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MLB The Show 19's Diamond Dynasty Mode Features Goodies Galore

MLB The Show 19

MLB The Show 19's Diamond Dynasty Mode Features Goodies Galore

Each year, San Diego Studio does a fantastic job of creating new cards and features aimed at creating a deeper Diamond Dynasty experience.

This year is no different.

Included this year are a number of new ways to play Diamond Dynasty, including nuggets aimed at benefiting casual gamers and grinders alike. The new Signature Series cards will effectively replace the Immortal Series cards from 2018, but will be far more accessible for those who are interested.

Signature Series cards represent the cream of the crop, the best version of past and present players available in the game. Gone are the days of needing to grind out 500 home runs with specific players or exchanging essentially meaningless equipment to reach such heights. In fact, just playing MLB The Show at all will progress the user toward some of the most powerful cards the game has to offer.

Users can expect to gain a Signature Series card upon reaching bronze level 100 through XP gains, and every level 100 thereafter. While this can seem like a daunting task, XP gains have been altered a bit this year to allow users to grow their XP ratings at a quicker pace. Playing Moments in particular is a great way to quickly gain XP.

The Signature Series promises to be more robust than the Immortal Series. Developers promise a greater variation in lineups this year and a deeper crop of top-flight cards for each position — though the meta may impact this regardless of the number of cards at the top of the food chain.

Also new this year are Team Affinity programs. Team Affinity will replace Team Epics from a year ago, though they carry similar characteristics. Users will have the ability to earn powerful team-specific cards by completing things such as Moments, March to October, and in some cases, light exchange programs.

There were also some significant quality of life changes coming to Diamond Dynasty.

Battle Royale will now include a re-draft button. You will obviously forfeit your current team and run should you choose to re-draft your team, but for users seeking a flawless 12-0 run, you won’t need to waste time losing a second game in order to start over. A nice touch.

Choice packs were also a focal point of the stream, offering users the chance to select from a number of rewards for specific achievements. In Ranked Season, users will be allowed to choose from three cards upon reaching each division. This will help avoid duplicates in your inventory.

Developers stressed that most cards in the game will also be sellable. Users can expect a deeper, healthier marketplace this year — another addition that promises to create lineup variation through access.

A great deal of new playable legend cards were also unveiled, supplementing what promises to be an impressive roster of players from the past.

Final Thoughts

Diamond Dynasty looks prepared to have a standout year in 2019. Look for our full review of Diamond Dynasty mode when MLB The Show hits store shelves later this month.

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  1. ill pass this year, I hope they care half of this o franchise mode, another company that goes that way, at least still have 2k my league and next Maximus football
    I am so pumped for all these changes. I know there's a huge contingent for franchise mode around here but I got drawn into DD big time last year and it sounds like every annoying issue has been addressed in spades.
    Armor and Sword
    I am excited to play DD mode more than in the past.
    Don Mattingly card? I am so in to earn that puppy.
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    Armor playing Ranked Seasons to earn his Don? We expect to see every inning on-stream :D
    Armor and Sword
    I am excited to play DD mode more than in the past.
    Don Mattingly card? I am so in to earn that puppy.
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    Same. My head almost exploded when they just casually showed he was in the game. By far my favorite player of all time. Only made it as high as Championship Series in the past but I'm coming guns blazing as soon as the game drops for WS to get that card.
    This isn’t a slight against anyone who really enjoys DD but I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. All these changes look super cool but every year I try and get into it I just can’t. I guess I’m just old.
    CujoMatty
    This isn’t a slight against anyone who really enjoys DD but I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. All these changes look super cool but every year I try and get into it I just can’t. I guess I’m just old.

    Haha well I'm 42 for what it's worth. I just came to terms that I was in fact, playing a video game and that trying to emulate an entire season or franchise was just an extension of real life. DD embodies the impossible and "what ifs" that only a video game can offer so I went all in. A lot less stressful than worrying about at what version OSFM rosters do I actually start playing lol
    I also have a hard time wrapping my head around card collecting in games. Why not just . . . collect cards in real life? To each his own I guess...
    I enjoy playing DD from time to time. I’ll play a franchise game them maybe jump to DD to try an beat a player specific mission and that keeps it fresh for me.
    This year I might use Moments the same way.
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    CujoMatty
    This isn’t a slight against anyone who really enjoys DD but I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. All these changes look super cool but every year I try and get into it I just can’t. I guess I’m just old.

    Don't blame age. I am 54 and enjoy DD, although only offline.
    I love collecting stuff, so DD always interested me. The fact that it is by far the best mode on the game helps as well (in terms of how well developed, polished and supported it is).
    It does seem to be trending in a direction I'm not thrilled about though, as an offline player who like to collect things. No mention yet of any reason to play 9 inning offline games and the collecting aspect is being spoilt a bit by the thousands of flashback and legend cards. It's trending towards fantasy game instead of card collection. (which is fine, but just not my thing really)
    Collecting the live series players used to be great, as the players themselves were great and the rewards for doing it were great. Now the Live Series players are mediocre and the team collection rewards are pretty terrible, with even the division collection rewards looking a bit meh (that Joey Bats card that's been in the game for years and never been really used for getting the entire AL East? No thanks)
    "I also have a hard time wrapping my head around card collecting in games. Why not just . . . collect cards in real life? To each his own I guess..."
    --
    It's less about that (although it certain makes it more novel) but more of a way to shake up online matches with personal customization, rather than every online match basically boiling down to players only picking the 2-3 best teams.*
    I'm glad they're expanding ways to get the best cards, because while I like DD, I can't tear myself away from Franchise long enough to grind out the 99 cards in past years.
    milkmanbonzai
    "I also have a hard time wrapping my head around card collecting in games. Why not just . . . collect cards in real life? To each his own I guess..."
    --
    It's less about that (although it certain makes it more novel) but more of a way to shake up online matches with personal customization, rather than every online match basically boiling down to players only picking the 2-3 best teams.*
    I'm glad they're expanding ways to get the best cards, because while I like DD, I can't tear myself away from Franchise long enough to grind out the 99 cards in past years.

    Could someone ban this joker? He's been warned over and over about font size.
    WaitTilNextYear
    Could someone ban this joker? He's been warned over and over about font size.

    Maybe with all the talk of old dudes in this thread he thought we needed a bigger font to read with our cataracts. Lol
    Well I am 66 and get my kicks on Route 66 , really I am 66 years young going on 25. I just want cool cards so I sell them for stubs so I can finance equipment my RTTS players and that's it period , :grin:
    Erg. In ten years sports games might not even have franchise modes. Probably hyperbole but these modes make money, and are all sports game publishers really care about.
    Lol so a guy with a big Font bring a a mod in to give a warning. But countless thread hijackings brings nothing. Makes sense lol
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    Mercury112491
    Lol so a guy with a big Font bring a a mod in to give a warning. But countless thread hijackings brings nothing. Makes sense lol
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    We can't be everywhere, it would help if you would report the post(s).
    Jeffrey Smith
    Glad to know I’m not the only over 50 year old enjoying video games
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    Not at all, 52 here. In fact, before I switched to a PS4 my original Xbox Live name was Never2Old2Play.
    Mercury112491
    Lol so a guy with a big Font bring a a mod in to give a warning. But countless thread hijackings brings nothing. Makes sense lol
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    It's not the font that's the issue, it's people not listening to the mods when repeatedly being asked to stop doing something. That gentleman with the large font has been asked 3-4 times to cut it out that I can recall, but he doesn't appear to listen.
    If someone got warned by 2 or 3 different mods to stop agenda posting in every thread that came up or to stop personally insulting a game developer, then I'd expect that person to heed the warnings also.
    It's up to the mods as to what warrants giving warnings, when to let threads flare up, and when to lock them. When to hold 'em, when to fold 'em. When to walk away and when to run.
    I enjoy team building but not high ovr at all positions.  This is where any mode like this in any game begins to bore me.  I think its time to create a salary/ovr cap mode.   I enjoy Events but need something more full time now, imo
    phant030
    I enjoy team building but not high ovr at all positions.* This is where any mode like this in any game begins to bore me.* I think its time to create a salary/ovr cap mode.* *I enjoy Events but need something more full time now, imo

    Yes. I would love some kind cap that forces you to pick in choose beyond what events offer. Maybe different types of ranked seasons or something creative.
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