BATTLE MAGE SECRETS Weekly Challenge Featuring BRIAR PATCH By affliction

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Hello Fellow Hivers!
Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend with family and friends.
I am back again with another Splinterlands post like most weekends unless I am being too lazy.
And today, we will be talking about a Splinterlands battle featuring the rule set BRIAR PATCH
If you are not sure what Splinterlands is, make sure to give this articles a read and at the end you will find some information to get started with the game.



All monsters receive the Thorns ability at the start of the battle. Enemy monsters that use melee attacks receive damage back.

  • Damage returned is equal to damage of the attacker divided by 2, rounded up.
  • Melee attack monsters with the Reflection Shield ability do not take damage from thorns.
  • The Amplify ability increases damage.

Melee teams are quite strong in Splinterlands and there are many strong melee monsters in the game. Countering melee attackers are often quite a challenge. And many players go for a summoner like Mylor Crowling because of the Thorns ability which is the best counter available in game against melee. However, we always do not need a summoner to get the taste of the Thorns ability with the introduction of the BRIAR PATCH rule set.
For our today's battle, we will be talking about a Silver League battle from the Wild format in an alt account of mine where I rent the cards to play.



  • Mana Cap : 15
  • Rule sets :

Melee Mayhem: Melee attack Monsters can attack from any position.
Briar Patch: All Monsters have the Thorns ability.

  • Available Splinters :


Summoner33For this battle, we chose a level 3 Owster Rotwell, the Death summoner from Dice set that is best known for it's magic counter ability of Magic Reflect.
Position 191At the first position, we are playing a level 1 Djinn Muirat with 2 magic damage, 2 speed, 4 armor and 7 hp. What make the card stand out are it's super useful abilities of Void Armor and Knock Out at level 1.The card is an absolute beast at higher levels with more useful abilities but even at level 1, it can turn around battles.
Position 234In the second position and last position of our line up, we are playing a level 4 Haunted Spider. For mere 3 mana, the card comes with 2 archery damage, 2 speed and 3 speed along with Poison


Summoner31The opponent too decided to play Owster Rotwell as the summoner. However, to our advantage, we are facing only a level 1 version of the summoner.
Position 141In the first position the opponent chose to play a level 1 Riftwing with 3 speed and 5 hp. Though the card does not have any attack, it comes with useful abilities like Flying and Scavenger at level 1 making it a decent tank.
Position 231In the second position, we are facing a level 1 Spirit Hoarder, the neutral card with 1 magic damage, 1 speed and 3 hp along with Triage.
Position 311In the third position, the opponent is playing a level 1 Creeping Ooze, another neutral card with no attack, but widely played for it's Slow ability for the cost of 1 mana.
Position 431Next, in the fourth position, we are facing a level 1 gold foil Life Sapper, the 3 mana card with 1 magic damage, 2 speed and 2 hp with Life Leech ability.
Position 511In the fifth and last spot of the line up, the opponent decided to play another 1 mana card. This time, a level 1 gold foil Carrion Shade with 1 melee attack, 2 speed and 2 hp.


  • Round 1:

In the first round, the opponent team's Carrion Shade killed itself with a attack on our Djinn Muirat because of the Briar Patch rule set.

  • Round 2:

Round two starts with the opponent team's Riftwing being eliminated with Poison inflicted by the Haunted Spider in the first round.Later in the round, the Djinn Muirat eliminated the Spirit Hoarder. And we end the round with another kill as the Haunted Spider eliminates the Creeping Ooze to take us closer to the victory.

  • Round 3:

And we start off the third round with our well deserved victory as the Djinn Muirat gets yet another kill in the match to eliminate the Life Sapper.

THE BATTLE LINK : Interested to watch the full battle ? You can watch it here

With the Briar Patch rule set, our strategy was to avoid using any melee monsters in our line up and play only Magic and Ranged Damage monsters. As, it is very common to expect magic damage dealers in such rule set, Owster was the ideal summoner to counter magic and with Djinn Muirat in the first position worked out very well as the opponent's magic damage was having a hard time to penetrate through the armor of Djinn Muirat with it's Void Armor and with the remaining 3 mana, Haunted Spider was a very good choice with it's 2 ranged damage combined with Poison and proved quite handful in the battle.


3The Djinn Muirat without a doubt proved to be the real MVP of the battle as it did dictate the entire match both offensively and defensively. Djinn Muirat got 3 kills which was the most in the battle and it put up quite a show defensively as well since the opponent team was unable to do significant damage to it thanks to it's armor with the Void Armor ability.

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