The Ultimate Meta Deck – Giant Bowler Lightning (No Legendary)

At any given time, Clash Royale has a couple of Meta Decks which are made up of cards that are the most popular due to them being slightly more powerful than other decks. The popular cry is that these cards are “OP” but this is rarely the case. The simple truth is that in a game like Clash Royale, cards can never be completely equal given the many millions of combinations that can be utilized. Thus, there will always be favorites and combinations that work slightly better than others until the next update changes that and introduces something else.

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Giant Bowler Lightning: No Legendary Version

The question is – what current Meta deck is the most powerful? To find out, I’ve looked through the top 100 players’ decks to see what is most commonly used. A couple of cards stand out above the rest and the deck that seems to still dominate as the Meta of all Metas is the Giant Bowler Deck. The Giant has of course been nerfed twice in a row in recent updates but it is still proving to be an excellent card with brilliant tanking capabilities and high damage output all for a very competitive price.

The deck I’m referring to is as follows:

 Clash Royale GiantClash Royale BowlerClash Royale MusketeerClash Royale Mega Minion
Clash Royale TombstoneClash Royale ArrowsClash Royale ZapClash Royale Lightning

I’ve purposefully included no Legendary cards in this deck but one of the cards that is most prominent in the current meta is the log – if you do have that, replace the arrows with it for even better results. So let’s talk through each of the cards and why it belongs in this king of Meta decks.

Giant – The Giant has long belonged in meta decks, as mentioned above, it has brilliant tanking abilities and also deals very good damage should it reach the enemy tower. It walks slowly which means placing it at the back gives you time to group up other units behind it effectively. Most of all, it only costs 5 elixir which considering what it offers is incredibly cheap.

Bowler – The Bowler is a fairly recent card that’s enjoyed huge success. Not only does it have a decent amount of life but it deals heavy damage to troops in front of it. Most crucially its push back effect means that when behind a unit such as a Giant it can prolong the life of both cards making them an incredibly dangerous pairing.

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Musketeer – The musketeer is one of the best utility cards in the game. It’s both powerful in defense and attack with rapid fire, heavy hitting shots that take down both air and ground troops. The unit will help guard against air attacks and if left untouched can cause serious damage.

Mega Minion – Another recent addition to Clash Royale, the Mega Minion can be found in a very high percentage of the top players’ decks. It isn’t easily killed behind a tank and it deals awesome damage that can be absolutely devastating after only a few seconds.

Tombstone – In my opinion the Tombstone is the most interesting of all the buildings – it’s extremely useful against aggressive troops such as the hog and the giant and can also build up a useful attack if placed behind a push. The card costs just 3 elixir and has do many different uses it’s hard to think of a reason not to have it in your deck.

Arrows/Log – If you don’t have the log, the arrows counter mass units (especially skeleton army which is popular in another current meta) as well as units such as the princess which can be tricky to deal with. If you do have the log then this card, like the bowler, can be very useful with its push back ability (resetting the firing of towers, defensive buildings and units such as sparky) but it also wipes out all goblins and other low health troops making is brilliant to place behind your giant when pushing.

Zap – Zap has belonged to the metas since the beginning of time. Useful in so many ways defensively and at such a low cost, this card is the direct counter to many units including, goblins, goblin barrel, sparky, inferno tower & dragon etc. It is highly beneficial to almost any deck.

Lightning – Lightening spell is perhaps the most controversial spell in this deck but it has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity. With the difficulty in range that the rocket has, the lightening spell is safer to taken down troublesome troops such as the three musketeers. Against the right combos it can help you win the game and of course gives you bonus damage on enemy buildings if you need that final push.

For more details and a look at the deck in action, watch the video below which includes commentary on how to play this deck and why it is currently the Meta King. If you haven’t tried it before, let us know how you get on in the comments.

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  • Alpha_Mark717

    Just wondering if there is any good arena 7 replacement for bowler?

    • LIN/(88

      Maybe witch

    • logan

      valk is all tank also it plus log or zap can probably kill barbs

      • Xrehaanx Xrajax

        Valk can’t keep with flow of the deck…it has no ranged attack

        • logan

          its a tank that helps kill splash for giant and cant be killed by well placed skeli army that surrounds bowler it costs one less and likely everyonne has it

    • TheAsianKid

      TBH, the bowler is such a unique card w/ its push back effect, it really can’t be replaced without changing the synergy of the deck.

      • Gogeta2498

        Yeah I agree, you can replace with another AOE unit but you will have to play a different play style.

        • itz_my_nan

          I AM SO LUCKY)()()()()()()()()()(()()()()()(
          got 18 bowlers in my smc

          • Will Potter

            Such a bad ass xD

          • BadAssNanny

            Ha lol

    • Xrehaanx Xrajax

      witch or ice wiz

    • Dingy

      I think Wizard would be the best replacement since there unique in 2 ways, ranged and high aoe damage, wizard can hit air too but Bowler has a unique knockback effect and higher HP so the wizard can die from fireball+zap or a +1 level fireball. Changing the Bowler would change the playstyle quite a bit and change the name too,

  • Gamewarrior

    I never played lighting ever

  • DaSlime

    Replacement for bowler? i am in arena 8 but not even ice golem:/

    • Xrehaanx Xrajax

      Witch or ice wizard

      • itz_my_nan

        or wizard

  • djstrackid

    what are the legendary replacements you’d advise if we have them? (outside of log)

    • Xrehaanx Xrajax

      None

  • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

    this deck is cancerous to play against

    • PoisonKnight

      the new giant, poison,mega minion, and prince

      • Francuac

        it WAS the meta

        • PoisonKnight

          thats why its the “New” giant, poison,mega minion, and prince

      • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

        yup meta is aids atm

    • YO

      I beat it with my lava hound miner

      • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

        lava hound miner is just as cancerous

        • Spectral

          lol

  • xCrGaming

    CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER

  • xCrGaming

    Here is the most non-meta deck im using at 2750 trophies (card levels one below tournament cap).
    Lava Hound
    Hog Rider
    Mega Minion
    Musketeer
    Skeleton Army
    Ice Spirit
    Zap
    Lightning
    #notcancerous

    • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

      um lava hound? mega minion? lightning and zap? sounds pretty cancerous to me

      • xCrGaming

        lava hound is so out of meta

        • Cheezy Pizza

          Nope

          • Mark

            lavahound, and hog rider deck are meta, well and rg and giant bowler.

        • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

          DUDE ITS EVERYWHERE

  • Springa15

    Lightning is disgusting! Nerf it! I need one for lvl 4 so I don’t use it. My bowler us lvl 2 because I got it way after it was released for some reason. And I love tombstone. The skeletons delays princess, sparky and all incoming troops. If a Miner musketeer incoming I plant it on the musketeer. She kills it and the skeletons kill her. Neat!

    • Dingy

      If they nerf it it would go into the ground like the Elixir Collector.

      • Springa15

        Right now it’s being abused so I couldn’t care less.

      • Tony “Carlos Danger” Wiener

        yep, nerfing the elixir collector from 5 to 6 elixir cost was the stupidest thing Supercell has done since the beginning of the game.

  • Ryan Wong

    “zap has belonged to the metas since the beginning of time”
    um not exactly I still remember the time when Zap didn’t have a stun effect and no one was using it. Then again that’s so long ago that Bowler, Mega Minion, and the Royal Giant didn’t even exist. The X-Bow was so broken back then. It was a very different time.

  • Dingy

    What are upvotes in disqus?

    • VyᎡen

      There is an up and down mark at the bottom of your comments.. its basically a “Like”in disqus

      • Dingy

        Thanks!

  • Sudhead

    The thing is that the past few metas have the same old giant and is getting very annoying. Mega Minion has to have a nerf and the nerf to Inferno Tower was unnecessary because Tank – Lightning is becoming overpowered. Also did anyone see the King’s Cup? Well most of the decks were based a Golem – Lightning. This got very boring and the diversity of decks got ruined. The same decks were played again and again and were very repetitive. Does anyone else agree?

    Regards,
    Sudhan

    • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

      agreed kings cup and NA open lack of diversity

    • Felix Ma

      on. not a.

  • Anthony Nguyen
    • Zachthehappycat

      The top players don’t use their real decks always as they do not want other people to know what their real decks are.

      • Meta Lica

        nope, even you set your deck to fake deck, people will still see your recent deck that you use for battle

        • ChaosBlaze

          No, Since 95% of them win-trade they attack once with their “fake” decks. This will allow for them to register this deck as their deck

  • King Bapalapashamalamadingdong

    does anyone know a good deck for legendary arena? i have the miner and princess

    • Thetornadostorm

      This site has tons of guides on that, try the recent miner zap bait deck, or the older Miner Deck That Got Me To Number 1. I use both, worked for me even up to 3825.

  • Felix Ma

    Technically, the zap didn’t belong to the meta until they added the 1s stun effect.

  • XSwagGamerX

    The best players don’t use legendarys alot

    • Ryan Wong

      of course they do , they almost always have a couple in their decks, just check out tv royale.

      • Luca Stalpers

        TV Royale isn’t the place you should check for skilled users

        • Will Potter

          Except Arena 9

        • Tony “Carlos Danger” Wiener

          Arena 9 CR TV has some excellent players. Not sure what you’re babbling about.

  • XSwagGamerX

    i hate the cap on friendy battle. if some has a level 1 coomon then it will be level 9. THIS IS NOT FAIR. WHO AGREES

    • itz_my_nan

      those nubs in any1’s clan suddenly have lvl9 minion horde …

    • Ryan Wong

      It is totally fair because everyone’s cards are the same level, and it becomes a contest of skill and strategy. Anyway, if someone’s commons are only level one, it is likely that they have no idea how to use it and you can beat them easily.

      • Arnab Gharay

        i bet he lacks it

      • Will Potter

        Tell me why it is not fair, XSwagGamerx.

    • Will Potter

      If you want your fair, you can go to your Clan and do friendly battles and get wrecked by level 13 players.

    • YO

      Really is fair. Now it is who has a better deck. Before level 1 lose to 13. Now level one guy has a chance. But, I want the option to make a level 1 one and a 13 therteen. BTW sorry for bad spelling

  • Paul Justin Detkowski

    I have literally been playing this deck for a couple weeks and it is great!. I recently got up to 2700+ with this deck from Arena 7 after I fell out of arena 8 with other decks. I have been using the Log over arrows and that card is amazing in my book. I highly recommend this deck!

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing this. I am so glad to hear that Paul. Good luck with it man!

  • everways

    my favourite battles are when they have zap and no other damaging spells. tank-minion horde ftw
    i still think arrows are the best

    • Will Potter

      Unfortunately most decks now contain at least 2 spells xD

      • everways

        you’d think so, but it aint the case for my opponents

  • KillerVeebs

    Just came up with a new x-bow deck recently. Got me to 2931 trophies with lvl 3 x-bow, lvl 6 rares, and lvl 8 & 9 commons:

    X-Bow, Inferno Tower, Mega Minion, Fire Spirits, Ice Spirits, Fireball, Log, Zap. If you don’t have log, try arrows or something

    • Mike Hack

      i use the same deck except skarmy instead of zap :))))

      • Will Potter

        Haha nice. How are you doing with it?

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing buddy. I am using a X-Bow cycle deck too xD

  • Kai

    Can I change arrows to ice wizard?

    • Will Potter

      Arrows are much better at dealing with Minion Horde!

      • Kai

        Yup it’s really a good ideas thx for reply

  • Kai

    Can someone answer me pls ==