It’s about time we talked about the long-time cancer of Clash Royale: the Royal Giant. This is especially relevant after his current nerf where his deploy time is increased from 1 second to 2 seconds.
However, is his nerf actually a buff in disguise?
The main reasoning behind the increase to his deploy time is to allow players to have more time to deploy defenses/buildings to react to the big guy when he drops at the bridge. At the same time, this will not allow Royal Giant users to abuse his previously-fast deploy time for massive destruction.
Let’s take a look at both why it is stronger and why it isn’t.
Royal Giant Is Stronger!
Why is he stronger if none of his stats got buffed? Simple: instead of deploying him at the bridge to get some guaranteed damage now, users are now deploying him at the back instead, allowing for a stronger push to build up behind the Royal Giant. This is a commonly-seen play that is quite difficult to defend against because players have more time to support the Royal Giant during the time he takes to walk to the bridge.
Royal Giant Is Weaker!
“Weaker” here means that he is easier to defend against now. There are still users who deploy him at the bridge where he gets shut down easily. Even when the opponent tries to deploy the Royal Giant at the back to build up a push, they are susceptible to being rushed and picked off easily.
After comparing both sides of the argument, I would say the 2 seconds deploy time definitely made the Royal Giant slightly stronger than before. This is largely due to the community adapting to the changes. A health or damage reduction would be a much more effective nerf than just increasing his deploy time.
That aside, Royal Giant has not dropped out of the meta at all. He is still effective and irritating when used properly. Here is an example of a viable Royal Giant deck that I have (reluctantly) put up here for you readers to try out:
Deck Content: Archers, Minions, Barbarians, Royal Giant, Ice Spirit, Cannon, Lightning, Zap
As long as you have the correct cards and know how to adapt, you’ll have an easier time facing this cancerous card and the onslaught he brings this time around. After all, the game is about improving and playing around the ever-changing meta, isn’t it?
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