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    TWDT 2017 Borrowing and Player Slots

    Player Slots

    Pretty similar to past seasons, the only difference is we're eliminating one MAX player slot in every league to account for veteran population decline, and replacing it with one ELITE player spot.

    We're also moving to a centrigrade system to be more precise.

    If you want to think of it in last season's terms, instead of 7-Star and 6-Star slots, we now have 8.5-Star, 7.5-Star, and 6.5-Star player slots.




    Borrowing

    Borrowing is the same as in prior years, you can borrow low-star slot players (0-65) in both the regular season and the playoffs.

    A new addition I'd like to try, however, is allowing each team to borrow a max player slot (0-100) in the playoffs only.




    MAX Slot Playoff Borrow

    Here is the argument for this move:

    You have a great season, you make the playoffs, you drafted a strong, balanced team that is competitive in all three leagues. Unlike TWL, however, where teams stack, you are thin at every position because you tried to win every league. Anyone missing from your MAX slots is an unmitigated disaster.

    You reach the Finals, and your elite starting shark who played almost every week can't show. Boom, the Finals turns into a joke and you get stomped.

    Or he does show, but he's lagging. Well, you had a good run. Better luck next time.

    This rule would allow you to borrow one player of equal or lesser value in the same ship from a team that has already been eliminated. Last season, Terrorist could have replaced Dwopple with another quality shark and produced a much better game, or Brexit could have replaced Iron Survivor when he started lagging, which completely shifted the tides of the game.

    If you're missing multiple players, or have several players with lag issues, well... tough break -- you can't replace the entire team -- then it's not the players who got there in the first place winning, and it's just some random team.

    But I think giving teams the ability to borrow 1 top-tier player for someone they were counting on makes a ton of sense, and would produce much better playoffs, without drastically altering the composition of the team.

    It also promotes Captains drafting more balanced teams, since they don't need that "extra" safety blanket of another elite player in x league to make sure they're stacked and a missing player doesn't destroy their season.

    What this MAX Slot Playoff Borrow doesn't do:

    It doesn't let you replace someone you drafted who never showed. You picked poorly, and you got burned. You can still replace that player in the FA draft. This slot is to replace a key all-star player who just can't show or lags. For example, Baratheon drafted Hellkite in the 1st round, he played Week 1, then never showed again. He would not qualify for replacement as he was not a key piece who helped them reach the playoffs.

    It doesn't let you replace someone after you got into a fight with them and they quit. If you told them to log off and uninstall, you don't get to simply replace them.

    You can't replace a spider with an 88 basing rating with a terr with 87 rating, and try to abuse the system to get a ship you need. They have to play the same ship and be rated equal or worse in that ship. You can't switch them mid-game for that purpose, either.

    You don't get to pick who the replacement is, or whether a player qualifies for a Max Slot Playoff Borrow. The TWDT Ops, in discussion with the captains, should determine if someone was a legit starter and contributor, and who a fair replacement would be. This is very much a spirit of the law component, but I would say, at a minimum, the player needs to:

    1) Have shown 3 weeks if drafted initially, or 2 weeks if a free agent.
    2) The replacement player has to be of equal or lesser rating, without exception

    I think this could really be a great rule, and provide a lot of relief to hardworking Captains who are constantly struggling to get full shows come playoff time while managing thin rosters.
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    minor question - if the replacement's team then wins their respective TWDT final, does that player also get a medal or because it was merely 1 match they dont?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricko View Post
    minor question - if the replacement's team then wins their respective TWDT final, does that player also get a medal or because it was merely 1 match they dont?

    Hey Ricko.

    Yes, they get a medal, and their name on the arena graphic. If someone is starting for a team and helping them win a title, they deserve recognition.

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    just to clarify....completely knocked out or knocked out of that league?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiny View Post
    just to clarify....completely knocked out or knocked out of that league?
    well, for the semi-finals, any borrowing you're completely knocked out of the league, since you make playoffs overall. you'd have 2 teams you can borrow from for a max slot player.

    for the finals, i suppose it would be theoretically possible a player from a team knocked out in one league but still playing in the others could be borrowed, but i think TWDT ops should give priority to borrowing players from teams completely knocked out, and if the same team requires the same slot filled, it has to go to the player in the semis they borrowed.

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