Cheaper alternatives to Hydra || Ep. #88 || Splinterlands

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One of my favourite splinterlands posts to write it is finding cheaper alternatives to outlandishly expensive cards. I have done a couple of these in the past, and they have been well received.

There are many cards that I don't have in my splinterlands deck, and I don't have a goal of collecting all cards. However, there is one that eludes me. I had a chance to pick it up late last year for half its current price.

What makes Hydra so sought after?

The Hydra is a Beta edition legendary monster from the Neutral Splinter. It has many features that make it an attractive card to me - good speed, good melee damage, good health, not too high mana cost and excellent abilities (heal, thorns and retaliate). To begin the search for potential alternatives, I will use the following combinations and look for cards that meet the criteria at the lowest level:

  • Melee damage 3+, Heal ability.
  • Melee damage 3+, Heal & Thorns ability.
  • Melee damage 3+, Heal & Retaliate ability.
  • Melee damage 3+, Heal & Trample ability.

Melee damage 3+, Heal ability

cardlevelmanahealtharmorspeedmeleeabilitycost
Hydra176043Heal$24.75
Sacred Unicorn177033Heal$7.99
Sea Monster188014Heal$0.28
Cerberus346033Heal$11.16
Flesh Golem469033Heal$13.30
Haunted Spirit358023Heal$4.95
Red Dragon3810024Heal$99.99

As soon as you have a common level 1 monster in the category, it will almost always be the cheapest in this category. The Sea Monster is a reward card that many players would've gotten when it was still in print in their daily quest reward.

Melee damage 3+, Heal & Thorns ability

cardlevelmanahealtharmorspeedmeleeabilitycost
Hydra278043Heal, Thorns$69.99
Sea Monster689025Heal, Thorns$7.00

The Sea Monster is a 10th of the cost of the Hydra!

Melee damage 3+, Heal & Retaliate ability

cardlevelmanahealtharmorspeedmeleeabilitycost
Hydra379043Heal, Retaliate$120.00
Cerberus547042Heal, Retaliate$29.00

The Cerberus is a top-rated Beta card due to its usefulness and low mana cost. Good to see that it's 4 times cheaper than Hydra in this category.

Melee damage 3+, Heal & Trample ability

cardlevelmanahealtharmorspeedmeleeabilitycost
Hydra4710044Heal, Trample$190.00
Sacred Unicorn379045Heal, Trample$39.50

The Sacred Unicorn is a punchy legendary monster that is almost 5 times cheaper than the Hydra in this category.

Summary

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This was again a fun and exciting exercise to undertake. Looking at the data mentioned above and categories, the Sea Monster came out the cheapest in two categories. However, purchasing the 3 cheapest monsters above (level 6 Sea Monster ($7), a level 5 Cerberus ($29) and a level 3 Sacred Unicorn ($39.5)) would still be 2.5 times cheaper than a maxed Hydra!

What do you think - would you opt to have a maxed Hydra or the 3 cheapest monsters?

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