Testing Splinterlands new Rental System (PeakMonsters interface) #2: From 1900 to Champion league with 668 DEC spent on rentals (+ win rates)

On the first day, I reached Gold league (around 1900 rating points) with only 84 DEC spent on rentals. I documented it here. Next step was to reach Diamond league on the second day and then Champion league on the last day, but I decided to try to reach Champion on the second day. So whole test took only 2 days (2 x 1-day rental contracts). As a reminder - I played account @sm-skynet.

On the first day, I rented very few cards, but I knew that this time I need a lot of POWER (500k) so I will need to rent a lot of cards, to meet POWER requirement. So decided a different approach this time and rent a lot of cheap cards instead of just a couple of powerful cards. Also I wanted to avoid renting just for POWER.

I wanted to rent at least 1 summoner for each splinter. I chose either the cheapest one (Qid Yuff, Vera Selacia, Contess L'ament, Mother Khala, Wizard of Eastwood) or strong summoner if it was rather cheap anyway (alpha Selenia Sky for 38 DEC daily and Delwyn Dragonscale). Selenia Sky was slightly more expensive than other dragon summoners like Daria Dragonscale / Camila Sungazer etc but it's a stronger summoner). Although Quid Yuff and Vera Selacia are the weakest summoners for Fire and Water splinter, they were so cheap (below 4 DEC daily) that I decided to rent them.


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Next step was to try to rent as many cheap cards as possible. Of course I rented only those that ... I thought won't be useless.

Common monsters:


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Some of them were really cheap...


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5 minutes later I realized I didn't really rent these 2 DEC cards because someone else was faster haha!

Rare monsters:


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As a reminder, to find the best deals just use Low Price (Level) sortable column. And set Level field to the level you want.


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Epic and Legendary monsters:


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Grenadier was a great deal. I rented only two legendaries because everything else was too expensive. And these 2 turned out to be really useful.

I started playing but after a couple of battles,, I realized that I don't have enough cards to win battles. And what is more important there was no strong splinter. I decided to focus on Earth splinter and rent more important cards.


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Failed Summoner, Khmer Princess, Child of Forest, Screeching Vulture, Brownie are really, really strong Earth cards. And except Khmer Princess, there were rather cheap. Sometimes renting Gold Foil is cheaper than renting Regular Foil (Khmer Princess, Child of the Forest).

And of course I had to rent the most important cards too:


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Tip of the day
If you want to rent a lot of cards at once, you should be fast. Or rent in batches. Other people are renting too! Otherwise instead of cards you will get this error:


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Earth splinter was already quite strong, but I decided to make Fire splinter a bit stronger too. And I rented these Untamed cards:

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And these Reward cards:

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Sometimes you want to rent maxed level (or a specific level) to get all important abilities (Khmer Princess). But sometimes low level is enough anyway.

It took 147 battles total to reach 3700+ points. But I had not enough power to advance to champion league. Only 325k POWER, so I was short of 175k POWER. As I wasn't going to play more I decided to rent cards with the best POWER/cost ratio. (yeah, I tried to avoid it at first, but at this point, it didn't make sense to rent more useful but more expensive cards).

I rented 18 Gold Foil epic untamed cards (180k POWER).


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A lot of golds!

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I got 505k POWER, so enough to advance to Champion league.


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How much DEC have I earned?

First day

  • spent: 84.724 DEC
  • earned: 203.181 DEC
  • balance: 118.457

Second day

  • spent: 668.838 DEC
  • earned: 1269.279 DEC
  • balance: 600.441 DEC

It's 118.457 DEC + 600.441 DEC = 718.898 DEC, so not only rewards from ranked battles covered rental fees, but there is a small profit too. Let's not forget that there will be also season rewards and I got a lot of potions from quest loot boxes.

And from the beginning, I just wanted to reach Champion and only break even! The main goal was to test the new rental system.


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Usage / Win rate - Gold & Diamond

SUMMONERS

Usage%SummonerWLWin rate
39.47%Wizard of Eastwood24680.00%
26.32%Selenia Sky18290.00%
15.79%Delwyn Dragonscale10283.33%
6.58%Contessa L'ament3260.00%
6.58%Qid Yuff3260.00%
3.95%Mother Khala2166.67%
1.32%Vera Salacia010.00%

Wizard of Eastwood, Selenia Sky and Delwyn Dragonscale were the summoners that I tried to use whenever possible. And looks like it worked, because results are really good. If Earth and Dragon splinters were not available I had to use other sumomner (with weaker monsters). What is interesting, although Fire splinter was quite strong, I didn't play it too often because Earth was stronger anyway and Qid Yuff summoner is the worst Fire summoner in my opinion.


MONSTERS

Usage%MonsterWLWin rate
47.37%Screeching Vulture30683.33%
34.21%Grenadier22484.62%
34.21%Gelatinous Cube21580.77%
32.89%Tower Griffin151060.00%
32.89%Khmer Princess22388.00%
32.89%Unicorn Mustang20580.00%
30.26%Failed Summoner21291.30%
27.63%Wood Nymph18385.71%
22.37%Mushroom Seer16194.12%
21.05%Stone Golem12475.00%
19.74%Brownie12380.00%
18.42%Nectar Queen10471.43%
17.11%Furious Chicken130100.00%
15.79%Gloridax Guardian10283.33%
15.79%Javelin Thrower10283.33%
15.79%Creeping Ooze120100.00%
14.47%Goblin Thief10190.91%
13.16%Darkest Mage7370.00%
13.16%Death Elemental7370.00%
13.16%Goblin Chariot5550.00%
11.84%Scale Doctor8188.89%
7.89%Child of the Forest4266.67%
6.58%Bone Golem3260.00%
5.26%Frozen Soldier3175.00%
5.26%Cocatrice40100.00%
5.26%Living Lava2250.00%
5.26%Naga Windmaster2250.00%
3.95%Serpentine Spy2166.67%
3.95%Truthspeaker30100.00%
2.63%Flame Monkey20100.00%
2.63%Undead Priest20100.00%
2.63%Peacebringer1150.00%
2.63%Mantoid1150.00%
2.63%Centauri Mage1150.00%
2.63%Undead Badger1150.00%
1.32%Goblin Dartling10100.00%
1.32%Albatross10100.00%
1.32%Ice Pixie10100.00%
1.32%Kobold Bruiser10100.00%
1.32%Goblin Fireballer10100.00%
1.32%Crystal Werewolf10100.00%
1.32%Divine Healer10100.00%
1.32%Kobold Miner10100.00%
1.32%Pyromancer10100.00%
1.32%Ettin Spearman10100.00%
1.32%Naga Fire Wizard010.00%
1.32%Beetle Queen010.00%
1.32%Spark Pixies010.00%
1.32%Elven Defender010.00%
1.32%Silvershield Paladin010.00%
1.32%Luminous Eagle010.00%
1.32%Spineback Turtle010.00%
1.32%Elven Mystic010.00%
1.32%Crustacean King010.00%
1.32%Skeleton Assassin010.00%
1.32%Cursed Slimeball010.00%

Screeching Vulture, Grenadier, Gelatinous Cube, Khmer Princess, Unicorn Mustang, Failed Summoner are really strong and useful. That's why I tried to rent them, even if I had to pay a quite high rental fee (Khmer Princess).

What is interesting, I didn't really need half of the cards (used only once or never). So actually I could have reduced rental costs. I think a more effective strategy would be to not rent all these cheap cards at the beginning, but focus on really useful ones for 1-2 splinters (Khmer Princess, Failed Summoner, Screeching Vulture etc) and then to rent cards with the best POWER/cost ratio.

But wait, remember when I said that Furious Chicken and Creeping Ooze are the most important monsters? I was not joking!


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Usage / Win rate - Bronze & Silver

(I didn't included these stats in previous posts so let's look at them now)

SUMMONERS

Usage%SummonerWLWin rate
48.48%Scarred Llama Mage30293.75%
22.73%Yodin Zaku13286.67%
7.58%Zintar Mortalis3260.00%
7.58%Lyanna Natura4180.00%
3.03%Malric Inferno1150.00%
3.03%Pyre1150.00%
3.03%Drake of Arnak020.00%
1.52%Kretch Tallevor10100.00%
1.52%Alric Stormbringer10100.00%
1.52%Mother Khala010.00%

MONSTERS

Usage%MonsterWLWin rate
51.52%Kron the Undying33197.06%
50.00%Furious Chicken29487.88%
39.39%Creeping Ooze23388.46%
36.36%Failed Summoner21387.50%
24.24%Khmer Princess15193.75%
19.70%Serpentine Spy9469.23%
15.15%Living Lava8280.00%
15.15%Unicorn Mustang8280.00%
13.64%Ferexia General90100.00%
13.64%Centaur4544.44%
12.12%Cerberus6275.00%
10.61%Spark Pixies6185.71%
10.61%Fire Beetle70100.00%
10.61%Mantoid5271.43%
7.58%Goblin Fireballer4180.00%
7.58%Haunted Spirit2340.00%
6.06%Undead Priest2250.00%
4.55%Magnor2166.67%
4.55%Kobold Miner2166.67%
4.55%Cocatrice2166.67%
4.55%Peaceful Giant2166.67%
4.55%Sand Worm1233.33%
4.55%Child of the Forest2166.67%
4.55%Goblin Thief2166.67%
4.55%Goblin Sorcerer30100.00%
4.55%Undead Badger2166.67%
3.03%Serpentine Soldier20100.00%
3.03%Tower Griffin20100.00%
3.03%Tortisian Chief20100.00%
3.03%Goblin Chariot20100.00%
3.03%Fire Elemental20100.00%
3.03%Sniping Narwhal1150.00%
3.03%Giant Squid1150.00%
3.03%Cursed Slimeball20100.00%
3.03%Earth Elemental1150.00%
3.03%Twisted Jester1150.00%
3.03%Parasitic Growth020.00%
3.03%Elven Cutthroat020.00%
1.52%Silvershield Paladin10100.00%
1.52%Pyromaniac10100.00%
1.52%Rexxie10100.00%
1.52%Sea Monster10100.00%
1.52%Ruler of the Seas10100.00%
1.52%Goblin Shaman10100.00%
1.52%Mitica Headhunter10100.00%
1.52%Skeleton Assassin10100.00%
1.52%Death Elemental10100.00%
1.52%Flesh Golem010.00%
1.52%Maggots010.00%
1.52%Spineback Wolf010.00%
1.52%Elven Defender010.00%
1.52%Serpent of Eld010.00%
1.52%Water Elemental010.00%
1.52%Shieldbearer010.00%
1.52%Magma Troll010.00%
1.52%Bone Golem010.00%
1.52%Cyclops010.00%

Yeah... Llama and Kron all day. Or Zaku. That worked great in Bronze and Silver league.


It looks like renting is a really great strategy but remember:

  • There are not enough cards on the rental market for everyone, so better hurry up
  • I am an outlier


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Great write up. Thanks for the analysis. I've only rented cards to other people so far but you got me thinking I should take the initiative and rent some cards to up my ranking. Maybe I can have my cards rented to other people break even with the cards I rent.

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Sensational. Thanks for running the experiment, and for this excellent write-up.
Next time a new guy whines about pay to play, I can throw him 1000 DEC and challenge him to get to Champion league. If he can do it, then I'll know who to stake SPS on :)

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Sooooooo... Sell my 40K in assets and rent for $2 a few days each season. Works for me.

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Well, it's a strategy for new players, that want to reach Gold / Diamond / Champion but don't have enough cards. So they can rent them.

Renting is also awesome if you have XXk collection, but you are missing some cards and you want them immediately, but buying will take some time (that's me!)

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found ya in splinterlands discord upvoted!

I'm gonna make sure I follow ya :)

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Awesome experiment. Almost makes me regret I own most of my cards 😂

But then again, it takes me a week to get from Diamond to Champ, with almost all cards 🤣
How I wish I would have just 1% of the skills you have 😉

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Doing it on the last 1-2 days is easier! I don't think I would be able to make this experiment on the first days of the season, I mean it would take much more time and probably I would need more cards.

And if you own all / most of your cards, you sleep better. You don't have to worry that you don't have important cards and there are no available on the rental market haha!

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That last part is true... if only I would know how to use them properly 🤣

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Really nice, you did a good job. This 1 day rental is awesome :D

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Professional stuff! Makes me wonder that how come I am noob after playing this for nearly 2 years! 😂

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Really helpful for new players or players with a small collection, I managed to get from Gold I to Diamond I thanks to your post! (took your most used cards as reference for my team comp)

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im trying this right now! im paying 10/20 usd per season to do this lol

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Good afternoon, I really like your calculations, please tell me where can I see the statistics of my battles and the winrate of monsters in my battles?

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