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

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

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.

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

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

SHARE YOUR BATTLE – DRAGONS

It’s time for another weekly Splinterlands battle challenge and I’m happy to see it’s using dragons again. I think if I ever get to the point where I have a MAX level summoner, it will be a dragon because they can call upon any splinter. I remember MAXed summoners selling for $50 last year before everything blew up. I highly doubt that day will ever come again. If you could have any summoner at MAX level which one would it be?

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I’m a Gold-level player so I need all of my summoners to be at level 3 and above, but I was able to win using my level 1 dragon summoner, Brighton Bloom, who gives everyone the ability to fly.

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This summoner comes in handy during earthquakes. Even though my enemy was using a level 3 summoner they lost because only two of their monsters could fly.

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I used to get angry whenever I’d lose a battle, but now I’ll either learn from their strategy or if I’m really impressed, invite them to my guild. That’s how I got the idea of putting Wave Brood out front. Even though it’s a ranged attack card, it can attack while in the front and also has the taunt ability so most of the enemy cards will attack it. This gives your other cards a good chance to attack without taking any damage until the Wave Brood dies.

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The Chaos Dragon is a powerful must-have card. It has a strong magic attack with the scatter ability hitting random targets. Its shields and strong life make it hard to kill too.

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Djinn Oshanus is one of my favorite water cards from the Chaos Legion. You’ll get this card for free eventually because it’s a reward card.

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Nerissa Tridawn is a beautiful and strong magic card. I’ll make sure to include her anytime there is a high mana battle.

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Venari Wavesmith gives everybody on your team more shields as long as she’s alive so you don’t want her out front, but you don’t want her in the rear either because it’s likely your enemy will be using sneak attacks.

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I put the Torrent Fiend in the rear to absorb a few sneak attacks before they killed my Venari Wavesmith taking down everyone’s shields. Fiends are great for all splinters because they don’t use any mana and can mean the difference between victory or defeat in evenly matched battles.

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Thanks for reading about my battle today. Get in the game!

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_2ab47e701287144540d3af0c4a23f3bd&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in this week’s challenge:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-dragons-june-22-2022

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Silent Sha-vi

Silent Sha-vi are entities from the shadow realm that take the form of giant snakes. They travel in darkness and shadow as if each dark corner is a gateway that leads elsewhere. They have an appetite for slow and creeping deaths, feeding off the escalating fear of the victim. If you think there might be a monster under your bed, it’s probably a Silent Sha-vi.”

Splinterlands Lore

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What’s up fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’d like to share another battle victory with you using the Death card, Silent Sha-vi.

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I can’t remember using this card before, but it helped me win this battle today. I got it while opening packs and even purchased a gold foil version, but many cards have the sneak ability, so I’ve passed it by until now. Plus, I’m a player who relies heavily on magic attacks and my Death deck isn’t the best. It’s a cool-looking card and has the cripple ability at level 6 and piercing when maxed.

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Diemonsharks can be hard to beat with their speed and shields, but I didn’t lose a single card in this battle. I put my Cursed Windeku out front as the tank card because it has the thorn ability. The Shadowy Presence and Furious Chicken were just rear buffers and the Silent Sha-Vi helped finish off my enemy’s rear card and the Diemonshark. Thank’s for reading about my Splinterlands battle victory today. Forget the bear and get in the game!

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Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_ca3ef183a2ae8198d292116f8379226b&ref=jeremiahcustis

Participate in this week’s challenge:
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CROC ARCHER

Hello everyone. I’ve tried participating in past Splinterlands art contests before, but I wanted to create my own character this week. I think the Croc Archer would make a good Epic card with both melee and ranged attacks that shatter magical shielding and causes double damage to magical enemies.Grund.png

After looking through the list of cards, I noticed there was only one crocodilian creature, Grund, so I thought he could use a friend.

The Crocodilian Archers of Praetoria are both rare and ancient. Their raw strength allows them to shoot large steel arrows that no human could ever handle. They are also tipped with dark energy crystals that can shatter magical armor and cause massive damage to magical enemies. Their royal armor and thick skin make them resistant to ranged and melee attacks, but they can be hurt by magic. If they ever find themselves on the frontlines of battle they can also kill with their claws, tail, and deadly jaws.

-Possible Splinterlore

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I did a Google search for “crocodile warrior” and really liked this work by Anthony Argentin so I used it for inspiration. It really helped me get the head right, but I went with stumpier arms and legs.

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My first sketch was awful, so I crumpled it up and tried again.

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I liked the head on my second sketch, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the arms. If this ever got made into a real card I think him pulling for an arrow and then shooting it would make for a cool animation.

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I decided on drawing him with an arrow already out so I could show it was tipped with a dark energy crystal.

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I had a box of colored pencils that have never been used, so I decided to sharpen them and add color early on.

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In my last drawing, I thought I’d just do a bit of penciling and then do all the coloring digitally, but using the colored pencils first was more fun. I also got another drawing to add to my wall.

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I really liked this swamp photo by Ray Bilcliff on Pexels.com because I could use the leaves on the bottom to cover the croc’s feet which I was unhappy with while giving it a layered feel. Even though it’s a real photo, I thought it had a bright cartoonish look that would mix well with my croc.

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I just used the technical pen tool and the smudge tool in Sketchbook. I smudged each scale from the outside towards the center then went back and drew the dark green lines again.

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I added a picture of a dark energy crystal and used the lasso select tool to copy and paste it to the tip of his arrow. I had to smudge out the smaller crystal, but it mixed well with my drawing. The original pencil flames looked fine so I just stuck with that and blurred it a bit.

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I had a lot of fun drawing this. I spent a few hours on the pencil drawing, but it took me a few days to finish up the digital part. I don’t know why I chose a square canvas. It made it harder to share as a thumbnail, but I just cropped it to a 5:4 format and it worked fine. Thank you for reading about my Croc Archer today. Have a good one!hiveline.png

My Lovely DRAGONS help win another SPLINTERLANDS brawl!

How is everyone doing today? I’m happy to share with you another entry for this week’s battle challenge. I defeated my enemy while losing only one card and got a win for my team because of my dragon cards here.

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Since this was a battle during an earthquake I needed to use Brighton Bloom because he gives everybody the ability to fly and they won’t be losing two hit points each round. I have my Fire, Water, Earth, Life, and Death summoners at level 3 while Brighton Bloom is only at level 1, but no one else is as useful when the ground shakes.

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Djinn Chwala is one of my favorite cards because when enemies attack with melee they will hurt themselves by two points because of his thorn ability. He has decent shields, so he can take a few arrow shots, but he is susceptible to magic attacks. If you equip him with a healer and armorer he can be unstoppable though.

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I like speed. I’ll have my cards arranged the fastest ones first when choosing my cards for each match and the Naga Assassin is fast even at level 1.

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When looking for the lore art to make this post I noticed some whale (probably a bot) is selling a bunch of maxed-out Naga Assassins for less than $8 so I added $10 of credits from PayPal, bought her, and a few more at level 1 to level up the one I already had at level 2 to level 3 for a few cents.

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I’m too far away from the 150,000 power needed for Gold II, so I’ll just rent her out and forget about her for a while.

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I won a gold foil version of her a while back and don’t have any Dragon summoners who can summon level 3 rare cards, let alone a maxed-out one so they will be better served as DEC collectors than warriors for now. I locked them and put them on the rental market and they were rented out immediately. Thanks for reading about my Splinterlands battle and journey today. Have a good one!splinterlands divider.png

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SPLINTERLANDS: Tales from the Crypt Beetle

Any explorers that delve too deeply into the crypts, mausoleums, and necropolises of the world will find a foe they are unprepared for. Not undead, not liches, and not other monsters that can be found in the deep. Instead, tales are told of the crypt beetles. Enormous insects are found feeding on the corpses within. Most explorers think they are a mere nuisance and will try to scare them away from whatever tomb they are choosing to rob, but things don’t end well for those explorers. These large beetles will defend themselves and their food aggressively. And any explorer that makes it back out alive will have impressive scars to show from the crypt beetle’s bite.”

Splinterlands Lore

What’s up fellow NFT gamers? Splinterlands is the best play2earn game in the blockchain space, right? Is there any other game where dedicated players are happy to see prices go down? I’ve been able to max out a few cards for very cheap lately which is something I was afraid would be impossible just a few months ago. In the end, there are only so many cards, and people will merge and burn the current supply so they’ll go up in value in the long run. I personally hope that Chaos Legion sells out slowly so I’ll get the chance to get stronger. I do feel that we’ve waited a bit too long for Land to come out, but after watching the Splinterlands town hall meetings on Youtube every week, I have faith that the team will do things right and have the best intention of us players at heart.

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Today I’d like to share a Brawl fight with you. This is actually my son’s account. He’s just a kid and doesn’t understand what NFTs are or why he should be playing this game over his Nintendo Switch games, but I’ve added him to my guild and have been building up and playing his account and Gladius cards over time. He doesn’t have the best cards yet, but I’ll rent a few crucial cards for a day for really cheap before I enter the Brawl so we don’t let down our team. If you’re not owning or already in a Guild, I highly recommend it because you’ll up your game since you’ll know that your whole team is counting on you to win.

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The enemy had a Palidon Rakk out front. I’ve never even seen this guy before and was afraid he’d beat us. I mean come on, he can rip trees out of the ground and smash you with them!

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The Crypt Beetle wasn’t the strongest card in my selection, but it worked as a good roadblock to help us win. It only has two health points, but the one shield point helped slow down my enemy by two rounds of attacks.

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Even though the enemy had a summoner who gives all of his cards the thorn ability which means that every time I hit them with a non-ranged attack I’ll take two damage points, my powerful Kotriphus Bayne has the bloodlust ability which increases all stats after every kill.

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In the end, it was just Kotriphus Bayne against the chicken and we were able to add a win to our guild. Thank you for reading about my son’s battle today. Have a great day!

Check out his battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sm_cp2kgOgrq2e9twOKygaH&ref=danielparke

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