Ranked battle was a struggle!

Struggle!

So last season I got very little time, and on top of that it was a struggle to move through the ranked battle. Suddenly, I saw that there is only 12 hours left for the season and I am sitting at 3300! In the D-2. The immediate panic was if I at least do not qualify for the champions-3, the next season (this one) I will start from Gold!

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It was sheer panic! Because I have been down into the depth of gold league and I know how hard it can be. Thankfully this was end of the day and past dinner. Kids were in bed. Although I was dead tired and I particularly don't enjoy playing a long push when I am tired...I had to do a push!

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So here I am after 2+ hours of playing, I barely climbed into C-3 and finished the season. Only 118 games I managed to play. At 58% it is near my average win rate, but it never felt like it. I struggled all the way till end.

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Why The struggle?

I think it is many fold. We are certainly at a lull in terms of development of the game. The last game related feature was probably the brawl, which is I think more than a year back. Yes, there was CL pack, but the new cards have already been plataeued out. I have them all and I generally know how to use them. What's new after that? This is certainly not a complain, but just a lull. I have been through lull phasees of many games including this one, and we will get through this. But until then we grind along!

There is a lull in the rental market as well. I don't find motivation to manage or even rent all my cards. Rentals prices are nearly all time low after the launch of CL, while the number of rental contracts are reaching all time high. This divergence is expected and very revealing.

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It has good and bag things both associated with it. Just it is demotivating for me to play, it is even more demotivating for bots to play. I often hear that more and more bot accounts are listed for sale at a discounted price of $1 or lower. Not a bad time to buy some discounted cards if you ask me. I recently bought a Max Selenia for cheap. Still looking for a Max Prince :)

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I have been thinking of getting a Selenia also, as I think range cards are making a comeback :)

Will keep an eye out, as I haven't been looking for awhile at the markets, because I always end up buying something! :D

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Yeah, Selenia is a niche card. I was always neutral about it, but I got a deal near $1000 and I took it. Ash loves that card. It can effective if you know how to use it

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I have seen this "lull" as an opportunity to just buy new Rewards (rares and epics) cards for pennies and then turn them around to rent. My objective is to get the amount I spend on rentals to be completely offset by rental revenue.

I don't see things really picking up until Q4, which is when people are going back inside again. By Q4, we'll have the upgrades ready to go: SPS Validator nodes, land, better brawls, enhanced tournaments, Modern/Wild, etc.

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I think that's a fine idea. Don't know about inside though, here in Texas, we have never been inside that much over the previous two years, and I don't see that changing. It's business as usual for us.

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I meant as in weather. Q4, the weather gets colder and people are inside more. During the summer, people are outside and they are not necessarily playing Splinterlands. They're at the beach, lake, baseball games, and trying to get the most out of the Summer that they can get.

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I misunderstood. I thought you meant Covid ;)

Yes, you are correct of course!

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I am doing the same thing, renting out my cards, and buying rewards cards with my rental income

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I started playing again with a Gold deck mostly with CL cards and a few betas to supplement. The deck is on the edge of the Diamond league with 10 days left and not enough CP to enter (yet). No big summoners either. I guess there's a difference between where I am and you, at the next level.

My main decks are still renting. I needed to play some to check the meta.., it's a lot more tactical than it used to be.

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If I casually play every other day, I can easily get to C-3. Trouble is often I don't play everyday other day, and then it's complicated

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You play until you hit progress or just use the RCs and see where it leads?

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I have infinite RC :)

I typically just to the daily quest and progress. These days I typically end up around 3900 - 4000 ranking points

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Ah, yes your right. You can do 2 daily Quest consecutive to be more time efficient.

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Yes, that's why every other day..

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I should really do the same, but I don't have enough high-level summoners to play through all elements. Maybe renting a summoner sometimes to finish any daily could be the way for me.

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Wow, that was some push you made sir.. My highest ranking was Gold III but I have faith that I can make in Champion league some day..
Thanks for the article.. it motivates me a lot.. to grind harder..

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