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NBA 2K21 MyLeague Online Wishlist: Crush the Bugs and Boost the Presentation

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NBA 2K21 MyLeague Online Wishlist: Crush the Bugs and Boost the Presentation

We are less than a month away from NBA 2K21 releasing on current gen. There has been little to no news regarding the game besides a nice trailer and a gameplay blog. Everyone is expecting the current generation of the game to be light on new additions for several reasons. Two of the biggest reasons possibly impacting the current-generation game are the COVID-19 pandemic and next-generation versions of the consoles. That being said, it doesn’t mean I can’t still have a MyLeague Online wishlist (MLO).

MyLeague Online has been a roller coaster throughout the years, but it seems like the devs have created a great mode after years of struggling. Last year (2K19) was a rough year for MLO as it constantly battled server issues that disrupted the functionality of the mode. This year (2K20) has rebounded nicely as they have been able to mostly remove the server issues. It’s been nice to see the development team commit to making this game mode a featured part of the game. Some of the most loyal 2K fans play this mode, and it’s nice to see it not left behind in the current microtransaction state of sports games.

That being said, here are some ideas I would love to see implemented in the NBA 2K21 MyLeague Online game mode.

MyLeague Online Wishlist: Improved Servers

Currently the servers are good, but they can still be better and more reliable. I haven’t had an offseason freeze like I had in previous years. However, I have to use a known fix to prevent that from happening (pausing the timers). I’ve seen reports of other leagues freezing in the offseason without freezing the timers. We shouldn’t have to rely on manual fixes to advance the league. There is too much time and effort being put in the leagues for it to freeze and lose everything.

Games are completed at a good rate, but this could be better as well on the server side. I normally play in a 58 game season and I would estimate I normally get four drops a season. I understand 4 out of 58 is pretty good, but it should be 0. Games dropping have a negative impact on the league because it can mess with stats and injuries. I had a game where the opposing team’s best player got hurt and then the game suddenly dropped the next quarter. We had no idea how severe the injury was and had to manually adjust it.

Overall, the servers are acceptable and improved from previous years, but 2K will always have to answer for their server issues — and we’ll always have to keep them honest on this front as well.

MyLeague Online Wishlist: Better Offseason

Currently, the offseason is pretty smooth because 2K has done a great job of walking you through the steps of a offseason. I understand the limitations they have when they are trying to accommodate possibly 30 users. The league has a plethora of cool features, including retirements, Hall of Fame announcements, staff hiring, the NBA draft lottery, draft scouting, combine, rookie draft, and finally player progression.

It’s really cool how 2K does their moratorium period to replicate the NBA season, but it doesn’t do a good job describing what period you are in each step along the way. I’ve watched teams lose a player a countless number of times because they think they’ve signed him then lose him because the agreement is verbal. I get what 2K is trying to do, I just wish they could display the message a little better.

Free agency can be frustrating at times because you aren’t really sure how much money you have. Bird rights can disappear and not show up on the contract screen so it creates confusion when placing bids. I commend 2K for trying to re-create the NBA contract structure, but they just need to clean up some contract glitches in order to make the process as smooth as possible.

One thing I would love to see is the removal of visible offers. I hate seeing other teams’ offers because it just gives teams a chance to test their offers against other teams’ offers. One thing I would love to see — if 2K can implement this — is to have offers that come in “early” have more of an impact on the players decision. I love that 2K offers no-trade clauses and player options, but player options don’t actually work once the season starts.

MyLeague Online Wishlist: Fix The Glitches

There are quite a few glitches that I hope are addressed in the upcoming game. Teams are not able to offer any contract extensions throughout the season. There is a menu item available in the mode for extensions, but every player in the league chooses to avoid re-signing so it’s a dead option for all intents and purposes. I understand extensions don’t happen frequently in today’s NBA, but it would be nice to be able to offer and sign some players before they hit free agency.

One major glitch that caused the league I’m involved with issues occurred when the league skipped a year in the middle of the offseason. Every player’s contract would advance a year, which would obviously cause a lot of issues. Thankfully, 2K has given commissioners the ability to adjust player contracts, but we still ran into several issues. Since player contracts skipped a year, it forced players who had one year left on their contracts to be free agents, thus losing bird rights.

I would also love to see a better way to deal with your own free agents. For example, after a player’s contract expires on your team, it is impossible to cut them loose and remove the cap hold unless you use the player DNA tool.

Another big glitch that we noticed was teams couldn’t see the jersey selection screen when accepting a challenge. Users had to memorize jersey order and do it without seeing the jersey they were about to play in. This can cause several issues with games being played by two teams wearing similar colored jerseys. Something this simple shouldn’t need to be addressed in an all-new game, but here we are.

Finally, injuries are very frequent in simulated league games no matter what slider adjustments you use. In fact, I’ve seen injuries in games where injuries are off. I hope 2K can tweak that slider and make it a working slider. In short, injuries seem to be plentiful in simmed games but don’t really exist in-game.

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MyLeague Online Wishlist: Import Offline Features

There are a couple of offline MyLeague features that I would love to see make their way into the online mode. There is currently a badge mentorship program in offline MyLeague. The mentorship program provides a way for veterans to mentor younger players and transfer a badge that fits that player’s archetype. I had to manually implement a system in my own league, and I think it would be better if this was brought in from offline.

Player training is another feature that is available offline that I would love to see online. Offline you are allowed to have players focused on abilities and improve them as the season progresses. There is no in-season progression online besides a player’s mood. The mood really doesn’t make sense because I’ve seen players playing well, the team is winning and the player is grumpy for no reason specified.

I know this will be a long shot, but offline MyLeague has a Summer League where you can test out your younger players. I know it may be hard to do this in a full 30 user league, but maybe they can implement a system where you just play as your summer team in a couple offline games vs. the computer? I highly doubt a feature like this will make its way into MyLeague Online, but what’s a wishlist without some dreams?

MyLeague Online Wishlist: Presentation

MyLeague Online does a good job of presenting the league in a general sense, but it could be better. I want to see league news more easily. I would love to see a league Twitter section next to actual league news. I think the league news section needs to be the home page of your league rather than your calendar. I would love for the league hub page to look similar to the ESPN or NBA website. It would be cool for the league to grab pictures from past league games and plaster them on the front page of the website. Maybe a system similar to the Madden CFM screen grab would be ideal.

Online games have a way smaller presentation package compared to offline games. In offline games, players see player and coach interviews. The pregame and halftime show in offline games is much better offline compared to online. Another thing I would love to see in-game is a ticker or an update of some scores around the league. I would love to see a league leaders section during the game to get more of a feel of the league. Small presentation additions would have a big impact on the look of an online game.

Another cool thing I would love to see inside the league is a team’s success directly impact the chemistry and fans. The current mode has a rivalry section but it does nothing in terms of impacting your team. It’s simply there for cosmetic purposes. I would love to see a big win over a rival cause your team chemistry to improve, which could then build momentum next game. I would love to see a section regarding fans and team hype also impact your team’s success. If your team had a big nationally televised win over a tough opponent, you should feel that momentum next game.

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MyLeague Online Wishlist: Dreams And Next Generation

I understand that a lot of these ideas probably won’t make their way to current-gen NBA 2K21 because I think the focus is on the next-generation version of 2K21.

A couple of future dream ideas I would love to see eventually make their way to next gen include an ability to see live box scores in the game. One thing I used to love from last-gen versions of league games was a website dedicated to your league. You used to be able to watch a game via a live box score. I understand with the addition of streaming users can now watch an actual game, but it would still be cool to see a live box score of a game currently being played.

One thing that I think can scare people away from online leagues is putting too much trust in your commissioner. As of now, commissioners have too much power that is being unchecked. I would love to see a log of all the league adjustments the commissioner has made — whether it’s from resetting a game to changing a rating for a player. As a commissioner myself, I welcome the transparency that is needed to run a successful league.

Finally, when we start talking about next generation we need to address the elephant in the room, which is there may be a chance online leagues don’t make the cut for the next generation. After all, at the start of this past generation online leagues went completely ignored and really set the 2K online community back. There was very little to no communication during that phase regarding the state of online leagues in 2K14. It was such a disappointment purchasing 2K14 on day one for specifically online leagues. Please 2K do not do this again. The online league community has been through such an up-and-down relationship with online leagues, but right now it’s in a good place. With that in mind, I am really looking forward to seeing what is included in both the current and next-generation versions of 2K21, and I just don’t want to be burned all over again.

What are your thoughts on this NBA 2K21 MyLeague Online wishlist? What would you like to see included in next year’s version? Will you be happy if both versions go relatively untouched?

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  1. Server issues at this point is inexcusable.  Presentation needs to deliver emotions of excitement. From arena environment, crowd reaction, pre-game and post game. Make me feel like the game has importance and is worth my 45mins-1hr.
    We can edit individual ratings, but it would be good to be able to use an entire new roster at 1 time without starting a new myleague. Example is to update a current myleague with Celtics LG entire roster without having to edit every player and rating.
    "This year (2K20) has rebounded nicely as they have been able to mostly remove the server issues. "
    have we played a different game?! 2k20 was BY FAR the worst it has ever been (and i am. Part of online leagues since 2k11).
    There Were Time Spans this year where you needed 4 o 5 tries to finish 1 game. we reduced our season length from 43 to 29 games and still Lots of users werent even close to get the season finished over a 4 month span.
    add to that that There are functional Bugs that exists for 3 or even more years (Coach settings reverting on game Start, games disconnecting if you edit certain options during the game like matchups, Substitutions) and you See why we are really fed up with 2k.
    i dont need ANY New Feature at all. if they fix all those stupid Bugs and finally get Server stability at a Good Level, than thats all they need to do to get me buying the game year after year.
    Thank you very much Chase, it's a great read and well notes being made. I again thank you very much.
    I don't quite agree with servers being stable or better than last year, it was way worse than last year and years before, the games dropped a lot and also overall the worst things was 'gameplay fluidity' which is worse than ever, the connection quality esp. from EU countries were awful all year long and it went super super bad at times in games that you couldn't even move your players around fluidly not to mention being able to defend and react and also shot timings etc. But the movement of players were horrendous mostly.
    Other than this i hope to see what you implied will be improved and add on, hopefully.
    jk31
    "This year (2K20) has rebounded nicely as they have been able to mostly remove the server issues. "
    have we played a different game?! 2k20 was BY FAR the worst it has ever been (and i am. Part of online leagues since 2k11).
    There Were Time Spans this year where you needed 4 o 5 tries to finish 1 game. we reduced our season length from 43 to 29 games and still Lots of users werent even close to get the season finished over a 4 month span.
    add to that that There are functional Bugs that exists for 3 or even more years (Coach settings reverting on game Start, games disconnecting if you edit certain options during the game like matchups, Substitutions) and you See why we are really fed up with 2k.
    i dont need ANY New Feature at all. if they fix all those stupid Bugs and finally get Server stability at a Good Level, than thats all they need to do to get me buying the game year after year.

    ataman5
    Thank you very much Chase, it's a great read and well notes being made. I again thank you very much.
    I don't quite agree with servers being stable or better than last year, it was way worse than last year and years before, the games dropped a lot and also overall the worst things was 'gameplay fluidity' which is worse than ever, the connection quality esp. from EU countries were awful all year long and it went super super bad at times in games that you couldn't even move your players around fluidly not to mention being able to defend and react and also shot timings etc. But the movement of players were horrendous mostly.
    Other than this i hope to see what you implied will be improved and add on, hopefully.

    Perhaps it depends on the console and region to some extent? Scott wrote this not me, but he's a long-time commish of 30 team leagues for many years, so I highly doubt he would be fudging the truth about his own experiences with the servers. (I didn't play in any leagues this past year so don't have much personal input here.)
    ChaseB
    Perhaps it depends on the console and region to some extent? Scott wrote this not me, but he's a long-time commish of 30 team leagues for many years, so I highly doubt he would be fudging the truth about his own experiences with the servers. (I didn't play in any leagues this past year so don't have much personal input here.)

    I see yeah you've written down it's by Scott, my bad.
    Yeah it's probably bcs of his own unique experience with the servers on US. But for us on other continents, we're suffering badly.
    Certainly there were several periods of time where online leagues games were unplayable due to connection/servers issues during this year... Other than that 2k20 my league online was quite satisfactory in my book...
    Hopefully 2k21 next gen won't do this time what 2k14 next gen did with my leagues online, that was really a disappointing year.
    2k doesnt care about the sim league community! I dont get why we continue to spend money on their games when they continue to treat MLO like garbage!
    I couldn't agree more with all the suggestions you made. It's kinda sad that some of the wishlist items are things that are supposed to be done. However, 2k has come a long way with making MLO almost complete. These minor issues would put MLO over the top and would put a lot of smiles on faces.
    It's really more about 2k listening to us. We've always felt that we didn't have a voice and things seem to be turning around. I'm looking forward to 2k21 and the next gen version.
    Great write up Funk. This article covers almost everything in a nutshell. Hopefully the Devs will pay attention to the Sim Community that continues to grow. Lastly, Daddyleagues for 2k would be a great idea, not sure why 2k isnt following Madden in that regards. I would pay for that for my league in the quickness.
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    ChaseB
    Perhaps it depends on the console and region to some extent? Scott wrote this not me, but he's a long-time commish of 30 team leagues for many years, so I highly doubt he would be fudging the truth about his own experiences with the servers. (I didn't play in any leagues this past year so don't have much personal input here.)
    I too can attest to the 2k20 servers being the most stable and reliable for any 2k during this current Gen of ps4 and Xbox one. My 30 man online association is still going strong having completed a total of 10 29 game seasons. The drops have been far and few between and the offseason server glitches that swim alluded to having plagued 2k19 MLO were addressed once we figured out the pausing of timer work around. With the servers and glitches having been addressed hopefully the devs can now focus on making the offline myleague and the online MLO a seamless and near 1 to 1 experience with a full porting of the offline features.
    Even if they added nothing for 21 and kept the mode the same with stable servers I wouldn't be mad. At the end of the day the members of the league with a tight knit community that is invested in their franchises can make up for any lack of immersion that the presentation features lack. The ability to have a spectator mode aspect to the MLO where all games are broadcast via twitch or mixer is a game changer in allowing us to capture highlights, screenshots, archives and other presentation elements that are currently missing from the mode innately.
    A dedicated website for the mode where admins and members can conduct transactions like fa signings and trades along with other things like boxscores and game tracking would be nice to have considering we had this stuff back in 2k9 through 2k13 on old Gen 2ks.
    Overall I highly doubt that MLO will be included in the 2k21 next Gen platforms if 2k14 on next Gen is any indicator. When 2k14 was released to a new generation of consoles it completely left out online leagues and they didn't fully return until 2k15 in barebones platform before finally being ready for prime time in 2k16. I really hope 2k proves me wrong but if not my members and I are fully prepared to stick to 2k21 on this current Gen even with minimal improvements to the mode. Having something is better than nothing and new splashy graphics won't convince me to buy 2k21 on the new generation of consoles if it doesn't include MLO.
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    Guard-ian
    Certainly there were several periods of time where online leagues games were unplayable due to connection/servers issues during this year... Other than that 2k20 my league online was quite satisfactory in my book...
    Hopefully 2k21 next gen won't do this time what 2k14 next gen did with my leagues online, that was really a disappointing year.
    That is my biggest fear Guardian. The nightmare of 2k14 where they completely left out online leagues. Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself with 2k21 on the new generation.
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    Very well articulated. We have professed 2k's neglect for MLO  ad nauseam  at this point, and no where is it more evident than the sub par servers we are relegated to every year. While the game is recognizably improved, having servers play a role in wins and losses, or entire seasons scrapped due to off season glitches are still key points of frustration. In terms of new features, there are bars for cennectivity and accessibility being set by other games that 2K could emulate, being able to access MLO online or on your phone would be clutch for example, but sadly I would just settle for a fully functional game.
    Awesome write up, spot on with a lot of your points and wish list items. I would love to see an app or something where we can access the league on a website or something along those lines to check ratings, badges, recent trades, scores, etc. I believe that would take MLO to another whole level. It’s great to see the MLO community staying strong and coming up with great ideas that 2k can implement. Would also like to see continue improvement on servers being stable and really try and get rid of some of these bugs that can force you to restart an MLO.  
    El_Tercero
    I agree with this write up, especially with offseason, contract extensions, and the jersey bug for MLO.
    Contract extension bug along with the mentor system omissions seems like an easy fix for the devs but what do I know. Let's hope they are addressed!
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    Great article, he definitely touches on a lot of the issues and concerns that our MLO community has been dealing with for a few seasons. Hopefully the 2K devs see this and make some considerable changes so we can enjoy a more robust MLO experience.
    ChaseB

    We are less than a month away from NBA 2K21 releasing on current gen. There has...
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    Great write up u hit on all the points that the sim community has been starving for in a MLO. Hopefully it replicates what the offline version provides right now. We can only hope lol.
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    2k20 overall is an excellent game in my opinion but I would like to see a few things to improve the product for online leagues.
    1. More separation between stars and perineal bench players. It is very frustrating to see a 72 overall with a 72 three ball shoot consistantly like Ray Allen.
    2. Overpowered abilities...No reason why players like Andre Drummond can average 25 rebounds per game. You literally can see the ball morph to his hands when he is out of position. Part 2 of this is better physics, this will prevent players who are boxed out by two 7 foot players from somehow jumping out the gym to get rebounds.
    3.Fix layup system, no way a professional misses layups constantly especially all stars. One could argue stick skills but hell some should go in on GP alone.
    4. Adopt some type of skill based progression system so it is up to the us to build up skills similar to dare I say Madden. Have drills to complete and receive points to assign based on how well you performed the drill. Current progression system allows bums to be all stars in two years
    5. Allow leagues to test the game and show you the bugs or things that need tweaking. Longtime leagues like SCH, home to some of the most dedicated and hardcore NBA 2k players around would gladly test for you.
    Again, overall a great game and fun to play.

Scott plays a variety of sports games and is a commissioner of USDA & SSBA 2K online leagues. I am huge Chicago sports fan (Bulls, Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks) and try to play with them any chance I can get.

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