Steve

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    Eldred Elite - Game World Biscuit
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  1. In theory. I think some have tried and even managed to be somewhat successful with this, but like a lot of things in the game, the theory doesn't always play out. I think some tactics (offense, defense, and even focus) inherently are "better" in the game engine and lead to better results even if other tactics are countered accordingly. Obviously, this is all anecdotal based on my experiences and possibly completely false, but if you look at the teams (not managers) that win over the past years (not just seasons), there is definitely a pattern for those that do well over many seasons.
  2. This is a great topic and something I have been contemplating lately after having been around this game for coming up on five years now! Lately, I've actually been almost forgetting about my team. I don't think it is because I have other distractions, I think I've just lost some of the thrill. What I liked a lot about Biscuit is that it was a small, tight community between all the GHL and SHL managers. I still feel the current system has too many teams to really communicate with more than half regularly. Its still more or less the same 10 of us from Biscuit that talk in Cage. I like the discussion, open analysis, and joking around. Most of that is gone now. I also feel like the reboot isn't really any better than it was before (slight improvements) and I admit I've struggled as a manager a lot more in Cage than Biscuit. Part of me wants to do the rebuild at a lower level and just enjoy the game without the threat of demotion which generally erases most of all the effort you put into that season or even seasons before. I really enjoy the experimentation and knowing that even when you find something that works, you will have to fiddle with it throughout the season. I do feel like there is a bit of a magic formula that takes away from the game (how many teams use control the puck, for instance?!?!?), but like Paul, I've used and tried almost every offense and defense combo over the years and enjoy making a team into a style. Winning is fun, losing is not, but if you have a fun community, it's fun to laugh about getting spanked 7-1, haha.
  3. Truly epic. In fact, my team was so impressed they kept stopping and watching him skate right on past!
  4. I hate repeating myself, but looking through Cage, definitely less than half the teams have managers. This is down significantly from about six months ago. GHL is only level where close to half of managers are human! I honestly think if you want to grow this game in NA (a big if, perhaps), you need to do a NHL style league. No promotions or demotions and more stable rosters. Case in point, everyone wants to be in GHL for a reason because it is the top. If you only have one league, then more people will stay. And clearly the need for 168 teams per world was a slight over estimate. Having a solid and active league of 30-40 managers would make it more fun for everyone. Maybe there isn't a business case for this, fair point, but to be honest, I'd seriously be questioning the current business model based on subscription levels based on Cage. I'm not trying to be a dick, I love GPHM, even if it is in my nightmares and seems to hate me, but the reality of what it would be and is aren't coming together. How full are the A and B worlds?
  5. I like these posts too, but hate to write that much because I figure no one really wants to read 3-4 paragraphs about my team. But in a nutshell, my team is the complete OPPOSITE of the Minutemen! Elite's preseason ranking came in around 11th (too lazy to actually look), which surprised me because I felt my off-season moves (two, get to later) made me a lot better and I missed out on 8th place due to a second tiebreaker, really lousy since I beat 1st place team in our regular season series. But trying to move on, I felt I'd be somewhere 6-8 in standings and be fine. I'm currently in 11th after pulling myself up from 13th just a week ago, but here are my rankings: GOALS PER GAME 17th 2,8 GOALS AGAINST 14th 2,8 POWERPLAY 23th 17,5% PENALTY KILL 1st 89,1% Based on those numbers alone, I should be right where I expected, which is lower level of playoff teams in my division. However, I'mm currently 11pts out. I've improved a lot on my GPG and GA in the past week with a couple minor tweaks. That being said, I think my corsi numbers do show my team (taking the whole season into account) has been underachieving. Two of the three players I added have been totally useless. I don't feel bad about the trades (gave up SHL players to a demoting team), but they haven't added the extra punch I expected of them. Hoping there is still time. Luckily, both on the last year of contracts. Where I really struggle with the advanced stats is what to do with individual players and analysis. Is it them, their linemate, role, all of the above? Also, I feel sometimes the numbers contradict what actually happens big picture team wise, but maybe I'm just not connecting the dots.
  6. Steve

    Cage trash talk

    I guess that much be it, but didn't think that much. Oh well, looking forward to having my team play SHL level teams which seems to be where they are at, haha.
  7. Steve

    Cage trash talk

    Is this the correct forum where I come to trash talk my own team?!?! haha. I honestly have no idea what to do differently than last year when we finished 8/9. Who wants to do a full team trade?!?!
  8. Steve

    Cage trash talk

    I think I only have 1-2 guys on my whole roster that are even showing up every night. Oh well, at least I can pad my playoff stats by winning the regulation playoffs! hahaha.
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    Advanced stats help

    Hey everyone, I'm a bit old school and think I understand the gist of most of the advanced stats, but wonder what others thoughts are. How will you use this data and are 20 games in even enough of a data sample to make accurate projections. Could someone also do a quick description of each stat and it's relevance? Thanks.
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    S3 GHL Power Rankings

    Ha, my team presumably got way better, but not my rankings. Oh well, see what happens, but I feel pretty confident compared to last season. Famous last words...
  11. Agree with you here and guilty as charged. But at least you have another person agreeing to it. Granted the computer AI is a lot better (and maybe better than ME when it comes to trade analysis) than it used to be, but it just opens up this never ending saga that has plagued this and other online community games since Day 1. That's why I'd rather just see it go away so it is one less thing to make people quit playing over.
  12. I'm fine not trying to trade with Union ever, but agree that if just 1-2 managers get stacked offers, it is not only unfair, it totally takes the fun out of the game. Kind of surprised that someone hasn't swooped in to take over since it's an amazing team and at the GHL level.
  13. I'm feeling more Spinal Tap with Stonehenge.....ha! For what it's worth, I changed my logo again (my Biscuit one also didn't come over) and my 3rd color for season three.
  14. Steve

    Season 2 General Chat

    Some itchy trigger fingers for free agency! Don't spend too much, fellas! Actually, please do!!!