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Top Five Changes Needed for NBA 2K19's MyTeam

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Top Five Changes Needed for NBA 2K19's MyTeam

NBA 2K19 will be here before we know it, and even though a ton of people are complaining about this year’s MyTeam, I doubt 2K would even consider dropping the mode. That being said, maybe there’s still time to fix some of the issues (or just improve what’s already great) before September rolls around.

Here are the top five changes I would make to MyTeam, and please leave your own ideas/wishes/complaints below. You never know who might see them.

A Better Online Experience

I’m not even talking about modes or options, that’s a discussion for another day, I’m just talking about the gameplay.

Wouldn’t it be great if 2K online played as smoothly as Call of Duty? I don’t know the technical reasons behind why there seems to be so many issues, but after this many years, I would hope we’d see some more improvements to latency and stability. Maybe 2K19 will shut me up.

More Offline Options

I had some ideas for an upgraded Domination mode back around the All-Star break, which if implemented would make me very very very happy, but there’s a lot more that could be done offline.

Schedule mode technically has a lot of playable content, but the rewards make it tough to justify the grind. So if schedule mode continues in 2K19, let’s get more than just measly MT rewards. Let’s get some packs or specific cards. Maybe even cards you can’t get any other way. Let us earn (heaven-forbid) some VC! That might get people focused on other modes like MyCareer or MyLeague to dip into MyTeam.

And we definitely need more moments challenges (or challenges of any kind, really). Like a historic challenge that forces us to use a specific historic card, and then that could be a way for us to earn historic packs.

Or, if the Warriors blow out a team by 40 one night in December, give me a chance to use my squad against that Warriors team (complete with souped up “moments” level stats, instead of the stock Warriors ratings). Like a full game with 12-minute quarters so the bench has more of an impact. Then give me a huge reward for putting in that time, like a special Klay Thompson card or something. Or better yet, my choice between any of those Warriors cards, but maybe the cards are limited, so whoever completes the challenge early gets more options. And eventually someone who completes the challenges gets stuck with David West. It would be an emerald or sapphire if he had a good game — but still. I just want a little more drama in the game.

Basically, I think we need to have a variety of rewards that can be earned in a variety of ways. Oh, and don’t force me to play Pack and Playoffs to unlock cards either, that totally sucks.

Integration With Other Modes

Last year, or maybe two years ago, you could earn MyTeam cards by playing through MyCareer. That was great, let’s take that to the next level.

If I win a championship in MyGM, give me some MyTeam packs. Or players specific to the team I won that championship with. If I grind MyLeague and take my Rockets through a few seasons and improve the team, reward me. If I win MVP with Zhou Qi in 2021, give me a diamond card I can use in MyTeam. That kind of stuff would ensure people have very different teams without a lot of card overlap. And it would really motivate me to play other modes and take them seriously.

And the rewards should change based on the difficulty. Wining a title with the Rockets is one thing, but if I create an expansion team, build them up over five seasons and win a championship, give me like five boxes of cards. Or enough MT to buy what I want. Speaking of which, MT should be available in any mode. Give me a choice between taking VC or MT if I play a blacktop game or a play now game.

More (And More Consistent) Content

Other games with card collecting modes (like Madden) get way more content than we do.

In addition to moments cards, give us more specialty drops, like the Chinese New Year stuff. That was cool. Or when we could earn a Jeremy Lin from weekly challenges. It’s a card collecting mode, so there needs to be more cards. Yes some of them are silly and overpowered, but that’s the beauty of the mode. If I wanted to play with regular Jeremy Lin, I could starts a Nets MyLeague, but I’m only getting a souped-up amethyst Lin in MyTeam.

And don’t wait until after the All-Star break either.

The problem with the PD Harden situation was that if you didn’t have Harden, you were screwed. Once the flood gates open, give us some other high-powered options. But maybe do it with cards or players that people generally aren’t interested in.

For example, a diamond Bob Cousy was released a couple of weeks ago, and within hours he was down to 15K in the auction house. Part of it was over saturation, but I think mainly it was because no one seems to care about poor Bob Cousy. But if a diamond Cousy came out in October, people would learn to love him. Which again, is part of the reason I love MyTeam — playing with and appreciating NBA players that aren’t necessarily on my radar.

When I think about how much time and MT I (and others) spent on sapphires and rubies early in the year, it makes me sick.

I understand that they are trying to keep a level playing field, but in the NBA, a team isn’t made up of emerald and sapphire players. There is usually one superstar (a diamond) with a couple stars (amethysts or sapphires) surrounded by role players (emeralds and below). Hopefully there’s a way to get teams like that closer to the beginning of the year while still balancing the competition.

Let Us Create Cards

This one is a bit outside the box, but what if each MyTeam player had the power to make cards. Limit it, obviously — maybe just five throughout the year, like one from each gem tier for example. We could use real NBA Players (current or historic) as templates, or maybe even import our MyCareer player.

I mentioned a potential diamond Zhou Qi, and the amethyst Jeremy Lin we actually got this year, but everyone has favorite players they’d love to see fantasy versions of. Give us the chance to live out those fantasies and let us do all the work. I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Well, people are going to just make every rating 99, that’s not fair!” Well, guess what, 2K is already making those kinds of players. We might as well have a little say in the proceedings.

This is definitely just the tip of the iceberg, what do you guys and gals think?


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  1. i don't play that kind of mode but please improve little bit better in My League especially add dot in relocation team like because i can't add dot on my relocate team for create home court
    Get rid of contracts. The nickle and dime-ing is ridiculous and Im not buying 2k19, but the removal of contracts might have me taking a look at 2k20.   
    The BIGGEST thing needed in my opinion is more realistic ratings on cards as well as cards that feel like they represent the player at the time the card represents rather than just being a more juiced version of the player. Each player should have unique strengths and weaknesses based on the time period of their card. An older Jordan would be better than a younger one in a lot of ways, but the younger version would be more athletic. So a diamond Jordan might be less athletic than the amethyst, but the diamond would be a superior shooter, post scorer and all around craftier player.
    As for more realistic card ratings, the centers of yesterday need to lack a three pointer, but there needs to be an advantage to running them. I don't completely know how to go about this, but the five-out needs to die somehow. Certainly, there are a lot of fine shooting big men right now, but only two of the big names truly deserve a three-point rating above 90: Towns and Horford. There are a handful of others who would probably deserve that rating too, but most of them are lesser names that no one is running anyway. I based that on players shooting north of 40% from three. Anyone below that should start dipping into the 80s. This would be guys like Olynyk, Speights, Kaminsky and even Jokic (who is close to 40.). There is NO WAY that there should be a Joel Embiid card with 90 open 3 when his high 3 point mark is 36.7% in a season with small sample size and has regressed to what seems to be his mean this season. This would help players like Olajuwon to be viable even without a horribly unrealistic 89 three point shot. Manute Bol, who had a high-water mark of 31% from three and a career percentage closer to 21%, has a card with an 87 open three. Ewing has an 85, and that is just the top 30 three point shooting centers in the game. That's right... Patrick Ewing has the 30th best three pointer in the game for centers.  That NEEDS to change. When it does, the 5-out garbage will die right with it.
    How about, HOW GIVES A $H1T!! Lose the BS story modes that you can't skip through and give me a better create a player option or I am bypassing 2k19 all together! I have bought every 2k since 2k has been 2K and I am on the verge of leaving it right on the shelf this year.
    I feel like I say the same thing every year but I would like:
    Make all cards dynamic, stop releasing ridiculous stat cards (this will never happen), and if a player has a hot game/streak, player of the week/month etc, give the cards a temp boost in stats.
    Domination: Make the games harder in difficulty and remove the VC requirements.
    I think those two factors alone would make me return to playing MyTeam, although I'm not the target market as I'm not interested in paying for anything, I just want to play single-player and slowly build my team up, whilst playing challenging games against the CPU.
    I agree with the guy with the 300-point font. I ended up with five players out-of-contract, no VC/MT to spare and I'm certainly not spending real money. So I quit and haven't gone back.

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