The week is in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter, which means it’s time for the Sunday Substitute! It’s the article where I get some valuable minutes while the star is resting on the bench. I might not have the time to do this every week, but I like to think I’m still making a contribution to the team. Today’s subject is MyTEAM in NBA 2K17 and why I’ve become addicted to the mode once again.
After my experience with NBA 2K16, I constantly told myself I wouldn’t get sucked into MyTEAM in NBA 2K17. The amount of money I spent buying packs (yes, I spent real money), the lack of value in those packs, and the amount of times I drew Jarnell Stokes deterred me. I was resolute; MyTEAM would not get me in NBA 2K17!
Sure, I played the mode casually here and there, completing Domination and the odd challenge, but I thought I was doing okay. I wasn’t hooked. But in the past week and a half, MyTEAM has consumed my 2K experience once again. I completed every Weekly Challenge and every Moments Challenge I was eligible for, as well finishing Historic Domination.
If MyTEAM hadn’t changed much from NBA 2K16, I would not have felt the need to play it again. Frankly, I was sick of getting ripped off by a mode that I otherwise enjoyed. But I think that NBA 2K17 has improved the mode significantly in quite a few areas. With that in mind, here are a few reasons why I have managed to become addicted to MyTEAM again.
Great Players Are Easier to Get
Believe it or not, the higher priced players in the NBA 2K17 MyTEAM collections are the Bronze cards. If you are someone who puts more emphasis on completing the Domination modes and the various challenges, this will suit you far more than if you’re a person looking to complete collections. This pricing structure allows you to get good players quickly and relegate the scrub cards you initially drew to the virtual sleeves of your collection.
There are obvious exceptions to this rule. If you want Michael Jordan, LeBron James or any other majorly elite cards in the game, you will have to pay significant amounts for them. The same can be said for players featured in Moments challenges. However, I believe the current marketplace still encourages the users to buy the best players first, since I was able to get Dirk Nowitzki for less than 1,000 MT and the likes of Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook for less than 3,000.
MT Is Plentiful
As Andrew stated in a previous Monday Tip-Off article, 2K has become very conservative when it comes to rewarding Virtual Currency. However, I don’t believe the same can be said about MT. In fact, it seems to be a lot easier to get in NBA 2K17, because the Weekly and Moments Challenges are constantly being updated and they allow you to accumulate a significant amount of MT in a small amount of time.
The Moments challenges are the best example of 2K being generous with MT, since you can generally earn 8,000-10,000 MT by completing a single challenge. These games can become a bit farcical in nature, with individual milestones being the main emphasis, but it’s still better way to earn MT than having to grind for it. This has allowed me to buy more cards and not feel burned out in the process. Let’s just hope this isn’t nerfed in NBA 2K18.
MyTEAM Collection Rewards Are Better
MyTEAM Collection rewards were underwhelming in NBA 2K16. After all the grinding through MyTEAM games and trying to find bargains through the auction house…and the game reward for collecting every player on a team is the team-branded basketball?
In NBA 2K17, the reward of completing an entire team collection is an actual player. These players aren’t anyone amazing like Michael Jordan or Larry Bird (at least for the current collections), but they are more than useful players in their own right. Cards like Eddie Jones, Jeff Hornacek and B.J. Armstrong can help bolster your current lineup, and players that can significantly help your team should be the reward for completing collections.
I also like the way you claim these rewards. In order to get your reward card, you have to lock your team collection, which means you can’t sell those cards in the auction house. I think this is a great way to prevent people from selling their cards and falsely inflating the number of their collection.
So there it is; a few reasons why I got sucked into MyTEAM in NBA 2K17. Have you played much of the mode? How do you think it compares to previous versions? Let me know in the comment section below.