Exploring the Hive ecosystem - Splinterlands

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I wrote recently about checking out NFT Showroom. There has been a huge increase in NFTs across the whole of crypto, and the bonus with NFT Showroom, is it integrated as part of the Hive ecosystem.

Another area seeing a huge surge in interest (and money) is blockchain games, and we have our own success story here on Hive; it is of course Splinterlands

Of course everyone here knows this... except me by the sounds of it! In the time I have been here not once have I clicked on the game itself. I have half-read many posts about it but not been interested enough to give it a go.

That is until very recently when something changed, and I thought yeah ok I have a spare 5 minutes, I'll give it a go...

(Hey, it has NOTHING to do with the recent price explosion....honest!)

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Ahem

Anyway, the concept seems relatively straight forward. Each 'card' features a different character. Each character has different stats and rules and therefore strategy is required to make the best use of each character in the team.

I do like the idea of the battle being done for you, so you have 2/3 minutes to select your team, and then the game runs the battle sequence and then you find out who wins.

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1st game: Win - oh fantastic, thats a good start
2nd game: Win - oh ok, that was easy too
3rd game: Loss - ok, maybe it isn't
4th game: Loss - oh fiddlesticks
...
8th game: Loss - oh come on!
9th game: Loss - alright alright its not easy!

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When you battle you earn points to increase your ranking, and of course if you earn enough points to can move up to higher leagues, and of course higher rewards. But what I didn't realise is that if you lose battles then you lose points as well.

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So after starting as a lowly novice, briefly moving up into Bronze lll and promptly getting relegated, I kept going just to move back up again. I lost most of the battles but by sheer luck (2 opponents surrendered) I finally moved to the next league.

With the promise of 5x reward chests due in 13 hours time at the end of the season, I decided to wait for the end instead of risking losing those rewards haha...

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woohoo, my first rewards, lets see what I get...

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Oh.

Um.

That's a bit disappointing.

I was at least hoping for a new card?

Will I carry on playing? I'm not sure to be honest. As games go its quite well set up, and there certainly is plenty to learn regarding strategy etc. But the thing is, my time is important, and while the financial rewards would be nice, there is no point doing if I'm not enjoying it. And I doubt many people enjoy losing 10 games in a row....

I post blogs semi-regularly, not because of money, but because I enjoy the process (and the interactions with others).

It may well be a play2earn concept, but unfortunately it is also based on pay2win, especially for any new players just joining. So if there is a choice between spending 6 months grinding for rewards, or paying £500 to get some cards that actually stand a chance, then I might not bother at all...

I don't know.

I can see that a 'season' here lasts 2 weeks, so I'll give it a go and see how I feel about it after the 2 weeks has finished.

(just my personal opinion of course, I know there a lots of people who love playing the game)



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Play Water, you will have a better chance of winning. The Bronze league is teeming with bots, it's unlikely you will be playing a real person. When you get up to the Gold league.. then it becomes interesting.

It's an expensive game, they don't pretend. Get one of these and battle with the Water splinter. They are $6-$7.

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I have noticed that if I use water I am merely 'awful' and not 'flipping useless'... every little helps eh?

Thanks for the hint, I'll give that one a go!

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There are two parts to it, Rating and Power as you can see from the bars in your screenshot.

Play a lot more battles and see what cards people use to beat you, and if you like, rent them from Peakmonsters and you will start winning heaps more. So Rating is not that hard to achieve in the lower leagues. Power is the tricky part as you would need to rent for Power too and at the end of season, it can get very expensive.

!LOLZ

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Yeah I can see that power bit. Buying the card slobberchops recomended cost approx $6, and i can see that has increased power to 20 of 1000 needed to get to bronze ll, its gonna cost an absolute fortune, or take months of meagre rewards to get there.

Thanks for the tips

!BEER

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A good option is rentals if you want to put minimal $$ in. Wait for your ECR to hit close to 100% and rent for a day and battle till you get to 50%. Wait 2 days and rinse and repeat. You can make a little DEC there and if you open your chests in Silver, there is a higher chances of card drops and DEC. That league is when you stop getting credits in chests I believe.

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