Cruising through Bronze League (Strategy & Guide) - Part II


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Hi guys,

I'm back with another strategy guide for bronze league. I already did this with the earth splinter, showing you how to get from bronze to silver league in 20 minutes for half a cent in rentals. You can check that post out here.

Today I did the same with the water splinter and I'll show you how in this post!

Here's what I rented and used:

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For a total of 7.668 DEC or roughly $0,007668 (less than a cent).



The screen grab is a little small but I hope you can see the green on the left showing how many games I won or you can just zoom in. To give an exact number: Out of the last 20 games I won 18 and lost 2 (both times I couldn't use water).


The strategy is super simple and uses the same cards most of the time, with a few tweaks here and there.

The basic line up:
Alric Stormbringer, Djinn Oshannus, Venari Wavesmith, Axemaster

The idea behind this is that Djinn Oshannus is a very good tank, because of his high Health, Speed and Void ability, but paired with Alric at the same time becomes an amazing damage dealer. These two are your bread and butter and for a total mana cost of 11, you can always play them. As mana gets higher our first priority is to add the Axemaster, because this line up has one weakness and that's this guy:


It's not impossible to win against him, if Oshannus can dodge a few attacks, but most of the time the Void, high Health and Damage is too much to beat him. Axemaster takes care of this problem as he just rips through the Unicorn with his Double Strike ability and 4 damage each turn. Our third priority is to fit in the Wavesmith, because he gets buffed by Alric and the +2 Armor are very helpful incase the enemy brings Sneak.

To sum it up, depending on how much mana you have, you want to play these cards with the following priorities:

  1. Alric and Oshannus
  2. Axemaster
  3. Wavesmith

Any time you don't have enough mana to play all of the above cards, you wan't to play magic attack monsters like Ice Pixies, River Nymph or Elven Mystic to fit the gaps. Same thing if you already included all of the main cards and still have mana left - just add more magic attacking monsters.



I will now show you some battles with the strategy against different line ups.

Example 1 - Watch full battle here
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One of the most popular line ups in bronze - magic Earth. Even though they brought Unicorn Mustang + Heal, which counters our magic, we had no problems because of Axemaster.

Example 2 - Watch full battle here
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Another popular line up - Kelya Water with Heal and Repair. Even though they had a strong Opportunity monster to take out our backline, we easily won this.

Example 3 - Watch full battle here
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Lastly a battle where we only use the base combo of Alric + Oshannus. Summoners didn't give any buff in this ruleset, but if they had and the opponent would've played Thaddius who gives -1 Magic we would roughly have the same situation. This is a perfect example of how good a tank Oshannus is, as he just doesn't die while slowly taking out the enemy, even without the Alric buff.



The whole "climb" from Bronze 461 rating to Silver 1004 rating took me about 18 minutes.

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I skipped most of the battles, because I knew the outcome before hand and it's always the same procedure. If you lose a game with the optimal line up you might want to replay it to check what went wrong, but usually there's no starter card line up that can beat this.

For less than a cent a day I think this a very affordable, easy to follow and highly successful strategy anyone can implement. As of next season there will be penalties for playing starter cards, which this strategy does occasionally. You'll have to figure out for your self if the overall high win rate and +5% boost to your rewards from Alric (beta card) make up for this or not. Some of the cards like River Nymph and Hardy Stonefish are very cheap and can be acquired. Same goes for the Djinn Oshannus and Wavesmith, which would even reduce the rental cost.

So next time you are stuck in bronze and want to move up or simply need a good water splinter strategy, give this one a try and let me know how you did!


None of this is financial advice. This content is for educational purposes only and might fall out of date as both Splinterlands and the Crypto Market in general are subject to constant change.



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Thanks to Carrie Allen for the amazing Markdown Tutorial
and to Chris Roberts for this Thumbnail Tutorial
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Check out my 5 tips for new players series: Part I, Part II, Part III

Hope you enjoyed the read. Have a great day and until next time!