Dark Prince Balloon Deck: Pushing to the Top!
Hello all, I am Warlock and I have a very interesting Balloon Freeze Deck to share with you guys. This deck got me to #1 Global today. Credit for making this deck goes to Jaker8.
Dark Prince Balloon Deck that got me to #1
Dark Prince is a very versatile card that can clear away popular cards such as Guards and Goblins, unlike his brother, the Prince. For 4 Elixir, he can make your opponent focus on killing the dark prince and making sure his charge doesn’t hit your tower instead of killing the terror of the sky – the Balloon (Loon). The reason i use him instead of Prince is because of the popularity of guards. 3 Elixir Guards can easily shut down a 5 Elixir Prince whereas the 4 elixir Dark Prince can clear these guards easily, meaning he can hit the tower as well as being harder to take down.
Freeze is not used very much nowadays because of its heavy nerfs. However, because it is uncommon, people don’t expect you to Freeze them. It can be used offensively and defensively. Offensively: I usually use this card alongside my Loon pushes – usually they will use 3 elixir Minions or musketeer to defend against my loon. However, they don’t prepare themselves for a freeze spell and the popular giant decks usually only use musketeer as an air defense. Freezing usually means the loon gets the tower to critical health or completely destroys it.
On defense this card works great with Dark Prince and Mini P.E.K.K.A. If they have a giant push with bigger units like Mini P.E.K.K.A and Musketeers – i can Freeze them and use Mini P.E.K.K.A to cut up their troops. If they have Giant and Goblins or Guards, I can use Freeze and them Dark Prince to kill the Goblins and Guards and Mini P.E.K.K.A to slice up the giant. Also, if you need to defend a tower and there are only seconds left, Freeze can stop their push reaching your Tower in time.
Cannon: This card is still a great defense. It is the best card to pull a Hog with and does good damage. You can pull Hogs, Giants, Balloons and Golems with it and stop Royal Giants hitting your tower with it. Against Royal Giant, Cannon and Mini P.E.K.K.A leaves you with a good trade. Against Trifecta, the Cannon can pull that Hog and, alongside Mini P.E.K.K.A, your can cut down that combo of Valk, Musketeer and Hog Rider.
Spear Goblins Due to the popularity of princess and zap, these green critters have fallen out of the meta. But they are still good. They can throw damage on units from afar, like the Princess expect they are cheaper and have more DPS but don’t have that same range and splash. If they have a push like giant Mini P.E.K.K.A, you can use cannon to pull the giant, and the spear goblins to pull the Mini P.E.K.K.A while doing some damage on it and then using a Mini P.E.K.K.A or Dark Prince to finish off that Mini P.E.K.K.A. Also, if left untouched you can throw them at a tower and they do good chip damage for 2 Elixir.
Balloon is your main tower damage dealer. People simply don’t expect Dark Prince Loon Ice Spirit pushes and do not know how to counter them. One of these pushes can get you up a crown early on, meaning you can just defend for rest of match. The main issue with these pushes is that you often use a lose a lot of elixir. I deal with this by defending straight after because defenses are a good way to make Elixir. Another method is by using Elixir Collector instead of cannon to make elixir like that. Its biggest counter is Musketeer. If she doesn’t get Freezed then she will almost certainly smack the balloon down and still survive leaving you with no tower damage and a huge elixir loss. To stop this, I often use spear goblins on my push to whittle her down and if i freeze, she usually dies.
Ice Spirit is a great card to compliment attacks and defenses. Mini P.E.K.K.A coming at your tower. Freeze it with ice spirit and then assassinate with Mini P.E.K.k.A or Dark Prince. I also use this Spirit to help my loon push. I put the spirit in front of the loon because it can reach the tower and tank 2 shots for my Loon. Watch OJ’s ice spirit video for more ideas on how to use it!
Mini P.E.k.K.A is a strong card to deal with tanks and is one of the strongest cards in the game right now. With Giant being so popular, Mini P.E.K.K.A is a great card to slice up the giant. Also, Mini P.E.K.K.A can be used on offense because the opponent will be desperate to make sure Mini P.E.K.K.A doesn’t hit the tower. However, you should only use it on offense if you have Dark Prince or Spear Goblins to compliment it because guards and its hard counter.
Zap is the best card in the game right now. Zap can be used to kill Goblins, Spear Goblins, reset Inferno charge (Ice Spirit used in balloon pushes can do this as well). Galadon is going to post a video soon on this deck and you might see that in my replay, I Zap two pumps with it. This is because Zap takes off 2 elixir from the pump, so I made 4 elixir from this 2 elixir card. Also, Zap can be used against Barbarians if they attack a dark prince because this decreases means that Mini P.E.K.K.A can one shot the barbs and dark prince needs one less hit to kill them. Also, it resets sparky charge and kills Goblin Barrel which, without Zap, this deck would struggle against them.
My main push is to use Dark Prince, Ice Spirit and Balloon. The dark prince makes your opponent have to deal with something that has splash or does good tower damage, making it hard for them to kill your Loon. The Ice Spirit can tank two shots from (an equal or lower level) tower and still Freeze it for two seconds. It can also reset inferno charge which is strong against the Loon. Against Giant, I use Cannon to distract the Giant and Mini P.E.K.K.A, Ice Spirit and Dark Prince to take out the troops behind the Giant. Zap and/or Freeze can compliment killing these units as well.
This is my first deck post so I hope you appreciate it. It is a fun non-meta deck which is also successful. I don’t use it on Warlock anymore because people know I have this deck and Freeze works best if they don’t know you have it. This deck can work in ladder and tourneys alike, but if you are consistently top of tourneys, I wouldn’t use it because people would learn you have this deck so you wouldn’t have the surprise of the freeze spell. However, you could use it for a few games at a time if you switch between different decks.
Thanks for reading this and I hope you have success with it! You might also see Galadon post a video on this deck soon – watch out for that.
Ash has another great reworked version of this deck! Check it out:
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