The primary means of distributing Dark Energy Crystals is through play-to-earn rewards. Players win DEC every time they win a Ranked Battle. The amount of DEC won in a battle is dependent on several factors:
League of Play
DEC Capture Rate
Number of Players Playing
Ranked Battle Reward Pool
The daily reward pool for DEC that can be earned in Ranked Battles is 1 million DEC per day. This reward pool fluctuates based on the current market value of DEC.
When the Reward Pool is Reduced
When the value of DEC drops below the intended value of 1000 DEC = $1, the reward pool is automatically reduced. The amount of reduction is proportional to the amount that DEC has deviated from its intended value.
When the Reward Pool is Increased
When the value of DEC rises above the intended value of 1000 DEC = $1, the reward pool is automatically increased. The amount of the increase is proportional to the amount DEC has deviated from its intended value.
For example, if the current value of DEC is 2x (500 DEC = $1), then the reward pool is doubled and 2 million DEC can be earned by players daily.
Because so many DEC are always entering the supply through play-to-earn rewards and the backing of cards, there are also ways for DEC to be burned from supply to regulate the balance.
Purchases of miniset Packs - Only DEC may be used to purchase packs from the current miniset of cards available through the Splinterlands shop. Instead of counting toward Splinterlands revenue, these DEC are burned from the supply.
Essence Orbs - Now sold out - 200,000 sold
ΛZMΛRÉ Dice - 300,000 total supply
Guild Contributions - Members of Guilds must continually contribute Dark Energy Crystals to their Guild Halls and Arenas in order to level it up, earning greater bonuses and play-to-earn rewards. These DEC are burned from the total supply.
Purchasing of Skins - Limited edition Splinterlands skins are currently only available for DEC purchase. All DEC used are burned from supply.
Purchasing of Potions - All DEC spent on Potions, which increase rarity drop chances when opening Booster Packs or the number of Loot Chests received with completion of a Daily Quest, is burned from supply.