Best Clash Royale Cards for Challenge/Tournament (Updated)
Hello, it’s KairosTime!
In this page, I’m going to show you the best Clash Royale cards for competitive tournament play. The list shows you the current usage rates and win rates of each card in Grand Challenges.
Exploring The Best Clash Royale Cards With KairosTime
It’s been a couple of weeks since the recent balance changes and overall, I’m pretty happy with the shape of the meta. We’re starting to see different cards be used more and are even seeing less of other really popular cards.
For this Tier List, you’ll notice that I’m not going into detail as to why I moved each card. I wish I had time to type it all up (I really really do…), but I recently started Grad School and just don’t have the time to write everything up. So, if you care about the why behind the card moves, I cover each change in the accompanying video with this list!
Notes about the Win-Rates:
Mirror matchups will provide a 1 (win) and a 0 (loss) and as such, the win rates are averaged out to be closer to 50%. In addition, a “draw” will provide a 0.5 which does change things a bit.
As such, actual win rates (excluding Draws and Mirror Matchups) may be further away from 50%.
This means it is important to look at the win-rates as comparisons to each other, and use the use-rates to determine the validity of the win-rate.
- This Tier List is for Competitive Tournament play. So let’s put the Ladder and Classic Challenges aside since they’re different metas and function differently
- Just because a card is in a high tier does not mean that it should be in all decks
- Just because a card is in a low tier does not mean that it can’t be used in a competitive deck
- A deck filled with High Tier cards may not be a great deck. Cards that compliment each other tend to help make the best decks, regardless of their tier
- Cards are listed by rarity, not by superiority (Legendaries first, Commons last).
- Cards in bold are cards that have been moved into a new Tier and their Old Tier is listed in parentheses
- My opinion may be different than yours and that’s just fine. What’s important is that you share your opinion so the community can benefit from it
S Tier – Excellent
S Tier cards are Excellent to use either because of their stats, versatility, or because they fit very well the current meta.
|Card||V7 Usage %||V7 Win %||Usage V7-V6||Win V7-V6|
Note: Not all S Tier cards need a nerf. Some are “Excellent” to use because of the meta, and some are “Excellent” because they offer a lot of value to any deck.
A Tier – Very Good
A Tier cards are Very Good to use at the moment. They aren’t as game-changing as S tier cards, but are still seen in many top tier decks.
|Card||V7 Usage %||V7 Win %||Usage V7-V6||Win V7-V6|
B Tier – Good
B Tier cards are Good to use, especially if they add something to your deck that you want, but there may be better options for the meta.
|Card||V7 Usage %||V7 Win %||Usage V7-V6||Win V7-V6|
C Tier – Fair
These cards can be used well but they are usually put into a deck to finish the deck off or with the deck built around making them work. There are likely better options in higher tiers.
|Card||V7 Usage %||V7 Win %||Usage V7-V6||Win V7-V6|
F Tier – Poor
F Tier cards are Poor options to use either because of their stats, how situational they are, or because they don’t fit well into the current meta.
|Card||V7 Usage %||V7 Win %||Usage V7-V6||Win V7-V6|
Note: F Tier cards can be used in a competitive deck, but the deck typically needs to be built around making them work, and they will still be inconsistent in competitive matches. Not all F Tier cards need a buff in my opinion (Especially the RG and EBarbs). Refer to the “Buff List” to see which cards I think need a direct buff.
I’ve been playing Clash Royale since the Beta and have a PB of 5246 (Not relevant to Tournament Gameplay, but people will ask).
I’ve won 12 rounds of every special event CR has had and I can consistently win GC’s (My challenge record is 14 challenges in a row).
I made it past Phase 1, and made it 5 Rounds into Phase 2 of the CCGS.
Finally, I’ve contributed several in-depth Strategy Guides on Clash Royale. Here are my 3 most recent guides:
Counter Every Deck – Two Triangle Theory
Ultimate Guide to Elixir Management
Do you consider yourself a highly competitive tournament player?
I’d love your expertise in helping ensure this Tier List is as accurate as possible! Send me a DM for details on how you can help with polishing this list before it comes out!
Competitive Collaborators who helped make this list as accurate as possible:
- General NX
- Henry Ren
- Blaze Stone (from ClashRoyaleArena)
- ARGLE BARGLE
- Just Adarsh
- Hastin Kapoor
- And many more Silent Collaborators!
The Best Clash Royale Cards Right Now:
- Royal Ghost
- Electro Wizard
- Mega Knight
- The Log
- Ice Golem
- Goblin Gang
Thanks so much for reading! I can’t wait to see your responses!
I’ll get to responding to comments as soon as I’m done getting my YouTube video promoted!
First reply to the first reply!
First to break the chain!
Haha good one!
1st to restart the chain
Very happy to see Mega Knight and miner in tier S and I think the princess in tier A is a nice update!
I dont care if im 5th or 6th cuz i’m not weirdth!!!!
Dang it! LATE!
No Sparky on buff list? 🙁
neither is ice wiz 🙁
Why miner is on S tier?
It must be at A or even B
He’s the lead for control decks a very popular part of the meta, he’s an incredibly reliable source of quick damage, and serves as a quick spontaneous mini tank for your troops which are hard to stop when you have no elixir or you just simply don’t react fast enough.
And about nerf list, OTHERS AND I LOVE MK AND E-WIZ AND BATS!
They are not breaking the game!
I love PEKKA too but she is breaking all metas and the game.
btw, won’t you like to put sparky on buff list?
PEKKA IS AWESOME Plz do not nerf her.
Mk is great but I still agree he needs a nerf
I prefer minions over bats.
they’re both good imo
Minions are just more tanky
My opinions on the nerf/ buff list:
Bats: I agree completely with this, however if you nerf their damage their interactions with skelys will change, in turn buffing the GY and any skely card (cuz they will have to hit the skelys twice to kill them)
Ewiz: i dont want to see this guy nerfed but at this point its an inevitability, he just does way too much and fits multiple roles really well, that being said if there was a poll asking: Do you think the ewiz needs a nerf? I would say no (cuz he’s probably my fav card)
MK: im on the fence about this one, i dont think his damage should be nerfed rather just his health (and maybe even hit speed?)
PEKKA: I completely disagree with this one, nerfing the PEKKA will cause it suffer in terms of usage rate and win rate, I dont think anything should be done to the PEKKA yet.
Cannon cart: the simple fact is that it costs 5 elixir and can’t hit air making the musket/ ewiz / executioner ALOT better options, I dont know how to balance it apart from making it a 4 elixir card and keeping it how it is.
Bomber: probably my fav arena 1 card, i think a range and hit speed buff would be great
Tesla: MAKE. IT. STUN. DONE.
Yo forgot the bowler who is a much more comparable card to cannon cart… he just outshines the cannon cart in every way possible.
One problem with the Tesla buff:
Supercell has made it clear that legendaries should not offer a more powerful alternative, but rather a more advanced ability. For example, Electro Wizard has the ability to hit multiple targets at the same time and stun them. Other legendaries also have unique abilities, like the night witch spawning flying bats or the sparky recharging. Tesla is a common, and therefore should not have an advanced mechanic such as stunning units. If you want this to happen, then maybe Tesla should become a rare. Another reason I disagree with this buff is because it would push Sparky even farther away from the meta, and seeing as it is already orbiting millions of miles away, I don’t think this is the way to go in the attempt of making Sparky a more balanced card. What I would do to Tesla is make it able to attack 3 or 4 units at once, doing a fraction of the damage when attacking multiple units at the same time. This would make it more of a crowd control card.
i personally think tesla should have a chain attack to 4-5 units, but each time it bounces, it does 1/2 the damage compared to the previous unit hit each strike from the tesla
Y u dont love arrows? How can I play a baloon without them? Plus, the mk is quite ok I think because how weak he is when not jumping
i dont remember you
WHERE IS BALOON???? WHERE IS IT????!!!! BAD GUIDE. Just kinning, nice gude but… WHERE IS BALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON???????? PARAAAAAAAAAADEEEEEEEEEE
Balloon is b-tier. there just isn’t a picture for it
Y tho? Megaloon is actually very good! (not because there is mk lol)
Plus why tf (sorry) is elite on the poor list? LIKE I SEE THEM EVERYWHERE (arena 11 bronze)
I definitely dont see the dank guy at all, but appearently he is better that elite brb!
And the dank prince IS pretty dank (see what i did there?) strong
lol but his gamage is SO low tho… I prefer bowler almost always, but I don’t use him
This is the tournament list, ebarbs aren’t that good in tournament standard
ebarbs suck in challenges
Ladder meta is bleeped up, man
It is the only time I have ever seen someone playing elite barbarians, balloon, bowler, rocket, and Valkerie in the same deck.
ikr, too many ebarbs
Acually, makes sense cuz I think matchmaking is kinda divided by places (corea has own meta, me (russian lol) have other meta)
even tho i live in the u.s, if thats true, ill have the hardest time cuz im chinese…
Even tho i’m a sparky player, i don’t think ewiz needs a nerf, but rather maybe indirect nerfs
Also pekka shouldn’t be nerfed yet
MK needs just a small health reduction
Idk about the bats, cuz nerfing them would indirectly buff every skelly card like someone said
Ice golem, log. zap and bandit are fine
everyone know ewiz has powercreeping, because he wasn’t buffed, nor nerfed
IMO Pekka should be nerf to 1.5 deploy time, not 2 because it will make it no different from the past
pekka had a 3 sec deploy time before it got reduced to 1 sec
and 2 would be still slow
I think you will like it when I say I think sparky needs a 0.3 second reload time reduction.
MK seems balanced to me, really good on defence but requires decent support on offense and he can’t shut down heavy beatdown
But just a little health reduction would be good enough imo
Why such hate for the bowler?
Coz Executioner is a much better option, but I don’t HATE Bowler coz he is also good
That’s debatable. Executioner gives great air control but bowler is great at getting rid of hog rider, and elite barbarians so they both shine in different metas.
Wait, there is a 2v2 tier list???
I’ve never seen it
A tier is my fav
haha i said it before
all those cards that he mentioned in the nerf list are cards that i said ‘should be nerfed’
i didnt say nooo cuz of that…
ice wiz dropped to B tier…
After the buff, the game immediately saw a rise in Ice Wizard usage, but over time it has slowly declined. I think reverting the hit speed nerf would make him a competitor against Electro Wizard.
However, I think Ice Wizard is one of the best legendaries on ladder because of his high health, allowing him to survive damage other ranged units would not.
and because Snow bow – the deck which made him great again, disappeared from the metagame
due to the popularity of bait decks
no, its cuz of mega knight
X-Bow decks can handle Mega Knight, but bait is just an instant loss.
yea cuz rocket
Since I beat a Grand Champion who was using bait with my X-Bow yesterday… ¯_(ツ)_/¯
My nerf list: Bandit, Pekka, MK, Knight, Ewiz, Goblins
Buff List: Ice Wiz, Bomb Tower, Bomber, Tesla, Prince, Sparky, Cannon Cart, Gskel
IWiz is completely balance lol, nerfing ewiz would make him stronger
Hmm, nerf goblin?
no, not bandit
but yes, knight is a bit OP
ice wiz should at least be able to survive 1 pekka swing
IMO it wouldn’t change so much
but it probably survive 1 mini pekka swing
it already does lol
yes bandit, it has the heath of a witch!
how about Knight with almost double health of a witch, with 3 elixir?
i love bandit tho, so it’s just my opinion lol
knight is supposed to be the second cheapest tank int the game tho
But that’s what makes it a charm! Plus, it’s not overused either
bandit has more hp than a witch lol
I love all the cards u want to nerf…
well all of them are meta cards, so…
why goblins?? they are perfect rn,, buff spear gobs instead
ice wiz already got a buff and prince and Gskeleton is good enough
yeah iwiz shouldn’t be buffed anymore, he has just got a buff
goblins, iwiz, knight (a bit OP) and miner are the most balanced cards this time
There are many cards that need a buff, and all of them can’t be in the spotlight at the same time. Regarding your nerf list, I could come up with at least half a dozen other cards that are very underused.
I understand how you feel like Knight and Goblins are very strong cards, and I definitely agree on Knight, maybe a small health nerf would make it so that he’s not as good of a distraction card. Goblins are a tough one, because nerfing them would also nerf other cards like Goblin Barrel and Goblin Gang, maybe just a small damage nerf would keep bait ashore and make it so that Goblins don’t deal too much dps when ignored.
I just faced a guy with max bomber today
His giant-bomber push destroy my Inferno tower in seconds without zap or lightning lmao
If I had won this match, I would have sitting in 4k
That’s why I hate bomber and I think bomber and giant need a serious nerf
well we both have the same cursed card lol
i think ice wiz is good now
i use mortar sad…
Remember this is a Tourney Standard tier list. I would say Mortar is #1 on ladder.
Nah, not quite! But it sure is good!
So I was battling on ladder and this guy had a level 13 bomber. I couldn’t address it because there was a split push going on in the other lane. Alone it reduced my full health level 10 princess tower to about 760 hp (full health is about 2700).
wtf maxed bomber???
It’s not rare! At 3200 trophies, I matched up against a guy using max level Giant, Bomber, Minion Horde and Ebarbs! He was only level 10, so I guess he rarely upgrades his other cards!
or that he never donates
I guess so… BTW I’m so close to arena 11
it must because something distracted the tower lol
Yeah, overleveled Bombers are a serious problem for me too!
Ur probably like level 12 anyways
Kills my hog by 60% in one hit anyway
I hate overleveled bombers
I don’t think it needs a buff
what!? overleved bombers?
Lol, Bomber is annoying, coz it doesn’t die to ARROWS OR LOG OR ZAP! It deserves a nerf! It might be underused, but it’s too OP
good thing it cant target air 🙂
I think the obvious one for Tesla is the .5 stun every shot. Of course this would keep canon in the shadows forever but it makes the most sense.
Yeah but then it indirectly nerfs the one only Sparky (NotATrashCanOnWheels)
I’d love to see tesla be giving some love like that, and Sparky is already dead, so nerf it more isn’t a problem at all
Sparky, to be honest, isn’t really dead! Yes, it is very underused, but also very underrated! Keep in mind it’s a defensive card, just like Inferno Tower (have you ever seen that used on defense???). It can be buffed by making sure that it doesn’t get COMPLETELY reset by Ewiz! But, it is still very good if u use it properly!
nah, too op, make it last twice as long when it is underground
How about the .5 second stun but like E-wiz it only does say 100 damage at tourney level?
Inferno Dragon is one of the strongest defensive cards in this meta. Electro Wizard is the only card that can keep it in check, and nerfing Electro Wizard would make ID take over the meta. I think a 0.5 stun for every attack is a good addition to the Tesla.
yes, ID is also one of the cheapest tank killers, i love it despite i don’t have it =((((
the other cheap tank killer would be mini pekka, but he’s just not enough to kill a golem with any support behind
so ID is the best cheap tank killer
lol it’s too long
What I do is MK the supports, use Mini Pekka on tank and counterpush from there on
I think lightning should be given damage boost to kill inferno dragon so they can nerf e wiz. Tesla could be op if it had stun as well A’s it should current damage.
It won’t overshadow Cannon, as it’s a cheaper option, although it practically will counter anything
Why does electro wizard need a nerf???
It’s the most versatile ranged glass cannon due to his forked bolt, zap effect at spawn and stun attacks. He overshadows other support units like Musketeer, Wizard and even Mega Minion.
dont forget me (aka ice wizard)…
He overshadows so many troops, and he fits in every single deck!
it literally doesn’t let some cards do ANYTHING (poor sparky and inferno dragon)
Why? Im fine with cards countering each other that’s what the game is built around. It’s when one card completely counters two legendary cards and outclasses every other card that has a similar job as he does. The card is just simply overpowered.
Are you going to nerf zap then? It kills skarmy right away!
skarmy is high risk high reward. sparky, inferno dragon, and skarmy are some of those
Pekka can sorta counter Three musketeers, use a spell to kill two of them and then use pekka to kill musketeer and the tank for a counter push
What I like to do against P.E.K.K.A is use all of my Elixir in the single Musketeer lane, then put Goblins in front of my two musketeers to tank for the P.E.K.K.A, flip-flopping the outcome!
It can but mega Knight is a much more reliable counter since pekka can be distracted by goblins, ice spirit, knight while the musketeer kills pekka and then they just throw even more troops in front of their musketeer.
Anyone else thinks mini pekka and mega minion should be 1 tier higher?
These tier lists make my day!
We skipped the E and D tiers entirely?
Where is balloon’s picture in B tier?
And how to get rid of the ice golem from the S tier? He’s there for such a long time
Well there are two options to take it out of S tier:
1. Change to 3 elixir (but that will make it way too bad)
2. Decrerase health by -4.2%
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So satisfying to see sparky where she is!
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This guy created a P.E.K.K.A, Golem, Mega Knight beat down https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8ebb84414db1a7c6cb51ab7510ac381878c43549672891cf30be7719b73e208.jpg but the sheer power of sparky beat it all out.
that means he is just bad lol
Yeah I was still pretty worried considering he had three pumps out at once. He wasn’t very good though as he continued to play troops into my double sparky lol.
Try saving fireball for pumps maybe
If he were better he could have rekt you with that pump advantage
I did he just mirrored the pump!
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cf59cdea0c1af274829a4db491339f9a6871a5adcef446e57252895575cb21af.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ebe379fc6db70fc9527fe0cd11a068275dac34ed44eb5468639b1ce8474c7e01.jpg and good game!
Or the annoying RG…
I hope your playing in the latter with royal giant and you drop you’re phone and it shatters into a million pieces
Nope that was in a grand challenge. Not a fan of over leveled cards like royal giant.
alright, time to see an angry rg ebarbs fan and some happy sparky and inferno dragon fans! the sad thing is, sparky cant solo kill towers at tourney lvls anymore. the good thing is, 4 seconds feels like 3 seconds after seeing 5 second sparky charge ups
That was the best part of these lists!
aka sparky straight from F to B
the buffs man. if you have played sparky after the buff you would know how strong it feels
mine lvl 2 and can oneshot lvl 1 sparkys yae
this is how i feel right now: HOW DARE SKARMY BE IN THE C TIER?! WHY NOT AT LEAST THE A TIER??? how i put it out: can they put skarmy in the s tier pls?
Maybe that’s because Zap is the most popular card in game rn?
and log 🙂
sure skarmy has the most usage out of pretty much any card, but it does have a low winrate and overshadowed by goblin gang
Gob gang is better option, before gob gang however skarmy was good
skarmy has more units and kills gob gang
mortar on c ? ;(
well it used to be f tier…
mortars a card that has a pretty decent winrate but a very low pickrate meaning the card takes more skill so that only a few players actually play it. kind of like xbow 🙂
i had my tier list, i had d, e, and even an ss tier there, ss tier are the cards that are op af
currently, i have one card on ss tier in my list
i ended up dropping 300 trophies cuz i faced lierally 6 RGs in 8 matches
okay, this isnt stopping, im down to 3284, im actually gonna delete the app if i drop all the way to jungle
don’t play when you’re tilting…
I once dropped from hog mountain(when it was legendary arena) to frozen peak lol, using troll decks
But this is a game when one does not simply “quit” the game
Truest CR meme of all time
CR always finds a away to bring you back. its to idicting , makes no sence
use this deck
No sparky on me
its zap bait
For me, losing streak = winning streak!
Recently I dropped to 3400 from 3778 and now I’m 4110 lol
just stop battling
dayum that sucks man , try my grave yard deck which can help alot against RG (for me)
Its G yard,Zap, Poison, Gob gang, Hog rider, Inferno tower, Knight, Bats
(make sure G yard is lvl 2 and all the others cards tourney lvl or above)
my GY is lvl 1
4th after rpost
WHY ROCKET ONLY “GOOD”?
Sparky is meta.
Rocket takes out sparky.
rocket cant oneshot sparky anymore so its not a even elixir trade
and also rocket does only have a 12% win rate 😐
yea it can… i just one shot a sparky w rocket yesterday…
tournaments standards wise, no
Sparky isn’t meta. Nuff said
Worst card tier list ever!
it is his opinion and if you think its bad, youll have to justify your reasoning
You can’t just say it’s bad! Kairos is a top yter…he has real justification for these lists.
why is it bad then?
it was a A tier card and it got moved to S?
why is sparky in the f tier? Isn’t sparky meta now…
Sparky is not in F Tier buddy
it’s in the b tier…xD
Its not f tier
what’s not f tier
He probably meant sparky
What’s V6 and V5?
Version 6, version 5
I like this list even though some the cards are not in the right place(to me)
Please show your opinions buddy!
Why does Kairos never comment?
he sometimes does… in fact i actually featured one of them a while ago
Well I never see him round actively
So everything not on the tier is below f tier??
umm, since there is royal ghost in the list, I’m guessing this is a repost. so first. and to all the editors(Will), was my guide rejected or not(the Ultimate guide on resources)? I REALLY want to buy the holiday offers, and now it’s just a day away from going away… If my guide WAS rejected, then please tell me why, if it was accepted and under editing, could I get the gift card FIRST? I’m really sorry for being pushy.
2nd and please answer these questions:(sprry for spam)
-What could be effective in a mortar deck?
-Should I try using princess in beatdown?
-This is silly but should I try using NW on my mortar deck?
I don’t play mortar, but bowler is good with mortar and elixir pump can be used to add a bait element to the mortar if nessesary (just my suggestions, I am NOT a pro mortar player)
1. there are lots of cards that synergies well with mortar, such as ice golem, knight, archers, even miner or minion horde.
2. not really, use archers or mega minion instead(or minions)
3. nope, NW is reserved for beatdown only. if you desperately need a tank killer, try inferno dragon or mini pekka.
These days I am using night witch and I’m using it in Bridge Spam!
bridge spam is special
Uhmm,another question.Is mortar rocket nado good?
I use princess mainly in control since I have level three and kills gob barrel and in mortar I’d use like ice golem to tank and maybe like hog so u aren’t too dependent on mortar
rocket, and cycle troops
cycle troops are good against hog players, and can deal with bait decks
rocket is good at taking out beatdown support troops, but only if you are good at using it
I would say use princess in control decks. Hog or bait or mortar usually
https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f1467cb93a5a57ee43a4f96a1483f3bbe5f0d6bd8779c509c7f08767a43fa46c.png Got to legendary arena
Should I make a guide on the deck I used?
The deck has two win conditions
sure, every guide is welcome
Funny, today I got to legendary arena as well. I was also considering reviewing the deck that I used.
What deck is it? Cards pls!
Seems like guides on meta decks have all been made by someone… 🙁
By the way I’d like to add the pro players in CRA (such as Kairos, Lolman, and so on) as Clash friend, but how can I do that?
you have to get their email or phone #, then send them a friend request.
Prince should be at least in the b tier
Where’s the Battle Ram?
That’s what I was going to ask, the name is listed in B tier but no picture.
I guess Miner Poison is the meta deck right now
Miner, Poison, Royal Ghost, The Log, Electro Wizard, Knight and Mega Knight are all in S tier
I wonder why Valkyrie is c tier… she works wonders against swarms and those Ebola bastards
Costs 4 elixir, and Ice Golem and Knight provide better value + positive elixir trades
EB suck cuz of mega knight tho
Valkyrie deserves a A or B. Almost my whole clan pushed up with her since Arena 1 or 2. Valkyrie got me 4000 cups too.
Valk sucks. Ice golem is much better imo
I like this one, mainly because Prince isn’t in F tier anymore XD, but Pump and Skele Barrel should be in C
But pump is a must in heavy decks, especially 3M. It provides spell bait.
Oh, BTW I want to translate your fanfiction into Chinese. Tell me if you don’t want me to do this. But anyways, we all are looking forward to your updates! 🙂
sure, i’ve already written part 15, and maybe you can improve the fanfiction also… i can understand and speak mandarin lol
I made it to Challenger III !!!! YES
Also, no pic for guards
Also also, I’m claiming third
Guards are in B tier, just no pic.
Nice! Do you still use giant skelly sparky or a different deck
Right now I use:
Hey guys, even though my name is mentioned I didn’t help in this list as I was a bit busy.
Wait why is it V7-V6 instead of the other way around? That would imply that a value of say -.20 percent means that it raised -.2 percent from V6 to V7. Is this correct or is it a mistake?
So how would you build a deck using these tiers as a guide for the cards you want?
G Gang Should be in B
4TH no one claimed