# Splinterlands Marketcap - Stats, Background Info and a Happy New Year!!!

in splinterlands •  5 months ago

It's been some time since my last post so what better way to kick off 2020 with a fresh new STEEM post!
Happy New Year All!!!

# Splinterlands Marketcap

I want to take a moment to explain exactly how the market cap value returned by the `\$marketcap` command, and seen in the screenshot further down on this page, is calculated.

### Problems/Limitations

When trying to calculate an accurate market cap value, I would like to highlight the following two problems.

1. Illiquidity
Many cards are traded every day, but especially for Gold Foil Legendary (aka GFL) cards, trades are rare. Weeks or even months can pass between two trades. This market illiquidity means that a card's true value is not accurately reflected.
2. XP level impacts base card price
Cards can be sold at any XP level, either as a single base card or as a fully combined card with over 500 base cards. Normally, fully combined cards have a lower price if comparing the base card price. This is applicable if we keep track of one base card price per card type. Trying to keep track of the price for each XP level would not really be feasible. There would basically be too many levels, and we would have another illiquidity issue.
See an example of this price difference in the screenshot below. It's the current cards for sale for a Beta Kobold Miner. A fully combined card at Level 10 has an average base card price of 0.071 USD, while a single card is at sale for 0.097 USD.

Screenshot from: https://peakmonsters.com/market

### Marketcap calculation

Here is a rundown of how the market cap calculation, including how the problems listed above are partially tackled.

1. All closed trades are processed. ONLY the closing price of a completed trade is used.
2. For combined cards, the average price for a single base card is calculated.
3. The value from Step 2 is added to the currently stored price and then divided by 2.
4. The value from Step 3 is used for the market cap calculation.

For the problem with illiquidity, there is nothing really to do about it. Step 3 above will only help, to some degree, to smooth out the value in case of an extremely mispriced trade, as the new closing price will only have a 50% impact on the new value. This is not an optimal solution. For example, in cases where a drastic price change is justified, this smoothing effect will only cause a delay in reflecting a card's actual value.

For the 2nd problem listed above, the smoothing effect from Step 3 will play a much more critical role. As closed trades only have a 50% impact on the new value, there is less fluctuation when there is a mix of trades with low XP cards and fully maxed cards. This "should" create a reasonably accurate average for each card's actual value.
But generally speaking, decks with only maxed cards will have an overestimated value, while decks with only single cards will be underestimated.

As the market cap is based on the price of closed trades, what will happen if a card has never been traded?
-Nothing.
A card without trades will not be part of the calculation. Before Untamed this number was 0. With the Untamed release, there are now some very rare cards out there which have never swapped hands. As they are rare, few in numbers, also means they can be ignored when it comes to the total market cap value.

What about mispriced GFLs? What will these expensive cards do to the market cap?
Out of all cards, GFLs, and gold for that matter, are not among the cards with the highest total value. In the Top 20, there is only one gold card. That is the GFL card, Lord Arianthus, exactly at spot 20. So GFLs importance when it comes to the overall market cap should not be overrated.

# Let's have a look at some stats

The total market cap can easily be checked on the Discord server, but I want to dig a bit deeper and show you some additional statistics. I will try to publish these as well in the near future.

The snapshot for this data was taken a couple of days before Christmas. I was delayed by various Christmas preparations and gift unwrapping activities, so I couldn't publish this right away.

1 - Total Marketcap

This is the same output as from the `\$marketcap` command, here highlighted with two events in the last few months. The first being the end of the public Beta packs sale. It was interesting to witness how the prices of beta cards spiked. Also, check out this spike in the screenshot below.

The second event is the release of Untamed. Not a huge spike, but a decent gradual increase. Cards need to be traded before the value will be reflected, so that partially explains it.
Again, correlate with the screenshot below and see how the Beta cards value dropped a couple of weeks after the Untamed release.

2 - Marketcap divided per edition

Here is the market cap broken down per edition. Beta cards make up almost 50% of the total market cap, and Beta and Alpha together make up nearly 75%.

3 - Marketcap - Gold vs Regular

This one shows the difference between Regular and Gold cards. Since June, the value of regular cards has grown at a much faster pace compared to gold cards.

4 - Top 5 Cards - Total Value

Here is a Top 5 graph of the cards holding the most value. Four of them are summoners with Alric Stombringer appearing twice, with both the alpha and the beta card. None of them are gold cards.

16 - Alric Stormbringer - Beta - Regular - 103K USD
82 - Lord Arianthus - Reward - Regular - 73K USD
112 - Prince Rennyn - Beta - Regular - 70K USD
27 - Lyanna Natura - Beta - Regular - 68K USD
16 - Alric Stormbringer - Alpha - Regular - 67K USD

The first gold card is Lord Arianthus, at place 20. It holds a total value of 36K USD.

I hope you enjoy the stats. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have any request for additional data.

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·  5 months ago (edited)

Happy New Year, to you! The bot is really cool, and I use it a lot to track the progress of my account. Thank you for your work!

·  5 months ago

Thank you!!

·  5 months ago

Happy new year!

·  5 months ago

All the best wishes for 2020!! Let's hope STEEM and Splinterlands will grow to the moon and beyond.

·  5 months ago

Enjoying those stats, quite useful if you're invested into the game :)
Following and @tipu curate :)

·  5 months ago

Upvoted 👌 (Mana: 0/3 - need recharge?)

·  5 months ago

Thanks a lot, really appreciate it!

·  5 months ago

How long does it take to reflect the card values on the discord server bot. I often open cards from my daily quests but it doesn't reflect immediately.

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·  5 months ago

The process runs every 10 minutes.
Sometimes it can take some time to complete if there are a lot of new activities. If it doesn't show up within 30 minutes then it's really slow.

·  5 months ago

Hey great one ... love the stats!
Can you rank the cards by trading volume ....

·  5 months ago

Thx!
At the moment I don't track that but it sounds like an interesting thing to add. Let me see what I can do about it.

·  5 months ago

Thanks!

·  5 months ago

Cool stats, I’m glad I got Alric when I did, the price of him has spiked a lot since then!

·  5 months ago

Yeah, if you bought before July the price can have tripled.

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·  5 months ago

Good summary ! Thank you

·  5 months ago

Thank you Mister Crypto Lemon!

·  5 months ago

Thank you for all the things!
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·  5 months ago

That's awesome!!!
Thank you @carrieallen and the rest of the team. 🤗

·  5 months ago

Happy New Year bro!!!

·  5 months ago

Happy new year!! 🎆
I hope you had a good start to 2020

·  5 months ago

How can I rent the letters or where?

·  5 months ago

Hi there, what do you mean by “rent the letters”?

·  5 months ago

Some people call the cards letters.

·  5 months ago

Ah. 😊Thanks for the explanation.
I should spend some more time playing the game.

·  5 months ago

Happy New Year! 2020 - The year of Splinterlands!

·  5 months ago

Happy NY!!
2020, the year of the rat and the year of Splinterlands

·  5 months ago

Very nice post about the game. It has been fun to watch it grow

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·  5 months ago

Thanks!
It's been amazing to follow Splinterlands from the launch. Hopefully 2020 will have a lot of positive surprises for us.