The new draft game has now been released, and I have already taken part in Two drafts. It is very easy to create and join leagues and the administrator can specify the number of team, from Two to Fifteen.
I was the administrator and set up the league for Seven people, you then send them the code and wait for them to join.
When you enter the draft room their is a chat window below the draft for a good bit of pre draft banter as you watch the clock tick down to the start.
Once the draft starts the software makes a random draft order and away you go. I had the third pick and waited till my turn. Unlike ESPN there were no aural cues, and the lack of sounds kind of means there is no real atmosphere. ESPN has loud jingles that go off when it is your turn and add to the tension as your timer goes down.
Without the audio it is easy to let the mind wander off and end up missing your turn. One way to help minimise the damage from a missed turn or loss of internet is to use the watch buttons which act as a list of players you want, so if you miss your turn it will automatically select the top one from your watch list. Otherwise you may end up with Costa
The first league went very smoothly, all Seven players stayed until the end and there were no hiccups. Seven players actually made it fairly easy. I made this team which probably would cost much more than 100M in the normal game
Team and bench strong and there were still players like Stones available at the end. In some ways this made it almost too easy, although on a weekly basis it probably keeps people happy as their teams are scoring highly.
I think Eight or Nine would provide more challenge while still leaving a few options in the pool.
The second draft (Disaster)
The second draft was for a Ten team game. The administrator made it Two to Ten players yet somehow we ended up with Eleven. Then I began receiving facebook messages from someone who could not pick because his draft app failed to open.
We arrive at the third pick and suddenly the timer is down to zero and the game freezes. This happened to all managers in the game. Then I receive a message from the admin, who received a message saying the league had been deleted.
The rest of us all received an email saying the administrator had deleted the league. What happened seemed more like a crash. So all in all it ended in a bit of a disaster
When it is working properly it is good fun but could do with some audio, dramatic countdown type of stuff. The actual game seems good and fairly straight forward, and with a dedicated group of guys it will provide good entertainment.
One question after the first draft was ” Who has first chance to buy Morata”
The answer is in the rules, and presumably the first set of waivers will be the Thursday before kickoff
The waivers process ensures that eveyone gets a fair chance to add unselected players to their squad. When making a waiver request your are proposing to replace a player in your squad with an unselected player from the same position. Waivers requests are processed 24 hours before the gameweek deadline. Any number of waiver requests can be made, if you make more than one they will need to be prioritised.
The lowest ranked team will get first waiver choice. Before the season starts the waiver order will be the reverse of the draft order. Once a waiver request is successful, the team in question will move to the end of the waiver queue for that gameweek.
So right now having last pick is a massive advantage, it virtually hands Morata too you on a plate. So if drafting last keep your third striker spot undrafted till the very last pick, as you will be swapping that player out for Morata anyway.
Better still, wait until Morata is included before conducting any serious drafts, otherwise luck will play a huge part and hand someone a massive advantage.