Life Sapper Weekly Battle Challenge | Splinterlands #207

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This week’s battle challenge focuses on the Life Sapper.

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Card Details

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A Chaos Legion edition rare level monster from the Death unit at level 3:

  • Estimated cost: $2.045
  • Magic attack: 1
  • Speed: 3
  • Health: 3
  • Life Leech ability - Monster's health increases each time it damages an enemy Monster's health in proportion to the damage dealt.

What do you get when you combine a Dark Mage archetype and the supervillain from the DC comics, Two-Face artwork? Well, that's what I see when I view the painting of the Life Sapper. The Life Sapper seems to be the typical Dark Mage archetype, who can use the magic world's dark art to inflict damage upon its foes. Generally, these character types are squishy due to low health, but they can be devastating in battle by inflicting debuffs on unsuspecting enemies. Also, it can be deployed in many battles and rulesets – it needs enough protection and time to proc Life Leech ability a few times.

Battle - Full Battle Replay

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Battle Details

  • Mana cap: 38
  • Rulesets(s): Reverse Speed

Lineup Details

  • Thaddius Brood (Summoner): -1 magic damage and -1 health to all enemy monsters.
    Harklaw + Gargoya Lion + Sandworm: the DPS 'meatshields'.
  • Life Sapper: support magic damage.
  • Lira the Dark + Corpse Fiend: the backline 'meatshields' + DPS range damage

Did your strategy work? What will you try differently next time?

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As I alluded to above, the key strategy was to protect the Life Sapper to give it enough time to procure Life Leech multiple times in battle. Therefore, I frontloaded the battle with meat shields that can deliver damage – Harklaw, Gargoya Lion, and Sand Worm and on the other side of Life Sapper, I placed Lira the Dark and Corpse Fiend. This strategy worked a treat and allowed the Life Sapper to Life Leech and increase its health to six! Life Sapper was also able to support the battle by providing support magic damage. Overall, a satisfying victory.

Do you like the Life Sapper? Why or why not?

The Life Sapper joins the legions of Life Leech monsters who could all be classified as Dark Mage archetypes. It does bring something unique as being the cheapest Life Leech monster at three mana cost, but it also has the lowest magic damage output and health. I am still unsure if it's worth more Venari Bonesmith, who is currently going for a 2c and can be obtained for free by completing daily focuses and seasonal chest rewards. Therefore, still on the fence if I would be going out to purchase this monster from the market.


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I am with you about the LIFE SAPPER v VENARI BONESMITH contemplation. LIFE SAPPER has lower mana cost but at the end of the day VENARI BONESMITH is cheaper and have better abilities at the higher level.

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Thanks for sharing! - @lenonmc21

Good description, although you can do a better job, I hope you improve more in all aspects, especially the format.