Odds and Ends — 17 November 2021


Rock Paper Scissors:

I’m still very much a noob at Splinterlands, having gotten a late start only last month. I tend to be in Novice or Bronze III but made my way to Bronze II in the most recent season and earned a tiny bit of DEC. Yay me. I’ve started dabbling in renting and buying a few cards.

But there are some very basic strategic decisions that remain a mystery to me. In particular, the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various splinters.

A few things that I think I’ve figured out, but please feel free to correct me:
Overall, Earth might be the weakest splinter, unless you’re using Mylor Crowling as your summoner, then it’s at least decent.
At very low manas, Death is often a good option.
Life is a bit of a mystery to me. Always deploy a healer, even at low mana?

But that’s about the extent of my strategic thinking. When battle conditions are displayed, I freeze up for a few moments, like a deer in the headlights. Then I notice the clock ticking down. Think man, think!

Even with generic rules, I often struggle deciding which splinter to use given my opponent’s five most recent battles. Is there an easyish way to make a not-stupid decision? A Rock Paper Scissors equivalent? If my opponent has played X a lot recently, Y might be a good choice for me? Please comment below.

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I think that fire is the best starter splinter with water close behind it. They have the most attack power at low levels before defenses come into play at silver level.