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3.0 Mortar Cycle Deck for Arena 8 and Above
Don't be discouraged if you're F2P and want to battle it out with the best. This deck will help you reach Arena 11 and go to the leagues!
Written by: Approved and Originally Published by: on July 26, 2017.
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Overview and Strength:

This deck is by Retaliation featured by Clash With Ash. Retaliation is a 100% F2P player who made it in the top of the leaderboards AKA ladder. He beat top pro players with this F2P account with only just a level 2 Miner.

The strength of this deck comes with the Mortar together with the Miner + Minion Horde combo. This deck only costs 3.0. You'll cycle faster for a quick defense or offense.

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3.0 Mortar Cycle Deck:

Arrows Barbarians Ice Spirit Miner
arrows.png barbarians.png IceSpirit.png miner.png
Minion Horde Mortar Skeletons The Log
minion_horde.png mortar.png skeletons.png TheLog.png

Card Roles:

Legendary Alternatives:

  • Miner - It is hard to replace the Miner in this deck but if you don't have the Miner, you can sub him for a Knight. If you decide to use the Knight, replace the Minion Horde for the cheaper Minions.
  • More Knight decks here

Clash Royale Strategy:

Ideal Strategy:

The Ideal Strategy of this deck is to use the Mortar to offset your opponent's push. If your foe is trying to make a huge expensive push, put the Mortar at the other lane so he won't have a choice but to answer it. Use the Minion Horde or Barbarians to counter and then deploy the Miner towards the crown tower for a chip damage plus tank for your remaining Minion Horde or Barbarians.


Your strategy is going to be the same all throughout the game. You can place the Mortar early on or try to cycle through your cards first by placing cheap units such as the Ice Spirit or Skeletons. In case you need to defend, use the Barbarians or Minion Horde but think of the counter spells your opponent has. You don't want to be crippled by a Fireball or Arrows.


Your main defenses here are both the Barbarians and Minion Horde. After their counter, use the Miner to shoot straight towards the Crown Tower, use The Log or Arrows and then your Barbarians and Minion Horde will soon follow.

Additional Tip:

You can cycle your cards often. Lean heavily on Barbarians if you must to not bank on 10 elixirs and cycle your Mortar. You can also go defensively and get a draw if you place the Mortar in the middle of your base and defend with your two 5 elixir units.


A Huge weakness of this deck is spells. You should know if the opponent has a Fireball or Arrows. Try to make your counter-push good by checking if these cards are in his rotation or not. Take note of his cards and you're all clear.


Clash with Ash became a Mortar believer with this Mortar Cycle. It can shut down the most popular meta.


Ever since Clash Royale went out globally, I received a ton of Mortars from Chests. I never used a Mortar at all in the duration of the game. It is still at level 1. But seeing this deck, I might test it out in my own ladder matches. It looks pretty solid and cycle decks are becoming quite my favorite strategy. Let me know what you think by using the comment box below!

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Last modified: 27, 07, 2017

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