How to Climb the Leaderboards in Steem Monsters: Season 2

in #steemmonsters2 years ago

Howdy folks!

Welp, I've come a long way since buying my first Steem Monsters card pack back in August of this year. Since the Beta went live, I've competed in over 662 battles and own over 152 cards. Now that Season 1 has ended, I'm able to share my experience with leaderboard rankings. And, if you haven't played this game yet, well get over to the Steem Monsters website and play the best blockchain-based game to date!

My Ranking Last Season

Season 1 ended about 5 days ago and when it was all said & done, I made it to the Champion League (the highest of 6 leagues in Steem Monsters) placing #292 out of 1617 players.


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Climbing the ranks isn't just about bragging rights! The higher you place, the higher your end-of-season rewards. Thanks to my time spent playing the game, I won 20 Booster Packs (which would cost $40 in the Steem Monsters store!) The Top 10 places won actual Steem Dollars (first prize of 100 SBD.)

My Playstyle Last Season

Last season, after learning the basics of gameplay (which really just came to me by playing match after match,) I settled on one style of deck to upgrade: The Death Splinter. Here's an example battle lineup from my Death deck:

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As you can see, I've taken the time to level up these cards quite a bit. Here on Steemit, I take a 50/50 split on rewards (50% SP & 50% SBD.) Recently, I've been taking my SBD payouts and using them at the Peak Monsters Marketplace to level up specific cards. While there's advantages to straight up buying packs, you can save yourself some SBD by buying only what you need from other card holders.

Then, boom, I used this beefy deck (or some variation of it based on the daily changes in mana cap & combat rules) in hundreds of matches until I stopped consistently winning more than I was losing. This is because, eventually the matchmaking service was placing me with people who has much higher level cards than I and the likelihood of my placing significantly higher on the leaderboards diminished.

What's Changed for Season 2

With Season 2, came the introduction of daily quests.

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Complete a quest, win a free $2 Steem Monsters card pack! Therefore, no longer can we build one up type of deck and then pummel away at the rankings. If you make it into the Champion league, but then want to complete a quest in a Splinter where you have lower-level cards, you'll be likely matched with people who have much better decks than you. Taking the time each day to play with different Splinters in order to complete the quests will ensure we're always receiving new cards. Then, in the final push of the season (perhaps the last 24-48 hours) we can switch to our higher level deck and reach as high as we can.

This method, of course, assumed that you care/need/want 5 new Steem Monsters cards every day. As someone who has already spent some $ on the Kickstarter campaign and PeakMonsters -- I probably won't be making any big SM purchases anytime soon. So the daily free packs - and - the multi-pack reward for ranking well at the end of the season will be good enough for me :)

What are you doing?

Let me know your plans for winning big this season with Steem Monsters! It will likely be a lot harder to climb the ranks with more people this time around, but that means a larger community and more fun!

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Great! This is the kind of step-by-step series I was hoping you would start putting out. Yes, I have set the goal of buying one booster pack each week, with the earnings on my posts. But this new "quest" feature seems to enable us to earn just by being active in the game. Can you do another post elaborating on the "quest" feature, so that people like me can gain enough confidence to start participating in that? I have been getting a kick out of opening each of my new booster packs each week. This would make it EVEN MORE enjoyable/motvating...

Thanks for the feedback, I'm actually about to make a screencast about Quests when they renew in a couple hours!

Quests are very new so everything might change, but right now everyone receives an opportunity to complete a quest every 24 hours. So far, all these have been some variation of "Win 10 ranked matches with the [Death, Life, Fire, etc.] Splinter. This can be a little challenging if you're high on the leaderboards and only have spent time upgrading one deck, but still gives everyone an opportunity to win 1 pack a day, which is really quite amazing for newbies to be able to get $14 of free new cards every week.

This feature won't be around forever as the supply of beta card packs is limited and eventually (like with the Alpha cards) you'll only be able to purchase them on the marketplace from other players. So unless you're moneybags in this game, I would worry more about completing those daily quests than doing well in the rankings :)

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How long does each League season last?

I was able to work my way up to Silver with the Death Splinter during the Melee Mayhem. However, Fire splinter monsters need leveling up and I've only won 1 battle. I'm not sure I'm going to make it lol

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