Don't forget Tiant
I bought the DD edition, in case that extra amount counts as "spending on the game"
That said, I wait until there's a stub sale, then buy 1-2 of the 150k packs. Outside of purchasing the game, I suspect I'll drop $200-$300 on stubs, and try to hit on enough investments to buy everything else
No judgment about which pitcher is "better", but unless you are close to finishing the Nen program, just buy Trienen and enjoy him for the next week until TS19 drops. He's not crazy expensive.
A 1980 All-Star version would probably be rated around 86-88, which would be comparable to other special edition players. 100 steals in 126 attempts, 303/420/399 triple slash, good defense in LF.
Not sure until I see all the cards available at launch, but based on what we know right now, my order is Morgan, Robinson, Gwynn, Thomas, Snider
If I pick any starting pitcher, it'll be Oswalt because I'm an Astros fan
I also don't want to pick anybody that will have a Signature card, so I'm leaning toward Posey, Kendall or Kinsler.
The deeper dive into XP Rewards was probably the best part of today's stream. Infinitely better than the Ticket Counter
To me, the Immortals were basically Pepe Alazar from TS17, a completely fictional player not based in reality.
To use Nolan Ryan as an example, when he was pitching tons of innings and racking up tons of Ks in the 1970s, he walked more batters. As he got older he improved his command and control but he struck out fewer batters and pitched fewer innings. The Immortal Ryan had his pure power and stamina of the 1970s combined with the improved command of the late 1980s, which doesn't correspond to the pitcher Ryan was at any point in real life.
I don't want to come off as saying the Signature Series are dumb, or wrong, or inappropriate or anything like that. I won't insult anybody for being excited about them. Signature Series is a definite improvement on Immortals, but it's my personal preference to have players in the game that accurately reflect their historical counterparts.
I really enjoyed and was excited by everything except the details about Signature Series cards, which confirmed them as slightly weakened, more varied, less grind-y Immortals with better card art (that one is just my opinion). SDS should've kept it simple and just had their peak year Topps cards be the highest rated version of the player.
But rather than just dwell on the one thing I disliked, here are some things I liked;
-The XP Rewards program has a really nice sliding scale of rewards, consistently getting better and better as you progress.
-Loads of collection types for those of us (myself certainly included) who like to play the market and collect everything.
-Some solid legend reveals (Newhouser, Mattingly, B. Boone, Burnett), but still waiting on Craig Biggio SDS!
-Team Affinity rewards appear to be as good, if not slightly better, than TS18's Team Epic rewards, with much, much more palatable exchange/grind requirements.
-Battle Royale redraft
I'm expecting Wagner and Tris Speaker this week for no other reason than it seems like SDS made a huge push for early 20th century players for TS19. Why stop at Cy, Walter, Mathewson, Hornsby, Foxx, Gehrig and Cobb?
Hopefully, a similar push is made for 90s/2000s players either this year (and they haven't announced most of them yet) or TS20.
Also, looking at the blurred out flawless BR rewards, the middle one appears to be the HW Dale Murphy
I agree with Gradek, if these cards aren't representing an actual season the player had, they are just immortals with an improved card design. Not sure why they went this way, but there's also a lot left to discover, so I'll hold off on a final opinion at least until after the Thursday stream.
The Team Affinity programs look pretty sweet. When they show the Orioles program, you can see you earn Program Points by winning M2O on all the different difficulty levels. I'm assuming that, like the inning programs, there will be more available points to earn than are required to finish, but it does look like M2O will be worth playing extensively in TS19.
Based on the added importance of velocity and the seeming focus on older players, I'll go with Randy Johnson and Tris Speaker for today's big reveals
If they reveal four again instead of two, I'll add Carlos Beltran and Johan Santana
Bonus diamond flashback reveal predictions
Phillies - IV 2013 Cliff Lee
Dodgers - AS 1954 Jackie Robinson
Blue Jays - PS 1993 Joe Carter
Athletics - AS 1988 Dennis Eckersley
Astros - Forrest Whitley
I made the comment four days ago, several hours before the stream started. Would've rather been right in predicting Big Unit, but there's still time.
This is the correct answer
For the Astros, you could do an entire program just off the 2017 postseason
-Jose Altuve 3 HRs in Game 1 ALDS vs. BOS
-Justin Verlander 21 Ks in 16 IP in ALCS vs. NYY
-Lance McCullers pitches final four innings of Game 7 ALCS
-George Springer 5 HRs in World Series vs. LAD
-Marwin Gonzalez HR off Kenley Jansen Game 2 World Series
-Alex Bregman walk-off single off Jansen Game 5 World Series
-Charlie Morton pitches final four innings of Game 7 World Series
Outside of 2017, Mike Scott tossing a no-hitter against the Giants to clinch the 1986 NL West title could be fun
With the emphasis on making fastballs and contact more effective, I'll say Randy Johnson and Rogers Hornsby
I agree with all of this - I would just add why can't SDS do both? No reason a robust uniform/logo creator can't exist side-by-side with using actual real-life uniforms
My DD is going extremely slow on the off moments it's connected. Can play the market through the web fine though
Probably Mays, with Pudge a close second
Still hoping for Biggio to be added, who would automatically be #1 on my list