June 16, 2020 · 4 min readclassic decks
This season isn’t incredibly balanced; however, there is a bit of “rock/paper/scissors” about it. The top deck, “Pigs on Parade,” has a material advantage against 4 of the other 5 decks, putting it far out front. None of the other decks has such an advantage; each has at least one favorable matchup. Perhaps if they replace Pigs on Parade with another deck, they can achieve real balance. We’ll review each of them in order of strength:
1. Pigs on Parade
With counters to the other decks, Bandit, Barbarian Barrel and Barbarians on the ground, and Bats, Flying Machine and Musketeer for the air, this deck has a very strong defense. This, along with Royal Hogs and Bandit on offense, make the deck very hard to defeat. Fireball or Rocket can be a good defense against the hogs, but either Flying Machine or Barbarians can bait them out first. The only deck with a slight advantage is Spark the Goblin with the offensive threat of Sparky, combined with the Goblin Cage to distract the Royal Hogs, along with Sparky, Dark Knight and Electro Wizard to take them out.
2. Prince Bait
The second best deck is Prince Bait. This deck has Rocket, Prince and Rascals for defense, as well as log-bait cards Princess, Dart Goblin, Goblin Gang and Goblin Barrel which can contribute on defense as well as slowly chipping away at the opponent’s towers. Only two of the opposing decks have The Log, but The Log can only do so much. With Rocket countering Sparky and Balloon, the deck has a winning record against Spark the Goblin and Fishin’ for Loons, but comes short against Pigs on Parade and Mortar Swarms.
3. Mortar Swarms
Mortar is having a bit of a renaissance this season with the recent nerfs, however, Mortar Swarms continues to have a relatively high skill cap. The trick is to play the vulnerable swarm cards carefully, so they don’t get destroyed by the opposing decks counters and getting chip damage from the swarms miner and mortar. The Rascals, Mortar, Goblin Gang and Minion Horde can provide a decent defense and any of the swarm cards can cause major tower damage if the tower is distracted by the Miner. This deck has a winning record against two of the other decks a losing record against two and is even against the third, similar to Prince Bait.
4. Spark the Goblin
Sparky is always a bit hit or miss, but with the Spear Goblins in the Giant Goblin’s backpack providing cover, she makes for a respectable foe. This deck struggles against Prince bait, which has the Rocket and Prince to counter the Sparky, but has an advantage against Gigantic Prince with the Goblin Cage to distract the Giant, Dark Knight for the Prince and Sparky to defend the towers and then provide a strong counter-push. It holds its own against the other three, with a very slight advantage. If the Sparky doesn’t reach the tower, then the Goblin Giant or other support troops likely will.
5. Fishin’ for Loons
The name of this deck is a bit of a misnomer, since it has the Loons and not the opponent. Lacking a quick cycle or the Lumberjack or Rage to rage the Balloon, this deck is not as strong as it might be and it only has a winning record against the worst deck, Gigantic Prince. It does have Giant Skeleton to break up large pushes, and the Fisherman to haul in tanks. Miner and bats add a secondary threat to the balloon push. The skeletons can distract and the snowball and hunter add some air defense. The deck holds its own against Sparky, but falls short against 3 of the other four decks.
6. Gigantic Prince
This brings us to the worst deck, Gigantic Prince. Even the worst deck this season does not have a losing record against all the other decks; it fares pretty well against Mortar Bait. With its three spells and Electro Dragon, it does not have too much trouble with the swarms and the Giant can take the punishment and eliminate the mortar. It holds its own against Prince Bait, but falls short against the other three. The Prince can use the Giant as a shield, pushing it forward and doing significant tower damage. However, the deck does not have any other cards to provide an offensive threat behind the Giant. It basically has to rely on the Giant, Prince and Miner to bring opposing towers within Fireball range.
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Here are all the decks again, in case you have missed our season introduction: