KairosTime here, with a new Arena 8 Deck Giant Poison that is being used a lot in tournaments and in the top 200 right now! It works really well in tournaments and doesn’t require any legendaries! If your Epics are leveled up high enough, this deck will also rock in the ladder! This deck comes with a video highlight on a YouTube series called “Exploring the Meta” that you can find in the below in this guide! Feel free to check out my YouTube Channel for more video guides!
Giant Poison Deck for Arena 8+
Giant – The Giant is a very popular card right now, and for good reason. At 5 elixir, he boasts a Giant amount of health and if you can get him to a tower, he really packs a punch! In this deck, you want to use the Giant primarily as a tank, but if you can get him to the tower that’s even better. You will want to place the Giant behind your King’s tower once you have a decent elixir advantage so that you can build up a good push before he makes it to the bridge. If you are facing against another Giant deck, you will want to drop your giant down after your opponent drops his giant. That will allow you to take down his giant with your supporting troops, which will switch to supporting your own Giant once your opponent’s Giant is down. One mistake I see players make, is not knowing when a push is going to be successful and when it isn’t. Sometimes it is better to let your giant fall to a successful defense and save your Elixir than it is to keep dropping supporting troops. At the same time, since the supporting cards in the deck are carefully chosen to counter each other’s weaknesses, if you don’t drop the right cards when you can, you may fail to take a tower when you could have. Only practice will help you gain the skill of knowing when to push and when to fall back.
Poison – The Poison spell is a powerful combo with the Giant because of how common it is to counter a Giant with smaller troops. Not only does the Poison have a large radius, it also slows down enemy troops which will help keep your giant alive when he is on the enemy side of the arena. Since this deck doesn’t use any troops that do splash damage, you will want to use the Poison and Arrows wisely. If I can have my way, I will try to use Poison on the enemy’s side of the field and Arrows on my side of the field, but that isn’t a hard rule so be willing to adapt depending on your opponent’s deck, especially if they have the Minion Horde.
Guards – The Guards are a perfect defender in this deck. For 3 Elixir, they will give you the advantage against Musketeers and Mini P.E.K.K.As, they will trade for a miner, and are great options to use if you know your opponent has an Inferno Tower ready to melt your Giant. If you’re OK with taking some tower damage, you can even use them against a Hog Rider. Since the Guards attack from a distance, they can also be used to defend against a Valkyrie if placed correctly. The Valkyrie will take 2 swings to kill the first 2 guards, and then have to move closer to take out the last guard with another 2 swings. These little guys do die in enemy Poison, so make sure you place them strategically so they don’t melt away.
Musketeer – I love the Musketeer’s firing range. It is long enough so that you can place her on the left side of the middle of the arena and she’ll attack troops on the right side of the arena. I suggest using this tactic so that you can defend, then push on the lane that you want to. Backed up behind the Giant, she is a great option to use because of how great she is at taking out smaller troops. That being said, you will want to protect her with other supporting troops depending on which cards your opponent has. If they have a Valkyrie, support her with an Ice Spirit and Mini P.E.K.K.A and the Valkyrie will be dead within seconds. If they have a Mini PEKKA, support her with the Guards and she’ll make quick work of the Mini P.E.K.K.A. If they have the Minion Horde, be ready with the Poison and an Ice Spirit or with the Arrows. By keeping the Musketeer alive, you can make the Giant push work because of her high DPS and range.
Mini P.E.K.K.A – The Mini P.E.K.K.A is a powerful runner! That means that she is good at switching from a strong defense to a strong offense. A Mini P.E.K.K.A paired up with with the Arrows is a great way to get her to the tower if your opponent has swarm troops. A Mini PEKKA paired up with the Ice Spirit will take care of a lot of tankier troops as well. In this deck, the Mini P.E.K.K.A is my preferred way to get rid of a Royal Giant. I’ll match her up with the Poison or Arrows depending on what supporting troops my opponent is using. When playing other Giant Poison decks, don’t be afraid to drop the Mini P.E.K.K.A in poison so that you can stop your opponent’s push.
Arrows – Arrows is a strong spell that does a good job at covering the weaknesses of this deck for only 3 Elixir. Arrows can be used to clear large swarms, the Minion Horde, and a sneaky Skeleton Army. If your opponent has the Minion Horde, be ready to Arrow a defensive Horde. Arrows are also a great way to do some additional damage to a tower that is close to falling.
Ice Spirit – Although this little spirit is small, it has a utility that no other troop has, and that is completely freezing troops for two whole seconds. You can use the Ice Spirit on defense against air troops, to reset a troop’s target, or my favorite way: as a counter to a strong defense. When you have a bunch of troops backed up behind a Giant, it can be very tempting for your opponent to drop a Valkyrie or the Fire Spirits in order to clear all those troops at once. The Ice Spirit will take out Fire Spirits since it has a longer range, and it will freeze a Valkyrie long enough for your other supporting troops to take her out. Timing this is very important but with some practice, your opponent won’t know how else to counter this powerful push!
Elixir Pump – Elixir Pump has been one of my favorite cards for a long time. You can invest 5 Elixir for a Pump that will return 7 Elixir at a constant rate so that you are gaining Elixir faster than your opponent. This is a huge advantage if you can protect your Pump (usually with Guards) and if you can survive a push right after you place the Pump down. I highly recommend reading The Best Elixir Collector Placements so you can put your pump in a place that is less likely to be destroyed by your opponent. In a pinch, you can also use the Elixir Pump to defend against a Royal Giant or Hog Rider for a few seconds at the end of the match.
Thanks for taking the time to read this guide! I hope that you have found it helpful. This is KairosTime ticking by! See you in the Arena!