Hi again, here with another deck guide, this time it’s how to get 20 wins with 3 musketeers bait + some general advice that most people overlook.
First, the deck and the video of the 20 wins proof.
I’m going to refer to key times throughout the video to illustrate what I’m explaining and help you become a better player!
What I said above covers most of it but I will explain some more things.
You will be pumping up mostly in single Elixir and ONLY in Double Elixir if it’s 3 Musks Vs. 3 Musk OR if you recognize that they can’t punish you during Double Elixir (e.g. against Graveyard decks).
It’s also the main card you will be using to bait out their heavy spells.
3 Musketeers: There are 2 ways you can play 3 Musks: Offensively or defensively.
When you’ve built up an Elixir lead or baited out their spell you can split 3 Musks at the back and build up a slow push.
This does 2 things:
It maintains control of both lanes because your opponent won’t push into 3 Musks.
It forces your opponent to play defensive.
In some situations, you can play 3 Musketeers defensively if you know their heavy spell isn’t in cycle and build a devastating counterpush once you clean up their troops on your side (refer to 1:03)
Ice Golem: Always hold onto Ice Golem vs X-Bow.
There is also 3 ways you can play Ice Golem again 1. Kite opposing troops into opposite lane refer to 5:20 (e.g. vs P.E.K.K.A) 2. Play it in front of Battle Ram as this will make it very difficult to stop the Battle Ram’s charge. Make sure you hold onto Ice Golem + Zap if you recognise the opponent has Minion Horde 3. Play it in front of your Minion Horde/Gang to tank for the opponents pushes (e.g. if opponent goes Hog Rider + Goblin Gang)
Use it mainly to support your pushes against the opponents swarm troops or to reset target onto Miner instead of Musketeer in some situations.
Use defensively if you are pumping to build up an Elixir lead and hold for offence when building up a push
Always hold onto Goblin Gang if
Opponent plays Miner on Pump
Opponent has Goblin Barrel.
It is mainly a defensive tool against your opponents pushes but can be used offensively if you bait out their cheap spells in some situations.
Battle Ram: Your main win condition.
In some situations it it appropriate to use Battle Ram to kite troops (e.g. vs a Prince) however it is mainly used to support your Musketeer pushes.
If you’ve built up an Elixir lead, placing an Ice Golem in front of Battle Ram will make it extremely difficult to stop it’s charge.
Miner: Your secondary win condition. again in some situations it is appropriate to play Miner defensively.
However, it is mostly used to
Deal with Elixir Pump.
Support your split pushes by sniping medium sized troops (Musketeer, electrowizard, Ice Wizard etc).
In some situations, it is okay to play Miner + Gang/Horde if you know their spell is out of cycle however in most situations, Ram + Gang/Horde is a more deadly push
Minion Horde The key to this deck that makes 3 Musk bait such a strong deck.
It is also a win condition in some matchup’s if played properly.
Used mainly defensively and offensively in conjuction with Battle Ram when you’ve baited out their big spells, the opponent will have a difficult time stopping your push (refer to 11:50)
The whole premise of the deck is to build up an Elixir advantage with Pump ONLY if you know you are able to defend the Pump AND your Tower.
The main situations you wouldn’t Pump is vs a deck with Giant/Balloon + Miner because you won’t have the Elixir to defend the Pump and your Tower at the same time.
Asides from this, you will Pump up most of the time if you recognize that you can defend the Pump against the opponents deck (Watch at 11:20, notice how I pumped up and made sure both Goblin Gang and Ice Golem was in my hand to defend his Miner and Flying Machine. I recognised what deck he had and made sure I held onto the correct cards to defend my Pump).
Once you build up an Elixir lead and bait out their spells in most situations, there are 3 main pushes you can do.
Battle Ram + Minion Horde/Goblin Gang + Miner
ONLY in some situations: If you bait out a Poison and recognize that the opponent doesn’t have a good answer to Minion Horde, this is a devastating push that will almost always do damage to their Tower AND the Minion Horde/Gang will most likely kill their defending troops so you don’t have to deal with them on your side)
Refer to to 1:05 -> I recognized that the opponent used Log AND was low on Elixir. Therefore my push with Goblin would get a lot of value
Split 3 Musketeers + Battle Ram in lane of single Musketeer + Horde/Gang/Miner
Depending on opponents card cycle
This push is very effective when
The opponent is down 2-3 Elixir and
When you bait out their medium spell (Poison/Fireball/Rocket).
Your push will almost always do damage to the Tower (refer to 7:50)
Battle Ram at back + 3 Musketeers at bridge in one lane
This is push you will do ONLY IF
You bait out their big spell and their cycle is slow
They don’t have a P.E.K.K.A, Mega Knight or Dark Prince It’s a very effective push against Lava Hound, Graveyard Hut and X-Bow Rocket nado decks as they will not have the right cards in cycle to defend the 3 musks in one lane.
Refer to 4:01
There are of course other small pushes you can do (solo Ram, Miner + Gang/Horde etc) but they are very situational and dependent on your ability to recognise the opponents card cycle (spells mainly) and Elixir.
The 3 pushes I listed above are the main main ones you will be using
P.E.K.K.A Hut Control: The to key to beating this matchup is Minion Horde.
The opponent will usually run Log instead of Zap and even if they still run Zap, it is very difficult for them to deal with Minion Horde.
Always play Ram + Horde in lane OPPOSITE to the Goblin Hut when you’ve baited out their big spell.
If the opponent has Poison in cycle, you can still play Ram + Horde BUT make sure you wait 1-1.5 seconds before playing Minion Horde as the opponent will usually respond with a ground troop that your Minion Horde can cleanup THEN they will have to spend more Elixir poisoning Horde.
From here you can freely Pump up and hold onto Gang for Miner.
Usually you will not split 3 musks in the back unless
You have a very big Elixir advantage
You can get defensive value out of 3 musks and build up a counter push
Lavaloon: The key to beating this deck is getting value out of 3 Musketeers or Horde when you’ve baited out their spell.
Opponent plays Hound -> go Ram opposite lane -> wait 1.5 seconds -> then drop Horde.
This will bait out a Fireball allowing you to play 3 Musks in one lane and easily clean up their push.
Alternatively, play Ram + Gang in opposite lane. This will bait out a Zap allowing your Minion Horde to get value instead.
Graveyard Hut: Again, the key is getting value out of Minion Horde.
One very effective push against Graveyard Hut decks is Ram at back + 3 Musks in one lane if you bait out their spells.
Most Graveyard decks only have 1 counter to 3 musks
If your opponent goes Ice Golem + Graveyard ALWAYS play Goblin Gang on the Ice Golem and then play your own Ice Golem to defend the Graveyard.
You can also play Horde on the Ice Golem if you don’t have Gang in cycle. Another devastating push is Horde + Ram when you bait out their big spell and you know they have Log instead of Zap
X-Bow (hardest matchup): Watch from 6:50 to to 10:38.
I play against a top 100 global X-Bow player and still manage to win.
The gameplay explains it far better than I could through words but I’ll mention a few key things. Always save Ice Golem AND play it on opposite lane to X-Bow.
Reason being if they drop Archers or Tesla to defend the X-Bow, not only will your Ice Golem die faster in same lane as X-Bow, you now have to deal with their support cards before you can take out the X-Bow.
Once you’ve distracted the X-Bow with Ice Golem, how you take out the X-Bow is highly dependent on the spells and cards they have in cycle.
If Fireball or Log is out of cycle, you can go Miner + Horde/Gang.
If they drop Tesla to support X-Bow, push hard on the other lane with Battle Ram.
If they have both Fireball and Log in cycle, play Ice Golem opposite lane, wait patiently to build up 7 Elixir then drop Ram + Miner onto X-Bow and support with Zap only if necessary.
The video shows this nicely
Final General Tips for Getting 20 Wins
If you are getting tilted, stop and take a break. There is nothing worse then playing while you’re frustrated or emotional. You need to have a perfectly clear mind to hit 20 wins.
Don’t keep switching decks. Choose 1 strong meta deck, keep practising with it and learn all the matchups inside out. This is why I was able to hit 20 wins
When you’re playing, don’t just consider taking down the Tower. Keep the following 3 things in mind, it’s what separates the good players from the pro players
How can I defend as efficiently as possible (Technical skill = Troop timing + troop placement)
Have an awareness of the opponents Elixir
Be aware of you and your opponents card cycle. This will dictate how you should defend and push
Goodluck everyone in the 20 wins, I hope this guide helps you out.