken up over the past couple balance changes and updates!
You can view the old ranking here: https://clashfordummies.com/2017/11/17/clash-royale-epic-card-rankings-november-2017/
How the Epic Cards are Ranked
When ranking these cards we put a lot of thought and effort into what makes the best epic card the best. We are considering a variety of different ways to rank which are order in importance as follows:
- Cost/Damage Ratio (is the card worth it?)
- Strength on defense and offense
So now that you know what we are judging on, lets go ahead and get into the rankings, starting with number 23!
Note: Text color indicates which way the card is trending in regard to the November rankings.
Epic Card Rankings
Undoubtedly, the clone spell is going to finish at the bottom of these epic card rankings, coming in at the bottom spot over the past 3 three epic card rankings. The real issue with the clone is that there are way too many splash damage cards that can quickly counter the effects of it. Something big has to change in the clone in order to make it viable.
There’s no question that the mirror is one of the most unique cards in Clash Royale, but the real issue is finding a good time to play it. No one wants to play an extra elixir for the card they just played; the one elixir goes towards throwing off your opponent. For the mirror to really become part of the meta, it needs to transition away from a “troll card”.
Right now, the rocket is simply dominating the lightning in use. After that completely random nerf to the lightning, it hasn’t seen any use whatsoever in the top decks in the game. The radius of the lightning was one of the best things about it, since it could capture multiple units at once. I’d really like to see the lightning radius buffed back up to what it was.
Sort of like the mirror, the freeze can be amazing in niche situations. After all, hog freeze used to dominate the meta back in the early days of Clash Royale. The issue right now with the freeze is that there are too many cheap cards in Clash Royale that can easily be played after the freeze deployment. Also, the popularity of the ice spirit does not help the freeze at all.
The newest epic card in Clash Royale was a bit of a fluke, not dealing close to enough damage compared to the similar musketeer and executioner to really be effective in the meta. The hunter is a mix between the two cards mentioned, which is really a problem to its meta game. Why would you use a half of both when you could get the more effective one all together?
#18- Cannon Cart
The cannon cart is going to be the biggest faller in these epic card rankings, dropping from #10 all the way to #18. For a brief moment, during the November 2017 rankings, the cannon cart was really a great card, but then reality happened. There were much stronger 5 elixir cards that the CC could be substituted for, and those quickly overwhelmed the cannon cart back to the bottom.
Remember the days of bowler graveyard? Those days are completely gone now, as the severe graveyard nerfs have made it somewhat irrelevant, and took the bowler with it. Similarly to the cannon cart, the bowler just doesn’t cut it when it comes to 5 elixir support cards, especially with the executioner and wizard trumping his splash damage.
The rage has certainly improved a little bit in the meta, but it stays the same at #16. It seems that three cards work extremely well with the rage, so it depends on their success. Those three cards? Balloon, elite barbarians, and the witch (paired with giant usually). As long as those three cards are still being played, the rage can sit at #16 all day long!
#15- Giant Skeleton
What??? Can I hear a big rise in the meta for the giant skeleton? For some odd reason, the giant skeleton has really seen a spike in play lately, mostly combined with giant or mega knight. This card is great for counterpushing, because, sort of like sparky, you need to address it or suffer big damage. I sure hope we see big giant skeleton growth in the future!
Another previously “bad” card that is on the rise in the x-bow, coming up all the way to #14 and almost ranking in the top half of all epic cards. Just like the mortar, the x-bow has seen an increase in use in Clash Royale. Siege decks could be coming back for sure. If Clash Royale decides to buff the x-bow even the tiniest bit, it could quickly become the meta.
Receiving a big time buff in the December balance changes, guards are no longer one of the worst, purposefully defensive, cards in the game! The skeleton army has been on a little bit of fall, and guards have come in to take their spot. These guys are great for countering a hog rider with ease, since they can’t be spelled out of the way!
#12- Baby Dragon
Even though golem beatdown decks are back, the baby dragon, one of the cards that fits in perfectly with the golem has fallen. Honestly, the baby dragon just doesn’t do enough damage to really be a great card. There are better support cards for the golem right now, which leaves the baby dragon in an undesirable place, though still a decent card.
#11- Skeleton Army
When used when your opponent doesn’t have zap or log up, the skeleton army can be absolutely devastating. However, because of the popularity of those two cards in the Clash Royale meta right now, the skeleton army is way too easy to counter. Going with guards is becoming more and more popular and you could definitely see a swap in place by the next rankings.
Right now, the witch is definitely trending UP in the meta. The two win conditions that she wins best with, the giant and the golem, are really killing it right now in Clash Royale, which means she is as well. Even in the double prince deck, the witch is a prominently featured support card. The only issue is her cost, which might make people choose the night witch over her.
I’ve been waiting for the rise of the double prince meta for a long time now, and I’m happy to say that it is definitely back. A giant-double prince deck is currently the best deck in the meta for Clash Royale! Remember, the prince was buffed in the December 2017 balance changes, which brought him up to standard as a strong 5 elixir card.
As mentioned earlier in combination with the rage spell, the balloon is killing it right now, despite the prevalence of air-killing troops. With the rage spell, its nearly impossible to beat the balloon in the time it takes for it to get a single hit on the tower. LavaLoonion is basically left for dead, but the solo balloon is tearing it up right now!
#7- Goblin Barrel
Even since goblins could no longer be killed by zap, the goblin barrel has been doing very well in the meta. This card is the staple of log bait decks, which have been around for as long as the log was a decent card. Unless another 1/2 elixir card that can kill goblins comes out, the goblin barrel is pretty likely to stay towards the top.
#6- Dark Prince
Probably to the surprise to no one reading this, the dark prince shot up 8 spots after the insane buff in the February balance changes. The dark prince got a double buff, with hit speed and hitpoints increasing to make him a great card. If the dark prince continues to rise, don’t be surprised to see him crack into the top three in the next rankings.
Currently, poison is one of the best 4 damage spells in the game (looking at you tornado), and is going to continue to rise thanks to the beatdown meta that we are currently in. Being able to clear a wide range of troops is the real reason why the poison is excelling; can we see another meta centered around giant poison?!
It’s not really that the executioner has dropped off, but other cards have just gotten better in the current Clash Royale meta. The executioner is still dominating as one of the best splash damage cards in the game, fitting in well in most decks. Combined with the tornado, the executioner is nearly impossible to beat on defense!
With the mega knight nerf, many people predicted that we would see a shoot up in the use of the PEKKA. With PEKKA already a strong card before the mega knight nerf, it just got even better! Though having to match up against the golem and giant, the PEKKA can definitely hold her own, definitely being one of the best tanks in Clash Royale.
The tornado has been so good recently, that it is starting to replace elite barbarians and royal giant as the most hated card in Clash Royale. I think that the tornado definitely needs some sort of push for pull power, as it can completely rocket troops back. Also, with the added ability to activate the king’s tower, the tornado is just an invaluable card in Clash Royale.
And the number one epic card is going to be no other than the golem, who is currently dominating the meta thanks to buffs to his support cards in the last couple balance changes. With the inferno dragon nerf, the golem just becomes that much more powerful too! Expect to see different types of golem decks emerge over the next couple months as he cements himself at the top.
So that is going to wrap it up for our epic card rankings for February of 2018! Stay tuned soon to see our legendary card rankings. Thanks for reading and comment below what you think of the rankings!
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