Immortal X-Bow Deck That Got Me To Master League!
Hello guys, Trainer Rain™ from EN Octans here and I will be talking about my favorite X-bow deck that stays consistent throughout the meta.
I have gotten to 4923 with this deck and I hope to help you push up as high as you can. X-Bow is a great choice because it is a defensive heavy deck and can sometimes force your opponent to spend extra elixir when trying to shut it down.
On ladder, or 1v1, you tend to matchup against higher level opponents and it can be a struggle if your cards are a fairly low level because the high level of the arena tower can easily shut down the pushes that you make.
With X-bow, a card that stays on your side of the map, this is not an issue because the x-bow whittles away at the tower safely without getting targeted.
Immortal X-Bow Deck
The win condition of the deck (obviously).
As long as it is a decent level for the trophy range that you are in, the X-bow shouldn’t die out too fast!
The main tank killer.
With Mega Knight, P.E.K.K.A, Golem, and Lavahound extremely popular in any meta, this building takes care of those huge tanks like a breeze!
This cheap 2 elixir spell is very versatile especially against Goblin Gang and Goblin Barrel being used a lot.
The unique push-back effect is also helpful when you are trying to keep off any troop from shutting down the x-bow.
The Knight is a great mini tank when paired up with the X-bow because it is so cheap and easy to cycle and his hitpoints is just so worth it for 3 elixir.
The Knight does a better job than the Ice Golem because it attacks instead of just chasing a building.
Paired up with the Knight, it can snipe away tanky troops and counters squishy troops like Goblins, Minions, and even the Skeleton Army exceptionally well.
Archers will help defend the X-Bow from air troops as one of the only 2 cards that can hit air in this deck.
The Ice Spirit is only 1 Elixir, which is key because it can help you cycle out through a bad hand, back to the X-Bow more easily, or out-cycle your opponent’s counters to the X-Bow.
It synergizes well with Archers as well when up against a Valkyrie, Lumberjack, Minion Horde, or a Knight.
The Fireball is a very useful in any X-Bow deck because it can quickly shut down high DPS units like Musketeer, The Witch, and Minion Horde.
The Fireball is also important when you have done enough damage to spell cycle the Tower down to win the game.
The Electro Wizard is the second Legendary in this deck and does so much because of this defensive based deck.
With the spawn damage of the Electro Wizard, it can really come in clutch when defending your X-Bow and your Tower from Minions, Archers, or Goblins.
If you are somewhat fresh into the game or still don’t have these 2 Legendaries unlocked, then I would suggest bringing Zap for the Log and Mega Minion for the Electro Wizard.
The Zap can still provide a similar damage output as the Log and also has a stun effect that is also similar to the Log.
The Mega Minion provides more damage than the Electro Wizard which can help out a lot on defense.
Now that you know what the cards are and how the cards of the deck works, I will provide some general tips and some matchups.
Never Overcommit on your 1st X-Bow
Overcommitting on your first X-Bow can easily lead you to 0 Elixir, getting your Tower destroyed within the first minute.
This can definitely ruin the game because with X-Bow, you want the game to only go to 1 Tower only.
Know when to stop defending the X-Bow
Defending the X-Bow is the only way that you will ever get any Tower damage but there are times you should stop defending it and save up for defending your own Tower.
Typically you always want to put something to help attack the opponent’s troops but you should think about backing off whenever you see a tank like a P.E.K.K.A or a Mega Knight placed right on your Tower.
This is because they can easily destroy anything you place.
Instead, either try to pull it around with the Knight or the Archers or use the Inferno Tower to help shut it down.
The most important thing to do is to NEVER PLACE ANYTHING TO BLOCK THE X-BOW BEFORE YOUR OPPONENT PLACES ANYTHING TO BLOCK IT.
You never want to be down more Elixir than you need to be.
Placing the X-Bow is 6 Elixir itself and placing more troops that might do nothing can make your Elixir bar drop even further.
How to start the game?
You never want to start off with just an X-Bow because if your opponents have a Golem or a P.E.K.K.A then you would be down a lot of Elixir. Then, your opponents can just add more troops after killing the X-Bow to take down your Tower.
A better way to start off the game would be to cycle cards like the Knight, Archers, or Ice Spirit in the back so you can play the X-Bow immediately when your opponents drop the big tanks at the back.
Know when to punish/play aggressively
Knowing when to punish with such a deadly card like the X-Bow can be the deciding factor between winning and losing.
A great example of this is when your opponent places a Giant down in the back of his king Tower.
Normally, you would think of placing troops on the same side and try to defend the Giant; but with X-Bow it is much more different.
The best way to punish is to drop the X-Bow down on the opposite lane whenever they start off with that tank at the back.
This way, you can force your opponent to
- Split Elixir to defend the X-Bow
- Take Tower damage and possibly lose the Tower.
I do recommend going more aggressive with the X-Bow if this happens because you always have that Inferno Tower to lean on.
That being said, make sure you have enough Elixir to play the Inferno Tower or else you might trade towers, which again, is very bad for X-Bow users.
Punishing can often lead to throwing your opponent off, spending extra Elixir they needed for a push and end up dying out.
Knowing how to use your 2 spells
This generally isn’t a huge issue but it is a good thing to know.
You normally want to save your Log/Zap for the low-HP card(s) that deal the most damage.
For example, if your opponent is running a Goblin Gang and Goblin Barrel, you should probably save the Log/Zap for the Barrel because it is directly on the Tower and can deal massive damage. Meanwhile, if you are facing the Goblin Gang, you can use other cards like the Archers or Knight to prevent any damage.
The Fireball is also very important to know how to use. You are going to use this spell on different things depending on the matchup.
In one game you might use the Fireball primarily on a Mega Minion but if you are about to do that and your opponent has 3 Musketeers, they can easily overrun you if you are caught without the Fireball.
Knowing when to go for the win and when to play for a draw.
The last thing I want to cover is knowing when you should switch between going from all out aggressive to a more defensive relaxed game.
Being a good X-Bow player requires you to foresee the game and know that sometimes, you should just play it out for a draw instead of trying to go for a win and end up losing.
If you have a bad deck matchup against an opponent it wouldn’t be the worst thing to play a defensive X-Bow so you have that extra layer of defense.
A good example of this would be if you are playing against a Royal Giant.
If you play the X-Bow at the bridge, the Royal Giant can easily snipe away at the X-Bow while tanking all of the damage.
However, if you play a defensive X-Bow, you would have the X-Bow, your Tower(s) and additional troops to help shut the Royal Giant down.
If your opponent over commits and you feel confident that you can punish well, then go for it; but 9 out of 10 times, the game will usually end out in a draw.
Going for the win is also a key thing to learn while playing this deck.
If the Tower you are going for is around 1000 HP or lower, place that X-Bow in the center for defense and try to cycle Fireballs onto the Tower.
Be careful not to spend too much Elixir or else you will lose the game.
If you are not comfortable with playing that defensive X-Bow, just cycle cards in the back on whatever side your opponent is going for and try to get those fireballs in once it is Double Elixir.
These are pretty much all of the basics to playing this X-Bow deck.
A few last things to note is to always try to adapt based on whatever type of deck you are facing! Always save up Elixir whenever you go for a push, and don’t be afraid to use your spells when finishing off a Tower.
With this low average Elixir cost deck, you should be able to defend and set up another push very quickly.
Lastly, remember that you should practice the deck a lot before giving up on it, X-Bow does take a lot of skill despite many people saying otherwise.
I hope that this deck does you well and helps you push up to a new personal best!! I wish you all the best of luck in the arena and most importantly have fun!
ur lighting fast dude (first reply)
why didn’t u claim 2nd instead xD
yup I refreshed the page and checked XD
bro ur 3rd
will post my deck
he’s going to soon enough. All in good time…
Why should he have to? It’s his website and he post what stuff he wants. You don’t go around demanding stuff from other people
Very nice guide, very in-depth strategies! You must be an x-bow pro. An x-pro!
Heyyyy, thanks man!! I wouldn’t consider myself a pro just yet but thanks! haha
4900 is very good already! be proud.
prefer that guy XD
He’s enjoying himself
A rather wide-faced goblin
I was 4th, you’re 5th
no 3rd wasn’t claimed
you said ‘4th’
but sparky would FTW with a buff claimed 2nd, not 3rd, and 2nd was claimed by Lava Lightning FTW
yeah. Lava lightning got 2nd, spark ftw got 3rd.
no because he didn’t claim it. He claimed 2nd, but 2nd was taken
oh wat xD i seee
Well i already claimed it lol
real nice in-depth guide man
thanks man!! Glad I could help 🙂
Oh, you’re the guide writer! Try a mortar deck since u seem good at siege. There aren’t many mortar decks in cra. Nice guide too 🙂
Thank you!! I’m thinking of either making a guide on mortar bait or the 2.9 mortar rocket cycle deck!!
Nice! I suck at siege, but I still win often in LADDER with that deck!
Yeah, but complicated
Never said u’re wrong
what do you mean
Nice name xD
😛 hehe, im a he
should i write more guides??? i would need ideas though.
Yes! Try writing about Mortar decks or Miner decks! Not much of them on CT, so they are likely to get posted
can I use inferno dragon instead of tower?
Yeah it works too, if not better. Especially if your opponent blocks your xbow w/ a pekka and u need to kill it quick to get ur xbow onto the tower.
yeah can work but be carefull not to bunch it up with other troops or else if your opponent fireballs or rocket’s if will be value
Isn’t a building, so RG will be more troublesome, knowing they probably have lightning or zap or something really overleveled ready… Nah, stick with inferno tower. Also pulls units
rg already outranges inferno tower
if you time it right, then you can place the inferno tower, to get the agro, and shut down the rg
well yea but if u already did it cause they use rg hog deck and u had to shut down their hog?
exactly. there are other answers like ewiz + ice spirit or even archers + knight then it will force your opponent to respond to your troops and you can save your inferno tower for the rg
wat if u dont use them?
they’re in the deck….
Yeah but u can still kill it with IT
If you are more comfortable with using the inferno dragon instead of the inferno tower then yes, go ahead
Nah not recommended! It’s not a building so their tank will get hits off the tower! So not recommended by me
more like use mini pekka, he is so good at protecting xbow from medium sized units such as hog or bandit!
but not in a demanding sort of way…like ‘will post my deck’. I asked him nicely at least
And i wasn’t criticizing you for asking him sooo..irrelevant comment!
it already did
What can I use to replace the fireball? My level 6 does’t do much around 3600 🙁
what high level damage spells do you have?
Rocket level 7 and lightning level 4 and poison level 4
hmmm i would go with rocket imo, make it cheaper maybe by replacing it with zap or arrows but thats pretty risky
I would go with Rocket, unless you have Log! No joke, but level 6 Fireball at ur trophy range is fine if u have Log! If you have Zap, try getting Fireball to level 7
i face lvl 6 witches a lot and doesnt die to my lvl 7 fireball + my lvl 11 zap
Wow that’s sad. I keep on vsing level 7 Princes. Tip: Don’t battle when ur chest slots r full (u get harder battles)
Actually the fireball is fine. On my mini i made it to 4k with a level 7 fireball. Just try and get your cards to tourney standard then you should be fine
I don’t have inferno dragon, but if they use a tank such as a Pekka or a giant to defend against my x-bow, would it be ok to then place my inferno tower at the bridge alongside my x-bow, or would that be overcommiting?
Ermmm..if they have support troops thats pretty bad. You see you place down say archers x bow inferno thats 14 elixir right there. Giant maybe, pekka dont do that, wait for it to kill the x bow
that would be overcommiting if it is your 1st x-bow and you dont know if your opponent has something like an ewiz to shut down
yeah thats my point, 5 elixir to keep a probably half health x bow alive is too much
but if it’s at the end towards sudden death or even double elixir, it’s okay because you only need one tower. A half health x-bow can easily bring the tower down to a couple fireball’s to win the game.
Later in the game when you are sure that you can either kill the ewiz with a fireball + log or zap, or if your opponent doesn’t have the ewiz then go ahead and go for the win
Only do this if you have a good elixir advantage and you are sure you can take out any supporting troops that can shut down the inferno tower. If you think you can go for the win then also do this too
That’s overcommitng. Try to get an elixir advantage beforehand
IM LOVING THE DECK
Ima use it really soon
Whenever I use Xbow, I always stay at around the same spot trophy-wise, but I’ve never really tried this E-wiz variant. Wish me luck in getting above 4100 (:
AYeeee, glad you like this deck!!! Good luck with your trophy pushing!!
Rain get guide buddy, very detailed
i might use xbow, MIGHT
ayeeee fellow clanmate haha, stick to mortar man, then maybe you could write a guide about it and also coach me. maybe…
I suck at siege
Can anybody tell me how this deck I made is? Any better replacements perhaps? https://link.clashroyale.com/deck/en?deck=26000039;26000055;28000000;26000023;27000007;27000008;26000012;28000001&id=2V8RVGL0U
please tell me the deck, I use computer for CRA
You forgot a couple genders lol
FINALLY someone’s realized that E-Wiz and X-Bow are great in the same deck!!! 😛
🙂 glad you like it!!
yay u changed ur name
Yeah I know it’s a good combo, but it’s actually widely used! Nice guide tho @rainiervillanueva:disqus
Im really tempted to use this deck, but im bad at siege(and everything else)
And im also considering the guide not to change decks often so yeah
Really good guide
thank you!!!! i went from a hog player to xbow and i have barely used x-bow for around 2-3 months. I suggest you definetly try it out in some classic challenges if you can and if you feel comfortable then stick with it!.
Yeah, classic challenge is good, thx for the suggestion
no problem man!!
nice guide and deck tho!
log can be replace by zap but what do u think is better? if u say log i would try to save up gold and buy that lagendary. i only have zap now
I say arrows better
yes that’s great against goblin berrel but i think it will be a bit heavy. i wanna know is it worth it to spend 40k on 1 legendary or stay with zap
Buy log mate
arrows aren’t legendary ._.
Nah not arrows. Trust me, during bad starting hands, you rally need zap and log for extra time
._. true but…. what do you do if you see a miner horde? HUH?
Knight for Miner and Archers + Ice spirit for Minion Horde
ok I’m noob at around 4200 cups ._. (psst how do I counter ebarbs without pekka and swarm?)
Well, you have Knight + Ice Spirit combo, or MK. U also have rocket. My best option tho would be Knight + Ice spirit! If ur using a mortar deck, mortar at the river and Knight takes care of them and you’ll get damage on their tower…
I prefer Knight + Ice spirit as I use spell – bait
I switched of mkpekka to pekkaa bridge spam help!1!
I mean, mk is a flawless counter to elite, isn’t it? (you probably breefly know my deck, right?)
problem with zap is level what is your zap level.
buy log, log is one of the best legendarys in clash royale. I’m surprised you haven’t bought it yet.
@barry_parry:disqus log is definitely better as you sort of have a zap already with your ewiz. the log can easily shut down log-bait which is pretty meta. you should save it up for sure. if you have a high level zap that can shut down goblin barrel then definitely use that.
A lot better mate! Clever
i’m having so much trouble pushing out of 3200 because of stupid overlevelled cards and ebarbs….like lvl 11 and 12 commons, and all the opponents’ cards levels are so much higher than mine! Any recommendations? Only cards I don’t have are mk, nw, graveyard, miner, princess.
Use LavaLoon (the recently posted one)
I feel you. Knight ice spirit good combo
use mortar! mortar brought me to 3600!
i’m at 4900 🙂
I’m at 3800 now but I guess that doesn’t matter
Ikr, I use pekka graveyard and I’m sitting at 3500 rn
A few months ago I was in the same place using golem…
You should try this Xbow deck that the guide is about I guess
I just got my Xbox to level 5 and I’m having some success in challenger 1, so it will probably work
Whatever suites you, siege is a specific play style it may not be good for you
You can’t level up a gaming console lol
I like siege, i just don’t feel comfortable using it on ladder as it’s a high-risk playstyle. One bad matchup and you’re toast
can you tell us your card levels?
yeah sure, i have all commons level 12, rares are level 9, epic is level 6, and both leggendaries are level 3
cheers man, and also, how often do you face royal giants?
almost every game haha, which is why i’m trying to max out my archers so they don’t get taken out from max arrows
Do you want me to make guide about off-meta deck which I got easily to Legendary Arena?
yeah! but isn’t it mega pekka?
Mega pekka IS meta lol
I changed deck and actually my off-meta creation gives me a lot more success since it looks like one big E-Barbs counter.
Original idea :))
Thank you Trainer Rain! Heaven has arrived at my doorstep.
no problem!!! glad i was able to help!!
Man I really wonder if there were cheaper decks than mine. Mine is similar to yours but I use exe for splash and bats for zap bait. Is it still good though?
My deck is: X-bow, exe, E-wiz, inferno T, Log, Fireball, bats, knight.
yeah i like this too! although i would consider adding in a tornado there because what’s in exe without a tornado you know?? but yea i do like this as well. but if i were to change another thing it would be to maybe switch out bats for something ranged because ewiz and exe are all you have for ranged and that’s almost half your elixir bar. Still a gr8 deck!
thx rain(can I call you that). I find zap bait important element important especially in golem or Pekka. I am no tornado user, not saying I’m unskilled. I find my exe placements are good already. Idk any effective zap bait cards besides bats at the moment
why is this the chillest conversation that ive seen on any website ever.
ah i see, yes you can call me rain, i had just changed my name a few weeks ago,
Hey Rain u got FB? Add then we can chat CR strategy
I like when I see an xbow deck here. Sadly, I prefer Mortar Hybrids rather than this. Still, cool guide! #X-BowIsCool
Nice deck,sadly im not such an x-bow fan.
No I won’t now. Guess who just left CRA discord? YOU!
lmao look at this dude can’t even roast me
“offensive comment” my butt hahaha go and report me idgaf
Argument? More like a roast cuz this 3 year old is getting roasted
Jk, it was a pretty good article
Even though I didn’t even read half of it
But the first few sentences were pretty helpful so that’s a plus
you too, stop arguing!
Update: Played this deck a few battles, reached my season high
THANKS YOU VERY MUCHES
nice man!!!!!!!!! so happy i helped you out 🙂
I wish i was good with X-Bow…
i don’t MM
i mean i don’t have mm
my opponents go from 12 to 13, and mostly face hog, miner, or rg. i try not to over use my inferno though so i can win and not always draw
Hey T. Rain! (train lololol)
I play a xbow cycle deck with iceg, ice spirit, archers, mega minion, log, gobs and pump.
I do consider your deck, however a question arose: should I switch log/zap ewiz/mega minion alltogether or can I use the log still with a mega minion?
I’ll give it a try though!
Wait a second… Where did mine go?
Hey trainer rain. Would inferno dragon be an alright substitute for inferno tower, only because its less elixir and can actually attack
Hey Trainer Rain wanna hmu with your player tag?