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The Best Ways To Use Mirror (Updated)

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Hello guys, I am here with a short guide on how to use mirror, the highly unused yet underrated card!

This is technically a repost of an older one that didn’t really get seen to be honest, but this time there is more info and its reworded to be more interesting!

Let’s get right into it, shall we?

clash royale mirror

What is the significance of Mirror?

Clash Royale mirrorThe Mirror

First off, Mirror is a card that plays the last card you played for +1 level, but +1 elixir.

The biggest factor of Mirror and why it is a good choice is because of these things:

  1. As an Epic, mirroring a Legendary card is the best way to see a level 5 legendary or even a level 6 legendary come from your hands as an F2P. Nothing is more satisfying.
  2. If you overlevel this card, you overlevel all your cards. So, if you like to play with Mirror, you can have fun playing almost ANY deck you want, even if the card you want to mirror is low leveled, giving you many more fun options to play with. As a F2P, I personally am maxing this card out ASAP and have it at level 6 already, my highest level, and I can try out any deck I want and maintain a pretty good 2v2 winrate at the same time.
  3. It is fun. Trust me, if you are a F2P up at 4K, this card is your Lord and Savior for 2v2s and maybe even 1v1s, since you can play nearly any deck you want with much less punishment from your other cards being underleveled.

How to use the Mirror

There are actually certain ways you use Mirror, and most people use it in the worst way, sadly, so buckle up, you will see a new Mirror after this!

Here are the ways you should be using Mirror:

Defensive Counterpush/Split push/Offensive Swap

This would be the most recommended case to do. Low risk, moderate reward.

Generally the card you Mirror in this case is the win condition or a valuable counterpusher that unfortunately died in defense.

⭐ For the Defensive Counterpush, you use the first troop card to get a positive trade, and you counterpush, putting a mirrored version in front of the one that defended.

⭐ For the Split push, you do the same thing as the counterpush, but put them on opposite sides. Can really catch the opponent off-guard.

⭐ For the Offensive swap, if the original died or was crippled after getting that defensive positive trade to the point where making a push with them is pointless, you would Mirror it for a new, better version, wherever you want: in the back, at the bridge, etc. to make a new push.

Note: with the more expensive cards like Giant Skeleton and higher, generally you will want to do a Defensive-Offensive swap, sacrificing the first card while getting an even or better elixir trade with it, and then placing the second one as you wish, because placing a second card of them is very expensive and can lead to big negative trades if you use the Mirrored version for a Counterpush or Split push.

Pure Defense

This is a so-so case to use it for. Moderate risk, hardly any offensive reward, but a solid defense.

Basically a back-up defense if the original dies, so do NOT overlap them by predictions of any sort.

Works best with swarms and a glass cannon that was taken by a spell.

Note: this is not meant to get the best trades possible as there are usually cheaper alternatives, but they still stop pushes really well and it applies more synergies to Mirror.

Pure Offense

Not recommended, but this is how most people use it, unfortunately. High risk, moderate to low reward.

Basically 0 defense and straight-up spamming.

Basically, work up a big elixir lead first, then send them in the offensive.

Damaging Spells

This is also a so-so case.

Highly dependent, risk and reward varies, but generally the higher the cost, the higher the risk, but higher the reward, and the lower the cost, the lower the risk, but lower the reward, to an extent.

Mainly you would do this case to counter Spell Bait pretty hard, so mirroring a vital spell can hurt all forms of bait: Zap bait, Log bait, Fireball bait, Poison bait, etc.

Importance of and Required Synergies for Mirror

This is a very important thing to remember.

Don’t make a deck where only 1 card synergises with Mirror, for example Royal Ghost and no other synergies.

You need good synergies or else you will just have 2 of the same win con in your hand and a 3 hand cycle for the majority of the game, and unless you have played a 3 Musketeer or even a Golem deck, you don’t want to know how that will feel unless you are great with working with 3 cards at a time instead of 4.

You need multiple cards in your deck to have synergies with Mirror, preferably 3 troop cards for great freedom, but 2 troops and 1+ damage spell is fine.

For what I would call a good synergy deck is with 1+ Pure Offense/DA troop (if you missed what the meaning of “DA” is, refer back to “How to use Mirror” section), 1+ Pure Defense troop, and 1+ damage spell.

Just showing some examples: in 2v2s, an all-spell deck almost requires Mirror, if you may not have seen it or used it before.

Mirror enables the deck to win because of the heavy amount of synergies with it, because if they baited a certain spell or you just had to use it elsewhere, you will suffer not being able to use the damage or stun or whatever it might be that you used previously.

Another example: say you played a Bandit (DA), Skeleton Army (Pure defense) and Fireball (Damage Spell) with Mirror, and a cheap cycle of Skeletons, Ice Spirit, Bats and Zap (Damage Spell).

The deck may not have the best in terms of offense or defense, but with Mirror, the deck can withstand much more from many more decks and can pose double the threat, overall giving it a much bigger chance to succeed in winning than if you were to go without it, as you can successfully mirror 2 vital push killers (Skeleton Army and Fireball) when the first dies to a pesky spell or is used elsewhere, and you can Mirror Bandit for a double-power threat.

Best cards to pair with Mirror

I will list my Top 5 for each.

I will show some honorable mentions as well.

There is more for sure, but these are the best I think is possible.

Defensive Counterpush

Clash Royale Cannon CartCannon Cart

Weird one, right?

Well, after playing with a Cannon Cart Mirror cycle deck in 2v2, I was pretty proud of what it could do.

On defense, the original one can do some sweet work against siege, bridge spam, beatdown, you name it. Value can be easy, but know when and where to use it.

Afterwards, if your original is still mobile and is heading for the crown tower, feel free to push the other lane or the same one with a mirrored one.

If it is not mobile, feel free to push same lane, as the leftover, grounded cannon cart can clean the mess afterward.

Clash Royale Royal GhostRoyal Ghost

Legendary cards are hard to level. Mirror breaks that wall easy.

Despite how offensive he can be, he is a pretty good defender against swarms and knights.

Simply get a 3 or better positive trade on defense and boom, send a mirror down the other way.

Clash Royale BanditBandit

Simply get at least 3 elixir or more out of the first, and mirror, same as RGh.

 

Clash Royale Mega KnightMega Knight

Defensive value of the original can be hard to get at times but mirroring this card is a GOD.

He had great offensive capabilities before the nerf, and bringing him up to a higher level is a great way to bring him back to the old days. Definitely worth a try.

Clash Royale Giant SkeletonGiant Skeleton

His bomb is POWERFUL. It cleans up nearly any push with ease.

The problem? He almost needs to be the win con with his cost.

Look no further! Mirroring him to a high level after the first is sacrificed is a really good choice if you want to make a Giant Skeleton beatdown!

Honorable mentions

Clash Royale X-BowClash Royale MortarX-Bow and Mortar

Both can do good work on both defense AND offense, countering bait and other decks fairly well from your side of the map.

Why not have two of the same thing at a time?

With a Defensive Mortar/X-Bow, you can chip away any bridge spam easy, getting good trades.

With a Mirror, you can play a second X-Bow/Mortar on offense while the defending Mortar/X-Bow helps defend it!

Sweet, right?

Clash Royale P.E.K.K.AP.E.K.K.A

The offense with her is hard, but if you play your cards right, mirroring this card is easy and can reward you plenty.

Pure Defense

Clash Royale Skeleton ArmySkeleton Army

They can devastate pushes for a big positive trade. The problem? Fragile. A Zap can kill them.

Well, what if that zap is gone? Boom, recovery made.

Clash Royale BatsBats

Again, great defensive value. Mirror it when it is zapped, done.

Clash Royale Spear GoblinsSpear Goblins

Good at defending, but by themselves it is not so good. Spelled down? Mirror.

Support with a tank first, though.

Clash Royale MinionsMinions

Same case as bats, but this would replace the bats card if Ice Wizard, Witch, etc. become too much of a problem.

Clash Royale CannonCannon

Odd, right? Ensures a solid defense against Hog Spam and lures Giant like a boss.

With the cheap cost it is something worth mirroring.

Other buildings, not so much unless played reactively.

Honorable mentions

Clash Royale HunterHunter – He is a great card, but his problem is that he dies a bit too easy to spells.

(He is kind of UP, IMO) Mirror him and you can say bye-bye to any tank in his way!

Clash Royale Dart GoblinDart Goblin – A fragile little pest.

Takes forever to kill if you don’t have the proper card to kill it.

Usually a spell ends up killing him, so Mirror him and you are gold on defense.

Pure Offense

Clash Royale Goblin GangGoblin Gang

In the already-bait form they are, they are hard to leave alone, and seeing a second coming for your tower is pretty bad.

They can be somewhat defensive, though, so I will give them that and put it on the top of this list since he didn’t make the top 5 Defensive Counterpushers.

Clash Royale Goblin BarrelGoblin Barrel

That’s right. Your log just went useless and now you are almost guaranteed damage. For 7 elixir, however.

Clash Royale PrincessPrincess

I know, not the best example at first, but putting them in opposite lanes is very pesky to deal with, and don’t forget the level advantage.

Clash Royale Royal GhostRoyal Ghost

Yes, he is back again. He can be used either way.

Clash Royale FreezeFreeze

Wow. Surprised? Don’t be.

With the limited elixir flow, placing a second freeze is likely to be placed close to the end of the first.

Very risky, but very, very rewarding, surprisingly.

Froze a skeleton army from your hog. Oh no, now there is a minion horde! Mirror, boom, caught them in time, tower gone.

Honorable mentions

Don’t have any, not enough good cards to try it out for the job

Damaging Spells

I will do a top 3 since there is only 7(?) damaging spells, and no honorable mentions for the same reason.

Clash Royale The LogThe Log.

1 log is a lot, but what about 2? For 5 elixir you can cripple a row of glass cannons, knock down bait, everything.

Clash Royale fireballFireball

That’s right, the one card that gets the biggest positive trades ever. Jk, that is the Rocket’s job, but Fireball competes well.

If you had to use a Fireball on an elixir collector, and they place 3 Musketeers, boom, 2 gone, 1 to go.

Clash Royale ZapZap

Ol’ zap. Mirroring it finishes minion hordes for an even trade. Double the time it takes for infernos to melt your tank.

Zap bait? They don’t have mirror bait.

What to Not use with Mirror

These cards are fairly useless when Mirrored.

I am not saying they can’t get value, but there are much better options that have much better outcomes.

Clash Royale GolemGolem

Too expensive, doesn’t get his own positive trades easy, although he can, so mirroring him would be a hassle.

Clash Royale GiantGiant

Rarely gets positive trades by himself, requires a REALLY good reason to do so.

If you stick him in front of a counterpush and then mirror him to start another push, that is a good reason, but it is still hard and probably not completely worth it.

Clash Royale Hog RiderHog Rider

As good as he is being Mirrored and the amount of carnage he can bring because of it, just don’t. You will be asking for a relentless counterpush, and unless you can handle that, you will not be happy.

Clash Royale RageRage

Just, no. Waste of 3 elixir, what could you possibly rage after the first rage?

Clash Royale Royal GiantRoyal Giant

People actually do this one, believe it or not, but you will almost guarantee get 3-crowned unless you absolutely know what the shit to do or you end up 3-crowning them yourself.

Written by SparkynadoMeisterBro 

75 Comments

  1. I think that using a mirror on pure offense is not a bad idea. Use your Hog rider first. after their Inferno tower is weakened and you have 9.5 elixir again, use Mirror. Now they need to use something else to counter the Hog rider. Imagine if a Mirror was used like that on a win condition that is less prepared for than the Hog Rider, like the Balloon for example.. :eyes:

  2. Sorry bout that but my reason is that mirror is type of card that will never be in some meta deck.

    • Understandable, but that is because no one is willing to give it a chance. Get some pros together for a battle with mirrors and have them do some grand challenges afterwards with Mirror. Someone is going to have success, I can guarantee you that.

      • It´s true. Every card can be good af if some pro will try to do deck with it. Problem is that pros are doing decks with 3M, PEKKA and Golem and they aren´t interested in another cards (freeze, mirror, clone etc.).

        (sorry for my english, I know it is horrible)

  3. honestly nice guide billybobjoseph. I actually had a beatdown deck with mirror in it that worked well in jungle. It was going to be a troll deck but then I constantly got three crowns. It kinda sux now but was alright then. It was Pekka, Bowler, Executioner, Tornado, E-Wiz, Mirror, Zap, Pump. LOL got a 13 win streak wiht like 7 or 8 three crowns but once I hit hog i got reckt. I would normally have a pekka in front, a bowler, and 2 executioners, a e wiz, and anything they dropped would get shredded. I would also use tornado and zap when neccessary. Basically I got a huge pump advantage with like 2 or 3 pumps down. Mirrored pumps are dirty but costly.

  4. Ok so I did some deck modification and I came up with an idea

    Mirrored Bridge Spam: Now with twice the spam!

    Royal Ghost
    Battle Ram
    Mirror
    Mega Minion
    Ice Golem
    Poison
    Zap
    Tombstone

    Spam Ice Golem+Battle Rams and defend minimally with Royal Ghost, Tombstone, Mega Minion, and Mirror if necessary. You might also use Ice Golem but once you successfully defend, counter push with a Battle Ram/Ice Golem tanking for everything. Don’t forget to split-lane push as well. Poison them out in OT if you get to that point.

      • The magic of bridge spam: rush them so hard that you don’t even worry about defense lol.

  5. new poll : have you used mirror on ladder before and was it good? And also, in what deck did you use it?
    I haven’t, because I don’t even think I got It.

  6. Well- Mirror is my highest leveled epic, it is level 7 and that gives maxed cards and it’s crazy when you mirror cards with serious value in different levels. I have been using mirror in all sorts of decks and focusing on it ever since I got it, I am probably one of the best if not the best mirror user out there currently, so here are a few tips I have for you all:

    Don’t Mirror tanks, yes it has huge impact between levels but you won’t have any elixir to send in support and they will be crippled down by your opponent, especially with inferno units.

    Bandit is the best card to mirror, she simply gets incredibly powerful when combined with a high level bandit in front of it, it’s a 7 elixir combo that could eliminate knight, valk and cut through a lot of elixir trades very easily.

    Don’t mirror buildings, it’s just useless, even if it’s a pump, another tesla, xbow or mortar, it has too much defensive potential and will lead your opponent to have a huge time just waiting for you and setting up, another bad thing about is that you won’t have enough elixir to apply counter attack- which in higher play is obviously the most successful way to play. Xbow and mortar should not be mirrored because they need a ton of support and if you use that 7/5 elixir to mirror them then you won’t be able to do so.

    Don’t mirror cheap spells, like zap, for a higher level, simply use a better spell or a heavy spell
    instead because you’re just wasting your elixir and a chance to use mirror on something else.

    Mirror works differently in a beatdown deck aimed for drilling, the most efficient way to use it in those decks are to use it with pumps on high impact cards like sparky, 3M or ebarbs (I don’t use ebarbs but I have seen this done successfully many a times).

    Mirror won’t work in bridge spam, unless being very sneaky with double bandit, it uses too much elixir and you need cheap and effective pushes in a bridge spam deck. You could use mirror in a lavaloon deck by removing lava hound out and chucking in lumberjack otherwise NO. Don’t use it in siege decks, that’s ridiculous.

    There are a ton of tips I have and I could create a guide too, if you would like to see a very advanced guide on mirror by me, leave an upvote on this- thanks

    -Sally

      • nothing unrealistic- pros don’t use it, others with high leveled mirrors tend to be rare/common overleveler stereotypes and if there are players like me, they are usually not even close to my mastery of it.

      • Literally there are millions of people who play the game. I actually know a pro who does consistently use mirror, he was on cwas channel look him up it was insane gameplay.

      • Millions? 4k and above are supposedly the top 0.0005% of those millions, so I don’t think it’s very hard to be good at something, I would of loved to be a pro if only a team wasn’t sexist enough to take a girl on their team and would play with the decks, I might be low 4k but that’s simply cuz I don’t play ladder due to 90% population of the early 4k being idiots who overlevel rares like Valk wiz and commons like ebarbs and rg so passing them with normal levels is such a boring and long time.

      • Honestly it’s the safest and most sensible to use, mirror is a card that is based on style and less on the game order, but if you are to use mirror as a card with roles that are already set then yes, bowler barrel bait w/ mirror is the best.

    • Even though it is hard to support an X-Bow or Mortar when mirrored, keep in mind you already have another building defending it: the original Mortar or X-Bow. Therefore all you need is a good knight or tesla and you should be good.

  7. If you know when is the best opportunity to mirror a Golem it can grant you a sure win, but the chances does not always appear.

    • It’s nearly never available and it’s barely able to grant you a bit of damage on the tower.

      • I often do it in 2v2 and it works really well, cause two golems on the same lane is extremely difficult to counter

      • 2v2 adds a ton of different factors for the game, it makes your golem push more possible but I still believe that two people should be able to take down 2 golems if either have inferno units and some distractions.

    • I used to do that, 3 crowned enemies every single time, also the golemites were hell for inferno units. Just needed an elixir advantage. Great swarm clear too!

  8. I am fairly sure there are only a couple of people that could detect pro material in comments, and it’s not you or me. I have gotten scenarios that are 20 wins straight, but on ladder sadly and not in the main 20 win thing, also I’m not eligible to join pro teams, since I am 15, and my dreams aren’t really playing CR when it comes to joining a PGT. I could push for 20 wins, on my alt, I got 17 and then lost to a pro with pa of 6300 last time.

    • Spwendid, so what deck do you use? I’m at 4300 and I’m almost Max mirror. My favorite mirrored cards are absolutely lj or bandit and then battle ram. 2 LJs are OP. even with a minion horde counter I can zap and give them enough time to take down a tower.

      Also double rams can take down a tower in no time flat. A building can mess this up, but combined with zap, you can sneak through almost any other defense and decimate the tower

      • I have way too many, I don’t ‘main’ any of them, I use one for 2v2 all the time but that only relies on my gamestyle completely.

      • Oh ok that’s not helpful at all. It sounds like you just want to talk about how great you are at mirror and not contribute to the mirror deck discussion.

      • Ok fine- a current successful one for me is this:

        Dart Goblin
        Dark prince
        Goblin Gang
        Mirror
        Tesla
        Zap or Arrows
        Goblin Barrel
        Lightning

        Incredible baiting, the level 13 goblins from my mirrored barrel do insane damage, replaced rocket because of new lightning buff and the rise of buildings. Dart Goblin level 11 after the first one being logged gets incredible chip, no princess because this is too fact and the focus splash is taken by the speed of tesla/Dart, DP, Zap and mirroring any of just what I counted.

        Log is the main point, it’s even better since people are less hesitant on logging a dp since the shield gets one shotted by it. Zap is not as threatening as lvl 13 gobs are indestructible by them, and there no other type of squishies in the deck. Use Lightning for buildings or glass-cannons, an overtime combo against someone with bad spells could be lightning-barrel which eliminates supposed things like executioner, wizard and ewiz. Mirror is generally for Goblin Barrel, use double tesla if they are running Poison Lavaloon, Double Dark Prince is amazing for distractions during a finisher chip on the other lane consisting of squishies (most likely a dart goblin behind all of them) and finally a good combo on beatdown is tesla+gang and then mirroring the gang after we bait the spell so we could land a strong goblin horde that could tank a lot of damage for dart goblin or barrel.

        You happy now?

    • Way late comment, sorry ’bout that.

      Lumberjack is a great card to do that with, but the better situation to do that in is in a Defensive Counterpush or a Defensive-Offensive swap as he can get pretty good defensive value against small swarms like Goblin Gang and against tanks and glass cannons. Mirroring him on pure offense is really expensive and risky, yet it can pay off if they overcommit or lack a good counter.

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