My Journey Into The Splinterlands : Some Random Thoughts and Use of Kron on Low Mana Battles

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Background

I am in Steem Blockchain for more than 2 years now, but I only started playing the Splinterlands game since last November 2019; so I am playing for only little more than 2 months! I know some of you veteran players are rolling their eyes! Yeah, what can I say, I was not interested in the beginning. It is actually surprising because I played Pokemon a great part of my adult life, which is also a card game. So believe me I understand Monsters Battles and value of a digital asset (NFT)

My Recent Battles

Well after some point, and after many months of pushing by my friend @scrooger I finally gave in and started playing. Several others helped me a lot in the beginning like @joshman and later on @reazuliqbal, where all hell broke loose in terms of building a battle worthy team.

In late November into December I mostly played Earth Splinter outside the quests, as I liked Lyanna a lot and also one of the first card I bought was Prince Rennyn :) I know you are perhaps again rolling your eyes, and I agree! I didn't even have proper cards to play the Prince back then, but I liked the lore. Many of you probably not even read it, but I like it a lot:

There was no Prince in Lyveria. Old King Wilhelm lived childless for all his days, but in the twilight of his life, he wished he had a son on whom to impart (what was left of) his wisdom. The sudden arrival of a boisterous and handsome pointy-eared nobleman from faraway lands seemed to provide exactly what the Old King sought.

One of my first legendary card purchased

So around the Prince I started to build my deck, so no wonder I played Earth Deck a lot. As I built my deck it was quite easy battling for two reasons:

  1. I didn't battle everyday; I only battled towards the end of the season, where most of my level players have advanced a bit more than me

  2. I mostly exclusively battle the Earth Splinter (I skipped the non-Earth quests, or barely scrape by sometimes); and in the lower leagues; most people do not have Prince, and on mid- to high-mana games, Prince with a couple of fast range attackers in the back and a flesh golem in front is basically un-stoppable!

  3. Prince provides +1 boost in range attack, speed and health; which is often more than enough to win a game in the lower leagues for sure
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I never bought packs much. Never was a fan on too much randomness. During the recent Power Up Promotion, I did buy a 100 pack Untamed. My friend Reazul said the opening was profitable, and I believe him :)

Anyways it is @reazuliqbal who introduced me to https://monstermarket.io/ which is a market where you can buy cards at a discount; and I can assure you it is not a scam (little inside joke here!) Reazul helped me build a pretty decent battle deck that I have now. I am still learning and still consider myself a noob. But I love to play the game full manual and by myself without any bots; and its fun.

Featuring a card and asking for opinion on battle strategy

Kron the Undying

Kron is a Flex Card :)

First of all, Kron is a pure flex card in my opinion :) You can also call it a status symbol. You don't think you need it, but if you have the money, oh boy, you would love to flex it on low mana battles like 12-13-.... perhaps even 15 mana battles?

At Level 4 with 4 Magic Attack, 12 Health it almost sound invincible, especially when you add the 3 abilities: Heal, Divine Shield, and Last Stand. However, it's the Last Stand (Gains increased Stats if it is the only monster in the team alive) that makes the difference in the low mana battles

Getting straight into an example :

Battle that I won with Kron

First of all, its a 12 mana battle (Aim True rule) and I am using Xander (2 mana summoner), and a L3 Kron (10 mana). I do have a Max Kron now. The opponent is playing fire with a decent well rounded team of Cerberus in front and Kobbold Miner (with sneak), Serpentine Spy (with opportunity) and the Chicken for filler; so the first two can both strike from the back

Battle Start

Last Stand Activated

+2 Magic attack +6 Health boost!!!

Each turn Kron's health heals by +5, which is this case is enough for me to win the match. However, one can't use it blindly all the time, as I learned rather quickly.

Battle that I lost with Kron

This time its a 13 mana battle (Fog of war, Melee Mayhem rules) and I am using Lyanna (3 mana summoner) and L4 Kron (10 mana). The opponent is playing Earth deck as well with L8 Stone Golem in front; and Max Wood Nymph, L4 Brownie, and L1 Chicken at the back.

Last Stand Activated on a L4 Kron: but I lost the battle

If you see the battle video, you will see that Kron gets stunned by Stone Golem twice, and even with +6 self heal, it is not enough against the heavy hitting of the Stone Golem. In the end it was a fairly one sided battle with a loss for me without taking out even a single monster from the opponent!

So what did I learn?

Well, the more experienced players please help me out there, but I think getting stunned is a problem for Kron. Kron is certainly not invincible, which is a good thing I think. Any melee attacker that can stun and hit quickly will create a problem for Kron. Also a healer at the opponent was a plus. It is hard to predict when the opponent will use a Kron in a random game, so I am not going to worry about it too much. However, I certainly learned to buy a max Stone Golem, which I do not have :)

In closing: This is my first write up about Splinterlands. As a sizable stakeholder in the steem blockchain, I am ranked #38 in terms of total SP in the steem blockchain (I understand some stakeholders have multiple accounts, and some accounts are repositories), I think it is almost my responsibility to play the Spinterlands game (especially I am someone with a gaming background), which is clearly the most played and most matured game in the steem blockchain. I see a lot of potential and I am sold on the concept. I wish I started much much earlier and I even wish I participated in the kickstarter; but hey better late than never :)

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Awesome post! I LOVE Kron the Undying! he is one of the first ones I leveled up a bit! Great card and battle! An upvote from Splinterlands-Steem Monsters is on the way for you for your awesome post here! For future posts (not contest entries) please put in the sm-post-promotion channel in Discord so I do not miss it!

Thank you @clove71. I just started playing about 2 months back. Just qualified Champion -3 yesterday for the first time ;)

Only started seriously thinking about the game just about 2 weeks back. Bought nearly $2500 worth of cards in last 7 days! LOL!

Did the Rexxie battle post too! It was fun. Time permitting plan on doing more posts on the same topic.

Thanks for the engagement!

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Kron is one of my most favorite cards. It can devastate unsuspecting opponents but they game has protection against it. As you mentioned in Stun, also there is Poison (-2 health every round) and Affliction (kills self healing ability). I'd say my win/loss ratio is over 50% using Kron.

Anyways it is @reazuliqbal who introduced me to https://monstermarket.io/ which is a market where you can buy cards at a discount; and I can assure you it is not a scam (little inside joke here!)

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Cool! I have a lot to learn. But as my time permits I will try to write:

  1. About the game and strategy; as I learn and understand it
  2. Mechanics and management side of the game, and how it can be improved

On the first point, there can be endless content:)

On the second point.....Right now, too much automation I think. Not sure if that is good for the game.

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Great post @azircon and I was about to analyze your battles later today. Well, you did it and I am super glad. Yes getting stunned for the main reason you lost that battle.

First of all, Kron is a pure flex card in my opinion :)

yes, I do agree with you on this but I have had Kron experience in higher leagues If I have to go for Kro I will only use in 12 mana game.

OMG, you have prince :P Prince has always been my prince charming hehe I regret why didn't I buy when it was cheap anyways I still have silver level will try to upgrade soon and yes there is no comparison with the prince. You should have used neoxian tag :P

All the best and welcome to the land of splinters. You are doing really well

Prince is interesting in attacking games. I am learning as I go along. Recently got a nice death deck too which is the opposite type of gameplay. Thanks for your help and comments.

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We haven't met yet but if you're hovering around Diamond then we will. I look forward to our battles!

Thanks! I am still learning my way around diamond league. This season is my first time playing Diamond for any extended period of time. It’s tough going for sure :)

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If you leave it until 2 days to go until the end of the season, you end up playing zombie opponents with level 1 cards.

Not sure how all this has happened, it's a recent thing.



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These cards are two I don’t own but two I am hoping not to meet often!

The Prince I’ve matched against a few times and not been very successful at all.

It seems they would dominate in a high mana battle but your first battle shows the opposite is true also.

I’m wondering what’s in store next for the game and hear that a few bigger players aren’t entirely happy with the new reward mechanics?

I’ll just keep on with the quests, hold my cards, and wait and see :)

Yes, Prince Rennyn is a powerful summoner all around if you play the Earth deck. Kron is just flex :) it’s nice to get in with just Kron in a 12-13 mana game and watch what happens.

Yes, I am hearing complaints from dedicated players regarding the new reward system. It’s definitely stale compared to the all card system for quest rewards. It is also not helping the DEC downturn. I liked to discuss this with more experienced players and reach out for more opinions.

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Hello @azircon,

I am glad to see same addiction to @splinterlands. It was someday of November 2019 that I started with the game.

I want to tell you that you can do a lot by your own thinking, as the mechanics is not complicated. In this case I would say your team need a Cleanse monster here. Nobody is helping me, and I am with 1111 summoners most of the time but I am in Gold leagues, once finished the season in Diamond III, which is far below your Rank I understand, but pretty high regarding which cards I have been using.

Have faith in yourself too,

Cheers!

Absolutely. Qualifying Diamond with L1 summoners is a big deal in my opinion. Seems like you are a skilled player.

Thank you for the compliment. Although I am not yet convinced myself.

Maybe this is nice example for my reason for more success. You say L1 summoners, but I see them different. Beta basic summoners are all 1111, but then I get L1 Selenia Sky and she is 3221. And that one summoner makes big difference. So instead of skill I think some of us more focused on little things that make a difference.

I can see you are on MonsterMarket. Have you tried @peakmonsters bcs I am using those markets all the time and renting the cards is making my teams look strong.

Yes, I sell cards on @peakmonsters. I buy cards on https://monstermarket.io/

Glad you're liking peakmonsters.com happy buying and selling.

And thank you for making the market. I can see there is Monster Market also, but I like to have bidding and renting. Having the @peakmonsters helped me a lot, and I tell that to others.

Cheers!

Good job brother 💪

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