What Is Splinterlands & How Do You Play?
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What Is Splinterlands & How Do You Play?

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CoinMarketCap takes a deep dive into Splinterlands, a collectible card game built on the Hive blockchain where players can trade, buy or sell digital assets to gain in-game rewards.

What Is Splinterlands & How Do You Play?


Splinterlands is an innovative addition to the play-to-earn games in the NFT world. Previously known as Steem Monsters, the game operates on the Hive blockchain and belongs to the trading game genre. In Splinterlands, players fight against monsters to get in-game rewards. 

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How Does Splinterlands Work?

Splinterlands provides a platform for card lovers to play, trade and earn in-game rewards from their desktop and mobile phones. The game currently offers 283+ cards which players can combine to increase their character abilities and become stronger. 

There are seven stats that define how good a player is: speed, armour, mana cost and different types of attack, including ranged, magic and melee. Splinterlands has different “factions” also known as “Splinters.” Every card belongs to a certain faction: Fire, Earth, Dragon, Death, Life, Water and Neutral (mercenaries). To gain an advantage over other players in Splinterlands, there are several Rarities and Abilities.  

Splinterlands offers a variety of in-game activities for players to participate in and earn rewards daily. There are several forms of gameplay including quests, ranked play and tournaments
Players participate in the game on many different levels to earn card packs, rarity, magic potions and the most unique item which is Dark Energy (digital currency which is used to buy items from the in-game shop). Players in Splinterlands can combine cards to upgrade their levels, rent cards to other players or convert their cards to various cryptocurrencies. 

How Is Splinterlands Unique?

Unlike most NFT games on the market, Splinterlands offers the feature of cross-compatibility with other blockchains including Tron, Ethereum and WAX. Another unique point of Splinterlands is that the game has its own blockchain, which provides in-game stability and frequent upgrades to the card trading game.

6 Gaming Tips For Splinterlands Players

For new players, Splinterlands can prove to be a challenging experience. Here are some tips that'll help anyone looking to excel quickly in this trading card game.

1. Setting a Game Plan

There can be different goals for every player in the Splinterlands game. It can be making money, reaching the Champion (I) league, gathering resources or just playing for fun. 

Since there are multiple ways to play Splinterlands, it's helpful to have a clear concept of your objectives and priorities early on. It will also benefit you in this area if you have a decent notion of how much money you want to spend in Splinterlands. For example, with your daily prizes and a modest expenditure, you can most likely create a Silver-level deck. 

If you want to play in the elite leagues, on the other hand, you'll almost certainly have to invest a substantial amount of time and money to guarantee that your deck is competent for the challenges you may face in advanced leagues. You may also use decks that have been made by others to help you get started. 

In the end, it doesn't matter how you choose to play as long as you're having a good time!

2. Knowing the Buying Options

Improving your cards will put you in a better position to compete in any league you choose. When it comes to purchasing brand new cards, you have a few options.
The simplest method is to use the Splinterlands In-Game Market, which can be found directly on the Splinterlands website. You'll either require credits or dark energy crystals (DEC) to buy the cards from the website. There are a couple of wonderful cards that you can get cheaply that can aid you in the bronze/silver leagues, so search around and see what you can find!
Peakmonsters is another excellent resource for identifying possible card bargains. You may also rent cards at a low fee from this location.

3. Take Part in Tournaments

Tournaments are another enjoyable method to improve your Splinterlands abilities, while also earning DEC. Every league has active tournaments going on all the time, so you'll be able to pick one that suits your skill/deck level.

4. Keep an Eye Out for Critical Updates

Splinterlands is continually evolving, and fresh information regarding the game's development is released on a near-weekly basis. It's critical to stay up to date with the latest news, especially with significant features being added on a constant basis. Use a variety of resources that are scattered on the internet and follow official Splinterlands social channels to avoid missing any critical updates.

5. Keep the DEC Capture Rate Below 100%

You'll see a percent statistic called "Capture Rate" on your DEC balance if you hover over it. The greater this number, the more DEC you'll earn from rated matchups — while the capture rate lowers with each match you win. It refills at a rate of approximately 25% each day (presumably). Always play enough battles to maintain your capture rate below 100%, since this will allow you to maximize your DEC per fight.

6. Research Other Players’ Decks to Identify Playing Strategies

On the “Leaderboard” page, filter by the league to view your own rating as well as the rankings of other players in your domain. Looking at other players' cards and fights to see how they play Splinterlands will prove to be highly beneficial. Although you may find your opponents to have better or unique cards, their experiences may frequently provide insight into how you should construct your deck.

What Are Splintershards (SPS)?

Splintershards (SPS) is a cryptocurrency governance token that works as the primary currency in the Splinterlands card trading game. The main purposes of SPS include decision-making ability and control over stakeholders, asset owners and player-base.

Splintershards (SPS) Tokenomics

There are a total of 3,000,000,000 SPS tokens

The tokens will be distributed as follows:

  • 10% to the Foundation/DAO  
  • 30% will be allocated to staking  
  • 13.33% for airdrop
  • 6.66% for the private sale  
  • 9% will go to the SPS team  
  • 1% will go to partners/advisors  
  • 30% will be allocated for play-to-earn activities  

Primary Purpose of Splintershards (SPS)

The in-game governance activities will serve as the main goal of Splintershards (SPS) tokens. SPS token holders can vote on the current or upcoming changes to the Splinterlands game. All voting on the proposals related to in-game governance will be posted on the Hive blockchain. 
The seriousness of the proposed changes will depend on the amount of SPS tokens staked by a certain player. Over time, players will be able to vote on updates to card balance, DEC inflation pools, quest or season leaderboard rewards and other important upgrades.

When Will Splintershards (SPS) Hit 1 Dollar?

As of Aug. 25, 2021, Splintershards (SPS) is trading at $0.3728

Whether Splintershards (SPS) will hit 1 dollar in the near future depends on a lot of factors. 

The NFT gaming scene has exploded in recent months, with games like Axie Infinity (another play-to-earn game) becoming the first NFT game to surpass $1B in sales, taking the AXS crypto to record-high levels. 

Splinterlands may follow the same route as AXS, which may help Splintershards (SPS) experience a big increase in price if the popularity of NFT games continues to rise steadily. 

Also, there are not many trading card games in the NFT zone that have their own blockchain. An NFT game with a blockchain increases trust among the investor community and there is a chance that more investments start coming in, causing an increase in the price of Splintershards (SPS). 
Now, considering a lot of volatile factors, it is very hard to say in which direction Splintershards (SPS) token will tilt, which is why it is advisable to keep an eye on market indicators and technical opinions of cryptocurrency experts before investing in this token. 
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