Little Monsters

Aren't insects the stuff of nightmares up close and personal? Magnified, a simple little fly suddenly becomes a beast that would scare the bejeebus out of anyone if it was slightly larger. Just imagine having that sucker crawling around under your bed - a monster worthy of scaring children.

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Speaking of scares - So far this season I have made it into Champion League several times and have been knocked out of each. Tonight I spent far too long clawing my way back there and I scraped in by the skin of my teeth on a big win that collected me 60 points to leave me sitting on the bare minimum of 3700. There are three days left in the season, so I will give it a break for 24 hours and see if I want to make a push for my first appearance in C2 - I would love to get up there.

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Speaking of, there will be some changes in the reward structure of the game, which while this doesn't actually affect my playing much as I don't play for rewards, they should have a net positive effect on the player experience, with the biggest change that may affect most actual players is, the chance to get CHAOS LEGION Booster Packs as quest and EOS rewards.

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Depanding on how much a person plays and at what level, this might be a nice little bonus from the silver leagues up from time to time, and I will be looking forward to people getting a pack and then getting extremely lucky and finding a Gold Foil Legendary inside on top. A huge part of the gamification model is through the lottery effect where people are more engaged by the chance to win big, than from the slower and lower grind, even if there is far more certainty.

Even I who doesn't play for reward, still like to finish a quest (when I can) or get to the EOS rewards and open up those loot bokes to see what is inside. Generally, I don't have a lot of luck with opens of any kind, but I recognize the slight change in my heart rate in the hope of something decent.

However, one of the biggest changes that might not effect that many people other than those at the top who play manually, will be the masking of the opponent name until both players have submitted their teams. This is done to remove bot advantage over human, but I believe it will actually have quite a large effect on the way people in the top league who face the same opponents often play.

The reason is that when facing someone enough, it is possible to predict what they are going to play under various rulesets, kind of like how sporting teams watch game-day tapes to do research on the teams they'll face. Once this change is brought to bear, the strategy will be to put the best team forward somewhat blind to what the other person might play.

It is going to be interesting to see if this affects the outcomes at the top, because what it means is that people's "best foot forward team" will likely start being met by more random configurations, trying to counteract the best foot. It will also be interesting to see if this has any effect over time on the bots at the top levels too, as if people change their strategies, will the bots have to react and change theirs?

The other announced change was for Beta card holder benefits, as each beta card played will provide a 5% DEC boost to battle win rewards. Out of curiosity, I checked how many Beta cards I own and discovered that I hold one. Well, held one. I "doubled" my holdings and bought a MAX L10 Goblin Sorcerer because it looked cheap in comparison to the L9.

Maybe it was a silly move, but I got this ugly little fellow for $499. However, I play earth a lot and having a relatively fast, powerful and low Mana sneak card with magic, must be worth something for some rounds.

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The MAX price is now $783 and the L9 is $1,304 - I don't know who is going to buy that! I paid less than for the L8 even. Should I flip it?

Anyway, I haven't done a Splinterlands post for a little while and with all that has been keeping me busy this week, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to freshen the palate. One thing is for sure though, with the amount of value I have sunk into this game, I really hope it is going to do well and there will be more reward than just the value of the loot boxes to come :)

Will I play another round and risk falling back to Diamond again?

Perhaps tomorrow...

Taraz
[ Gen1: Hive ]



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I've been doing some of the daily quest, and I actually have made it to Bronze 1 tier. Highest I can go until I get my power level up a little bit. Still 7 chest beats 5 chest.

I leveled up my Silent Sha-vi to a level six, real cheap to do and I think for a sneak card a good one. It will take some going before I have a good deck, but fire and death are the ones I am working on building.

My only Beta card is Haunted Spirit, I have always liked that card, and have been working on leveling it up, but for now it will stay at level 3. Two more Summoners to level up to level two, and then a few more monster cards to level 3 for when I get to the silver tier.

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One of the things that took me a while to realize is focusing on one or two elements is crucial! I went and got all my summoners to 3 back when I started. Pretty big mistake because then all my elements were weak lol. It's great to have one or two strong ones to get you some needed wins.

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When steemmonsters first started, the only two splinters I ever did any good in were Fire and Death. I know in the higher tiers water and life are strong but I think in Bronze and Silver Fire and Death are the strongest.

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I think I made the same mistake in some ways, but ended up focusing a bit more on earth, life and now a bit more dragon. However, it is my lack of Legendary summoners that really kills me.

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Life is my weakest now for sure. I wish I got my Lir Deepswimmer to level 3 so I can actually use it but too late now lol level 2 isn't very useful for me now

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Would you like a few cards delegated? I have a fair few CL and DICE that might help you out if you are interested.

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I appreciate the offer, but I really do not play that much, and trying to slow build a set is sort of part of the fun factor for me. I still get pretty frustrated at the game, and then I just take a day or two off from playing.

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It is a standing offer for you and you could play them as you please, when you please. If there are some cards you want to try, let me know.

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Thank you maybe when I get solidly into the silver zone and a chance to win packs I will take you up on the offer.

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Ah I really hope that the rewards changes will be good and help convince people to go for champion league again. I don’t remember if I ever made it to champion 1 but I know I certainly got to level 2 back before collection power. Those were the days, bots galore!

I’ve been spending a little bit of my DEC and getting some of the decent cards up to level 4, 5 and 6 depending on when the good skill gets unlocked. Hoping that will help me fight easier in diamond but I’m really hoping to get some packs! I would love a pack or two per season reward, that would be amazing lol. Glad I’ve been good enough to get to diamond 2! Maybe one day I can get to diamond 1 or champ, my collection power allows it but I get too frustrated losing that as soon as I touch diamond 2 I’m done for the season lol

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and help convince people to go for champion league again.

I keep trying!! :D

I would love a pack or two per season reward, that would be amazing lol.

Would definitely be a perk of the game to add some more non-reward cards to the deck. I keep hearing about "the good old days" from some players when they used to get packs and how some of those cards are the most valuable they have.

my collection power allows it but I get too frustrated losing that as soon as I touch diamond 2 I’m done for the season

I hear the trick is to play less. Get those good runs in to move up, then take a day off and watch your rank. As your rank drops and people pass you (points stay the same), play again :)

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I mostly play to finish my daily quest because that takes me long enough lol. Most days I'm playing for an hour to finish daily, sometimes 2 hours it's insane.

I got a GF Kron from a park I got from rewards, that was fucking crazy lol my highlight!

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I think the same. The larger the size of a fly the more scary it becomes for us. Perhaps, what makes them most scary are their bigger wings and foots :)

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Rewards changes sounds nice. I also have little luck with openings- I bought 150 Chaos legion packs in total and I still don't have a damn Gold Foil Legendary... But maybe I will be more lucky with rewards...

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Wait what champion II / I for real??!?!
omg what a high level! 🤤

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Flies can be annoying when they are hell bent on causing a nuisance. Speaking of scares , I’m guessing you’re a daredevil and you won’t just flinch. I know little or nothing about splinterlands gaming but i hope with time I’ll be able to familiarize myself with it.

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