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Finest Flashbacks, Holiday Epic, and Forever Event

While we say goodbye to 2017 and inch closer to opening day in 2018, Diamond Dynasty celebrates a year of baseball and beyond.

THE SHOW’S FINEST


This season, we witnessed surprising breakout performances and expected dominance from veteran stars. That’s why we felt compelled to create 16 special Flashbacks to commemorate The Show’s Finest, including the MVP and Cy Young award winners.

Hardware Flashback Jose Altuve is the final reward of the Finest Program – a Program that rewards you with a total of four Diamond Finest Flashbacks, 21 packs, plus XP, Stubs and Tickets.

The Finest Program Missions challenge you to hit and pitch with every type of player Series in Diamond Dynasty, from Rookies to All-Stars. You can complete these Missions against the CPU or in multiplayer games.

As you finish your Missions, you can redeem the following 2017 Finest Flashbacks in the Program:

  • 25% reward: Impact Veteran Flashback Pat Neshek (Diamond, 94 OVR RP Colorado)
  • 50% reward: Breakout Flashback Marcell Ozuna (Diamond, 94 OVR LF Miami)
  • 75% reward: All-Star Flashback Stephen Strasburg (Diamond, 95 OVR SP Washington)
  • 100% reward: Hardware Flashback Jose Altuve (Diamond, 99 OVR 2B Houston)

In addition to the hitting and pitching Missions, you will need to collect 10 of the Finest Flashback player items. They can be acquired through the Community Market, Ticket Counter or in the new Finest Pack.

In the Show Shop, the Finest Pack guarantees one Diamond Flashback needed in the Finest Program plus three other player items.

Cost: 30,000 Stubs
Limit: None

The nine Finest Flashbacks appearing in the pack include:

  1. All-Star Flashback Kenley Jansen (Diamond, 99 OVR CP Los Angeles)
  2. Impact Veteran Flashback Joey Votto (Diamond, 99 OVR 1B Cincinnati)
  3. Hardware Flashback Corey Kluber (Diamond, 98 OVR SP Cleveland)
  4. Impact Veteran Flashback Anthony Rendon (Diamond, 97 OVR 3B Washington)
  5. Hardware Flashback Max Scherzer (Diamond, 95 OVR SP Washington)
  6. Hardware Flashback Giancarlo Stanton (Diamond, 95 OVR RF Miami)
  7. All-Star Flashback Francisco Lindor (Diamond, 94 OVR SS Cleveland)
  8. All-Star Flashback Gary Sanchez (Diamond, 93 OVR Catcher New York Yankees)
  9. Breakout Flashback Luis Severino (Diamond, 93 OVR SP New York Yankees)

Three more of the Finest Flashbacks appear in the Ticket Counter:

  • Impact Veteran Flashback Chris Sale (Diamond, 99 OVR SP Boston) can be acquired at XP Level Diamond 100 for 12,000 Tickets
  • All-Star Flashback Charlie Blackmon (Diamond, 94 OVR CF Colorado) can be acquired at XP Level Diamond Zero for 6,000 Tickets
  • Breakout Flashback Chad Green (Diamond, 93 OVR RP New York Yankees) can be acquired at XP Level Zero for 6,000 Tickets

HOLIDAY PLAYER EPIC


The former most valuable player, Hardware Flashback Ryan Braun, is the new reward for the Holiday Player Epic. You will need to play with Legend and Flashback outfielders and collect the new Holiday equipment to earn his 99 overall Flashback player item.

Look for the new Missions under the Player Epic Mission category screen in Diamond Dynasty.

Ryan Braun I – Defeat the Milwaukee Brewers on All-Star difficulty VS CPU
Ryan Braun II – Tally stats with Legend and Flashback outfielders
Ryan Braun III – Collect one of each Holiday equipment item (6 total)

In the Show Shop, the new Holiday Pack guarantees one Holiday equipment item and three other player items. There are six different pieces of Holiday equipment to collect in the Holiday Epic for Flashback Ryan Braun. The equipment can be bought and sold on the Community Market (Tip: use the Rarity filter and select Holiday).

Cost: 5,000 Stubs
Limit: None

FOREVER EVENT


The final, never-ending Event in MLB The Show 17 is fittingly called the Forever Event, and it features two powerful Flashback rewards! Similar to an Event earlier this year (Advantage: Hitters), you should prepare for back-and-forth slugfests as lineups will be loaded with elite hitters and Silver or below pitchers.

Start: December 15
End: Never
Length: 6-inning games
Team Overall: 99 OVR
Cost: Events are free to enter
Hitters: Only Legends and Flashbacks (Diamond, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Common rarity tiers)
Pitchers: Any Series (Only Silver, Bronze and Common rarity tiers)

REWARDS

25 WINS CUMULATIVE: 1 Hardware Series Pack
50 WINS CUMULATIVE: Hardware Flashback Albert Pujols (Diamond, 97 OVR 3B)
75 WINS CUMULATIVE: 1 Diamond Live Series player item (90-99 OVR)
100 WINS CUMULATIVE: All-Star Flashback Mike Trout (Diamond, 99 OVR CF)

3 WINS PER ENTRY: 1 Low Gold Live Series player item
6 WINS PER ENTRY: 1 High Gold Live Series player item
9 WINS PER ENTRY: 1 Low Diamond Live Series player item (90-93 OVR)
12 WINS PER ENTRY: 1 Any Diamond Live Series player item (90-99 OVR)

Q: Do I have to win 12 games-in-a-row without losing to get these rewards?
A: No. Similar to Battle Royale, you can earn the 12-win reward even if you lose once during the entry. Your record would be 12-1. Your wins per entry only resets after losing twice.

Q: If I win 12 games in the same Event entry, do I collect all of the 3, 6, 9 and 12-win rewards?
A: Yes.

EVENT DOUBLE ELIMINATION
Two losses eliminates your current lineup entry from the Event, but you can re-enter for free right away with any lineup that meets the Event requirements. The benefit of double elimination is the opportunity to rebuild your team if you want to swap out players.

Q: If I lose two games and my current lineup is eliminated from the Event, does it reset my Cumulative Wins?
A: No, the Cumulative Wins will keep counting. 

PRICE DROP FOR STANDARD PACK BUNDLES


You can find big discounts in the Show Shop on all bundles of Standard Packs – and the best part – the new prices are permanent.

  • 10-Standard Pack Bundle: 8,000 Stubs (20% discount)
  • 20-Standard Pack Bundle: 15,000 Stubs (25% discount)
  • 50-Standard Pack Bundle: 35,000 Stubs (30% discount)
  • 100-Stanard Pack Bundle: 50,000 Stubs (50% discount)

2017 PRE-ORDER MISSION STARTERS NOW IN TICKET COUNTER


In the Ticket Counter, the launch day Gold and Diamond Mission starters that came with 2017 pre-orders can be purchased with Tickets. We included the players that will trigger missions in the Starter Mission category AND the player items that are the rewards. It’s up to you if you want to do the Missions to earn a pack that contains one of the player rewards, or just skip straight to buying the exact player you want with Tickets, such as All-Star Flashback Chris Archer (pictured above).

These Legends and Flashbacks will randomly rotate through different slots of the Ticket Counter based on the countdown timers.

These items trigger Starter Missions where you tally stats with the player in your lineup:

  • Rookie Flashback Rick Porcello
  • All-Star Flashback Joc Pederson
  • Rookie Legend Jim Palmer
  • Impact Veteran Flashback Dante Bichette
  • Rookie Legend Johnny Damon
  • All-Star Flashback Chris Tillman
  • All-Star Flashback Brock Holt
  • Impact Veteran Legend Jack Morris

These items are found in the pack rewards for completing the Starter Missions, but you can also acquire them in the Ticket Counter now:

  • Breakout Legend Dave Stieb
  • Breakout Flashback Mike Minor
  • Breakout Flashback David Peralta
  • Postseason Legend Tony Perez
  • Breakout Legend Eric Karros
  • All-Star Flashback A.J. Pollock
  • All-Star Flashback Chris Archer
  • Breakout Legend Tom Seaver

Q: How did you select the Finest Flashbacks and rate their attributes?
A: We selected players who performed the best at each position in 2017 based on traditional statistics and advanced metrics such as WAR. We factored in the award winners and omitted players who missed big chunks of the season. Any time you try to define the premier players at each position it brings about debate – and we did plenty of that in the studio. Several well-deserving players missed the cut, but that’s the case with any award selection process.

We rated the Finest players’ attributes like the majority of Legends and Flashbacks, which are based on their isolated stats from a single season. It differs from Live Series attributes, which take into account 3-year statistical averages.

Q: Why are the Forever Event games 6 innings long?
A: We like giving you options to play 3, 6 or 9 inning games in Diamond Dynasty to help fit the amount of time you want to play. Other modes have 3- and 9-inning games, and the Event offers something right in the middle.

Q: Will there be anything new in Diamond Dynasty after today?
A: Look for a few announcements on social media around the holidays, and claim your Ranked Season rewards on Jan. 16. Our team has its sights set on making MLB The Show 18 even better, and we are excited to show you more.

Happy Holidays!