...'Should I continue to rent or should I play?'...
The question has been in my head since Chaos Legion was released a short while back. I was renting out ALL my cards and making a pretty penny and then...
...the new expansion was released, DEC tanked by almost 50% as well as my rental income. I was tempted to play again, brush the cobwebs off my alternative account @bingbabe (which has better cards than my main one) and give it a bash.
If only to check out the current Meta to see what works and what sucks was my thinking.
With four days to the end of the season, I would have been pulling in around 5000 DEC a day, and at 1.1c per token, that was around $55 a day.
The recent changes saw that figure drop to 2800, and now with DEC valued at $0.051 it was looking very gloomy.
With little compassion I booted off the renters from my play deck, waited a day, and started climbing up the Bronze league being a big bully mostly with Yodin Zaku and Prince Rennyn.
Many opponents fell at my feet, screaming by the blast damage in these completely unfair matches, and before I knew it the Silver League was in my sights.
The DEC per match was slowly increasing from 0.25 to 4 DEC per. I was feeling mortified by the 2c per win but knowing things were soon going to get better.
Everyone was using that Obsidian Summoner, along with that Fat Goblin Wizard. I had to admit he is quite potent for a squat little chap.
...'I found this podgy little goblin very popular both in the Bronze and Silver leagues, he does pack quite a punch coupled with Obsidian but is slow. That's what you get for eating too many pies'...
I had to watch out for that Mylor Crowling dude, knowing he would be bad for my melee characters. On one occasion I saw him coming, landed a Lord Anus up front with a bunch of ranged monsters and Yodin Zaku.
My opponent knew the game was up and conceded. It would not have been pretty and he knew it.
...'Lord Arianthus, otherwise known as Lord Anus if he's not yours still works very well up front, and more so paired with the Amplify ability'...
I arrived in the Gold league finding it a little tougher than before. I used to kick arse in here, and easily make it into Diamond but something was different.
Some of these guys have gotten strategically better I thought, entering Gold II after some time.
I was now gaining around 19 DEC per match..., is that all? I claimed my daily quest rewards getting a couple of Pelicor Bandits and a Gargoya Devil.
This was quite good fun but the loss of earnings was catching in my throat. I had come across a bunch of Chaos Legion cards by this time and had started to use Forgotten One as my tank in some Fire matches.
I could see him being a nice replacement for Serpent of the Flame in Modern, though a little more mana costly.
From the in-print reward cards, Lava Launcher was great. In a deck with a few melee cards, I could place it after the tank to hold up the assault due to the close-range ability. Those goblins have a decent amount of health and armor as well as massive firepower.
Hill Giant looks quite boring but at 3 Mana, he’s got large health and won me several matches in the little league rulings, and on more than one occasion I longed for a leveled-up Lava Spider.
At 3 Mana again, and being ranged this arachnid doesn't half-fit in well with a Yodin Zaku lineup.
...'Tenyii Striker, what's not to like? He's a potent sneaker of the finest calibre'...
Tenyii Striker had been used against me several times and I could see the potential. I will need to get myself one of those.
On a couple of occasions, my opponents had been using monsters with that recharge ability. I am still not sure if they are worth it, after all, speed kills and attrition comes second.
Other cards I noted used against me that excelled were Antoid Platoon (cheap tank), Radiated Brute (good with Tarsa), and Stitch Leech (Sneak).
Ultimately I stopped playing while moving toward Gold I. This was a lot of work and I could still make more by being a... 'lazy arse greedy monster lord'.
So that’s what I have done. It’s not as exciting, I don’t have chests to crack, but I can now sit around and wait for the DEC to tinkle in with a little daily management.
Life is good... (just not as good as before).
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