Hog Miner Bowler – The New Meta Breaker

Hey guys, TrainerJoshua back with my 2nd guide. Today I’m showing you a new and improved Hog deck I made after the Balance Updates recently. This is an improved version on my other Hog/Bowler/Rocket deck, which you can see at here. I’ve adapted this new deck to the new current meta, which primarily features Zap Bait decks, and Hog/Rocket/Skeleton Army decks. With the meta shifting out of Goison and P.E.K.K.A/3 Musketeer due to the Elixir Pump Nerf, this prompted for the new Zap Bait decks, which are extremely prevalent in challenges, due to the Skeleton Army Buff and the Goblin Barrel buff a few patches ago. I have had a lot of success with this deck so far, winning my 12-1 twice in a row in challenges. Let’s get started

Hog Miner Bowler Deck

Clash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale MinerClash Royale BowlerClash Royale Fire Spirits
Clash Royale Inferno TowerClash Royale Mega MinionClash Royale ZapClash Royale Ice Wizard

Hog Miner Bowler Deck – The New Meta Breaker

In this guide, I will be explaining how to use the deck. This deck is a control deck, meaning that you play more defense than offense, countering pushes for a positive elixir trade, before a massive counterpush begins.

Hog Rider: The Hog Rider is slowly making its way back into the Meta with upcoming Skeleton Army/Hog Decks. The Hog Rider applies a lot of tower pressure on your opponent, dealing a whopping 264 damage per swing. Sending out a Miner right before the Hog Rider is sent can be an effective combo. As the tower is distracted by the Miner, the Hog Rider can deal extra damage while the Miner also helps destroy it. You can pair the Hog up with the Fire Spirits for a quick assault, or play your Hog Rider once you have a counterpush with the Mega Minion, Bowler or Ice Wizard for support. Overall, this High Damage, High Hitpoint unit is incredible when comboed correctly with other cards, and is the core of this deck.

Miner: Though Pump is not as prevalent anymore, the Miner can still be used if it comes up. In this deck, the Miner is used to act as a tank for the supporting units behind after a huge counterpush. Paired with the Mega Minion or Hog Rider, the Miner will provide sufficient tank for the units to deal some hefty damage. You could always use your Miner on defense if ever required, as it deals 160 to troops, which is pretty good.

Bowler: If you’ve seen my guides before, you would have seen that the Bowler makes an appearance in all of them, as it is an incredible card for defense. The Bowler is blessed with high hitpoints, splash damage and a pushback effect, stopping a large amount of units and combos, especially Hog Combos, as it destroys the small troops behind it with ease. It is important to place the Bowler correctly, as to make the most use out of his linear rolling attack. For example, if there is a big push with many low hitpoint troops hiding behind a tank, then the Bowler should be placed directly in front of the tank so his boulder will roll over all the troops behind it. Against the Meta, Bowler takes out the Skeleton Army, Goblin Barrel, Ice Spirits etc. if placed correctly. Once you’ve defended with the Bowler, it can turn into a counterpush for your Hog Rider, taking out Barbarians if paired with a Zap or Fire Spirits.  Overall, the Bowler, dealing 239 damage per bowl, is an amazing unit on defense and on offense, countering most cards very effectively.


Inferno Tower: The Inferno Tower is your main counter against Lava Hound, Giants and other Tanks. If defended correctly, the Inferno Tower should still be alive after your opponent’s push, granting a lot of value for 5 Elixir.  In my opinion, the Inferno Tower is by far the best defense, even though it can be countered by Zap and Ice Spirit.

Fire Spirits: The Fire Spirits are the main Minion killer, for just 2 Elixir, the Fire Spirits can take out a Minion Horde alone. It also is used to counter Goblin Barrels, Skeleton Army, Goblins, Musketeer, Mini P.E.K.K.A, all for positive or neutral trades. The Fire Spirits also take out the Lava Hound Pups that come after the Hound has popped. I strongly recommend you take a look at this guide to read all tips for the Fire Spirits!

Zap: Zap acts as a primary source of Elixir trades as it can help handle flying units when Fire Spirits are out of rotation. Zapping a Minion Horde, Minions and Skeleton Army to the point where the Tower only needs to deal the finishing blow will provide lots of good trades. Zap is also a quick-reaction card as there is no travel time and it is a card that can’t be countered. Paired with a quick Hog/Fire Spirits Combo, the Hog is almost always ensured some damage, which is good.

Mega Minion: The Mega Minion is practically in almost every deck recently, and for a good reason. It has high DPS with decent HP for only 3 Elixir. Additionally, the Mega Minion can be very useful when taking out groups of troops unlike other high DPS troops due to the fact that it cant get hit by some of them (Barbarians, Goblins, etc.) When used on a counterpush, the Mega Minion should never be ignored, and if it is, it will deal monstrous damage to a tower, practically taking it out.

Ice Wizard: This is your air and ground support for your deck. Paired with the Bowler, it destroys 3 Musketeer, Opposing Hog Pushes and Barbarians, and is versatile in almost all defensive situations due to its low 3 elixir cost, in conjunction with its 35% slowing capability. It can also be used offensively once you pair it with the Hog Rider as it slows the enemy Arena Tower, allowing for more hits from your Hog. In this Meta, the Ice Wizard can take out Skeleton Army and Goblin Barrels.

How to use this deck against other decks

  • Hog/Rocket/Skeleton Army: Bowler will be the main troop in this situation. Use the Bowler can survive a Rocket, and takes out the pushes coming.
  • Lava Hound: My most hated deck to verse. Use the Bowler to take out the Tombstone, Ice Wizard to slow down the Hound as the Inferno Tower does work. Add a Mega Minion for extra support.
  • Zap Bait: Use your Zap for the Goblin Barrel, Fire Spirits for the Minion Horde, Miner for the Princess and Bowler for the Skeleton Army. This deck counters it incredibly well.


This deck is the new Meta Destroyer. Use it, it’ll work very well.

Until next time, TrainerJoshua from Aussie Legends.

  • kwugfighter

    Another deck with a miner…yay
    Another deck that I can’t copy…yay

    • kwugfighter

      And yes I’m a hypocrite, a couple of days ago I submitted a deck with an Ice Wiz

      • LIN/(88

        Oh Great, I have only 3 legendaries but I still don’t the ice wiz because I got the sparky. #WorstLegendaryInGameAfterTheNewestUpdate

        • Virgiro

          ikr sparky is trash i got her a few weeks ago it was the only legendary i didnt want

          • Wolf

            Yeah, I submitted a deck with it don’t have the legendary cards. I had a clanmate who wanted me to submit the deck, but it just reminded me of my only legendary: lava hound. I feel so neglected by supercell…

          • John

            Sparky is good if you know how to use it. I have all the legendaries except miner and still use the sparky. Im in arena 9 by the way.

        • WestPKMN

          It takes skill to use the Sparky

    • Bruno

      Same here…

      • Pieter van Cort

        That’s how I feel when I see Ice wizard.

    • Will Potter

      haha xD

  • Shanks

    Why can’t you guys never post a video to let us see how you guys use the deck?

  • TicTac

    Bowler in front or behind hog? And to defend against hog, do I use inferno or mega minion?

    • Vincent Chen

      Bowler behind and to defend against hog, inferno

    • Will Potter

      It really doesn’t matter since their attack ranges are different. The Bowler always stay pretty far from the Tower.
      Use Hog to push the Bowler If you have the chance.

      Sorry but I don’t understand the Inferno Tower part.

  • Shanks

    If you are on Android you can use Google play games

  • Shanks

    Then just google it, if you post a video i bet more people will try decks you post

    • Vincent Chen


    • TrainerJoshua

      Thanks for the feedback Shanks. I will try to upload some videos of the deck in action, once I learn how to.

      • frozen

        That would be great, just a lot of games would be fine.

  • This deck isn’t “The Meta Destroyer”. It is The Meta. Just like any other bowler deck on the leaderboards right now…Hog Rider/Miner AND Bowler if anything it’s hyper meta. Yawn.

  • Francuac

    Will, can i post a guide about the best uses for ice wizard?

    • Will Potter

      Yes, for sure man!

  • Colin Leon

    Can anyone recommend a deck that uses the Lumberjack. It is my only legendary and I just got it out of my super magical chest. I also have the lavahound but lvl 1 lavahound pups can get zapped easily at 3100 trophies so I don’t plan on using it. Any hog decks or chip decks with lumberjacks that cycle fast maybe?

    • Gamewarrior

      A lumberjack is the same as an op mini pekka with a rage effect after it dies

    • Virgiro

      i have a lvl 1 lavahound at 3400 trophies its not really a problem

    • John

      Lavahound, lumberjack, firespirits, baby dragon, mega minion, zap, poison, guards

    • Rashing dude

      lumberjack, bowler, hog rider, furnace/inferno, zap, ice spirits, musketeer, arrows/guards
      if u bring inferno, bringing arrows might be better
      if u bring furnace, guards will do better

    • Will Potter

      Lumberjack is a very versatile troop. You can place him in almost any deck for sure. He is the best replacement for the Mini P.E.K.K.A at the moment.

  • herro

    whats a good replacement for ice wizard?

    • Marco Medel

      archers are great at a decent level

  • Virgiro

    i use lavahound and inferno tower cant stop me cause i just cycle to have to lavahounds on the field

  • AlBert Aynstayn

    what can i replace for bowler and ice wizard?

    • Dingy

      Honestly don’t think there is a good replacement for either since their unique, Bowler has a push back effect and Ice Wizard has a slowdown effect.

  • Vibhor Upadhyaya

    Hey guys! Here’s my deck:
    Hog rider
    Melee Goblins
    Fire spirits
    Inferno tower

    This deck got me from arena 4 to arena 7 pretty soon! However, after the recent updates, I’m not facing much success with this deck. Any suggestions for changes guys? Thanks!

    • Vibhor Upadhyaya

      My account is a level 7, by the way. I’m f2p, I have no legendaries yet.

  • Marco Medel

    miner decks….i want him so bad….hopefully he shows up in my shop soon

    • Will Potter

      Good luck Marco!


    Will, not sure if this helps but I managed to get Clash on my computer. It is my new level 1 account.

    Here is how you get it:

    Go to bluestacks.com and hit download

    When it is done downloading, sign up with a gmail account
    hit search and search for clash royale

    hit install https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/909d09d9992573f4e66587e04987752ce57a2a659b300aea4fd929313b06e68e.png

    • kwugfighter

      it doesn’t HAVE to be bluestacks tho, it can be any other emulator (eg genymotion)

    • Will Potter

      I bet that we all know Bluestacks 😀

    • J Mac

      I’ve been using MEmu (http://www.memuplay.com/) with success.

  • Josh Szostek

    not to long ago i got a legendary chest about 3 weeks ago and now i got a mgical, any idea where i am at on the cycle anyone

    • XXX

      Same 🙂

    • TheAsianKid

      Legendary chest is random on the chest cycle so no, it is impossible to determine which spot your at, but the magical chest can help you narrow your search down.

  • fres.

    Which card to use if I don’t have a miner?

    • Rashing dude

      yeh, i got ice wizard but still no miner
      i want miner, lumberjack, and princess soooo much

      • Giray

        I got lj and miner theyre both shit

    • Rashing dude

      miner and knight are alike, but i will change it to guards

    • Will Potter

      Goblin Barrel is the best choice!

  • -sirius-

    what do I vote for on a poll if I don’t use any of these cards?

    • Rashing dude

      dont vote then

    • Will Potter

      Then don’t xD

  • XXX

    I never get anything good out of any chest(i mean legendaries)..i changed to p2w player now with lvl 2 princess(got them all in legendary chests)

    • Will Potter

      P2W is always the easiest way to go hehe

      • Giray

        What is P2W

  • TheAsianKid

    I’m running this deck at 2400 as a level 7, is it good?

    Mega Minion (level 4)
    Giant (level 5)
    Valkyrie (level 4)
    Sparky (level 1)
    Fireball (level 5)
    Fire Spirits (level 7)
    Zap (level 7)
    Inferno Tower (level 5)

    How should I improve this deck?

  • Anthony Peterson

    What should I replace Ice Wiz with? Dont have yet. :C

    • Will Potter

      Guards, Princess, Ice Golem…

  • nathan

    Could I put the princess into this deck for fire spirits?

    • Will Potter

      Yea you can try to do that. Good luck!

  • M Faiz

    Looks like the princess isn’t good anymore. Lately,i only saw guides that contain ice wiz. Sadly,i don’t have him.

    • Asdfire

      The princess is great

    • Will Potter

      You can try to replace him with Princess in this deck buddy!

  • Cory van Langen

    Not really good against x-bow which is becoming meta

    • TrainerJoshua

      I haven’t lost to an XBow deck yet Cory, so that’s pretty good 🙂

      • Cory van Langen

        Good to hear! Bowler isn’t bad against x-bow too, just realized that.

    • Will Potter

      Not really..

  • RickbloxMaster V

    What could I put in for Mega Minion

    • Will Potter

      Minions, maybe!

  • RickbloxMaster V

    What can I switch for mega minion

    • Will Potter

      Minions would be fine!

  • Will Potter


  • ryad

    if i dont have ice wizard, what can i use instead?

    • Will Potter

      Princess, Musketeer, Archers…

  • Penguin

    What can I use instead of ice wiz?

    • Will Potter

      Guards, Princess, Musketeer, Archers…

  • Greenlazer

    What do I use if I don’t have ice wizard? Wizard or witch or something else miner is my only legendary

    • Will Potter

      You can try to use Musketeer/Guards/Archers

  • AlBert Aynstayn

    this is the best deck that suits my gameplay but i don’t have ice wizard, can i replace it with my princess?

    • Will Potter

      Yup you can do that buddy!

      • Giray

        What about ice spirit?

  • Bobhob

    What should I switch Ice wiz to? I have log and miner but not ice wiz.

  • Muhammad Usman

    watch this video for best deck

  • Jean-Luc Bourget

    How would I counter 3 Muskies, both Muskie split and all 3 behind a tank?

  • MunadAli

    i dont have ice wizard what can i do

  • Mutated Moldy Man

    I guess I’ll have to replace ice wizard with ice spirit now *sigh*

  • James Alfred Z. Recarro

    What if i dont have an Ice Wiz?

  • Hammad Shahid

    How can I fit lightning into this deck?

    • Will Potter

      You can’t.