Welcome to Out of the Park (OOTP) Perfect Team. You may be familiar with OOTP, perhaps even recently via Ben Clemens’ journey with his Milwaukee Brewers. I checked with Ben to make sure he wouldn’t feel like his toes were being stepped on if I started an OOTP series and he was beyond chill with it because he’s just that kind of guy.
Perfect Team is a card collecting online mode. You build and mold your team through throngs of virtual cards with ratings relating to the year in question whether it’s the 2020 iteration of everyone on a current roster or an early-1900s flashback and everything in between. When you start a team, you get six free packs and 1000 Perfect Points (the in-game currency you can use to buy more packs or players off the Auction House). About 20-30 minutes after you create your team, you’re placed into Entry Pool which is essentially a Spring Training of sorts where games are simulated against other human-run teams every 30 minutes 24/7 until the next Monday.
It makes the most sense to start a team earlier in the week so you have that time in Entry Pool to earn Perfect Points (which you acquire via a bevy of achievements your team can do like someone hitting 2 HR and getting 20 points or a big comeback win that is worth 400). To give you an idea of what you can earn in a day, the team we’re going to be focused on in this series earned 1850 points on Sunday.
Once you’re done with Entry Pool, you’re placed into a Rookie League against 29 others and sims still run every 30 minutes but now it’s from 9AM-midnight Central Time. Each day is a month of the season (Mon-Sat is Apr-Sept) and Sunday is the playoffs. You work your way up the ladder by succeeding in your league, but you can also be relegated down a level for rough seasons, except in Rookie League. You can’t be put back into Entry Pool or anything like that. From Rookie, there’s Stone, Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond, and Perfect so it’s a long ascent to the top of the heap.
The top question I get from someone new to OOTP Perfect Team is if you have to pay to win. The answer is decidedly no, particularly from Rookie to Gold league. By the time you reach Diamond league, your silver studded team will probably start to struggle, but by that point you’ve likely accumulated a ton of points to improve the squad and have something more competitive with the top dogs.
For this team, I’m only spending $20. That will get me 25,000 Perfect Points and I’m going to foolishly buy some packs, but then supplement the team via the Auction House. I say foolishly because hitting it big in packs is tough and a crapshoot. If you run into some golds or a diamond, that’s awesome, but you’re likely to collect a load of commons and bronzes with a decent number of silver sprinkled in.
I’m going to be writing about this squad regularly here at Rotographs and like Ben I’ll be polling y’all for some of the decisions, particularly when it comes to buying someone off the market. For today, I’d like to share the contents of my six starter packs plus the notables from the other 22 packs I pulled. In your six starter packs, you’re guaranteed one gold card. Obviously, it’d be amazing to get more than that or even a diamond, but I’d settle for a handful of silvers within the 36 cards (6 cards per pack).
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