Miner Balloon for Arena 8+ – Challenge Winning Deck!

It’s Blaxeturner here and I come with you a very successful deck of mine. With this deck, I got the 12-1 Grand Challenge with all cards at tournament standard except for a level 3 Poison. On the ladder, I have a high of 3461 as a level 10. My card levels are 9.5/7/3/2

Miner Balloon Deck

Clash Royale MinerClash Royale BalloonClash Royale PoisonClash Royale Inferno Tower
Clash Royale Baby DragonClash Royale Mini P.E.K.K.AClash Royale ZapClash Royale Ice Spirit

Miner Balloon Deck

Card Breakdown

Miner – This will be your solid Balloon tank. Unlike other decks such as Lava Hound or Giant, the Miner will immediately tank for the tower for low elixir while also dealing a significant amount of damage. Useful for also taking out Musketeers, Wizards, or Princesses which are threats against the Balloon.

Balloon – This card has one of the highest DPS in the game. Leaving this 5 Elixir card alone on a tower will either take it out or deal severe damage. At tournament standards, it has 1400 hit points and does almost 800 damage.

Zap – There are so many cases where the extra Zap would get in that extra shot and with a high damage card such as the Balloon, it will be worth it. It is also useful for finishing minions after an Ice Spirit or having the tower re-target onto your Miner. In cases where you find yourself facing an inferno tower, the Zap will come in very handy to reset the Inferno.

Ice Spirit – One of the most versatile cards in the game. Perfect on defense when you are low on Elixir while also being a threat on offense. Having this guy behind your balloon will be deadly as it will reduce Minions to Zapping range as well being able to freeze the tower for two whole seconds. The fact that this card is immune to Zap is a plus.

Poison – One of the most popular cards in the game. Useful for taking out minion hordes while also slowing the tower down. It will take out mass numbers of troops for the cost of four elixir while also significantly being able to damage the tower.

Baby Dragon – One of the most underrated cards in the game. If left alone, he can do almost 600 chip damage. Supported behind or in front of a balloon, the 1100 hit points acts as an extra air tank and minion killer. It is great on defense for hordes of both air and ground troops and will can solo all lava pups easily.

Inferno Tower – With the rising meta of Giant Poison, this card is a must. Slicing through tanks like butter, countering so many decks easily, the only weakness being hordes and the zap. Both problems can be solved with the Ice Spirit. Ice Spirit will eliminate small Hordes such as the Minion Horde while also Freezing troops allowing the Inferno Tower to charge up after being Zapped.

Mini P.E.K.K.A – An optional Legendary replacement would be the Lumberjack due to its quick movement and extra rage spell effect. This deck has a lot of splash support. The Mini P.E.K.K.A is one of the best at taking down point damage troops. Whether it is a musketeer, miner, or another Mini P.E.K.K.A , it will take it down for you. Also one of the higher DPS troops in the game.

General Gameplan

The main threat to your deck are air troops so you will have to read your opponent to effectively deal with them.


One of the common ways for players to lose is to have a card out of rotation.

When you don’t have the Cannon for the Hog Rider or the arrows for the Minion Horde, it can mean disaster for you.

Being able to read your opponent’s rotation, knowing which cards they have and don’t have in their hand will allow you to execute combos with more confidence.


Air Counters

With the Balloon being the main damage dealer, you will have to read all air support from your opponent and executing the appropriate combos to counter their counters. Miner is used for Princess, Musketeer, Wizard, Ice wizard, or Archers. Most other cards such as the Ice Spirit, Baby Dragon, Zap, and Poison are used for Minion support.

Being able to have the Elixir to play these cards against your opponent will be crucial in winning a game.

Locking your opponent down

If your opponent knows you have a Balloon deck, they may hesitate to use their Musketeer or Minions. This will allow you to lock down your opponent.

This deck can shred opponents even without the Balloon.

Forcing your opponent to not play their Musketeer or Minions in fear of your Balloon will be a huge plus when executing your plays. And if they do, you will always have your Balloon ready in your hand.

Reading your opponent’s deck

Hog Rider deck and Giant Beatdown deck usually only have either 3 elixir Minions or Musketeer to handle Balloon.

Double Prince decks may have minion horde, princess, or ice wizard.

Knowing some of these popular decks will allow you to play moves with confidence. If you see your opponent is using a trifecta deck and they place their musketeer in the back, push the other side hard with your balloon and they will likely not have another counter.


Miner + Balloon

This one is the more obvious combo however these two cards, naked, will not do much. Always have a zap, poison, or ice spirit trailing behind to improve your push. It is very often that you will have a Baby Dragon left over from defense so adding that into your combo is excellent.

Baby Dragon + Mini P.E.K.K.A + Ice Spirit

Due to the fact that Baby Dragons don’t see much play in ladder, this combo often surprises players. The Baby Dragon is able to protect the Mini P.E.K.K.A from cheap troops such as Goblins while the Baby Dragon tanks for the Mini P.E.K.K.A. The Ice Spirit allows for the Mini P.E.K.K.A to get an extra swing of any point damage troops that your opponent may put down to counter the Mini P.E.K.K.A.

Mini P.E.K.K.A + Balloon

If your opponent lacks cheap troops or has an expensive deck in general, then this combo will be perfect. If your opponent does not have any cheap troops, countering the Mini P.E.K.K.A may be a hassle. With the Balloon trailing behind it, your opponent often has to choose. If you know your opponent has a Minion Horde, place a Poison, Ice Spirit + Zap, or a Baby Dragon to take care of it.


  • Giant Poison: With the inferno tower and practice, you should be able to counter these decks easily. Ice Spirit + Mini P.E.K.K.A should be able to take out Mini P.E.K.K.As behind the giant. Do not be afraid to use the miner to deal extra damage to troops such as the Bowler or the Ice Wizard. The Baby Dragon can be used to finish supporting Minions or cheap ground troops that your opponent may try to use to distract your Inferno.
  • Lava Hound: Inferno towers tend to take care of lava hound decks. In other cases, baby dragon is excellent against the lava hound as it will take care of minions behind it as well as be perfect against lava pups.
  • Hog Rider (Trifecta): Inferno Tower will deal a good amount of damage to the Valkyrie and the Hog. Use the mini P.E.K.K.A to take out the supporting Musketeer. Don’t be a afraid to use your Miner to split up the Valkyrie and the Hog. This sets you up for a great counter push.
  • Mortar/X-Bow: With the Balloon, these decks should be quite easy. Make sure you do not get careless and have your Balloon die from simply Fire Spirits and Spear Goblins.
  • Miner Decks: Mini P.E.K.K.A shreds Miner while baby dragon will deal with most troops that come in. Use Ice Spirit if needed.
  • LIN/(88

    first comment


      again? (facepalm)

    • AgamveerDaGreat

      This guy truly is the Flash⚡

  • kwugfighter

    2nd comment yay

    • Will Potter

      haha xD

  • Adelani Turner

    I switch decks yesterday and went from 2600 to 2937. The deck is a giant lvl 7, guards lvl 3, lumberjack lvl 1, Ice wizard lvl 2, musketeer lvl 6, poison lvl 3, pump lvl 6 And zap lvl 9. I’m pushing for legendary arena today. This deck is great.

    • Will Potter

      Awesome! It’s so great to read your comments like this one. Thanks for letting me know this!

  • Aldo Castro

    I have princess any ideas what i could switch for her?

    • H2 Rothmann

      Probably either baby d or poison

    • WestPKMN

      I wouldn’t swap as the Baby Dragon is supposed to be another bulky tank.

    • Blaxeturner

      Poison but watch for 3 musketeers.

  • CardCounterer

    I hate CRA now. Every deck have legendaries, other decks which doesn’t have leggies are dumb

    • lamepotato

      i dont hate cra but i would love more legendary free decks that dont contain gimmicks.

      • SivHawk Gaming

        There is plenty of good decks without legendaries.

        • lamepotato

          i know and i said i would love “more”

    • Bob

      Use my legendaryless deck: http://clashroyalearena.com/deck-building/hog-spirits

      I am currently at 3700 with all tournament standard cards except for a level 10 zap, you should try it out 🙂

      I have also gone undefeated in multiple classic challenges.

    • Will Potter

      Will post decks without Legendary soon buddy :).

  • AgamveerDaGreat

    Got the princess from a legendary chest and I need a good deck

    • Ultimit☆Cuest

      lol, you can literally throw it into any deck. Take a deck, switch spear gob/archers/fire spritis for the princess. It’s meant to be veratile. However, it works even better in control decks (payfecta), and large push decks(I guess giant, but i’m talking more pekka maybe golem.)

      Yeah, thinking about it, princess would work great with pekka. Clear any small troops super fast, if it locks onto the tower, the opponent has to deal with the pekka and support, then princess. for support, i’m thinking normal stuff, baby drag/bomber, ice/fire spirit. Cheap stuff so it can pile up, but i’ve never been successful with a pekka deck

    • Francuac

      Also works really well on hog cycle decks

    • Frisky

      I would assume you don’t have any other legendaries? But here is a deck that got me to 2600 with ease- Barbarians -Fire Spirts -Ice Spirits-Inferno Tower/cannon- Fireball/Mini Pekka -Zap-Hog Rider-Goblins/Spear Goblins

    • Will Potter

      Princess is a support. You can definitely place her in almost any deck man!

  • SillyBear

    How are you dealing with mega minion?

    • WestPKMN

      You should place the Ice Spirit to lure the Mega Minion closer to the middle.

      • SillyBear

        Sorry I mean more on attack. You drop balloon and MM is there to shred it, how do you protect your balloon?

        • WestPKMN

          It still should be Baby Dragon plus ice spirit

    • Blaxeturner

      Babydragon and ice spirit. Will be enough

      • Will Potter


    • allen zheng

      archers are already good enough, just put it next to your crown tower, of course it deprnds on the level, spear gobs work to

  • Luis Manuel

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  • Xrehaanx Xrajax

    i dont like this deck, giant bowlerpoisen will crush it

    • Blaxeturner

      Inferno tower and ice spirit melts that combo. Any other troops can be finished with mini pekka and zap.

      Id say 50 percent of devks i went against were gian tpoison

      • Dexter Chen

        Lol this deck is good since the current meta is hog poison or giant poison

    • Will Potter

      Inferno Tower + Ice Spirit is enough to deal with Giant Bowler.
      You can even crush Giant Bowler 😀


    will, I’m having trouble finding a screen recorder. airshou doesn’t work anymore

    • Frisky

      If you have a Mac use QuickTime Movie player and hit new recording with phone plugged into computer. If you don’t have access to that use An App for Windows and Mac Calle OBS- hope this helps… Also come check out my clan “The Ashen Oath” we would love to have you


        sorry but I know like 25 people that are in my clan

  • Dexter Chen

    Best deck ever 10/10 now just need miner ;-; y u do this Blaxeturner I’m #3 in your clan help plz need help

    • Blaxeturner

      King Dondo, you, and I are constantly switching spots in the top 3 spots XD

      But we chill and we know that when we aren’t at 3400 trophies, that means we are probably testing decks or trolling kids.

      • Dexter Chen

        Why do you guys troll XD
        I’m level 10 now and I’m probably (maybe I don’t know) get more trophies than you 😀 Golem OP

  • Justin Heller

    Does anyone know if the inferno Dragon will get a special offer in the shop when it comes out I need to know this soon

    • Will Potter

      For sure! I think we can buy the pack of 100 Inferno Tower cards!

      • lamepotato

        umm tower?

      • F▪▪▪▪▪▪O▪▪▪▪▪▪X

        Off topic and no rush but I just submitted a hound miner deck and I would like to know if you got it?

      • Justin Heller

        Do you know how much?

  • XXX
    • Francuac

      Wow! I got it too last week! Btw you have an 100% chance of getting an epic chest after that

      • No you don’t. I got a legendary chest a few days ago but didn’t get an epic chest after that.

        BTW, congrats!

        • Francuac

          How strange

  • Ryan Wong

    How come most of the decks for arena 8 and 9 contain Legendaries? I’m in Arena 8, needs a solid deck with no legendaries, and preferably not a lot of epics.

    • F▪▪▪▪▪▪O▪▪▪▪▪▪X

      Try my GiWiVa deck? No epics all Commons and rares and I used it to get to 2957 trophies before I won a legendary!

  • Frisky

    Hey guys come check out my clan “The Ashen Oath” we are a new clan with 30/50 members and 21K clan trophies. Also we have a few people in legendary to help you create decks no matter what cards you have!

  • Bram Siebenlist

    Hey, I could use some advice..
    I’m using this deck right now and it’s insane.. I don’t own miner but I use a Knight as a replacement.
    My question is: I have a lvl 7 mini pekka, but I also have the lvl 1 Lumberjack, what would be better to use?
    The rage effect on the lumberjack just doesn’t seem to be that usefull in this deck, and the mini pekka has more dmg+hp, but the lumberjack has the faster movement speed.
    What would be wiser to put in the deck?

    • Will Potter

      You should give the Lumberjack a try. Seems like it’s pretty nice to use him in this deck!

    • SivHawk Gaming

      Lumberjack would be good because the rage will help the balloon. On defense it still does the same basic stuff as mine pekka, but when it dies, your tower will be raged which is helpful.

    • Blaxeturner

      I’ve tried both and prefer the mini pekka. As you said, the lumberjack’s rage didn’t seem to provide enough oomph. Glad that this deck is doing great for you!

  • Julian Marinoff

    I want to try this deck, can I swap the inferno tower for the inferno dragon to cycle faster?

    • Will Potter

      They are totally different IMO but just do it If you want. Good luck!

  • Mutated Moldy Man

    I need to replace the poison due to its nerf so what should I use instead