Giant Furnace Control Deck for Arena 8+

Hey, Cory here. You might recognize my name from moesports. Today I’m going to show you a Giant Furnace Control Deck that got me to Legendary Arena as a level 9 player!

Giant Furnace Control Deck

Clash Royale GiantClash Royale FurnaceClash Royale Mini P.E.K.K.AClash Royale Valkyrie
Clash Royale fireballClash Royale ZapClash Royale Inferno TowerClash Royale Ice Spirit

Giant Furnace Control Deck for Arena 8 and 9

Giant (lvl 6 min.)

Yes, the Giant is very hated right now, but you should try it out. It’s got great health and DPS for just five elixir, and can make a defense into a scary offensive push. I put the level as level six because you any level below that just isn’t compatible with the high levels found in Frozen Peak.

Furnace (lvl 6 min./7 recommended)

The furnace is a very underrated card. I put six minimum because I believe you can reach legendary arena with a level six furnace; however, a level seven furnace is best in Frozen Peak, to get some chip damage against level nines. The furnace is great for pushes, because of a good flow of fire spirits deriving from it, and is surprisingly good on defense too! A furnace can tank a Hog Rider + small backup troops (like Goblins or Minions). I like to place my furnace a tile in front of my crown towers, and centered towards the middle. This allows it to pull any Giants or HogRriders.

Mini P.E.K.K.A (lvl 6 min.)

Mini P.E.K.K.A is one of the best defensive cards in the game. It can be used efficiently to take down any tanks and hog riders. Paired with the right cards, it can also be used to take out back-line support and both Princes. It’s a great match for this deck too, because it strives for the counter push, and the Mini P.E.K.K.A is great for that. Coming back after taking down a Hog or Giant, you can plop a Giant in front, time it with the furnace, and you have yourself a deadly push.

Valkyrie (lvl 6 min.)

Valkyrie is a really good splash card. With a good amount of hitpoints and damage, it can help wipe out a lot of pushes. I chose this card instead of bomber, dark prince or Baby Dragon because with the rising number of Giant decks, it can really help take out back support. It can also do alright defending hog riders. A Valkyrie can also be surprisingly good on offense, paired with the giant. It can take out troops such as Goblins or Barbarians used to attack the Giant, and also can do a chunk to the Mini P.E.K.K.A or Lumberjack.

Fireball (lvl 6 min.)

I chose Fireball over Poison because I feel like this deck needs to single-burst damage spell over damage over time. With your main push support being Fire-Spirits from the Furnace, the Fireball can cleanup those heavier troops that Fire Spirits can’t take out.

Zap (lvl 9 min.)


This is an obvious choice for almost any deck. It’s extremely versatile, and can change a scenario favored towards the opponent into a scenario favored towards you. Using zap along with Mini P.E.K.K.A can clean up Barbarians very well. Using this along the Furnace should make swarm troops no problem for your push.

Inferno Tower (lvl 5 min.)

The Inferno Tower is one of the best, if not the best defensive building in the game. It can take out any tank with ease, and is good against Princes, Hog Riders, Lava Hounds, and all sorts of other troops. Using Inferno+Zap alone can take out a whole Sparky push. Just make sure to time the Zap right before the sparky hits the Inferno. Place the Inferno in front of the Furnace. This will protect your Inferno from getting distracted by swarm troops.

Ice Spirit (lvl 9 min.)

An incredibly versatile card that can allow great elixir trades. I find that I use this card a lot when opponents zap my Inferno Tower. Freezing the tank allows my inferno more time to melt it. Pair this with Mini P.E.K.K.A for a deadly push too. It can also be used as a last resort defense. You can also use it to cycle to another furnace. Please take a look at this guide to read more uses of the Ice Spirit.

General Gameplan

At the start of the match, if you have Giant, Mini P.E.K.K.A and Ice Spirit in your hand, and the opponent places something 4 elixir or more, go aggressive and push with those three cards. I find this push having a 90% success rate of doing at least 1000 damage in this scenario. This is because Mini P.E.K.K.A-Ice Spirit can wipe out almost any troop used to stop the giant. However, if your opponent plays a less than four cost card, try to place a furnace instead. A great scenario is if your opponent goes aggressive and pushes at the very start of the game. This deck has many defensive cards, and if you can efficiently take out the push, this will give you a significant head start, as you can start building up furnaces very fast.

This is a control deck, so you want to be placing furnaces for chip, and defense. If you find yourself at a point where you have defensive troops going down the lane, and furnaces up, place a giant at the bridge for a scary push. With the help of your two spells, your defense can be turned into a crown.

This deck is also great at just turtling up, and defending. If you find that you can’t win a match, and want to play for the draw, you can simply defend because this deck has so many defensive tools. This strategy is also good if you have the opponent’s health at a couple fireballs’ range, so you can defend and burn him out with fireballs.


Giant-Poison: Against Giant-Poison, you want to fireball his support troops. An added zap can take out medium range units (like Musketeer, Ice Wizard, Mega Minion, etc.) and Mini P.E.K.K.A/Lumberjack.  An added Valkyrie can take out Princes and Bowlers. With support from the Inferno, you can clean up these troops easily.

Hog Rider: Against trifecta, the inferno is really good because it can’t be out-ranged and can usually survive against the Trifecta alone. If the push comes with spell support, you want to add a Valkyrie or Furnace depending on what you have in hand. Against Hog Cycle (rarely seen), Furnace or Inferno can usually do the trick depending on what support. Make sure to have a solid counter-push, as your Furnace can take care of swarm/cycle troops easily, so it should be easy to take a tower.

Lava Hound: Against lava hound decks, use the inferno against the Lava hound. If he tries to distract with swarm troops, fireball or furnace should do the trick. The Inferno should be able to take out the Lava hound even if he zaps, but if he sends miner to tank, you want have a Valkyrie to clean up the Miner and tank for the pups. Beware of Lightning, as he can get a value Lightning on your Inferno Tower and Furnace. Try to spread your troops. If you’re feeling aggressive, you can do a Giant-Mini P.E.K.K.A-Ice Spirit combo, and if he doesn’t have the right support, it can wipe out his tower.

Miner Chip Cycle: Against these decks, you don’t want the chip damage to add up. Use Mini P.E.K.K.A or Valkyrie to respond to the Miner, and if you can, place a giant up front for a counter push. Make sure to go more aggressive against these decks. I find myself using less Furnaces because the Poison chip can make your Furnace unreliable. If the deck you’re going against has a Bowler, you want to make sure you have zap ready. This allows the Valk and Mini P.E.K.K.A to counter the Bowler.

Three Musketeers: You can usually use Fireball-Zap to clean up Musketeers, and have Inferno take care of the tank. However, during a split push, you can use Valk on the two Musketeers, and Ice spirit on the solo Musketeer. Use Mini P.E.K.K.A if necessary. These decks are usually pretty easy to go against when you have lots of splash like this deck has.

Thanks for reading this guide, and I good luck in the arena!

  • LIN/(88

    First comment

    • Francuac


    • D-Mate19

      Nobody cares

      • LIN/(88

        You care enough to reply

        • Cory van Langen


  • LIN/(88

    Can I use the prince instead of the mini-pekka? It can push the giant, and my lvl3 prince is better than lvl5 mini-pekka

    • Cory van Langen

      Yeah, level 3 prince will probably do better. If you have lumberjack that is a better replacment.

    • Will Potter

      Yes, in the current meta game, you can definitely do that. Good luck!

  • LIN/(88

    Can use princess instead of the furnace, there’s already one building

    • xdxul

      there is probably a reason to why it’s called giant furnace

      • Cory van Langen


    • H2 Rothmann

      Probably not

  • Springa15
    • Asdfire

      What are your card levels of the deck you use?

      • Springa15
        • Gabriel Yin-Dolvig

          Lol, I’m almost lvl 9, yet my rares aren’t even level 6, and my commons are still level 8.

          • Springa15

            Prioritize your upgrades. Do the cards you love and use most. I have a main account so my play style is pretty much established.

          • Gabriel Yin-Dolvig

            I know, xD but wanted to see how far I could get as lvl 8 but that is extremely hard with such low lvl cards compared to other lvl 8s. (currently have 2400 trophies)

          • Springa15

            Well if all goes well I’ll be in legendary. 350 trophies away as a lvl 7. 😀

    • Will Potter

      Nice. Hope you can get into Arena 9 with it xD

  • Royal Prince

    Im in arena 7, so I use bomber and arrows instead of ice spirit and zap.

    • Will Potter

      Zap helps you deal with the Inferno Tower!

  • Colin Leon

    Whats your personal best trophy high
    with this deck Cory? What is your clan name and in game name?

    • Springa15

      Wastemen Ja
      Kingsam you can check out mine.

      • Colin Leon

        but you dont use the deck

      • Cory van Langen

        You PHONY

    • Cory van Langen

      Hey, Cory here. I don’t use the deck because I just barely got miner and lavahound today! However, my clan is league of legos and my IGN is deeznuts. Currently rocking 3500 with 9/6.5/3/1. Lavahound miner is a beast and I will do a write-up about it.

  • Xx bismuth xX
    • Achilles

      Replace Mini Pekka with Lumberjack, and you can try replacing ice spirit with princess.

      • Xx bismuth xX

        K thx

        • Cory van Langen

          Yeah those are good replacements, however I do recommend using the cards I posted in the deck, as Ice spirit is good cycle and you already have plenty of splash, and Mini Pekka is more solid on counterpushing.

          • Xx bismuth xX

            Thanks but I want to stick to decks that use the legendary cards

          • Cory van Langen

            Ah, makes sense. Thanks for the reply!

          • Xx bismuth xX

            Do u have any legendaries?

          • Xx bismuth xX

            I have imagined decks for all legendaries maybe you could try them out and if they are any good and you post them on this site please give me some credit and if you don’t have legends then there is nothing I can say

          • Cory van Langen

            Yeah sure. Again, I don’t have princess log and inferno dragon but I would be open to try out decks that you have for me that don’t include those cards.

          • Cory van Langen

            All of them but log, princess and inferno dragon.

          • Xx bismuth xX

            So you have sparky,ice wiz,lumberjack,miner and lava hound how about you use a lava-miner deck with ice wizard in it and lumberjack as the damage dealer in your lava miner combo as it can wreck everything and it can rage the pups and hound if they kill it also use zap and minion horde/mega minion (horde is better but mega is cheaper and if you have a extra deck slot use both since this is a air deck use guards to stop cheap things like hogs and ice spirit would fare well you can also use sparky in your hound deck and use sparky to be damage dealer like lumberjack-there you go -a deck with all/most of your legendaries maybe u can try it out

          • Cory van Langen

            I actually had a deck very similar to this, but without Ice Wizard. I’ll make sure to give your deck a spin. Do you have any messaging app I could talk to you with?

          • Renwick

            i have the lumberjack try replacing him with the mini pekka and trust me lumberjack ice spirit can melt a giant down real quick

        • Hept Soul

          Take out the zap for it. Ice spirit is much better than zap, and both serve similar purposes.

    • Will Potter

      You can try to use Lumberjack instead of Mini P.E.K.K.A. Princess doesn’t fit this deck very well but you can try to replace Ice Spirit with her. Good luck!

  • DavidThePro21

    The Valkyrie+Mini Pekka+Ice Spirit is a good combo.
    I recommend using Fire Spirits if you don’t have the ice spirit 🙂

  • SBlurgo

    Can I replace anything with my Sparky and Ice Wizard?

    • herro

      you could probably replace ice spirit with ice wiz, but sparky cant really be placed in this deck. maybe sparky instead of inferno, but that leaves you without air defence

    • Xx bismuth xX

      Ice wiz/sparky(choose one can go instead of furnace but for the other I have no idea

    • Will Potter

      I am so sorry but Sparky doesn’t fit this deck.
      You can try to replace Ice Spirit with Ice Wizard but Ice Spirit is better IMO Good luck!

  • herro

    this deck is OP
    won 6 times in a row.
    the suprise mini pekka giant ice spirit push is amazing

    • Cory van Langen

      Yeah that surprise push is my favorite. Thanks for the reply!

    • Will Potter

      Nice. I am so glad to hear this. Thanks for sharing buddy!

  • allen zheng

    One day the zap will be so nerfed that the only thing it does is to stun for 1/4 seconds

    • moose

      it doesnt really matter as long as it resets targets on buildings

  • TheDarkLord

    Should i replace anything with the inferno dragon or lava hound cause I have both

    • joshua tse

      make a new deck air trifecta

    • Will Potter

      It’s better to use a real air deck If you have both xD

  • Jason Bundy Jones Connolly

    so im guessing if you don’t have Ice Spirit it can be substituted with Zap perhaps…?