Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Moving On: Let's Talk About Clash Royale

Clash Royale is a mobile game that I've been playing for about a year and a half, maybe more.
Its a PvP game where you make a "deck" of 8 "cards" and compete against another player (or AL trainers when you first start out) trying to win by killing more towers than the other player before the 3 minute timer runs out (with overtime if tied), or winning immediately by destroying the opponent's king tower.

Each card has stats such as how much elixir it costs to play, how much damage, how many hit points, range, speed, etc. Most cards are units you play, but there are also buildings which don't move and spells that don't create a unit but cause damage.

When you start out there are not many cards to pick from to make your 8 card deck, but as you battle and win you get chests to open that give you gold and cards. Sometimes they are cards you already have and you can save up to level them up to more powerful versions of themselves, and sometimes you get new cards from which you can add to your deck.

It sounds very simple when I explain it like that but it gets quite complicated when you factor in all the combinations of the different cards. You might think "oh just load up on the most powerful cards" but they are balanced by rarity for upgrading them and elixir cost, and some cards have natural synergy and some do not work well together at all. And once you settle on a deck you may find it works well against some archetypes and weak against others.

Here's my current deck:
 A Hog Rider / PEKKA beatdown deck, with a freeze spell to maximize on when I get some damage on the tower. I just recently switched out electo wizard for the fireball so I'm lower than my past high trophies of ~4800, but hope to climb into the 5000s when I get that fireball leveled up to max.

"Ok, Kirith, but how much money have you sunk into this game?"

Not a lot actually. When I started I bought some gems for ~$14 but have not spent any other money since then. If you want to get all the cards to max quickly, including any legendaries, you will have to pay but a casual player like me doesn't worry about it.

"Doesn't it get boring after a while?"

The basic 1v1 battle can get boring but there are tournaments, clan wars, 2v2 battles, special event challenges... there is almost something other to do besides 1v1 so it keeps the basic battles fresh since you can switch it up. Being in a clan helps too as you can do some 2v2 battles together.

If you give it a try, let me know! If you play and are looking for a clan, let me know about that too!

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