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#47676 An observation on Training (and some questions)

Posted by rainsilent on October 18, 2019 - 01:32 AM

I can't answer what you are asking but I figured that I would throw a few points into here as well.


Yes, the player role makes a difference in training from what I understand. However, team tactics play a bigger role if I understand correctly.


In terms of the growth of individual skill, it has been changed as well on a player by player basis. As a result, not all players will grow the same rate for every skill. In the prior version of the game, there was little difference in the growth rate between players as a result. On top of that, not all players have a skill cap of 99 for every skill anymore. The combination of the two made it pretty impossible to distinguish elite players from the rest in the past iteration of the game.


That said I think it is more than safe to say that we are all still learning the details of the "new" development system.

#47627 S3 GHL Power Rankings

Posted by rainsilent on October 13, 2019 - 07:47 PM

Take a picture of the standings now because you will never see it again nor will you believe it if you were told about it in the future.

#47588 Something I have never seen before.

Posted by rainsilent on October 10, 2019 - 09:54 AM

0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 - 00:00 00:00 10:00 87


That is the stat line of a 4th line defensive forward. The player overall wise is below average for the league and this was a close game. 87 performance rating with no points for that kind of player I have never seen before.


Just for the record, that is +2 with no points, no shots, 2 hits and one blocked shot. Assistants report had 80 role, 90 defense, 80 offense, and 80 physicality.

#46520 Why do you play this game? (aka A tale of two seasons)

Posted by rainsilent on October 01, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Ok, I admit the title is click bait. At the same time, I want to encourage that kind of thinking from you. You don't have to answer it here as it is more rhetorical. Now to what I was am making this post about.


My two teams just finished their respective seasons. My CHL team in Buzzer finished 1st in the conference and will be promoting to the BHL. My Cage team in the GHL made it to the conference finals in spectacular fashion winning 4 games in a shootout in the process on a playoff run that lasted way longer than it really should have. The absurdity of the team winning one, let alone four, shootout is ridiculous when you look at my team's record for winning shootouts. This team, statistically, wins around 1/3rd of all games that go to a shootout so to win four is just amazing.


That said the two teams couldn't have been any more different relative. The team in Buzzer I am building from within as I climb the leagues. This meant that this prior offseason I had quite a bit of cap space thanks to using a number of players on entry-level deals. I had decided to use the cap space to get the best overall players I could. What resulted was a team that dominated to the tune of a 66-2-3-9 record. It is the first time I have broken 200 points with a team. However, it was the most boring season I can recall ever experiencing. Genuinely. I didn't care to see the result of each game because most were blowouts. There wasn't anything to really learn either. Signing the best players, especially the last 3, was honestly a mistake. Sure my team won and is moving up to the next league but the prior seasons were more fun where my team was fighting it out with the other teams.


The Cage team spent most of the season jumping anywhere from 3rd to 8th in the standings with the position changing pretty much every other day. It was amazing and I was very interested in finding out the result of each and every game. With about 20 games to go in the season, the champs from last season were only about 12 points behind me with my team in 8th place. To boot, around that time I lost a 1st line defender and 2nd line winger to injury. I also shuffled my lines about throughout the season trying to balance the play of my forward group as my first line was carrying my team early on during the season. I then made some tactical changes going into the playoffs. I don't know how much of a difference those changes made as I had to play through the first two rounds of the playoffs without those two players. Overall though, the season was quite entertaining for me. This team was the 21st ranked team in the GHL talent-wise and I managed to get it to finish 10th overall.


This contrasting feeling I got from my two very different seasons made me ponder about the question I put as the title. Why do you play? What makes this game fun and has you coming back for more? Again rhetorical but I thought that I would give my own view. For me, it is the fun of competition and the ever-going challenge of team building. Without the competition though the game just turns into a boring waiting game for the next offseason where you make the most changes to your team. I don't ever want to have a season as I did with the Buzzer team again for that reason. Be careful to avoid focusing too much on winning to the point where the game stops being fun.

#46392 Season 2 General Chat

Posted by rainsilent on September 14, 2019 - 04:42 PM

So the 21st overall team finished 10th overall in the GHL with the 14th offense, 10th defense, 5th powerplay, and 9th penalty kill. That is what I call a successful season.

#46376 Season 2 General Chat

Posted by rainsilent on September 11, 2019 - 05:25 PM

I kind of envisioned Petterson, Las and Jaros cycling deep in the offensive zone - occasionally looking up at your defenders, who are tapping their sticks out by the blue line - and going "nahhh".


Considering that they have gotten about half, if not more, of their points by getting involved in that line I would think the other way around. It is just the way I have the D playing is rather passively offensively.


I'm not peek. Historically my teams are atrocious against the offensive juggernauts of the GHL.

#46342 Season 2 General Chat

Posted by rainsilent on September 04, 2019 - 09:18 PM

So, I noticed that my 1st line C got the first start of the week and then saw that my two wingers were top of the league in scoring. Ummm... How is my first line the highest-scoring line in the GHL?

#46307 Elite prospect development in SHL

Posted by rainsilent on August 27, 2019 - 09:00 AM

On the main team in the SHL? No. So long as it doesn't say that they feel too good for the competition you are fine. If anything it is a great chance to get 2 top 4 GHL picks in a 3 season span that will ideally be a strong foundation that will keep your team in the GHL.


On that note, this is why I don't get SHL teams trading their 1st round pick to GHL teams if they are on the cusp of getting to the GHL. Unless the GHL team is offering a minimum of 5 players over 85 overall the value just isn't there to be had. You would be significantly better off getting that top 4 pick yourself no matter if you go back down or not. Also if you go back down there is an increased chance of going back up and getting another top 4 pick the next year. If you are going to trade a 1st round pick trade the one you get when you are in the GHL.


Edit: On this note, an SHL team offered a draft pick for my goalie Calcutt on my GHL team. I sent them a message asking if they were sure and they never got back to me so I never accepted it. The trade just wasn't fair for them in terms of what they could get with that pick if they promoted relative to what they got.

#46231 Scouting players

Posted by rainsilent on August 17, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Ask what you want to know as scouting can quickly get rather broad. I assume you mean scouting younger players specifically though?

#45339 Retire

Posted by rainsilent on August 09, 2019 - 01:16 PM

The only possible disagreement I can offer up is in regards to development. While I fully agree that randomness in development is good it cannot be fully random or it becomes a complete crapshoot in terms of development. That would only lead to confusing frustration. What I mean by this in regards to this game is that players shouldn't gain 3 overall one year and then not gain in overall at all the next 2+. There should be an observable slow down to development as it shouldn't appear to stop dead. There isn't enough data yet to really say exactly what is happening but the general trend appears to be that players are hitting a soft cap abruptly at around 21 and from there they crawl in terms of growth with some exceptions. Slowing around 21 is fine and understandable. Going from rapid development abruptly to a slow crawl is a bit off considering that skill growth is largely seen in the light of as you get better it becomes harder to improve further.


That said ideally each player would be slightly different from the next with different skill caps based upon their hidden talent ratings. This, in combination with the player's ambition, should be the largest determining factors in terms of when development slows with that being loosely based upon age. That said there very well may be late bloomers in the system that don't start really developing again until 24 for example. Again we don't know because of lack of time with the current development system.

#40650 Retire

Posted by rainsilent on August 04, 2019 - 01:16 AM

If not that then at least have more noticeable development in the 22-27 age range.


In other words more steady development over an extended time over the current burst development, talking in general, with ideally the same end results.


As for young players even at the top just up and retiring it still happens. It is just rarer. Paul Ranger as a real-life NHL example. He attempted a comeback which ultimately lead to nothing I grant but it is evidence that it does happen. Albeit as I said it is rather rare. I understand the points against it but it isn't completely unprecedented. I think the best way to take this is to try to keep an eye on how young they are consistently retiring. The frequency is the key to note here.

#40488 Player profiles [DONE]

Posted by rainsilent on July 28, 2019 - 01:45 PM

Ego - This can be looked at as the general disposition that a player has. It mainly impacts teamwork and how much the team likes to play with each other. You want to have a good mix of the best but don't get too concerned about having a few of the worse ones on your roster. It goes through these ranks from lowest to highest.

Arrogant, cocky, responsible, friendly, compassionate.


Dirty - This is how dirty a player plays the game. The dirtier a player is willing to play the more they push the boundaries of the rules to gain an advantage. That also mean they are more likely to take penalties, especially majors that aren't fighting majors. It goes through these ranks from lowest to highest.

Tough, agitator, respectful, gentle.


Leadership - This is a take on how much of a leader presence the player can have in the locker room. This is mostly relevant for whom you want to make captains for your team. This goes through these ranks from lowest to highest.

Anonymus, modest, respected, role model, motivator, commander, true leader


Big Games - This is a showing of how the player is likely to respond in big moments. The lower the ranking the more likely they are to make mistakes in big moments. It goes through these ranks from lowest to highest.

Nervous, anxious, stable, determined, heroic.


Ambition - This is a showing of how much interest the player has in the sport and how much they care about how good they are. This is mostly going to be used in conjunction with development to determine how good the player might get. This may also have an impact on how long of a career a player may have. This goes through these ranks from lowest to highest.

Lazy, half-hearted, enthusiastic, purposeful, ambitious.


Hidden profile:

There is one hidden profile that used to be known. Talent. It was hidden for obvious reason. Everyone would go after the players with the highest ranking in this category without touching any of the others if at all possible. It made it too easy to go after the players that were most likely to be the best in the game.


The rankings might not be fully accurate but they are to the best of my knowledge. Also, I don't think I did the best job of describing the different profile points so do not hesitate to point out what is missing or may be worth including.

#40410 My thoughts on endurance

Posted by rainsilent on July 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

I run everyone on my team at hard and just split up the playing time to keep them from getting tired.


Also, the first injury of the season just happened.

#40408 Player profiles [DONE]

Posted by rainsilent on July 22, 2019 - 11:50 AM

I'll hit this and a few others this week. I'm going to start with this one though.

#40342 NHL discussion

Posted by rainsilent on July 18, 2019 - 09:40 AM

In this case that isn't likely, tho be since many teams are within 6 million of the salary cap. The only team with plenty of cap space to really use is Ottawa and I don't see them doing much, to be honest. Case in point the Zack Smith, Artem Anisimov trade. It was done to get Ottawa above the cap floor. To boot they are actually paying Anisimov less than they would be paying Zach Smith because half of that cap hit was a contract bonus that took effect July 1st.


All the Pens need to do is get Pettersson resigned and their top 4 is good. They just need to get JJ's cap hit out to likely do that.