Giant Skeleton + Graveyard + Freeze = Anti-Meta At 4100 Trophies

Hey guys, Leonex here with an anti-meta deck that I’ve recently been playing. It started off as a semi troll deck when i was just paying around with some friends but with a bit of tweaking here and there, it seemed to have evolved into my tourney/challenge deck. If i had high leveled Legendaries, i would use this as a ladder deck as it seems to counter the current meta really well; beatdown decks. Tanky stuff like Giants and Golems.

I won several classic challenges and 1 grand challenge with this deck and got me up to 4137 from 4001 despite my underleveled cards and level 1 Legendaries

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Giant Skeleton, Graveyard and Freeze

Deck breakdown

Giant Skeleton: Amazing at defense as it can take out so many stuff when it dies, which is why it’s such an anti meta card. Place it behind you opponent’s tank and it’ll blow up anything that killed it (usually Mega Minions, Musketeers, Ice Wizards, etc.) and significantly damage Bowlers. Additionally, it can also attack troops, which matches fairly well with the Graveyard as you don’t need another damage dealer (like the Giant or Golem). Taking out support troops is the main focus and what this deck needs.

Graveyard: Your main damage dealer. Graveyard is all about timing. Know when to play it and know when not to, and even when you should play it for a last resort defense. With your Giant Skeleton tanking, the Graveyard can deal massive damage. If your opponent tries to deal with your Graveyard, then the higher the chance of your Giant Skeleton to reach the tower. I think you should take a look at this page to read more about the Graveyard If you are still new to it.

Freeze: Your hidden weapon. Can be used during offense or defense. Paired with the Graveyard, this can be very deadly. I’ve played multiple games where my opponent leaves right after i take down a tower with the Graveyard Freeze combo. However, like the Graveyard, timing is very important. The rule of thumb is to play it when you can take out the cards trying to counter your Graveyard. For example, if your opponent plays a Valkyrie, then it can be a wise choice to Freeze her and the tower. However, if he plays Minions, then best not to unless you have something to take the Minions out as they will survive and you will be faced with a deadly counter push.

Ice Wizard: One of my favorite cards in the game. Great for defense and support during offense. Also a great starting card to play as it’s cheap and versatile. Additionally, he can slow down troops to prevent it from escaping the Giant Skeleton’s bomb radius fast enough.
Substitution: Archers – Air defense

Mega Minions: One of the most used cards in the game right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if it receives a nerf soon. For only 3 elixir, you can take out glass cannons, defend against various troops, or deal a LOT of damage to enemy towers. Practically everyone uses the Mega Minions in at least one of their decks, so I don’t really need to elaborate on this any further.

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Arrows: Your only damage dealing spell so you should use this wisely. If you can take out some troops without arrows (like with the Ice Wizard or Mega Minions) then try not to use the arrows, especially against spell bait decks. Only use it if you must.
Alt: Zap or log (they cant take out Minions though)

Ice Golem: A great cycle card and distraction. Also a great pseudo tank if you want to counter push real quick after getting some positive elixir trades. A great way to deal with the Skeleton army as well if your Ice Wizard and arrows aren’t available.
Substitution: Log, ice spirit – great way to prevent enemy troops from escaping the Giant Skeleton’s bomb radius.

Tombstone: A great distraction for defense, whether against tanks, hogs, or chip damage cards. Paired up with the Giant Skeleton, it can be a near perfect counter for beatdown decks. Please take a look at this guide to read more about the Tombstone!
Substitution: Inferno Tower – a bit too expensive and can’t be used to distract slow and hard hitters (like Mini P.E.K.K.A or Prince)

General Gameplan

Usually i’d start off with the tombstone or Ice Wizard and occasionally the Mega Minions. The worst hand you can get is the 2 spells, Giant Skeleton and Graveyard. If that happens, then you have no choice but to play the Giant Skeleton. If possible though, avoid play it as a first hand as it’s too expensive and save it for defense or counter pushing.

Try to defend first and then counter push. Put defense as your first priority and go for counter pushes unless your opponent invested in something expensive like the Elixir Collector. Like i said before, sometimes you cant play your Graveyard, especially when your push fails quickly. Save that 5 elixir for defending the counter push. If you can’t do a Giant Skeleton push, then an ice Golem Mega Minions + Graveyard counter push would suffice

Notable counters:

Spell Bait Decks: As you only have 1 damage spell, spell baits can be a real pain. Play your Arrows (or Zap/The Log) wisely and use other cards when possible. Arrows are best for Minions Hordes as they’re the toughest to deal with. It may be hard, but it’s very possible to win. If you know you can’t win, then try your best to go for the draw.

Hut Decks: It’s very unlikely you’ll be facing them but when you do, it can be VERY annoying. Your Graveyard would be almost useless against them and your Giant Skeleton can stop so many hordes, resulting in a stalemate. Find a time to play the Graveyard Freeze as it’s probably your best chance of winning.

That’s pretty much it for this deck. Like most other decks, it takes time to master this deck. The first time i played this deck, i keep forgetting about the Giant Skeleton’s and ice Golem’s death damage and I kept throwing Arrows at hordes when they would’ve died anyways. So take your time to practice with friends and in classic challenges. If you have mastered this deck, then this can be really fun to play. Good luck!

  • LIN/(88

    First Comment

    • Xx bismuth xX

      Well done can I get your autograph?

    • Zigge

      Can I also???

  • PRINCE HAWLLEN

    Nice advice through supercell

    • Will Potter

      what?

  • LIN/(88

    I don’t it should say mega minions

    • Jeff morgan

      Yeah why does he say mega minions? Shouldn’t it be mega minion?

  • Zigge

    It is a filter or something…

  • Jackson

    I think it is. Maybe

  • Gamewarrior

    Would this work at 2700

    • Dingy

      Definitely, Leonex is at 4.1k with this deck so 2,700’s should be no problem.

      • Zigge

        That depends, the Meta is very different down there.

        • Dingy

          Yeah I forgot about that, shouldn’t be too hard thought if he plays hit cards right.

      • Gamewarrior

        4.1k… I can’t even dream that high..

        • Dingy

          I can’t dream at all, that part of my brain ceased to be created when I was born.

          • Gamewarrior

            U serious?

        • Will Potter

          Just do your best buddy!

    • Will Potter

      Just give it a try buddy xD

  • herro

    hey! looks like a good deck.
    too bad i dont have grave yard 🙁

    • Wild Wolves

      That IS too bad. Graveyard is awsome!!!!!

      • logan

        i feel that they may nerf it somehow not sire how just that they will how would you nerf a card like that maybe make it 3 elixir and only spawn 12

        • Haramfrommars

          Nah, I think 4 elixir

    • Ethan

      lol mines level 2 xD

      • Xx bismuth xX

        Good for u

      • Lightning King

        lol mines lvl 6

    • Dingy

      I know the feel too bro.

    • Zigge

      Don’t be sad. It’s very easy countered by the most popular cards in the game…

  • Gamewarrior

    If it is then that is a very impressive picture I say!

  • Dingy

    Pseudo is fake in Japanese.

    • Gamewarrior

      wow…but why bring it up in a clash royale website?

      • TheAsianKid

        why did he bring it up ?

        • TheAsianKid

          oh now i see…

        • PoisonKnight

          Ice Golem: A great cycle card and distraction. Also a great “pseudo” tank if you want to counter push real quick after getting some positive elixir trades. A great way to deal with the Skeleton army as well if your Ice Wizard and arrows aren’t available.
          Substitution: Log, ice spirit – great way to prevent enemy troops from escaping the Giant Skeleton’s bomb radius.

    • Gamewarrior

      never mind I see why u brought it up. Nice Japanese too !

      • Emiliano

        It’s greek, js :B

  • TheAsianKid

    i have the miner, princess, sparky and the log, any good decks with them all

    • Very Unlucky

      it wouldn’t be a good deck if you have all those legends in the same deck

      • TheAsianKid

        Doesn’t have to have of all them.

        • Aaron Kaz

          Spell bait works great. Use the miner princess and log as well as the goblin barrel to form a good deck that does great on defense while using the miner and the goblin barrel as chip damage. Just try to outchip your opponent get 1 tower before he can take any of yours. Try to use the inferno and the skarmy, just to include 2 zap baits.

    • Dingy

      Maybe you could try some Hog Miner decks or Spell bait decks with Miner and Princess, possibly The Log, Sparky never found it’s place in my eyes.

    • logan

      just saying dont run all leggies it really isnt that good especially sparky as it is really easily countered nowadays but if you want your other leggies in a deck look at the leaderboard decks and find the miner princess spam of cards like minion horde skeli army sorta deck it is really fun got my friend to legends with it

    • Thetornadostorm

      Try Miner Zap Bait:
      Miner
      Princess
      ?#1
      ?#2
      Inferno
      Zap
      Skarmy
      Goblin Barrel

      The ?s can be an assortment of things, e.g. Log + Minion Horde, Spear Goblins + Skeletons, My favourite is Log + Spear Goblins. Try them all out, and good luck with it!

      P.S. Sparky does bait Zap so you could try her out too in one of the ? slots.

    • Zigge

      Miner, Goblin Barrel, Mirror, Inferno Tower, Minion Horde, Princess, Skarmy and The Log.

      Bait your opponents Zap/Arrows/Log with Minion Horde and Skarmy then do Miner + Goblin Barrel. Use The Log for enemy Princesses.

      • TheAsianKid

        Zigge this is GOD, this deck brought me to 3200 from 2600, as a level 8, in less than 2 hours!!

        • Zigge

          Oh..k???

        • Dingy

          You must just be bad at using the deck (Not trying to be mean)
          That deck is used at 3,000-5,000 and possibly even lower.

          The deck has its weaknesses anyway like a deck with a high amount of
          AoE troops and spells.

          • TheAsianKid

            I haven’t played it too much so, I’m not that high with it

        • Will Potter

          level 8? Wow that’s insane man! haha
          You are amazing!

          • TheAsianKid

            So hyped, just turned lvl 9!

  • Ben

    #giantlarrylove

    • Dingy

      #GiantLarryLove

  • Alpha_Mark717

    fall of poison = rise of graveyard
    XD

    • Dingy

      Fall of Giant Poison = Rise of Giant Lightning.

      • Zigge

        Yesh ikr… Now it starts all over again. They don’t realize that it is the Giant that needs a nerf…

        • Dingy

          Gotta nerf it again.

          • Zigge

            Yesh…

      • Will Potter

        We always have a cancer.

        • Dingy

          The credit card needs a nerf, still to overpowered for a 0 elixir card.

          • Lightning King

            fall of poison, rise of hog ( But i love hog) xD

          • Dingy

            Meh, eventually there going to nerf all of the offensive cards until Ice Golem is a main tank and damage dealer.

          • Will Potter

            I always love Hog Rider xD

        • Paul Justin Detkowski

          but at least its not lung cancer

  • SamMan7

    A quick mini deck guide on the deck getting me to Legendary Arena:

    Royal Giant
    Wizard
    Fireball
    Ice Wiz (Replace with Musketeer, Princess, Bomber, or whichever support troop you like most. Inferno tower is also a possibility if you are bad at countering tanks)
    Minion Horde (Replace with Mega Minion)
    Miner (Replace with Gob Barrel, but Miner is pretty unique and Gob Barrel only works situationally)
    Lumberjack (Replace with Mini Pekka or Mega Minion)
    Log (Replace with Lightning, Ice Spirit Fire Spirits or Furnace)

    I’m sorry for all of the legendaries. I’m an F2P player who’s gotten absurdly lucky with chests. I swear the deck works almost as well with all of the replacements 😉

    Some combos with this deck:
    Miner-Horde: Only for those who have Miner. My favorite combo in the game. I like to start the match off with Miner-Horde as there’s about a one in five chance of literally a free tower at the beginning of the game. Can be easily countered, but I’m a risky player. Also makes your opponent wary of using their AOE spell anywhere else.
    RG-Wiz: Wiz protects RG. Pretty simple. Easily countered by Inferno Tower. Add in basically any card in the deck here to make it harder to counter based on what your opponent has played. For example, prediction fireball will decimate an opponent using Barbarians.
    RG-Gob Barrel: Again, pretty simple. If they don’t have a spell, the goblins will consistently do over 500 damage to the tower.
    Miner/Gob Barrel (if no hard counter)-Lumberjack/Mini Pekka/support troop/Wizard: Miner/Gob barrel tanks for the glass cannon.
    RG in front of surviving troops from the previous defense: Simple counter pushing.

    The thing that I like most about this deck is that none of the cards have to be tournament standard or high leveled at all. It’s helpful, of course, but I’m pretty sure this deck will work with level one cards. This deck is also incredibly versatile and counters the current meta fairly well, especially if you substitute an Inferno Tower in for the support troop. I’d really like constructive criticism because I feel that I haven’t quite gotten the prefect arrangment of cards yet.

    • Dingy

      You have more legendaries then I do cells for a F2P player.
      Great deck though, although not my play style.

      • Lightning King

        lol xD

        • xCrGaming

          Lightning for log? Those two cards serve totally different purposes.

    • Zigge

      Wait what? Wheres the Goblin Barrel?

    • Will Potter

      Awesome! Thank you very much for these insane tips Sam!

  • Aaron Kaz

    What were your card levels??

    • GalbersGaming

      I would like to know too

    • Zigge

      Too bad he’s not here in the comments…

  • GalbersGaming

    Mega Minions, OP OP

    • Zigge

      Lmao

      • GalbersGaming

        😉

  • Xx bismuth xX

    It must be I noticed too it must be

  • logan

    what about princess for arrows

    • Zigge

      You would need another spell then. A small one.

      • Paul Justin Detkowski

        why would you need a spell? and what would you recommend?

        • Zigge

          Because Spells are necessary in almost all decks… Try Zap or The Log.

          • Paul Justin Detkowski

            Instead of princess or instead of something else?

          • Zigge

            Idk, Haven’t tried the deck. You could switch out Tombstone or Ice Wizard I think…

          • Paul Justin Detkowski

            After re-reading the article, it looks like ice golem is swappable for log. I’m going to try that. Thanks!

          • Zigge

            Ok. Nice you found help!

          • Will Potter

            Cool. Please give us a review after testing it xD

          • Paul Justin Detkowski

            I ended up not having much success with this deck. I found Freeze to be wasted in my hand a lot. It’s not really my playstyle unfortunately

  • Will Potter

    kinda xD

  • Joseph Shen

    Hey I think I played you yesterday!

    I was wondering who the heck would use a Giant Skeleton Freeze deck against me 🙂

    Check your battle log for username Unstoppable level 9. I was using my mirrored goblin barrel cycle deck, maybe you remember me. I have around 4000 trophies as well 🙂

    • Lightning King

      lolk i played someone 2 months ago, and his name was unstopabble. He was a lvl 10 in the 3200’s though.

      • Joseph Shen

        I was in the 3000’s 2 months ago, but I’m a level 9 🙂

      • Will Potter

        Wow you even can remember your opponent’s name 2 months ago?

        • Lightning King

          Ya lol, it was a close match. In the end i won 2-1, but my tower had 50 something health and he had 1 elixir, with zap in his hand. I rocketed him for the win.

          • Will Potter

            That’s pretty awesome anyway. I can’t remember my opponent names haha

    • Will Potter

      Level 9 at 4000? Wow that’s insane man!

  • Ben

    Where can I put tornado in this deck jw 😀

    • Jeff morgan

      Why did you say jw?

      • Ben

        so?

      • Paul Justin Detkowski

        jw = just wondering

        • Ben

          ^ty

  • Incepticon147

    The thumbnail looks like it was drawn,and i like it

    • Will Potter

      Drawn by me!!

    • Will Potter

      By using Photoshop hehe

  • Frank

    Aw, man! I don’t have the Graveyard…

    • Will Potter

      Hope you can get it soon Frank!

  • Haramfrommars

    I wish I had graveyard

  • Paul Justin Detkowski

    Princess for Arrows? Good?

  • Paul Justin Detkowski

    Can someone make a hut deck guide??????

    • Gamewarrior

      with what?

      • Paul Justin Detkowski

        Just a general spawner deck guide. With barb hut and maybe furnace? Or whatever is good in a spawner deck. I like the swarming style.

    • Will Potter

      As your wishes!

      • Paul Justin Detkowski

        Really? 🙂

  • aritra

    this deck really works 😉 i used graveyard-freeze and thats already deadly. Now ice golem, ice wizard, freeze all of them slow down troops. In the mean time giant skele reaches tower 😀 and kaboom 😉 good deck mate!

  • Bayse Kelly

    just got graveyard out of a crown chest, time to put it to the test

  • Alan Michael

    I’ve tried this deck and several other decks from clashroyalearena and either I suck WAAAY too bad. (highest was 2300 trophies at level 8) or the suggested decks here aren’t that good.

    If I’m at fault, what could I be doing wrong?

    • Alan Michael

      Don’t get me wrong. This deck, like most decks here, seem super fun to play, but I go on massive losing streaks everytime I try a deck from this site.

      Maybe I’m jynxed, who knows. :/