It’s been exactly a week since we announced MyNBA2K16’s newest game mode, the Blacktop Challenge (BTC). Now that we’ve all had a week to check the mode out I want to address some questions you guys have been asking about it and give my personal opinions on it.
If I had to grade the BTC so far I would give it a 9 out of 10. I don’t give out good grades lightly, so I’ll explain why I like it so much.
First off, the BTC runs on your own time. Last weekend I was able to participate in five 2+ hour social activities without a care in the world. When I was heavily into RTTC and the RC I would be stressed (some times more than others) about doing all those activities for 10+ hours because I’d be dropping in the RC rankings or losing RTTC Game Nights. Now I can go do whatever I want and when I’m home later and lounging around I can play the BTC. It doesn’t demand your attention or time when you don’t want it to; I love that.
Another thing I like about the BTC is how rare BTC Stars are. While I’d love to have a few BTC Stars in my lineup I really appreciate the fact that there aren’t giant truck lineups running around full of BTC Stars (at least not yet, but it will take a while). The downside of the low drop rates and high BRP requirements is that some of us may never snag a Blacktop Star card. Honestly though, I think the actual Blacktop cards are a bonus. The real reward is earning hordes of draft picks and pulling great cards off the board. Ever since BTC went live I’ve been earning way more draft picks than usual and as a result I’m drafting way more Star cards than ever before. It’s great being able to draft all those cards at once; it’s like pick-stacking only it’s not cheating and it’s way less tedious.
My least favorite aspect of the BTC is QG speeds. It’s become evident that those with newer phones and faster processors can greatly outperform others. On my Samsung Galaxy S5 I can 6 ½ QGs per round in the BTC, sometimes 7. Conversely, there are others that routinely get 7 games in and often times even 8! It’s been claimed that the most one can legitimately achieve is 9 wins in one round. If someone can get 9 win (or even 8) that’s a massive advantage over those like me that can only do 6-7. I even asked Danan about the speed issue and he confirmed that there’s nothing that CD can do about it, it’s all dependant on people’s devices and connections. Even still, if you’re smart and you play your cards right then you still have the chance to pull off the upset and come away with the victory, and if you come up just short the rewards are still pretty good!
Time will tell whether or not the BTC starts to get tedious/boring, I know some of the pickier players have complained about that already. In the meantime I’m going to enjoy the competition, great pulls, easier goals and improved AH market. Hope to see you guys in the BTC and remember to always let me win!