Share Your Battle – DRAGONS

Another week, another Splinterlands battle challenge. How are all you fellow monster lovers doing? Have you heard the good news? Our game is expanding to the world of football, err… I mean soccer. While I’m not a fan of the sport, I’m very excited about Splinterlands going mainstream. SPS stakeholders will also be getting airdropped the new game’s currency. I wish I had stocked up on more SPS, but I did use my daily airdrops to pick up the cards I needed so it’s all good.

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I like learning about new cards I’ve overlooked each week, but I also love showing off my dragons!

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For this battle, I chose Djinn Chwala as my tank or first card.

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Djinn Chwala is a card I’m sure you’re aware of since it’s a reward card. I had a few extra DEC laying around so I decided to max it out.

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I got a little too excited about finally maxing out this card and overdid it.

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Luckily the system didn’t combine all of my cards like I told it to and only overmaxed the card by 6. That’s OK. I’m happy to help burn down this wonderful card and now I have a few extras to sell or gift to friends for the future.

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My enemy also used a tank with thorns, but mine had shields.

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My Twilight Basilisk and its reach and stun ability were also a big help in this fight.

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I lost my archer in the first round, but at least she got a shot off before she died.

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In the end, it came down to their archer which was last week’s battle challenge card. Archers usually can’t fire while in the front so this was an easy win.

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Thanks for reading about my battle today. How are you adapting to the new daily focuses? I love anything that brings confusion to my enemies and the bots. Here’s the list in case you need it. Have a great day.

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_3efd4a1ba15ddee30814dc626a6e4808&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in the week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-dragons-august-10-2022

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Share Your Battle – SOUL STRANGLER

Before the chaos gate opened, the towering city of Darkholde was peaceful and quiet. Situated in the cold, Blackworth mountain range, it was presided over by a long-standing noble family and governed by Baron Kutziq Neculai. If the citizens knew the truth about their governor, then maybe they wouldn’t have been so loyal, but the Baron’s tastes were sated with great restraint and he honestly did care for them, taking only what he must and never more than he had to, for Kutziq was a vampire, a race as ancient as the stones they’d used to build the city. He was a man who loved his people in many ways, including their unique flavor. The soul strangler is a creature of nobility, good stock, and incredible wealth. They live in lavish opulence, wearing the finest attire and moving in the most sophisticated of circles, often engaging with the high born from other cities and enjoying intimate gatherings that last for days. However, when this vampire chooses to hunt, they take on a whole new guise, almost shifting their form to become more accomplished for the chase. Pointed ears extend refining their hearing and their eyes change color affording the ability to see in the dark – their preferred time to hunt. Long fangs grow from their mouth and vicious talons sprout from their fingers. But what you can’t see in either form is the power they hold within their mind, an ability to attack at a spiritual level when they eventually find their adversary, squeezing the very life from them; a ranged attack that if not avoided, will have devastating consequences.

-Splinterlands Lore

Soul Strangler’s stats:

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A few friends and family who also battle in the Splinterlands have suggested I choose the Soul Strangler when I was choosing my cards, but I’ve only used him a few times. One thing I’d like to see added to the stats page is personal stats. How many times have you used this card? What was the win rate? Maybe there’s a third-party website that does do that. If so, please share in the comments.

The Soul Strangler is a pretty good card for only 3 mana. Since I don’t have any of my summoners maxed out yet I’ll wait to max this guy out because he only gains the poison ability at level 8. I only had him at level one, but after looking at these stats I think I’ll at least level him up to level 3 where he’ll cause 3 points of damage.

My battle:

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This was a battle with only 13 mana and melee cards not allowed so I put my Haunted Spirit out front to take a few hits so my Venari Bonesmith and Soul Strangler could finish them off. It was also a battle where ranged attack cards could fire from the front so my Soul Strangler could still attack if it ended up being the last card, but it didn’t come to that. I don’t know why my opponent put their healer out front. That’s never a good idea.

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Luckily, my opponent didn’t choose any sneak attack cards so my Soul Strangler was safe to attack from the rear.

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In the end, my opponent took the bait while my Venari Bonesmith and Soul Strangler finished them off. The only card I lost was the Haunted Spirit.

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Thanks for reading about my Soul Strangler battle today. Have a good one and good luck out there in the Splinterlands!

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_7f85adc4aa1e4ff1615d55de2f2a67a9&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in this week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-soulstrangler

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SPLINTERLANDS: Hitting em with random scattershots

Portals Spinners are members of the Cult of the Rift, a faction within the Chaos Legion that harnesses rift magic to cast deadly spells. Portal Spinners siphon life magic from their surroundings to open mini-rifts in the fabric of reality. Some thought to use these portals to travel between realms. However, after attempting to do so, many a Portal Spinner was consumed by whatever foul beasts dwelled on the other side of the portal. Others emerged… rearranged… and either dead or wishing they were dead. Now, Portal Spinners simply use their portals to launch chaotic and random attacks against their enemies. They might open one portal beneath a fallen sword, boulder, or other weapons of convenience and a second portal above their enemies, sending the weapon through the rift and crashing down on its unsuspecting victim. If facing enemies capable of flight, Portal Spinners have been known to use their portals to drop nets upon their foes, grounding them.

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I honestly don’t think I’ve ever used the Portal Spinner until today. I usually try to rely on magic attacks because they can pass right through the enemy’s armor, but the Portal Spinner has Scattershot from level one which can really come in handy. Scattershot will shoot arrows at random enemies so it can kill off some of the weaker ones if you’re lucky. The Snare ability kicks in at level 5. I’ve never been a fan of this ability so I’ll probably just let this card level up naturally by combining cards I earn rather than purchasing any of them. I really like maxing out rare cards that are just over a cent right now because you can do so for just a few dollars, something that is only possible in a bear market.

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My enemy had a pretty good strategy using three magic cards and two ranged.

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After my first tank died, I was afraid I was going to lose this one.

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After my second tank died, I was sure I was done for.

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Luckily my Chaos Dragon was able to hold the line. The Portal Spinner was a big help in this battle because he weakened random targets.

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Thanks for reading about my Portal Spinner battle. It’s not my favorite card, but I learned how it could be useful today. What about you? Have you used it much? Did you bother maxing it out?

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_199cfe1dc1c4eefb8f29e23ae6e78687&ref=jeremiahcustis

This week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-portalspinner

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To the top with a confident Mr. Wolf

The first time we took our dog, Rapper, to the top of Mt. Phousi he was a scared little puppy, but this time he led the way like a boss. We take him everywhere with us.

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Buddhist countries like Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos like to buy homemade good luck offerings for the monks. Since we had to carry them to the top I didn’t think we should’ve bought these in town, but mom’s the boss.

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It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but if you look at the very center you can see the top of Phousi.

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There are many ways to the top, but I prefer taking the steps by a large temple in town which is the fastest way up. Rapper kept looking back wondering why we didn’t run up the steps like he did.

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Almost to the top now. I really like this spot where you can pray to Buddha and get your fortune by shaking a large bamboo cup full of chopsticks with numbers on them. The first one that falls out is your fortune; you can take the paper with your fortune.

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Let me know if I got this legend wrong, but I think these statues represent an ancient Hindu belief that a mighty Naga sea creature came out of the river and married the most beautiful woman who was a goddess of life and fertility.

Buddhas along the way…

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They have a different Buddha for each day of the week and various appearances. Some are young, some are old, some are fat, and some are lazily taking a nap.

At the top

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Once you make it to the top you can enjoy a 360 view of the whole town.

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I don’t remember at how many months Rapper went from a terrified little puppy to a security guard, but I’m happy to see he’s socialized well and is a confident little guy.

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See? I told you we could buy this stuff at the top!

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The best time to take pictures is early in the morning or right before sunset, but we went at noon when it was hottest for some reason.

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I like taking pictures of people taking pictures.

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Rapper hates being told what to do. Teenagers like to roll their eyes at mom and dad, but Rapper yawns to show his annoyance with us. Does your dog do the same?

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I love ringing these old bells at the temples. I’ll give em a hard smack for the loudest sound. I think you’re supposed to do it three times.

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Stay hydrated baby.

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I hate how other dog lovers are always taking pictures of their dogs’ asses, but this one captured Rapper’s leadership both up and down the hike well.

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Are you coming, dad?

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Thank you for reading about another great hike up to Phousi in Luang Prabang, Laos with us today. Have a great day and may the Buddha be with you.

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SPLINTERLANDS: The Hill Giant smashed my enemy for a flawless victory

Hill Giants live in the Talus Bluffs on the outskirts of the volcano known as the Mountain of Ash. They are nomadic people that travel from hilltop to hilltop following herds of deer and cattle. Though they are intimidating, Hill Giants are typically far more inquisitive of other cultures and seek to learn from them rather than attack. However, if they need to defend themselves, they attack by ripping boulders from the ground and are able to hurl them up to a mile. The people of Praetoria are glad to have them on their side against the Chaos Legion.

Hill Giant’s Stats

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This is a pretty good card for only 3 mana. If there is a battle where melee cards can attack from any position his ability to stun will come in handy. I want to max out every card I own, but that’s not possible on my budget right now so I’m happy to have this guy at level 6. If there is a battle where only cards with 4 mana or less are allowed, he can make for a great tank.

My Battle Strategy

This was a battle where only monsters with level 4 mana or lower were allowed so the Hill Giant was the perfect card because he’s only 3 mana but has 7 life points. Since it was also an equalizer match he raised all other cards to have 7 life points.

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One thing I like to do every battle is making sure every card has a role. Every card should bring something to the table. Since the Hill Giant is pretty slow, I used Brownie the monkey to speed him up and the Creeping Ooze to slow the enemy down.

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The Wood Nymph did a good job of keeping my Hill Giant alive by healing him every round as well as attacking the enemy with magic.

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The Naga Assasin is very fast and was able to quickly strike two points of ranged attack every round and the Dhampir Infiltrator did a good job of sneaking around back and finishing off the enemy from the rear.

In the end, all of my cards were still standing. I know I’ve said this many times, but I’d really like to see a bonus for perfect victories like this one. We can’t rip off from Mortal Kombat and call it a flawless victory, but maybe we could call it a perfect victory, or a dominant win. What do you think it should be called?

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Thanks for reading about my Hill Giant battle. Have a great day!

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com/?p=battle&id=sl_6e7e2681c2f01539384cab8fe70586f1

This week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-hillgiant

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SPLINTERLANDS: Flying Squid out of the water survives an earthquake for the win

Although Flying Squid is not truly capable of flight, their moniker comes from their ability to launch themselves from the water and glide above the surface for long distances before resubmerging. These aggressive predators shoot ink into the eyes of their prey to blind them before attacking with their lengthy tentacles. “

Splinterlands Lore

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I don’t think I’ve ever used or noticed the Flying Squid until today. It has an interesting ability at level six, blind. It also has the reach ability from the get-go and a decent amount of life so it can function as a good secondary tank. I doubt I ever max this card out for its backfire ability because it’s a bit pricy at ten cents a card, but I’ll try to get it up to level six soon. I’ve been kind of a bottom scraper recently and getting as many cards under a penny as I can. It’s actually been cheaper maxing out some rare cards than common ones because common cards need 400 to max out, while rares only need 115.

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I usually select on the abilities box and choose the flying ability or use the dragon summoner who grants everybody flight when there’s an earthquake, but I thought my Sea Monster and its self-healing ability would be enough to win this wild battle.

How are you liking the new Wild -vs- Modern formats? At first, I thought that it would be a piece of cake to level up in modern, but I’ve found I do much better in the wild format. Since the collection power to get to the Diamond league is half of what it is in wild, I’ll still keep trying, but I’ll take a few days off to let the competition get a bit weaker. I’ve noticed that if you feel you are getting smashed, it’s best to take a break for a day or two then you can do much better plus your capture rate will be at 100%. Splinterlands is one of the few places where procrastination can be a good thing.

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Even though the Flying Squid can’t actually fly, it had enough life to survive the earthquake and was the last card standing.

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Thanks for reading about my Flying Squid battle victory today. How do you feel about this card? Has it brought you any victories?

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_8babdaea30c0f1dc58abf3994a73841e&ref=jeremiahcustis

This week’s Splinterlands battle challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-flyingsquid

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It’s raining diamonds at CoinMarketCap!

How are all you fellow crypto and NFT freaks doing today? I know I don’t need to tell you about CoinMarketCap because they’re one of the OG websites in the crypto game, but you may not know about their daily diamond giveaway.

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Just like you, if I type just the letter C into my address bar, it will suggest CoinMarketCap and then CoinBase, but I’m here to suggest that you start checking your coins from your phone rather than your PC from now on…

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The best thing about checking coins from the app -vs- the website is that it only shows the coins that YOU care about. I don’t give a fuck that ETH is a popular coin. I hate it. I don’t want to see it. I hope it fails. That’s like, my opinion man. When you push on the star icon, it remembers that it’s a coin you like and it will only show that.

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Most of us probably check CoinMarketCap every day anyway so we might as well collect some diamonds each time we do right?

What good are these diamonds anyways?

Right now, to be honest, they are pretty worthless. If you take a look at the NFTs that you can redeem the diamonds for, they all suck. I want a Batman or Iron Man NFT, but right now what they are handing out is crap. Whatever. One day a cool one that you will like will come along and by that time, you’ll have collected thousands of diamonds and will easily afford the one you want.

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Whoever invented the “click on all the images that show a bus” security verification should burn in hell. Seriously, if I come across a website that does that shit, I will block it and never visit it ever again, but this slide the puzzle piece into place one isn’t so bad.

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If you can refer your friends, you’ll get even more diamonds. I doubt I get any referrals from ya’ll, but it’s worth a shot, right? What kind of NFTs do you want?

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CoinMarketCap:
https://coinmarketcap.com
I used their icon and a diamond to make this thumbnail.

PhotoPea:
https://www.photopea.com/
PhotoPea is a free PhotoShop clone that you can use in your browser.

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Battle of the Antoids – Learning from our defeats

How are you doing fellow Splinterlands warriors? Are you taking advantage of this bear market? If you check out some of the cheapest cards on the market now, you can get cards for less than a cent. That means you can max out cards for less than $4 now. I personally love it. I’ve never been able to max out so many cards for so cheap. I think the team’s move to have a wild and modern format is a beautiful idea. If things remain how they are now it isn’t fair. If you’re an OG player you may be mad that the old cards that you HODLed for so long are getting smashed by the newer cards and if you’re a newer player, it can be frustrating going up against old cards that seem invincible and way out of your budget, but both sides should be happier when the choice is given to battle in either wild or modern formats soon.

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The Antoid Platoon gets interesting at level six when they have the scavenger ability where they will gain health when either an enemy or friendly warrior dies. Even at level one, they can be useful with the shield ability which reduces melee and ranged damage. I don’t know if I’ll ever max this card out, but I plan to get it up to level six soon. It would cost about the same to level up the standard card as it would the gold foil version, so I’ll go with gold.

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One of the biggest mistakes I think players make is rushing into battle before checking out the enemy. I could see my enemy loved using the fire splinter and only had a level two summoner so I thought I’d smash them for sure using my powerful dragons.

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I put my Antoid Platoon out front while my enemy used them as a secondary tank. I love using Quix the Devious because he’s a strong dragon summoner who reduces the enemy’s speed and ranged attacks, but my enemy didn’t use any ranged attacks, and speed didn’t make much of a difference in this fight.

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I was surprised to see my enemy smash up my team because they were using all common and rare cards while I had much better and more expensive cards, but they used the ruleset and had a better strategy than I did.

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Even though my card was legendary, it couldn’t do any damage to their Antoid Platoon because it was demoralized by their Disintegrator.

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Thanks for reading about my battle today. Even though I lost, it was still a learning experience. It also shows what a great game Splinterlands is. Even though I was using twice the power of my enemy, they had a better plan and deserved to win. I don’t think I’ll ever put my Antoid Platoon out front ever again unless it’s a battle where only 4 mana and fewer cards are allowed. What about you? Which strategy and cards would’ve you used?

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com/?p=battle&id=sl_84908cd046bf8d0ed54e3e63281dd134

This week’s battle challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-antoidplatoon

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SPLINTERLANDS: Archers -vs- Dragons

Howdy fellow Splinterfolks. Today I’d like to share my battle for this week’s battle challenge using the Xenith Archer.

The Xenith Scale is devoted to enlightenment, knowledge, and the protection of others. Members among the order practice to remain balanced in all things and believe Mana, too, should remain balanced. It should not be used to cause chaos or disorder, nor should it be used to tip the scales of justice in either direction. The order believes in fate and that everything has its proper place. Fate and destiny are predetermined, and they should not be altered. Archers adhere to this creed in their everyday life. They often say, an arrow must be perfectly balanced on a bow string to hit its mark. If it sits too far forward or too far back it won’t be able to sail through the air. Like all Xenith warriors, archers would much prefer to find a peaceful solution to a problem or stay out of an altercation altogether. When they are pulled into a fight, they see it as a way to restore balance to a situation.”

Splinterlands lore

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The Xenith Archer doesn’t have any abilities other than being beautiful. She can be useful if you need to use a low mana card during a battle in which only even cards are allowed.

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This was a battle where all cards lose their abilities so I chose a fast tank and some archers while my opponent chose to rely on magic and dragons.

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I put the Furious Chicken out front to absorb the first strike. My opponent had the same idea with the Gargoya Scrapper.

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The Phantasm is pretty fast so it got a few strikes in before the enemy killed it too.

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After their Diamond Dragon was dead it was my three archers against their Void Dragon.

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Since it was also a battle where melee cards can attack from anywhere, my Corpse Fiend was able to get a few strikes in and take up the front spot for a while so the archers could do their job.

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Dragons and magic cards usually win, but not today. This battle was won by the archers.

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Thanks for reading about my battle victory and strategy today. Get in the game!line.png

Watch my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_f5eaa0fbad05f3df28be6614d0dda5aa&ref=jeremiahcustis

This week’s battle challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-xenith-archer

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how would YOU break in a HOLLYWOOD virgin?

I truly love my girlfriend. We have the same sense of humor and get along wonderfully, but she’s never watched anything that wasn’t on Facebook or YouTube before. She’s never even used a DVD or knows what a VHS or cassette tapes are. It’s not her fault because she’s a millennial and country girl who was born in 1998.

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According to Google, Boomers were born after WWII, Generation X was before 1980, and Millennials grew up in the middle of the digital age and know nothing but digital entertainment. I was born in 1980, so I’m kinda a hybrid of a Gen Xer and a Millennial, but I would identify more as a Millennial. I do remember vinyl records and tape cassettes, but I loved my Gameboy and NES more. Since we had Apple IIs in every classroom when I was in kindergarten and elementary school I guess I fit the requirement of being a millennial.

I was in army basic training back in 1999 and the drill sergeant thought he would hurt my feelings by calling me a Nintendo generation. I corrected him and told him that I actually play Super NintendoSega Genesis, and even N64. Everyone but him thought it was funny. I may have made my fellow soldiers laugh, but my arms were not amused by all the pushups he had me do.

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I was a linguist in the military and one of the best ways I learned to get good at any language is through immersion. Back then I was learning Thai, so I bought a bunch of Thai CDs and cassettes from Thai Town in Hollywood and only watched Thai TV shows on VCDs. VCDs were like DVDs, but they were only 700 MBs so you had to have two discs to watch a movie and dozens of them to watch a full series.

After I got out of the military I became an English teacher and I had one student that was just too good. She spoke English with a perfect American accent and was lightyears beyond the other kids. When I told her that I thought she was wasting her time in our school and asked her if she was from the states, she told me that she’s never been. She said that her mom had only one serious rule in the house: All entertainment must be in English. Thinking this was a great idea I did the same with my 5-year-old stepdaughter who could only speak Thai. I bought her a cheap TV and a 64 GB Kingston USB stick with every Disney movie I could fit onto it. I had to put everything into one folder so it would play the next movie seamlessly, but it did the job.

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My ultimate goal was to get my girlfriend to be a Star Wars fan, but I knew I couldn’t start with that so I went with Titanic as the first film. It has held up really well over the years and of course, she loved it. She has no idea who Leonardo DiCaprio is, but whenever she sees him in more modern films she’ll ask why Jack looks so old.

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Do you know how many letters are in the English alphabet? If you answered twenty-six then you’d be wrong. There are now twenty-four letters in the English alphabet because E and T went home.

When I showed this movie to my daughter when she was eight, she fell asleep when E.T. was all pale and sick dying by the river. She had nightmares all night screaming for E.T. Was he alright? Did he die? Did he ever go home?

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My girlfriend is a farmer from the countryside of Laos. When she showed me her hometown there was this super scary bridge that reminded me of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. When I asked her if there were crocodiles below like in Indiana Jones she of course had no idea what I was talking about so we watched all three of the films. Yes, I know there is a fourth, but it sucks and I knew she wouldn’t have liked it.

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Which Star Wars film do you think is best to bring in a new fan? I tried with the prequels, but she wasn’t into it so I jumped to Rogue One which my girlfriend liked very much. It also flows well into the original.

I know a lot of fans dislike the sequels, but I saw them with my son when he was young in an IMAX theater and cried at the beginning of The Force Awakens because I never thought I’d ever get to see a new Star Wars in a theater ever again. My girlfriend didn’t want anything to do with them though. She said she wanted to see Luke and Han, not this girl named Rey.

It was quite a pleasure to see the shock on her face when Darth Vader told Luke the truth about his father. Now that we’ve seen all of the Star Wars movies and TV shows I asked her what her favorite moment was and she said it was when the Ewoks help defeat the rebels in Return of the Jedi. I’m torn between the time Luke Skywalker helped save the day in the Mandalorian and when Obi-Wan kicked Vaders ass again. What’s your favorite moment from the Star Wars universe?

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I figured I’d call it quits and end with Star Wars, but before I did, I asked Wan, my girlfriend, if I’d covered all of the movies that she remembered and she asked how I could’ve forgotten to mention Top Gun. I didn’t think she’d like it because she never liked any other military movies, but I just wanted her to see it before we saw the new one. I guess it took her breath away. What did you think of the new one? I’ve seen it five times now. It’s truly amazing.

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OK, I lied. There was one other military movie that she liked a lot and it was Predator. To me, it’s more of a horror film, but it’s one of Arnold’s best. I wonder why he’s never come back to save the franchise.

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I was just four years old when my stepdad took me to see the original Terminator, but I clearly remember him making me promise I wasn’t going to tell my mom that he took me to see it and it made me love it and remember it well, but it hasn’t aged as well as Judgment Day so I just showed her some key scenes from the original and explained what Skynet and T-800s were before we watched the legendary sequel. I’ve never bothered showing her any of the other films because they are all just disappointments.

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Wan didn’t even like Pulp Fiction so I was surprised that it’s the movie she quotes the most often. Can you guess which scene I’m talking about?

Thanks for reading. What did you think of my approach? Which films do you think I should show her next? How would or did you break in a Hollywood virgin?

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