Annoying Hog Mortar Bait Which Got Me To 4K!
Hey guys, it’s NebulaNoodle back at it again with a brand new guide, an amazing, solid, and consistent deck which grinded me up to 4k Club!
It contains some bait elements and there are two easily swappable win conditions, Hog Rider and Mortar, both really good on ladder and both relatively easy to level up.
I discovered this deck on TV Royale a few weeks ago but never really played with it. A week ago I changed up some cards for my liking and I never stopped using it since!
This is definitely an amazing ladder deck and best of all, it counters the meta due to quick cycling with very strong defensive cards!
Sorry for not posting a while, I was really busy with school and often had to work till late so didn’t have much time. But here’s my return!
- Cheap cycle (3.1)
- Can cycle defenses very quickly
- Can easily beat other bait decks
- Slow annoying chip damage
- Counters the new meta
- Easy to play, but hard to master (I haven’t fully mastered it yet!)
- Contains 3 legendaries (but not too hard to replace!)
- Often hard to get lots of damage (results in many 0-0 draws), due to no spell cycling ability
- Weak to Graveyard (especially Giantyard/Golemyard)
Hog Rider Mortar Hybrid Deck
Hog Rider: Your main win condition and primary source of damage.
Use him on the counter-push with remaining troops (Knight, GGang) but you really only want to be playing the Goblin Gang on offense once you have baited the spells out.
You will want to be getting the most value out of him as if you don’t get much damage out of Hog it will be quite hard to rely on the Mortar for tower damage as there is no big spell in this deck.
Mortar: Secondary win condition/solid defense.
If playing against beatdown, don’t use Mortar on offense unless punishing Golem in the back (you can cycle back to a defensive one quite quickly.)
Usually you want to rely on Hog for damage.
Sometimes I don’t even use the Mortar once during the whole game! That’s usually against Miner Poison decks.
If you are using it on offense (usually if playing quick control decks), try to really level up the mortar.
Minimum I would say is lvl 11 if you want to push well past league 1. My mortar is lvl 11, but it still does decent damage per hit and if you are using it on defense vs Beatdown you could easily turtle up and the Mortar will splash onto the support troops as well.
Top Tip: When playing against Giant/Golem, place the mortar once the Golem has just crossed the Arena tower (if Golem placed in back.) This way, it gives the Mortar adequate time to load and start shooting the Golem.
Knight: Really your strong defensive man.
Even with his nerf he is still really good, taking out Royal Ghost, Wizard, Executioner, Witch, and more for juicy positive elixir trades!
If playing beatdown, use him to distract and kill the support while Mortar is doing its thing.
Try to cycle him quickly on defense/offense as he is the powerhouse in the deck, there are only 4 non-building targeting troops in this deck and all the others die to small spells!
If you can, level him up nicely to lvl 11+. But lvl 10 knight works well too (I made it to 4K with level 10 knight!)
Princess:This lady is really good on defense as well, but squishy.
Place her in the other lane from the opponent’s troops to really get the most value out of her.
She can snipe glass cannons really well combined with the Knight.
Her huge splash radius acts like Arrows, but she lasts infinitely if not dealt with!
You can use her on the bridge for instant chip damage (usually 300+ damage) but if they log/arrows, punish with Hog/Knight+GGang!
But just be mindful about not overcommiting and leaving yourself out of cycle and with no elixir to defend.
Goblin Gang: These fabulous five are a staple in any bait deck.
They do incredible damage if left ignored on an arena tower and offer so much value defending Hog, glass cannons, Miner, and more!
Bait out Zap/Arrows/Log and use them on offense with Hog, Knight, or Mortar.
They can easily distract and kill any card for a positive trade!
Inferno Dragon: Your tank killer.
He is my favorite legendary due to him offering so much value killing PEKKAs, Golems, and MKs. Knight+Princess+Inferno Dragon is the ultimate 10 elixir defense!
Knight to kill glass cannons, Princess to kill swarmy distractions, and Inferno Dragon for the tank.
Even post nerf, he is such a good card, only costing 4 elixir. Give him a shot!
Plus, even at level 1 he can do extremely well as a defensive troop.
He is also great for counterpushes with Hog+another troop.
Once the opponent uses Zap on Goblin Gang you are free to use this Dragon on defense!
Top Tip: If you are facing someone with tornado, place the Inferno Dragon at the edge of the map to defend so the opponent can’t tornado the Dragon to the other lane.
Super great value card for 2 elixir.
Takes out any squishy units, and again isn’t very level dependent, being able to kill Goblins, Princesses, Dart Gobs, and more!
Pre-fire Log with the Hog (only if you know their counters though) or use it to defend swarms attacking your Mortar.
When logging, always try to hit the arena tower for some extra chip damage.
Every bit of damage counts in this deck.
Extremely important card in this deck to level up!
Mine is level 12 which is really OP at 4K due to not many people having level 7+ Goblin Barrels.
Having the advantage of killing Goblins or possibly even Minions in this deck is really value, which basically means you counter Bait decks together with the Log!
Best starting moves: Goblin Gang split in back → Princess in back → Knight in back → Hog
Obviously you don’t want to be playing too aggressively at the beginning of the match but try to get as much damage as possible because you can’t really spell cycle.
Cycle cards in the back to feel out your opponent’s deck.
If they are playing a meta deck, you can easily tell their deck by a few cards (Pump+Mega Minion=Golem deck, Pump+Miner=3M deck, Skeletons+Guards=Hog Cycle/X-Bow).
But around 4K there is such a mishmash of different archetypes, and a lot of overleveled EBarbs, so it might be hard to tell their deck.
Some games you might not even need to play your Mortar, if you are playing a Miner deck.
Get the most value out of Logs, and know whether to play Mortar or Hog offensively, depending on their counters.
Rule of thumb for most is that if there are two or more hard counters to your win condition, don’t play it too much and focus on spell cycling instead.
But as there is no med/hi dmg spell in this deck you will need to use your other win condition!
That’s the beauty of hybrid decks!
The key to playing this deck well is knowing if their counters are in rotation, so force their counter out another card.
This is a bait deck, so try to force their Log/Zap/Arrows out and then punish.
For example, opponent Logs Princess. Now you can punish with a quick push, like Hog+Gang.
Keep the pressure up and chip away. If needed, play for a draw.
In fact, in the last 5 ladder matches I played 3 of them were 0-0 draws. DO NOT OVERCOMMIT because then you will just have no elixir left to defend or punish, which is the worst situation one could be in.
Once you have gotten the tower down to 600 or lower, turtle up with your mortar and chip with Princess on the bridge and Log.
Set up a solid defense and even get 2 or more mortars down on defense!
Most games will end up either 0-0, 1-0, or 1-1 so be patient and wait for the right moment to strike.
I’ll go through the some of most popular decks in this meta on ladder only, as they are the most important. Here’s how to counter them.
Golem Double Prince:
Oh dear, the new cancer trio.
Both Princes are buffed and ready to roll. This matchup might seem intimidating but don’t be scared.
If they put their pump in front of the king, place your Mortar to counter the pump to force out a card.
If they place pump behind Princess tower, punish with Hog on the other lane.
On defense against the snowball push, turtle up with Mortar. Place GGang to kite the Princes to the other lane while you use Inferno Dragon to counter the Golem.
Now the Golem is dead, so don’t worry about the Golemites.
Use Knight to clean up the rest of the two Princes while hopefully both Princess towers are shooting at the Princes.
Of course that’s the optimal situation but that’s how you should defend this deck.
Very consistent deck which has been around for a long time.
There’s no big spell in this deck, so use Knight to defend the 2M and other troops to defend the one.
You will need to log the Battle Ram and the Goblin Gang. Get the most value out of spells, and place princess on opposite lane to defend all the swarmy troops.
Again, punish pump and use Mortar in defensive position. May need to play for a draw.
Yes, lavaloon is making a comeback and is quite strong now!
Use Mortar to distract the Lava and Loon and cycle Inferno Dragons as fast as you can while not spamming mindlessly.
You can cycle quickly to either defensive mortars or offensive mortars (to punish) and Pre-log or Zap the Skeletons from the Tombstone when using your Hog.
Shouldn’t be too hard, seeing as you have a quick cycle deck and two great counters to LavaLoon (Inferno Dragon and even Princess, for the swarms).
This is a really solid deck guys, do give it a shot if you love bait decks!
I used to hate bait but now I love it, now that I found this deck. It has really really good defensive units and there is not one hard counter deck other than Graveyard, but other than that you can do just fine against any other deck as long as you play smart and don’t overcommit.
Until next time, peace!
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not this again >:(
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How many times have you posted this Will?
(Insert short word for amusement here)
Third Guide from Saturday, mine’s either next or never and if I am lucky the day after.
Hopefully it’ll come! You write very in-depth.
Hey i submitted one too, will didn’t post it yet, getting anxious because i plan to buy the lunar new year packs
if u really want to then buy the kings chest the lightning chests are trash
fortunately my quest chest is legend king chest
In 4K with all the cards (except Magical archer) and I haven’t even spent a penny 😀 so paying for an offer is sadly never part of rules for myself. Hope your guide gets posted too! 😀
same here, but I desperately want MA ASAP. but if you aren’t gonna buy offers, then what are you gonna do with your $20 gift card?
Third no one claimed
This brings back so many memories of my first Hybrid Horrors guide…
I didn’t fully read the guide but why did you finish the Hybrid Horrors?
Not enough time/committal? I did love the Hybrid Horrors series tho..
He will keep making new ones for sure 😉
Will could u make an Instagram page for CRA? Would be really nice. It could do well!
I am good with Instagram too. I agree. If we do, I would love to be a part of it
i dont have instagram and yet im 14…
Hey Will did you see my earlier question (probably in another article), I really don’t wanna nag so I’ll stop after this.
I just have too much to do, and now I won’t be able to continue it anymore. I have a new Ultimate Guide coming and a new deck series in the works too!
xD you meant your “legendary” series?
No my Hog Mortar.
This deck just took me from 3719 to 3990 without a single loss on the ladder, having never tested it beforehand. If you read the guide and follow instructions, it’s simply amazing.
Glad to hear it! 🙂
that’s like, what, 9 straight wins?
did u get any draws tho?
Whoa this must be gud
hey i got 400 trophies in a single day once from 3400 to 3800 (testing decks the day before, went overboard)
Hey when did you submit this guide?
4 days ago i believe
then mine should be coming along soon because I posted it on Saturday night in Asia, unless it sucked
Lol I posted mine 7 months ago and still waiting
Like my new Gravatar pfp on the bottom xD
I used a different version of this deck before. Dark Prince and Mini Pekka work extremely well with mortar
GG, i used to use hog mortar too, but i used hog mortar knight archer fireball zap and something else, was really effective before nerf
Uuuuuuuurghhhhhh the nasty Knarchers combo I hate it!
prince on the archers then
I love it myself
this deck will literally hard counter my ladder deck, or really any mortar deck in general
thats the pt xD
gonna change my pfp despite ppl really recognizing me as “the ice wizard” of CRA, actually been playing nintendo a bit more often now
Do you still play the ice wizard?
In what deck?
My payfecta deck
I don’t perfectly remember that
Miner MP Princess Fire Spirits Fireball IWiz if i remember correctly
Wow, i might need to change mine too
new poll : what is your most hated card? Mine would be the Prince right now, it’s rather annoying.
Mine is still the witch, but minion horde comes at a close 2nd tho
I’ve mad this poll before so I sure do know you hate the witch. I use her in all my decks. Mwehehe. (Not all actually but most)
witch is like my 3rd most hated bcuz it rekts prince
You play prince?
Oh yeah I saw your comment
y tho use princess or knight or something
My deck legit has 5 cards that counter horde, it’s just that I encounter them so often and very overleveled
same i dropped 200 trophies an hour ago bcuz of them…so annoying behind overleveled giant
Definitely either tornado or freeze. I guess I’ll go with freeze as first place just cuz how helpless it makes you feel.
I USE PRINCE 🙂
Gonna go in with Golem, golem beatdown decks have always screw me up, but I don’t really hate the card, cuz I use it myself in some decks 😛
yea thats prob round 5th after ebarbs
valk is maybe 6th for me
I FKING HATE MAX VALKYRIE. IT IS SO TANKY AND DOES SO MUCH DAMAGE IT IS SO OP
I must agree with you. A true clash royale player hates all cards. (Humor)
no one sed ebarbs yet
I kinda like facing ebarbs cause they are really good at generating positive trades for you, unless if I make a chief pat rocket. then they are the most OP card in the world
over lvled wizards, or gob hut
Mortar, sorry Nebula
mortar legit leads to my payfecta deck’s DEATH (but #3 behind minion horde and witch)
all fine xD
On ladder everybody uses noob beatdown(ebarb golem and such), plain ebarbs, and maxed RG. I only have a little trouble with RG but i don’t hate it. For challenges definitely dart gob, or any card capable of sniping my gob hut(i hate dart gob the most)
dont forget hog rider
oh yeah, I guess I’ll just have to say overleveled legendless cancer bridge spam and beatdown
also my hated cards list (to face):
5. Ebarbs (lvl 13)
4. Wizard (lvl 9+)
3. Mortar (lvl 11+)
2. Minion Horde (lvl 12+)
1. Witch (lvl 6+)
fire spirits rekts witch…i just happen to use fire spirits
THEY’RE MY FAVORITE CARD!!!!
yesss mortar i hate it
The card that butters my eggroll is the stupid fricking elite barbs.
Deal wit it
Rather wrecks my deck, she does
My deck as no skeleton army to counter PEKKA and they zap fireball my god damn freaking witch
oh yeah I forgot, FURNACE ANNOYING AS HELL
On ladder just RG. He is a pain in the arse to kill, and by the time you do there is another one on the other lane
Cool we could just say Poll: What is your most wanted card? I have all of them except the unreleased legendary so I really want Magical Archer to finish my collection once again!
i dont hav rghost mk iwiz or magic archer, i want rghost
I want magic archer XD
Arhcer and Ghost.
Wow is arhcer a new card? Did it come out yet? Oh it must be a typo, but why would you want a card given to you in training camp lol
MAGIC archer lol
he is one of my fav legendaries. I like lumberjack tho
Lol i really suck at those special challenges(not regular deck vs decl matches), couldn’t get it either. Hopefully Will will publish my guide
U are really lucky I have only 4 legendary cards and I will soon open a smg hope I get a legendary
It wasn’t luck, I spent 6 months grinding for the shop, chests seem to hate me.
My deck is complete, I need no cards, I just need darn levels. I’m a level 7 and it kinda sucks.
Do you have legendary cards
I ahve miner
Mega knight I will change it instead of lava Hound
hey do you have me as your friend in CR?(my name is HS) I have a player called destroyer in my friend section, and he has MA
Yes I have you as friend.
I don’t really like any of the cards in this deck. ID is annoying, Mortar is annoying, Hog is annoying, Princess is annoying, I always have to respond to gang because i threeshot goblins, and knight blocks X-Bow like no tomorrow.
better than RG or bowler or even golem, the ultimate counters
nobody plays rg or bowler and golem is 8 elixir and can’t keep up with X-Bow cycle
yeah but in challenges you have to admit that hog isn’t that hard to deal with
haha i have no gems cuz accidental fortune chest purchase….but i run tesla so yea hog doesn’t do anything if I switch around placements.
Yes hog is annoying princess is annoying but mortar nah I don’t thinks so because miner and fireball to it bye bye mortar
that’s a negative elixir trade and it would still get a shot on your tower.
Not if miner is level 4 and fireball 9 and mortar level 9
How tf would that be true?
lol agreed i dont like mortar hog or ID