Not to pile on, but I will. The games watered down. I’ve said this before, there’s nothing special about any of it this year so far. Maybe it’ll change, but I doubt it. No one can achieve something without making sure everyone can get it. In years past, there were cards that meant something, it meant you were either 1) better than most, or b) spent more than most. Each option was fine and each option had its pros and cons, but at then end of the day, it was a special card. I remember in 17 (or maybe it was 18, they’ll all blur together) the only way you were getting Chipper was a long [censored] grind, and those that got him, felt a sense of some major accomplishment. Now, just play 15-20 mins a day and you can get it because SDS will make sure no ones special. Need more XP, here’s 50k for collecting a card that’s worthless and only takes 15 mins of moments. You can’t make WS? Here, go win/gimmick your way to 40 wins or wait 2-3 weeks and it’ll be dirt cheap so everyone can have it.
It’s the ultimate participation trophy collection game. I used to wait in massive anticipation for each new ranked season to see what special card I might want to work my [censored] off for, now, meh, I’ll wait two weeks, try it out and then face it in every game I play online. Events? Not worth the effort anymore, cards are barely exciting and it’s turns into whoever can cheese/gimmick/glitch their way to the top level the quickest, wins, sort of.
It’s all too watered down now. I can load up a RS game, close my eyes, and wait till 4 pitches in and pretty much guess my opponents lineup, starting pitcher, and pitch count with about 90% accuracy. Where’s the excitement? I don’t know, ask SDS, they’re caving just like their mentor Manfred. It’s a race to the bottoms at this point. I sure do hope and pray something changes soon.