Conqueror Jacek; my initial thoughts were.., 'it looks a little weak'. First impressions are often incorrect.
I mean two speed is major, and I have come to realise that speed kills in Splinterlands. Scattershot I have an affinity for and have a particular liking for Acid Shooter.
Two mana slots are great fillers and Acid Shooter hits for his casting cost as well as adding poison at max level.
It was the piercing that was making me limp and making me think ‘Qid Yuff'. Is Qid Duff (misprint) so bad?
Earlier today I was beaten soundly by a Fire team that I saw coming. @vicmar1's playing history was static, with Qid being played in the last 5 matches.
Once again I am pulling @dismayedworld out of the mire due to the terrible rent yield at this current time. Next week I may get bored and relent.
I generally do quite well when playing manually and the Qid Yuff team took me by surprise. Maybe I should give piercing more respect.
Can we compare Conqueror Jacek with Byzantine Kitty?
No, is the direct answer. Two-speed is major and Jacek is going to be in demand, but the other abilities are not in line with True Shot and Tank Heal.
I will not be letting go of my prized cat anytime soon, even though she is not MAX’ed.
I expect Conqueror Jacek to be a highly desirable Summoner and I will be picking up a few sets when he arrives, but keep hold of your Yodin Zaku.
The Death of Mass BOTS?
One aspect I did notice when once again levelling @dismayedworld was the apparent lack of BOTS. The Splinterlands Team has done a cracking job of making mass botting non-profitable.
Just several weeks beforehand, I was renting sets of Chaos Legion splinters and neutrals daily switching between 4 accounts allowing the ECR to regenerate.
...'Ultimate Splinterlands BOT in action. It does work... sometimes.'...
Renting these was cheap, and I was making a decent return daily. The 'Ultimate Splinterlands BOT' was playing for me. I had to configure it and then hit the 'GO' button.
While I can still do this the 50% ECR psychological limit, and then 5 x losses of ECR now make this methodology unsustainable.
Combine the new splinter focuses such as ‘Healing’ and ‘Defend’ and my battles are gaining few RShares.
...' Focus quests such as this have screwed botting to some extent. Unless your account holds many cards from many splinters. It's all about ownership now'...
Like many others, I was taking advantage of the situation, and feel it's another hole that has been successfully plugged.
The one change Splinterlands has made which I disagree with is the 2-day enforced renting. For a company that loves decentralisation, I feel it's a step too far and dictating.
The BOT services have not been coping well with the frequent changes. I hear from @bozz that the ‘Idle Earning Service’ is up and down.
...'the Idle Earning Service runs on Telegram and used to be reliable. I am not sure about current times, as I haven't used it in months'...
'Ultimate Splinterlands BOT' (above) is a free service and is currently not in good shape. I have lost my patience with it recently, recording loss after loss due to a recurring bug.
‘ArchMage’, the BOT that has been attempting to make botting credible I have yet to try, but have had mixed messages about it from other people.
I don't personally have a problem with any of these services. If you want to automate your own playing then why not but I won't give out details on how to use or access them.
...If you have half a brain, it wont be taxing...
They are still a little Taboo, so do your own research.
The indirect mass removal of BOTS has come at a cost. There are fewer ‘players’, but those players appear to be real.
Enminers appear to have thrown in the bucket. Take a look for yourself. Nothing is being delegated from their master account, and many cards are listed for sale.
If the rest of the world sees Splinterlands as a ‘mostly human played’ game, that can only be positive and conducive to attracting new players.
...'13K DEC a day is dismal. It used to be over 30K a day, and quite recently'...
Renting is down by over 50%, but still yields more DEC than playing.
A time may come when the choice to play or rent is arbitrary due to the negligible differences in return. I would welcome that time.
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