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MLB The Show 21 - Run It Back Program

Run It Back Program Signature Series Don Mattingly

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MLB The Show 21 - Run It Back Program

The Run It Back Program launched today, and it brings with it a new set of cards and goals that tie into a Conquest map that you can redo as many times as you would like. We have seen this sort of model from SDS before, so it’s good to finally have it back now as the 7th Inning Program chugs along.

Run It Back Program

The Run It Back choice pack will be found either by completing the Conquest map each time, or via completing the program that ends with a Future Stars Jarred Kelenic card. The choice pack only lets you grab one player each time, but you’ll eventually be able to snag all 11 new players (plus they are all sellable), plus the three new players in the program itself.

There is also a Showdown (that you can repeat for a choice pack) and some missions tied to the program itself.

Conquest Map

Run It Back Conquest map

The map has four strongholds you need to conquer each time to get the choice pack.

Program Goals

  • Missions (All Repeatable)
    • Tally 20 hits with players from Run It Back pack (5 points)
    • Tally 10 XBH with players from Run It Back pack (5 points)
    • Tally 40 total bases with players from Run It Back pack (5 points)
    • Tally 20 strikeouts with players from Run It Back pack (5 points)
  • Showdown
    • Worth 15 program points (one time)
    • Can earn a Run It Back choice pack each time you beat it
  • Conquest
    • Worth 35 program points (one time)
    • Can earn a Run It Back choice pack each time you beat it

Cards

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  • Signature Series Don Mattingly
  • 2nd Half Heroes Edwin Encarnacion
  • Future Stars Keibert Ruiz
  • Future Stars Nolan Gorman
  • Future Stars Tarik Skubal
  • Awards Jason Heyward
  • Awards Andrelton Simmons
  • Milestone Huston Street
  • 2nd Half Heroes Luis Severino
  • Prime Steve Cishek
  • 2nd Half Heroes Eugenio Suarez

The cards within the program itself (and are not sellable):

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  • Milestone Fernando Valenzuela
  • Monthly Awards Matt Carpenter
  • Future Stars Jarred Kelenic

Program Rewards

  • 10 points – The Show pack (x3)
  • 20 points – 42 Series pack
  • 30 points – Rewind stadium sound, 2,500 stubs
  • 40 points – 2021 All-Star Game pack
  • 50 points – Run It Back choice pack
  • 60 points – 2021 All-Star Game pack
  • 70 points – Milestone Fernando Valenzuela
  • 80 points – Monthly Awards Matt Carpenter
  • 90 points – Jarred Kelenic
  • 100 points – Run It Back choice pack

Bottom Line

This is a nice content drop for the weekend, and I really wish they would roll out this sort of program/Conquest map earlier in the season. Single-player users have been given more content this year than in the past couple, but they are still deserving of even more ways to grind things out. It seems like an “easy win” to do more of this sort of content all year long starting with MLB The Show 22.

When it comes to the players themselves, on some level it’s weird Jarred Kelenic is the top reward considering how rough a year it has been for him, but I’m sure this stuff is planned out well in advance and so he’s just been locked in that spot. It’s great to get a new Valenzuela card, and Matt Carpenter is always great for me.

With the choice pack, there are a couple legendary cards in there from the past, including the 2nd Half Heroes Edwin Encarnacion. I’ve also always liked that Heyward card, and Gorman was a revelation for many last year as well. Really, most of the players in that pack besides maybe Andrelton Simmons have had some sort of following either this year or in the last couple years within The Show.

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