Battles and Streaks
Arc8 Battles take place against another player in ghost multiplayer (or live multiplayer in the Disc-O Mania game). This means that you are assigned an opponent with a similar skill level who has recently played, and the objective is to beat the score they set – just like in an arcade. There are two Battle modes:
- League Battles These are competitive battles as part of a Streak. They offer rewards in the form of Reward Packs (containing Luck, coins, or batteries) and reward you with trophies. You get more trophies for each consecutive battle win in a Streak. Trophies determine your League position. A top 10% finishing position in the League rewards you with a special reward pack and promotion to the League above.
- Training Battles These battles do not reward trophies or affect your ranking, and they are not part of a Streak. They are a good way to practice in a game you are unfamiliar with before you move on to League Battles. Alternatively, they are what you can play after you have run out of Energy. Rewards from Training Battles are the equivalent of the first victory in a Streak in your current League. They are stored in the Piggy Bank, which you can break to collect the rewards. Piggy Bank rewards expire if rewards are not claimed in time.
Players are matched to fight a battle against another player in their League, or a parallel league of the same rank (eg. you are both in the "Pro League" but not in the same 100-player group for that day. Since the top 10% of players are promoted to the next league, and the bottom 10% of players are demoted to the league below, you will always get to play against people with a similar skill level.
However, matchmaking is not simultaneous; you are not playing in real-time multiplayer – although this feature is currently in development. You will be matched via our database with somebody of a similar level who has already played a game, and who has a similar MMR to you in that game (someone with a similar skill level). Multiple players can be matched with the same game from our database. To ensure fairness, the game that your opponent played will have the same seed as yours. This means they will have had the same cards as you in Pirate Solitaire, for instance, or the same obstacles in another game. You will never be matched to the same game more than once. If there is no suitable game available in the database, you will be matched with a bot. However, as more games are played and stored in the database, there will eventually be enough games to make the bot redundant.
You are always matched with a player with a similar skill level to you (ie. competing in the same league level), but occasionally you will encounter a player who is on a streak of success (or otherwise) and they haven't yet reached the league they will ultimately get to.
This is especially true when playing in the Rookie League, as you may play against another new player who is very good but hasn't yet played enough games to take him/her to a higher league.
Streaks are a series of consecutive battle wins. Your goal in Arc8 is to get the longest possible winning Streak three times a day. Each Streak attempt costs 1 Energy Bolt, which is used up when you lose a battle, or when you have reached the longest possible Streak.
The longest Streak you can get is 6 consecutive wins. Your Energy Bolt is burned after this, and if your Beastie has more default Streaks left (or you have at least one Energy Bolt stored in your battery), you can attempt another Streak.
Each Streak attempt is represented by an Energy Bolt. By default, you can attempt 3 streaks in a day (beginning at 1 PM UTC) since a Beastie starts with three Energy Bolts per day. However, if you have a Premium Pass, then your default number of daily Streaks is 4. Or, if your Beastie has evolved to have more, you may have as many as 8 default Streaks per day. You can also attempt more if you have Energy Bolts stored in your battery after buying or winning them. Default streaks (Energy Bolts) reset each day at 1 PM UTC. Streaks (Energy Bolts) you have purchased or won stay in your battery until you decide to use them. To use them, simply turn on the battery.
Keep in mind that if you play 4 or more Streaks in a day, only the trophies earned in your 3 best Streaks count towards your rank in the league.
Each successive battle win in a Streak rewards trophies, which are essentially Daily Leaderboard points. You get more trophies for every consecutive win in a Streak. Collected trophies count towards your ranking in the League. Only trophies won in your top three streaks that day count towards your League ranking.
Each consecutive battle you win in a Streak rewards you with more Trophies than the previous win.
- 1st win = 10 Trophies
- 2nd win = 20 Trophies
- 3rd win = 50 Trophies
- 4th win = 100 Trophies
- 5th win = 200 Trophies
- 6th win = 400 Trophies
Yes. To continue playing ranked League Battles, you could switch to another Beastie that still has Energy Bolts remaining. Or you can turn on your battery if you have Energy stored there. Alternatively, you could play In Training Battles, which do not require Energy Bolts and do not count towards a Streak. Your points in Training Battles do not count towards your League ranking, and your rewards will be stored in the Piggy Bank. You must break the Piggy Bank to claim your rewards before they expire. To play a Training Battle, simply play a game when you have no Energy Bolts remaining and your battery is switched off.