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.

Battle Tip

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

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

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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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:
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/share-your-battle-weekly-challenge-dragons-r3uto0

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:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_808d6ed7c6eae535dc2657828d52e591&ref=jeremiahcustis

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

My GENSHiN iMPACT End of the Road

What a fun and beautiful gaming experience this was even for someone like me who’s pretty much anti-phone-gaming. I would like to play it further, but I can no longer continue due to miHoYo‘s unfortunate save state and graphics issues.

ส่วนมากฉันเป็นคนไม่ชอบเล่นเกมในโทรศัพท์แต่ฉันสนุกมากกับเกมนี้ฉันอยากเล่น Genshin Impact อีกแต่ save ไม่ได้และมัน error ที่เดิมเสมอ

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How much money did you drop into this game? Fellow players are spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars trying to get lucky with this gacha star game. I spent $0, so no complaints from me, just a thought…

คุณเสียตังค์ไปเท่าไหร่แล้วกับการเล่นเกมนี้เห็นหลายคนเสียเงินเยอะกับเกมนี้แต่ฉันเล่นฟรีก็เลยไม่มีสิทธิ์ที่จะบ่นอะไรแต่ว่าฉันมีไอเดีย

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miHoYo is a centralized company with the goal of making as much cash as possible, but imagine how great this game would’ve been if it had a decentralized nature like that of Splinterlands where all the weapons and items are NFTs. Even if you lost interest in the game, you could come back months or even years later to find those rare items and characters you won, but sadly forgot about, have seen crazy amounts of value come their way.

miHoYo คือ บริษัทที่เป็น centralized และมีเป้าหมายที่จะได้เงินเยอะที่สุดที่เป็นไปได้แต่ผมคิดว่า Genshin Impact จะดีกว่าถ้าทุกอย่างเป็น NFT เหมือนในเกม Splinterlands สมมุติว่าเราไม่ได้เล่น Genshin Impact มานานแต่พอเรากลับมาเล่นเลยเห็น NFT ของเรามีค่าเยอะขึ้น

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They made $2 billion dollars off this game so far, which means they’re doing the right thing for the stockholders and investors, but as a gamer, I would have actually spent some of my money on those lucky falling stars if I’d known the weapons and characters I could win would be my own NFTs.

ฉันเล่นเกมนี้ฟรีแต่ถ้าฉันรู้ว่าสิ่งที่ซื้อไว้คือ NFT ฉันอาจจะลงทุนตัวจริงในเกมนี้

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Another problem I had with the game was that I was playing it on my phone. I’m an old-school gamer and just can’t enjoy using sluggish and awkward touchscreen controls, especially on a small screen like a phone. If by some miracle miHoYo lets me continue where I left off when I get my PlayStation, then I’ll happily jump right back in, but I can’t be bothered to start all over again. It’s not like this is a Zelda game. Another thing I hate about the save game situation is that your progress is reset if you change servers. What the hell’s up with that? I live in Asia but my kids live in America. So I’m supposed to have two accounts? One for my friends and one for my kids? That’s just stupid. I should be able to change servers without losing all my progress. What was miHoYo thinking?

ฉันเล่นเกมมา 30 ปีแต่จริงๆแล้วไม่ชอบเล่นเกมในโทรศัพท์เลยฉันขอให้เล่นเกมนี้ต่อเวลาซื้อ PlayStation แต่รู้จะเป็นไปไม่ได้ฉันไม่ชอบด้วยที่เปลี่ยน server ต้องเริ่มใหม่หมดเลยฉันอยู่ที่ประเทศลาวแต่ลูกชายอยู่ที่อเมริกาสมมุติว่าอยากเล่นกับเขาฉันต้องเริ่มบัญชีใหม่ทำไม miHoYo ทำแบบนี้วะ

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I really enjoyed Genshin Impact and miHoYo‘s previous game, Honkai Impact 3rd so I’ll be keeping an eye out for what they come out with next. I had some good memories playing Genshin Impact this year, but I remember having to switch between low-resolution and high-resolution mode anytime I wanted to take a picture for fear of my gameplay looking like it came from a PlayStation 2. I really wanted to get this picture of me sneaking past the sleeping robot hoping he didn’t wake up while I switched to high resolution, snapped the shot, and switched back to low resolution again. I’m glad I didn’t wake him up because I never did beat one of these robot things before.

ฉันสนุกกับ Honkai Impact 3rd และ Genshin Impact และจะรอดูว่า miHoYo จะมีอะไรใหม่ฉันมีประสบการณ์ที่ดีในการเล่นเกมนี้แต่ผมต้องเปลี่ยนคุณภาพเสมอที่จะถ่ายรูป

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Amber can unlimitedly shoot fire arrows which made her my favorite character. If the game ever jumped into an online co-op mode I’d make sure I helped out my buddy but from a distance.

ชอบมากที่ Amber ยิงธนูไฟได้เสมอกระสุนไม่เคยหมด

Gaming Photography

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Flying was the best part of the game for me. I could never get a good picture flying in HD mode even though my phone was marketed to me as a gaming phone. I’m sure getting screenshots from a console will be easy to do.

ที่ชอบมากที่สุดในเกมนี้คือเราสามารถบินได้

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Stormterror

This part of Genshin Impact should be called Storm Error. If you get stuck in this CGI failure of game design, you can hold down on attack and still beat Stormterror even though you can’t see what you’re doing.

ถ้า Genshin Impact error แบบนี้เราไม่สามารถมองเห็นได้เพียงแต่เรากดปุ่มยิงค้างไว้เราสามารถยิง Stormterror ได้

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I first played Genshin Impact on my iPad Pro when it first came out and it would get stuck anytime Stormterror would show up without any way of getting past the animation scene that was crashing the game. It happened again on my phone, so I can no longer progress in this game, and like I said before I prefer using a Sony PlayStation controller over any touchscreen gaming.

ฉันขอแนะนำเล่น Genshin Impact กับ PlayStation เพราะว่าเราไม่สามารถเล่นใน iPad และโทรศัพท์ได้

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Thank you for reading about my Genshin Impact gaming experience today. What was your favorite moment in the game? Any tips?

ขอบคุณที่อ่านเกี่ยวกับประสบการณ์ของฉันในเกม Genshin Impact คุณมีความจำอะไรดีกับ Genshin Impact ไหมมีคำแนะนำอะไรไหม

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Here’s a sketch I did of Amber first with a pencil then inked over.

ฉันวาดรูปของ Amber นี้ด้วยดินสอและปากกา

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AmberKaeya, or Beidou?

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

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

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

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

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

Check out my sexy new NFT battle card: CENTAURI MAGE

The magic of the Centauri people of northern Anumün is so secretive that it is a wonder their Mages make any demonstrations of their powers in the Mount Mox Arena at all. The audiences are always thrilled to see their magic attacks, especially at dusk and sunset, when they create a chillingly beautiful (and deadly) green light show. Not only does this magic rain green fire onto the enemy, but with proper concentration from the Mage, it also refortifies the defenses of the friendly team. Among the Centaurs, those who practice these ancient ways of magic are extremely rare. They spend most of their time close to Kron, protecting him from all the wild creatures outside his Citadel.

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One of the things I love about these weekly Splinterlands battle challenges is that they bring awareness to both new and old cards that have slipped past my radar. I’m not a strong Earth player so the Centauri Mage was one of those cards. I didn’t even notice she was a centaur until making this post.

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The Centauri Mage and her ability to return ranged attacks were key to my victory. Both arrows and magic attacks were returned to their source causing them damage like an instant boomerang of karma.

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My battle went so well that after the dust settled, not one of my monsters was killed. Flawless victory! Thank you Centauri Mage and thank you for reading about one of my favorite new NFT cards today. May the power of the Splinterlands be with you. Get in the game!

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_ebd2224a5c9690005c0cefa40abc03eb&ref=jeremiahcustis

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

SPLINTERLANDS and my Waver Runner NFT battle challenge win

The Wave Runner sees not one but two sets of prey. The first set of eyes scours the ocean for a tasty morsel. The second set of eyes looks above to the skies for unsuspecting flyers. With a powerful swipe of its tail, the Wave Runner can leap out of the water and bring giant birds and dragons alike into the water where its body provides a natural fighting advantage. It’s best to find land or make peace with your soul if you’re unfortunate enough to face a Wave Runner.

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I can’t seem to win a match to save my life these days. Before the game became popular I’d soar through the Bronze and Silver Leagues as if they were a joke, but now it seems as if my enemies can predict my moves even though I carefully look at their past matches before I select my cards. Even though I usually choose older, stronger, and better cards, they still seem to win more often than I do. My neighbors must think I’m crazy hearing me scream obscenities alone in my room. My dog will look at me all scared, but I’ll tell him, “It’s not you baby, it’s these cheating A.I. bots!”

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I guess you could call me a Splinterlands veteran since I’ve been in the game since 2019 and have once been the top 86th player in the world, but I feel like a total rookie today. All I know is that this is truly a decentralized game and that you should never give up. You won’t get rich quick, but you will see cards go from $1 to over $100 if you are patient.

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For this battle, I sacrificed my chicken by putting him out front. My enemy would’ve won if they’d put their Water Elemental in the rear, but thankfully, they did not.

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My Wave Runner wasn’t the MVP of this match, but he did help us to win. This is a beautiful card, but it brought back a bit of PTSD for me. I’m a pretty crazy and fearless guy. I will fight guys twice my size and ride my motorcycle as fast as the engine will go, but I remember surfing in Monterey, California back in 1999 seeing a dark shadow swim underneath me. At first, I thought it was lovely that another dolphin had come to say hi and possibly swim in the waves with me as I surf, but then I noticed how big the shadow was. After it swam underneath me three times, I started to feel true fear. As it swam away, I could see its tail wasn’t like a dolphin’s and its black eye of death. Luckily for me, it didn’t find me interesting and a big wave came along. I didn’t dare to stand up, rather riding on the board on my stomach all the way to the beach grinding the board’s fins into the sand. I then screamed for my friends to come in and told them what happened.

When we were putting our boards into the back of my pickup they thought I was lying until a Japanese tourist came up to me shook my hand and told me that he was happy to see I was still alive and that the shark was as big as my truck. Thank you for reading about my Splinterlands battle and my close encounter with a great white shark today. Get in the game!

Check out my battle:
https://steemmonsters.com?p=battle&id=sl_76d3acaf8f1e143d97d3edff78b00634&ref=jeremiahcustis

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