Clash Royale Pro Tips

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Hi Guys FIGGY0023 here Today we are talking a look at  Mindset and Focus: Dealing with Tilt, Mindsets for Winning, and Focus in Battle/What Aspects of Battle to keep in Mind most – Pro Tips from Pro Players (Woody, TheRumHam, and Marcel_p)!

I haven’t posted a battle tech guide in a while now(check them out here), but I’m back and ready to continue on with tips to make you a better player, whether it be tournament standard or ladder! As a little bit of a compensation for not posting a battle tech post in a while, I contacted some pro players to give their insights on mindset and focusing, and three of them replied. u/Apex1302 said he’d contact some players from Reddit Alpha, but having gotten no replies in a while now, I’ll move on and use tips from Marcel_p, Woody, and TheRumHam. These 3 pro players were kind enough to give up a bit of their time and reply to my questions with tips that will hopefully help you all become a better clasher!

Todays topic is mindset. Mindset is very fundamental in Clash Royale and makes up a big part of the psychological aspect of the game. I’m not the best player to give you all too much advice on this topic apart from just scratching the surface of this aspect of battle, but competitive players like Woody, Marcel, and RumHam can! Using tips from the following players, we’ll be looking into a very important aspect of battle overall and one of the (if not) most important parts of the psychological aspect of the game! Without anymore delay, let’s jump into the next part of the guide!

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Table of Contents

  1. What is a mindset?
  2. Mindset + Emotions – Connecting the two
  3. When to Battle
  4. Mindsets to Winning – Feedback and Tips from u/Wwoody123, u/marcel_p, and u/The_RumHam
  5. Dealing with Tilt – More tips from the Pros!
  6. Focusing in Battle – What Aspects to Keep in Mind more than Others: Even more Tips from the Pros!
  7. Dealing with a Bad Starting Hand
  8. Is there a Difference between Ladder Mindsets and Tournament/Challenge?
  9. TL;DR, Credits, and Conclusion

What is a Mindset?

According to google, mindset means:

The established set of attitudes held by someone.

Basically, a mindset is the type of mental thoughts and attitudes you keep in your head. In Clash Royale applications, this could be a mindset of keeping an elixir advantage, finding a way out of tilt, playing aggressively, etc. The mindset that you keep with you in battle is a very big part of the game and can win or lose you the game. The mindset of any player is winning, but how do you plan to do so? This guide will show you how to mentally prepare to win in battle!


Mindset+Emotions – Connecting the Two

The emotions you encounter and have with you really affect how you battle. For example, if you’re really angry, that anger can cause you to overcommit. If you’re sad, you may not be entirely focused on the battle and make careless misplays. If you’re stressed, you may be very panicky and slip up. And situations like these happen with every single emotion you take with you into battle. It can result in a positive way, or a negative way. Majority of times, consisting of too much emotion when going into battle can cost you a game, as it distracts you from focusing purely onto the match. When battling (especially if you have a strong motive to battle), you will always wanna try zoning yourself out as best as you can so all your focus is put into the match. This will result in more precision, less “caught off guard” moments, and a better chance at shutting down your opponent. If you notice players that have participated in events such as Helsinki, Shanghai, King’s Cup, Crown Duel, etc, you’ll see all the players that did well were completely focused into their matches, which you could see with their body language and their 24/7 eye contact to their screen (along with a bunch of squinting like eyebrows that everyone does when they’re like, “I CAN’T LOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!”).

TL;DR (for this section): Don’t let your inner emotions sway you off your game in battle.


When to Battle

I don’t think many would do very well in battle if they were sitting on a school bus that was very unstable and had to play with one hand (VulgarUnicorn, your an exception). You probably don’t play when eating and if you do, please tell me how many losses you faced. Even playing in a crowded, loud, area (like in the middle of a party with a bunch of little kids spilling rice on your shirt, it’s happened to me), can really screw you up compared to playing in a quiet environment at home, tucked comfortably into your gaming chair, bed, or sofa. These little things are important and can help your performance when you play at the right time and in the right situation.

Here are some good times to battle:

  • When you have access to a peaceful, quite, and clean environment where you can easily focus on the match at hand
  • When your siblings aren’t there to mess you up (so relate-able to me)
  • When you are not under any heavy emotions (stress, anger, unsurmountable happiness, etc.)
  • When you have a stable wifi connection (which I never have, yet I’m dumb enough to keep playing)
  • When you are “in the zone” (making very strong, great plays and constantly winning)

Here are some replies from my man u/marcel_p that also give some tips on what he’ll do when battling:

I usually will keep playing as long as I find that I’m winning more often that I’m losing (and of course if I do have the time to keep playing). Once I find that I start losing, what I do next depends on what I think the reason for the losing is.

  1. Am I facing decks that my deck isn’t good against? If so, I’ll tweak/change my deck and keep playing.
  2. Am I facing card levels that I just can’t compete with? (This doesn’t happen to me anymore now at max level). Then I’ll consider taking a break / playing challenges / testing decks with clanmates.
  3. Am I too sleepy/tired/distracted to focus? If so I’ll definitely take a break.
  4. Am I not able to find a specific reason as to why I lost? Best next step here is to watch my replays. Usually in these cases, it comes down to a misplay somewhere, either at a macro level (decision making) or micro level (misplacing/mistiming a card). So you need to pinpoint what that was, understand why you made the mistake, and correct your thinking for future games.

Of course, not all of these tips are related to WHEN you should battle, but some are, and I hope you can pick off of those ones for this section while absorbing in some extra info from a pro!


These are just the basics, and this alone doesn’t justify when to battle, as there are always exceptions.


Mindsets to Winning – Feedback and Tips from u/Wwoody123, u/marcel_p, and u/The_RumHam!

Now comes the exciting part…tips from the pros!!!!!!!!! Of course everyone wants to win when they get into battle. But how do you win, based from a psychological perspective? Is there any mindset, thought, or concentration of any sort involved? If so, what are they? We’re gonna see what Marcel_p, Woody, and TheRumHam think about what they do to get better and win more and what they focus on when battling!

Marcel_p

Here is what Marcel_p does/would do to do the best he can when battling

I usually will keep playing as long as I find that I’m winning more often that I’m losing (and of course if I do have the time to keep playing). Once I find that I start losing, what I do next depends on what I think the reason for the losing is.

Am I facing decks that my deck isn’t good against? If so, I’ll tweak/change my deck and keep playing.

Am I facing card levels that I just can’t compete with? (This doesn’t happen to me anymore now at max level). Then I’ll consider taking a break / playing challenges / testing decks with clanmates.

Am I too sleepy/tired/distracted to focus? If so I’ll definitely take a break.

Am I not able to find a specific reason as to why I lost? Best next step here is to watch my replays. Usually in these cases, it comes down to a misplay somewhere, either at a macro level (decision making) or micro level (misplacing/mistiming a card). So you need to pinpoint what that was, understand why you made the mistake, and correct your thinking for future games.

Here is what Marcel believes is the most important aspect to focus on and have a strong mindset in when battling

Especially when playing against skilled opponents, you really can’t afford to make mistakes with any aspect of the game. Whether it be misjudging their elixir count, not remembering their rotation, misplacing a troop, not having a solid 1-2 cycle plan of how you’re going to get tower damage, etc… all of these will lead to losses very quickly. But if you pressed me for which one of these I think is most important, I’d say keeping track of your opponent’s rotation & devising a plan based on that. After all, if you know exactly what’s in your opponent’s hand at all times, you can probably bet on making more good plays than bad ones.

Woody

I only push ladder hard at the end of the season. This is the easiest time to reach a high trophy count above 4K+ because that’s when most trophies have trickled up from lower arenas. I will set a soft trophy goal, and may stop if I go on a win streak and achieve it, but usually keep pushing until the end of season occurs.

When pushing trophies, I usually play a very defensive deck. I focus on not losing, then if my opponent makes a mistake I get to claim the win and the trophies that come with it.

You can’t focus solely on elixir management or your opponents card rotation. They are both important, but I’d say that card rotation is a bit more important. As long as you aren’t giving up wildly unsuccessful negative elixir trades, you will eventually be able to deploy your win condition if you can out-cycle your opponent.

With a defensive deck, I will often try to go for a 1-0. On rare occasions I may attempt to 2-1 my opponent, but only if I had already made a mistake that almost cost me my tower.

TheRumHam

Playtesting:

Testing is an important part of deckbuilding, especially for big-money competitive tournaments. Playtesting is a supremely underrated mindset because you should be in a mindset for experimentation and discovery. Winning or losing shouldn’t matter as much as trying out different sequences to discover the strongest course of action. You might think X is the best play until you try Y and Z and discover that actually Z isn’t as bad as you thought it was. The next time you play a game that matters, you have Z on your toolbelt now.

Playtesting with buddies should be cooperative, not adversarial. Don’t BM or tell your friends about how cheap their strategy is. After each game, pick each others brains about what they were thinking in the match. Often there were moments of opportunity you didn’t recognize until discussing it with your opponent.


Dealing with Tilt – More tips from the Pros!

Just about everyone tilts in the game, and for good reasons. Either you’re getting bad starting hands, counter matchups, or just not in the mood and keep mistiming/misplacing troops and other units. While this and a lot of info here won’t help you 100% of the time, it will help a bit. Here is how you, my friend can deal with tilt! These are some tips from Marcel and Woody. Clash Royale Pro Tips

Marcel_p

Usually what tilts me is when my opponent gets lucky, like say they open the game with Golem in the back, and Hog Rider is my last card for example. I end up just playing more to get over this if I have the time to play. My feeling is that as long as you’re 1.) making the right decisions in each game, and 2.) playing a deck that will be stronger against most decks in your trophy range, then you will win more often than not. So why not keep playing.

Woody

I don’t really tilt. It’s just a game! Everyone makes mistakes, so don’t worry about it. That’s the best way to avoid getting emotional and taking your trophies. If you can’t distance yourself from the game, muting emotes might help. Changing your deck can also work, if you’re comfortable with multiple deck archetypes. If none of that works, just put the game down until you’re ready to play your best.


Focusing in Battle – What Aspects to Keep in Mind more than Others: Even more Tips from the Pros!

This section sometimes makes me rethink whether talking about mindset so early on in the series is a good idea, but I’ll still go ahead and make this post. Plus, my last post is gonna be something extra special! But on the point of the topic at hand, we’re gonna be seeing how the aspects of battle that I talk about individually in each and every one of my battle tech posts are prioritized when taken into real battle. Not many players will or are willing to devote the time into mastering every or almost every aspect of battle to perfection, and will have to devote some time to one aspect of battle more than others. I pm’ed the three pros and two (u/The_RumHam, where were ya?) were able to answer, and I’ll share what the two both think is most important to consider when battling (spoiler alert! They both had the same idea)

Woody

You can’t focus solely on elixir management or your opponents card rotation. They are both important, but I’d say that card rotation is a bit more important. As long as you aren’t giving up wildly unsuccessful negative elixir trades, you will eventually be able to deploy your win condition if you can out-cycle your opponent. Clash Royale Pro Tips

Marcel_p

Especially when playing against skilled opponents, you really can’t afford to make mistakes with any aspect of the game. Whether it be misjudging their elixir count, not remembering their rotation, misplacing a troop, not having a solid 1-2 cycle plan of how you’re going to get tower damage, etc… all of these will lead to losses very quickly. But if you pressed me for which one of these I think is most important, I’d say keeping track of your opponent’s rotation & devising a plan based on that. After all, if you know exactly what’s in your opponent’s hand at all times, you can probably bet on making more good plays than bad ones. Clash Royale Pro Tips


Dealing with a bad Starting Hand

We have all had that moment where we started off with a hand where maybe your pump or hog was last card in cycle, or you had 3 spells and a defense as your start, etc etc. It sucks. And in all honesty, at times, you’ve gotta face the bad karma coming at you and take it in. However, it is avoidable, and a bad starting hand doesn’t always decide the match. Here are some tips I’ve collected from personal experience and from doing some research on the web.

Here are the best ways to deal with a bad starting hand:

  1. Cycle fast through your deck to get the cards you want into your rotation
  2. Wait for your opponent and play defensively

Cycling Cards

Cycling cards is usually the most effective way to deal with a bad starting hand. Cycling cards has the following benefits:

  1. Allows you to bank elixir without wasting any elixir and giving your opponent an elixir advantage as a consequence
  2. Cycling can help respond to your opponent when they rush and are a few rotations away from the right counter cards
  3. And all in all, gets you the cards you want

You can cycle cards with proactive cards (cards you can easily bank elixir on, like witch, ice wizard, zappo (thanks u/darchangels13!), mega minion, etc.) to bank elixir, or place down cheap units at the bridge, like ice spirit, spear goblins, and even miner (but don’t place THAT at the bridge!). As long as you aren’t giving your opponent too big of an elixir advantage, doing the following is the best way to cycle effectively, as it really limits punishing capabilities from your opponent.

When trying to cycle cards, don’t just right away start spamming down cards. Wait until AT LEAST 8 elixir (preferably 9 or 10), and then play either a proactive card, or a cheap cycle troop. Sometimes, splitting troops like archers or skeleton army may also be your best chance at effectively cycling (Btw, splitting archers is good, skarmy is a meh).

Defending

Although defending may seem like the better option when starting of with a bad hand, in my opinion it isn’t. This is because there have been times where you try playing defensive and your opponent sends in a hog rider. However, you don’t have the best cards to counter it and consequently end up taking more tower damage than you may have taken with a better starting hand. Playing defensive can however also at times be the same with cycling with proactive cards, but you’d play them more passively than you would play proactive cards to cycle. Cards like ice wizard, executioner (aka “OP”), and mega minion are good examples of proactive cards for playing defensive with a bad starting hand. Clash Royale Pro Tips


However, remember that your opponent won’t know you have a bad starting hand and can fall lucky if your opponent isn’t able to react to your bad starting hand properly, which should happen a lot as, mentioned before, your opponent won’t see your bad starting hand. However, there are also those times where your opponent falls lucky and accidently is able to capitalize on your bad starting hand and ultimately cost you the game. But, in the end, you’ll have to face those moments and understand you won’t always be able to comeback from a bad starting hand. Also, remember, especially on ladder, you can always play for the tie, which is a great way to safely compensate for a bad starting hand. Clash Royale Pro Tips


Is there a difference between a Ladder Mindset and Tournament/Challenges?

I believe there is. In ladder, there are things like crown chests, clan chests, and a shortened overtime that can cause your mindset to shift between a ladder setting and a tournament setting. For example, a 3 minute overtime on tournament standard mode may cause you to have a more defensive and slow-paced mindset. Playing on ladder may cause you to have a more fast-paced mindset. Also, on ladder, you’d probably run your main deck where you have your card levels up-to-par to your trophy count. At tournament standard, playtesting, which u/The_RumHam talked about is a great strategy! Here is TheRumHam’s reply on the mindset of playtesting

Testing is an important part of deckbuilding, especially for big-money competitive tournaments. Playtesting is a supremely underrated  mindset because you should be in a mindset for experimentation and discovery. Winning or losing shouldn’t matter as much as trying out different sequences to discover the strongest course of action. You might think X is the best play until you try Y and Z and discover that actually Z isn’t as bad as you thought it was. The next time you play a game that matters, you have Z on your toolbelt now.

Playtesting with buddies should be cooperative, not adversarial. Don’t BM or tell your friends about how cheap their strategy is. After each game, pick each others brains about what they were thinking in the match. Often there were moments of opportunity you didn’t recognize until discussing it with your opponent.

I didn’t get too much feedback from the pros on a tournament standard mindset, but here are u/marcel_p and u/Wwoody123‘s replies on their ladder mindset:

Woody

When pushing trophies, I usually play a very defensive deck. I focus on not losing, then if my opponent makes a mistake I get to claim the win and the trophies that come with it.

Marcel_p

I usually will keep playing as long as I find that I’m winning more often that I’m losing (and of course if I do have the time to keep playing). Once I find that I start losing, what I do next depends on what I think the reason for the losing is.

Am I facing decks that my deck isn’t good against? If so, I’ll tweak/change my deck and keep playing.

Am I facing card levels that I just can’t compete with? (This doesn’t happen to me anymore now at max level). Then I’ll consider taking a break / playing challenges / testing decks with clanmates.

Am I too sleepy/tired/distracted to focus? If so I’ll definitely take a break.

Am I not able to find a specific reason as to why I lost? Best next step here is to watch my replays. Usually in these cases, it comes down to a misplay somewhere, either at a macro level (decision making) or micro level (misplacing/mistiming a card). So you need to pinpoint what that was, understand why you made the mistake, and correct your thinking for future games.

Especially when playing against skilled opponents, you really can’t afford to make mistakes with any aspect of the game. Whether it be misjudging their elixir count, not remembering their rotation, misplacing a troop, not having a solid 1-2 cycle plan of how you’re going to get tower damage, etc… all of these will lead to losses very quickly. But if you pressed me for which one of these I think is most important, I’d say keeping track of your opponent’s rotation & devising a plan based on that. After all, if you know exactly what’s in your opponent’s hand at all times, you can probably bet on making more good plays than bad ones.


TL;DR,Clash Royale Pro Tips Credits, and Conclusion

In short, mindset can win or lose you matches, and your mindset is determined based upon emotions, focus, tilt, and whether you’re playing in tournament or ladder mode. Understanding the type of mindset your ideal player would face in an ideal situation will help you improve your game and get a better read on your opponent.

I hope you found this guide very useful and learned quite a bit about mindset, especially since I was able to get some tips from the pros! Have a good day and see you in the arena!

Credits

  1. u/The_RumHam
  2. u/marcel_p
  3. u/Wwoody123
  4. FIGGY0023
  5. u/Mwolverine63 (for inspiring me unintentionally to contact pros for more useful and helpful info

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