Best Miner Bait Deck Which Got Me To 4K Club (Substitutions Inside)

Hello guys, Blaxeturner back here with a great Miner cycle control deck. I am very proud to say that I have hit 4k trophies with this deck (4229 now and still climbing!) and I am still Free-to-Play player! My card levels are 10/8/4/2. Many of you may recognize this form of spell bait, however I will go into depth of the strategies I use to hit that 4k!

Best Miner Deck Clash Royale

Clash Royale MinerClash Royale PrincessClash Royale FurnaceClash Royale Ice Spirit
Clash Royale Goblin BarrelClash Royale Skeleton ArmyClash Royale Minion HordeClash Royale Inferno Tower

Best Miner Cycle Deck that got me to 4,000 Trophies

Miner – Don’t close this window now, there are many very replacements for this Legendary. The Miner in this situation is used to tank quickly and is the fastest and cheapest at doing that. It is also very handy for taking out Princesses and Elixir Collectors. The optional and very good replacement would be the Hog Rider as its fast movement speed, high health, and the pressure on your opponent that it provides will help you get in a lot of tower damage. The only downside would be the fact that you have less semi-direct damage, it’ll be harder to take Princesses out, and costs 1 Elixir more. However, it is a very good replacement.

Princess – The only other Legendary in this deck. But don’t worry, there are also very good replacements for her as well. Princess is in this deck mainly for chip damage as well as swarm control. This will mean that Fire Spirits are a very good replacements for her. Not only being one Elixir less, but being able to function to be similar to a Legendary in this case. The only difference would be that Princesses usually bait out Logs, Arrows, or Miners which could be very useful. Fire Spirits also complement the Hog Rider very well. Fire Spirits can also be an optional replacement, but you’ll have to watch the swarm control.

Furnace – The Furnace is one of the best control cards. It almost completely denies your opponent of any splash vulnerable troops including Lava Pups, Barbarians, Goblins, and even Mega Minion. The Furnace is here to control, but also to do massive amounts of chip damage. Alone (at tournament standard), the Furnace can do over 800 damage on a tower. It is very much preferred if your Furnace is a high enough level so that the Fire Spirits can reach the tower. Level 7 Furnaces will reach a Level 9 King Tower, Level 8 Furnaces will reach a Level 10 King Tower etc. It is best to take this into account when facing an opponent whose towers could potentially one shot your spirits.

Goblin Barrel – For being only 1 more Elixir than normal Goblins, these guys will offer insane amounts of damage if played correctly. They will also be another semi-direct damage unit. As this is a Zap bait deck, it is important to keep knowledge of your opponent’s spells. If your know your opponent has a Zap or Log, you would want to send your Goblin Barrel off center so that some Goblins may survive. Even one Goblin will deal a lot of damage when paired with the Miner. Alternatively, if you know your opponent has Arrows, you might want to distance the Goblin Barrel further away in hopes of having them miss. It is a mind game when playing with the Goblin Barrel and it is important to know how to work around your opponent’s cards when playing with it.

Skeleton Army – What was once crowned the worst card in the game is now a dangerous card to play against. With its amazing DPS, it can take down tanks very quickly. The only drawback would be its splash vulnerability. You want to play this card smartly as well. If your opponent has a Giant supported by a Wizard, you want to send your Miner to tank and place the Skeleton Army on the other side to avoid the Wizard’s splash. On defense, if you know that your opponent does not have splash units at hand to counter the Skeleton Army, you can place an Inferno Tower to one side, and the Skeleton Army on the other side, forcing your opponent to choose between one card to use their spell on.

Minion Horde – Even with countless new cards that work great against Minion Horde (such as Fire Spirits, Mega Minion) this card still is able to be very devastating. However, like other cards, you will have to play this card smartly. Don’t play it into splash units such as wizard and Fire Spirits and don’t carelessly play it at the beginning of the match if you don’t know what cards your opponent has to counter it. You want to work around your opponent’s cards and cycle so that you can catch them off guard and gain the most value from this card.

Inferno Tower – With all this Zap bait, the Inferno Tower especially stands out. You will have to keep your eye out for your opponent’s cards as a lightning spell or a freeze spell can still devastate your Inferno Tower, but for the majority of the time, your opponent will have used up their Zap, or will want to save their Zap for your cards. It is smart to distance Furnace behind your tower while Inferno Tower in front as your opponent will not be able to lightning all three buildings. Another thing to keep out for are cheap units that may distract the Inferno Tower, however the Princess or Fire Spirits should easily take care of that for you.

Ice Spirit – For just one Elixir, this card can add devastating amounts of damage especially in this deck with high DPS cards. A lone Goblin Barrel can be ignored, but a Goblin Barrel paired with an ice spirit can not. The ice spirit is also excellent on defense when paired with the Inferno Tower, Skeleton Army on frozen splash units, and to add extra threat to any push all for the cost of only one Elixir.

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Gameplay

As this deck is a Zap Bait Control deck, you want to focus on two things: Defense and their splash cards. Your goal is able to defend successfully while getting their Zap off rotation or having them hesitate to use it.

However keep in mind that there will be opponents that have counters to all of your baiting units. There are still ways to work around this, but defense is the key thing when handling these types of situations. You have to be able to defend successfully. This deck has many defensive units such as the Furnace, Inferno Tower, ice spirit, and Princess, and with the proper use of these cards, you can stop almost any push.

Split pushing

Due to the cheap cost of many cards in this deck, you can split push which can be deadly if your opponent is low on Elixir or if you opponent has few swarm control cards.

When you place the Miner on the side in between the crown towers, both towers will target the Miner. Using this, you can distract both towers. Your Miner will die twice as quickly, but the push is twice as deadly.

With this technique, you can send a Skeleton Army on one side and a Goblin Barrel on the other side. This 9 Elixir combo can prove very devastating to both of your opponent’s towers and has the potential to take both towers to almost 0. This will also prove your opponent’s Logs less useful as they will have to choose one side to place it down on.

Furnace Tech

Use the Furnace to gain your Elixir advantage. When there is a full health Mega Minion coming your way, use the Furnace to take care of it. It may seem like a negative Elixir trade for you, however with the -1 Elixir, you now have a building that will spawn 4 more waves of Fire Spirits. When your opponent has a tombstone, place the Furnace on the opposite lane or for defense.

Since this deck has two defenses, it would be reasonable to place your Furnace behind your tower so that your opponent can not Lightning, Poison, or Fireball both.

Use Furnace to also pressure your opponent. If your opponent has a tower that is less than 500 in health, place a Furnace on that side forcing your opponent to either lose that tower or play a troop/building which possibly puts their cards out of rotation and has your opponent’s attention diverted into two lanes while you have your attention in one.

Deck Weaknesses – Some cards that this deck are weaker to are Valkyrie, witch, Tombstone, and Log. When matching against these cards, you’ll have play smartly and change your plays. Save your Miner and ice spirit to take out the witch. Save Minion Horde for the Valkyrie and use split pushes when going against the Log. You have to play smartly against these cards to win against them.

That’s it for this deck! With more and more cards coming out, I hope to incorporate a strong deck with them. Thanks!

  • Thetornadostorm

    I use the same deck, 3788 and still climbing. Only difference is The Log for Ice Spirit.

    Awesome guide! GL with your trophy climbing!

    • Rambo Vorsta

      Is it better with log? I also replaced an ice spirit with log in another deck and it works, that’s why I wanna know

      • Thetornadostorm

        Yes for sure

      • Zigge

        Depends on what type of player you are, Blaxe here is doing well with Ice Spirit, TheTornadoStorm is better with The Log….

        • Rambo Vorsta

          Ok thanks, gonna go with log just because I like it so much

    • Will Potter

      Awesome. Good luck with the deck buddy!

  • Rambo Vorsta

    Don’t do the first thing

  • TheAsianKid

    Under furnace tech paragraph 2 it says too instead of two.
    Furnace tech paragraph 1 it says ways instead of waves

    • Will Potter

      Thank you very much buddy! Good eyes xD

  • TheAsianKid

    In the first picture the miners ski is a bit darker than usual…

    • Will Potter

      Yea, I edited it a bit 🙂

  • Zigge

    Congratulations on 4k Blaxe!

  • infernal

    This deck has no spells.. Can you give a replacement other than log for ice spirit

    • kwugfighter

      Arrows for Princess I guess… Princess is Arrows in a troop form pretty much

      • infernal

        Arrows is a legendary I have tho’..

        • Firebreeze13

          Most decks need at least a few spells. but when i was using princess i had just as much success without any spells. Somehow i think your right

    • kwugfighter

      Also Goblin Barrel is a spell, just saying

      • infernal

        Sorry I meant defensive spells were absent

    • Adam

      Fireball? Poison? Freeze? Zap? Arrows? Rocket? Lightning? Personally I would go with Zap I think.

    • Firebreeze13

      zap. The way he uses Ice spirit can be replaced by zap. TO stun inferno towers, take down Skarmies, or other troops. plus you have a spell to be able to use. easy solution to both comments

  • kwugfighter

    Dude, the Miner’s face though…a true face of evil

    • kwugfighter

      Also Will, can you update the cards in the Top Cards in the Game section? I think it needs a bit of an update as I seem to rarely see a Balloon in-game unless I’m the one placing it down

      • Will Potter

        I am working on it buddy. Thank you a lot!

    • Adam

      I know right?!

    • Spectral

      Lol, the miner’s face on the title image looks so creepy

  • randy

    hey guys i used this deck but still at like 2600

    • Will Potter

      Because you are not good enough. Keep practicing man!

      • kwugfighter

        The choice of words though XD

        • Will Potter

          Sometimes I have to say it the straight way 🙂

  • Zigge

    Very well written, as always Blaxe

  • bud is wizer

    Does anybody have any idea what the blind deck challenge decks are?

    • Adam

      Basically someone randomly goes into someone’s profile (usually someone from TV Royale or one of the top 100 players) and without looking at the deck randomly copies it and has to use it in a battle. That or they randomly choose cards for their deck, like opening an SMC and using all the cards you get in it (and one extra).

      • bud is wizer

        Look in the special event challenges and you will see what I mean

        • Lightning King

          oh that is where supercell gives you 6 fixed cards (part of a deck) and two random cards.

        • Adam

          Oooooooohhhhh I have no idea

          • bud is wizer

            It was during the weekend

          • Adam

            Oops

      • Ethan

        lol

  • Martijn Ven, van de

    Really good deck. Thanks!

    • Will Potter

      Thanks a lot buddy xD

  • Adam

    Well written! At one point though you said the best replacement would be Fire Spirits, and you said later that instead of replacing her with Fire Spirits you could replace her with Fire Spirits. Is this a typo?

  • F▪▪▪▪▪▪O▪▪▪▪▪▪X

    I think I may have found at last a found a fun deck that doesn’t run with the meta Will. I’ve only tested it so far in challenges but my highlight is beating a 4k player’s Jason 2.0 deck granted this was all at tourney standard and have done well against Xbow and Hound decks. This is hopefully 100% original since I haven’t found anything like it on this website or any others I have checked…without giving too much away it contains ONLY 2 troops, one for defense and one for chip damage…if it proves useful to me I really think you will enjoy the idea of this deck!

    • bud is wizer

      What is it?

    • Will Potter

      Awesome buddy hehe xD
      Really want to see it :3

    • Alpha_Mark717

      Lemme guess. Rocket inferno siege deck

  • Dennis Tsui

    How do you play against spell bait decks (like this one) u don’t have any spells!

    • Firebreeze13

      i would replace ice spirit with log or zap than. if you really want spells.

    • Mr.IDKAIDWK

      yea im sure :+/

    • Delta Taka

      Furnace, Princess, Zap, Minion Horde.

      • Delta Taka

        Oh, and Ice Spirit

    • Will Potter

      Add more spells then 🙂

  • Artur Cunha

    A miner bait deck sounds like a deck that baits the opponent into playing miner.

    • Joshua Tellez

      LOL

  • Delta Taka

    Lol, no offense, but I kinda hate u rn if you invented this. It dropped me from 4k b/c I was using my Arrow Bait Hog deck

  • Hog Man

    i have miner but no princess, ca i replac with isc wizard??

    • Dennis Tsui

      archers are a better replacement imo

      • Blaxeturner

        Ice Wizard can work. Try different cards in replacement and see how it goes!

  • Delta Taka

    I feel like a minority now, I voted >3 elixir in the poll b/c I only use Hog Cycle most of the time now

    • Will Potter

      haha xD

  • Dexter Chen

    I thought this deck seemed familiar… *looks at creator*
    Oh, hi Blaxe everything going well? Can we make our trophy requirement in our clan 2200 lmao?

    • bud is wizer

      What’s your clan name?

      • Dexter Chen

        Particles. We have around 30k trophies and are at 45-50 members

        • Will Potter

          Cool! Good luck with your Clan buddy!

  • ARQyuil

    Anybody have any good decks? I just dropped out of legendary arena. I have lumberjack, ice wiz, princess, and miner. Any good decks?? Thanks!!

    • Rangers Gaming

      Hi, I am about 3200 using miner, princess, lumberjack, hog, inferno, zap, log and minions. Im pretty sure you can replace log with arrows.

    • Dingy

      What’s your play style? What main card do you use the most? You could use the Bait deck here.

      • ARQyuil

        I like hog decks. Trifecta was my thing before it got nerfed. Something similar with hog and semi cheap (3.3-3.7) will do! Thanks

    • Will Potter

      We posted lots of great Miner decks, you may want to give them a try buddy!

  • Lightning King

    Great job, well written Blaxeturner!

    • Blaxeturner

      Thanks! 😀

      • John Smith

        i made a guide like this, but it didn’t get posted. it had vids and everything

        • Will Potter

          I am so sorry but seems like your guide is not good enough 🙁

  • Hammad Shahid

    How well does this work against Airfecta? Also, is arrows a viable replacement for princess? Minions for minion horde?

    • Jerry Xu

      arrows would probably work, but minions wouldn’t work for minions as no one zaps/arrows/fireballs minions

    • Blaxeturner

      Princess, Inferno Tower, Furnace, Minion Horde, Ice spirit,

      This deck works excellent against airfecta. Scared of them arrowing your minion horde? They should be scared that you have skeleton army and goblin barrel ready. Inferno Tower and Furnace along with princess works just as great as stopping it. Remember to distance your princess and minion horde apart so that they can only arrow one of them.

  • Dylan

    The skeleton army was considered one of the worst cards in the game? Why? The SA and the Giant are the only 2 cards that I’ve never taken out of my deck before, been playing since April.

    • Will Potter

      Because it did cost 4 Elixir and because of the Poison.

  • bud is wizer

    Can somebody make a good princess inferno dragon golem deck without any other legendaries? I’m looking to get to legendary arena. I’m 150 trophies away.

  • H2 Rothmann

    Any replacements for princess?

    • Fathan Khansa

      i have tried using ice wizz, or you can replace with arrow/zap/fire spirit

      • H2dynasty

        Thanks

  • Colin in the Wolin

    Interesting deck but no spells? (except 4 goblin barrel)

    • Fathan Khansa

      You dont need spell if you have princess + Furnance, but dont be late to place that cards..

  • JdotIdot8 IDom

    thanks to this deck i reached 2437 trophies

  • Paul Justin Detkowski

    Just got Miner in my shop in arena 9. Will be trying this deck very soon!

  • Jakob

    Replacement for ice spirit?

  • Jakob

    Substitute for ice spirit?