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theducks
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NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
I LOVE this game this year as far as gameplay goes. I’m getting 2k16 vibes of enjoyment. Currently sitting at 14-2, I’m really digging the Celtics (tier 1) and Mavs (tier 3). Not sold on a tier 2 team yet. I typically play as my Blazers but games get a lil too tight for my liking due to having a thin front court. Blake Griffin/Drummond and AD/Mirotic are beasts. Drummond in particular dominates boards every game.

Pros to this year’s game (from a ranked h2h perspective):

* Defense is back for first time since ‘16. Playing as Boston using Marcus Smart, I can feel his defense intensity. 2k18 has a shitty blow by mechanism that made defense unplayable. I legit had instances where I took Lebron off the dribble and finished with Aminu
* Less cheese. This goes with the above. With defense being beefed, you see less zig zag BS and less P&R with one side of the court cleared out (I forgot the play in particular; this was abused to hell last year).
* There’s multiple ways to score. The inside game feels good. Bigs don’t miss layups when a 6’1” PG isndefensing them under the rim. Smart offense and scheming actually pays off.

Cons:

* this is huge... why tf are legendary teams in tier 3? I enjoy using the T3 teams most because there’s more innovation. There’s little superstar spam (meaning taking 30+ shot with LBJ/KD/etc). Ppl have to learn to utilize their bench and make plays with low rating guys. T3 is just fun because it forces the user to win by using all of their resources.

* Inside game is perhaps too easy. I’ve had Deandre Jordan go 7-9 from the field hitting hook shots like Hakeem with my post defender draped all over him. Same with wing players, Aaron Gordon is like Lebron tumbling into the lane.

Anyway, I hope to keep this going


theducks
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
I do wish 2k payed more attention to the lesser teams and even the lesser players on winning teams. And at same time, not inflate a superstars rating(s) for the sake of him being great.

A great example of this is Nikola Jokic having a decent 3pt rating even though he’s at 29%. Westbrook last year was hovering around that same %, had a 77 3pt rating, meanwhile Lillard was at something like 36% and had a 78 rating. I get it. If RW has a 3pt rating that properly reflects him irl, then good users will play off of him thus taking away his superb drive ability, which you could still do, you just can’t run in a straight line. It’s to get noobs to feel good about themselves.



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13SaintTiger
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
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I LOVE this game this year as far as gameplay goes. I’m getting 2k16 vibes of enjoyment




theducks
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
Park and MyTeam is and always will be trash



theducks
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Member since Aug 2013
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
Had a really nice comeback earlier using Boston vs Toronto. Went down 37-47 with a minute left in the 3rd Q. I started trapping on his P&R which led to Turnovers and poor shots. Went on an 18-2 run over the next five minutes. Put the game on ice. This dude had a 70% win percentage too. He wasn’t some noob playing his first game.

Kawhi is a pain the the arse to play against.


el Gaucho
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
I kept losing on the kneeling challenge and I got a 70% on the bitch about trump level


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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
I mostly stick with MyCareer but the grind has killed my enthusiasm to play it.


kbdos
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
My problem has been tier 1. I easily get my wins in 2&3 but struggle there. Haven't found my squad yet. In 2 it's either pels or that hornets team with cp3 peja, d west and Chandler.


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shel311
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Member since Aug 2004
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
quote:

I mostly stick with MyCareer but the grind has killed my enthusiasm to play it.

I like doing MyGM and just simming through seasons and doing roster construction.

Got one Pels franchise to 2032, but I think the file is corrupted, which stinks. So I haven't played in a couple of weeks.


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theducks
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
For settings to defend the P&R spam you’ll encounter, I always set my defense to guard baseline (forgot the specific setting but set it to middle), and have your C stay attached on the P&R. I also like to ICE the P&R too. This allows me to defend against the roller while still potentially getting a turnover if the ball handler forces a pass.


I set to have my defense give up middle because most users go baseline where the help defense usually isn’t there and if there is, it’s coming from the corner which leads to an easy corner 3. Also, baseline has always been easier to blow by in 2k going all the way back to 2k11. By forcing middle, unless they’re running a 5 out offense, you’ll have the help defense rotate over on the slasher without giving up an easy bucket.

Another top would be to learn when to on ball and off ball defense. P&R logic is still flawed no matter the settings; I like to off ball those.

I’ve lost a few since starting 14-2. I think the Pels are my official tier 2 team. A lineup of Jrue, Moore, Miller, Niko, and AD is tough to match up with. And if I’m nursing a lead late, Jrue, Solo, Miller/Johnson/, Niko and AD is TOUGH to score on. Jrue can shut down primary ball handlers while AD is the best big on the game.


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theducks
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
Just played my first game post ASB. The Blazers with Kanter and Hood is scary! So much better having another post threat outside of Nurkic. Although Leonard is low key a beast with his 88 3pt and with his spacing I can get easy Pick and pop opportunities and when they’re cheating he dunks on em!



theducks
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re: NBA 2k19 Ranked H2H Journey
Man, I read through some of the PNO (play now online) thread on OP sports and I can’t get behind the idea that the game lets “easier opponents” get breaks, go on weird runs, etc etc (also known as rubber banding). Usually when I lose to someone I deem not good at the game, it’s because I made bad IQ plays such as taking too many bad threes or getting sloppy passing or sometimes I fail to recognize that they’re playing better than the way they were earlier in the game and I don’t adjust. I’ve come back from so many holes just by switching it up a bit on offense. Just now I was down 0-8 as POR to the 97 Jazz. I subbed in Leonard, went to 4 out 1 in offense, and ran everything through McCollum because Stockton wasn’t letting Lillard get any. Suddenly it’s tied up at 11 at the end of the first (I also changed how I was playing his P&R).

So many people I play still just run the same shite all game. In the example above, he kept running some stupid P&R and I was letting Malone/Stockton get what they want. I then pull my guy off Ostertag at the 3pt line and use him as help in the lane. His offense then stutters. Just simple stuff like that. He failed to recognize this.

I played a guy early on after buying the game who battled me neck and neck for about 3 quarters. I didn’t think he was that good (it was in the shite beginners league). He just kept hitting threes. 4th Q came and those contested threes didn’t fall and I continued to abuse his defense and won by like 15.

I do believe there’s some luck involved. It’s all a RNG (Random Number Game) at the end of the day. It’s insane to me to believe that in the algorithm that there’s a “when losing by 10, the losing team gets a plus 10 in all rating and winning team gets a minus 5”.


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