Insane Balloon Cycle – Fire and Ice!
Hello ladies and gentlemen! It’s yours truly, NebulaNoodle, back at it with a crazy Balloon deck guide!
So recently I made this deck, trying to find a cheap Balloon deck which still had a decent defense.
With that in mind, I created this deck. I’ve been having great success in 2v2s and been beating my clanmate 600 trophies higher in a friendly.
Nevertheless, hope you will enjoy my guide!
The Insane Balloon Cycle Deck
Your only tank for Balloon and small troops.
He does very well with Tesla to shut down big tanks. Ice Golem+ Minions combo does very well too.
Kite master! Kills Skellies, Bats and overall offers huge value.
One of two solid air defense cards in this deck.
Kill any air troop taking only minimal damage.
Against Baby Dragon, one nemesis of this deck, surround him (sort of common sense!)
Place a Balloon in front of these three blue machines for a mean counterpush!
Huge value insides one little frosty guy.
Together with Zap, this combo kills Minions/Princess/Goblins/Dart Gobs/Archers.
Ice Spirit+ Zap does the same job Arrows does except the two cards itself are much more versatile.
Cycle and distract, great to use to cycle while Tesla is doing its thing.
Help in clutch moments to delay troops.
Other than that not much to say!
These guys are very underappreciated.
At the top levels, there aren’t too many people using Fire Spirits, except those guys using E-Barbarians (no one likes people using E-Barbarians + Fire Spirits!)
They kill Minion Horde and work nicely with Balloon working like moving Arrows, melting down Minions and Glass Cannons alike!
Nice when overleveled, they deal roughly 300 damage to crown towers.
Well, you can’t have a Balloon deck without the Balloon!
One of my favorite all-time win conditions, with the second highest Damage Per Hit in the game (after the Not-So-Trash-Anymore-Sparky!)
I’m not a Lavaloon kind of guy, so I go for Balloon cycle, usually with Miner/Ice Golem. And always Fire Spirits!
Sometimes you might struggle for damage with this deck, try to get your Balloon to the Tower at all costs!
The defensive core of this deck.
The only heavy structure other than Ice Golem, and after the buff, now that it one shots Gobs and Minions, it’s much more viable.
The Tesla has a small hitbox so use that to your advantage, place the Tesla as far away from the troop you want to pull!
The Tesla can do work to a Mega Knight and P.E.K.K.A, especially when paired with Minions/Ice Spirit/Zap.
Your only spell, so use it wisely to accompany your Balloon to the Tower!
Best to overlevel it. Pairs very well with Ice Spirit or Ice Golem.
- Zap kills Minions 2 levels lower
- Kills Goblins 1 level lower
- Maxed Zap kills lvl 1 Princess
Best starting moves
- Either Spirit at the bridge (if they reach the Tower)
- Ice Golem+Balloon or Balloon+Fire Spirits (if opponents pumps up or plays heavy tank)
- Minions/Ice Golem/Skeletons in the back
Overall, you will want to be playing this deck very aggressively, or else you won’t be getting much Tower damage.
So every opportunity you get, punish, punish, punish.
It’s quite easy to get positive Elixir trades so use that to your advantage and keep punishing quickly with quick Balloon pushes, trying to get that one Balloon hit.
If the Balloon doesn’t get a hit, it’s OK. As usual, the Bomb hits the Tower, and the Bomb itself deals 272 damage at tourney standard.
Every little bit of chip damage will massively help you throughout the game.
This would be a decent tournament deck, or to hell with it, if Sudden Death came back I would definitely use this deck.
Remember, Balloon is NOT a tank!
Around mid-game, you will want to have chipped down your opponent’s Tower little by little.
Keep going with Balloon pushes, because this deck is extremely cheap and can outcycle most decks, especially Beatdown when they will struggle to keep up with the pace.
Cycle your Teslas on defense, and most importantly try not to fall back in Elixir.
Around late game and overtime, keep cycling your Balloons until your opponent cracks.
This deck is very weak to 3M specifically, so keep that in mind. You have nothing to answer their pumps but don’t get disheartened, try to play for a draw instead and defend with Balloon if needed.
- Ice Golem + Balloon (for single Elixir)
- Balloon + Fire Spirits (great for punishing)
- Ice Golem + Balloon + Minions (costs 10 Elixir, this is the all out push for 2x Elixir and/or overtime when you have to beat your opponent to the next crown!
Against Lavaloon, you will want to keep pressuring and outcycling them.
They will probably have Minions/Minion Horde so use your Fire Spirits accordingly.
Minions on Balloon, and you’re good! Shouldn’t be the hardest of matchups, as long as you gain positive trades and take as little damage as possible.
You can cycle Tesla very quickly.
Against Golem, your Tesla will shine.
Just make sure the Tesla doesn’t get distracted by swarms from your opponent so use your Zap/Fire Spirits and put Minions on the support troops.
Ice Golem will help to kite support troops away, like Lumberjack.
There might be a problem against their deck if the opponent has many anti-air splash units.
Against Giant, see Golem section but Giant has less health so it should be slightly easier.
Outcycle their anti-air and you’re good to go.
Against Hog Cycle, which is very popular on ladder, don’t worry about keeping up with the cycle because you will.
Tesla shuts down Hog, just watch for swarms accompanying the Hog. Limit damage.
Often these decks have minimal air defense so spam Loons! 🙂
Against Miner Control, it might be a little hard. These challenge-oriented decks often have E-Wiz, P.E.K.K.A, Bandit, et cetera. Their pushes might seems very overwhelming, but if you can cycle defensive troops very quickly you might do OK.
No matter if it’s Log/Zap/Arrow bait, your Ice Golem will really help distracting and killing the pesky Bats/Goblin Gang.
Take care of the Princess as you don’t have a designated Princess killer.
For Barrel, use Zap. One reason why you should overlevel your Zap!
Don’t let them Rocket your Balloon AT ALL COSTS because you don’t have another good Rocket bait card, so outcycle and pressure and sometimes maybe double lane pressure if you can cycle to 2 Balloons quickly enough!
I often go Ice Golem in the back, then place the Balloon around the mid-area between your Tower and the bridge, then cycle quickly with Skellies/Ice Spirit/Fire Spirits then you’re back to another Ice Golem Balloon push. ON TWO SIDES!!!!
Against Mortar decks, distract with Ice Golem and kill as best you can with Balloon and/or Minions or whatnot.
Reset with Zap/Ice Spirit.
The Balloon wrecks siege in general, so catch them when they’re low on Elixir or you have a good Elixir lead.
Against X-Bow decks, Balloon will be your best friend again. These decks often have little air defense, except maybe Archers or E-Wiz and Fireball.
Against those pain in the @$$ses Royal Giant and Elite Barbarians, don’t panic!
For Royal Giant, Tesla will do fine. They might have Lightning, but unlikely as it got nerfed. Ignore the Furnace, and instead wreck them with quick Balloon pushes!
Against Elite Barbarians, Ice Golem+ Minions works very well. Since these decks often have Zap/Log, they don’t kill Minions unless they have overleveled Zap, which to be frank I see a lot of overleveled Zap with E-Barbarians. Ice Golem+Tesla also works nicely, but keep in mind a max Tesla can only survive 3 max E-Barb swings! Salty Ladder players’ only comfort is their credit card.
OK guys, that’s it for this deck! I really hope you enjoyed it! Stay tuned for more NebulaNoodle guides in the future. Until the next guide, Auf Wiedersehen!
Welcome back bro
Thank you! internet is at my side today jaja
omg i just read maxed zap kills lvl1 princess as zapped max kills princess 1lvl
Wut lol xD
Poll: Skellies or Goblins?
Hell yeah skellies
Skellins thats what i want (lol gob and skellis mixed to gether)
Goblins bcuz they steal ur monies (Godson reference)
hard one, but ill go goblins (my friend would’ve gone skeletons lol)
Guess who’s late. Late again. I am late, where are my friends?
Don’t laugh at my pain! Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh call the waaaaaaahhhhhhhhhambulance
Yo Nebula Noodle, what is your PB?
I know, thats where im at
im at 3313, dropped from 3614 cuz of ladder abuse decks (aka elite royal cancer)
that’s still a thing?
b/c u said i beat some one w/ 600 higher. and i want to know
yeah good question because if I said i beat someone 600 higher but I was at like 2k then that’s just sorta useless to say
yah. though i dont think u r at 2k
Yeah lol duh
1.6k is my PB
not even that high 😉
Yeah I guess..
Definitely my favorite deck right now. Only replaced Minions for Mega Minion 🙂
I used minions as there is already solid air defense (Tesla). But mega minion works just as well, then u have a really solid air defense
How are u finding the deck so far?
Switched back to Minions, greater synergy with Miner.
Agree. More threat and Dps. Zap resistant too
Yeah Miner works just as well if not better. Just wanted to keep the deck more f2p
yea, maybe write a grave yard poison deck?
I don’t have graveyard lol. also I’m not fond of graveyard decks.
What do u like/find interesting about this deck?
The extremely quick cycle and threat. Specifics aside I’ve always liked Balloon decks in general.
yeah balloon cycle is one of my favorite and best archetypes
Are you using this on ladder/challenges? You could give me your player tag so I could see your wins/losses with my deck 🙂
Tried it in challenges and tourneys mostly. My player tag is #2GVC9GUV. I’m afraid the battles are gone by now. King’s Cup Challenge ya know :/
mm mm mm
Great deck Nebula!
Amazing deck and guide! (i would replace knight for ice golem for more solid defense) but makes pushing just abit harder, anyway hope to see oyu write more later
I agree. There are a lot of fragile cards in this deck. Knight might work better.
yes. there isnt a decent health troop that is cheap and can defend well and do damage at the same time, btw Knight+fire spirits is OP combo
and ice golem + fire spirits
Ice golem or ice spirit and zap is also OP
yup it kill minions or minion horde
Damn late lol
nope hog rider ftw claimed
Whoever is in CRARENA CLAN PLZ LOWER THE TROPHY REQUIREMENT!!
The trophy requirement for the CrArena clan hasn’t been lowered yet. PLz lower it to 2400!
Wtf, Why 2400?
Look at how many people in the clan are under 3600.
So 3600 shouldn’t be the trophy requirement for a clan whose 4/5 of the clan is under the trophy reqiirement
Nah, PB matters, not actual trophies.
How about ppl like radioactive
His pb is under 3.1k for exapmle
No offence, but I am not getting your point. What difference would it make?
My point is that most of the people in that clan don’t meet the trophy requirement so the trophy requirement shouldn’t be that high.
But they must have gotten in when he requirement was lower. Anyways, since they are IN the clan now, it doesn’t matter whether you keep it 0 or 4k. Lower it only helps if some guys from lower arenas want to join. Imo, it should be kept high to increase number of people with higher trophies so as to increase the overall clan points.
I have a decent amount of trophies to join…I would be around mid hi clan
3.3k should be enough to join a clan of their caliber.
So you’re saying that people at a lower range than you are in but you, despite being at a higher arena, cannot join?
So there’s CRA Destiny for him.
Well he’s in CRArena clan. The main
How about like lower it to 3k or something…theres literally people in a3-5 in the clan
Point is that if people with less than 3.7k pb in the clan can join, it means I can join too and the requirement should be lower
But they have higher PB than you!
Ok then explain this https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3d42aa73fb8f717a418641d34c7f73eddaa6014557e12da56c207cb1ab254c8d.png
He was invited
Or maybe it’s someone’s other smurf acc.
None of these people’s pbs a https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0689f9881e183699b05183f85eea6cb879b556f4070bf0d547570b196fb180c2.png re near 3.7k
That doesn’t make any difference!
It says 3.7k plus pb but most people have much less than that
Dude they aren’t actually affected by that limit.
Why? Are below 2.5k?
Then what’s the problem?
any exceptions can be made by messaging us through discord. If you say something about me saying you can they might let you even if im not online.
Definitely using the deck,i like both balloon and cycle decks
Hmm… I made another good Balloon Deck. Here it is:
Soooooooo late! :,(
Hey guys: please join CRA Destiny if u cannot join CRArena clan. We need to build up members! 🙂
Nah, my current clan is better.
What clan is it
Mine is top 200 ._.
mines been there but we since fallen were always within like 200 and we still have room for like players
i found a good clan. so im not looking for a new one
Great deck and guide but as a responsible citizen and inhabitant of this planet, I feel that it is my moral obligation to correct your errors.
First, the ‘nevertheless’ in the beginning. Nevertheless loosely means ‘in spite of’, and is usually used after a statement to emphasize that the opposite action has occured. Like – ‘They lost the match. Nevertheless, they won the audience’s hearts. ‘
The starting para didn’t have any need of the ‘nevertheless’. And in the lower section of the guide, you used three ‘s’s for the word asses. Which is again, grammatically incorrect. Otherwise, a rather fine specimen of a guide, I must say.
Omg the grammar police
So you’re saying that people at a lower range than you are in but you, despite being at a higher arena, cannot join?
What do u mean
nothing, how much trophies is required for CRArena clan
And there are people with like 1000 trophy pb in the clan
i think they are invited
Yeah so I was complaining why I couldn’t join
Yet there were many people with very low pbs
Lol then that’s just unfair to the people who want to get in legitimately
Oh. I guess you should rephrase your requests as (again, no offence), it is somewhat incoherent.
Whats wrong with that
Never said there was anything wrong. Just making a joke
GRAMMER NAZI! RUN!
RUN FORREST RUN
I did nazi that joke coming
Anne Frank-ly i don’t care for puns…actually they’re awesome
Let’s talk about the Fuhrerture instead of the past….
Oh god, kill me now
u spelt grammar wrong xD
lol another grammar nazi? XD
I agree with that! I just got to 3600-3800 btw
What do you think of this guy’s deck? maby a tiny litle bit too heavy?
Yep, I constantly switch decks (I have 3 main- this one, pekka bridge spam and megapekka)
Why did u just reply to ur own comment -_-
Um It would be stupid if it was just a part of my main comment because it’s not releated to it anyhow (where is word police?)
??..what was wrong with my grammar there?..
I’m talking about mine lol
maybe a little maybe it could use skeletons
Hmmm maybe a tad bit heavy
He needs golem
He need some more heavy troops, his deck is too cheep. Maybe Three Musketeers for mirror?
i think he needed some more heavy troops like barbarian hut,3M etc
haha xd lol
You know ur classic 6+ elixir deck that will probably never work
faaaaaaaar to heavy
You know this guy isn’t serious?
Very nice deck ! Really looking forward to the next guide
Thank you! 🙂
actually a great deck and nice guide nebula buddy
Always enjoy writing guides 🙂
good guide as always
Ice Golem looks like such a savage… I love it.
Thanks! Any suggestions on a guide to write next?
Maybe smthing like a beatdown-cycle deck, or a siege-beatdown hybrid, really love those
hmmm how would siege beat work?
For ex. mortar golem or mortar LH, idk, i haven’t tried myself so i don’t know if it’s good
mortar lava hound sounds frisk-style
I actually have a MK Witch deck I’m using atm
2v2s….too scared to try it out on ladder tbh. I bought MK today from shop. Good thing I saved my 40k!
Nice. i haven’t played for like a week or so
well im saving up for log even though i dont have MK 😉
Here’s the deck https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03017d9563854f817871be83333c0b255edc5461402449a65cc6743794554a8e.png
rip synergies, i wouldve swapped witch with ice wiz cuz of the sheer fact that i like ice wiz and hate witch but whatever 😉
hmmm yeah the synergies leave much to be desired
Beatdown cycle is my style actually as well
Maybe try to write a guide about pure rocket cycle deck?
yeah that actually would be awesome
How about u write it? 😀
Have u written a guide b4?
yes but it did not get posted
try try again. What was it called? I can search the database to find your draft deck.
It was called something like the new and better lavaloon deck
hmmm how come? Their names aren’t even similar
😀 thank you!
This seems good
A tad squishy no?
Definitely squishy…you could replace ice golem w/ knight…it would be better probably
We regretfully announce the death of Mr. I.C. Golem today at 10pm on Oct 26, 2017.
The three skeletons (yet to be named) are currently being interrogated and held at court following a six-hour manhunt for the killers.
Stay on BBC News for all the latest updates.
Oh wait I just realized the skeletons couldn’t be at court because they would have died too from the ice golem death damage xD
proof did skeletons did it? Or did they kill themselves to get do no harm would do to them?
like a suicide bomber? But the other way around
so like a suicide victim? :O
i’m confused x_x
isn’t the opposite of a bomber is a victim?
solving a murder case
yeah a totally unrealistic murder case
but aren’t the skeletons already dead xD
technically they are moving, so they are living sort of
zombies dressed as skeletons o_O
dun dun dun
this is actually getting pretty creepy…already dead skeletons killing someone to kill themselves more while knowing they will get killed but they want to kill someone just to kill themselves
well that’s confusing
I mean it is pretty ingenious. Cause skellies are the only thing (other than bats) that die from killing Mr. I.C. Golem, so no one would suspect them of killing him. lol
if they are dead it means they blew their already dead bodies into further death by murdering someone
this could actually be a fan fiction, albeit very dark
that is the sign a discussion has gone too far :3
instead of the guy blowing himself up to kill people the skeletons killed people to blow themselves up
The poor Ice Golem couldn’t even fight back…….
yeah cuz he only attacks buildings xD
THIS IS NOT A FUNNY TOPIC!!!!!!! DO YOU NOT HAVE ANY FEELINGS FOR THIS POOR ICE GOLEM????
jk i’m getting carried away
Their souls are cold as ice (pun intended)
isn’t this deck weak against pump 3m?
yep it is weak v pump dex
rush the opposite lane
Will the guy that has zero knowledge about this amazing game! XD lol
Laughing on the inside. . .
Actually he got 20 wins so yeah….
o wat?? What clan r u guys in
I’m not with him
Gonna make a guide about my 2.9 miner cycle deck right now…
ya! that would be good but a little F2P
Good luck bro!
Zigge wanna be frens?
Already added you 🙂
Ur clan, which is one of the best in UK, got 4/10 cc????
We’re #1 UK actually
Yeah. FiringRange 2 is also rly good
Last time round FiringRange got 4/10 cc xD
One of my schoolfriends is in FiringRange 2 (3.8k.)
oh wow! who is it?
Are u a WP admin? Do you see my Mega Knight Mortar deck? I’m a new WP admin xD
I see what you mean.
You guys are always talking about a hybrid deck, how does this look? I think I might write a guide on it.
I ment to put Ice Spirit in place of goblins, put it still gets the same results.
That deck looks a little iffy imo, I’d have used a miner instead of mortar to be honest.
What makes it look iffy? Seriously, I want to make this deck better and I would love advice from a great player.
But then it wouldn’t really be a hybrid deck xD
hmmmm….the deck is aight, considering u have hard counters to tanks. In my opinion maybe switch nado with archers and gobs with knight. a lot more hard counters even tho 0.1 elixir more
Yep that’s his name
u use cow ftw??
What does that mean?
theres no card such as cow?
SO! WHO SAY A COW CAN’T CRUSH IN CLASH ROYALE, OR BMM YOU TO DEATH!
r u of this world??
Have you ever seen a cow play Clash Royale? Huh?
SO because you have never seen a cow play Clash Royale, you should not judge them on their skill because you have never seen them play. And to answer your question, yes I am of this world.
Interesting deck, but hybrid decks are decks which use two win conditions, and I don’t see P.E.K.K.A as a win condition. Miner would work better in its place since you already have Ice Wizard and Mega Minion for solid defense.
Alright thanks for the advice! Now only if I had Miner. . . .
I’m writing a MK Mortar deck rn
It’s a little bit similar, see-
Have you written the guide yet or are you planning to write the guide? Becuase I already wrote a similar guide on the deck below and finished it. So sorry cow ftw, maybe you could make another hybrid deck?
No I haven’t made a guide, and its ok if there similar, just not too similar.
Oh sry cuz ive already submitted a guide
new poll : what rare card do you enjoy playing the most? I like IT.
i hate using pump decks xD
Hog or IT
Mini pekka, hog, or tombstone
Dart Goblin: he’s the oddman out in spell bait decks due to princess, but he does so much damage in so little time(and he’s very fast), has long range, and only costs 3 elixir. You can also overlevel him too.
Honestly, ice golem is in my top three rares.
Are you sure u made this deck on your own @lum1nos1ty:disqus ?
Hmmm how come? Of course it’s my own deck..Why are you asking?
i am not complaining man, i saw surg use a deck that is almost same
Who? :/ Well I wasn’t influenced by him/her
You are so active on CRA yet u don’t write guides? How come you are challenging me over something which I spent a lot of time doing?
Tone it down guys @KingG1611:disqus @lum1nos1ty:disqus.
@lum1nos1ty:disqus Make a hog cycle deck please !
I might if there’s a new meta hog deck
I’m making a guide on Hurma’s deck right now 😉
What’s that deck?
It’s getting posted soon! Keep an eye out
It’s getting posted soon, keep an eye out!
It’s haha in spanish, in spain you say j like h (correct me if im wrong)
Ice spirit + fire spirit obliterates 3M. Just make sure ice spirit lands.
My current deck is working quite well for me atm. Here it is:
Ice Golem (Practically a god)
I like it I like it. However I feel like you don’t need zap and ewiz, replace zap for arrows/fireball/poison. Also you don’t need so many tanks for balloon. Get rid of either Miner or Ice Golem.
No the ice golem and miner are both really useful, because the ice golem is awesome on defense for kiting and such, and if I want I can do a small miner bats push. Also, if they have something like executioner, I would use the miner more for the tank so that they exe axe doesn’t hit the balloon. But yeah, I see what you mean. I might do arrows instead of zap. or poison for miner poison. Which do you think?
where is the miner
Miner would work just as well instead of Ice Golem. If not better 🙂
If you have Princess use it instead of fire spirits. More value, more threat.
Thanks! It actually works well for me. I am normally a siege player, so playing defensively is what I’m good at. Using such an aggressive deck is a nice change of pace, even though I kind of forget to attack sometimes xD