My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit

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Coming into MLB20, I was a full-time RTTS player for many years. I decided to give DD a shot starting in mid-May and never looked back. Having learned along the way this year, with tons of help from you guys, I have my "to-do" list ready for MLB21:

  1. Create a CAP day 1. I didn't even know what a CAP was until July. I need to get on that first thing.

  2. Start working the market. I was one of those "buy now/sell now" guys when I started DD (gasp). Once I learned how to work the market, it made a huge difference.

  3. Start working on TA right away. It took me a long time to catch up, but once TA4 was released I had all the Finest done in an hour after doing the exchanges.

  4. Start "prestiging" guys early. I'm assuming there's not a whole lot of "presigeable" players right out of the gate, but I should probably start right away. Thoughts?

  5. RS/Events/BR - do you guys focus on any one of these early in the season? I will never go 12-0 in BR. I do OK in Events. RS? Meh. I can hold in the 500-700 range.

Let me know what I'm missing. Thank you 👍

SDS

@arvcpa said in My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit:

Coming into MLB20, I was a full-time RTTS player for many years. I decided to give DD a shot starting in mid-May and never looked back. Having learned along the way this year, with tons of help from you guys, I have my "to-do" list ready for MLB21:

  1. Create a CAP day 1. I didn't even know what a CAP was until July. I need to get on that first thing.

  2. Start working the market. I was one of those "buy now/sell now" guys when I started DD (gasp). Once I learned how to work the market, it made a huge difference.

  3. Start working on TA right away. It took me a long time to catch up, but once TA4 was released I had all the Finest done in an hour after doing the exchanges.

  4. Start "prestiging" guys early. I'm assuming there's not a whole lot of "presigeable" players right out of the gate, but I should probably start right away. Thoughts?

  5. RS/Events/BR - do you guys focus on any one of these early in the season? I will never go 12-0 in BR. I do OK in Events. RS? Meh. I can hold in the 500-700 range.

Let me know what I'm missing. Thank you 👍

#3 Easiest way is to play MTO.

SDS

First year for me playing this game in any capacity. My thoughts are very similar to yours.

SDS

Investing in live series cards that could get upgraded is a lot more effective than working the market the first couple months IMO. The margins are pretty thin early in the year. You can still flip effectively if you can handle a large volume but the profit per card isn't great

SDS

This is my second year playing DD and my first year playing for the full game cycle and one thing I learned that I will change for next year is to wait a couple weeks to get in to a ranked seasons game if you're not a pay to win player. I refuse to spend a penny on the game (beside buying the game) and that hurt me at the beginning of the game because I was lucky to have a couple gold cards and I would get stuck playing guys with a bunch of diamonds already which I assume is because they put actual money in to the game so a piece of advice I would give from my personal experience is to build up your team a little before hopping in to ranked seasons.

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@bayareaj1991 said in My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit:

build up your team a little before hopping in to ranked seasons

So, full disclosure...

Like I said, it was mid-May when I started DD. In my first RS game, I simply loaded up all Pirate LS cards and entered a game. And... was immediately destroyed. I would have never guessed that outcome 🙃

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@the_dragon1912 said in My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit:

Investing in live series cards that could get upgraded is a lot more effective than working the market the first couple months IMO. The margins are pretty thin early in the year. You can still flip effectively if you can handle a large volume but the profit per card isn't great

This.

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Go 12-0, sell rewards, get rich, complete collections. Then get into ranked seasons, get world series, sell the reward - maybe sell if I still need collections stubs. Grind for top 50 nameplate throughout the first month.

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@boomy_91 said in My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit:

Go 12-0, sell rewards, get rich, complete collections. Then get into ranked seasons, get world series, sell the reward - maybe sell if I still need collections stubs. Grind for top 50 nameplate throughout the first month.

Easier said than done. Lol

SDS

@boomy_91 said in My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit:

Go 12-0, sell rewards, get rich, complete collections. Then get into ranked seasons, get world series, sell the reward - maybe sell if I still need collections stubs. Grind for top 50 nameplate throughout the first month.

Ahhhh.... go 12-0. I forgot to do that this year.

SDS

@arvcpa said in My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit:

@bayareaj1991 said in My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit:

build up your team a little before hopping in to ranked seasons

So, full disclosure...

Like I said, it was mid-May when I started DD. In my first RS game, I simply loaded up all Pirate LS cards and entered a game. And... was immediately destroyed. I would have never guessed that outcome 🙃

Haha ya that's why I learned to wait a little before I hop on ranked seasons.

SDS

@arvcpa said in My "to-do" list for day 1 in MLB 21 - please edit:

Let me know what I'm missing. Thank you 👍

My advice is for the person that plays a decent amount (can grind some things) and doesn't buy a [censored] ton of stubs, rip packs etc., but:

  1. The first few days, sell most LS golds that you get in your packs. Prices are always high, particularly in the first 24 hours because content creaters / the rich are buying up LS cards left and right to get collection rewards. Buy some back once prices start to drop to field a competitive team for online.
  2. after a week or so, aim to buy all the low commons and bronze players needed to collect 25 on each team. If you do this with buy orders and show patience, you actually earn more stubs from rewards than you pay for the cards. Plus you'll get XP.
  3. Look at where you can earn sellable cards, such as events. If you can grind those rewards before others, you can sell them for a good amount of stubs and can always buy them back later when more people have earned him and the price goes down.
  4. Flipping/investing: Flipping works if you can watch the market for extended periods. Investing works if you have lots of disposable stubs (because sometimes those investments are locked up for weeks or months).
  5. Grind some RS games. Based on what you said in #5, I'd say get yourself up to the PR or WC (as high as you can get to with a good win % so you are efficient because there's lots of content early on). The first ascent takes a bit, but after that you only drop 1.5 tiers, so you'll automatically earn the associated XP/rewards from those lower levels. Then you only have to play a couple games that next season to get back to that same level. Rinse and repeat. (Note: If you play your games later in the season, you're more likely to avoid the high quality players which means you'll win more and it won't take as much time to reach that level)
  6. Lastly, depending how close you follow the game and related news and content, the market goes INSANE on content days for the first half or 2/3 of the year. If you can anticipate what is coming out, you can profit big time from this even aside from investing in LS cards that might go diamond. For example, will the new content create a significant demand for certain cards (i.e. will new programs require exchanging AL east players, or catchers or something). If yes, you can invest in those types of players well before the release and then sell them for 2-3x the price when content is released.
  7. Anything you grind offline, set your roster in a way that allows you to knock off multiple tasks at the same time. i.e. if you're doing conquest, use players needed for daily missions or team affinity. You can do this online too, but as you mentioned, first goal should be making sure your team is good if you're online.