X-Bow Beatdown Deck – The New Meta Is Here!

Hello guys, it’s Will here with the new deck rocking in the current meta game, the X-Bow Beatdown deck. With the absence of Giant Poison, this deck is dominating on the ladder. It got usc1313 13 straight wins and took him to 4016 trophies with Tournament standard cards, yes this is real! If you are watching the Clash Royale Open, I believe you can easily see how fabulous X-Bow Beatdown working there.

XBow Beatdown Deck Clash Royale

Clash Royale X-BowClash Royale Inferno TowerClash Royale Ice SpiritClash Royale Fire Spirits
Clash Royale The LongClash Royale fireballClash Royale Skeleton ArmyClash Royale Mega Minion

X-Bow Beatdown Deck for Arena 8+

X-Bow is definitely the best card in Clash Royale for disrupting your opponent’s strategy because it requires an answer immediately. By setting up an X-Bow, you can force your opponents to cast cards and then you can play defensively. While your opponent is defending against the annoying X-Bow, he is also accidentally attacking as he is sending cards to your side of the arena. Doing this allows you to defend for positive Elixir trades. So, the main strategy of this deck is to set up the X-Bow and then defend to regain the 6 elixir investment.

Inferno Tower is simply used to deal with any tank coming towards our Towers. Tanks are X-Bow’s main threats and X-Bow can quickly take them out. In addition, due to its distraction value and high HP, Inferno Tower is a good card to have in your deck.

Ice Spirit is definitely the best troop in the game at the moment. Drop it next to your X-Bow to freeze your opponent’s response, allowing you to defend more appropriately. The Ice Spirit is invaluable when using X-Bow early as it buys you more time to learn your opponent’s deck.  It’s the fantastic card to defend against tons of pushes, giving you the positive Elixir trade.

Fire Spirits are excellent in so many situations. Place them down to deal with Barbarians and Minion Horde coming towards your X-Bow. Fire Spirits are also excellent at forcing your opponent to use Zap (place them down on the bridge to chip down the opponent’s Tower). This leaves your Inferno Tower free to deal with any tank without being disturbed.

The Log is just like made for protecting the X-Bow. It goes very well with the X-Bow. The Log buys you more time to defend and regenerate Elixir. The Log is also very useful at helping you kill over-leveled Barbarians and chipping down the Tower. At Tournament standard level, The Log + Fireball combo deals 325 damage to the Tower. Remember this number to finish off a Tower on time!

Fireball is a perfect replacement for the old Poison spell, when it is nerfed to oblivion. If I am not down on Elixir, I rarely cast the Fireball on troops near the Tower. Since high level games often come down to the spell race, using Fireball at the early game really helps to building an early lead. At the late game, cycling Fireballs is a very safe way to win the game If you have the damage advantage.

Skeleton Army: With the absence of the Poison spell, this card is rocking in the current meta game. In this deck, the Skeleton Army is mainly used to defend, to bait out Zap and to clog up the Inferno Tower placed to deal with your X-Bow. Due to its large radius, choosing the good placement for it is not hard at all. However, placing it on the border spreads Skeletons out, making the card less vulnerable to the Zap spell.

Mega Minion: The main reason I use Mega Minion in this deck is because it is a great way to deal with the opposing Mega Minion. Aside from that, Mega Minion is one of the best cards in Clash Royale at the moment as it deals huge damage and doesn’t die to most spells in game. I strongly recommend you take a look at here for more tips and tricks.

General Gameplan

This deck is excellent at catching the opponents off guard and forcing them to react, adapt for your flow of the game. Below are 3 ideal times to set up an X-Bow:

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  1. When you have the Elixir advantage.
  2. When your opponent places down an very expensive unit (> 6 Elixir) which doesn’t pose an immediate threat.
  3. When your defensive troops are survived with nice HP that can be used for the counterpush.

Once you have placed your X-Bow down, it’s time to protect it! Ice Spirit is excellent for this job as it freeze troop used to deal with the X-Bow. Our two goals are to chip down the tower and to force the opponent to expend more Elixir on defense. It is very important to learn your opponent’s counters so you can create the plans to deal with the later in the battle

When the opposing Tower has less than 1000HP, it’s safe now to start spell cycling the game out. Based on the flow of the battle, you can keep setting up X-Bow although dealing 1000 damage on the Tower doesn’t take too long If done properly in overtime.

This deck is so good on defense aside from the X-Bow that it prevents damage coming from almost anything. Don’t hesitate to use Elixir inefficient on defense If you have to. You always have the Fireball and The Log in your hand to finish off the Tower.

Examples

Here are some video explanations of situations for you!

With the X-Bow in hand, a high Elixir cost unit behind the opponent’s King’s Tower offers you a great opportunity to punish the opponent, as he will be easily panic and will not have enough Elixir to defend.

Sometimes you should use Fireball aggressively. Without the X-Bow in hand, I knew both didn’t have the Elixir advantage, I used the Fireball to hit the Ice Wizard and do 200+ damage to the Tower. This usually helps me a lot in winning games due to the spell races later.

Sometimes it’s better to abandon the X-Bow. In this situation, since I had Elixir disadvantage and had 2 sides to defend, the smart choice was abandoning the X-Bow. In the early game, try not to overcommit to protecting your X-Bow because you can get into the situation where you can’t to anything to recover.

Spells cycling for the win: In this situation, I knew I was 1 The Log and 2 Fireballs away from winning the battle. I used all of my Elixir to stop the pushes and then quickly cycled to the Fireballs to get the win. It’s totally worth it to use spells to finish the game once your opponent’s Tower has less than 800 damage.

Don’t forget to keep up the pressure. Because my opponent was using a Hog cycle deck, I set up the X-Bow towards the end of the game to force him to commit cards to the lane he was not pushing.

I strongly recommend you take a look at the playlist below and watch 4 stunning replays shared by usc1313!

 

Okay guys thank you very much for reading this guide. Hopefully you will like this X-Bow Beatdown deck. Also, don’t hesitate to comment If you need any help or want to share any advice.

Guide shared by usc1313

  • Nathan

    Nice deck! I will sure try it!

  • kwugfighter

    Yarn would be very proud!

    Below are 3 ideal times to set up an X-Bow:

    When you have the Elixir advantage. 6 Elixir) which doesn’t pose an immediate threat.
    When your defensive troops are survived with nice HP that can be used for the counterpush.

  • logan

    sadly for ex bow being my second epic card ever and me having everything else level 2 and up ieve yet to get another xbow

  • Gabriel Yin-Dolvig

    Dang what can I replace for log?

    • herro

      zap would be ok

      • Gabriel Yin-Dolvig

        Ok thinking of replacing log for zap, and fire spirits for princess. Tell me if this would work.

        • herro

          Im pretty sure it will work. I used the version with zap and it got me to Legendary arena. Fire spirits are great at cycling and killing minion horde, but princess is good too.

    • Will Potter

      Guards, maybe. Personally I can’t find any “great” replacement for the Log!

  • Fernando Rigon Vicentini

    How could I replace Ice Spirit in Arena 6/7? (I don’ have Ice Mage)

    • logan

      well the poison just ot the worst nerf ever zap or lightning depending on the deck that u are currently running.

      • Fernando Rigon Vicentini

        Man, I mean to use in place of Ice Spirit in the deck above. I’ll try it thru Arena 6/7. I’m having dificult to find a good deck to keep me in Arena 7.

        My current one with best results is:
        Giant
        Witch
        Wizard
        Arrows
        Valkyrie
        Musk
        SK Army
        Rage

        It have a solid defense and a good rushdown power and I’m pretty used to it. But I not surpassing the 2100 trophy mark.

        • logan

          my suggestion for you is a double defense target deck like a hog giant try pull out the defense with hog if they have one then when given the opportunity send in a giant rush try this.
          Giant
          Hog
          Lightning
          Zap
          Musketeer
          mini pekka
          fireball
          mega minion
          that should get u some trophies

        • Gabriel Yin-Dolvig

          Wow that deck is waaayyyy too heavy. Try some cheaper troops. You definitely dont need which and wizard.

          • Fernando Rigon Vicentini

            What is your suggestion to have an effective and lightier deck using the same essence?

    • DaSlime

      hmmm…. probably skeletons, fire spirits, or (last resort), Freesze

    • Will Potter

      Guards, maybe!

  • logan

    should i use a level one xbow in arena eight or should i just contnue using my deck
    lumberjack- 1
    mini pekka-6
    furnace-level 6
    fire spirits-9
    ice spirit-7
    log-1
    fireball-6
    archers-9
    this got me to 2600 plus

    • Francuac

      Keep using your deck, lvl 1 xbow is really underpowered

    • Will Potter

      Level 1 X-Bow is not enough for Arena 8, imo. You will want to get it to at least level 3.

      • DaSlime

        agreed, XBOW is op at higher levels at over 100+ damage per second

  • Fernando Rigon Vicentini

    I think the big issue of F2P players is have a deck with high level cards.
    You always get fuc*d with lack of gold.

    • Will Potter

      True story!

  • TicTac

    I can upgrade my bow to lvl 5 but I don’t have log. :*(
    Never thought I’d see the day X-bow rules the meta

    • SivHawk Gaming

      Back in the old times…

    • Will Potter

      Try to replace Log with Guards or something!

  • Abed Daouk

    I told supercell to reduce the cost of xbow for xbow users and making him target air troops they said I was the first one who suggested this idea https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3bd5bbc7aed253713eee7c4bd15d218515ce656c409b4cddd2cd0c2d0d47558.jpg

    • cpearc00

      I highly doubt you were the first to think of this and I also highly doubt Supercell employees can’t spell “tons” and “feedback”.

      • Gamewarrior

        lol

        • Gabriel Yin-Dolvig

          They are probably british. But even so, it they probably wouldn’t reply by texting.

          • Anon

            They’re Finnish, but idk how spelling in Finland works

      • Abed Daouk

        You should learn more Tonne is correct because it’s a British word and British people use Ton and tonne

    • SivHawk Gaming

      That is a terrible fail and is most definitely fake.

    • Blaxeturner

      Not to mention reducing cost and having it target air is not a unique suggestion

    • Fernando Rigon Vicentini

      Looks like an generic email template.

      • Abed Daouk

        try to email supercell and you will see that it’s like what you said no difference

    • Will Potter

      Nice!

  • LIN/(88

    Seem like the type of deck I like to use

    • logan

      thx

      • logan

        the only thing that i think that you could replace is archers with like spear goblins or minions you could make it bate and put in a goblin barrel and minion horede somewhere

    • Will Potter

      Good luck with it LIN!

  • Koveet Roeun

    I want to know if i can use this deck instead, this same deck with princess for fireball, and ice golem for ice spirit. It works better for me.

    • SivHawk Gaming

      I would not make those changes. Princess isn’t good for spell races and ice golem is 1 more elixir and doesn’t really slow the troops down that much. The deck is much better how it is.

  • herro

    Nice deck! Got me to 2900

    • Will Potter

      Haha nice! Hope you can get to 3000 club soon!

  • Thomas Bondra

    Is there an instance where you get cards to the tower? It just seems really cheesy. At least with rg you need to know how to support it. This kinda seems like the old ronco rotisserie infomercial…”just set it and forget it”. Can’t hate on success, but if this is what the meta is, time for another sabbatical.

    • GS7 Gaming

      There aren’t many big damage dealing troops besides the mega minion which should be used to take out other than the mega minion.

      • Thomas Bondra

        Idk. I know it works. I faced it 4times in a row, lost 3. Not hating, but it’s not my style. I took a break when the rg got his buff, maybe I’ll have to do the same now. No use getting mad at a game. Just think it’s markedly inelegant.

    • Blaxeturner

      With rocket and lightning rising in meta, it has its weaknesses. Balloon also demolishes Xbow

    • Will Potter

      Royale Giant is the direct counter to this deck. We can’t really anything against it truly.

  • Mortar is better

  • Zzcvbngg Rules

    is there a possible arena 7 variant of this deck because i wanna try it out and is there any substitutes for log since i don’t have it also my x bow is lvl 4

    • Gamewarrior

      do you have ice sprit

      • Zzcvbngg Rules

        no im in arena 7 and i dont have log either

        • Gamewarrior

          well zap for log and freeze maybe for ice sprit

          • Gabriel Yin-Dolvig

            Bruh lvl 4 xbow is good.

          • Zzcvbngg Rules

            thanks gamewarrior i might actually use that and Gabriel Yin-Dolvig i actually have a lvl 5 xbow since i bought it from the shop =)

  • Tyrant

    Pretty sure it’s called SIEGE.

  • Anonymous

    Can somebody suggest me a good arena 7 deck in the cra with the ice wizard, if possible with either the golem or the Royal giant?

    • Xavier Sanchez

      This deck is a beast.
      Royal Giant
      Ice Wizard
      Princess (could replace with fire spirits)
      Zap
      Fireball
      Cannon
      Minions
      Guards (could replace with melee gobs or skeletons.
      Lemme know if you need help.

      • AlBert Aynstayn

        can u give me some miner deck it’s the only legendary i have and i dont have bowler and guards yet.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for this… I’ll try it out, surely… Can I replace minions for mega minion?

        • Will Potter

          You can do that but Mega Minion is much better!

          • Anonymous

            Ok thanks.

    • Leinadium

      There is my golem deck here on this blog! It is recent, the name is Leinadium Golem Rocket deck for Arena 8+

      • Anonymous

        Thank you so much this looks like exactly the deck I need… I’ll try it out for sure!

        • Leinadium

          If you really want, replaced it with the Mini Pekka… the Musketter is needed card

          • Anonymous

            ok thanks I just did a battle it was awesome.

  • UrEz

    Any sub for log?

    • Franck Dissard

      I am using the Ice Wizard as a replacement at the moment but if you’re looking for a non-legendary card I would suggest baby dragon

    • Will Potter

      Guards, maybe!

    • Ben

      zap or baby dragon are fairly viable because zap is also an incredibly cheap stall spell and baby dragon is good at clearing small troops

  • lamepotato

    x bow? skarmy? i cant believe what the meta became..

    • PrimalSceptile 254

      at least its not giant poison, royal gg, hog, etc..

      • lamepotato

        hog is creeping up along with rocket.. but then again hog was always a popular card.

        • PrimalSceptile 254

          yeah, but nowhere near as popular as before.

          • lamepotato

            i personally think hog was just always used but seems more popular because there is no op deck that everyone uses. but this is coming from a player still in frozen peak.

      • Will Potter

        A few months back, people really hate Mortar and X-Bow!

        • PrimalSceptile 254

          yeah i know. i still dislike the xbow a good amount. however, its nice to see SOME deck diversity. you know what i mean?

          • Will Potter

            Yea I see xD

    • Will Potter

      Haha are they that bad?

      • lamepotato

        they where jokes in the goison meta

  • lamepotato

    dude on masons channel he featured the same deck that i use (and made but he doesnt know this…) posted it here http://clashroyalearena.com/deck-building/funny-mirror-hog-furnace-deck

    • Felix Ma

      aiiii……

  • XXX

    Wow i just got lumberjack in a golden chest as my second legendary.
    Suggest me a deck that uses princess and lumberjack

    • XXX

      And can get to arena 9

    • Fernando Rigon Vicentini

      Lucky bastarde! lol.
      It should be pretty rare to get legendaries in Golden/Giant chests, right? I got mine in Legendary Chest, and guess what? I got The Log! 🙁

    • Will Potter

      They are support cards and I think you can place them in almost any deck!

  • Link81

    So I don’t have log either. The best replacement I’ve found so far is the baby drag. It lays waste to swarms giving the xbow more time to focus on tower. It also helps clean up barbs if used with ice & fire spirits. Hope this helps

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for the great share Link!

  • PiuiHD

    This deck brought me to 4000 trophies as a lv10 with lv9 cards

    • Will Potter

      Wow that’s insane! Thanks for sharing this buddy!

  • Jordon Sowders

    I have a lv 2 inferno dragon and low lv 5 armor minion, so I switched. Works pretty good.

  • Elite #YQ2G

    4370 with
    X-bow
    Inferno Tower
    Ice wiz
    Log
    Lumberjack
    Skeleton Army
    Fire spirit
    Zap

    Better deck, better defense

  • Aidan McFarland

    Can I use Ice Wiz instead of Log? Ice Wiz will slow things down, giving the X-bow more time to deal damage. The Log is basically like that for ground troops only because of the pushback (except in the spell cycle race).

    • Gamewarrior

      sure… but be careful of fireballs

  • Antony Au

    thanks will! Although my friends tell me that i am a noob using the xbow, i actually am quite succesful with this deck with a level 2 xbow

    • Will Potter

      That’s awesome. Glad to hear that. Good luck further Antony!

  • Gabriel Yin-Dolvig

    This deck is OP. Just reached legendary arena with this deck. (Rocket for fireball). Level 9 with level 8-9 commons, 6 rares, and 3 epics.

    • Will Potter

      Yeah haha. Glad to hear this. Thanks a lot buddy! You are doing very good! Keep up the good work!

  • logan

    can my friend replace the log with the princess

  • Franck Dissard

    This deck is amazing!I just got to Arena 8 with it even though my cards are not very high level.
    I didn’t have Log and Ice spirits though so I replaced them with Ice Wizard and Arrows,I’ve been seeing very good success and hope to be able to upgrade X-Bow soon!

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Will Potter

      Awesome. Glad to hear that Franck! xD

  • Gamewarrior

    Will, u should of hidden ur clan name… unless that was ur friends or something….

    • Will Potter

      No one knows my Clan name buddy xD

      • Gamewarrior

        well we know ur user name…. right

        • Will Potter

          What is my username in Clash Royale ?xD

          • Gamewarrior

            usc1313?

  • Dreemurr

    Any replacements for log?

  • Link81

    So I’ve still been switching stuff around with this deck since I don’t have log. I originally subbed in baby drag which works, but I had a thought. I subbed in the ice golem as enemies will focus on him buying more time and pulling them further away from the xbow. I also have swapped fireball with arrows. It’s -1 cheaper elixir than log fireball and just as effective considering you still have fire spirits. If your opponent has barbs and minions, you have an answer for each. This is -1 cheaper than fireball log combo making much more of cycle deck. Hope this helps

  • Momo

    Guys, if you don’t have the log, there is a really good replacement for it – Bowler. Just a troop version of the log, but also more expensive. They both have the push back effect and splash damage just like the log. Baby dragon might not be the best choice IMO. Got 2 logs in the same day from 2 legendary chests. I got really lucky.

    • Hotshot Gamer Boy

      2 legendary chests in the same day? Do you have two different accounts?

  • DNF phobia

    My xbow is lvl 3 but since I just lost to an xbow I want to try one out , I am at 3700 so should I try this deck? Also my skarmy and mega minion are one level below cap

    • Will Potter

      Yep they are all fine imo. Just give them a try!

  • CRwithzws

    I still prefer mortar and all x-bow player hate rockets.

  • Tez Boles

    What do you do when you face the ROCKET? !

    • Will Potter

      Just play as normal since it’s an equal trade.