Good day Cloners! As you all no doubt have heard, an awesome new card has arrived from Santa this morning in the form of the Clone Spell. Let’s firstly get this out the way: I LOVE IT! Sure it lost me a 150 trophies to begin with whilst I tried to find the best deck for it, but it is so much fun to play with and now that I’ve found the right deck, I’ve become even more addicted to using it and I’m easily able to maintain 4000 trophies (with little practice).
Lava Hound Clone Spell – The New Meta
Through the many clone decks I’ve played with this morning, one stands out far about the rest and that is cloning the Lava Hound. You’ll all remember this day as the day the “OP” Lava Clone Deck was formed. It’s nasty, it’s mean and it most definitely knows how to 3 star. So let’s look at the deck I’ve chosen and the strategy behind it as well as the successful gameplay (5 battles) I’ve had with it.
Now the key thing about this deck is that it’s full of delicious units that can potentially pack a punch under the clone spell. The main idea is to get the minions, mega minion and Lava Hound grouped together so that they can all be cloned and then, if possible, get a miner down on the tower too to help tank. Naturally, the cloned Lava Hound will pop as soon as any damage is done to it which is exactly what you want as the Lava Pups give you serious extra DPS.
With this deck you are constantly trying to get your perfect push going which means saving up elixir and starting with your Lava Hound from the back. As the Hound progresses you add your Mega Minion behind it and your Minions a decent way behind both of them as they have a faster pace and will overtake. Then, just after the have crossed the bridge you want to use the clone on them.
Depending on what defenses they put down, it may sometimes be more useful to wait until the Lava Hound reaches the opponent’s tower so as to ensure the cloned Lava Pups deal damage to the tower as well as surrounding units. Because it takes a lot to counter this push (bear in mind whilst they may be able to deal with the cloned units, your initial Lava Hound still has a lot of health to get through) they will then be hesitant about using troops to counter other units, so for example in one of the clips in the above video, I clone my Skeleton Army which almost takes down an entire tower by itself. You just have to be smart and take the chances when you get them to use clone effectively. If you mess up, it’s not the end of the world as it only costs three elixir.
Another great move you can do, as illustrated by OJ, is use the clone to move your Lava Hound away from a defending building because when you use the clone, your initial troop is moved to the left whilst the clone troop comes in on the right. Thus, to stop the Lava Hound heading to the right you can use the clone to send it on its way to the tower and completely ignore the building – if you’re lucky, the cloned Lava Hound will also help take down the building.
This deck is also great in defense, several times in the above clips I clone my minions and Mega Minion in defense to help take down an oncoming army. For example, the opponent at one point has 4 barbarians and a hog coming towards me with full life. By using clone over my troops I stop them from doing a single bit of damage to my tower. Just remember, you don’t have to use your clone in offense as it will be extremely helpful in defense as well.
I hope you guys enjoyed this guide – the Clone Spell is truly, in my opinion, one of the best cards Clash Royale has brought out in recent months and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to play with – especially given that the amount of different things you can do with it are pretty much numerous!