Out of the Park Baseball 20 - Make your team Perfecter!

#1

OOTP 20 from OOTP Developments launches today on Steam:

With some launch-week bonuses:

Plus! Everyone who pre-orders or buys OOTP 20 during launch week gets a bonus Gold Pack in Perfect Team mode!

Steam & Origin customers: The game will launch on Steam and Origin Access Premier on March 22 with a 1-week 10% launch discount. There is no pre-order available.

Straight from the product page:

Features of OOTP20:

  • Integrated live services all season long!
  • Improved 3D Animations
  • Improved AI, Game Engine and Modern Strategic Options

and last but not least:

Perfect Team Mode 2.0

Perfect Team was a massive success after we introduced the revolutionary online competition mode for OOTP 19 in November of last year. Over 12,000 total teams have competed in the exciting universe of Perfect Team, over 5,000,000 player cards have been pulled, history was written, and countless epic moments were created.

For OOTP 20, Perfect Team mode will return with more cards (over 3,200 total) and more features , including exciting tournaments (coming in April), collection missions (coming April / May), an improved auction house, more achievements, an additional league level (6 in total) and all the new strategy and AI improvements of the core game. Build your very own Perfect Team and battle the best OOTP managers in the world!

I look forward to joining my baseball overlords and trying to achive my very own Perfect Team(s) in OOTP20!

#2

So… I can see how this could be terribly addicting.

So I opened my packs, including my bonus Gold pack, adjusted my lineup, etc, and I think I understand those mechanisms. My team is fairly terrible but that’s to be expected!

The main question I have is about upgrading my roster - there is a ton of players available at the auction house who are cheap and better than what I have. Cheap as in they’re 100PP or so. And it appears they’d be upgrades to what I have. Does it make sense to spend my initial PP on basic upgrades like that or should I upgrade with packs and/or specific players who are much bigger upgrades.

Also, when just starting, doesn’t it make sense to purchase packs (since I have quite a few players who aren’t that good)?

Also, do you guys automatically sell off duplicates or iron level players?

#3

I might have to pick this up…but will already be getting The Show 19 so I think it might be a bit too much baseball at once!

#4

These comments are based on 2019, I assume that the market is similar.

I am not an expert, but the auction house is way more efficient than packs. It’s definitely worth making upgrades because better players will increase the points you earn in games.

There’s probably a lot of generic gold cards available for right around their sell now price (1000) so good gold upgrades around 1000 are never a bad option.

The game is pretty generous with points so it’s hard to really make any big mistakes early that you can’t just switch up later.

#5

I know these words but don’t understand this sentence.

#6

I am also in the same boat. I didn’t get '18, though, I hear it’s not great because reasons. But I splurged this year, wanted a new one.

#7

I didn’t know it was $40, figured it was cheaper than that. Will wait a bit!

#8

Oh I’m not gonna get OOTP, I already bought the Show, is what I meant :)

#9

I imagine I will wait until the sale at the all-star break.

#10

@Charlatan just be aware that a higher rated player will still sometimes suck worse that the guy you demoted to reserve or sold. The card ratings are not a guaranteed predictor of performance.

#11

Yes, for evidence let me present the Christian Yelich I packed in '19, who sports a 96 OVR and went on to have a season where he bat .208 with a negative -0.9 WAR – after getting hot at the end of the year.

#12

My initial roster was a motley crew, as you’d expect. We had a very rough start to the season, going something like 1-5. Of course, a couple of those games were against stacked teams - teams whose lineups were 100% gold and perfect players (I even saw a Mickey Mantle) so I can’t get upset about losing those. But in the other games it seemed I wasn’t even close. So I spent most of my PP upgrading positions, and for the most part it 's gone well. My team had clawed back to a 10-9 record when I went to bed last night.

The auction house is a mixed bag. I spent most of yesterday trying to snipe upgrades and had fairly good results. It’s pretty addicting. I spent a little time looking for players mentioned in the other thread but there are very few players with name recognition there. And I tried a strategy mentioned in the '19 thread of looking for players in the high 70s who were underpriced, but I think the AH is so new and the pool so small that this strategy won’t yet work. My main issue now is earning more PP since I was spending them as fast as I was earning them, and I’m resisting the urge to purchase more right off the bat.

Does the type of card matter? Fr’instance does a “2019 MLB Live” card imply something that a “Historical All-Star” one doesn’t? Or is it just a way to spice up the cards? Those “MLB Live” cards don’t actually change during the season do they?

#13

Welcome to our world.

Good luck. I’ve also mostly resisted (I’m still only in v19) with probably not more than $5 worth of pp purchases over a couple months of play. They’re generous with achievement pp, so patience will help your wallet.

I don’t think so. I think it is flavor. But I may be wrong.

#14

The Live cards will be adjusted as the season goes this year, in '19 they weren’t. The non-Live cards are purposely undervalued in their OVR (so for example a Historical All-Star with an 80 OVR might be 85 if a Live player had their exact component ratings… I don’t know the exact difference) so you have a better chance of getting a good player and it’s cheaper to add them to your collection. Having all the legendary players be gold/diamond/perfect tier would make them completely inaccessible for a bunch of people which isn’t very fun.

#15

The live cards in 19 will adjust once the season begins though I believe.

#16

I watched the stream about OTP 20 and there were a number of interesting reveals. First off, Marcus said they are planning on updating the live cards once a week.

He also mentioned they are going to have special tournaments and competitions and there would be special cards awarded as prizes… Cards that you cannot get elsewhere.

Next, they mentioned that there would be updates once a week throughout the season. That each Monday, including the 25th, they will be updating the game, adding cards and other items.

And lastly, they mentioned there would be collections, and rewards for completing collections, so they advised against selling any of your cards before collections are live in the game.

#17

Replying to myself but I just wanted to proudly announce that my team has finally stopped their annoying streak of “win one, lose one” which they did for about 12 games in a row. They have won three or four games in a row,

I have been upgrading my starting pitching and I believe it’s beginning to pay off.

Edit: spoke too soon… 5-1 last week, 1-5 this week…

#18

I pulled a 98 Justin Turner this morning! Fun little diversion. Between this and the Show I will be opening a lot of packs apparently. I almost never spend money on these types of modes, but it’s a fun little diversion. The first thing I did was up the card opening speed. The default was so slowwwwww.

What I’m doing is starting a league in 1986 and playing that in challenge mode. Apparently that earns you cards and points I guess? Only issue is that I can’t get the facegens or historical stadiums to download from the workshop. :( The inclusion of 3d gameplay even how rudimentary it is so great. I know that came last year, but I just never had a chance to play it much.

Edit… Now that I think about it for a second I better start in 87 to make sure the Mets win in 86. That would drive me nuts if I cock it up. :)

#19

So I have OOTP 19 with EA Access, but never really dug too far into it. And didn’t do anything with the Perfect Team part. But with 20 out now I booted 19 back up and opened my free starter packs (Bagwell!) and created a team and all that. It put me in a league and new about every 15 minutes or so plays a game. I’ve gotten 1 win, but watched it on replay and that was decidedly relaxing and invigorating at the same time. Enough so that I may go on and grab 20 just to get in at the beginning.

Does the Perfect Team thing pretty much run like this? You get cards/players and tinker with your lineup and let it do it’s thing while adjusting lineups and strategies for leagues and tournys?

And does QT3 have any sort of league for us to play along with as the season goes?

#20

Lord help me, I’m engaging in yet another team-building mode. I’m a three-year veteran of the Diamond Dynasty Wars, though I took last year off because I just couldn’t abide the equipment grind. I’ve also tried the FIFA, Madden, and NHL Ultimate Team modes. Bounced off the first two, but I’m still going strong in NHL. I’m looking forward to the hands-off nature of the in-game portion here, as my stick skills just aren’t good enough to compete at the upper tiers of arcade sports games.

Anyway, to the topic at hand. I got Live Zach Britton (81 OVR) and JD Martinez (88) from my pre-order packs. I tried to sell Martinez, but got no bids, so I put him in the lineup for now. As expected, he’s my best hitter, though Live Mark Canha (70), '75 AS Dave Cash (75) and '34 AS Bill Terry (66) are giving Martinez a run for his money so far. I picked up Chris Taylor and Kike Hernandez for positional flexibility; Taylor’s currently my starting SS and backup corner OF, while Hernandez starts at 1B against lefties and backs up the infield.

This is by far my favorite stage of these modes. Pulling/sniping an 82 OVR on a team of silvers is a much better feeling than earning a 95+ OVR from winning a tournament, then auctioning him off because he doesn’t quite fit the current meta.