The Lavaloon Special
Clash Royale Lava Hound Ballon Deck
Lava Hound + Balloon is a common combo used in high arena levels, however, today Big Mike brings us this new version with cards such as Mini PEKKA and Goblins, making this deck a perfect choice to counter Hog cycle and Royal Giant decks.
"The Lavaloon Special" is only used from Arena 7 and requires three legendary cards, however, the Princess can be substituted by Archers if required. The average elixir cost is 3.6 and it's very fast to play, 6 out of the 8 cards have a cost of 2-3 elixir. And now, let's go to the meat and bones!
Lava Hound - The tank. Use to suck up all the damage so you're your high dps troops can make it to the tower. I usually place it by the king tower on either side depending on which side I'm pushing.
Miner - Another tank. The great thing about this deck is that there are a few different pushes you can use and the miner is the reason for that. Great to take out Princess and other splash support troops.
Princess - Slash damage from a distance. She can't be ignored so she's great for an intimidation factor as well as handling minions/hordes that are targeting your loon or lava.
Balloon - The destroyer of towers. Send behind lava to deal some major damage. Works well with miner also. Just make sure to back the loon up with some support.
Mini Pekka - My personal favorite. Can be used to push or defend. The hog slayer. A lot of the time the opponent will rush the opposite side of the map when you play your lava hound. This can work to your advantage if you have Zap and Mini Pekka in your hand. Usually, I see hog+gobs. Zap the gobs and hog and then the mini pekka will make short work of the hog and boom you have a mini pekka traveling up one side of the map with your lava doing the same on the other.
Goblins - Distractions, DPS. Quick tip. One of my favorite ways to use the goblins is when the opponent has lost a crown tower and is pushing the opposite side. Throw the lava hound in the kill zone (so the king and crown tower targets it) then throw gobs by the river and watch the tower crumble (assuming they don't counter).
Minions - Air support, not much more than that really.
Zap - Takes out minions, gobs, skellys, etc. pauses tower shots when lava explodes to get a few more hits in.
How to use this deck
This is an extremely versatile deck. There are a variety of pushes and counters within the deck. The most obvious being the Lava Hound and the Balloon with support.
Miner, Mini Pekka, Minion or Miner, Balloon, Minions or really any combination of Miner + small troop for low cost pushes.
Counters Royal Giant and Hog decks well because of Mini Pekka and Goblins.
Princess can be switched with archers and Goblins for Skeletons if needed.