Giant Lighting Deck

Hello, Yui here and today I’ll give you a Giant Lighting that is working very well for me as it got me to 4283 this season already. Although the Giant got a small nerf recently, personally I still find that he is incredible in this deck.

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Giant Lightning Deck for Arena 8+

Giant: The best tank in the game, have a lot of health and does decent damage. I like to start it from the back or put it down with mega minion at the bridge or put it at the bridge to start a huge counterpush. If you are thinking about the recent Giant nerf, no worries. It doesn’t affect this deck too much! Everything is still working very well since the update!

Lighting: Lighting is great in the current meta as it kills Mega Minion (which everyone uses nowadays), Three Musketeers, Ice Wizard and heavily damage Princes (and reset the charge as well), Mini P.E.K.K.A, Bowler etc. It works great against Inferno Tower and Sparky as it resets them and deals tons of damage. Also, try to keep this as a suprise, it will catch them off guard.

Ice Spirit: One of the best cards at the moment. It provides a huge advantage with the price, it freezes everything for 2 seconds. Ice Spirit is excellent against Miner, Sparky, Giant… especially when coupled with Mini P.E.K.K.A. It also deals nice damage to the Minions or Minion Horde for your Princess to take them out in one hit. On offense, Ice Spirit is also super helpful when coupled with Bowlers, Mega Minions. Excellent at cycling through the deck.

Zap: Is definitely one of most handful spells in Clash Royale. Zap is excellent at taking out small units such as Skeletons, Spear Goblins distracting your Mega Minions. Zap is great with couple with Ice Wizard as it deals good damage to Minion Horde and Barbarians so the Ice Wizard can finish off them in just a few hits. Great at dealing with Inferno Tower when you don’t have enough elixir for Lighting. Can be replaced with Fireball in this deck.

Ice Wizard: A great defensive troop as it slows everything down, Paired with the Zap, you can take out Minions and Minion Horde. You can use Musketeer or Mini P.E.K.K.A instead if you don’t have him. There isn’t much thing I want to say about him actually. Great card overall!

Mega Minion: This is the man of the current meta game. Excellent on both offense and defense. For only 3 Elixir, his DPS is insane (almost the same as a Prince when he is not charging). With good HP, Mega Minion doesn’t die to most spells in game, except the Rocket and Lighting. He doesn’t get affected by the pushback effect from the Bowler (he flies of course haha). Excellent against Lava Hound as he kills the Lava Hound very fast as well as soaks all damage coming from the Pups. He can kill Mini P.E.K.K.A, Sparky and Mega Minion which almost everyone is currently using.

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Elixir Collector: A great card as it gives you a huge Elixir advantage and forces your opponent to attack first. Try to protect it at all cost.

Bowler: One of my favorite card as it so good defensively, it pushes back troops and does decent damage, it can stop Mini P.E.K.K.A, Barbs, Musketeer, Three Musketeers etc. It also shuts down Hogs as he takes out the troops behind Hog for example, Ice Spirit, Goblins, Guards etc. Also does great against Miner!

General Gameplan:

Always try to put the Pump down first. If you don’t have the Pump, I like to start the Giant if it is in the starting hand from the back and build up a big push or a Bowler/Ice Wizard from the back or Ice Spirit to cycle to it.

If your opponent starts with the Giant from the back, I usually put the Giant down to soak damage coming from the support troops behind the Giant. Then, use Bowler + Ice Wizard or Mega Minion if necessary to quickly take out the Giant. If you cycle to the Giant by the time you stop the push, put at the bridge for a huge counterpush.

When you are pushing, I like to always have enough Elixir for the Lighting to take out whatever my opponent uses to defend the push.

If your opponent uses Three Musketeers and they split it up, don’t Lighting them right away, see if they drop anything in front of the two Musketeers to gain value as each musketeer is like 3 elixir and Lighting is 6 elixir so using Lighting on the two Musketeers is an equal trade. Then use Ice Spirit for the one Musketeer unless he uses Miner or a mini tank soaking damage in front of the Musketeer, use the Bowler

While playing against Miner, use Bowler or Ice Wizard to stop it and to stop the Minions coming in, use Ice Spirit and Zap or just Zap if it’s goblins or Fire Spirits.

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If you have any question and any suggestion, don’t hesitate to comment guys! Let’s help us build Clash Royale Arena better and better!

  • Francuac

    Seems… intresting…

  • elcabro

    First!

    • Francuac

      No

      • Francuac

        I am

        • elcabro

          Damn xD

  • Malik

    what happens if they keep attacking the elixer collector and you dont protect it do you lose the game

    • SillyBear

      I’d also like to get a response to this. The deck seems very interesting due to the increase in hog cycles

    • allen zheng

      just try to lure it out

    • Will Potter

      You will lose the game If you always have the Elixir disadvantage.

  • LIN/(88

    oops

  • LIN/(88

    I don’t have ice wiz

  • Zigge

    Need one more Pump, one more Bowler and one more Ice Wizard on the picture cx. I think that this deck needs more airsplash. I haven’t tried it out so my opinions are not that important.

    • Jon Q Slave

      Maybe stick in fire spirits for pump? Help cycle, and pump got a nice big nerf.

    • coolgreek

      Yes, i noticed the weakness as well… But it could work as it is with correct gameplay.

  • Nicklo Moose

    Which card I can use to replace Bowler?

    • TRV0R

      If you don’t have bowler, I’m guessing you don’t have sparky. But if you do, that is a good combo, Giant and Sparky.

      • coolgreek

        It’s not the same, sparky is way stronger but his weakness is huge charging times and zap can help kill it easily. Actually at arena 9 almost everyone is capable of putting it down. It’s also 6 elixir (instead of 5). I would say stick with Bowler (it’s an epic card so you can find and upgrade them quite easier than legendaries).

        • TRV0R

          Very true. Well said. Also Sparky is depicted as a girl 🙂

    • allen zheng

      log maybe… if you had it

    • Vincent Chen

      Prince works, I guess

    • Will Potter

      It’s better to use other decks If you don’t have the Bowler…

  • allen zheng

    can i replace ice wiz with log?

    • Will Potter

      Nah I don’t think it’s a good sub!

  • Dexter Chen

    Can I replace ice wizard with princess?

    • XXX

      Same question here…

    • Vincent Chen

      Probably

    • Will Potter

      Yea you can try to do that. Good luck!

  • Alex P

    I’m hoping this deck will be a good transition to fit the meta from my pre-update giant bowler poison deck. So far I’m one for one with it!

    • Alex P

      Two for Two!

    • Will Potter

      How are you doing with it buddy?

      • Alex P

        It’s going great, 3300 trophies and holding. I’ve replaced elixir collector with skarmy now and it’s really effective.

        • Will Potter

          Ah awesome!

  • D-Mate19

    What are your card levels? 4200+ is impressive.

    • allen zheng

      it says it in the picture

      • D-Mate19

        Wow good job! I have reached 3950 with hog freeeze but that’s great too. Was just checking it was your cards and not will potters

      • Vincent Chen

        That’s not the card level, it’s 11-12/8/5/3

        • allen zheng

          where does it say that.

          • Vincent Chen

            I’m the one who post it, so I should know what the card levels are

          • allen zheng

            oh

          • allen zheng

            well it does’t say it so i just assumed it was the picture’s lvl sorry

          • Vincent Chen

            It’s alright

  • XXX

    Can i replace ice wiz with princess?

    • Francuac

      Of course! It wont be the same but it will probably work

  • Very Unlucky

    something about the bowlers eyes in the picture just looks weird…

    • allen zheng

      he might be drunk on dark elxir

  • Blitzkrieg

    I use almost same deck except I run skeles instead of zap And musketeer instead of ice wizard as I see a lot of lava hound decks

  • coolgreek

    As an other user posted bellow, the pump got a big nerf (as i see it) and could be replaced… Actually now rockets can take it down (and deal tons of damage at the tower too, a positive elixir trade) and legendary miner with a cost of 3 elixir (and quite “common” at arena 9 players) can also deals ton of damage delivering another positive trade. From what i see since yesterday’s (20/10) update it just doesn’t deliver as much anymore… Plus it creates a perfect condition for a counter attack (and with 4 elixir i don’t think anyone can put down a 10 elixir puss unless the opposite player don;t have the right skills/cards at hand).

    • Alex P

      I replaced pump with miner and I am now 9 wins and 4 losses with this deck. Try it out!

      • coolgreek

        Actually I am trying with a very similar deck myself, where I replaced zap for arrows (for minions mostly) and changed the elixir pump for the skeleton army (epic level 4 that was buffed at the update). Trying to learn it, but it seems very promising 3 wins Abe 1 list from a mistake).

        • Alex P

          Awesome! Keep me posted haha

    • Vincent Chen

      I used the deck before the changes 😛

    • Will Potter

      Yea.. At the moment we can have lots of great replacements for the Elixir Collector!

  • jstnnnne

    What do I do about lavahound? Especially when it’s backed by minion/minion horde/mega minion?

    • Fruity

      Mega minion for lava hound and ice wiz+zap for the supporting troops

    • Will Potter

      Rush on the other lane!

  • Timothy Go

    i subbed elixir for mini pekka and it works great at 3179 trophies rn

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for the great share buddy!

  • Raf

    I played this deck against a Golem deck and I lost. I’m assuming when they play Golem you push the other lane?

    • Will Potter

      It’s better to push on the other lane since we don’t have any too to shred the Golem quickly!

  • Brod Mendes

    Hey guys, can I replace elixir pump with tombstone after the pump nerf which made him too risky to play? Im using the tombstone version now and Im 3900 trophies with 10/7-8/4 cards.

    • Will Potter

      Yup you could do that buddy! Good luck!