Miner Cycle Spell Bait!

Hello everyone, Azuraith here! I once made a guide on here a long time ago featuring hog/miner. Since then I have become quite the self proclaimed expert on miner usage. This new deck of mine features the miner and many spell bait spells. This deck pushed me from 3500 to 4100+ trophies. My card levels for this deck will be listed below beside each card. In this guide I will explain how the deck works in theory and how to properly use each individual card.

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Clash Royale MinerClash Royale PrincessClash Royale Skeleton ArmyClash Royale Goblin Barrel
Clash Royale GoblinClash Royale Fire SpiritsClash Royale ZapClash Royale Inferno Tower

Miner Cycle Spell Bait Deck

Now to get into the specifics of each card.

Miner: The Miner is the heart and soul of any cycle deck. It can be used to take out elixir collectors, huts, or used as a mini tank for your offensive pushes. Best legendary in the game for sure. Use it to take out pesky Princess’ if you don’t have any other options. Try to never use it on defense, if you are playing the deck properly you should have MANY defensive options and never need to use it defensively.

Goblin Barrel: This is your main source of burst damage. There are several ways to use this card in the deck. You can hold it for a long time and wait for them to Zap something else to get big damage or you can use it as the Zap bait to defend strong pushes with your Inferno Tower/Skeleton Army. It is quite versatile in spell bait decks. However, don’t use it alone unless you are using it as bait or as a finish, this will limit it’s damage to less then 1000.

Skeleton Army: This card has recently received a HUGE buff. Before this patch the Skeleton Army was my #1 worst card in the game and now I use it in everything. It is an amazing defensive card that can stop high damage targets or annoying tanks. Not only can it take out enemy troops but it can serve as an amazing distraction and also as a surprise push troop. If you recently used your Zap and the opponents Lava Hound is about to “pop” then place down Skeleton Army, this will give your tower a large amount of time to take out many of the pups, however you will lose your Skeletons in the process. A solid push tactic at the end of the game, if you have taken out a tower already, is to place down the Miner behind the 2nd tower, throw Goblin Barrel on the side of the tower that is closest to the arena wall, place a Princess at the bridge, then put a Skeleton Army right in the center of their side. This push is DEVASTATING in the late game if they only have 1 spell such as log or Zap, since they will NOT be able to get 2 of them at once no matter what they do without taking HUGE DAMAGE.

Princess: This card is quite straight forward in the deck. Used as a hybrid offense/defense card. The Princess can help take out Minions, huts, Goblins, hounds. It is just amazing. But be careful for Princess placement. Do not place it with other low health troops as that will be bad for baiting spells.

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Goblins: This card is severely underrated in my opinion. For only 2 elixir it can deal over 2000 damage if the Miner is tanking for it. That’s only a 5 elixir combo! Goblins will serve as great spell bait for this reason giving you plenty of opportunity to use Inferno Tower/Skeleton Army on defense or Goblin Barrel/Princess on offense. Goblins can also be a great defensive option in this deck as well. Place them between your two towers to pull Princes and Mini P.E.K.K.As to take them out with the help of the tower.

Fire Spirits: Another under appreciated card. Fire Spirits deal HUGE damage if they all attack successfully and can take out Minions, Barbarians (with the help of the tower), Mini P.E.K.K.A (if you pull it to the middle) and MANY other troops. Fire Spirits are primarily used on defense in this deck. However, they have a few interesting other purposes also. Use the Fire Spirits preemptively to protect to Princess. Most people will place Goblins/Ice Spirit/Fire Spirits at the bridge to take out your Princess. If you preemptively place your Fire Spirits when you think they will, you will destroy the defending troop and your Princess will get more shots on the tower. Also if you double drop Goblins then Fire Spirits on top, you will get a diamond shaped Goblins+Fire Spirits formation push. This is good for taking out small defending troops and doing big damage on the tower if they don’t defend. Be careful though, don’t use this combo if you have no baited Zap recently or do not have enough elixir to defend. Also this combo works best if a Miner is played first.

Zap: The best spell in the game, potentially the best card in the game. This is your utility card. It can be used to reset troops such as sparky, or really anything. It can be used to take out Minions, Minion horde, Lava Hound pups or to take out opponents defending small troops. Not much needs to be said about Zap, you should learn it, love it, live it if you haven’t already

Inferno Tower: This is your primary tank killer. If you notice that they have no tank then you may not use it sometimes but it is still a necessary card in the deck. This makes the deck more defensive then offensive and you should keeping that in mind when using the deck. As going on the offensive too often will leave you open to a beating. Play defensive bait spells, then push with small combos. If you know the opponent has Zap wait for them to Zap the Inferno before playing Skeleton Army as a secondary defense. These 2 cards combined are very difficult to get by and can shut down almost any push in the game. BEWARE OF BOWLER.

General Gameplan

This deck is what is known as a spell bait deck. Many of the cards deal high damage and cost very little forcing your opponent to use troops/spells to deal with them. Many of the cards such as Princess, Gob Barrel and Goblins are often targets for spells such as Zap, Log, Arrows, Fireballs. This means that they will never be able to get them all unless they use 3-4 spells in their deck, which almost never happens.

Placement of the troops in this deck is BY FAR the most important aspect. Since you are trying to force them to use spells and then counter with a card that needed that spell to be dealt with. You will need to NEVER place those troops together or else they will get 2 troops for 1 spell and your entire rotation will be ruined. Only place units together if you KNOWN that they do not currently have it in their rotation. Knowing the radius of each spell is important. You will primarily use Miner + other cards for big damage. Examples are: Miner+Goblins, Miner+gob barrel, Miner+Fire Spirits.

Princess is another main source of damage. It can be used to chip away at towers forcing the opponents to use cards such as log. It is also a GREAT defensive card. Learning Princess placement is important. Now that poison is nerfed, you see a bit more Barbarians and Minion hordes. Fire Spirits is your main defensive splash card, but it can be used on offense if you are keeping track of their rotation.

Use Inferno Tower to deal with large threats but NEVER use Inferno Tower+Skeleton Army because 1 Zap will deal with them both.

In conclusion, this new deck of mine has given me great success. I hope you try it out and find success with it as well. Check out my clan##NeoGeoRoyal we are top 50+ in NA and are pushing for top 200 global.

  • Arjun Ajit

    HMMM Great Deck But I Dont Hav MINER!!!!!LOL

    • Joel Donald

      You click on a miner deck without having a miner, much smart, very wow.

      • OnMyMomsAccount

        Rite tho

        • Lightning King

          ur grammar is great!

          • Lightning King

            oh wait grammar is spelled with an e and 1 m. Gramer!

            xD

          • Mastercommandersi

            No, it isn’t lol

          • Lightning King

            lol jus jokin mann

          • OnMyMomsAccount

            Thx

      • Arjun Ajit

        bro i still check it out any problemm???!!!

      • Lightning King

        You act smart, but you aren’t, much crap, very dumb.

        • Lightning King

          if u play CR then you must be in school. In school they teach you grammar. Please do not get salty mr. joel donald.

          • Joel Donald

            It’s called the doge meme you idiot.

  • Supreme Gaming

    Don’t have Miner as well. FML!

    • Egres

      ME NEITHER!!!!!!!!!

    • TRV0R

      Level 2 log and level 1 ice wizard for me.

    • Joel Donald

      So you clicked on a a deck that says miner in the title, yet you don’t even have a miner?

      • Lightning King

        so you commented, yet nobody cares?

        • Joel Donald

          Doesn’t make sense. Think before you post

          • Griever

            There’s a thing called curiosity you know.

        • DaSlime

          yes. exactly.

        • JohnCena Rules

          xD

      • Alexander Corvalan

        yes he did

      • Will Potter

        He just wanted to say that he really wanted it!

    • PhantomKiller

      I have Miner.

    • H2 Rothmann

      L/L 2 miner

    • Alexander Corvalan

      good

    • Will Potter

      Good luck next time! xD

  • TicTac

    Pretty good although kinda a weak against airfecta

    • TRV0R

      True

  • logan

    actually id say if you replace goblins with archers youd have slightly good air protection it would be 3.0 average and could handle a lot more.

  • Dr.Pain

    my Miner deck consists of :: Miner../..Prince../..Princess../..Fireball../..Minion Horde../..Spear Gobs../..Fire Spirits../..Musketeer.. An awesome deck if I say so myself.

    • PhantomKiller

      What arena?

  • OnMyMomsAccount

    How do you get the card pictures?

    • Lightning King

      I’m not an expert, but i thought you took them

    • Will Potter

      Just submit your guide, I will add them into the guide later!

  • Gamewarrior

    wow… no miner through

    • Joel Donald

      Why did you click on a deck with miner in the title if you didn’t have a miner. The comment section of deck isn’t for people to complain about not having legendaries, it’s for suggesting improvements to the deck etc.

      • Gamewarrior

        Why you care?

        • Joel Donald

          Because you saying that you don’t have miner with a deck with miner in the title makes me think you’re stupid, I want to find out if you are or aren’t

          • Gamewarrior

            I’m not. and I’m allowed to say anything I want, so what are u going to do about it

          • Mastercommandersi

            That comment didn’t make you look any smarter

          • Gamewarrior

            and you look any smarter in our business

          • DaSlime

            Yeah, youre complaining u dont have it so just leave this guide alone and go find youre own legendary free deck

          • KekTheTurtle

            bruh. u said “happy to help” and then “youre wasting time and pissing people off here.” make up ur mind.

          • DaSlime

            youre wasting time and pissing people off here.

          • DaSlime

            i dont have any legends but u can use this deck that got me to frozen peak:

            Royal GG, Hog, Minions, Spears, Witch, Arrows, Fire Spirits, Skeleton Army.

          • DaSlime

            you can use knight instead of miner, and archers instead of princess

          • Gamewarrior

            ok… I’ll stop. And thanks for the deck

          • DaSlime

            Sorry for getting pissed, also archers beat princess, and happy i could help:)

          • Gamewarrior

            btw i’m already in frozen peak

          • DaSlime

            nice

          • Gamewarrior

            u have a deck for getting legendary arena? I’m sitting at 2500

          • Anthony Nguyen

            It’s really isn’t an issue if you click on a deck that says “Miner” on the title but you don’t have a Miner. Complaining about that doesn’t benefit you anyways.

          • KekTheTurtle

            you do realize saying that makes you the stupid one…

  • Blaxeturner

    Minions instead of goblins, you’ll have at least some success against valkyrie or bowler which are both popular cards, otherwise, you are screwed.

  • Blaze Stone

    I don’t think Goblins are underrated

  • Blaze Stone

    NYC deck I might try it..have all the cards

  • XXX

    No decks using lumberjack and princess….ONLY THE ULTRA INFINITY RARE MINERRRR!!!!! Useless..

    • PhantomKiller

      Use this. Hog, Princess, TheLog/Arrows, Freeze, Minions, MiniP, Gobs, Ice Spirit

      • Lightning King

        Hey that gives me an idea….. the ULTRA INFINITY TOWER 😛

    • Sayrian

      Giant, Musketeer, Witch, Ice Spirit, Princess, Lumberjack, Fireball, Zap. Solid deck that has been working against the meta for a long time now

  • Jensen Au-Yeung

    MINER DECK

    fire spirits
    ice spirit
    minion horde
    zap
    rocket
    miner
    guards
    mega minion
    try it 🙂

  • Tyler Maynard

    This deck rocks. So much fun to use. I love baiting out their spells and dropping miner and gob barrel on the tower. Guaranteed tons of damage haha. I hit my all time high of 3500 with it today! Took me from 3300! Thanks for the awesome deck!

    • Will Potter

      Haha that’s awesome Tyler! Good luck with the deck further!

    • Azuraith

      Hey you’re welcome man. Happy to help by providing deck ideas! Good luck getting g to 4k my friend 🙂

  • AlBert Aynstayn

    what can i replace for princess?

    • Lightning King

      spear gobs or ice spirit

      • Alexander Corvalan

        or arrows

  • Pau

    You think The Log instead Zap, can work? Specially changing Minions for Goblins in order to stop Prince charges.

    • Mastercommandersi

      Zap can hit air troops(minions) and can reset inferno(not that you will need to) and sparky(main reason)

      • Pau

        thanks for your comment, the main reason for ask is because recently I’ve seen a lot of people using The Log, specially to kill Princess and Skarmy. I alway prefered Zap, just because the reasons you mentioned, but since last update and meta with so many skarmy I though it may help.

  • Bobhob

    What could you replace the princess with?

    • KekTheTurtle

      minions or mega minion would be a good choice.

  • Bobhob

    I’m using
    Hog
    Miner
    Skel army
    Zap
    Valkyrie
    Inferno Tower
    Gob barrel
    Spear Gobs

    I also have the log but I don’t use

    • Matt

      Log is one of the absolute best cards in the game right now with the current zap bait meta, I don’t go into battle without it lately, great for skarmy, goblin barrel, princess, goblins, spear goblins, guards, barbs and really helps defend any ground troop coming at you or trying to defend your push.

    • Mikelis

      How far in trophies are you and whats your level?

  • torchicdude

    Is there a substitute I can use the Princess? I don’t have her 🙁

    • KekTheTurtle

      minions or mega minion would be a good choice

  • CRwithzws

    This is the true spell bait deck:

    miner, princess, barrel, horde, graveyard/skelly army, inferno, log, zap

  • Will Potter

    haha

  • Jekal

    Can a log fit in this deck?

  • JohnCena Rules

    Wow… No princess though. What do I replace princess with? I have miner though.

  • Joseph S

    Is there anyway you could possibly slot log into this deck? Great deck btw

    • Paul Carter

      Only replacement I see is log for zap. But zap is much better in this deck in my opinion. Keeps sparky from killing that inferno.

  • Giray

    Any placement for princess? Just got the miner

    • Giray

      Or any good cycle deck that doesnt involve another legendary

      • Giray

        Miner is shit