# How Can We Optimize Splinterlands Rewards?

Splinterlands season 108 came to an end yesterday. This morning I compared the rewards I received with the investments I made. I had my best season by far.

Since I started playing Splinterlands, I've been experimenting with optimizing the rewards because many actions can be taken to achieve high ROI in Splinlerlands. What investments do we make when playing Splinterlands? We rent cards and buy energy if we choose. We also dedicate time, our most precious asset, to Splinterlands. In return, we win various prizes.

**Reward Optimization - Theory**

I've written about reward optimization before. As the seasons progress, there are changes in the game, and I gain new experiences. Thus, the reward optimization model formed in my mind is constantly evolving.

By optimization, I mean finding the optimal investment amount. The "optimal" in question may vary from person to person. Because with the investments we make, we take risks. Also, each player's budget and goals may be different. For example, I aimed for the Champion league from the beginning. I bought my cards accordingly. Although my card portfolio has expanded, I continue renting expensive cards.

We can express the decisions we must make on the expenses side under two headings. First, we must decide on the cards we will use for the game. There are over 300 cards available in the modern version. It is necessary to bear a high cost to own or rent each of the Chaos legion and Untamed cards. My experience shows that with 150 to 200 cards, we can be competitive in the modern version. Another topic that affects expenses is purchasing energy. Will we buy energy? How many of our 50 daily rights will we use?

An excellent way to limit rental costs is to rent for two days and have two days off. Because in two empty days, our energy is also complete. We can use the cards more by purchasing power during the rental period.

On the income side, SPS and chests are obtained per game won. The number of chests to be earned is determined by the points we get from the victories. How many chests will we aim to win per day? As we gain chests during a focus period, the point cost of acquiring new chests increases. Therefore, purchasing energy may be rational to gain up to 15 chests in a day.

Using low-cost gold cards to earn many chests may be a good idea because each gold card used during the game increases the score by 10 percent. In addition, using promo cards and strategies in line with focus goals also increase the points obtained from the win.

SPS awards increase in proportion to the rating. The number of SPS obtained from each win in the champion league can range from, for example, 1 to 3. Those in the top 50 of the current league also get a ranking award. My experience shows that it is necessary to be in the top 50 to generate substantial revenue from Splinterlands.

**Reward Optimization - Results**

I played last season, taking into account the factors I mentioned above. I earned 223 champions and 47 diamond chests throughout the season. I also made $12 in SPS from battles. The SPS and packs I get from the chests are worth 48 dollars. The main gain came from soulbound reward cards. Cards that came out of chests are worth 150 dollars. I did this calculation assuming that soulbound reward cards would be the same value as other chaos legion reward cards. Because when the distribution of soulbound reward cards is completed, their number will likely be close to the Chaos Legion reward cards. I also bought 4 Gladius card packs with the Merits I earned from chests. I'm assuming Gladius card packs are also worth $20. Therefore, I made $230 worth of Splinterlands digital assets last season.

It was possible to gain such many chests by purchasing a lot of energy. I bought about 300 units of energy last season. I make my purchases using DEC batteries. Thus, a battle costs 30 cents. So I spent $90 on energy the previous season.

There are also rental costs, of course. Most of the cards I use are mine. If I had rented them out, I could have earned an income. Therefore, I have to consider the rental fee of all the cards I use as a cost. I struggle with a portfolio of cards worth 15 thousand dollars, although it changes periodically. The average annual rental yield of the cards is 24%. Therefore, I have a rental expense of 150 dollars per season.

My seasonal income and expense statement is as follows.

|Incomes|Expenses|Net Income| |-|-|-| |$230|$240|-$10|

**Conclusion**

I am happy with the result I achieved last season. Soulbound cards are more valuable than ordinary cards that can be bought with money. Soulbound reward cards are already creating a competitive advantage. So I will continue to buy energy aggressively. Thus my purchases benefit the community. To reach a positive ROI, I will need to play better. I know that climbing in the rankings is a matter of experience. In addition, tournaments are a source of income. Above all, I enjoy playing Splinterlands.

Thank you for reading.

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