Trenloco´s Beginner Series #3: Silver with Spellbook Water (+$2 MVP)

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Hello again community !

As always, it´s me , Trenloco.

This time I´m showcasing one of the latest reward cards. As soon as I played my first battle with it, I went and bought a tiny stack, at $1 a piece.

Now, a couple days later, Venari Wavesmith sits at $2.4, despite supply increasing rapidly. I might even say that the card is (at least in low leagues) straight overpowered.

It´s an incredible card. It may seem expensive at 5 cost but in exchange you get:

  • 2 magic damage after Alric buff
  • +2 armor to the whole team, protecting the usually fragile magic monsters
  • 3 health, which paired with his own buff make him a quite beefy backliner

Today, I´m sharing some replays of my run from 1130 to 1369 rating (with a 12/1 record), using just level 1 cards.

MVP of the day is, of course, Sir Wavesmith.


Summoner Choice
                                                     

  • Alric Stormbringer (+1 magic attack )
    Straight out of the Spellbook, this summoner is by far the best possible choice for the deck. Remember magic damage ignores armor, so (barring magic counters) the damage of your team is unstoppable with Alric at the helm.

Team Setup

  • First position
    Here just place a tank, depending on available mana.
    Most times, Spineback Turtle is more than enough. Other choices are Serpent of Eld, Sea Monster or (if budget allows) Torhilo the Frozen, who just straight out counters other magic teams.
                                                     
    Spineback Turtle_lv1.png

  • Fillers
    In Position 1, always a tank.
    Position 6, (almost) always Wavesmith.
    In the middle, you should stick as many magic monsters as mana allows, the more the merrier. As we are dealing with Spellbook cards, the options are:
                                                                  
    Medusa_lv1.png

  • Flex Slots
    When mana becomes awkward, it´s nice to have options. I almost always try to include Creeping Ooze in third or second position as the speed difference often makes huge differences.
    If I find myself with 1 extra mana, I´m not shy of picking Albatross. These critters can become quite beefy after Wavesmith´s buff.
    In some niche cases, I play Crustacean King, mostly in mirror or attrition-based matches (and only if mana is high).

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  • Last Position
    Your last spot should be reserved for Venari Wavesmith. We want him to survive as long as possible so his buff gets maximum value. Plus he can serve as a meatshield, taking a couple sneak/snipe hits before going down.

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All in all , this makes an excellent deck. So cheap you won´t believe it ! Go try it out (NOW) if you don´t trust me.


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And here you have a list of a total of 7! battles that took place during the climb:


As always, if you made it this far, all I can say (as always) is thank you !!

You can always go check out my previous posts on the series:

1. https://www.splintertalk.io/@trenloco/trenlocos-beginner-primer-1--fundamentals--fire-splinter
2. https://www.splintertalk.io/@trenloco/trenlocos-beginner-series-2-silver-on-the-cheap-plus-giveaway-2-winner

Any questions you might have, I´ll check this post often so just ask away. Good luck on the battlefield !


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In case you have friends that have not yet joined the game, I delegate cards to my referrals, together with deck help to get them on the right foot:

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NOTE: Even if you bought Spellbook already , I can still sign you up as a referral, just message me your in game name plus email adress used to log into game. I´ll delegate you a couple cards right away to get on the right foot.


I play lots of other games on Hive too, and I help referrals there also, just DM me and ask away !! Note: being referred doesn´t cost you anything in these games.

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Nice article trenloco.

One thing, i don't agree with having the wavesmith in the last position.

He will take all the sneak attacks and if he dies everyone loses the armor buff.

I'm playing something similar (but i use sea genie because he has flying and already has 2 Magic dmg from the start)
And i place wavesmith in the middle, i would put medusa into the last position and the pixie before wavesmith.

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That is actually a good idea, I think I did something similar in a couple battles. Especially important when against Death (skeleton assasin, snipe elemental, jester) or Fire (serpentine spy, kobold).

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Nice strategy, but I'll sometimes protect Wavesmith and put it in the middle.
!PIZZA

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Nice job.

I like this breakdown. Thank you Trenloco.
Check out the new water legendary too!

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Thanks for the read !

Sadly, I ran out of Pizza lol . I owe you a slice :D

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Hey man, gratz for the guide. You have convinced me to buy mi first card.. Guess who!

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What has stopped me a bit is how prices are going down. Yesterday Venari was 2.25 and now is 2.06 $. I guess that prices are going down because uncertainty for the upgrade and ppl prefer to stack DEC to get airdrops.
But this card is OP. Just OP.

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Hi , respecting low card prices, there are a couple reasons (that I can think of):

  1. Chaos Legion is about to come out, players are afraid to buy as we don´t know what is coming. Expensive cards today may tank if better replacements are minted.
  2. Players want their DEC liquid, both for SPS airdrop and to make market moves when CL comes out.
  3. DEC per win is low at the moment, so rental market is slow (renting to win more it isn´t as worthwile as before). This makes card prices fall, as expected return on renting them out is lower.
  4. Finally, supply of new of reward cards is trough the roof at the moment, bots keep farming them out and dumping them for cents. Wavesmith is affected by this.

Cheers ! And !PIZZA

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I guess best way that we have right now is to enjoy the game. Enjoy the mechanics (for me as I am new arrival) and see what's coming next. Then stack all DEC in SPS.
I guess devs will have to do sthing related with bots. Didn't know they existed.

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That is an excellent plan for the time being, SPS will surely rise in price with CL release.

And yes, bots are allowed but it´s a controversial issue, devs have recently taken a stance to solve the problem ASAP.

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Hi, i am generally new to blockchain games. Would it be possible to still be added as your referral. I have been playing for i think 16 days or so. Anyways, keeping my eyes peeled for more guides. Especially for F2P players ;x

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You sure can ! You can fill the following form , asking for me to be added as your referrer:

https://support.splinterlands.com/

What´s your in game name ? I have some spares I can lend away

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Ooops just saw this sorry. Hard keep tracking of all the crypto things i am in. Filled the form.

IGN - r30n

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Awww he has gone MIA; ah well. Thanks all the same for the offer. Hope you return.

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I would agree the Wavesmith is overpowered. If the mana is high enough that I can play both Wavesmith and my Phantom of Abyss, I can run right over most players. Its insane.

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I just realized I never play Spineback Turtle. And come to think of it, I can not remember the last time I ever saw an oppoent use one either. Not even the bots! Haha.

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Lol ! I say you try it out.

I believe it´s often overlooked as it is by no means flashy.

For me, its a very cost-efficient frontliner , freeing up mana for more magic. An excellent roleplayer if you will.

!PIZZA

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i have been using your guide and its crazy good thanks for the info
how does the referrals work?

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Hi ! I´m glad you found it helpful, have some !PIZZA

Referral stuff , you can reach out to me on discord, I´m trenloco just like here. Just need to fill out a quick form

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