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THE ULTIMATE X-BOW GUIDE || Everything YOU Need to Know about 2.9 X-Bow!

THE ULTIMATE X-BOW GUIDE || Everything YOU Need to Know about 2.9 X-Bow!
the 20 wing challenge in class RAL is about to go underway if you want a quick synopsis of the top decks to use in this challenge be sure to check out a video I posted last week but today we're going to be going super in-depth into one single deck 2.9 expo now in an attempt to make the

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as comprehensive as possible I've watched countless expo videos on YouTube and gotten the help of two pro players crafter a great friend and pro player from Team non-meta Musketeers as well as air
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surfer a crl pro from Team solomid they are both top tier X boat players so I'll leave both of their Twitter's in the description below please go check them out if you haven't heard of them already now I realize that what I'm about to go over is a lot of information and it might be a little fast-paced so I'll have timestamps in the pin comment below for you guys to re-watch any specific part of the video that you want anyways without further ado let's get right into the

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21 Expo

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as with any deck there are just things that you have to

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and of course that holds true for the expo so in the basics I'm going to be going over the basic building placements card counting and elixir management required for effective Expo play building placements let's start off with the expo here is the default offensive placement it's as far outward as possible and one tile from the bridge this is the expo placement that I use nine out of ten times this
way it minimizes the range on your opponent's side and allows for a tile to place any defense for the expo now there is the center placement which is mainly for situations when one of your towers is down but honestly I rarely if ever will use that placement now when using defensive Expos there are several different placements depending on what spells your opponents have here is the anti fireball placement one tile in the opposite lane three tiles from the bridge here is the anti poison and
anti lightning placement however this placement is also useful against other matchups as just sim we hate defensive Expo as it makes room for a well-placed Tesla on defense basically one corner is touching with the tower pretty simple now on to the Tesla as for offensive Tesla's one big tip I have is to not always support the Expo with the Tesla it's really easy to overprotect your Expo on offense and that is a big no-no but if you're playing Tesla on offense here are a few good
placement this placement right up against the Expo is for smaller units such as the hog or the balloon this placement one tile away from the expo is good for pulling tanks as well as bigger units and finally this placement behind the expo is a much more passive play but it's basically saying hey I'm gonna go ahead and give up this Expo for now but I'll try and out cycle your expo counter and stack Tesla's now on to defensive Tesla's when just playing a Tesla on defense
passively always play up three tiles from the bridge if you play it too far back units will be able to bypass the Tesla without it popping up and you don't want that now when a tank is approaching your Tower it is okay to play at four tiles back but again be very careful that it will pull the troops card counting now with Expo it's super important that you keep count of whether your opponents biggest Expo counter is in hand this in different situations maybe the Royal Giant and Inferno
tower a rocket or the Golem you can do this with one simple trick once your opponent places a card they have to play four more cards to get back to it on the flip side you can take advantage of your fast cycle to out cycle your opponent's expo counters elixir management now I'm not going to go much in depth about elixir management as I could honestly make an entire

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on this alone the big point here is to never leak elixir this is a cycle deck so instead of leaking that one elixir
you could have just cycled a nice spirit to chip the tower all right now that's all I have for the basics again you can always rewatch any section of this video and if you have any questions be sure to ask them below I'll try and reply to as many as can but now that I've gone over the basics let's go over each stage of the match starting off with the beginning as with any deck it's important to have the right start and for a super match of dependent deck such as Expo it
actually has a relatively simple start play always start off pretty passively bicycling your cheap carts in the back since this deck is pretty much all cheap cards you're guaranteed to have at least one in hand this can include cycling your archers skeletons I spirit log in ice golem to try and force your opponent to make the first real move also try and take as little damage as possible as expo is a really long-winded deck that often goes far into overtime so you want to try and preserve as
much tower health as possible in single elixir anyway after the first move continue playing pretty passively and defend until you determine which matchup you are facing it's super important that you

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what you're facing before you attack a match for example if you see furnace it'll most likely be royal giant if you see bandit it'll most likely be Pekka control and if you see Prince then it's most likely going to be golem or giant once you've determined the matchup
refer to the next section for a gameplan Expo is a super matchup dependent deck meaning that how you approach a matchup varies very widely depending on which deck you're facing so make sure you're fluent in approaching different matchups before hopping into the arena golem beatdown hautboy golem beatdown is

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n to be one of the hardest matchups for Expo and I mean it is this is a matchup that really comes with a ton of practice before mastering although it's also important to have
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the correct strategy overall against golem you want to play a bit more slowly try and break through during single elixir time because during double elixir you basically have no chance of connecting an expo unless they golem in the back or overextend now there are two situations where you would go with an offensive Expo the first is if they golem in the back I'm sure we all

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this just media the expo opposite lane pretty simple if they play a single target ER like mega minion on to the
expo then just use something like skeletons and archers to take it down if they use a splasher such as the baby dragon I would just ignore it now the second situation where you would go Expo opposite lane is if your opponent places something for elixir or greater in the back this way your opponent actually will not have the elixir to play the golem by the time the expo loads up and will actually be forced to play something else to respond completely breaking down their goal and push now another
big aspect of this deck is to try and out cycle your opponent's golem if you've just landed a good defense or push keep up the pressure with another Expo now let's talk about defending a golem push so golem in the back first thing you probably want to do if your Expo isn't in him is to place a Tesla for tiles from the bridge this way you will actually be able to cycle to a second Tesla if your opponent has night which go ahead and fireball and log it out then place your archers
in the back far corner then once the golem approaches your side get a nice golem down this should destroy the bats and kite units towards the Tesla by then you should be back to a second Tesla and you can play it down if you

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it you should also be back to a second fireball if

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ed as well royal GIM role giant is another one of those counter decks so oftentimes you're probably just trying to draw the match so when you start off you

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cycling your cards in the back and you see furnace
he was mega minion or baby dragon it's quite likely that you're going to be facing the Royal Giant so with the expo you really just want to play more defensively the entire match at the offensive expo at the wrong time then you're pretty much screwed now during the match however that doesn't mean you neglect trying to get chip damage you should be fire balling electro wizards furnaces and getting chip damage with your logs and archers as you never

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when you could get an expo
lock onto the tower especially if your opponent overcommits however it's important to only fireball if you're not super behind in elixir be very careful not to be too aggressive with your spells or else you're gonna for it again keep in mind that royal giant users are probably running lightning so use an anti lightning placement now on to defending a royal giant push because this one's also pretty difficult so when the royal giant is coming down the lane go with the defensive
Expo in that anti lightning spot now there are two options you can defend the first is to go with a Tesla near the tower with archers far out to avoid the spell value the second way to defend is to go archers in the back with a high Tesla again trying to avoid spell value also fireball can be super clutch on defense as well now at this point you do also have to make an important decision if you manage to get quite a bit of damage in single elixir you can try and spell cycle the opponent out if
not then go for a draw because there is almost no way for you to break through with your expo in double elixir or overtime giant beatdown giant beatdown is also a pretty hard counter to the expo so as an expo user you have to be super meticulous to win this matchup during single elixir if they giant in the back obviously go at the expo opposite lane you can spend some elixir defending what they place to take out your expo but then focus on defending the Giant push with your Tesla skeletons
archers and all your kiting units now one thing I really like to do against giant matchups is to Expo even if they have the giant in hand if they giant same Lane with the expo you might want to give up on the expo this time play a Tesla in this position let it DPS down the expo and try to out cycle your opponent's giant you can even get a second tussle down if you manage your elixir well enough Pekka Ram Pekka Ram is another relatively hard matchup but once you get the mash up down you
should be able to win pretty consistently now the key with this deck is two things saving your Tesla for the RAM rider and setting up defensive Expos also 9 out of 10 times your opponent will have poison so be sure to place your defensive Expos in the anti poison spot and the opposite lane your opponent is attacking in now against Pekka again start off by there passively using all of your psychic cards to take care of small pushes and fire balling the tower for any sort of value now about
halfway through the match go ahead and put down a defensive Expo after you've just defended a push ideally you will have baited out a poison spell but either way get that defensive Expo down and be sure to protect it this way any push your opponent mounts will just be feeding elixir into that Expo to chop up then after another successful defense with the defensive Expo up you can go in with an offensive Expo Tesla push if your opponent manages to counter it or pass Pekka in cycle don't
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fret you can either out cycle that Pekka and go right back into another Expo or you can reset with another defensive Expo and rinse and repeat mega night a mega night matchup is really similar to a Pekka won but if the opponent has an inferno dragon then it's probably a mega night deck most likely with the RAM rider as well now against this matchup you want to play it really similar to a Pekka matchup with the defensive Expos and all that stuff in my opinion it's quite a bit harder than
the Pekka matchup since the mega night jump can just absolutely shred our deck but again just be sure to take fireball value with the tower this means fire balling inferno dragons or whizzes with the tower when possible Meaghan is a lot harder of a deck to break through with Expo so oftentimes this matchup will run long into overtime lava hound for the most part I don't find lava hound matchups that difficult start as usual just be sure to have something such as ice golem to tank for baby
dragons when your opponent places a lava hound in the back immediately Expo in the same Lane this way you try and avoid any chance for an opposite lane tower trade if they play skeleton army or guards go ahead and log them out and if they play a lumberjack skeletons and I spirit will do if your opponent uses a flying machine immediately fireball that out as well now the biggest reason why I like to go same Lane is because support troops will often go around the lava hound this allows you to use
a strategic Tesla placement to take care of support units first before working on the lava hound also try to also have an ice golem it's super important to try and preserve as much health on that Tesla as possible that way the Tesla can just shred on defense now against lava clone your opponent will have no big spell so you don't really have to worry about your archers dying against a lava hounds up with poison it's a little more tricky but as long as you space out your units a
little bit more you should be just fine mere match ah the dreaded mere match so against mere matches I usually like to start off rather passively in single elixir time when they go in with the expo distract it with the ice golem and then just fireball it with the arena tower log if

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ed and then place archers on the side to take it down completely in double elixir time you can really start ramping up the heat and play a bit more aggressively with your Expos being sure to protect it either with
a Tesla or an ice golem if they decide to defense of Expo just play something such as an ice golem to block for the expo shots on the flipside if you decide to place a defensive Expo yourself obviously place it in the anti fireball position first and also play something such as an ice golem to protect it so your opponent's Expo doesn't shred yours again keep something in your hand to block your opponent's Expos at all times finally also be smart with your spells log can be super
valuable against the expo as well as archers and fireball and Tesla will be your main damage against your opponent's Expo mortar bait now Warner bait is another one of those quite iffy matchups again just start passively cycling and wait for the opponent to make the first big move if they go with the mortar you would obviously play something in the center to block ideally you would place an ice golem in the opposite lane wait for the mortar to lock onto the ice golem then utilize archers or
a Tesla to take the mortar down after defending a push if your opponent spent a lot of elixir then immediately Expo opposite lane I find that going opposite lane is a lot more successful against mortar bait as it forces your opponent to split their damage on the towers now if your opponent decides to defensive order then just defensive Expo making sure you place it in the anti fireball position now another thing you should be very careful about is taking too much damage from the minor the minor
can be a sneakily lethal card so be sure to use something such as ice beer or skeletons to try and DPS him down fireball bait now this deck is a relatively new deck in the meta but it's also not a very difficult matchup just start off again pretty passively try and get your opponent to make the first royal hog push and use Tesla to defend that because keep in mind that if you don't use the fireball on these hogs you'll have them on offense also defensive Expos can also be quite
useful against sapis or the magic Archer as usual after a pretty successful defense you'll be able to set up an expo at the bridge Tesla obviously shreds up all of his defensive troops and once you get an offense going be careful not to over defend the expo instead manage your cycle and try and cycle back to another one again it's super important to be smart with your fireballs but with your fast cycle I don't find too much trouble answering all the spam hog now while hog isn't
exactly an easy matchup it's not exactly a hard one either most hog decks that you will face are going to be two point six matchups or at least some sort of fast cycle so keep in mind that for the most part they will be able to keep up with your cycle for me I find that you can go same lane or opposite lane either way works now probably the most important thing about this matchup is to keep the Tesla in your hand for that hog on defense at the start of the match you have to use your cheap
cycle or else your opponent will actually manage to out cycle your Tesla also be sure to fireball you

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any decent value with the tower and once you're able to defend a few hog pushes successfully or if your opponent over commits immediately x-bow after a defense you can also place an offensive Tesla - if you're really confident with hog decks they have no way to reset your expo once it locks onto the tower so oftentimes just one lock can be lethal alright now that we've gone over
how to face some of the most popular decks in this meta let's go ahead and dive into the endgame we're in the oK you've determined the matchup and the game timer is slowly winding down towards overtime congratulations your hopefully in a relatively good situation but either way with any deck it's also important to

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how to attack a game as you approach the end of a match with Expo there are three ways to do so continue doing what you're doing go for a draw or spell cycle
so let's take a look at each one Expo lock so you're into double extra time approaching overtime now how do you play well for the most part just continue the strategies according to the matchups I showed earlier after all oftentimes one expo lock will be enough to bring the tower down pretty low down to spell cycle range this is generally what you will do for most easy to medium matchups just keep doing what you've been doing and try and break through again all you

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to do in the
endgame is to bring that tower down to spell cycle range draws on the flipside if you aren't able to break through at all by the start of overtime it may be time to consider going for a draw especially against a difficult matchup such as royal giant golem or giant beatdown in this case it's still okay to play offensive Expos but again do not overextend on offense defensive Expos are always key in draws so be sure to use those effectively again refer to each of the matchups for more
detailed information on how to play each matchup spell cycling spell cycling is a really important part of 2.9 especially to finish off matches so when should we do it well I usually recommend spell cycling when you've already taken the tower somewhat low about around half health when you just can't seem to break through when you're around double elixir now with expo it's often better to just log cycle after all log is a super cheap and relatively inconsequential card to cycle
and won't be that big of a commitment now of course if you can get fireball value against the tower then definitely take it but for the most part I wouldn't recommend just straight-out fireball cycling until you're just two fireballs away fireball cycling is a pretty huge commitment and it not only is a waste of for elixir but it's also a waste of a super valuable defensive card so be careful about deciding when to fire ball cycle at tournament standard two fireballs and two logs
do five hundred and seventy damage so be sure to remember that number oh there we go this marks the end of the 2.9 expo

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I really hope that this video at least helped you with your comprehension and theory of how to play the 2.9 expo and as I always say it's often about the player and not the deck so be sure to practice practice and practice after all

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ing how to approach matchups is only half the battle you have to actually be able to do it so go ahead just jump into a few classic
challenges and see if you can implement some of these tips I

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this is a lot of information to process so again timestamps will be in the pin comment and be sure to ask any questions you have in the comment section below but unfortunately guys that's all I've got time for in today's video if you enjoyed please leave like down below as well as a subscription to my channel and as always this is a legend too right and I'm signing off see you guys next time