Clash Royale Top Tips
Play with a crafted battle deck
Cards are good on their own, but they are even better when played together. You need to pick a hand with cards that complement each other and choose an offensive deck, defensive deck, or a combination deck. You will be much better off combating your enemies with this sort of strategic deck rather than just some one-off, good cards. Examples of this would be Skeleton Army with Prince, or Valkyrie with Musketeer. Your deck also needs to be able to combat both flying troops and ground troops, so you may want to consider baby dragon and Minions to be in your deck.
Use buildings to distract
It's probably a good idea to have at least one building in your deck. Mostly they are good at distracting your opponent and give you time to build up your defense. Some buildings do a good amount of damage, but usually cost more elixir, so it's all about weighing up the pros and cons of your deck. Buildings work well against Giants, Barbarians, Flying cards and a lot of others!
Join a clan
Joining a clan means getting a few things that will help you in battle. First is the ability to practice against friends, meaning you can see what card combinations work well together and practice offensive and defensive strategies. You can also donate and receive cards for battle, which will give you XP and gold or help you in battle! Do it, join a clan, you'll get all the fun out of the game.
Destroy arena towers
The two arena towers have lower hit points than the King's tower. Therefore they are easier to destroy than the King's castle, so if it's a close game, go for a two tower win rather than a three. However, if you think you can destroy the King's tower go for it!
Build up elixir
This is most key at the start of a battle. Give yourself enough elixir to enable you to play two or even three cards at the same time. This ties in with the other tip of using complementary cards; why bother having complementary cards if you can't use them together?! Building up nine or ten elixir lets you play cards worth 5 and 4 elixir, or 3 and 3 and 3 elixir! Strength in numbers!
Play cards according to opponents cards
A great defensive strategy helps, a lot! This can be made easier by using cards that are stronger than your opponents. For example the Skeleton Army is a great card... until it comes up against a Valkyrie or a Bomber. Cards with splash damage will wipe out a lot of the skeletons. Another example is using the Skeleton Army against a Giant (mini P.E.K.K.A works well too). Anything with large amount of damage will work well against giants.
Earn your daily crown chest
You may have noticed you can earn a crown chest by winning crowns in battles, just have a look in the battle tab in-game. Now, you risk losing trophies if you lose the battles - but does that really matter? - especially if you are only in the lower arenas. The more chests you get, the more upgraded your cards will become so the more the better! The crown chest is only available once every 24 hours though, but it's well worth it.
Use both bridges when attacking
A great way to try and get past your enemy's defence is to use both bridges, and spread their troops over the battle ground and weaken any defensive move. Your attack may be weakened as well, as there is less troops in one place, but if you can get a Hog Rider or Mini P.E.K.K.A straight to the towers with nothing in the way, they can do a huge amount of damage. First use some less-expensive troops like Knight and Bomber on one side and wait for your enemy to mount their defence and spend their elixir. Then use a Hog Rider on the other side while they have no elixir left!