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Dark Exenado Deck – Push from Arena 7 to Challenger II


Hello fellow Clashers, this is ABAPO from Israel, clan Aba-Pagum, with my first guide.

It’s going to be a long and detailed one, but this deck got me to my personal best of 4327, so… worth reading. I’m using this deck for over 150 battles now- so it’s well tested.

dark exenado

Clash Royale Dark PrinceClash Royale ExecutionerClash Royale TornadoClash Royale P.E.K.K.A
Clash Royale fireballClash Royale Mega MinionClash Royale BatsClash Royale Zap

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TL; DR: Control deck for Ladder for Arena 7 -> League. Reactive, slow and above all PATIENT. This is a great defensive deck with a formidable offense. Zap/ Arrows/ Log/ Poison resistant. Works great with many Win-conditions instead of Dark-Prince.


A bit about behind the scenes of this deck

I’m a 42 y/o dad, and started playing CR 3-4 months after the international release, following my 10 y/o boy. Like many of us here – he’s long since moved on to other games and I stayed.

I love the thought involved in this game and to me it’s like Chess with cards. However… I’m sadly aware that I’m not as finger-nimble on the screen as most of the younger players, and not as fast to respond.

I’ve had many troubles climbing up the ladder, especially since the rise of faster and faster Metas.

That is why I opted early on to focus on control decks, which are inherently slower and more forgiving to user mistakes

I’ve been using the strongest synergy in the game, IMHO, the Executioner-Tornado ever since I got the Ax-boy.

More tips on combining that to the mighty and feared P.Ex-Nado later on.

P.E.K.K.A Exenado Deck

Clash Royale Dark PrinceDark Prince

The ground splash unit has received a buff- and has a shorter Charge length than the Prince- only 2 tiles- and for 1 Elixir less.

This makes him a great Main Win Condition now for this deck. More on substitutions- later on.

He will be our early game mini-tank, canceling small pushes such as rams, small Chippers and Squishies. He’s also a split push master- when your P.E.K.K.A is counter-pushing with an Executioner behind her.

The ideal use for him is pushing the P.E.K.K.A and bypassing her when she’s distracted- to deliver Charge & Splash damage.

Clash Royale ExecutionerExecutioner

This guy likes a crowd- and the denser the better! FYI, Khaleesi – He’s the real storm-born.

I really can’t understand player who deck him without the Tornado…

For 5+3 Elixir you can demolish 15+ Elixir pushes, and your opponents’ will to live, in 2.5 seconds. MUHAHA!!!

Clash Royale TornadoTornado

The most versatile spell in the game, I feel, and certainly the most synergizing spell. Amazing return-for-value for just 3 elixir.

Use it to pull troops to the king tower, to bundle the up for the Executioner, or to gather far away threats  to the loving embrace on the motherly P.E.K.K.A.

If they start an Inferno-Dragon in the middle a great trick is to Tornado it to the opposite side of your attacking P.E.K.K.A so he’ll lose range and wander on to your princess tower- to be dealt with MM or Bats.

Pro-Tips: Watch OJ’s you-tube vid. On Tornado tech- it’ll change your game.

Clash Royale P.E.K.K.AP.E.K.K.A

P.E.K.K.A is the main tank/killer of the deck. It’s also your designated SECONDARY win condition- although in many cases WILL land the decisive blow.

You all know her by now, as you get her and face her very early on.

Since we don’t have Pump in the deck we need to be careful with our elixir investment in this card.

Make sure that your opponent is not at peak elixir too or else they may punish you with a small push.

This deck works best with an Over-Levelled P.E.K.K.A., therefore less applicable to tournaments. This is doable since the tornado is very level independent (the mechanic is a lot more important than the damage).

Clash Royale fireballFireball

Musketeers? Pump? Witches & Wizards? Minion horde? BURN’EM ALL!!!

This is a great tradeoff card- the usually not only destroys or nearly so most support troops- it also deals value chip damage to nearby towers.

Always be mindful of the setting in which you use it- as it’s the only big damage spell you have and WILL win you games at clutch time.

For instance- one of your towers is at 2/3 health+, and his Minion horde is passing the river AND a Gob. Barrel is also on the way- it’s a good idea to trade one blow to decimating the lot of them with our fireball- 4 elixir gain.

Clash Royale Mega MinionMega Minion

Your main defense against Inferno-Dragon, and will support many pushes.

It’s a great defensive card and also one of our cycle cards.

Clash Royale BatsBats

Inferno-Dragon/ Balloon/ Skeletons-Barrel destroyers.

Can single-wingedly kill all major tanks if uninterrupted.

Probably the best DPS per Elixir ratio in the game. Another cycle card, obviously…

Clash Royale ZapZap

You know Zap, right?

In the words of the great Supermarine: It is also good to gain advantages in battles like P.E.K.K.A vs P.E.K.K.A or a similar push so the delay that Zap causes the enemy can change the tide in the game.

General Gameplan

Try to activate the King tower with your tornado early as possible- can be key against fast decks.

Starting hand

Best hand

P.Ex-Nado + Zap with D-Prince in waiting. If you got this- wait. Don’t start until you see what the other player does. If needed, WAIT till double-time.

This deck shines there and you’ll most likely win in a single push as you’ll be able to cycle back to your D-Prince/ Exe/ P.E.K.K.A

Worst hand

3 spells, Mega-Minion and bats. Wait for 9.66± Elixir (As not to leak Elixir- shameful waste!) and send bats. Most likely your opponent will wait to see what you got so again- 9.66± and MM. By then you’ve got a decent defensive hand.

Anything else

Cycle as needed to get closer to the best hand, don’t show your P.E.K.K.A unless must- to stop bridge pushes like E-Barbs, Bandit-Battle Ram, M-K and the like.


Wait to see what the opponent holds.

Wait. No- seriously- jaaaaast wait.

If you have the ideal hand- and the opponent waits too- even let 2 minutes pass. In many such cases I’ve won in a single counter push, during Double-time.

Keep track of the major counters to your deck, I.E.- Infernos, 3M’s, P.E.K.K.A, Minion Horde, Skarmy, etc.

Start with Mega-Minion / Bats to draw response.

  • If they start with a Wizard/ Witch at the back and you have a strong enough Fireball nip this at the bud. Otherwise respond with Exe at the back, and wait till 8+ elixir to reveal your P.E.K.K.A at the bridge. By then they’ve put their tank by the bridge AND you have your Tornado at hand to fold everything up.
  • If they sprint with e-Barbs/ Battle-ram/ Hog/ Princes- P.E.K.K.A in front of tower and Exe at the back. For Miner use Mega-M. or P.E.K.K.A at the side. All these will get your counter-push going.
  • If they start with any hut or Furnace- Exe in front of your king, and sideways to the needed lane.

Hide P.E.K.K.A unless necessary, make counter attacks that will get us good elixir trades.


By now you know their deck, know their counters to yours and have a good idea how to respond AND reach a good card cycle against this opponent.


If you can’t support your P.E.K.K.A. against an Inferno AND have juice to spare let blaze to glory, regroup and try again.

Wait for the opponents’ mistakes – don’t give them yours.


Strive for a P.E.K.K.A-> Exe-> Nado-> D-Prince-> Zap/Bats-> Fireball. Keep defending, and heavily supporting ONLY P.E.K.K.A counter-pushes.

If facing a Hog cycle be sure to always have your P.E.K.K.A cycled ready to counter the Hog.

If Facing Golem have you e Exe ready first, than P.E.K.K.A, than Fireball and/or Nado- as a Golem is always supported by splashers.

Send exploratory D-Prince pushes the other lane- support lightly with Zap/Bats if not needed as counters to Inferno. This can be game altering chip damage & distraction. It’ll disorient the opponent and will give you options.

When you’ve won- lean back and give the P.E.K.K.A win laugh: MUHAHAHA!!!


Keep this Deck below 4.1 Elixir, 3.8 for best results- as your main defensive troop is 7 Elixir…

Clash Royale Dark PrinceClash Royale Hog RiderClash Royale Battle RamClash Royale LumberjackClash Royale Elite BarbariansClash Royale Bandit

Clash Royale ExecutionerClash Royale WizardClash Royale Witch

Clash Royale fireballClash Royale Poison

Clash Royale Mega MinionClash Royale Electro Wizard

Clash Royale BatsClash Royale MinionsClash Royale Fire Spirits

Clash Royale ZapClash Royale Arrows


Clash Royale X-BowSiege Decks – X-Bow, Mortar – Hard Difficulty level.

P.E.K.K.A as shield at the bridge, ExNado the support, D-Prince for chip damage.

These are hard as they cycle faster than you to the siege weapon.

Be smart and conservative and go for tie.

Clash Royale Hog RiderHog Cycles – Easy to Medium difficulty level.

It’s easy to win those, but you’ll need cycling experience. If you manage to achieve the right cycle you’ll constantly have a P.E.K.K.A to carve the hog, and an excellent counter push position.

When you’ve reached Double-time, and not made stupid mistakes- you’ve most likely already won, as you’ll be able to match their cycle speed and have a second P.E.K.K.A. ready by the time they recover from the previous counter-push.

Clash Royale Three Musketeers3M Decks – Easy to Medium difficulty level.

These players are usually very smart.

Always fireball the pump. P.E.K.K.A the two Muskies lane, and support depending on condition. MM the lone Muskie when it locks on the Princess tower/ D-Prince. Tornado the pair to the P.E.K.K.A, and if you managed to support it with Exe you’re in a good place. The opponent isn’t…

If you didn’t- D-Price+ bats the other lane.

Clash Royale MinerChip decks – Easy to Medium difficulty level.

Value Fireball Huts+ Furnace.

Exe between Princess Tower and King Tower to the Huts lane, P.E.K.K.A to kill Miners and chargers. Then support counter-push.

Clash Royale GiantGiant decks – Easy to Medium difficulty level.

P.E.K.K.A the Giant, Zap the fast tanks charges and support with exe in the back.

Defend split pushes and counter those with you D-Prince/ MM/ Bats as needed. If no Split push comes- use D-Prince to push P.E.K.K.A as a shield.

Be patient, as they can out cycle you…

Clash Royale Elite BarbariansE-Barbs – Easy difficulty level.

Same as Giant.

Pro-tip: if the opponents splits the E-Barbs at the back or at the other side of the river- place your P.E.K.K.A 4 tile above the king and in the middle, so she draws the both to her. Then counter-push. Same goes for Barbs.

Clash Royale Royal GiantRoyal Giant – Easy difficulty level.

Same as Giant- just at the bridge.

MM and Bats come from the sides as to avoid opponents’ Splasers as best as possible.

Clash Royale Lava HoundAerial Decks – Easy difficulty level.

P.E.K.K.A. same lane. Exe in support and Nado at the right time go get the Lava + support.

Than MM + Bats to support, and D-Prince to push the P.E.K.K.A

Clash Royale GolemGolem Beatdown – Easy difficulty level.

Same as Aerial decks.


Clash Royale P.E.K.K.AP.E.K.K.A Decks – Hard difficulty level.

This’ll come to who’s the better cycler. P.E.K.K.A to counter P.E.K.K.A, split push with D-Prince + light support when in Elixir advantage.

Clash Royale Goblin GangSpell-Bait – Very Hard difficullty level.

Honestly- I’m 90% losses against those.

They just cycle too fast, and the Rocket destroys all my support.

Good luck with those…

Have fun, kill much and I’d love to see your comments


    • ABAPO here.

      I’d really like to see more real fight decks come back to the meta.
      I think many players are fed up with cowardly decks like Spell-bait, Huts-decks, X-bow & Mortar.

      • Some things I have to say:
        1: Why are u criticizing my favorite deck archetype Bait?
        2: I agree with you that Hut decks are bad.
        3: U want to see LavaLoon back?
        4: LOG IS AWESOME (just wanted to say that).

      • 1. ’cause it’s cowardly?
        3. Sure- they’re so beatable.
        4. Log IS awesome!

      • I’m sad and happy at the same time. Happy because at least u agree that Log is awesome, but sad because you call my favorite archetype cowardly. Note I also use LavaLoon too. Seem like a nice guy tho

      • I’m honoured! I really like your guides, SM.

        I hate them because I always feel, when facing them, that I brought a knife to this gun fight…

        But seriously- I think they just defeat the purpose of the classic CR soul- a real fight in an arena.

      • 1. Some Baits are good, some are horrible
        2. Hut decks are for noob players with overleveled cards
        3. LavaLoon is sooo beatable
        4. U have true – Log is A-W-E-S-O-M-E

  1. Finally, another player who agrees this game is like chess but with cards. Great guide!

    BTW, how can you push from arena 7 to challenger II with this deck if you unlock the executioner in arena 9?

  2. I don’t know if this deck does that well with challenges. its basically pekka hog exenado with dp instead

  3. What are your levels to reach Challie II? Mine are P5 Z13 T5 MM8 B11 FB8 E4 DP5. With these levels, I started at 4137, and didn’t win until I dropped down to ~3800. I know I have to study and practice this deck, but when the season resets, I’ll be using my usual deck to get back to Challie II until these get leveled up.

    • Brian, in Ch. II you’re in the Epic range of levels 7. I stated in the guide that this deck works best with an OP P.E.K.K.A…

      Mine is level 7, with DP6, exe 6.

      5 just isn’t strong enough to defend and than counter-push at Ch.II.

      • I agree. My current level with those cards will be good for about 3,800 or so once I’ve gained some experience with it, I think.

      • BTW — my current Challie II deck is: Va10 Mu10 HR10 Fu9 Z13 ID2 EB13 GG12. 🙂

      • I’m sorry, I am not familiar with your numbering scheme. What to those mean?

  4. “Bats: probably the best DPS per Elixir”

    also i know this deck has pekka, but my mega hog deck (yes i still use it) is not that bad against pekka decks, actually double prince is harder for me to beat but y u no put a matchup against mega hog in this

    what i would say: tornado hog to tower, pekka on mega knight, exe shreks skarmy and minion horde, mega minion and zap can kill inferno dragon, and spells dont do much against this deck, except for killing bats

    also 4th ppl stopped claiming ages ago

  5. great guide, but i would use a more reliable win con such as miner. imo pekka is hard to get to the tower, so yeah. and btw, your situation is completely opposite compared to my CR situation, I’m the kid playing CR and never quit, although my dad did 2 years ago

      • will potter pls tell me if my guide failed or not. it is the one w/ lenny face

      • Have you Found your decks more susceptible to spammy units, or do you have things in your decks that help you out there?

      • It can struggle with them, but if you cycle well you get a push with exnado in the back that mops them all up.

    • P.E.K.K.A. isn’t the primary win con, but the DP. Miner is perfectly feasible, tough I prefer troops that can push the P.E.K.K.A.

  6. Well I have Came Back From Playing Pokemon showdown with a new view on making decks. A guide will come shortly.

  7. Sniping contest? I like all archetypes and can progress with all of them when giving time. A true player can master all archetypes.

  8. Nice to see not only younger players are playing CR. Loads of parents complain about this game (mine) so this is proof that this isn’t just a ‘millenial’s game’!

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