@bigOwlGuy I made you an npc player for Garreg Mach!
@Fefnir , I would say that it’s all three, but mostly fundamentals. Rebounding, ball control, and shot contesting are all under that. And defensive IQ and pressure are under tactical. I put all that in, and have your team focusing on speed and vertical in the physical department. Your designated “Caspar” is working on shooting through contact, drawing fouls, and chaos dunking!
This is the final preseason post, as I got a couple requests to talk about the 11 Non-NPC teams:
Test League Finish: Champion
Playoff Record: 16-8
Early Starting Lineup: Ingrid, Felix, Sylvain, Dimitri, Dedue
The Fhirdiad Lions had an intense season in the test league. For most of the season, they dominated the league on the back of Dedue and Dimitri. Once the playoffs started, however, it become the Sylvain show featuring Ingrid and Mercedes. They had a lot of injuries early in the season, in particular Felix was lost for months with an high ankle sprain. The playoffs are notable for the Lions, as they came back from 3 games down in the conference finals against Leicester, and then almost blew a 3-1 series lead against Garreg Mach. In the end, Mercedes’ 17 points per game led the team to a game 7 victory and the championship.
Garreg Mach Dragons
Test League Finish: Runners Up (lost 3-4)
Playoff Record: 15-5
Early Starting Lineup: Hanneman, Shamir, MByleth, Rhea, Catherine
Garreg Mach’s season was a plethora of ups and downs. The season started with injuries to Shamir and Byleth, putting them in a huge hole in the Southern Fodlan Conference standings. By the time of the playoffs, they were 5 games back on Enbarr. They swept through the playoffs, though, only losing once to Enbarr en route to a Finals appearance.
Then Manuela got hurt
Then Rhea got hurt
Then Seteth got hurt
They had a noble comeback in games 3, 5, and 6, but it was just too much to overcome. Look for things to get personal between Garreg Mach and Enbarr this year, as all the injuries happened in game 5 of their matchup. (Thanks Hubert)
Edit: Just gonna mention an interesting stat I forgot: Hanneman averaged 5 turnovers a game. His fellow point guard Flayn had more assists and only 2 turnovers a game in similar minutes. Hanneman only lost his starting job for one game.
Leicester Golden Deer
Test League Finish: Conference Finals (Lost to Fhirdiad 3-4)
Playoff Record: 11-7
Starting Lineup: Leonie, Claude, Hilda, Lorenz, Raphael
The poster children of “How can you be this talented but also this bad?”, Leicester had a season of insanity in the test league. The team relied solely on Leonie to score 30-40 points a game, and if she didn’t manage it, the team would likely lose. They barely eked out the top seed over Fhirdiad in the regular season. After sweeping the first round of the playoffs, they almost choked away a 3-0 series lead against an NPC team (Now Albinea), then did choke away a 3-0 series lead against Fhirdiad. The first quarter of Leicester games are telling: If Lorenz is taking most of the shots, the team will likely lose.
Test League Finish: Conference Finals (Lost to Garreg Mach 1-4)
Playoff Record: 9-4
Starting Lineup: Edelgard, Bernadetta, Caspar, Ferdinand, Hubert
The most bizarre story is the one of Enbarr. After a regular season with only 10 losses, and two 4-0 sweeps that were embarrassingly dominant, they came out completely flat against Garreg Mach, only managing to steal game 4 with a last second 3 by Dorothea. This team never had a consistent go-to scoring option in the previous season, but if Edelgard didn’t get double digit assists, the team would struggle. Expect a little more focus on the big prize, and more rest from a team that never rested last season. Think of them like the Bad Boy Pistons.
Test League Finish: Second Round (Lost to Fhirdiad 2-4)
Playoff Record: 6-5
Starting Lineup: Robin, Sully, Cordelia, Chrom, Frederick
Last year they were an NPC team, but overperformed in the season, challenging Leicester and Fhirdiad for the top seed. Now they are a full fledged big squad, led by Chrom.
Glory of Nohr
Test League Finish: Second Round (Lost to Enbarr 0-4)
Starting Lineup: Elise, Niles, Leo, Xander, Camilla
A solid 4 seed in Southern Fodlan, nothing went right for Nohr in the second round against Enbarr, as Hubert and Petra victimized Xander and Niles for 4 horrible games. At least they contained Edelgard, though.
Honor of Hoshido
Test League Finish: No Playoffs
Starting Lineup: Sakura, Takumi, Oboro, Hinoka, Ryoma
This team could not stay healthy last year, as every member had some sort of long term injury at some point in the season. They ended up not even getting a sniff of the playoffs, ending the season near the bottom of the rankings.
Test League Finish: First Round (Lost to Albinea 3-4)
Starting Lineup: Julius, Ishtar, Reinhardt, Kempf, Travant
This team was a strange afterthought during the season, staying a comfortable 5th in the conference, but never really challenging for anything beyond that. Once they got into the playoffs, they had an excellent 7 game bout with NPC team Albinea, who would later challenge Leicester to a similar series.
Macedon Whitewings (Archanea is a no no word by nba2k standards)
Test League Finish: Second Round (Lost to Garreg Mach 0-4)
Starting Lineup: Caeda, Linde, Marth, Minerva, Navarre
Minerva controls most of this team as a point forward, with Caeda and Linde performing more like catch-and-shoot guards. This team didn’t catch Garreg Mach off guard, however, and were annihilated in the second round.
Test League Finish: No Playoffs
Starting Lineup: Priscilla (lol), Florina, Lyndis, Eliwood, Hector
Last year this team relied 100% on Lyn, but improvements from Hector late in the year almost got them into the playoffs after an abysmal first half of the season.
Test League Finish: Did Not Participate
Starting Lineup: Celica, Alm, Python, Conrad, Valbar
Brand new team coming through! I flipped a coin between them and Tellius, and they won out and got the last spot in the league. They will mostly move the ball through Valbar, but don’t sleep on Python’s 3 pointers!
Some of the faces copied themselves (Celica and Takumi’s face is on nearly every point guard and shooting guard, Hinoka’s face on a lot of the Power Forwards), but I’ve fixed those, they just didn’t show up when I took the portraits.
I’m recording tomorrow, so expect a video update in the next couple of days! Our games will be:
Almyra @ Valentia (Opening Game)
Nohr @ Archanea/Macedon (Potential Game of the Week)
Albinea @ Fhirdiad