I’ve already discussed how Booster Draft can let newbies play with cards from any level and how Monster Training can add a lot of strategy to low-level play. Here I’ll focus on a method for players to get more monster abilities at lower levels than previously possible.
The basic concept here is that you can magically “force grow” monsters (and my suggested Hybrids) so that they get their abilities at lower levels. The downside of this process is that force-grown monstrosities can never advance past level 8 (Gold) and have some (game balance saving) physical deficiencies as a result of it.
Force-growing is yet another card sink (thus increasing long-term card values) and gives more opportunities for low level strategic play since it basically doubles the number of monsters up until Gold Level.
All force-grown monsters have 8 levels regardless of frequency and advance based upon the two charts below. Note that each level of force-grown monsters only costs as many cards as their non-force-grown equivalents (or an interpolation for the rarer frequencies). All are treated as commons for the purposes of determining the max level a summoner conjures.
|Common||Rare||Epic||Alpha Legendary||Non-Alpha Legendary|
|level 1 normal||level 1 normal||level 1 normal||1||1|
|level 2 normal||level 2 normal||average 1 & 2||2||2|
|level 3 normal||average 2 & 3||level 2 normal||3||3|
|level 4 normal||level 3 normal||average 2 & 3||4||4|
|level 5 normal||level 4 normal||level 3 normal||5||5|
|level 6 normal||level 5 normal||level 4 normal||6||6|
|level 7 normal||average 5 & 6||average 4 & 5||7||7|
|level 8 normal||level normal||level 5 normal||8||9|
Mana cost will be the same. As seen in the chart below, speed, armor and health are basically the same as for non-forced monsters (all interpolations are to be rounded) EXCEPT that they will also be plagued with random additional minuses over their growth due to the accelerated speed.
|2||2||average 1 & 2||average 1 & 2||1|
|4||4||3||2||average 1 & 2|
|6||6||average 4 & 5||4||(2 + 2 + 3)/3|
|7||7||5||4||(2 + 3 + 3)/3|
Names could have an (FG) appended to them.
And, of course, a new match rule could be added for No Force-Grown Monsters or Summoners.
So, what do you all think? These are just my initial thoughts and I’m sure that they could be improved upon. PLEASE comment below whether you like this idea or not and any changes/improvements you can come up with.
Stay tuned for my next post suggesting "Improved Lower-Level Rewards". It would also be helpful if people could suggest other Splinterlands enhancements so I can add them to the list that I'll write about (or implement if the team will allow me). Until then may you always hit, retaliate and poison when you need to – and may your opponent not be so lucky.