Everything You Should Know About Medium Control Decks
What is a Medium Control Deck?
A medium control deck is a control deck whose average elixir cost ranges from 3.3 elixir to 3.8 elixir which means it is a medium paced deck.
These decks are pretty versatile as they can defend against fast cycles as well slow pushes effectively as they have a balance of offense and defense and cheap and expensive troops.
Pros and Cons:
Have ability to give a good fight against all decks.
Can shift from defensive to offensive more easily than other decks.
Strong advantage against Fast Beat down.
Takes time to know when to shift from offensive to defensive and vice versa.
Can have a hard-time gaining crowns because they can’t play as aggressively to damage as Fast decks and can’t form a big elixir advantage and strike hard like a slow deck.
All-round balance even though beneficial can be a drawback sometimes as it isn’t strong in anything particular. Sorta like ‘Jack of all trades but master of none’.
Strong disadvantage against Slow siege.
Types of Medium Control Decks:
Now, you won’t read this anywhere except here but this will help you understand Medium Control Decks better. Also, a big thanks to Bandit FTW to bring this point to attention to me.
He said that although his deck falls in medium speed range it is actually played like a fast deck. I actually though about this and many more decks came to my mind so that’s why I am gonna talk about this.
Also, the main reason this thing happens is because Medium speed range is transition zone between fast and slow decks.
So you actually get lot of difference between a 3.3 elixir deck and a 3.8 elixir deck even though they fall in the same speed range.
Fast-Medium Control: These decks have a avg cost of 3.3 and 3.4 elixir. Even though they fall in Medium Range their play style tilts towards fast decks.
Pure Medium Control: These decks have a avg cost of 3.5 and 3.6 elixir. They fall more or less exactly in between the Control deck avg cost range(2.5 to 4.5 elixir) which makes them balance in terms of defensive and offensive capabilities.
Slow-Medium Control : These decks have a avg cost of 3.7 and 3.8 elixir. Even though they fall in Medium Speed range their play style tilts towards slow decks.
What principle/tactic it uses?
In the last guide. I talked (sorry wrote) about 2 tactics: Offensive control tactic and defensive control tactic.
Offensive control relies on continuous offense to restrict opponents offense where as Defensive Control relies on strong defense and gaining elixir advantage to strike hard.
As Medium decks have a balance between offense and defense, the tactic it follows is also a mixture of these two tactics and it is called ‘Counter-pushing’. Surprising eh? Counter-pushing means successfully defend the opponents push by gaining a bit of elixir advantage and then using the advantage to counter push with your win-condition and troops left on defense. This is the main tactic of medium control decks.
Fast-Medium Control decks follow both Offensive Control and counter pushing as they are basically fast control decks with more costlier defensive cards.
Pure Medium control decks mostly follow counter-pushing but as they are in between they can shift from counter-pushing to offensive control and defensive control as per the opponents deck and playstyle.
Slow-Medium Control decks follow defensive control and counter pushing tactics as they are basically slow control decks with a cheaper offensive cycle.
What is the general game plan?
The general game plan should be heavily based on counter pushing!
Start your games slow with sending lone win condition to scout his counter or make passive plays like placing Musketeer behind king tower.
Play defensive in the first 2 minutes and do weak counter pushes to keep on offense and pressure.
In the double elixir time, go on the offensive mode and counter push aggressively by using troops left on defense as well as new troops and spells dealing as much damage as you can.
Finally, in OT shift to ultimate defensive mode and use spell cycle to win.
What win conditions should be used?
Miner: The ultimate counter pusher. Decent HP and ability to pop anywhere makes him best for such decks.
Hog Rider: The most versatile hog comes here as well. High Damage, decent HP and good speed and cheap cost makes him great in such decks.
Battle Ram: This card was underrated when released, suddenly rose in popularity and now disappeared again. This card is pretty good counter pusher as it can tank hits and destroy any buildings.
Graveyard: This card when played right is so OP. If not countered properly, it can devastate a tower.
Threat cards: These cards are not used as win conditions but more like as a threat that if not countered can deal lot of damage. Players play them(or rather act) as their win-condition but don’t actually treat (or depend on) them as their win condition. Instead the above cards are used as the win-conditions.
P.E.K.K.A.: P.E.K.K.A. in control decks is treated more like a tank and defensive card while the win condition is actually Miner, Hog or Battle Ram. People focus more to defend P.E.K.K.A. while the actual damage is dealt by the other win condition.
3 Musketeers: 3M in control decks are used to apply pressure on both lanes while the player actually focuses on attack on one lane. 3M split in the ratio 1:2 so on the lane with 2M they drop a mini tank. This is not a proper push but is vary powerful way to apply pressure. And the actually push is on the other lane with 1M with the win-condition(Miner, Hog or ram) and a swarm cards. So the player doesn’t really concentrate on 2M but on the 1M. The opponent has to defend both of them but mostly uses his spells on 2M while using a cheap and less-effective defense on the 1M. This enable the 1M push to cross the defense and damage.
This speed range has a lot of variety so giving a slot method isn’t possible so I will be sharing examples.
I also have a small guide on this deck. You can take a look at here for more details!
P.E.K.K.A. Miner Poison Burner
3M Ram Cycle
I hope these decks will give you the basic idea of making Medium Control Decks.
Thats all folks! Hope you guys liked this guide and I will be glad if it helped you. Be ready for the next and final guide of this series ‘Slow Control Decks’. Ask me about anything in the comments section below.