The first requirement to participate in Guild Brawls is to become a guild member. You can do this by either forming your own guild or joining an existing guild. The image above shows how to create a guild and search for existing guilds that still have open slots.
For each guild, the "membership" column will display whether the guild allows a user to request to join the guild or whether the guild only recruits members by invite. Usually, the active guilds require a certain skill level, activity, or contribution among the guilds' members/community.
When clicking a guild, you will see the guild's "About" page, which will briefly describe the guild. These pages are often used for sharing community channels, requirements to join, and the preferred language of the guild. This page is entirely customizable by the leader of the guild. The guild will need at least an arena level 1 to compete in the brawls. For more information about arena levels and brawl tiers, see: How do tiers work? Can I change tiers?
The Brawl is a continuous cycle of the following stages:
- Preparation stage
- The stage when players can enter the frays
- Combat stage
- The stage in which players submit their teams
- Result stage
- In this stage, the final result is clear, and the rewards are given.
If the brawl is in the preparation stage, you will receive a notification informing you that the brawl frays are open. You can also manually find the fray page by clicking on the "Guilds" icon and then on the "Brawl" tab. Each fray has its unique format and league rules to choose from.
In this example, you can see the silver wild format fray was selected, which means all cards up to silver are available. Above this fray, a bronze fray is also available, though it only allows for alpha and beta cards.
You should see a timer on the same page as the frays, which indicates how long the guilds have left to lock in the battle formations of guild members for this brawl.
During the combat stage, you will be alerted by a notification to submit your teams. Upon entering the Brawl tab, you will see up to 9 slots for entering your teams; some for entering a team in the home arena (blue), and others for the opponent's arena (red).
When starting a match in the enemy arena, you will see the usual match details, such as the rulesets, splinters allowed, mana cap, etc. You should also see the name of the guild you are competing against. You may face enemy teams with various buffs or advantages applied for their grounds, such as +1 mana, the ability to be granted a win if a draw occurs, or the ability to ban cards. Guilds can get these advantages by upgrading their buildings. For more information on upgrading guild buildings, check: Buildings - Splinterlands
Once you have submitted a team for one of the slots, it will fill the slot with details on the match; whether it's pending, lost/won, or is ready to be watched and have the results revealed.
Playing a home game is the same, except your guild's buffs will work in your favor vs. theirs. As you can see in the space where you see your opponent's debuffs, our guild has the extra debuff that would allow us to ban a card since the guild's buildings have been leveled appropriately to enable access to this advantage.
Whether fighting in the enemy or home arenas, each player can use any owned gladiator cards in the match (as long as they are allowed by the ruleset). You may use only a single gladiator per team. Each gladiator card has striped borders like above. All gladiator cards have the bloodlust ability, which is an ability that increases all of a card's attributes by one point if the gladiator inflicts death upon any of the opponent's cards.
Once teams are all filled, we will again have to wait until the timer counts down for the guild brawls to conclude between the guilds paired together in the same brawl.
Once a match concludes, they will be viewable on this page and highlighted in either green or red to indicate a win or a loss. You can also get notifications about this.
In the result stage, depending on the placement of your guild and how many matches were won, the guild is rewarded with "crowns," while guild members are rewarded "merits" based on performance in the brawl. Crowns may be spent by leaders to upgrade buildings, while individual members can use merits to redeem various rewards from the guild shop (which is found by clicking the "Shop" icon and then clicking on the "Guild" tab). One of the items in the guild shop is the gladiator pack, containing more gladiator cards. Gladiator cards can be used in brawls and provide collection power. Gladiator cards can also be burned for DEC.
You should see a notification displaying the amount of merits earned from this brawl upon the conclusion or logging onto the website afterward. You may also check the amount won on the brawl tab or tavern tab of the guild page. During the reward stage, the guild page will display a timer for when the frays are available for selection and when the preparation stage will begin again.