Lava Miner Inferno Deck – Challenge Winning Deck (Alternatives Available)

This is KairosTime with the Lava Miner Inferno Deck that has proven to win the 12th round of a Grand Challenge! The deadly Lava Hound, Inferno Dragon, Mega Minion trio work together with the Miner to take down tower after tower. What I love about this deck is that it thrives so well at the tournament standard and can be used to defeat so many deck types that are currently being used!

Lava Miner Inferno Deck

Clash Royale Lava HoundClash Royale MinerClash Royale Inferno DragonClash Royale Lightning
Clash Royale TombstoneClash Royale Mini P.E.K.K.AClash Royale Mega MinionClash Royale Arrows

Lava Hound + Miner + Inferno Dragon

Lava Hound – The Lava Hound is starting to make a grand entrance back into the game as a solid deck type because of the introduction of the Mega Minion. If you have the Lava Hound in your opening hand, it is almost always a good idea to pla y it in either the far left or far right corner of the map. If you do this right before reaching 3 Elixir, you have a high chance of having the Mega Minion, Tombstone, or Arrows ready for whatever your opponent will push the other lane with.

Miner – The Miner is a great card that can be used to clear counters to the Lava Hound like the Princess, Ice Wizard, Musketeer, or even Wizard. That being said, he is properly played right before the Lava Hound pops, right next to the enemy tower so that he can act as a tank while the Lava Pups go to town. If played right, you may even be able to get a tower down in the first minute of the match.

Alternatives – The Miner is difficult to replace, but if you don’t have him, a well timed Knight, Lumberjack, or Ice Golem can work as well.

Inferno Dragon – What many dreaded to be one of the most feared cards in the game, the Inferno Dragon is easily distracted and takes some skill to use to your advantage. In this deck, the Inferno Dragon is used best against large tanks like the Golem, PEKKA, Royal Giant, or the regular Giant. If your opponent doesn’t have some good distraction troops, the Inferno Dragon behind your Lava Hound will really give your opponent a hard time. In addition, if you’re running out of time and won’t have enough time to make a Lava Hound push work, an Inferno Dragon with Mini PEKKA can make a quick tower if your opponent isn’t prepared.

Alternatives – If you don’t have the Inferno Dragon, you can replace it with Minions for a great defense and offense.

Lightning – The lightning is a second win condition paired up with your Inferno Tower if your Miner pushes aren’t working, or he’s out of your cycle. The goal is to save your lightning for right before your Lava Hound is about to pop. If you do that, you should be able to stop most defenses, and even stun the tower. You can also use Lightning if your opponent is using the Elixir Pump, but be warned that your opponent’s pump will still produce 1 elixir, so you’ll want to make sure the trade is worth it.

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Tombstone – The Tombstone is great for this deck because of how useful it is on Defense. It will stop a Hog Rider, Mini PEKKA, Prince, and will even take some damage from a Mortar or Xbow. It can also be used to distract enemy Lava Hounds, or other building targeting troops. What I love about the Tombstone is that if it survives a push, it will help do some damage to an enemy tower while your Lava Hound takes damage. For 3 elixir, this is a must have in this deck.

Mini P.E.K.K.A – The Mini P.E.K.K.A is your obvious choice to stop ground attacks. He is a great option for clearing heavy tanks like Giants and Golems, and can be used to get rid of Hog Riders and Valkyries for an equal trade. If you don’t have enough time to get a Lava Hound to the tower, the Mini P.E.K.K.A is a great option if you’re good at timing your arrows! He’ll go pancakes on anything in the way!

Mega Minion – Since its release, the Mega Minion has become one of the most popular cards, and for good reason. It can successfully defend against a lot cards single handedly, and is a great support troop for the Lava Hound. For the best results, place the Mega Minion so it is right behind the Lava Hound. If you do this, your opponent will have to be very careful how they try to clear the Mega Minion before dealing with the Lava Hound.

Arrows – The Arrows are the obvious choice for this deck over Zap because Princesses, Minions, and Minion Hordes are more of threat to this deck than cards that are zapable. If your opponent has the Minion Horde, you should always save the Arrows for the Horde because of how good a counter it is to the Lava Hound. If your opponent has the Skeleton Army, you’ll want to save the Arrows for them, since the deck doesn’t have a really solid way of clearing swarms of troops.

Check out the video for the 10th, 11th, and 12th round in the challenge to see how this deck works against the current meta:

Matchup:

Hog Decks – Hog Rider decks really aren’t that difficult of a match up. Just make sure you have a way to clear the Hog Rider after the Lava Hound goes down and you should be good. The best way to do this is with the Mega Minion, but if you need to wait for an elixir to build up for your Mini PEKKA, that will work just fine. That being said, there have been some times where I’ll just let my opponent get my tower and build up a push that leads me to a 3 crown victory. Check out the video included with this guide on 2 Hog Rider decks that were faced during the climb to the 12th round.

Lava Hound Miner Decks – These decks can be a difficult deck to play against, but as long as you know your opponent has the Lava Hound, you can overcome them if you’re careful. You can use the Tombstone as a distraction defense against the Lava  Hound. The Tombstone will also allow your to ignore an opponent’s skeletons. I recommend using the Inferno Dragon to clear the enemy Lava Hound, and if you don’t have the Mega Minion to help clear Lava Pups, you can also use the Arrows. The trick to playing against Lava Hound Decks is to play your Lava Hound after your opponent on the same lane. By doing this, you can clear their push with the Mega Minion and Inferno Dragon, and mount a powerful counter attack that can’t be stopped!

Ice Wizard + Princess Defense – This defense is very strong if your opponent knows how to use it correctly. You’ll want to try to clear the princess with the miner right before your Lava Hound pops. When both the Princess and Ice W izard are on the arena, it is best to use the Miner to take out the Ice Wizard after he locks on to the Lava Hound, and use the Arrows to get rid of the princess. If you do this, even this legendary air defense won’t stand a chance. Another simple way to get rid of this defense is to use the Lightning right before the Lava Hound pops. It’s an equal trade, and will also get rid of a nice chunk of damage on your opponent’s tower. Chances are, your opponent much else to use to defend once these Legendaries are gone, which makes for an easy tower.

Spell Bait Decks – With the current balance changes, this type of deck is becoming more popular, and it is a difficult matchup because you only have the arrows to clear troops. With this deck, it is important to find your greatest threat and save the arrows for that threat alone, and try to get by defending against other troops with your supporting troops. If your opponent has the Minion Horde, always save the Arrows for the Horde. A tombstone placed in the middle of your side of the arena does a decent job at clearing a skeleton army. Honestly though, one of the best ways to beat this type of deck is to place the Lava Hound when you have Arrows and the Mega Minion ready. Once you’ve defended, focus on your push to get the victory.

I hope you enjoy this write-up and the video included! Good luck on your next challenge! This is KairosTime ticking by! We’ll see you in the arena.

  • logan

    wow nice if only i had more legendaries

    • Gamewarrior

      there is abunch of subsititions u could make.

      • logan

        lava hound could be giant i might use lumberjack for the inferno and miner could not be replaced maybe a good spell for easier counters fireball probably maybe g barrel

  • Gogeta2498

    This is stupid what’s the odds of anyone having exactly all three of these legendaries just make a deck with ONE legendary D:

    • logan

      actually ost people have atleast one legendary now adays and i know multiple people who own two or more

      • Blaze Stone

        Including me..have 6..one of them is lvl2.

        • logan

          yeet

    • Francuac

      I have 3 legendaries and i pushed to arena 9 with a deck without any legendary

    • James Sable

      It isn’t that hard to get them as you would think. I play to open my crowns chest everyday, get my free chests, and request often. I have opened four copies of lava hound, three copies of miner, three copies of Princess, one inferno dragon, one sparky, and one ice wizard. I paid the 500 gems twice for legendary chests in the shop, rest were opened in everything from free Chest to super magical chests. If you never miss a chest drop and stop pushing for the higher arenas, you will have the gold, card levels, and collection unlocked. And I am in frozen peak with a best record of 2934, level 10, and a tournament level card collection all upgraded to at least 9/7/4/1 only missing three more legendaries of finish it.

      Now don’t confuse this for me bragging, it is just how I play and I have been opening things as I need them. But I rarely ever play if I can’t gain the chest I may win.

  • XXX

    I would say go to legendary arena,save your gold and buy those legendaries

  • RoyalyLegendary

    Y’all gotta deal with the fact that the people that do have all legendarys would like to know good decks to use their legendarys with. The world doesn’t revolve around those without legendarys…..

    • logan

      tru dat

    • Egres

      Are you talking about pay to wins?

      • Dreemurr

        I’m F2P in arena 8 and have 2 miners, 3 ice wiz, and 2 inferno dragon. Some people aren’t P2W, they’re just lucky.

        • John Smith

          man thats unlucky u get so many of the same legendary

    • John Smith

      then use like hog and ice golem

  • Blaze Stone

    Any inferno dragon deck with any tank except lava cuz I don’t have it. I have miner, log, ice wiz, sparky and princess too.

    • logan

      giant inferno d pump fireball ice wiz log archers zap and tombstone

  • Egres

    Is this a pay to win deck???

    • logan

      no the deck is good and tons of people hav these cards my friend has almost all legendaries in arena 9 and only buys special offershe just saves up and buys them all

    • Ben

      Yah a noob like me who invested money on a SMC before I heard of the Legendary Chest coming out got a lava hound 😀

    • Will Potter

      No really since we are testing it in the Challenge Mode.

  • Supreme Gaming

    I Have Lava Hound which i got from a Gold Chest long time ago, then i brought the Promotional Combo of Legendary Chest+1200 Gems+100 000 Coins then with this coins and gems i got:

    Lumberjack from the Promotional Legendary Chest.
    Ice Wizard from a 500 Gems Legendary Chest.
    Princess from the shop.
    Inferno Dragon from the shop.
    Lumberjack from the Legendary Chest which i got winning a battle.
    The Log from a 500 Gems Legendary Chest.

    I still have 500 Gems to buy another Legendary Chest and 5$ to buy more 500 gems to get another one, but these Legendary Chest rarely appear.

    • logan

      same im waiting for the 10 dollar offer on the supermagical chest to get enugh to get enough gems for two plus a supermagical i currently have enough to by one however so heres hoping its not lumberjack or log since i already have them

  • Gerald Wayne Rich Jr

    I don’t have Miner, is Goblin Barrel a possible sub?

    • Francuac

      No because the miner is used for mini tanking

      • Francuac

        But you can use a rocket as well ☺

        • J Mac

          With the core card of this deck (LH) costing 7 elixir and with Lightning (6 elixir) already in the deck, using another 6 elixir spell to replace a 3 elixir troop may not be the ideal substitution.

          • Francuac

            Oh well you might be right.

    • J Mac

      The write-up has the ideal use of Miner as dropping him next to the tower right before the pups pop. But if you drop a goblin barrel, then arrows will take the goblins along with the pups. The author lists a few alternatives (knight, lumberjack, ice golem) but notes that the Miner is tough to replace.

      • Chris

        You actually could use bolin barrel as a bait for the enemy zap/arrows, allowing the pups to get some damage on the tower, but make sure the lava hound has a lot of health so that the enemy can’t get a good deal from the arrows. But that might work, so give it a try

        • J Mac

          Interesting approach. As you say, the timing would be different since you’d be using it as arrow bait rather than to tank for the pups. But if you drop it while the LH still has a lot of health (but after the tower has focused on the LH) you would either get some good damage from the goblins or bait the arrows before the pups pop. (Fortunately I haven’t seen people playing both zap and arrows.)

          • Chris

            Take it from someone who’s highest trophy count is 5600.
            😉

          • John Smith

            highly doubt that. but i suck so i cant say anything

          • Dingy

            I very highly doubt that.

    • Will Potter

      Yea you can try to use Goblin Barrel!

    • John Smith

      i think knight or lumberjack is better

      • Dingy

        A Knight most likely wouldn’t tank for the pups like the Miner would since they would kill your LH quickly up there since it’s pretty slow. Lumberjack is a well substitute since it’s Rage ability.

  • J Mac

    No Inferno Dragon, but I’m thinking I’ll give it a try subbing in Minions.

    Question: given that Minion Horde is the hard counter to this deck and that it has the hardest time against Spell Bait Decks, what would be the Pros/Cons of going with Wizard instead of Mini-Pekka?

    • DavidThePro21

      You could just use the Mega Minion to take down minions

    • John Smith

      wizard too expensive. itll be like 4.3

  • Joel Donald

    Use ice spirit instead of mini pekka, it allows you to cycle much faster and Inferno Dragon does the mini pekka’s job for him on defence. I play this deck and it got me to 3250 trophies as a level 8.

    • Dreemurr

      Ice spirit is good, but I cant live without my mini pekka.

  • Dingy

    Is there any replacement for Lava Hound, Miner, Inferno Dragon, Mini P.E.K.K.A, Lightning, Tombstone, Mega Minion and Arrows?

    • TRV0R

      So you are like level 2?

      • Dreemurr

        lol

      • Gamewarrior

        not even, how do you not have arrows

        • KoreanSniper

          U get the arrows in the beginning of the game tutorial….
          Also, i think he wants suggestions since he might not use those cards

    • Bobhob

      Wait, so you want a new deck?

    • John Smith

      use a new deck

  • Nathan Partridge

    I fought this deck twice in a row. I lost both times. 🙁

    • Will Potter

      I am so sorry bro 🙁

      • KoreanSniper

        Hey Will, I have the miner, inferno dragon, the log, and the princess
        I am currently using miner, princess, inferno tower, mini pekka, minions, zap, barbarians, and musketeer but the only legendary card i think i am using its full potential is the miner. I feel like inferno dragon gets way too easily countered and the Log is pointless since it cant target air troops, and princess i am not used to that card yet, HELP ME

        • KoreanSniper

          Well now i got the lavahound from a legendary chest offer i bought for 500 gems(I am F2P: i saved up my gems since arena three)

    • John Smith

      use zap bait if will would post it
      jk will my guides suck cuz i have bad grammar

      • John Smith

        its

        miner
        princess
        gb
        skarmy
        minion horde
        zap
        log
        inferno tower

  • Dreemurr

    Is there a replacement for lava hound?

    • Ben

      lol

    • CRwithzws

      no. This deck is based on lava hound. Without hound this deck is nothing.

    • Will Potter

      No….

    • VyᎡen

      Is that a joke?.. The rocky dawg (Its a nickname) is unique

  • Virgiro

    inferno dragon isnt really that good instead i just use ashes lavahound miner deck except i replaced miner with mini pekka (since i dont have the miner) and replaced lightning with the graveyard spell works great also cheaper

  • Muhammad Irfan

    Soo, how to counter this deck?

  • Florian Hess

    The Hound deck is definitely one of the top decks in the new meta, though i think it is underplayed due to the 2 key cards being legendary. As a Hound player this can be a great advantage as people either don’t tech against it or lack practise 😉

    However, after about 50+ matches with the deck archetype i concluded that Inferno Dragon no longer works due to the popularity of Skeleton Army. This is especially true in the mirror match where Skeleton Army can win you the game by distracting the Dragon and then helping the counter push.
    Thoughts?

    • John Smith

      I wish there was someway to make it better
      maybe add minions to clear skarmy faster
      what do you think about this
      lava hound
      miner
      inferno dragon
      arrows
      lightning
      tombstone
      minions
      megaminion

  • KoreanSniper

    I have all those legendaries(just got lavahound), but i also have the princess and the Log,
    I made a deck that looks pretty good but now I am not sure
    Experimental deck: Lavahound, miner, princess, inferno dragon, guards, mega minion, tombstone, and zap
    Current deck: miner, princess, barbarians, zap, inferno tower, minions, mini pekka, and musketeer
    Any suggestions?

    • John Smith

      for lava hound lightning is almost necessary

  • John Smith

    don’t you think mini peka is a bit overzealous if you already have mega minion and inferno dragon?
    or maybe im just an idiot

    • Dingy

      What’s overzealous?

  • J Mac

    With the nerf to Mega Minion and Tombstone, any thoughts on whether substitutions for those cards are warranted? I don’t really have a read on the MM nerf yet, but I have definitely noticed that the Tombstone just doesn’t seem as strong. I’m tempted to replace MM with Baby Dragon and Tombstone with Furnace. Of course both of those would be 4 elixir replacing 3 elixir cards for a deck that already has 7 and 6 elixir cards at its core. On the other hand, both of them will be stronger against Minion Horde, which is my bane when I play this deck.

    • Will Potter

      It’s a bit harder to use them but I believe that they are still the best cards at the moment and can’t be replaced!