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Diamond Dynasty Update: New Program, New Packs, New Diamonds

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Diamond Dynasty Update: New Program, New Packs, New Diamonds

It’s a massive Friday update for Diamond Dynasty as the Hanley Ramirez Program was released, the May Monthly Awards Pack came out, the Set 6 packs were released, and the first big roster update in weeks has altered quite a few players.

Starting with the Hanley Ramirez Program,  it functions much like the Roy Oswalt Program where you will be able to accomplish all the goals in online or offline games. The toughest portions of the Program to complete will be the 210 fielding assists with primary shortstops, and racking up 336 plate appearances with Impact Veteran hitters while completing certain hitting milestones. The fielding assists mission can be shortened a bit if you can find primary shortstops that play other positions, but otherwise it’s just going to take playing some games. The 50 percent reward for this Program is a Rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu (84 overall), and the 100 percent reward is an Impact Veteran Hanley Ramirez (93).

The May Monthly Awards Pack is limited to one per person, costs 20,000 Stubs, and like every month, there is only a limited supply of them available to be purchased. The players in these packs (you are guaranteed to get one) are Alex Wood (94), Devon Travis (88), Zack Cozart (89), Justin Bour (90), and Koda Glover (86). The other Monthly Awards player is Lance McCullers (93), and he is available in the Ticket Store for 3,000 Tickets. The final reward if you can collect all 6 players and complete the other missions is a Carlos Correa (94).

As for other new players released today, you will find them in a couple different spots. If you check your Events missions, you will find that you can redeem an All-Star Tyler Clippard (87) for free. In the Ticket Store, you will find All-Star Jonathan Papelbon (87), Hardware Neftali Feliz (86), and All-Star Jason Grilli (87). The two new players in the Set 6 packs released are Impact Veteran Paul Molitor (96) and All-Star Dave Winfield (94).

Now getting on to the roster update, we had quite a few big names moving between tiers, with the Nationals and Astros being the winners this week (and the Cubs being the losers).

Moving Up

Diamond: Zack Greinke (91), Dallas Keuchel (90)

Gold: Anthony Rendon (87), Chris Devenski (86), Will Harris (86), Ryan Zimmerman (86), George Springer (86), Yasmani Grandal (85) — Carlos Correa also improved his gold status moving up to an 89.

Silver: Yonder Alonso (83), Tommy Kahnle (83), Jedd Gyorko (82), Corey Knebel (82), Danny Salazar (82), Joe Smith (82), Sean Manaea (81), Chase Anderson (80), Scooter Gennett (80), Dan Straily (80).

Moving Down

Gold: Jon Lester (87), Jake Arrieta (87)

Silver: Gerrit Cole (84), Kyle Hendricks (84), Kelvin Herrera (83), Matt Carpenter (81)

Bronze: Alex Gordon (79), Jonathan Villar (79), Kyle Barraclough (79), Albert Pujols (79), Ryan Buchter (78), Maikel Franco (78), Victor Martinez (78)

Finally, below you can see images of all the new players who were added to the game today:

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  1. mikeq672
    Putting 27 walks in is a big time dick move

    I learned to get walks on the Eric Thames monthly. Put the game on All-Star, and play a team with a bad overall rotation like the White Sox or Reds(And pray you don't get Quintana). NEVER swing at a pitch if you have less than 2 strikes. I don't care if it's a slider right down the middle. Your goal is 27 walks, and a dinger is not a walk.
    dougdfc
    I learned to get walks on the Eric Thames monthly. Put the game on All-Star, and play a team with a bad overall rotation like the White Sox or Reds(And pray you don't get Quintana). NEVER swing at a pitch if you have less than 2 strikes. I don't care if it's a slider right down the middle. Your goal is 27 walks, and a dinger is not a walk.

    Yes but you obviously realize how ridiculous and not fun that is.
    mikeq672
    Yes but you obviously realize how ridiculous and not fun that is.

    Man people whine and cry that stuff isn't completed offline. The they release an offline 100% completion program and now it's complaints about walks? How can you not draw walks offline in this game?
    If the complaint is that it's not fun to draw walks then maybe forget the program. I think it's great that they are doing this and off line games are ultra easy so why not make things difficult?
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    oilersfan99
    Man people whine and cry that stuff isn't completed offline. The they release an offline 100% completion program and now it's complaints about walks? How can you not draw walks offline in this game?
    If the complaint is that it's not fun to draw walks then maybe forget the program. I think it's great that they are doing this and off line games are ultra easy so why not make things difficult?
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    Ah the old make an assumption because of a complaint thing. Id guarantee I have more walks in this game than you, but that isnt the point. Its a dick move and they know it. Hence why we didnt see walks in any of the other programs, yet its probably easier walking online than it is against the cpu. Also, IV players are the most under-represented of all the various classes of throwbacks. This game isnt tuned towards being able to accumulate walks at an appropriate rate. You can hit 20 homers in 4-5 games or so for the most part. Its going to take many many more games to pile up 27 walks. Its extremely unbalanced.
    Where did I say its not fun to take walks? If youre gonna try to come at what I say, have some reading comprehension.
    27 walks will take a while, 210 fielding assists will take forever! Still, great card for free, will be my 1st baseman when I eventually get there
    ph33
    Today I learned people are fully on board with grinding for walks against the CPU.

    I've probably got that many walks with IV players in the past week online tbh. I've been going for the 100 IV hits for that mission and free pack so have about 6 in my online team and walks are pretty easy to come by. V.Mart and Werth get intentionally walked a lot, so does Salty batting ahead of my pitcher.
    Kind of a shame I did that last week as I would have probably done all that mission if I'd waited. I'm up to 97 hits so I was about to be done with them, but now I'll have to do it all over again for this program
    Can someone explain to me me exactly how you start this Hanley program please?
    Just started 5 days ago. I'm used to point and click and select a mission and this just isn't intuitive to me in this game for some reason.
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    Pwrslide2
    Can someone explain to me me exactly how you start this Hanley program please?
    Just started 5 days ago. I'm used to point and click and select a mission and this just isn't intuitive to me in this game for some reason.
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    Missions don't require "starting" as such, just do what they ask and it all counts towards all the missions and programs that are applicable. So for the Hanley one, just using Impact Veteran hitters in any game mode will automatically count towards his mission, same for getting fielding assists with shortstops.
    For missions that require collecting or trading in players, you have to actually go to the mission and select it to do it, but they have more permanent ramifications so think about it before doing it
    BigOscar
    I've probably got that many walks with IV players in the past week online tbh. I've been going for the 100 IV hits for that mission and free pack so have about 6 in my online team and walks are pretty easy to come by. V.Mart and Werth get intentionally walked a lot, so does Salty batting ahead of my pitcher.
    Kind of a shame I did that last week as I would have probably done all that mission if I'd waited. I'm up to 97 hits so I was about to be done with them, but now I'll have to do it all over again for this program

    Yeah, I know I have compiled those stats throughout the course of the year, but is this Hanley card worth my troubles again? Nah. Can't play defense.
    BigOscar
    Missions don't require "starting" as such, just do what they ask and it all counts towards all the missions and programs that are applicable. So for the Hanley one, just using Impact Veteran hitters in any game mode will automatically count towards his mission, same for getting fielding assists with shortstops.
    For missions that require collecting or trading in players, you have to actually go to the mission and select it to do it, but they have more permanent ramifications so think about it before doing it

    Thanks! I'm not even sure I have many impact veterans though.
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    I knew the walks wouldn't be the problem, I've got 21 already. Turns out if you put Werth ahead of Salty, any lefty you face will throw him nothing but junk, same for having Lamb behind V.Mart
    Those assists will take forever though, I'm on about 30
    For the fielding assists, some SS that play the outfield include:
    Adam Frazier (Pirates), Chris Owings (Diamondbacks), Trea Turner (Nationals), Taylor Motter (Mariners), Breakout Brad Miller (Rays - via ticket counter), Chris Taylor (Dodgers), Hardware Hanley (Marlins team epic) and Jonathan Villar (Brewers).
    Villar, Miller and Hanley even play 1st.
    Just got my Hanley today, pretty gutted they took away hit ability to play 1B and LF, as he's essentially now just a pinch hitter.
    I grinded them out just playing on all star with sinker pitchers and an all SS infield. Didn't take too long and I didn't really have to go out of my way to do it, other than when the ball was hit to first base, where I'd have my fielder run away from the bag so he could throw it to first. Other than that they were just standard games played properly
    The big news though was the 3 program packs it got me on the dynasty progress, from which I got another 2 unsellable Donavon Solano's, to take my unsellable Solano tally for the year up to 8. Get in.

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