How To Know Which Cards To Use From The Life Splinter In Splinterlands
Last Updated: October 18, 2021
Always on a losing streak? Can’t seem to figure out the best strategy to climb out of the Bronze league? We got you covered! In this guide, we’ll show you which cards you should be using to win more games using the Life Splinter on Splinterlands.
Splinterlands is one of the hottest new NFT card games on the market right now. With the upcoming release of their new expansion set, Chaos Legion, it’s safe to say that interest in the game is at an all time high. With that comes an expected rise in players making the Bronze league even more saturated. Here’s how you can stand out.
Why use the Life Splinter?
The Life Splinter offers a lot of counterplay to the most common cards used in the lower divisions of play in the game. The Life Splinter offers a decent mix of support, damage, and tank cards. In Bronze, a lot of players like to spam Mylor Crowling and magic based sets from the Water Splinter. If you play it right, the cards and positioning we’re about to show you can absolutely destroy those cards and punish players who abuse these sets. The best part? Most cards we’ll show here are available from the starter set or are relatively cheap to rent.
Things to know
So first things first, this guide is aimed for players stuck in the Bronze league. So if you’re a player with a rating of around 100 to 999, this can help you pump up your ratings. However, these cards do not have enough Collection Power to advance you to the Silver league. There are plenty of other ways to increase your Collection Power but we won’t be covering those in this guide.
Next, let’s cover the basics of the cards you can use in Bronze. In every league there are Summoner Level Limits which limits the levels of the cards you can use depending on their rarity. So in Bronze, the limits are level 3 maximum for Common cards, level 2 maximum for Rare and Epic cards, and level 1 maximum for Legendary cards. Moving forward, we’ll refer to this as 3-2-2-1.
Also, you can see a card’s rarity depending on the color of the orb located in the middle of the card. White represents Common cards, Blue represents Rare cards, Purple represents Epic cards, and Gold represents Legendary cards.
Cards to Use
There are two types of cards in Splinterlands: Summoners and Monsters. Summoners are kind of like your avatar. The level of the monsters you can summon depend on the level of your summoner as well. So if you have a level 1 summoner, you can only summon level 1 monsters. The higher the level of your summoner, the higher the level of the monsters you can use. This is important as there are a lot of players who make the mistake of only renting or buying high level monster cards without making sure that their summoner’s levels are compatible. In every match, you start out with picking a summoner then proceed to picking out the cards you will use. Let’s get to know these cards a little more.
Summoners have buffs, debuffs, or abilities that can affect either your monsters or your opponent’s. You can only choose one summoner per game. Picking the right summoners are important as your choice can make or break the match for you.
This is a rare summoner card that adds plus 1 armor to each of the monsters on your team. Tyrus Paladium is actually part of the starter set so you could use it right away without spending anything. But for this deck build, we’ll need Tyrus at level 2 to maximize the strengths of some of the other monsters we’ll be using.
Another rare summoner and a good alternative for Tyrus Paladium. It’s a little cheaper to rent this card at level 2 and gives your monsters the Divine Shield ability. Divine Shield makes your monsters ignore damage the first time they are attacked. This can be a powerful ability in certain situations.
Monsters are the cards that actually do battle in Splinterlands. Some of them have melee attacks, ranged attacks, and magic attacks. Some monsters don’t have attacks at all but have useful abilities that can turn the tides in their favor. Here are some of the best monsters to rent for the Life Splinter.
Shieldbearer is one of the starter monsters you can readily use from the Life Splinter. It has good stats from it’s health, speed, armor, and damage. What makes it stand out is it’s Taunt ability, which draws the opposing monsters’ attacks. From the get go, Shieldbearer is great as a tank and frontliner. It can soak up all your opponents’ attacks leaving your other monsters scot free. Shieldbearer is great even at level 1 so you don’t have to rent this card. But if you can spare some dark energy crystals or DEC, renting a level 2 Shieldbearer can be worth it just for the added extra point to its health.
Pelacor Conjurer is a great frontliner especially in low mana battles. Although it can’t attack, it does have high speed and decent health. Plus, it has the Flying ability, which gives it an increased chance to evade attacks from melee and ranged monsters. It’s pretty cheap to rent this card so we’d recommend getting the highest possible level within the restrictions in Bronze. So, that would be a Pelacor Conjurer at level 3.
A great low mana cost utility card. It has the Repair ability, which restores some armor to the friendly monster who has taken the most damage. When combined with a monster like Shieldbearer and a summoner like Tyrus Paladium, you’ll have no shortage of armor on your frontline. Rent this card at level 1, since it’s other levels don’t have much difference.
Another great support card and like Shieldbearer, is readily available from the starter set. It has the ability Tank Heal, which restores a portion of the monster’s health in the first position every round. At its base form at level 1, it has no offensive abilities whatsoever. You can use this card as it is but if you have DEC to spare, we suggest renting a level 3 Divine Healer since it would have 1 magic attack adding to the overall offense of your team.
Feral Spirit is a great melee monster card that has the Sneak ability. Monsters with Sneak target the last monster on the enemy team instead of the first. Thanks to Sneak, you can place Feral Spirit at any position in your team and can still deal damage to the opposing monsters despite being a melee monster. Feral Spirit is also available with the starter set but we’d recommend renting a Level 3 Feral Spirit for the additional damage.
Venari Crystalsmith is a ranged monster card that also has the Tank Heal ability. When combined with Divine Healer, the monster in your first position is almost guaranteed to never die. Rent a level 3 version of this card for the additional points on its speed and health.
Silvershield Assassin is another card that has the Sneak ability like the Feral Spirit. But what sets it apart is that it has another ability called Double Strike which allows it to attack twice in the same round. It’s pretty useful no doubt but only get this if you feel like you can use it. It does have a pretty high mana cost at 7 and since most rules in duels at Bronze have very low mana caps. If you choose to rent this card, get it at level 1.
Another good alternative for your first position monster. Crystal Werewolf won’t impress you with its stats but it does have the Silence ability which reduces the magic attack of all enemy monsters. A great card to rent for sure, but is only useful in certain situations. Rent this card at level 1 if you keep running into magic based decks from the Water Splinter.
Most new players in Splinterlands take the positioning of their monsters for granted. Positioning is very important as it can dramatically alter the results of a duel. So for our recommended cards from the Life Splinter, your typical positioning should look like this:
- First Position: Shieldbearer
- Second Position: Pelacor Conjurer/Crystal Werewolf
- Third Position: Armorsmith
- Fourth Position: Feral Spirit/Silvershield Assassin
- Fifth Position: Divine Healer
- Sixth Position: Venari Crystalsmith
The Life Splinter is very underrated in our opinion. It has great cards that can stand toe to toe with most of the decks used in the Bronze league. Not only that, these cards are very cheap to rent for a day. In fact, a good set of cards from these recommendations can only cost about 30 DEC for a day.
With that said, don’t be afraid to mix and match during your duels. Remember to adapt to the ruleset and try to see which cards and sets work best for you.
So there you have it! That’s everything you need to know on which cards to use from the Life Splinter on Splinterlands. Be sure to check back with us again for more awesome guides on your favorite games. Have fun!