On my 1st season on Splinterlands I managed to do this: go from bronze 3 to Champion 1 using less than 14$ and under 72h, starting with zero prior knowledge of the game.
Interesting, isn't it? Let's see how this feat was done.
But first let me introduce this aspect of my person to all of you: I like gaming, a lot. I am a hardcore gamer, whenever I really like a game I become a living encyclopedia married with a lot of time invested in playing. I love getting to really KNOW how a game works, I love understanding, breaking them down and reasembling them. It's also a deep form of meditation for me, whenever I'm in a game my brain is busy with the game and I enter an interesting understanding state that somehow brings me peace.
Magic: The Gathering took my life by storm.
I got the visual encyclopedias, read whatever material I could get my hands into, but over everything else I played magic every moment I could. I did teach a lot of my friends in my area to play.
That way started my career as a professional player of Magic in Venezuela. The high points of it were going to Brussels for the 2000's Magic World Championship as part of the national team and going to Argentina on 2001 for the last Latin American Championship.
BLOCKCHAIN AND COLLECTIBLE CARD GAMES
So before before actually playing I had three main ideas I wanted to prove:
-CCGs knowledge translates from game to game.
-Splinterlands player base is more interested in cashing in that actually playing the game. So the player base must be so casual an no much competition for a person armed with good knowledge and prior gaming skills.
-As renting cards IS an option getting the amazing cards needed to win would be easy and cheaper that buying/trading/opening packs.
PREPARING BEFORE THE BATTLE
So my strategy was to read a couple of strategy articles to understand how the game actually worked. God, that was HARD. See, due to the nature of rewards of HIVE people are encouraged to create content about Splinterlands daily, but almost all this is "Battle of the day", "booster pack openings" and a lot of other content that aren't of any help at all for the new player.
But after a lot of work I found @marianaemilia and her Splinterlands Basic Strategies – Introduction – The Tank #01 the first actually useful, well written strategy post! I learned tons from that article, first that Splinterlands battles are more like Hearthstone: Battlegrounds or Auto-Chess than traditional CCGs.
Good, I got in, got my basic cards set and started playing to learn the game. Got in a couple of games and even completed the daily quest for a not so amazing reward at Bronze 3. So the conclusion was that the basic cards wouldn't let me ascend the ladder and as the rewards are heavily weighted towards the top leagues, fumbling with sub-optimal cards would only cost me money and time.
So I kept studying and found Steemmonsters | 31W-3L Beginner Deck Guide (Bronze 1 Rank in 70 Minutes) and this one was golden.
This guy gave me a setup, explained why there were in that order and what should I do with the changing rules of the game. Good! And it also was on the water splinter which is the equivalent of Blue in Magic, color that always has been my favorite color. So the next step was actually getting the cards.
It was already decided that I was going to rent the cards, it was really clear to me that the cards one uses as a new player are not the ones one uses when doing serious ranked play, so I didn't want to throw what little money I had on cards that I wouldn't use again.
GOING TO THE CARD MARKET AND THEN INTO THE FRAY!
This team as shown by Constanza Carried me to Gold 1. Source
I rented Alric Stormbringer lvl 1, Sea Monster lvl 1, Goblin Mech lvl 1, Cockatrice lvl 1, Grumpy Dwarf lvl 1, Crustacean King lvl 1, Cyclops lvl 1, Pirate Captain lvl 1 and Water Elemental lvl 1.
With this setup I managed to go in like four hours from bronze 3 to gold 1. Like a hot knife through butter. Also the rewards that day were way better than the bronze 3 ones. By that moment I was starting to grasp the card lvl mechanics and it was clear to me that to advance I had to upgrade the cards I was using. So I went back to Peakmonsters and rented a couple of death and earth cards aside from the higher lvl versions of my water cards to have flexibility because the splinter restrictions were appearing more often and having only blue cards was costing me more losses than in the lower leagues.
THE FINAL STRETCH
Whoa, champion 3 to Champion 1 was gonna be a lot more work than I thought.
First of all the bots are fewer in number in the higher leagues so the auto wins for facing bots were few and far between and also around Champion 2 most people actually know what they are doing with their cards so the competition is real. Also the rules get a lot more restrictive for a very limited card pool like mine, so getting those precious win streaks was hard.
But 19 minutes past midnight i hit champion 1 with more than 12 hours left! YAY I DID IT!!!!
THE SPOILS OF BATTLE.
So with the sweet scent of victory I went to bed to have well deserved rest to wait for my 150 reward chests opening!
So after my investment and resounding success was it worth it getting to Champion 1? Well my collection went from 2.68$ and 93 DEC to 6.44$ and 3102 DEC, so I'm up aprox. 4$. So even, steven not the resounding riches I was expecting. Still there are some perks, getting all the daily rewards is better if you already start in a high league so the rewards add up during the 15 days the season is going on.
So this is my story of how I made it from Zero to Champion.
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