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09-05-2012, 11:56 AM
The other Dexter
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Great White North
Great news indeed. Just want to underscore the caveat that the ratings have to be tested: this means they are not final, we may have some tweaking to do based on the output of test seasons.
Any tweaking would be made to formulas, not individual ratings, do any effects would be consistent across the league. An example wod be when we had to scale back blueliners' offensive numbers a couple of seasons ago because they were out-scoring top forwards in pre-season. Those are the sorts of anomalies we'll be watching for and addressing: ones that affect the balance and realism of the sim.
Another example we'll be paying close attention to in testing will be goalie endurance and durability. Last year several teams were able to play their starting goalies for all 82 games. Not realistic! We believe our test ratings have addressed that, making it more necessary (or advisable, at least) to make sure your backup gets some starts, but we won't know if we've found the right balance until after some test seasons are run.
So keep in mind that the preliminary ratings posted in the yahoo group files are just that - preliminary, and that any changes will be made to formulas to ensure their fair application across everyone's players.
Even so, fantastic and unheard-of progress to have made at this point. Wish we could say the same about NHL labour talks.
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