This week the new changes came into effect on Splinterlands. I am now limited to bronze II on the @life-relearnt account until I reach 5000 DEC burn value in my card collection. I'm slowly creeping towards that goal and my card collection's monetary value is now equal to about a third of my initial outlay. I've levelled up some of the reward cards, but I'm not going to be able to use them at that level until I can level up my Summoners. So I'm wondering if that should be my next goal to save for. Either that, or some stronger magic cards, which are likely to be just as expensive as Summoners.
Game wise, the changes have been pretty good for the gameplay in bronze II. The matches have been much more even and there's a good balance between losses and wins (except for yesterday when the daily challenge was death and that's one of my weaker teams). They're usually pretty good to watch as well, because it's not a wipe out in seconds.
Sadly, I can't say it's been as good for gameplay on my main account, where I'm stuck at gold II. It's taking a long time to match me up each game. Sometimes I've played 2 games on the LR account before a match is found for me on my main account.
Each daily quest in bronze league only nets one reward chest per day, so the chances of getting cards is quite low. The account is still growing, however, and I'm up to 43 different owned cards, 76 including the duplicates. Ironically, one of my favourites in battle is one of the phantom cards, Living Lava. It's shield takes at least 1 off the impact of melee and ranged attacks. It's a tough opponent in battle and I usually lose against it, unless I'm also playing it. Need more magic cards!
Match it with Fire Elemental for the blast ability, and you're hitting two birds with one stone!
If there's enough mana, then Fineas Rage (who ironically looks happy, rather than full of rage) is a fantastic companion to Living Lava with his reach and high life. The bonus is that he's one of my owned cards too!
My current daily quest is fire too, so I'm enjoying this one!