Mortar Rocket Deck for Arena 9+

Hello guys I am theTRUTHvxv from Slaughter House and today I am going to give you my stunning Mortar Miner Rocket deck which got me to 3700+ trophies so far!
There are multiple avenues to take depending on the enemy’s composition to gain the upper hand. It is primarily a one-Tower game or draw; therefore, this deck is for committed players willing to claw their way up the ladder.



  • Most opponents are not experienced at countering Mortars effectively
  • Deals well against Elixir decks
  • Shuts down Sparky games
  • Decent vs. Giant and Royal Giant pushes
  • Can hold against air decks
  • Struggles against cheap and fast decks
  • You’ll have to cope with 1-Crown victories and Draws

General Gameplan

With this deck, you can immediately start the game by dropping the Mortar and have enough Elixir to drop a 3 or 4 Elixir counter against their counter. Throughout the game, switch between inline Mortar placement and mid-map Mortar placement depending on their countering units (melee or range).

If the Mortar is not available, you can initiate with a simple Miner at the front of their Tower to force their play. If you have a free Spear Goblin, which is not needed in countering their deck, and you are not below in Elixir, place the Miner behind their Tower and follow immediately with the Spear Goblins to do bonus damage.

If your Skeleton Army is not needed in countering their deck, following the Miner with a Skeleton Army does massive damage if they have already used their Area-of-Effect (AOE) abilities to counter your Princess or Spear Goblins.

Your Musketeer will generally be your follow-up to do heavy damage vs. whatever they counter your Mortar with. It will likely take damage, but if she survives, drop your Miner behind their Tower right before she enters their Tower’s range. It allows her to do massive damage to their Tower even with minimal health. It’s all about maximizing damage output per Elixir spent. This tanking Miner strategy works well with whatever remnants are left over from the fight such as wounded Spear Goblins and leftover Skeletons.


Rocket: Once they place their Sparky behind their Tower, your Rocket is to be fired to destroy it while damaging their Tower. Do NOT waste your Rocket on an Elixir pump until you know they do not have Sparky (nor 3 Musketeers). Even so, you only destroy pumps with the Rocket if it will also damage your primary target Tower. Otherwise, you can damage those pesky pumps with your Miner to distract their game flow while your Princess or Mortar does work on the primary target Tower.

The Skeleton Army is a multi-use counter to Giant, Royal Giant, Hog Rider, P.E.K.K.A., Mini P.E.K.K.A., Prince, etc. It even surprisingly works well encircling the bowler and barbarians when within range of your Tower. Skeletons also do well against a Sparky that gets by. Just make sure you drop the Skeleton Army directly on top so the individual skeletons surround the enemy and don’t all take area damage at once.

The Miner is your follow-up tank for your leftover countering units. It also it used to damage and disrupt Elixir pumps and to drop behind enemy tanks to eliminate single-unit range enemies (wizards, ranged units, etc.)

Mortaring when Tanked
If your opponent drops a tank behind their Tower, immediately drop your Mortar mid-map to begin damaging their Tower before their tank gets within range. You want to deal as much damage to their Tower as possible, because you will likely take some from their push. Your counter push with the Miner and leftovers should be able to eek out more damage at the end of it all. You will also likely cycle back to your Mortar before they can drop their next tank because this deck is fairly cheap.

Against Lava Hound
This deck can hold. It just takes practice. If your opponent drops a lava hound, immediately drop your Mortar mid-map (see Mortaring vs. Tanking above) to begin damage output on their Tower. You will generally want your musketeer to be placed behind your Tower and your princess on the other side (to say out of harms way) to deal AOE damage to any minion hordes and the lava pups. If they follow with ground or a Miner, drop your Skeleton Army to save your units and counter. Drop your arrows if you have them and drop your Miner under the lava hound right before it breaks into pups to take the pup damage.

If they follow their Lava Hound with a Balloon or Mega Minion, you’ll need to accept the initial damage from the lava hound and position your ranged units to ensure targeting these air units first, because the lava hound does not do much damage on its own.

Against Inferno Towers, Cannons, etc.
This will usually be an equal trade and you can simply drop a Miner behind their Tower to do some damage. If you Elixir maxes out, drop a princess to do some safe damage while to wait for their push. You will normally be able to cycle back to your Mortar before they get their building again. If not, use your Mortar as a tank when their units enter your Tower’s range, it can usually get one shot off on their Tower before disappearing while you destroy their attack. This deck is all about eking out a one Tower victory.

Let me know how you do with it!

  • Benji

    mortar seems out of place imo.

    • LIN/(88

      what is imo

      • Gamewarrior

        in my opinion

      • Will Potter

        In my opinion.

    • H2 Rothmann

      Yeah X-bow seems like a better card for this deck

  • logan

    i can run xbow not mortar sadface

    • LIN/(88


    • H2 Rothmann

      I can run both

  • LIN/(88

    Looking at the levels, no impressive

    • Delta Taka

      and what are your levels, deck, and trophy range?

  • Dingy

    More hog decks please.

    It’s the only deck I can play effectively ;-;

  • Ethan

    in pros it says struggles against cheap fast decks… how is that a pro?

    • VyᎡen

      Thats what i was thinking

  • herro

    Umm why does it say spear goblins when there are none? also is fire spirits a good replacement for princess?

  • Ryan Wong

    Will, I have been wondering what is the deck with the lowest average elixir on CLash Royale arena ? What is the cheapest deck that will actually work?

    • H2 Rothmann

      Watch molt’s 1.7 elixer deck that actually works

      • Gamewarrior

        Oh yeah! That was insane

        • H2 Rothmann

          I know

    • Will Potter

      The cheapest one I used before was about 2.3 haha. But in the current meta, they don’t work really well. I am facing lots of great cheap cycle deck which have avg Elixir cost around 3.

  • Joel Donald

    Hog would work better in here instead of Mortar. xD

  • Blaxeturner

    Lol, it looks basically like the hog deck with a mortar.

    I don’t really see a point in having miner.. something like ice spirit or even the knight in this situation. I play a mortar deck and elixir collectors are not a problem as opponents don’t really have the time to place it down when dealing with mortar.

    • Cory van Langen

      I agree. You have rocket do deal with elixir collector anyways. I would even try ice golem as a substitute, as it’s good in siege decks.

      • Lightning King

        i agree aswell. I have no experience playing mortar decks, but i love rocket.

    • Mitch Hollamby

      I think he has the miner in there just to play the role of constant annoying chip damage to the opponents tower, forcing hem to always be dealing with something. Wether it be princes or mortar on miner you are ccontrolling the battle. That’s just my 2 cents, you may think differently

  • Blaze Stone

    There are no spear goblins.

    • Lightning King


  • Jensen Au-Yeung


    fire spirits
    ice spirit
    minion horde
    mega minion
    try it and see what you think 🙂

  • nicholas ochotta

    i have a mortar deck and a hog deck that both got me to 3500 levels 9/6/3/1 as a lvl 9!

    Hog deck:
    Princess(ice spirit, spear goblins)
    Log(literally any damaging spell)
    Fire spirits(ice wiz)

    Mortar deck:
    Ice spirit
    Princess(ice wiz, fire spirits, spear gobs)
    Mega minion
    Log(any damaging spell)

    Good luck trying these decks out!

    • Lightning King

      Hey nicholas, I’m really interested in hog decks, have the princess and log, and really like your deck. I play a similar deck…….. but with lightning intead of rocket, ice spirit instead of fire spirits . COuld you do a small write up explaining how you play your deck?

      Also congrats on hitting 3500 as a lvl 9!

      • nicholas ochotta

        On the hog deck to start I either princess for chip, pig push with spirits or skarmy rush, none of these take that much elixir and you can scout what deck your opponent is running

        Vs hound don’t be afraid to rocket supports don’t mess up infernos and this should be easy

        Vs hog switch up how you defend their hog with either skarmy of inferno on offense if they have an inferno it’s hard to attack with hog, so only drop it if they don’t have inferno in cycle or if they are dry on elixir, if they run barbs play kind of defensive till overtime than hog and prediction rocket in front of his tower, this play will get you 1500 plus damage easy if they drop barbs

        Vs giant lightning drop inferno and if they lightning inferno than log their stuff back princess on the other side and basically just drop everything and u can defend ROCKET IS KEY IN THIS MATCHUP

        P.s just hit 3936 with my mortar although now I’m a level 10

        • Lightning King

          Wow! THx man… I really apreciate it.

  • TheAsianKid

    Hey Will, under the rocket section, Evenso is written, I believe this should be even so.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks a lot buddy. My bad 😀

  • oussamalion

    plz can i replace the miner with goblin barel or anything?

    • CRwithzws

      no. Miner is for chipping damage.

    • Griever

      Well, technically all legends like the Miner are irreplaceable but for the Miner, i used to run Knight or Goblin barrel for it.

      • oussamalion

        thx but plz how about the princess mybe spear goblin would be nice??

  • Gamewarrior

    why does it say a deck for arena 9+ when 9 is the last arena

    • Asdfire

      There may be new coming arena levels.

    • Will Potter

      Yea you are right. My bad 🙂

  • CRwithzws

    A mortar deck that got me to 4505 trophie as fake level 12 (all cards level 11 standrd)

    mortar, rocket, arrows, barbs, horde, cannon/inferno, poison/fireball, goblins. I don’t think it works right now as it cost 4.1 elixir average. I’m still trying to improve it but I’m working on a giant cycle deck.

    • Will Potter

      Awesome. Thanks a lot buddy!

  • Nelson

    i have the princess but i dont got the miner any sub for that?

    • WestPKMN

      Goblin Barrel can work

  • JustaZz

    Will, my record was 3599 trophies, now i am at 3278 and i cant get more trophies than 3350, maybe you have some recommendations? I am using hog deck.

  • JustaZz