Hog Freeze Cycle (Hard-Counters Almost Everything)
Henlo my dear friends, I’m finally back!
If you don’t know me, my name is Norbysweg, and I started writing guides more than half a year ago!
At the moment I have quite good stats, sitting around 5200 trophies, and playing Grand Challenges every day!
Leaving that behind, today I’m bringing you this exceptional, surprising Hog Freeze deck, supported by two excellent defensive cards, the Mini P.E.K.K.A and Princess!
Now without further ado, let’s get right into the guide!
Hog Freeze Deck
Meta Hog Freeze Deck
Sitting at 2.9 Elixir, this deck is a beast at cycling and getting many princesses down.
Princesses are what offer your deck stability, by denying many troops from distance.
You can easily catch your opponent off guard with chip Goblins or Princesses because this deck often relies on catching your opponent with one to zero response!
I got several 12 wins with this deck, an average of 6 out of 10, and I most often got a tower with Mini P.E.K.K.A Freeze!
Hog Rider – Your main win condition, of course.
One of the best cards to pair with Freeze, because of it targeting only buildings!
When using Hog Freeze, you want it to be the push that automatically gets damage, like a Fireball, Rocket, or whatever!
The Hog Freeze isn’t like a Pekka or Golem Push: Waiting for 10 Elixir, then starting it and getting value out of your troops, it’s about doing it right away when you have few Elixir, so you can catch them off-guard!
Mini P.E.K.K.A – Your secondary win condition, the Mini P.E.K.K.A is used as the main Tank Killer, as well as punisher!
There are two types of punishing with this deck, but I’ll talk about that later.
When defending a push with Mini Pekka, you most likely want it to deal its full damage, so protect it with Goblins, Ice Golem, or whatever you have!
Freeze+Mini Pekka kills every glass cannon push in the game, so keep that as an idea when defending huge pushes!
Princess – Your main defensive card!
The Princess is used to chip away and kill pushes from far away, while her being one of the most annoying cards in the game.
With Zap being overused in the Meta, there is almost nothing to kill a defensive princess!
If you’re playing against a Miner player, always save Goblins to protect your Princess!
Goblins – One of the most solid defensive cards at the moment, and also used in fast-paced pushes.
Bats – Essential in almost every deck right now, the Bats are fast, high-DPS air troops that kill and chip lots of cards like Pekka, Balloon, Hog, Giant, Mega Knight, and else!
Their high DPS can be used super effectively on offense, for example eliminating a Minion Horde while attacking, by Zapping it while the Bats kill them in the blink of an eye!
Zap – Essential on offense, less used on defense though! It insta-kills troops like Bats, damages Hordes, Gangs, Minions, Goblins, and also resets Inferno Dragons and else!
Ice Golem + Zap is something you’ll use very often against Balloon or Miner players!
Ice Golem – The main tank for both of your possible pushes, also an essential defensive card, being able to slow down and kill small troops such as Skeletons and Bats, while also damaging things above like Minions!It’s also the best kiting troop, being able to defend a
It’s also the best kiting troop, being able to defend a P.E.K.K.A or a Mega Knight just by kiting and killing with Bats, offering crazy value in games!
Freeze – I explained everything at the Hog part, so yea!
Your best starting moves are either Princess in the back, cycle Bats/Gobs, or Hog on offense!Never go Hog IG in
Never go Hog Ice Golem on offense as the first move, because they can easily counter with a Mega Knight, and destroy you after with no kiting left!
As I said earlier, there are two types of punishes you can do with this deck!
- Pump-Punish: When your opponent pumps, the key is taking it out! Send a fake Goblins/Bats + Ice Golem push on one side, then immediately Hog in the middle so it takes out the pump!
- Tank-Punish: Be that a Giant, a Golem, a Pekka! It’s worth punishing the other lane! In this case, you want to take out the Tower completely! If they place a Hog Counter like a Mega Knight or Pekka on the other lane, it’s worth going with Hog too! A regular Tank-Punish would be Ice Golem+Mini Pekka+Bats/Goblins.
Don’t be afraid to punish the other lane! Always remember, if you punish the other lane, EVEN if you towertrade, you’ll have the advantage of you attacking on the other side of the map at 1-1!Against this deck, the only method you can win
Against this deck, the only method you can win is to control the incoming pushes!
It’s kind of hard when you counter a push, then you can’t counterpush because it’s going to the King. If they go for it, you have the advantage, if they don’t, you have the advantage! If they tank in the back you just punish and you’re fine!
This deck can easily counter: Bridge Spam, Bandit Miner cycle, Classic Golem, Lava Miner Triple Minions
Lavaloon – One of the Hardest matchups to start off!
As you’ve probably noticed, you barely have two air counters in this deck, which are pretty weak against the tanky aspect of the Lava and the Balloon coupled with it.
To counter that, you want to put pressure the whole game, and cycle like a monster.
Get the most value out of Zaps. Most likely Tombstones or Minions. Goblin Gangs survive the Zap, and the Mini Pekka has to hit them like they would be full health.
Your best bet is getting a good push at the start.
Mega Knight Balloon – Pretty even Matchup!
They have the Mega for the Hog, but you have the Princess which completely f*cks up their playstyle!
Always save Goblins for protecting Princess from Miner, and Freeze the Balloon if needed.
If they use their Mega Knight, you can just push through their defense like it was nothing.
Just Hog+Ice G+Mini P, and a Princess somewhere in the middle. How can they defend it?
Bait – Pretty controversial matchup, you always have to win the Princess Battle and get most value out of your Goblins.
The best move you can pull out is pre-placing Goblins or placing them super fast when you see the Barrel, so they go around the Tower and Block all the damage.
Outcycle their Inferno Tower first, and use freeze on your second push, when they don’t have it in hand!
Hog Cycle – Get the most value out of Mini Pekka and always watch out for Bats!
Keep your Zap or Ice Golem in hand when defending, and get most value out of your Goblins.
Surprise Freeze can easily win you the game, but only use it when you feel like he has no elixir.
Pong’s Hog LJ
Popular Hog Rocket
Soo…. That was it guys!
Hope you enjoyed my new deck, because I sure did while playing it!
Don’t forget to tell your opinions, improvements in the comments below, and hope to see you in my next guide!
First reply to the first reply
did Will banned the first bot?
Aw yeah! SECOND!
kind of sucks you didnt talk about how to counter 3musks, I can imagine running into problems there with zap being your only damaging spell
YES! My clanmate got rekt by 3M pekka rage! (lol wut is that deck lmao)
well i think the part was lost in the editing, you pretty much want to pekka the side with two when they reach the bridge, and pekka freeze if they go in a lot in the side with 1
Third nobody claimed it lol
How does it counter THE MIGHTY MEGAPEKKA, HUH??? lol it will never get defeated!
o u t c y c l e
No way! MEGAPEKKA WILL NOT BE OUTCYCLED MUHAHAHAHAHA! execuse me…
evil mastermind mode incoming…
1 word: PRESSURE
1 word(lol) Megapush (even if they take 2 towers lol)
How do I get CRA trophies? Being active in comments or posting guides/ being an admin? Just asking lol
comments my friend
Just comment m8
Will, plz make a poll like: What is meta? My answer would be elite (I saw a lot of elite hogs, elite golems and elite rg)
Btw MEGAPEKKA couters them awesomly spectacuarly buitifully gracefull (Ik too many missspels)
elites are meta in ladder ofcourse, but judging by competitive meta, mega knight pekka ewiz and bandit dominate
In every region (I think) there is its own minimeta, for example I don’t have meta at all in my region! It shifts everyday so much!
the meta in my trophy range is overleveled everything
🙁 mr too… first I’m like: yesss against me is level 10! And he places elite rg lvl 13…. wtf
Isnt this already a pretty meta deck?
nope, i made it
It’s…just the meta hog freeze with bats instead of minions and ice golem instead of ice spirit
hog freeze wasn’t meta since half a year
It’s always meta
Is it good for ladder too? If yes, I would like to try it out 😉
Also i like c9 rush better 🙂
Haha 😀 I loved C9. But I don´t play LoL anymore….and I loved Jensen as a best mid-laner I think….Even Bjergsen was not better 😛
what to swithch princess with?
archers my friend
ice wiz (might work better as the deck says princess is your main defensive card and ice wiz works better on defense), archers, d goblin
any three elixir crad that has some sort of range
Omg u r right! NO ONE CLAIMED!
I would use this deck its just that my hog is level 6 and I am at 3500 trophies
It does not matter that you are at 3500, but that hog matters :/
might try this deck with ice wiz instead of princess
u with ur ice wiz. got some more hope after the recent buff? could it be the next broken thing like e-wiz?
its not even close to broken bro, even after the buff
I don’t have the hog rider, the freeze, the princess, the bats, the ice golem, or anything else in this deck 😉
but i have a knight!!!!
If you don’t have hog rider then this deck isn’t for you. I assume that you’re in a lower arena, so try looking at these:
what arena are u in?
that was a joke man i’m in legendary Challenger 3
when the pentagon chart is a regular pentagon…
omg ocd activated
do you have subs for the hog rider, the freeze, the princess, the bats, the ice golem, or anything else in this deck 😉
if ur missing a lot, then dont use it 😉
It’s not a regular Pentagon since synergies and counters are on a different level than easy to use and defense which is on a different level than offense
well… almost a regular pentagon lol
Good ol days when hog freeze was the meta
I raged so much when im playing against that
lol the good old days when RG sucks and ebarbs didnt exist
Hog is always meta now i think of it
This is why we need the Cannon in our lives.
the same feeling i had with bridge spam…
i raged a ton during the goison meta (aka the nightmare meta)
i was in arena 6 then…
LOL i was in arena 2 then…
i honestly think ice wiz would work better in this deck instead of princess, as it says in the guide, princess is your main DEFENSIVE card, also ice wiz fits more with the “freeze” part of the deck
I guess maybe bit better against lava hound…?
Just cuz u like ice wiz doesn’t mean it works in this deck. Everyone on leaderboards who uses this deck always uses princess with it.
im just saying, m8
Ice wiz does synergize better with Mini Pekka, Goblins, zap, and bats…
which also proves my point
princess is not ur main defensive card, ur main defense is mini pekka. princess is for pressure and opposite lain control
it says she is your main defensive card in the princess section…
sixth claimed it!!!1
srsly dude? we only count to 5th
doesn’t he do that all the time
ur confusing him with hotshot gamer boy…
GG, Norbysweg! I just submitted a guide, too!
off-topic but i might start using this deck when i can battle again (i can only battle on weekends)
note: i have all cards in this deck at tournament standard except for my commons which are lvl 10
mini pekka should be replaced for pekka, that’s IMO
hmmm, like it, but ur probally weak against pekka decks. but looks fine by me 😀
why cant u battle during the week
i only battle on weekends aswell
anybody wanna be my friend im at 2900s and a level 10
Edit: i put the wrong link that is my weak account it is actually
I will start using hog freeze on my second account!! 😉
lol im planning to use hog lightning on my main
Yea it’s very cancerous (good for ppl like u).
yea, i recently realized that hog can pretty cancerous, just like RG, but with a little more enthusiasm!
nah hog u need skill rg just plop it on a lane and watch their tower die
not really, people will throw everything they have to stop the RG from getting too many hits, i know this cause i am an ex-RG player, back in frozen
wat about rg freeze
hog is not cancerous
If you’re like me and you face a lot of level 1 and 2 mega knights then a level 8+ mini pekka can counter it 1v1(just don’t let the MK jump).
Just counter balloon by baiting with the goblins.
will lvl 7 mini pekka work?
Against level 1 MK
I dont play Mega Knight Ballon I play Mega Knight Double Dragon Bandit???
Bandit attacks faster but she also has nearly 5x less health: but she can take out a huge chunk of health of with tower help. Or you can just use inferno dragon to melt the MK while distracting with say an ice golem.
You missed the chance to call this the freezing hog cycle deck.
that name would be more fitting if it had ice wiz instead of princess 😛
u like ice wiz too much i like skarmy and mega knight too much
Because it used to be considered the best defensive option in the game
Until the goblin buff so now Goblin Gang and Goblins are considered the best.
most units in one
new poll : which epic card do you hate the most when it’s overleveld? I hate golem the most probably.
Obvi. gtg already sorry
Though i also use barrel ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
hi fella 😀
whenever i face overleveled xbow i get pretty but hurt but more likely executioner since i run three muski however beware that tornado and mirror
my level 8 pump gets absolutely eaten alive by the level 7 and 8 lightnings i face so definitely lightnings should be removed from the game 🙂 jkjk but im a 3m pump player soooo ya i hate lightning overleveld
idk maybe goblin barrel…
balloon, when overlevelled basically bowler hitpoints with giant skelly bomb damage
nice guide norby the nooby knob
I am using the exact same deck but with rocket for freeze and ice spirit for gobs (the hog rocket deck in the replacements)
Finally a hog freeze deck.
Absolutely love it
yeah old meta comeback!
since the meta is pekka and mk, hog freeze would be an excellent option to use
is that sarcastic i honestly cant tell and if it is just remember taht you are likely to out cycle any push that they can throw at you
no he’s not being sarcastic. hog freeze is strong against any deck that requires an investment.
that is exactly what i was about to say, thx
Yeah but like
lol thats true i guess. going against a good tombstone player will be hard you’re correct
new thing question of the day if you were to get every offensive damage dealing card and place as close to 50 elixir worth of it which card would win ( ignore bomb of giant skeleton as that just gives it a guaranteed win to probably every card)
Well, in CR its a rock paper scissors between single target troops, splash damage troops, and swarms
actually generally the mass amounts of splash tend to overwhelm crads no matter there health
Can they beat 7 mighty pekkas? Dont think so
dont know about that but a bunch of dark princes beat the same amount of prince
the more splash troop there is, more damage dealt
you would honestly be surprised the pekka might one hit them in a group but the executioners could deal like 2000 damage two shotting all the pekkas in the group before the very slow pekka gets anywhere near
for example the one executioner might do 200 ranged damage but with ten they will be doing 2000 per shot
ohhh boi. just when is start using hog, mini pekka and princess, this pops up. great guide, dude 😀
First reply to “Henlo”
kind of off topic but do any players at least 4600+ feel that theres like reverse trophy inflation happening? it seems harder to push up high every season, and i noticed that now people at 5k are ranked like 7 thousandth in the world and two months ago i was at 5100 and i still needed 300 more trophies to get to that ranking. so basically nobody pushes as high anymore and every season it gets harder and harder to make it to a highest trophies
I agree. I used to be in Master II, but now I’m stuck in Challenger 2
master II that’s amazing!
Edit: Challenger 3, and also, thx Zigge!
How do you even get those two confused? xD
They are next to each other on my keyboard (it was typed on phone)
Oh I thought you meant challenger II instead of Master II. My bad
That’s alright mate!
zigge are u experiencing the same problem? whats ur season highest trophies rn
yeah, same problem. I would be Master I if not for the trophy deflation. Now I’m struggling at 4.9k
dude same im stuck in 3
and then im stuck at 3300…
Yeah, you should see ClashWithAsh’s video.
Wouldn’t it be called trophy recession? That’s a sign that more and more players are getting good and not enough players are making the gap from Arena 10 to Arena 11.
2 reasons for this
EBarbs and RG
ebarbs and rg arent even that strong tho?
I pushed to legendary with a giant sparky deck a couple months ago (before sparky got buffed) I can safely say that too many players get absorbed in the meta that is way up there. They think that the meta works down there at hog mountain, but in reality the off meta decks work a lot better. People used to call the sparky a really bad card before it got buffed, but in reality it is a hard counter to rg and e barbs when paired with zap bait
But no one uses RG and E Barbs in my knowledge. I’m in Challenger but still I find the update to sparky a buff.
should i replace goblins with goblin gang?