Building a Collection
Players must build their collection of cards from the Splinterlands catalog to create teams under different rulesets and battle conditions.
The Starter Set - Every player begins the game with the same set of starter cards. This set includes every Common and Rare card from the current set (Chaos Legion) and every Common and Rare card from the previous card edition (Untamed). The starter cards cannot be sold or transferred but can be used in battle. Note: Starter cards can be used in battle, however, each "starter card" used in a ranked battle win will REDUCE the reward shares earned.
Cards that are part of the starter set are designated in your collection by an S in the card's corner, as pictured below.
Buying Booster Packs - Players can either purchase Booster Packs (while supplies last) from the current set of available cards, using Credits or Dark Energy Crystals, or Riftwatchers (GEMS) Booster Packs (While supplies last) from the current mini edition using Vouchers & Splitershards (SPS). Rarities and foils are dropped in these cards based on set percentages. Chances of flipping Gold Foil and Legendary cards can be doubled by purchasing Alchemy and Legendary Potions at a rate of 1 charge per card in a pack.
Every Booster Pack is guaranteed to contain at least one card that is Rare or better.
Bonus Booster Packs - when purchasing 100 or more booster packs from the current booster pack set or mini edition gem set, players qualify for additional bonus packs that can be purchased with vouchers. Vouchers can be gained through staking Splintershard tokens or purchased from other players on TribalDex.
Unlock Bonus Pack Options:
Bulk purchases of booster packs are eligible to receive additional bonus packs that only have a Voucher cost.
For every 100 Booster packs purchased, you will receive 10% more bonus packs.
For every 500 Booster packs purchased, you will receive 15% more bonus packs.
For every 2000 Booster packs purchased, you will receive 20% more bonus packs.
Buying Individual Cards - Players can purchase individual cards from the peer-2-peer market at Splinterlands with Dark Energy Crystals or Credits.
Renting Cards - Because HIVE blockchain assets can be delegated, meaning loaned, to other accounts, cards can be rented using the rental marketplace at Splinterlands or Peakmonsters.com. Rented cards cannot be combined, sold, or transferred, but the renter can play them, and they count toward that player's Collection Power.
Renting cards is an excellent way for experienced players to increase the diversity of their playable deck temporarily. New players who only own starter cards can rent cards to play with instead of using starter cards so that they can earn rewards and get a feel of various cards when used in battle.
To compete with leveled-up card Units, remember that leveled-up Summoners are also needed. For example, to ensure that you have a max playable team from every Element at the Silver League, you must have Summoners that can summon level 5 Commons, level 4 Rares, level 3 Epics, and level 2 Legendaries.
If you have leveled up card Units beyond your summoning capability, they will always be limited in a battle to the maximum level your summoners allow. That's why it's a good idea to level up your Summoners first, then level up the Monster cards to meet their summoning level.