Splinterland Self Challenge

My Splinterlands Blog #127 – The Grind Continues

Welcome to another article where I write about my journey playing Splinterlands! This was another quiet week in terms of updates, with a handful of changes coming out that didn’t really impact the gameplay. Not that there should be an expectation of big changes each week. With a weekly release schedule, there’s going to be plenty of small updates between the larger ones.

It feels like it has been a bit of a grind to start off this season, which I guess is par for the course at this point. I did hit a few good rewards at least. With not much else to talk about, let’s just move on to my usual recap of the past week.

Daily Quest Rewards:

Daily Quest # 934. Got Healing Focus and still getting Diamond chests from the tail end of last season. I got 17 Legendary potions and 5 Pyrewatch Devils (rare monster).

InvestYGator, my Silver league alternate account, got Anti Melee Focus. Still getting Gold chests from the end of last season here. I received 7.858 (7.591 + 0.267) Splintershards (SPS).

Daily Quest # 935. Got Fire Focus and was back to Gold chests on my main account. I got 0.226 SPS, 12 Legendary potions, 17 (10 + 7) Gold potions, 5 Ravenhood Wardens (rare monster), and a Chaos Legion pack!

InvestYGator got Flying Focus and was back to Silver chests. I received 0.06 SPS, 12 Merits, a Gold potions, a Coastal Sentry (common monster), a Venari Marksrat (rare monster), and 2 Franz Ruffmane (rare summoner).

Daily Quest # 936. Got Flying Focus. I got 2.705 (1.377 + 1.328) SPS, 89 (22 + 67) Merits, 6 Swamp Spitter (common monster), 6 Costal Sentry, and 6 Dumacke Orc (common monster).

InvestYGator got Defend Focus. I received 11.013 (10.894 + 0.063 + 0.056) SPS, 5 (3 + 2) Coastal Sentry, 2 Terraceous Grunt (common monster), and a Firecaller (common monster).

Daily Quest # 937. Got Death Focus. I got 1.583 (0.487 + 0.458 + 0.357 + 0.281) SPS, 11 Legendary potions, 5 Ferox Defenders (common monster), 3 Imperial Knights (common monster), and a Swamp Spitter.

InvestYGator got Earth Focus. Got 0.518 (0.378 + 0.07 + 0.07) SPS, 24 Merits, 1 Legendary potions, 2 Gold potions, and a Lobb Lowland (rare summoner).

Daily Quest # 938. Got Anti Magic Focus. Got 1.020 (0.257 + 0.337 + 0.426) SPS, 9 Gold potions, 7 Firecallers, and a gold foil Aves Sturgis (legendary monster)!

InvestYGator got Life Focus. Got 1.394 (0.411 + 0.523 + 0.46) SPS, 20 Merits, 5 (2 + 1 + 2) Legendary potions, and a Fungus Flinger (common monster).

Daily Quest # 939. Got Exploits Focus. Got 1.308 (0.417 + 0.472 + 0.419) SPS, 9 Legendary potions, a Swamp Spitter, and 4 Costal Sentry.

InvestYGator got Flying Focus. Got 0.615 (0.567 + 0.048) SPS, 20 Merits, 2 Gold potions, 2 Drybone Barbarians (common monster), a Venari Marksrat, and a War Pegasus (rare monster).

Daily Quest # 940. Got Disable Focus. Got 0.690 (0.396 + 0.294) SPS, 66 (22 + 44) Merits, 10 Legendary potions, 4 Coastal Sentry, and a Chaos legion pack!

InvestYGator got Defend Focus. Got 0.242 (0.049 + 0.108 + 0.085) SPS, 392 (16 + 360 + 16) Merits, a Legendary potion, a Wily Coyotian (common monster), and 5 (3 + 2) Gobson Bombers (common monster).

I opened my last 2 Riftwatchers packs, and I’ll be back to Chaos Legion after this:

A double rare pack, which is nice to see.
Another double rare pack to finish things off. These are some great rare cards from this set, with quite useful abilities.

Guild Brawls:

Guild Brawl #144, playing Bronze League Gold Foil Only. The guild came in last place. The guild in general hasn’t been doing well. The leader has mostly stepped away from the game, and a lot of the guild members have stopped playing. We had one person come back to give the game another try, but he didn’t last a week.







The Rest:

To continue my guild laments a bit, I don’t think these issues are solely with my main guild. The game in general is not particularly kind to new players, without them tossing a ton of money at cards or knowing how the rental system works – thereby throwing slightly less money at being able to play at higher levels. A lot of changes over the past year have also made it much harder for new players to get into the game, like replacing Dark Energy Crystal (DEC) rewards with Staked SPS rewards.

Most of these changes were to try to address the large number of bot farms playing the game, so I can’t fault them for trying to address that. However, with most of the focus being on land for the rest of the year, I don’t really see that making the game any more appealing to new players. Land seems like it is going to be a feature for large investors, or whales, and older players who already have lots of assets.

Speaking of land, I haven’t really done any further work towards figuring out what I’m going to do with mine. It seems like there is still going to be a couple of months before we need to start staking monsters on it, which will require large sums of DEC. I’m still hoping to get more gold foil reward cards to use, but I will probably need to start selling off some things for DEC soon.

To go back one more time to the lack of new players, the upcoming Tower Defense game, Soulkeep, seems more targeted at the existing player base as well. I’m not sure how many outside gamers are going to find the game, or get past the $8 a pack price point (or $5 + 1 Voucher). Which is a shame, as this otherwise would have been a good way to try to bring people into the gaming space of Splinterlands.

At any rate, that’s it for this week. Thank you for reading! And, I’ll be back next week with the season wrap up.

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