New Meta Airfecta Deck – Featuring Skeleton Barrel!
Hey there peeps, Lolman here. In a way repeating my old trend.
When Night Witch came out, I had success playing it with Lava Hound and after Skeleton Barrel release I immediately got 12 wins with this cool Lava Hound Skeleton Barrel deck.
A bit of a disclaimer though! It’s extremely tough to face Mega Knight decks unless you are reasonably skilled at using the Goblin Gang vs him. You will eat a lot of damage vs Mega Knight this deck is similar to Golem in that aspect where you will have to eat the damage.
Oh boy, this win condition has been on the descend into darkness since the release of Executioner and the rise of bridge spam.
Night Witch, Bats and even 3 Musketeers, Mega Knight are quite popular and can be hard match-ups when playing hound decks.
Because it’s a 7 Elixir card that can be countered by 3 Elixir Arrows, allowing the opponent to rush other lane without worrying much about the hound, unlike say a Golem, which demands a response on defense especially before dying.
That being said, he’s the only tank not hard countered by the Inferno Tower and synergizes well with this deck as a flying tank in a P.E.K.K.A prevalent meta.
This bad boy is in quite literally all, if not almost all beatdown decks. From Giant to Golem, and now even Lava Hound.
For 3 Elixir he 1 shots Minions, 2 shots a flying machine and is a spell resistant defensive card that has reasonably high DPS for it’s cost.
He ought to be what you use vs a Hog opposite lane, etc but later on when you start actually pressuring or say you catch opponent out of cycle, Mega Minion must always be behind hound.
Key thing to keep in mind is if you say use your Lava Hound and then opponent rushes same lane. Provided you know what spells they have Zap or Log I’d prefer to not play into predictions.
Like the gif above, I knew Log was his spell and it was in cycle because when he used his first hot, he logged away my Barrel. I waited for the Log. Rather than using the Gang which wouldn’t be that threatening or help the push. I tanked a few hits from the Hog and then played my Mega Minion so he was behind the hound which added more of a threat factor to my push, demanding more of a response.
This guy is for pesky Musketeer.
I tested this deck with Inferno Dragon and Inferno Dragon works fine vs Mega Knight. Depending on what you have trouble with I’d use interchangeably but I prefer him because he kills the skill Horde.
3M players love baiting out spells with their 3M and because I don’t use Arrows in this deck. Simply because I like the Zap’s reset Baby Dragon feels right here.
Though that being said if you feel safer with Inferno Dragon and feel like you can work around the skill Horde 3m deck I’d sub in an Inferno Dragon here.
Can sub in Skeleton Army but Gang is more F2P friendly and also non Zappable plus that additional air defense is an added bonus too!
This is purely a defensive card in this deck.
You will want to use it on a Hog etc, but that being said try not to repeatedly use this card.
Like the screenshots above you will want to in some occasions not play into later predictions which will end up with more Tower damage and also Hog/Ram/ e-Barbarians etc damage.
With Heal doing out of meta, truth be told I don’t know why people even play Lava Hound with Fireball.
Night Witch is really really annoying when you play Lava Hound so what better card to pair the hound up with than Poison?
Prolonged protection vs a Horde, Bats etc.
Also kills an Electro Wizard too! Musket, etc.
Plus more damage on the Tower than a Fireball as well! Albeit it’s not that great on defense, offensively imo this is one of the better spells in the game.
Main reason this is here is because it’s reset.
This bad boy as a level 6 was enough (with the rest tourney cap) to get 12 wins relatively easily.
If you draw out your opponents Log or Zap with the Gang, pairing this up behind the Hound works great!
Even at a low level like mine, the Skeletons will DPS down the Tower quite fast
Also a good punish card when paired up with a Miner if your opponent pumps up. Just make sure you don’t give them easy value by doing so when say Goblins and Log is in cycle which will shut down a rush like that for something like +2 Elixir.
That being said this is only to be used really on offence with your push behind a hound or a Miner.
Main answer to pumps because you want to save your Poison for 3m ideall, if you are sure you aren’t facing 3 Musketeers the I would go for a Miner on Tower + Poison on Pump.
However if you are facing 3M, then ideally you want to Miner with Zap ready for the Goblin Gang, etc.
Miner is also used as a tank for your squishy troops like the Lava pups and Skeletons from the Skeleton Barrel. Goblin Gang, etc.
Also a good answer to Princess as well! Princess can be pesky when playing this deck.
That being said, spell bait Inferno is actually an easy match-up to this deck. Save your Gang for their Barrel at all times!
Early game (3:00-2:00)
With this deck early on I tend to start passively.
That being said, because it’s 7 Elixir I really don’t mind slow rolling a hound in the back.
Unlike a Golem however I play the Hound in the lower corner of the side you are pushing rather than behind the king Tower. The pathing on both troops is different and this way it mitigates the area you can place a Tower to pull the hound for an example.
Then defend the potential rush with as little as you can, that being said.
Say they use Hog, then you Goblin Gang and they send a Log and your hand is like Baby Dragon, Poison, Zap, Skeleton Barrel? Use Baby Dragon behind the hound not on the Hog. Otherwise it’ll be an overcommitment on your end and your 7 Elixir Lava Hound will be countered VERY easily.
Commiting to pushes is fine, don’t overdefend and don’t overcommit either!
The typical push I’d be going for is maybe a Hound+ Mega or Baby Dragon and a late Miner once the Hound pops.
Don’t expect tooo much damage early on in the game, try to gauge out your opponents counters that you will need to adjust your playstyle to.
For an example if they use Princess on the opposite lane? Then either Poison her out or Miner with Zap at the ready.
Mid game – (2:00- 1:00)
This is the time when you play your spells for the most part on offense.
Now what I mean by this is, here is where you have to have an idea what your opponent will defend with.
Does he prefer to 3M to draw out a spell then Horde?
You want to make sure you take precautions for this. Maybe Poison the 3M then Baby Dragon late in order to make sure that the Horde, Minions etc won’t get value. Save your Zap on offence for those Bats, etc
Maybe making sure not to use Miner on offence at this point if you are facing Pump. Little things like that must be addressed here.
Till the 1 minute mark you MUST address plays like Elixir Collector etc.
hat being said I also don’t mind giving up a Tower or taking damage if I’m sure it won’t end with me losing 1-0.
Example of me eating some damage by playing a defensive hound. I could’ve used a Gang but that would mean I’d still lose a Tower despite maybe waiting for Exe on Tower then Gang behind Exe. I used hound so I can save up for Mega behind the Hound on Hog and transform it into a counterpush.
By now you either ought to have damaged one of your opponents towers significantly or have taken a Tower.
You will by now have a sense if it’s a 1-0 win or a 2-1 win etc.
Accordingly you will have to decide when to change lanes.
I usually do so if my opponents Tower is within a Poison range. I can also send the Miner to finish the Tower in a pinch, with Zap in hand of course.
Some games vs say a deck that typically hard counters your push you are 1-0 with, and have your towers healthy then I would say sit back and defend.
You do also have defensive cards like Gang, Baby Dragon etc. Other than that, I’d take advantage of the Elixir flowing by putting together a great big push.
Now Log bait might seem daunting but don’t forget, Miner Poison counters Log bait.
Only having Zap however requires you to answer Barrel with either Mega Minion or Gang. Make sure their Log is out of cycle if you use Gang because they can place Barrel in front of Tower and Log with a Knight tanking say to kill your Gang and have Gobs alive killing your Tower.
I would Miner off the Princess or Poison her off and then Miner Tower to tank, getting rid of Princess is key! Especially when facing the Princess nado variant of the Log bait deck.
Inferno Tower isn’t scary because it doesn’t counter your deck, Hound won’t get most the damage on the Tower.
Worst case scenario this turns into a Miner Poison deck.
Can be tough, punish Pumps and Poison off the Night Witch.
Pretty much all I will say, get rid of their Mega Minion and Night Witch and their pushes will be easy enough to deal with using your Gang, Mega, Baby Dragon etc.
You WILL take damage. More times than not my games vs Golem have turned into base races.
All I can really say is, play smart and don’t overspend on defense and offence.
Know when to pressure other lane, punish pumps and get valuable poisons!
Other Lava Hound Decks
Can be tough, again but Poison > Fireball. Get value Poisons and you really just have to outplay them.
If they have Inferno Dragon, that’s fine. Just try to make sure they don’t have the i drag on the counter.
Miner on Tower when Hound pops and let pups clean up and damage Tower.
Hound same lane, more HP overall on the Hound.
Then support behind will be able to mop up the Giant.
Try to avoid giving spell value though! Ie- For Arrows etc and you will be golden.
Tough match-up and you WILL take damage.
Inferno Dragon used instead of Baby Dragon will help in this match-up but I would prefer baby d and take the damage.
Mega Knight won’t do a lot of damage to Tower. Gang behind the Mega Knight will mitigate damage.
Inferno Dragon isn’t that big of a deal either.
Get valuable Poisons as E-wiz is popular with Mega Knight as well.
Not that tough of a match-up if played right.
Miner for Pump and Poison for 3M. I never send lone Miners to Pump, pair up with Skeleton Barrel for an example.
Use Barrel first to tank for Miner.
Then Miner and then once it pops Miner will tank for the Skeletons thus prolonging the lifespan of the Skeletons and increasing the potential damage.
Similar to Mega Knight but Goblin Gang will work way better vs the P.E.K.K.A.
Sometimes gets to a base race.
Try to avoid getting 3 crowned and you should be fine! Get rid of support with your tankier troops and then Gang, etc on the P.E.K.K.A will help.
Hard counters you, but you can still win.
Just Minerexe and Poison should work great.
Worst case scenario you can go 100% Miner Poison with making sure not to let opponent nado Miner to king and you will be fine.
Just prepare for game to go to the 2-1 stage as you don’t have much to stop a Hog other than a Mega minon which by itself allows Hog to get 3 hits on Tower.
I think I covered everything, this deck is rather fun to play and is a new twist on the whole Lavaloon deck. It has it’s weaknesses but I think it’s fairly strong. Give it a try to hopefully you have good luck with it. That’s all guys. Lolman out.
im gonna go delete that comment…
first to reply to the first one
Never saw the 1,2,3,4,5 claiming go so smoothly
Only until 5th and no one claimed that due to logan saying it 5st
Nice Guide Lolman, Only have Ice wizard and log. Could you make a deck with those legends?
just cause you have a leggyy doesnt mean you should use it unless your maybe like a arena 4 player who gets one of the two as they would be really high level arena five leggies would probably work as well above that just kinda depends
i feel as legys are trash if ftp
in high arenas
trash is large exaggeration
when you have a level one ice wiz facing a level 12 minion horde it’s trash
when you think it’s a good idea to use a lvl 1 ice wiz in those ranges you might be trash 😛
im 300 from legendary piss off
I didn’t say you were using a lvl 1 ice wiz up there.
Ice wiz is effective with an ice spirit on minion hordes with the help of the tower
legendarys actually play a big role in both ladder and challenges, so I bought them all
i meean if your free to play its really dang hard becuause you have to spend 85 thousand gold for a level two legendary
depends on the leggy as if you are good with spareky and push to arena 10 you can save up and get him to atleast level three good luck getting it to any level higher then that ftp though
there is already a good deck for those two
dang im late
Poll: What is your favorite archetype(I like Light Beatdown)
control, especially spell bait.
very heavy beatdown
control or cheap beatdown
medium control or light/medium beatdown for me
I liked beatdown but it just isn’t effective as control and I like winning. Control=win
this deck looks good, but I’m no good with lava hound decks…. 🙁
yay someone understands
I’m calling this a Lavabarrel
Why your guide is always good,lolman?
What is the CR clan name
CRArena, please join
its inactive as heck and no one donates.
Nah, Salty Ladder FTW’s CRA clan is inactive. Dark Knight actually made a new one, pretty cool.
no he didnt…
I’m not sure, was it Dark Knight, but I’m sure CRA has an good and active clan.
Because its lolman?
New Poll is up!!!
Bait for lyf
Btw what is ur ign? We would all like to know ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Mine? Surgical Goblin
Just kidding 😉 xD xD
the world must know will
Will tell you guy my name when I’m the champion xD xD
dang so never gonna happen
wtf I’m so good dude
whatever you say id have to see your account to prove that
I’m pretty sure his ign is William
that’s probably it if i remember correctly.
will did u get my deck guide?
AND WILL WEEK IS FINALLY OVER
Not a fan of lava hound, but nice unique deck there lolman, feels bad for lava hound because of exe
(Feels bad for mega minion too because of those many, many unecessary damage nerfs)
i was the first vote for control
i get the poll but would royal giant be beatdown if anythiong
its sorta aoke
what does that mean
It’s a joke dude
royalk giant is no joke it is royalty and should be treated as so
RG isn’t really beatdown, you don’t build heavy pushes with it. and by heavy pushes, I mean a push over 15 elixirs worth.
counter push maybe
well i have all these cards but miner, and my drag and skelly barrel are under lvl. never really liked lava hound decks but still looks solid
no offense cool deck but the gifs suck
Thanks! Hoppefully lolman will give us better screenshots 😀
Just stay with normal screenshots please. Or make the pics change slower, it’s too fast.
Can i use gob barrel instead of skelly barrel
they should have put cycle as an option also what are some hybrid decks that are popular in the current meta
5th,cause logan wrote 5st
dont say that…
5st instead of fifth its fist as well as fourst thirst and secost
good your confused
Technically, that’s just a spelling error, so it still counts. Logan got 5th.
lol he wrote 5st like ‘fist’ and sombody said 4rd like ‘ford’ witch makes FORD FI(e)ST(a) (illuminati confirmed)
I remembered when some guy said 3th and in ur joke, it would probably mean “teeth”
AAAAAAAAAA I HATE META excuse me… That is because I was just starting to like one lava deck (perfect counter to giant / hog cycle) I built it myself and was very proud cuz it’s off meta anti meta deck…… IT BECAME META WTF (lava decks)
lava hound still isn’t meta
not yet but i think it might be comming at last ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
A lot of players on the leaderboards use lava hound decks now
oh good, lava hound is meta!
I. STILL. DO. NOT. HAVE. MINER.
But it’s my favorite archetype -_-
Did u consider buying Miner?
Mmmm well he hasn’t popped up in my shop for a while now. I’d also rather upgrade my commons to lvl 11 (20k.)
You have lvl 11 common in Hog Mountain? Wow.
Lol I’m considered underleveled imo. I meet lvl 12/13 ebarb/rg users and lvl 9 rocket, lvl 2-3 leggies, lvl 6 epics around my trophies. Also I only have one lvl 11 common rn.
I bought 1/8 of all legendaries in my shop
But the rest are in chests
I know I have multiple level 11 commons and can get my gang or knight to 12. But even then I still struggle to counter level 13 cards.
Also who else thinks that to buy a legendary: 40,000 gold and to upgrade common to level 12 50,000 gold is just plain dumb?
around 4300 I usually saw 10-11 rares, 6-7 epics, 12-13 commons, and 3-4 legendaries
Im at 3600
Sure, hog mountain is full of unexpected decks and what not.
god I’m still stuck in 3700 to 3900
Like Ebarbs SPARKY Mirror Clone!
Yep, just today I went against a Giant Skeleton, Balloon, Mirror, Freeze deck. Sadly, it hard countered my deck.
I feel you i feel like i have really high levels for my trophy range (11/8/*/2 at 3,950) but im facing 13/10/7/2
in my mini (2865 trphs) I get lvl 10 hog, 13 e-barb, lvl 6 exe (in arena 9) and i only have lvl 9 common and lvl 10 zap and no epics over lvl 4 with with my only lvl 8 rare is hog… sooo ya
My Knight is lvl 11, and I’m in Hog. 😀
That’s crazy. My commons Lvl 8-9 and my epics 3-4!
well i am nowhere near a level 12 common in challenger 2
the inferno dragon on the sidebar is kute. ALso noyce guide. Miner hound isn’t my fave though, i like traditional lava hound
OMG YES MY FIRST FEATURE COMMENT ON CRA!! IM SO HAPPY!
when did you get featured?
ON MY MK GOLEM BEATDOWN!
these days the achievements don’t even matter any more
It’s not lile you got a billion dollars dude, no one cares. (Sorry if I’m agressive)
sees inferno dragon in thumbnail
xD Sorry dude
I became D-gob ftw, what do you guys think(and is someone else already d-gob ftw)?
i do not believe so also dart goblin op probably the most valuable crad oin zap log bait decks
i wouldve been ice wiz ftw but there is already one lol
How about Ice Spirit FTW?
Is fine with me!
Will, do you mind telling me if my guide was good or no?
if this FTW thing becomes popular, I’m going to resume my old title, LJ FTW. and D gob ftw sounds good.
Supermarine already did this
ik i just want to revive it
new poll : what legendary card do you thin is the most useful? I think Miner. Every card in my deck is great.
I think it is the mega knight because of it jump spawn damage and it can do AOE damage
ice wizard or log for me (despite not having log, i know the uses)
e-wiz the spawn damage along with the 1 target +zap effect is toooooooooooooooooo useful
anyone have a good off meta golem deck that can do well against ebarbs and hog rider? (also dont include lightning)
I know Radius/Trainer Layis playing a Golem Bowler deck which he plans on making a guide on. So when the guide comes out, it would be a great deck for what you described. In the mean time you try this deck it is very heavy beatdown like you said you like: http://188.8.131.52/~clashroyalearena/deck-building/golem-beatdown
Also if you don’t have Lumberjack you can replace it will Night Witch or Battle Ram.
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Dude do u know any good MK xbow or golem decks?
yes i do in fact
pls tell me
xbow,night witch,log,archers,zap,ice spirit,skeleton army and goblin gang.
if this dosent work then tell me i can tell you other good decks
thx will try in challenge
Guys, I have 99532 gold at the moment and I can upgrade both my Knight and Ice Spirit to level 11. But I am only upgrading one. Which one should I do??
upgrade knight, he is so good at countering ebarbs
i have both at lvl 11, and i can say that knight is better
ya knight most def
Poll: will Trump start WW3?
personally, i say no. Reason? One word:China
well i hope not XD
Poll: Now that most people know the pros and cons of logbait, is that deck (and the tornado variation) in decline?
not really, i just played 5 matches, won em all, but 4 out of 5 were some type of log bait, and the other one was golem night witch
so yeah, pretty common deck
i was using log bait and i got rekt by 2.9 mortar cycle
Congrats lolman your deck got you the deck of the week
lel 3rd or 4th time. Not sure which one
almost to many times 2 count on 1 hand
but then again, the rock paper scissors effect, which means siege > control in this scenario, especially mortar
2.9 never used in challegnes so im fine w/ thaat
161!! JK i love airfecta but skeleton barrel is way to op. it does like 1400 damage left alone
deck of the week more like worst deck of the wee this deck it realy bad becasue it has no sparky im gat holy shot spark is mandtory sinse buff deck of th week my ass
Wtf that’s just complete bull. Also correct your grammar.
i cannot comprehend what u are trying to say, also i can ban you
pls ban him:)
executioner tornado would reck this deck
well exenado is the cancer defense tbh
But it works. So use it anyways! Who cares about cancer when doctors are working to cure it!
ececutioner tornado will reck this thing. this deeeeeeeeck, i don’t like it
The trick is to outplay your opponent. Miner can be used as a distraction and you have the options to split lane push.
And thats funny because?
No because you just posted that comment when your guide got posted xD
I can tell because you sent this 8 hours ago it say. The first comment on you guide was 8 hours ago. Not THAT stupid.
Join the campaign today: ADD THE ROYAL GIANT BARREL!!!!!!!!!
when can i vote?
Lol, vote today!