Blockchain games are HOT right now and Splinterlands is one of them. This article is about Splinterlands review and gameplay. Hope you enjoy it!
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What is Splinterlands?
@splinterlands is a @play2earn card game built on blockchain technology. There are several ways to earn real money playing the game. Also if you own cards on your account, that means you really ‘own’ it and nobody can take it away from you. You can sell or rent your cards to other players.
Click the image above and take a glance at the game.
One of the things that I really like about this game is I don’t have to spend too much time on it. When the match begins you can click the fast forward button and play it 2x or 3x speed. There is also a ‘skip to results’ button so that you can see the result right away. This feature can save us so much time and still enjoy the game.
This is a quick guide to Splinterlands.
This is more detailed documentation about Splinterlands gameplay. (I don’t think this link is on the Splinterlands website, and it was hard to find it. I don’t know why the link is missing, but I hope they put the link on the website.)
How to start playing?
You get starter cards after you bought the Summoner’s Spellbook. It gives you more than 90 cards that you can use in battles. There is an ‘S mark’ on every starter card. You do not own those cards, so you cannot sell it or rent it out. You can only use them in battles.
Featured Card - 'Wave Runner'
Wave Runner is a shark-like water splinter*** monster. It has two sets of eyes, one for above the sky, and one for under the water. When I first saw it, I wondered what the balck dot was on its cheek. It was an eye! It has overall good stats─5 mana cost, 2 melee attack, 3 speed and 4 health. It also has an ability ‘reach’ on level 1. Melee attack monsters cannot attack the enemy when they are not in the first position. However, the ability ‘reach’ makes them able to attack from the second position as well. It can also work as a sub-tank and take a few attacks after the main tank dies.
There are also NEUTRAL monsters, which can be used with any kind of splinters. For example, a water summoner can summon/use water and neutral monsters, and a death summoner can summon death and neutral monsters. Dragon splinter is a little bit different because it is a rare splinter. A dragon summoner can team up with one of the other splinters. (You can choose it.) For example, if you choose a dragon summoner and team up with life splinter, you can summon dragon, life, and neutral monsters.
'Wave Runner' in a battle
Click the image above and watch the battle!
■ Tell us about your lineup. Explain why you put each card in that position and why they are a good fit with the monster.
I chose the Serpent of Eld as a tank, because it is basically a great tank and it has a high melee attack. Second place is of course the Wave Runner, to use the ‘reach’ ability and to fight as a sub-tank. Third is the Demented Shark which is a key monster in this deck because it grants all the melee attackers +1 attack with ‘inspire’ ability. I put Demented Shark in front of two main attackers(Feasting Seaweed and Sand Worm) to protect them. I placed Gelatinous Cube in the last position to protect my attackers in case the enemy team has sneak attackers.
Demented Shark especially has a great synergy with Wave Runner because they are shark friends. 😉 No, really, Demented Shark’s ‘inspire’ ability makes a good melee attack team. Wave Runner already has 2 melee attack on level 1, and with Demented Shark it gets 3 melee attack which is great.
■ Did your strategy work? What will you try differently next time?
Even though the enemy team was Mylor team, with the help of the earthquake, I won the battle. I am not sure I would’ve won, if it wasn’t an earthquake map. To prevent losing from Mylor team, I could put a ranged attacker or a magic attacker. Axemaster would be a good choice in that case.
■ Do you like the monster? Why or why not?
I’ve never used the Wave Runner before this SYB challenge, but I grew quite fond of it. Not just to the monster, but to the overall ‘reach’ ability. I was sleeping on ‘reach’ attackers because I thought they usually have low health. But I was forgetting that ‘snipe’ attackers cannot hit the ‘melee’ attackers in second position. And now, I am looking for some good ‘reach’ attackers to buy and use later on.
I’m really enjoying the game! All the strategies and battles are exciting and fun. What do you guys think? Do you wanna know more about Splinterlands? Stay tuned. In the next article, I will talk about other monsters and battles.
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