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.”
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.
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.
I put the Furious Chicken out front to absorb the first strike. My opponent had the same idea with the Gargoya Scrapper.
The Phantasm is pretty fast so it got a few strikes in before the enemy killed it too.
After their Diamond Dragon was dead it was my three archers against their Void Dragon.
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.
Dragons and magic cards usually win, but not today. This battle was won by the archers.
Thanks for reading about my battle victory and strategy today. Get in the game!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nerissa Tridawn is a beautiful and strong magic card. I’ll make sure to include her anytime there is a high mana battle.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading about my battle today. Get in the game!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
If you can get Genshin Impact to work on your device, then I’d suggest that way over this three-year-old predecessor, but if your device is out of date it’s the next best thing. miHoYo made this game first so you may see some similarities and even the same characters as Genshin Impact, but they are completely different games.
If you’re a fan of anime, then you may enjoy playing this game as much as I have. It has a smash-em-up fast-action arcade feel to it.
The open-world part of the game is quite fun, but it’s a bit disappointing not seeing any updates or expansions. Hopefully, miHoYo makes a sequel soon and lets us interact with each other and NFTs in some kind of metaverse. They had a great idea for a game, but it just feels unfinished, forgotten, and a bit beta.
Who’s your favorite?
I can never remember which kind of character is better suited to attack which other characters, but if you make a team with a good variety and jump between them you can figure it out pretty quickly. Using the wrong kind of attack on bosses can sometimes take up to ten times as long.
The cutscenes are pretty entertaining. I took all of these screenshots while playing on my phone and cropped them with Google Photos. All of the YouTube videos are from my Conversation Gaming channel.
So is Honkai Impact 3rd worth a large amount of storage and long loading times?
It’s hard to say how much space this game will eat up because there are so many options, but it will eat up a few gigs to run properly. It will take forever to load in the beginning and anytime you log back in, but once the game is going it can be a pretty fun experience if you’re on a mobile device. I rate it four out of five stars for a mobile game.
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.
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.
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.
My first sketch was awful, so I crumpled it up and tried again.
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.
I decided on drawing him with an arrow already out so I could show it was tipped with a dark energy crystal.
I had a box of colored pencils that have never been used, so I decided to sharpen them and add color early on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I’ve been stuck in the country of Laos 🇱🇦 (It’s next to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China.) since one day after my 40th birthday on March 27th, 2020. I had just applied for my work visa when they shut everything down. They said it would be for just two weeks, then two months, now it’s been over two years.
I live in the wonderful town of Luang Prabang which is a UNESCO world heritage site so I don’t have any complaints, but I’ve also been unemployed for quite a while. I was a teacher for a long time, but I started working at a hotel in 2018 and I decided that hospitality was what I wanted to do, then BOOM, Covid-19 came along. I was in the military when I was young, but I got out in 2015 so my GI Bill benefits expired a while ago, but I saw an email from the VA (The Veterans’ Administration) that I could get some job retraining so I took them up on their offer. Most of the jobs were for things like hospital work, welding, truck driving, and other technical jobs, but I noticed that they had a certificate in digital illustration so I chose that.
Most of my classes were about Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I felt that my teachers were just shills for Adobe and for buying a MacBook. Since Laos went lockdown crazy, I couldn’t find a new computer if I wanted to. I also only had an income of $285 for my disability compensation from the VA, so there was no chance in hell I was ever going to afford a brand new computer anyways. It took me a while, but I figured out how to get both programs to work on Linux on my piece of junk old PC with a little help from the Pirate Bay. I wouldn’t recommend it though. It was a total pain in the neck and I could only get 2012 or 2015 versions to work. Overall, I feel disappointed in my learning experience. Online classes just plain suck. I need to be IN the classroom. I need to be able to raise my hand and ask the teacher for help. I will NEVER take an online course as long as I live.
One thing I did find useful from my course was my teacher saying that most digital artists still use good old paper and pencil to get started and then scan to Photoshop so that’s what I did. Since the whole NFT market is crashing I wanted to make fun of some of the other NFT projects I have tried but didn’t care for like CryptoKitties, Axie Infinity, or NBA Top Shot.
The Sacred Unicorn may no longer be the best card for using in Life battles, but it’s still my favorite card so I thought I’d do a few rough sketches and see how it went, but I was happy with the first try and just kept on going with it…
I felt it was time to move from pencil to Photoshop so I added my pencil drawing to my wall of inspiration. If I ever become a famous NFT artist, I’ll mail someone the original pencil drawings. (That’s a big IF right?)
I went to Pexels and did a search for: SKY BACKGROUND and really liked the photo by Oleg Magni. I later got so frustrated with Photoshop that I gave up, quit, and decided it just wasn’t going to work out. I really miss my iPad and the wonderful program of ProCreate so I did a Google search for an alternative and came up with SketchBook. It took me all week to get used to it and to draw the Sacred Unicorn but I absolutely love SketchBook now.
Another problem I had was that NOBODY in Luang Prabang sells or has even heard of a stylus so I had to make my own. You can read my post: DIY: Make your own STYLUS pen at home if you want or need to do the same.
Now that I had my trusty DIY stylus and a good digital art program it was time to get crackin. I tried making the NBA ball in Photoshop, then in Illustrator, then in the Linux versions of Gimp and Inkscape but found it too difficult. The only thing I did with Photoshop was put the pencil drawing over the background image, but if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have used Photoshop at all and just saved the background image as exactly that in the layers menu in SketchBook. I could probably draw this whole picture all over again in a day if I had to re-do it, but I had fun drawing it which is something I haven’t felt in a long time and I also learned a lot from my mistakes so it’s all good.
If I had been better at using layers, I would have had a much easier time doing this, but I’ll do my next drawing much faster and smarter.
I absolutely love the predictive stroke tool in SketchBook and how you can adjust the level of AI-assisted drawing from 1 to 5. It was a better experience than using either Photoshop or Procreate in my opinion.
Here is the original Sacred Unicorn image from Splinterlands. I used the eye drop tool and the undo tool about a million times. I used the eye drop tool to get the colors right from the kitty, axie, and unicorn, but I’m proud to have drawn this image myself without any tracing. I used to just put an A4 piece of paper over the original Splinterlands art, do a rough trace, then pencil and ink my drawing. Although it is good practice for getting your shading and inking down, it’s still cheating, right? Thanks for reading about my original drawing today. I’m looking forward to doing another sketch. Which Splinterlands card should I use for inspiration next?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Time Mages are members of the Order of the Silver Shield and close associates of the Wizards’ Council. They are trusted to peer through the fabric of time and reality to foretell the future or manipulate the present by slowing the flow of time. They can also speed up the aging process of armor, causing it to rust prematurely. However, with such power also comes great risk. The future is ever-changing, and the ripples of time can affect everyone. Time Mages must undergo strict training to ensure they don’t abuse their power and use it only for the most dire of circumstances.”
Hello, fellow Splinterlanders. Today I’m happy to share my Time Mage battle with you today because it took me only one try to defeat my enemy with her. Sometimes it takes up to ten times to win with the card of the week or to make it relevant in battle, but not today.
For my summoner, I chose Quix the Devious. I won a Chaos Legion pack and was lucky enough to find him inside. I hope I can win a few more of him in the future because he’s kinda expensive. Even though he’s a level one summoner, he’s a legendary card so he can summon cards higher than level one. He also looks really cool.
Djinn Chwala is my favorite tank. He has both shields and the thorn ability so he’ll usually end up killing the enemy tank and if you provide him with an armorer and a healer he can be unstoppable sometimes.
I just chose the Robo-Dragon Knight because he’s badass. It was also a melee can attack from any position ruleset and I knew he’d do a lot of damage.
The Xenith Monk works well as a secondary tank as long as he’s a level two or higher because he can self-heal.
And now for the star of the show, the Time Mage. She’s beautiful and she also slows down all of your enemies. Since my summoner also slowed down all enemies we had a major speed advantage.
Going into any battle without a medic or nurse is just foolish. You should have a healer for every splinter. Venari Crystalsmith also shoots arrows at your enemies. I’m pretty sure that’s against the Geneva Conventions, but this is the Splinterlands!
The Shieldbearer was the only one to die in this battle. He has the taunt ability so enemies will attack him first. He gave his life for our team’s victory.
Thanks for reading about my Splinterlands battle victory today. Get in the game!
Kulu Swimhunters are members of a race of squid-like creatures that hunt in packs. They use their multiple tentacles to wield all manner of projectiles, including spears, coral, and even fish. They are very aggressive and are known to traverse oceans, lakes, and rivers, killing for sport and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. They do not value gold or glory and will ally themselves with whoever promises the greatest opportunity to hunt and kill. The young boy leaned on the ship’s gunwale, staring dreamily into the deep green of the water. His father was a simple fisherman, but the boy fantasized about one day being a naval officer… or perhaps a pirate. Anything but a simple fisherman.
Movement in the water below caught his eye, and he leaned over the gunwale, squinting into the depths. A dark shape rose toward the surface. It was emerald green, with two shining orbs set into its surface. As it drew closer, he realized the orbs were eyes. Tentacles waved in the water around it. A squid, the boy thought. He smiled and watched the creature’s ascent with interest. Suddenly, a tentacle shot out of water and threw something at the boy. A dead fish struck him hard in the temple. He winced and staggered, but before he could recover, the tentacle wrapped around his neck and yanked him over the side of the boat. The boy landed in the water with a splash and was quickly dragged down into the depths of the ocean. -Splinterlands Lore
What’s up fellow Splinterlanders and Splintercurious? Today I’m sharing another battle using a card I’ve never used until today, the Kulu Swimhunter. I have both this card and its gold foil version, but like many other players, I got stuck in the habit of using the same old cards as usual.
If you’ve never played Splinterlands before and want to join a great community with play2earn NFTs where the players call the shots, then there really isn’t a better game out there right now and I’ve tried a lot.
Splinterlands is like Magic the Gathering or Hearthstone without centralized greedy corporate thugs calling the shots. Your cards are YOURS and no one can take them away from you. (Unless you share your private keys.) It’s also a fun game that I’ve been coming back to almost every day for three years and I’m a very picky gamer. They have wonderful customer support and if you ever have a problem (which I’ve only needed once and they came to the rescue in less than five minutes) they’ll help you out with real human customer service.
My Battle Strategy
I absolutely crushed my enemy today. (They need to add a reward bonus for whenever you defeat your enemy without losing a single card.)
I put my Diemonshark out first as my front line soldier or tank because he seems to win a lot. I also added two healers to make sure he stayed alive after his shields ran out.
I used to rely on my Sea Monster as my water tank, but the Diemonshark outwins with its shields. This card used to be handed out as a reward card like free candy. I remember MAX level cards being worth less than $10 not that long ago. That’s why I’m scooping up the cheapest Chaos Legion cards right now, maxing them out, renting, and forgetting about them.
People are dumb. They’ll sell and burn cards for nothing. Over time cards that are worth a penny will be worth a dollar. You just have to be patient Splinterlands is like Super Mario. People will ALWAYS play this game. It has a loyal community who doesn’t care what the price of cards are. They like the gameplay. They like the strategy. They just want to win!
I used the Deeplurker because this is a strong and nasty card that hunts down the enemy’s weakest card. I feel this card should be nerfed. I’ve been defeated with weaker enemies so many times just because of the Deeplurker. It also has the poison ability at level 6.
The Creeping Ooze is another card I once discarded as worthless, but now view as a very valuable and MUST HAVE card. It was once less then a penny, but now you can buy a level 1 for $3 and I highly recommend this card because it only costs 1 mana and slows down your opponent which can mean everything in a battle.
Now let’s take a look at the star of this week’s battle challenge, Kulu Swimhunter… This isn’t a bad card, but unlike most cards, it lacks any abilities. This is why I’ve never used it before. I always look for cards that bring something to the battle within the mana allowed. Some cards can heal, slow down the enemy, poison, break shields, and so on, but Kulu Swimhunter only shoots arrows. How does an octopus hold and shoot a bow and arrow anyways? It helped me secure a battle victory today so no complaints.
I often lose to level 1 players even though all my summoners are level 3, but today I beat a level 6 player like a chump. That’s another thing I love about Splinterlands. You can defeat a richer and more powerful opponent if you have a better strategy.
Open Letter to Splinterlands…
You guys are honest. Ya’ll have a vision of making the world a better place and not just to make millions then rug pull like most losers in the DeFi, Blockhain, Play2Earn space, but not everyone likes strategy card games.
Splinterlands has great lore and cool characters. There is also a solid economy and a loyal player base. So here is my question…
Why can’t we expand this game and economy to have RPG, racing, and FPS games that could use DEC, SPS, and LAND?
Land could be played like Sims. All the ranged attack monsters could be played in a Fortnight or GoldenEye 007 like FPS. The rest could be racing in a Mario Kart like game. I’m not sure how the RPG world would work, but including Land and making it look like Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Genshin Impact would bring in lot’s of players and would be totally awesome.
To my friends…
I’ve been talking about this game since 2019. It’s here to stay. It’s fun and it requires strategy and intelligence to win. Why haven’t ya’ll gotten in the game yet? I run the gaming guild called The Mandalorians. Once you’re good at the game I’ll invite you to our team.
Thanks for reading about my battle victory, strategy, and ideas for the game today. Have a good one and look out for all the arrow shooting octopi!