Value of DEC Rises as Splinterlands Re-evaluates the Game

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Changes Have Arrived to Ranked Battles

In a previous AMA, Splinterlands informed us they were making changes to the DEC situation in connection with the ranked battles in the game.

"In this case, within the next few days we will be removing DEC rewards from ranked battles for players in Bronze III and Novice league, and changing the reward shares calculation which determines the portion of the reward pool allocated for each win to use the cube of the player's rating instead of the square as it was previously."

According to Splinterlands,

"This means that in order to start earning DEC battle rewards (and in the near future SPS rewards) players will need to get enough rating and collection power in their account to at least get into Bronze II league, and that the rewards will be skewed more towards higher rated players in order to provide additional incentive to players to increase their rating." (Source: https://peakd.com/splinterlands/@splinterlands/splinterlands-updates-october-2021 )

You can read the rest of this article explaining the details here. The Novice and Bronze III leagues have not been receiving wins since the beginning of this season: however, the DEC adjustments had not been made.

Update Underway: What Are Others Seeing in the Game?

Today, @yabapmatt added the update in the @splinterlands discord server:

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Now we can see exactly how these changes affect the players. I first heard about the changes actually from the Mavericks chat in Discord when they began posting their wins in ranked battles. For example, here's ONE ranked battle win from a Mav:

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Not a mistake, guys! This player won over 435 DEC for ONE GAME. Now, that's almost $5 PER WIN; however, these numbers are for those higher players. What about the small guy, like perhaps you and definitely me?

What's Your Opinion of the Change?

I raced to play and see my results. I have to say, the wins in DEC are quite small now. You have to decide then, is it worth pushing yourself to that next level with better cards, or do you want to hang back and just hope for some nice season wins?

I'd love your opinion on the matter. Please share your comments on what you think you may do in this situation and what league you're in so those reading your comments can get an understanding of what's happening. For me, I'm not sure really. I have slowly been trying to grow my card collection, so maybe it will solve itself over time. Obviously I want to win more DEC with each battle, but it's all about where you want to invest your money.

I really hope you can see the positive here though: the more you invest, the greater your return. It just becomes a choice for you as to whether or not you are going to invest in PLAYING THE GAME or if you're going to invest in the Splinterlands market, buying and selling tokens rather than playing the cards. Personally, I'm a gamer; I always have been, so I feel like I will just need to try and catch up as quickly as I can. I will say though, it does feel like the moment I catch up, something changes and I'm now back with the little guys again. I'm a person who radiates positivity, so I will definitely remain positive and see that in the long run, I want my investment to grow so I want Splinterlands to hold that value, but I hope that new players can see this as well and remember there are SO MANY ways to make money in this game as I posted a few days ago!

The Market Talks: DEC Increasing

Please remember: the markets do the talking. DEC is on the rise, so that indicates the value of DEC is increasing and perhaps is telling us the story here: more investment, the better the rewards!! Now, DEC could also be holding with the fluctuation of HIVE prices so we'll need to keep our eye on the market, and see what it tells us about these changes. I also would love your thoughts! Please comment on the post so we can hear what you all have to say about it, and give it some time to see exactly what these changes will mean for the game.

I can't wait to hear what you all have to say about this, and I'm sure we'll learn more as we go! Thank you so much for reading!!

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great post!

i could earn few bucks with DEC. in profit now... lol

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Thank you so much, Vaipraonde! I appreciate the read and comment!! :)

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Im still unsure how I feel about it. I am new to gameplay but I do have a collection of around 10,000 so I could theoretically forge ahead into silver but for now I just play. I have high hopes but low expectations for glory lol

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Yes, I think the next day or so will be an adjustment for the game. We'll see what happens, but I'm hopeful these are good changes!!

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Oh and thank you so much for reading and commenting! I really appreciate that!

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I was just about to make a post about how when my ECR was 50% I was getting 4-5 DEC per win and I took a break and let it recharge to 100% and my last win just earned 1.6 DEC... (break was about 2 days) I guess there are more factors that go into calculating the reward

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Hey double check that again. Because I had a low DEC rate in Bronze II but came back a few hours later and the amount had been adjusted and more DEC was in my account. So maybe the same has happened to you.

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just double checked, you can see my IGN Fixxer and my last battle was 1.611 payout

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Exactly they made the system to favour the big players and left the others to suffer.
They need to redo this because it will effect new players and will lead to negative comments on different platforms .
Money over players 😓
Mainly to make you buy more cards so as to be in the bigger leagues and earn more

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Having been playing Splinterlands for a little over three years now, the best advice I can give new players is KEEP BATTLING! I'm very serious. Cards that three years ago were getting burned by the basket load because they were only 1 cent on the market are now selling for over $3.80 on that same market. I'm glad I didn't burn any, but I did give hundreds of them away. What may feel like meager rewards now can really grow over time and with Land coming (hopefully) soon and new players signing up by the thousands, these reward cards and DEC are going be worth a lot in the future.

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YAY! Best advice all week for sure, Gregory!! :) Thanks so much for taking time to write it and I hope lots of people see your comment. It's a very valid point that people should remember. The investment grows with time!

On another note: I got lost on HWY 50 tonight because the meeting location was changed at the last moment... grrrrr ... that highway is the scariest road I've ever traveled and I've travelled a few! The other day someone pulled right out in front of me going straight towards me with inches to spare just to pass a semi!! So please be careful out there... those Kansas prairies are WILD I say! HAHA! :) Hope you're NO WHERE NEAR that highway! :)

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Lol, I've driven HWY 50 many a time over the years. You be careful too!

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It definitely incentivizes people to try and increase their ranking and their collection power. That said, I think the team needs to closely monitor battles and new accounts. The last thing I want to see is the "haves" and the "have nots" start to keep people from joining. The other perception I hope doesn't crop up is "The rich get richer" scenario. It's all well and good to reward the most active and the people who have invested the most, but there needs to be some decent payoffs for the little guys as well.

It's already so expensive to try and build a deck from scratch. It takes either a lot of money or a lot of time. Realistically, it takes some of both. I've got a decent deck but it will take a long time for me to increase it to the point I can compete at some of the higher levels. I'm probably stuck in Gold for at least a few months, unless the Chaos Legion packs really change the game.

It will be interesting to see how everything plays out once they switch to the two different playing fields: Untamed and Chaos, and Everything. And then of course there's land and spells and resources and farming and....lots to look forward to yet.

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Yes, there are lots of possibilities, so I look forward to seeing how this all goes in the future!! :) Thank you so much for your insight, Dagger!! I think it's spot-on! :) You have a great day!

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Rent seems to be taking a higher percentage of the payout each day. At Silver 3 wins paid between 5 and 9 DEC. Rating 1079 5.268 and 1248 7.557 with no bonuses on those wins.

With cards like Djinn Oshannus running 18 - 20 DEC per day. I chose not to rent the card today. A day with 25 Battles has 12 wins and to commit 3 of those wins to one card was too high in my opinion.

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Yes, the rent will increase too until those Chaos Legion cards drop I believe. What are your thoughts on buying the cards? Too expensive as well?

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There really isn't a summoner lvl 2 available for under 50 dollars. I am waiting on the Chaos Legion packs to be available. My SPS airdrop will buy me a pack a week. https://peakd.com/splinterlands/@ijat/1-sps-airdrop-per-day-1-pack-open-per-week-after-voucher-needed-time-ends
That will increase my new cards per season to around 30 from 20. So just a slow growth with chances at some legendaries. I will start buying and selling/swapping cards once the new cards are out and I get a summoner or two.

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I love this plan! Small growth is STILL GROWTH! It's a great plan, Steve, and excellent post you wrote! :) You have a great day and thank you so much for reading my post and commenting! :)

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I've only been playing for about 1 season, so I don't know what it was like before, but I'm pretty satisfied with the rewards I'm seeing in Bronze I. I would love to get 400+ DEC for one battle like you show in that screenshot, but my collection power is barely enough to make Bronze I, so I'll be patient!

From what I've heard, the DEC rewards were changed to discourage bots; unfortunately that means also making things harder for novices, but I understand the need to address the bot situation.

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Yes, Catotune, I believe you're correct that it's to slow down the bots a bit, or force them to get smarter... hahaha :) I believe the DEC is still getting corrected, so people in Bronze 1 were seeing better results. Let's hope that's the case, and then it's wins for all of us who have put effort and some investment into the game! ;) Thank you so much for reading and commenting! :)

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This needs to be reversed.. they are basically chasing away new players and if it is not addressed am seeing a big downfall

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I think the DEC is being adjusted so be sure to check and see if it's improved today. They said it would take time for the adjustment. :) Thanks for reading and commenting! :) You have a great day, ReadForFun!

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