Elite Spell Bait (a.k.a Cancer Bait)

elite zap bait

Hey guys it’s Regeneration with my second deck in response to the upcoming spell bait meta! This deck has only 1 legendary that can be arguably replaced with a better card, and there are no epics so it can be leveled up easily!

elite zap bait

Clash Royale Elite BarbariansClash Royale BatsClash Royale Goblin GangClash Royale Ice Spirit
Clash Royale PrincessClash Royale TombstoneClash Royale fireballClash Royale Zap

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Pros Cons

  • Counters the meta
  • Keeps your opponent on their toes
  • One mistake can win you the game
  • Very synergized
  • Easy to level up

  • Weak to exe-nado, Baby Dragons(a bit), and Valkyrie
  • Weak in tournaments and challenges
  • Smart Lavaloon players will destroy you
  • One mistake can cost you the game

Card Roles:

Clash Royale Elite BarbariansElite Barbarians: I hate them. I really do. And I originally had Hog Rider in this slot as the win condition (modeling the Hog Log spell bait), but the defense was really weak.

I mean every time I put down a Hog, it would get countered either with swarm troops (which I zapped and got a couple of hits off), Inferno Tower, or troop combinations which led to a counter push that I couldn’t stop because my swarm troops would get wiped away in 2 seconds. The swarm option was alright in getting Tower damage, but for about 500 damage I would be down 3 Elixir. That doesn’t seem like much, but over time those -3 Elixir trades add up.

Long story short, a building targeting troop would fall to one Giant push. I needed a tank killer that can take out a Tower if left alone. Elite Barbarians fills all those roles. On top of that, they can be over leveled because they are a common.

Feel free to experiment with other win conditions including P.E.K.K.A, Giant Skeleton, Inferno Dragon, Bandit, and Lumberjack.

Clash Royale BatsBats: Before they came out, I was hyped for them, and I actually won them from their challenge. But then they got nerfed, and they got destroyed.

With the latest update bringing them back to 5 Bats instead of 4, my hype for them pre-nerf came back, and I started searching and experimenting with “Bat decks”.

I always found that people Zap them so the best use for them is in spell bait decks as they are a beast on defense, and with the buff they now land a hit off the Tower if ignored.

Use them as bait and/or defense(as an emergency) against ground based decks, and sole defense against air based decks like Lavaloon (always take out the Balloon).

They are excellent mini tank killers, can counter Graveyard with Tower help allowing 1-2 hits, can take out a Giant with only a couple of hits off(left alone of course), and a Hog with only one hit off.

Again, they are commons so you can over level them.

Feel free to replace them with Minions, Archers, or any anti air card. Just be warned that Bats are better Elixir trades if spelled away as they are 2 Elixir.

Clash Royale Goblin GangGoblin Gang: Second bait card and are pretty self-explanatory.

Anti-ground troop swarms that do significant damage if ignored.

At equal level, the Goblins survive Zap with a tad bit of health left. They also have 2 Spear Goblins that can help deal with air a bit.

Use them as bait for Logs, Zaps, and Arrows. Save them against aggro troops by baiting out spells with Bats.

Don’t worry if both Bats and Goblin Gang get spelled away as you have other counters.

Another common that can be over leveled. You can replace them with Skeleton Army(best option), Goblins, Skeletons, Fire Spirits, and Spear Goblins(worst option).

Clash Royale PrincessPrincess: Third bait card. She’s in this slot due to her anti-air ability and long range splash.

Against big pushes, put her behind the king Tower and let her take out the swarms while your E-Barbarians take out the tank.

She is the best defense against Minion Hordes, and if placed at the bridge, she is a great Log and Arrows bait(or better yet, an important support troops or counter to your deck).

Since she is the only legendary in this deck, you won’t have to replace too many other cards with her.

The best replacement is of course Dart Goblin, with his fast chip damage, and bait ability that cause people to panic, he is great when paired with the Zap, however you lose the splash and range. The other replacements are other ranged supports that act as Fireball bait.

Clash Royale Ice SpiritIce Spirit: Best 1 Elixir card (as Skeletons is the other) used to cycle, buy time with the 1.5 second Freeze, and paired with Zap, take out swarms like Minion Hordes.

Level these up to the Tower level of your opponents as you can cycle them at the bridge over time to deal 475 damage for 5 Elixir at tournament level. And guess what? It’s a common so you can over level it

Replace this with Fire Spirits if you want, or even Mirror if you want to experiment (I haven’t tried it so I don’t know how it works).

Clash Royale TombstoneTombstone: The best counter to the bridge spam meta, 3 Elixir shuts down Bandits, Battle Rams, Hogs, Elite Barbarians, and without support, P.E.K.K.A.

Tombstone can be used as a Log and Fireball bait (Fireball typically in some Hog decks).

It can be replaced with any other defensive building and spawners (although Barbarian Hut isn’t recommended, and spawners change the play style a bit).

Out of all the other cards, level doesn’t matter as much(just as long as it isn’t level 3 in arena 9, etc).

Clash Royale fireballFireball: On the contrary, this 4 Elixir rare card should be 1 level higher than the support troops you face (level 8 Fireball against level 7 Wizards, and against E-wiz it should still be 7 levels higher) and is level dependent.

Use it against 3M’s, support troops, Pumps, Furnaces etc. Even if the Fireball is a bit under leveled, you still have the Zap to finish them off.

However you lose the swarm clearing spell, and you spent 6 Elixir on 4-5 Elixir troops which may or may not be worth it. IMO I think it isn’t, but up to you.

Against big pushes when the supports are clumped up, Fireball them (except Executioner and Bowler) and Zap if necessary.

After awhile in overtime if your E-Barbarians can’t reach the Tower, just Fireballing the opponent to death.

If you don’t like Fireball you can replace it with Poison, which synergizes better with E-Barbarians, can deal with Night Witch better, or if your Fireball is too under leveled with your Zap, but you lose that defense ability and last second Tower killing speed, troops can escape the Poison, and Heal is a strong counter (luckily most people don’t use Heal).

Clash Royale ZapZap: I think it’s pretty obvious why Zap is here but I’ll explain anyway! I tried Log but Minion Hordes constantly destroyed me even though I had the 2 Elixir.

For 2 Elixir, Zap synergizes very well with Princess, Fireball, Ice Spirit, and Elite Barbarians.

Get rid of swarms, Goblin Barrels, and with Ice Spirit, Minion Hordes.

You won’t be using Zap to reset Infernos because you have so many other counters, but you can use Zap to reset attack animations, and buy time, but only if you can cycle back to it before the opponent uses a swarm.

Make sure to over level Zap as it is a common; 1 level higher for Goblins, and an optional 2 levels higher against Minion Hordes.

For 1 Elixir more, Arrows will take out princesses and Minion Hordes for 3 Elixir, however you lose the synergy with Ice Spirit, it’s slower than Zap, and you lose the positive Elixir trade. You can also replace Zap with Log if your Zap is under leveled, but the downsides are the same except you are even weaker to air, but you don’t lose the Elixir trades. Fire Spirits is a third option, just keep them leveled up like the Ice Spirit so they reach the Tower on their own.


General Gameplan


This is a spell bait deck, but a bit different game plan.

The goal is to get the opponents to not only use their spells on your bait troops, but also get them to use their swarms as a response to your swarms so that you make equal trades there, and then use Elite Barbarians to punish them with horrible counters to those E-Barbarians and gain an Elixir advantage along with some chip damage (and hopefully a Tower!).

Long story short, use your swarms to out cycle your opponent’s E-Barb counters.

A good rule of thumb is to play with 7 Elixir, and only pressure on low Elixir if you know they can’t counter it properly.

Your big final push is E-Barbarians, Ice Spirit, Princess near the bridge, Zap in your hand and an optional Goblin Gang/Fireball.

Memorize your opponents counter, and make sure to bait spells with the right troops (Don’t bait Zap with Bats if your opponent runs Lavaloon, for example).

Opening Move-1 minute in (3:00-2:00)

Your opening moves are:

  • Bats at the Bridge
  • Princess at the Bridge
  • Goblin Gang at the Bridge
  • Tombstone in the middle
  • Ice Spirit at the bridge(If equal level with opponent)
  • Quick E-Barb Zap push

Wait until 10 Elixir before starting!

If the opponent starts a tank in the back:

Clash Royale Lava HoundLava Hound: Rush with E-Barbarians Zap/Ice Spirit on other lane, Goblin Gang, or Tombstone in the middle. Bait out Zap/Arrows with Goblin Gang(Princess if they use Arrows). Defend with Bats on Lava Hound and drag the Lava Hound with a Tombstone if possible. Once the Lava Hound pops, Zap the lavapups(a level 11 Zap will take out level 1 Lava pups, level 12 on level 2, and max level on level 3). You can also use Princess behind the king Tower if you have enough Elixir.

Clash Royale BalloonLavaloon: Same as above except Bats on the Balloon.


Clash Royale GolemGolem: Rush with E-Barbarians Zap/Ice Spirit on the opposite lane and bait Zap with either Bats or Goblin Gang(preferably Bats). Don’t force the push, Zap only swarms, and if they defend with valk, take her out with Bats. Then defend with Tombstone and later on Goblin Gang(if spell is used on Tombstone). You can also use Princess behind the king Tower if you have enough Elixir.

Clash Royale GiantGiant: Rush the other lane with Goblin Gang and/or Bats and bait out the spells along with some chip damage. Once the Giant crosses the bridge, take out any supports behind the Giant with E-Barbarians first and then the Giant. Make sure to counter push by adding Ice Spirit, and keep Zap in hand.

Clash Royale P.E.K.K.AP.E.K.K.A, Giant Skeleton: Same as Golem.


Clash Royale Hog RiderHog Rider: E-Barbarians on any possible support units first, then let them take out the hogs. Counter push adding Ice Spirit and Zap in hand. You can also have them focus on the Hog first, if you know the E-Barbarians will survive.

If the opponent rushes with their win condition:

Clash Royale MinerBurning Miner AKA Miner Poison AKA Moison: Ignore it and rush the other lane with E-Barbarians Zap/Ice Spirit. If E-Barbarians aren’t in hand Princess at the bridge in the same lane, and Ice Spirit on Miner.

Clash Royale Hog RiderHog Rider: E-barbs or Goblin Gang. Bats and/or Ice Spirit if necessary.


Clash Royale Elite BarbariansElite Barbarians: Tombstone or Goblin Gang. Use Bats and/or Ice Spirit if necessary.


Clash Royale BalloonBalloon: Bait Zap with Goblin Gang on the other side. Bats on Balloon and Tombstone if necessary.


Clash Royale Three Musketeers3M: Fireball. If no Fireball use swarm troops and Zap.


Clash Royale Battle RamBattle Ram: Tombstone. If no Tombstone swarm troops.


Figure out your counters, and don’t overcommit. Not much to say.


More E-Barb pushes, don’t worry if you have a Tower down. As long as you can get some chip damage in and you’re playing correctly, you will be fine.

Counter your opponent’s counters, and start to use Fireball a bit.

0:59-Overtime (2x Elixir)

At this point if you can’t get the E-Barbarians to the Tower, just keep defending and fireballing their Tower. At that point whoever has the better spell cycling skill wins. If the opponent rockets/lightnings, then rush immediately with E-Barbarians as that’s 6 less Elixir they have to defend. In ladder if you have too far to take the Tower just go for the draw.


Clash Royale Battle RamBridge Spam: Easiest matchup. You have too many swarms and they probably have 1 swarm clearing spell so it’s more embarrassing to lose at that point.


Clash Royale P.E.K.K.AGiant Skeleton/P.E.K.K.A/Single target troops: Use your swarms and Tombstone. Ice Spirit and E-Barbarians as last second emergencies. Easy-medium matchup.


Clash Royale MinerMoison(Miner Poison): Always rush the other lane. The chip damage is very annoying so only use E-Barbarians on Miner as a last second defense. Medium matchup


Clash Royale GiantGiant decks: You have the swarms, Tombstone, and E-Barbarians. Too many counters. Easy matchup.


Clash Royale GiantGoison(Giant Poison): E-Barbarians. Poison just eliminates the swarms and Tombstone. If they pre Poison use the Tombstone out of the Poison but in range to still drag Giant. Shouldn’t be too hard. Easy-medium matchup

Clash Royale GolemGolem decks: Same as Giant decks except the opponent has less Elixir to defend.


Clash Royale GolemGolem Lightning: Only deadly if they get the anti-swarm troop with Golem and Lightning takes out E-Barbarians. The anti-swarm troop must lock on before swarming it and Golem. Golem will get hits off the Tower unfortunately. The longer you go in overtime, the more likely it is they will Lightning cycle you to death. Hard matchup.

Clash Royale Hog RiderHog decks/Cycle decks: You can at least keep up. Tombstone for Hog, swarms and E-Barbarians as emergencies. Your E-Barbarians will probably be stopped via multiple swarms, so just Fireball them to death. Medium-hard matchup.

Clash Royale Goblin HutSpawners: Everytime the Barbarian Hut is deployed, rush the other lane with E-Barbarians. They’ll probably use Valk or Witch. Defend Barbarian Hut with Bats, Fireball Furnace or Goblin Hut with your E-Barb pushes. Valk might be the only problem. Medium matchup.

Clash Royale Goblin GangSpell bait: Zap the Barrel, Princess on swarms. Same mindset as cycle decks above. Medium-hard matchup.


Clash Royale X-BowSiege: Very annoying. Distract with Tombstone, then Fireball the clumped defensive troops. Take out siege weapon with any remaining troops and punish them with constant E-Barb pushes. Chances are they will use troops like knights to defend, which will stop E-Barbarians, but you can now get to the siege weapon easier. Medium-hard matchup.

Clash Royale Lava HoundLava Hound: Hard matchup. Bats on the Lava Hound, and rush the other lane with E-Barbarians Zap. Princess on Lava Hound/lavapups as well if you have the Elixir.


Clash Royale Lava HoundLavaloon: Hardest matchup. Bats on Balloon, distract Lavaloon with Tombstone, and never let them build up the 12 Elixir necessary. If they ignore the E-Barbarians, race them to 3 crown.


All in all this is a new deck that takes advantage of spell bait to counter the upcoming(spell bait) and dying meta(bridge spam). This got me 8 wins in a row in arena 10(now 3659 trophies as I’m writing this), but this deck is still experimental. Feel free to mess around with this deck and let me know of anyone questions and/or suggestion you have.

Until then, have a clashtastic day!