Cards are the lifeblood of Splinterlands. Players are able to enjoy the game, with a basic range of free Level one "playable" cards. However, after playing a few battles, players may wish to start building a collection of "real" cards. These may be purchased via the shop or in the marketplace. Each additional card makes your collection more powerful and duplicate cards may be combined to gain higher levels. As the cards gain levels, the stats increase and special abilities are unlocked, enabling promotion to higher leagues. Rewards earned through play are based on the league position at the end of each season.
As each "real" card is an NFT, the player is the owner of an asset. Purchased cards may be combined to increase the level, traded, sold, or rented to other players. An appealing part of the game, apart from understanding the battle strategy, is the opportunity to profit from astute management of the card assets.Card Editions
So far, there have been 3 core editions and 2 smaller sets released into the market:
- Alpha (300,000 packs) — May 2018
- Beta (900,000 packs)
- Untamed (1,500,000 packs) — Nov 2019
- Essence Orb Promo (200,000)
- Azmare Dice (300,000)
- Reward cards (550,000) can only be found in Loot Chests
The new Chaos Legion edition (15,000,000 packs) — Each pack will contain 5 cards (with the same chance of receiving rare cars as in previous editions). The cost of each pack will be $ 4 each once they are available in the Splinterlands shop. The presale begins on Monday 18 October, 2021.