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Frustrated by not having a new Legendary Card? Worry not! Here's a 2.9 deck that is unbelievably useful that you can give it a shot in early arenas, too! Shared by a Redditor, let's break down the cards he's currently his [Deck Strategies/Decks for Arena/Deck Strategies for Arena 8|Clash Royale Arena 8 strategy]].

This Hog Rider + Zap deck is simply amazing due to the fact that all troops are here mainly to support him. The low elixir cost cards make the cycle easy to turn. All of them can also be used for distraction and defense. Constant pressure can be provided multiple times in just a short period of time. This Clash Royale deck can give you an early advantage if played really well.

*Also Read: Why the Hog Rider Is Being Used so Much?

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Low Elixir Deck to Take You the Legendary Arena!

Hog Rider Spear Goblins Skeletons Goblins
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Minion Horde Zap Fireball Cannon
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Card Roles:

  • Hog Rider: Used to wreck towers. Always make a team or duo with your troops for them to be effective. Must be used aggressively but with care. A Spell Card can give extra blows for him and the others.
  • Spear Goblins: Can deal with air and ground units. Useful at all times for only 2-elixir cost. The only alternative troop card if the Minion Horde is not available to defeat air troops.
  • Skeletons: A great distraction for just an elixir cost. Can also be to assist your Hog Rider. Make a team with the other troops to extend its life and power. Can be used as a front runner when dealing with beefy tanks like P.E.K.K.A and Golem.
  • Goblins: One of the deadliest melee cards in Clash Royale. Their damage is splendid. Can deal with any ground troops on site.
  • Minion Horde: Their main task is to defeat any beefy tanks on the battlefield. Can be used against the Baby Dragon or Balloon greatly. Watch out for those Arrows and splash damage.
  • Zap: Your Hog Rider’s spell duo. Drop it to annihilate low HP troops that will counter your Hog. A very versatile and useful card against horde of low HP troops, either air or ground.
  • Fireball: This will be your ticket to wipe out the way so that your Hog Rider and other troops will reach the tower. Can be used against the bulky Barbarians. Also effective in weakening any building cards available in your enemy’s lair.
  • Cannon: Can buy you a lot of time while dealing on any wave of troops incoming. Place it wisely to use its ability in full extent. Its 3-elixir cost makes it a nice defensive structure in this deck.

Clash Royale Strategy:

Drop your Hog Rider with the Goblins and/or Skeleton once your Elixir reaches ten. The main objective of this deck is to snatch a tower as early as possible. Prepare your Zap Spell for any counters. If a horde of Barbarians just came out, let them annihilate your troops for the time being. After that clash, get ready for defense.

Wait until those Barbarians reach the river before dropping your Fireball. Usually, a range troop will also be dropped together with the Barbarians. It will be a nice trade of elixir if you hit those two cards at a single time. Let your tower kill them slowly as you wait for your elixir to pump out. Repeat the Hog Rider + Zap and support troops combo to a weakened tower.

Defend your towers against beefy tanks by dropping the Cannon. Place them according to the reach of your enemy’s tank. This will delay and weaken those troops. Support it with your troops afterwards.

Dealing with the Royal Giant these days might be hard. But the tip that the user provided is to successively drop your low elixir troops. This will avoid single-blow annihilation. Once you drop them, you can drop your Hog Rider in front of the RG if a weak tower is ahead of it. But first, make sure that you handled most of their counter troops in the enemy’s push. Once you have dealt with splash damagers, you can now use your Minion Horde for full support.

The steps are easy to follow that you just need to perform up until the last minute of the game. If you wrecked a tower in the first or the second minute of the game, play safe by defending your towers. Infrequently drop your Hog Rider to gain advantage in the second tower. You can also perform this at the last minute to confuse the enemy.

Deck Weakness:

The deck might be in trouble dealing with a lot of splash damage in a single deck. You can somehow delay them by using the Fireball to put their HPs in trouble. Dealing with the Bomb Tower and other building cards might also be a challenge for you if the Minion Horde is not available to knock this down.

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This is a simple low elixir Clash Royale deck that can bring a gigantic difference in the number of your collected trophies. If you love the Hog Rider, we are sure you also love to play aggressively! This is a must try deck, Chief!

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  • Mather chod deck -- 13:48, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
  • This deck is honestly close to being the worst deck on clash lol -- 18:32, 7 December 2017 (UTC)
  • This deck sucks, whoever made this is horrible at Clash Royale. This deck bumped me back two arenas. Thanks a lot asshole -- 20:02, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Replacing the cannon with inferno will be effective against golems. Arrows are the worst enemy of this deck. -- 11:56, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Replacing the cannon with inferno will be effective against golems. Arrows are the worst enemy of this deck. -- 11:56, 29 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Pekka -- 11:00, 17 June 2017 (UTC)
  • This deck is the worst ive ever seen -- 14:24, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
  • I would replace minion horde with musketeer. Otherwise, this deck is extremely vulnerable against arrows, fireball, poison, fire wizards, witches, etc. Against Fire Wizard and Witches, this deck almost have no hope to survive; and pre-judged spells will be deadly to the defense. -- 20:01, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Very similar to my deck. -- 19:56, 5 December 2016 (UTC)