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SPLINTERLANDS: My Radiated Brute battle and intro to the RENTAL market

The spreading blight on the continent of Praetoria twisted both the land and its people. Plants and animals were the first to become corrupted. Fungus sprouted from vegetation and gave them sentience. Animals grew extra limbs, heads, and grew to extraordinary sizes. Then the people fell ill. Some thought it was from the plague brought about by Doctor Blight. Others thought perhaps it was from the poisonous gases that seeped from the fissures near the volcano. Whatever it was, those who survived the sickness were changed. They mutated, grew stronger, and were filled with an uncontrollable rage. Some were unable to control that rage and went on murderous rampages. Others fought to maintain their sanity long enough to protect their family, friends, and neighbors from themselves. They fled into the Jade Thicket, where they became as feral as the wild animals of the continent. The people of Praetoria referred to them as Radiated Brutes.”

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What’s up fellow Splinterlanders? Today, I’d like to share my battle and first experience renting out my cards. I have both a gold foil and standard Radiated Brute but have never used it in battle until today.

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With a speed of 1 at level one, the Radiated Brute would be useful in a reverse speed ruleset where the slowest go first. His reach ability would also come in handy. He costs about six cents right now and only a dollar for a gold foil version which will be level three.

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Never Sell, Just Rent…

With my collection power at 110,000 I’m too far away from the 150,000 threshold to level up to Gold II, but also wasting rental opportunities. I sold all of my max-level Beta cards last year to get into the whole DeFi craze and was happy to be making a hundred dollars a day, but that didn’t last long. If I had just rented out my cards it would have been a better investment by a multiple of the tens of thousands, but I had no idea this game was going to blow up in popularity. Oh well, Chaos Legion is here now and cards are very cheap so we all have another chance to level up our cards.

Having many double sets of both gold foil and standard cards, I decided to rent out as many of my gold foils as long as I stayed above the 100,000 collection power mark.

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Renting out cards within the game is very simple. As long as you make the rental price a bit lower than the suggested price, you’ll usually be able to start renting out your card right away. If you’ve recently used your card in battle you’ll see an error message though. I think it’s a 24-hour wait, but I’m not sure.

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https://PeakMonsters.com is a great tool for seeing your ROI and available cards. I’m not a financial advisor or a DeFi expert, but this is the best DeFi experience I’ve ever had. I really like that my cards are all locked for 30 days incase I get hacked and someone tries to sell off my cards. I personally think there should be a longer lock time than 30 days. What about Splinterlands players in the military? They can be gone for up to a year without access to their cards. I would lock my cards for 999 days if it were an option.

My Battle Strategy

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This was an equal opportunity battle ruleset so monsters will be attacking the weakest enemy. I put my Djinn Chwala out first because he has the thorn ability and plenty of shields. My Radiated Brute was the weakest card so was attacked first, but was able to get off a hit before he died. Carnage Titan has the reach ability so he works well as a secondary tank. The Chaos Dragon is a powerful magic card and Gloridax Magus has the blast ability so they did a lot of damage. I usually put Cornealus in the rear because it has the healing ability and plenty of life. My enemy relied mostly on strong melee attack cards.

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I recently opened the summoner, Quix the Devious, who is a dragon summoner who reduces the enemy’s speed and ranged attack. It’s my first legendary summoner and I was pleased to see that even though it’s a level one, it can summon level 3 common cards and level two rare and epic cards.

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My enemy was strong, but my dragons were just too much for them in the end. You got to love that Chaos Dragon. He’s got a lot of life, plenty of shields, and has a strong magic attack that hits random targets even if there is a taunt. Thanks for reading about my battle and rental experience today. Get in the game!

SPLINTERLANDS: My CARRION SHADE battle and strategy

A carrion shade is a dark-winged bird that feeds off of the dead bodies of animals and people. They often flock to battlefields and dangerous parts of the wilderness where there are sure to be corpses. They travel in small groups and have no natural predators. Most people fear the carrion shades, though. For to see a group following you is to know your life is in danger. Tales whispered by the elder wise women claim that if you see a single carrion shade perched outside your home, then someone you love will die that night.

What’s up fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’d like to share my Death battle victory with you. I’ve never used my Carrion Shade in battle until today, but it helped me win this battle and some DEC.

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The ruleset for this battle had an earthquake which means non-flying monsters will take damage each round so I chose the dragon summoner Brighton Bloom who will grant the gift of flight to all of his monsters.Brighton Bloom.png

There was also the rule that ranged monsters using a bow and arrow can shoot while in the front position, but neither my enemy nor I used this ruleset to our advantage.

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I used my Carrion Shade as a sacrificial pawn so my Haunted Spirit could stay in the fight. I also used two magic attack monsters with the leech ability growing their health every time they hit the enemy. I used an armorer who ended up not doing his job. Why do armor repair monsters sometimes not work? Is it a glitch or is it just how they are? Fiends cost zero mana so I put one in the rear to absorb any sneak attacks.

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My enemy only had one flying monster and in the end, it was not enough. I’m one who loves to break the rules, but when playing Splinterlands, paying attention to the rulesets is one of the best ways to secure your victory. You should also look at your enemy’s past lineups and predict what they will do. You can also arrange your cards by speed. I think speed is the least important thing to consider, but it can make a difference in a well-balanced match.

There are so many games that throw around the terms NFT and play2earn, but in the end, they are just centralized scams. Splinterlands has been a truly decentralized NFT game before anyone was using the word NFT. I would love to see them expand to other types of games like RPGs, shooters, and racing games using the same economy one day.

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_07e05e83f162f24c389f049027760e0c&ref=jeremiahcustis

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Winning some DEC with my new gold foil SHADOW SNITCH for this week’s Splinterlands Battle

Shadow Snitches are created by the conjurers of the Chaos Legion. Weaving Death magic, they breathe life into beings made completely of darkness. The purpose of the Shadow Snitches is to be deployed into lands prior to the Chaos Legion’s invasion. Moving from shadow to shadow, they are listeners and watchers, feeding information back to the Chaos Legion. Once the invasion is complete, the Shadow Snitches still serve a purpose. They can locate and follow high-value targets, reporting back on movements to Chaos Legion leadership. If needed, Shadow Snitches can also capture prisoners and bring them back for interrogation.

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What’s up all my fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’d like to show you my strategy for winning this battle and my overall feelings toward this wonderful game.Obsidian.png

Every since Obsidian came along as a free-to-use summoner who increases every magic monsters’ attack power by one point, it seems that other players rely on her a lot. I’ve felt dread several times whenever I’ve seen this confident-looking queen of magic show up to wreck my team with her power.Owster Rotwell.png

Well, not today because I’m using an older card from the Untamed days, Owster Rotwell, who will give all of your team the ability to reflect magic attacks right back at ’em. Remember to take the time to look at your enemy’s past five lineups to predict what they will do so you can counter them as I did here.

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Even though she came at me with strong magic killing most of my monsters, my recently won gold foil Shadow Snitch with its reach ability and the powerful Sand Worm and its sneak ability was able to finish them off.Shadow Snitch.png

I must admit I was not a big fan of the Untamed cards. They were goofy looking and did little against the older cards, but these new Chaos Legion cards are both beautiful and strong. I love the artwork for Shadow Snitch. Its hand has a creepy 3D look that reaches out of the screen without the need for glasses.

I often lose to players using all free-to-use Chaos cards while I’m using hundreds of dollars of cards, but with a weaker strategy. At first, I was mad seeing my expensive older cards getting power drained and constantly losing to noobs, but now that I’ve earned a bunch of the new cards it’s not a problem anymore. It’s quite good that a new player with a better strategy can beat an OG like me.

I love crypto and I love gaming and so far Splinterlands is the best mix of both so far. I want NOTHING to do with the Ethereum blockchain, so don’t recommend any games on that chain, but does anybody know of a better play2earn game right now than this?photopea-interface-ps.png

I used Photopea, a free Photoshop clone, that works beautifully inside of your browser to manipulate my screenshots and added art and story from the LORE tab when looking at cards. Splinterlands uses vector PNG files so they can easily be used in posts like this. The new Chaos cards have border lines around them, but can be easily removed. Thank you for reading about my battle today. What’s your favorite Chaos Legion card?

If you want to get into play2earn NFT gaming without the hassle of paying $30 fees for every transaction on the Ethereum blockchain then I honestly don’t think there is a better option right now than Splinterlands. Get in the game!

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_1a5fffbce73647d5b2419554f164180d&ref=jeremiahcustis

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My Giant Roc Win and Splinterlands Battle Tip

From far away, a Roc may be mistaken for a normal bird, but once it comes closer its true size can be appreciated. These massive birds never stray from the Burning Lands, most likely due to the warm ground and favorable nesting conditions of the uninhabitable wasteland of The Unknown.

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The Giant Roc is an oldie, but a goody that’s been around since the Alpha days. Its melee reach ability can cause some damage from behind a tank and even serve as a soft tank if the original dies. Being able to fly helps increase its chances of getting a miss and will stay undamaged during an earthquake.

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Even though I’ve used the Giant Roc thousands of times and it’s the very first card on my list, I’m a bit embarrassed to just now notice that it is holding a baby elephant in its huge talons. That’s why these weekly Splinterlands battle challenges are worth participating in. You will notice cards that have slipped past your radar and earn some HIVE and SPT along the way.

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One of the biggest mistakes I see both old and new players making is NOT checking your enemy’s past lineup. It’s a bit harder to do on mobile, but still possible. I think most people are eager to get into the fight and just click away, but knowing your enemy’s habits and predicting what they will do next will improve your win rate. If you hover over their past battles and see that they use MAGIC every time, use cards that reflect or aren’t hurt by their magic attacks. If they always use strong tanks with shields, then use all magic cards to slip past their shields. This is why pro fighters watch hours and hours of their opponent’s footage. On Splinterlands, it only takes a few seconds.

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I could tell that coffeehouserec wasn’t much of a magic-user so I could use a strong, but slow tank like the Living Lava to win. The ruleset for this battle was also reverse speed so all slow cards would attack first and fast cards last so the Giant Roc would also be a good choice. I made sure that all of my cards would have a speed of just one or two so we would go first.

My Battle

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I have a level 3 summoner, Qid Yuff, but thought that the new Chaos card, Tarsa would be better even though she’s a free-to-use level 1 summoner because she increases both life and attack power by one point. I sometimes feel annoyed getting beat by new players using all free-to-use Chaos cards, but am also glad to see the game evolving and adding powerful new cards. If only strong players with expensive old cards always won, then Splinterlands wouldn’t grow.

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My Giant Roc was able to do some damage and serve as a secondary tank helping to secure this battle victory.

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I earned almost 6 DEC and 18 rating points to bring me up to 1971, the same year the wise and honorable President Richard Nixon, who was not a crook, brought America off the gold standard. Thank you for reading about my Splinterlands battle victory today. Get in the game!HIVE LINE.png

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_7c2adc03bf38d87d79dbbe2a8539897c&ref=jeremiahcustis

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My Splinterlands Dragons

This week’s Splinterlands Share Your Battle theme was dragons again. How many dragon cards do you have? They are by far my favorite splinter and I was happy to use and post about them again.

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My enemy was most likely on a Death quest because all of his previous battles had also been Death. I find it hard to win with Death unless it’s a low mana battle.Djinn Chwala.png

Djinn Chwala is my favorite card even though it’s a new one. Its thorn ability, shield, and strong health make it a card to be reckoned with. After it died, I was really afraid my enemy would beat me.

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Luckily I still had a Black Dragon that can life leech its enemies every time it hits them with a magic attack. There will be times that this dragon will have a ridiculous amount of life after it’s been absorbing hearts from the rear. I remember when this was a cheap Reward card, but now it is one of my most valuable and powerful cards.

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I gained 38 rating points and 13 DEC for my victory. Do you think it will be possible for one DEC to be worth a whole dollar one day? That would be insane, but I doubt it ever happens, but if it does, people will be making a lot of money with each battle victory. When I first started playing this game in 2019, I dreamed of the day that it would be possible to play this game as a full-time job but would look at the top players in the world and see them only making a few cents per victory. With the coming Land expansion, high DEC prices, rentals, tournaments, brawls, and ever-rising value of the cards, there are many people who can live off the Splinterlands today. I’m not one of them since I’m only a Silver League player, but I think it could be possible soon. Even without the earnings, Splinterlands is a great game. Thank you for reading about my dragon’s victory today.

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_f769bea4afb2207a21aff71f9e3ee434&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in this week’s challenge:
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STONE GOLEM -vs- UNICORN MUSTANG

The Stone Golems that reside around the Crags of Maglar are quite terrifying to any stranger who wanders into their domain. In spite of their sheer power and weight, these Golems are surprisingly gentle and peaceful. A good day for a Stone Golem is one in which he did a lot of heavy lifting.

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Most of my Splinterlands battle challenge posts are all about me kicking ass with that week’s monster. (Look at me smash my enemy, not mentioning it took seven tries to get the right victory. Look how great I am, even though all my cards were at level three while my enemy is a new player.) So today, I’d like to try something different and share a draw I had with a Unicorn Mustang.

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The wild brown Unicorns of Anumün contrast the white Unicorns of Khymeria in many ways. Unicorn Mustangs travel in herds, while Sacred Unicorns are only seen alone. The brown Unicorns are not considered sacred like the white, but they are still protected from hunt and slaughter by a superstitious stigma that no Lyverian dares challenge. When approached in the wild, Unicorn Mustangs act as though anyone and everyone but fellow Unicorns are their enemies.

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This was an odds out with poison gas battle so I put a bunch of weak cards out front and saved my Stone Golem in the rear. Since my summoner gives everyone the throne ability, which causes 2 hearts of damage anytime a melee monster hits any of my cards, I thought I would win this battle with ease, but my enemy chose the same summoner.

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I thought I would take him out with my tree friend, Earth Elemental.

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In the end, we were both down to our last heart of health when the poisonous gas took us both out. It was kind of romantic seeing both monsters go down together. Thank you for reading about my draw today.

Photopea

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My girlfriend is using the computer which has Photoshop on it all day to have a big final class. It’s just an old guy from Korea speaking Korean then being translated into Lao then her and her friends rushing and calling each other trying to figure out how to summarize the meeting. I can’t judge because I just finished the first half of my Photoshop class and I have no idea what’s going on. I do like using Photopea when in a jam or when I just need to do something very basic. It’s not exactly the same as Photoshop, but it’s a great clone and it works better than the cracked version I have on my gf’s computer. It took me just a few minutes to make this picture.

PIRATE CAPTAIN

The Pirates of ΛZMΛRÉ are not to be trusted. Their Captains are among the most cunning (and dangerous) creatures in the Splinterlands. Armed with muskets of secret ΛZMΛRÉan make and prepared for any situation, the Pirate Captains sail the seas looking for treasure.”

ไว้ใจโจรสลัดของ ΛZMΛRÉ ไม่ได้ เขามีกัปตันที่ขี้โกงและอันตรายที่สุดใน Splinterlands พวกเขามีปืนคาบศิลาของ ΛZMΛRÉ และพร้อมทุกสถานการณ์เพื่อค้นหาทองคำอยู่บนทะเล”

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I’ve never even given the Pirate Captain a second thought. He goes all the way back to the Alpha days and is one of those cards that isn’t owned, but free to use because my account is from 2019.

จริงๆแล้วฉันไม่เคยสนใจ Pirate Captain แต่มีเขาตั้งแต่ Alpha ใช้เขาได้เพราะว่าบัญชีของฉันเก่านิดนึงมาจากปี 2019

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I remember when the Pirate Captain cost a penny or two but today he’s worth as much as one of these fiat paper monies with a picture of Lincoln on it.

ฉันจำได้เวลา Pirate Captain มีค่าแค่ $0.01 แต่ตอนนี้เขามีค่าเท่ากับเงินที่เป็นกระดาษที่มีรูปภาพของ Lincoln.

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The Pirate Captain wasn’t alone in this battle because he had the Captain’s Ghost by his side, but unlike Obi-Wan, who never broke the rules even in death, our old friend, the Captain’s Ghost could use magic from beyond the grave to rob our enemy of their special abilities. It was an odds-out and everyone gets max-life battle against a strong enemy with a war elephant. The Pirate Captain did his job and shot down just one NFT’s armor, but it was the ox of ice and our buddy, the Captain’s Ghost who did most of the destruction to win this battle.

Pirate Captain ไม่ได้สู้คนเดียวเขาอยู่กับ Captain’s Ghost ไม่เหมือนโอบีวันพี่ตามกฎหมายเสมอเขาดึงความอำนาจพิเศษของข้าศึกของเราได้ Pirate Captain ทำหน้าที่ของเขาแต่จริงๆแล้ววัวน้ำแข็งกับ Captain’s Ghost ทำลายข้าศึกเยอะที่สุด

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Thank you for reading about my Pirate Captain battle today. Get in the game!

Check out the battle:
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SPLINTERLANDS: Wan’s First Battle Challenge and Elven Cutthroat Win

Elves can be found living in many of the forests of the Splinterlands. They live in the trees but come down often to collect resources from the forest floor. Though the elves are small and beautiful, they always have a seemingly endless supply of concealed knives, with which they are deadly accurate.

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I’ve tried to get a lot of my friends into Splinterlands, but I’m not much of a salesman or recruiter. I did work as a recruiter for the US Army for a few weeks back in 1999 with my recruiter who got me to join. It was really fun to go back to my old high school in uniform and impress all my younger friends. I even got invited to the prom by a few girls, but I didn’t sign up anybody. I have convinced a few buddies to join the military and they found good jobs as officers, but they were Australian and British, so I don’t get any high fives from the US Army, but I’m glad they found careers they like.

One of my students from the hotel I worked at back in 2018 really liked Splinterlands and has turned his original $10 into over $10,000 of valuable NFTs, but he has played every day for years and is really good at buying cards low and selling them high. I’m not much of an accountant and never remember what I bought cards for. I just buy cards I think look cool and let my emotions decide. (Which is why my student is a much better player than me now.) I’m glad he’s doing well with the game, but he’s a dude like me, and dudes like games. It’s hard to get girls here in Laos into games. 99% of them will say, “Koy bo mak game.” Which means, “I don’t like games.” When I told my girlfriend, Wan, that she could use my old account to play she instantly fell in love with the game. She plays it all the time now. I even hear her play it in the bathroom and when I’m trying to sleep. I think she might be the one.

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I explained to her about this battle challenge and that she should use the Elven Cutthroat so I could share her battle. Now she uses her in almost every battle. She just apologized for dropping rank below 100 and losing all the progress to Bronze II, but I told her it’s no problem because the game forgives your losses if you fall under 100, but to be careful not to end the season that way or she’ll receive zero season rewards. It won’t be a problem because she plays the game ALL the time now and I’m sure we’ll get her to Bronze II or maybe even Bronze I by the end of the season.

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I asked her why she chose the three-headed dog and she said it was because he can heal himself. She thought the snake was strong and she thought the Goblin Shaman looked cool, but I think she chose him because he’s the first card to choose from. I then asked her why she chose the Elven Cutthroat and she said it was because I told her to and that she is a badass card that helps her win. This was her first time ever using the Elven Cutthroat, but I see her using it all the time now. I’m so glad that she loves the game too!

Check out her battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_ecec4e8f7cad1969672d59e367adda1e&ref=bountame

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SPLINTERLANDS: Weekly Battle Challenge with the Haunted Spider NFT

The second form of a Dark Eternal is determined by the state of the soul. Some of the more twisted souls take insect form, and the Haunted Spider is the favorite. The projectile venom and massive, armored thorax make the Haunted Spider a formidable (and intimidating) enemy in any battle.

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This week’s Share Your Battle Challenge theme is the Haunted Spider. This seems like an appropriate choice since Halloween is just 17 days away. This may not seem like a powerful card, but once you level it up, it can shoot poison at your enemies.

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It’s always hard for me to win when there is a low mana cap. For this battle, it was just 13.

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My enemy chose their cards wisely, but I got lucky. They took out my Haunted Spider, but it gave my Undead Archer the opportunity to get in a lucky shot on their Cerberus taking away the three-headed mutt’s healing ability which then let my Haunted Spirit smash all three of their fire cards. Thank you for reading and have a great Halloween!

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_c87916b95f47917cf2f67bf3e5b0a416&ref=jeremiahcustis

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Harklaw: My favorite new Legendary Death NFT reward card on Splinterlands

Harklaw has achieved the highest degree of Dark Eternal existence in this realm. For many years it has been ready to cross over to the dark reality, but it has graciously stayed behind. Such is the tradition with the greatest Dark Eternal sorcerers of all time to help with the conversion and advancement of others. Little does the Lord of Darkness know that Harklaw stays behind not to help his fellow Dark to oneness, but to pursue selfish and secret goals. Harklaw has already won the loyalty of some of the Dark Lord’s closest confidants, and together they are concocting a scheme to dethrone him forever.

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This week’s Splinterlands Share Your Battle featured the Crystal Jaguar. I’m not too keen on this card and can’t remember it ever winning me a battle, so for this week, I will show you my favorite new card, Harklaw.

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I’m not a rich man, but here are my current Legendary cards. I’m broke and haven’t had a job or real income for years so I only have the cards I think are one hundred percent necessary. I think most of these cards are Reward cards.

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Harklaw‘s shield made him mostly invulnerable to his enemy’s weak Life attacks. This is a must-have card that you can win simply by playing the game.

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_6a41329c2a3c248d096e2bd68ad96747&ref=jeremiahcustis

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