hi as said in the title i’ll attempt to comment of the meta around all the metas rn. i’ll try to keep it short and throw some generalizations at you with no proof in the thread, but i invite anyone of you guys to investigate this further (start here: https://royaleapi.com/cards/popular?time=1d&mode=grid&cat=All&sort=usage)
as someone wo never plays hog because i find the card to be cheap (in both meanings of the word), kinda lame, not my style and old school (yes, all purely emotional points so dont criticise me for that) i have noticed how it generally is always considered to be well balanced, with some crying for nerfs and others for buffs, but always as a heavily played card. now that i actually check on it specifically i have noticed how eventhough the meta doesnt seem to have any extreme outlier cases of cards or decks being op, the hog still seems to be THE PERFECT ALROUNDER in terms of different metas (ladder, competitive play, challenges, war day, 2v2, collection day, top 200, everything)
i dont even wanna delve deeper into this topic, i just wanted to put it out there that currently a new player’s BY FAR best decision would be to upgrade hog, because they will be able to use it across the board and save so much gold like that. additionally, playing with the hog rider non stop will make your skill with it increase more quickly.
i dont know if this is wanted, tolerated or not at all and frankly i do not care. and once again, if you dont believe me, look it up yourself, the website is very easy to use. hog rider is consistently among the top troops to play (spells dont count, fireball, zap, log obv are played by far the most throughout the board)