Splinterlands is a trading card game like Magic the Gathering that is play to earn. Thanks to blockchain technology, players can truly own in-game assets and earn by just playing games now.
The Chaos Legion is quickly descending upon the Splinterlands, and here are the details of the new core set of cards and the upcoming presale so that players can be well prepared before they arrive!
The total number of packs planned to be released for the Chaos Legion set is 15M. This is 10X the number of Untamed edition packs that were released. Each pack will contain 5 cards randomly chosen from the Chaos Legion set with one card guaranteed to be rare or better and the same chances of receiving a rare, epic, legendary, and gold foil card as in all previous editions.
Chaos Legion card packs will cost $4.00 USD each once they are available for sale in the Splinterlands shop. We understand that some players may not be happy with the increase in price as compared to previous edition packs, however after a thorough review of the entire Splinterlands game economy it was clear that a higher price was necessary to avoid a number of potential issues that did not exist with previous pack editions.
The total number of packs available was also adjusted downwards to account for the higher pricing, so overall there will be fewer Chaos Legion cards available but hopefully they will be more valuable than if the price remained at $2.00 / pack as it was in previous editions.
Once released, packs will be available to be purchased in the Splinterlands shop using Credits (which can be purchased using some fiat payment options as well as a wide variety of cryptocurrencies), Splintershards (SPS), and Dark Energy Crystals (DEC) tokens which will be valued at the current external market rate.
As with past pack sets, there will also be bonus packs given out for larger pack purchases in a single transaction. The bonus levels are planned to be as follows:
- 100 – 499 – 10% additional pack bonus
- 500 – 1999 – 15% additional pack bonus
- 2000+ – 20% additional pack bonus
Similar to what was done with the Untamed and AZMARE Dice editions, new cards will be introduced periodically over the life of the edition and airdropped to players who have previously purchased Chaos Legion packs.
There will be a total of 13 airdrop cards released as part of the Chaos Legion set as well as one special limited-edition promo card that will be airdropped at the end of the presale (more details on that below). A new card will be released and airdropped to all previous pack purchasers after the next batch of 1M Chaos Legion packs have been sold.
This mechanism strongly encourages and rewards players for purchasing Chaos Legion packs early as each of the first 1M packs purchased will have a chance of receiving ALL 14 airdrop cards!
Combine Rates, Collection Power, and DEC Burn Rates
The new Chaos Legion cards will have half the Collection Power and DEC burn value of the previous Untamed edition cards. The reduction in Collection Power and DEC burn rate is necessary to both help maintain the value of the older card editions as well as to adjust for the significant increase in the DEC external market price that we have seen over the past few months. Additionally, the Collection Power & DEC burn rate of gold foil cards will be 25x the regular foil version of the cards rather than 50x as it has been in the past. The new rates are shown for each type of card in the table below:
|Rarity||Reg. Foil||Gold Foil|
The combine rates for the Chaos Legion cards (the number of cards necessary to combine together to reach the next level) will remain the same as they have been for the Untamed edition. Also, please note that each Chaos Legion pack held in players’ in-game inventory or on external platforms will be worth 300 Airdrop Points for the daily SPS airdrop.
The Chaos Legion presale will allow players to purchase Chaos Legion packs before the set is released and before the packs can be opened and will come with a number of exciting benefits and bonuses for buying early!
1M out of the total 15M available Chaos Legion packs will be available to purchase in the presale and we expect the presale to last for 30 days. If not all of the 1M presale packs are purchased in the 30 day presale period, then the remaining packs will become available for sale as normal but without any of the additional presale perks.
Chaos Legion packs will be priced at $4.00 USD each during the presale, and will be able to be purchased using Credits, DEC, or SPS, and there will be a 10% discount for any presale pack purchases made using the Splintershards (SPS) token. Please note that this will only apply to packs purchased directly with SPS (which will be one of the available purchase options), and not to packs purchased with Credits even if those Credits were purchased with SPS tokens.
Additionally, large purchases of presale packs in a single transaction will also be eligible to receive bonus packs, at the same rate as after the presale as listed above, but any bonus packs that are awarded will not count towards the 1M packs that are available to be purchased in the presale. Bonus packs will still be eligible for all pack-based presale rewards as described below.
While Chaos Legion presale packs will not be able to be opened until the set is released, they will still be able to be transferred and tokenized on the Hive Engine platform and the WAX blockchain where they can be bought and sold on third party markets.
In addition to the purchase price, players will also need to spend a new VOUCHER token for each Chaos Legion presale pack they wish to purchase. 33,333.333 VOUCHER tokens will be created daily over the course of the 30 presale period (1M VOUCHER tokens in total) and will be awarded to all players who have SPS tokens staked in their in-game account based on the amount staked as a percentage of the total staked across all players in the game.
VOUCHERS are essentially a measurement of Stake-Days. The point is to incentive the behavior that we want our community to engage in: stake SPS tokens for a long time. This system essentially tokenizes the exact highest and best action the community can engage in, and going forward VOUCHERS will play a crucial element in sales, promotions, and rewards in the game.
Example of earning VOUCHERS: if there are a total of 100M SPS tokens staked across all players in the game, then a player who has 100k SPS tokens staked accounts for 0.1% of the total and would therefore receive 33.333 VOUCHER tokens (0.1% of 33,333.333) each day over the presale period.
VOUCHER tokens will be fungible tokens that can be transferred, traded, and bought or sold on third party markets such as Hive Engine. Each Chaos Legion presale pack purchased will require one VOUCHER token to be spent, so players who earn fractions of a VOUCHER token (as in the example above) can either sell their tokens on a third-party market, wait until they accumulate a whole token from the daily award, or purchase the remainder that they need from third-party markets.
Please note that accounts with over 1M SPS tokens staked will be counted as only having 1M SPS staked for the purposes of the VOUCHER token awards in order to spread the tokens a bit more evenly among the player base. Megawhales and krakens can shift their SPS if they feel slighted or be more altruistic and keep their SPS on one account despite some loss of VOUCHER earnings. We leave it up to them to decide what’s right for them.
Finally, we intend to keep the VOUCHER system in place even after the Chaos Legion presale ends and the set is released into the game. We expect that VOUCHER tokens will still be needed to purchase Chaos Legion packs for some time after the set is released as a way to help meter-out the release of the edition and not have the market be flooded with too many new cards right away.
We also anticipate that VOUCHER tokens may be used for various other benefits in the game going forward, and they will continue to be earned by holding staked SPS tokens and may also be available via liquidity pools and other sources in the future. More details about future use of VOUCHER tokens will be available as that gets closer.
Players that purchase Chaos Legion packs during the presale (before the cards are released and before the packs can be opened) will be eligible to receive a number of rewards for participating early.
First, all packs purchased during the presale (including bonus packs received) will be eligible for a chance to receive ALL 13 new cards that will be airdropped every time the next 1M Chaos Legion packs are sold over the life of the set.
Additionally, all packs purchased during the presale will have a chance of receiving a special limited-edition promo card that will be airdropped at the end of the presale. Unlike normal airdropped cards, the limited-edition promo card will NOT be available in Chaos Legion packs going forward, so the ONLY way to get one is by buying packs during the presale.
Each pack purchased during the presale (including bonus packs) will have a 2% chance of receiving a limited-edition promo card, and each of those will have a 2% chance of being a gold foil version (1 out of 50 on average). Accounts that have purchased 50 or more packs during the presale will be guaranteed to receive at least one limited-edition promo card for EACH 50 packs purchased, and accounts that purchase 1000 or more packs during the presale will be guaranteed to receive at least one gold foil limited-edition promo card for each 1000 packs purchased.
Finally, each account that purchases 1000 or more packs during the presale will receive one "The Legionnaire" in-game title NFT for each 1000 packs purchased, and the top 6 accounts with the most Chaos Legion packs purchased during the presale will be able to work with the Splinterlands team to design their own Legendary Summoner card which will be added into the Chaos Legion set as one of the 13 airdrops to be released over the life of the set.
The Chaos Legion presale is currently scheduled to begin on Monday, October 18th, 2021. VOUCHER tokens will be given out daily starting on that day through Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 (30 days in total), and then the Chaos Legion presale packs will still be available to purchase for an additional week until Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 to allow players time to acquire or sell the final VOUCHER tokens given out.
The limited-edition promo card and the title will be airdropped / awarded to presale pack purchasers once the Chaos Legion set is fully released into the game, the exact date of which is still TBD.
Card Design Goals
The Chaos Legion edition marks the second time in the game’s history where an entire, full set of new cards is being added to the game. We have three goals in mind when designing the new set of cards:
They should be strong and desired cards in the game so that both new and existing players will be motivated to purchase packs and to buy them on the market.
They should be sufficient for new players, meaning that they will provide everything needed for new players to participate in the game and be competitive.
They should be different and/or complimentary to the existing sets of cards, meaning that it will be necessary to have a wide array of cards from the existing editions in order to be able to construct the best team for all ruleset and mana cap combinations and compete at the highest levels of play.
The Splinterlands team will be doing as much review and play testing of the new cards as possible before the official launch; however, we can never fully predict what types of card combinations our hundreds of thousands of very creative players will come up with.
As we have said repeatedly in the past, we will adjust the stats and abilities on certain cards when we feel it is necessary to maintain a fun and balanced game for all players. We understand that this can affect the market prices of the affected cards, and so we try to keep these changes to an absolute minimum, however we will always prioritize a fun and balanced game over any individual card.
Our general preference is to introduce new cards that can act as counters for existing, overpowered cards, when and if they come up, but with an entirely new core set of cards there is definitely more of a chance for issues that should be addressed more quickly. We also very much look forward to the addition of the SPS proposal and voting system to ultimately turn these decisions over to the player base.
Maintaining Card Values
Whenever a new set of cards is released, there is always some concern about the market values of the older edition cards. While we cannot directly control or predict the prices of assets on third-party markets, it is always one of our primary goals to provide various sources of value and increasing utility of all of the cards over time.
One way we plan to do that is through the 3rd design goal listed above. We expect that new players to the game who want to compete at the highest levels of ranked play and tournaments will need to acquire a good variety of the older edition cards, which will continue to drive utility and value to these cards.
Additionally, older edition cards provide more airdrop points in the daily SPS airdrop which will continue well into next year, and the older edition and more rare cards will also provide significant bonuses when used to work on land in the new Splinterlands land expansion that is also in development.
Finally, when Chaos Legion is released, the Beta edition cards will provide a small bonus to DEC earned for each card used in a ranked battle win, and soon that bonus will also apply to SPS tokens earned in ranked battle wins as well!
New Ranked Play Format
When Chaos Legion is released, Splinterlands will split the ranked battles and two week seasons into two different formats – Modern Format, and Wild Format. Players will be able to choose in which format they wish to play on the battle screen in the game.
The Modern Format will only allow cards from the Untamed, Azmare Dice, and Chaos Legion editions, as well as the newer Reward edition cards, and any new cards added into the game until the next core set is released after Chaos Legion sells out. The easiest way to tell if a card is allowed in Modern Format battles is if it has the Untamed edition card frame or the new Chaos Legion card frame.
The Wild Format will allow ALL cards in the game to be used, from Alpha through Chaos Legion.
Each edition will have its own, separate DEC reward pool, as well as its own separate SPS reward pool once SPS rewards for ranked battles are released. More details about the separate formats and the rewards will be available as Chaos Legion gets closer to final release.
Additionally, please note that when Chaos Legion is released, the cards that are able to be used in battle even if players do not own them (often referred to as "phantom" or "starter" cards) will change from the Beta and Untamed edition to the Untamed and Chaos Legion editions. This means that players will be able to use common and rare cards from these editions in battles even if they do not own those cards.
The VOUCHER system for Chaos Legion presale pack purchases, in addition to the 10% discount for purchasing Chaos Legion presale packs with SPS tokens are just some of the first ways that the SPS token, and SPS stake, will be utilized within the Splinterlands game.
The Splinterlands team plans to use the same VOUCHER system, or something very similar, for providing early access to limited releases for new items and features and we also plan to provide discounts and other incentives for spending SPS tokens for purchases in many different areas of the game in the future, where appropriate.