Quest Potions: Are They Really Worth It? ⚠️ DEEP DIVE ⚠️
When Splinterlands changed the way they handle Quest Potions, it sent the community into an uproar. Players were quick to write them off and calling them overpriced, but was that a fair assumption? Let's have a look.
Splinterlands Discord (Aug 2021)
In case you weren't around yet... In the past, quest potions could be purchased with credits. A 10-pack of quest potions (plus 1 free potion) would set you back 7500 credits ($7.50) versus 7500 DEC which, at the time, was around $0.007-ish making the same 11 potions around $50. Unfortunately, purchasing with credits was exploited and so they did away with it.
Completing a Daily Quest will earn you rewards based on the league you're in when you claim them. Quests become available every 23 hours and you can find the daily rewards for a given league in the table below. Quest potions add 5 chests to your daily rewards, but do not guarantee better rewards.
You can stack up to two quests by starting a quest and not completing it within 23 hours. This can be useful at the end of the season if you don't want to risk dropping down a league on the last day due to losing too many battles, but also don't want to miss out on a daily reward.
With the release of the new reward cards, the drop rates in each chest have been increased. It's likely that packs will continue to have their 1% drop rate once Chos Legion is released, but I haven't seen any concrete info on that yet.
|Old Drop Rates||New Drop Rates|
There's no way of knowing which specific chests pertain to a quest potion, so for this comparison, I counted the last 5 chests as quest potion chests and anything else before that was counted as a daily reward.
Example: If I was in Silver II and received 8 chests after completing my daily quest, the first 3 were counted as daily rewards and the next 5 were counted as quest potion rewards.
I split the rewards into two separate groups and calculated the value of the rewards for each group according to market prices as of yesterday (9/24/21).
The first picture is 11 days of daily rewards with the quest potion rewards removed. The second picture is all of the rewards from the quest potions.
It might just be a coincidence, but it's worth noting that both of my gold foil cards, as well as almost 85% of my total DEC came from the daily rewards.
If all I did was buy some quest potions and play the game, I could stop right there and call it a loss of roughly $5.55. I do more than just play the game though.
Hint: You're reading it.
One of the reasons I wanted to do this experiment, is because I wanted to do something that would force me to post every day.
Now, these numbers may still change because some of the posts are still active but, here are the current rewards for each post so far.
|Day 1||13.627 SPT||6.8135 SPT|
|Day 2||23.698 SPT||11.849 SPT|
|Day 3||79.515 SPT||39.7575 SPT|
|Day 4||18.730 SPT||9.365 SPT|
|Day 5||10.955 SPT||5.4775 SPT|
|Day 6||431.944 SPT||215.972 SPT|
|Day 7||65.042 SPT||32.521 SPT|
|Day 8||110.410 SPT||55.205 SPT|
|Day 9||76.504||38.252 SPT|
|Day 10||512.365 SPT||256.1825 SPT|
|Day 11||57.855 SPT||28.9275 SPT|
|Total||1400.645 SPT||700.3225 SPT|
At the time of writing 1 SPT = $0.0087 700.3225 SPT = $6.09
That's another $6.09 just for talking about it on Splintertalk and that's just the SPT!
Even MORE Rewards
One of the great things about blogging on Splintertalk, is your posts earn more than just SPT. If you look at the PeakD side of things, you'll notice the same posts are also earning HIVE and HBD. Not only that, readers may choose to tip you using another crypto.
Over the course of my 11 day experiment, I also earned small amounts of PIZZA, BPC, SPORTS, ARCHON, BATTLE, CTP, POB, and a few others. All in all, my little pile of random tokens is worth around $0.60.
Putting it all together, between the daily rewards, quest potions, and blogging about the quest potions, I'm looking at an overall profit of $3.75
Quest Potions do not guarantee better rewards. They're like lottery tickets and you get 5 chances to win for every one you buy.
If you're in Bronze or Silver, where the daily rewards are low, quest potions might be something you want to look into. If you're in Gold or higher and you're already getting a decent amount of daily reward chests, they may be less benefical/cost effective.
Another way to look at it is blogging aside, I'm out $5.55 for 55 chances at something really good. That's around $0.50 per day.
Would I buy more? I don't know. Maybe. Now that I have all this data, I kind of want to do another run of it just so I can compare. That and it'll help cement the whole daily posting thing in my brain. We'll see.
Should I give it another go? Let me know in the comments below!
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