It’s been a while. I know. We’ve missed each other. Or maybe I just missed you. It’s hard to tell these days.
There is so much to talk about.
And first on that list? The DISASTER that is the new AFL Dream Team system.
I read some where that an idea doesn’t have to be perfect – but the execution of it does. I am sorry to report that the execution of the elite version of AFL Dream Team was… well, it left much to be desired.
Two weeks ago, some friends and I did the draft version of AFL Dream Team two weeks ago. I was pumped (well, as pumped as I could be considering I was given one weeks notice in order to give me a severe disadvantage – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) because I hadn’t done this version before and I was told that winning Dream Team was only impressive if I won this version.
Boyfriend cut lunch with his parents short so that we could be with the people we were playing with when we did the draft, since you do it live. And we ended up having to cab it (I’m a public transport gal) in order to make it on time. (It’s a much bigger deal than it sounds like – I ran in heels, for heaven’s sake).
So let me talk you through it. You pick a time to do your draft. Everyone gets together and you’re given an order – we did snake order (1-8 then 8-1 then 1-8… you get the idea). Everyone logs in and once the draft starts, you start to pick – you get about a minute and a half to choose a player from the available list. If you don’t pick someone, the system automatically selects someone from your pre-draft list. If you don’t have a pre-draft list, or everyone on your list is already taken, the next most expensive player for any open field position. Now that I’ve done this… I have a few comments.
First, NOTHING was clear. I couldn’t find my league’s salary cap, could figure out how to choose a player, and could not find any information on how the draft was supposed to work. I know that every league does it differently but this information should still be easily accessible.
Then, the day of the draft, it took AGES to get logged in. Sure, a bunch of us were using the wi-fi, at our friend’s place but that wasn’t it – it was the website. Everyone took about ten tries (give or take) to even be allowed in.
Once the draft started, NO ONE could get the players they wanted. When it was our turn to draft, we clicked a player and, IF YOU WERE VERY LUCKY, that was the player you got. 90% of the time (just an estimate) you didn’t get that player – the system made an error and had to refresh the page and you just got the next player from your list. That resulted in a of of people getting a lot of players they didn’t want. For instance, I created a list to use as reference – I didn’t put it in order. So I ended up with a bunch of rookie I didn’t need to get because it kept drawing from my list instead of letting me pick players like Kieran Jack and Trent Cotchin. I think out of my entire team (23 players) I picked/wanted about 8 of them. Those aint great odds. Granted, it happened to everyone so everyone got a bit screwed. But seriously? How can you have a decent draft when you find yourself asking, more often than not, “Who did I get?” FAIL. So much failing.
Once the draft was over, no one could figure out how to trade. For a few days… we couldn’t trade at all. We sorted that one out, but not before Boyfriend threw multiple hissy fits (and he doesn’t hissy fit for nothing).
And once the games started… there was no head to head! I had to view my opponent’s team in order to see and had to add the points myself. As far as I can tell, I can only get the head to head during play time – regardless of whether it’s lockout or not. I’m very confused. But really, how are you going to create a fantasy sport and not have a decent system for head-to-head?
Okay. Complaining over – I tried to only hit the high points. You don’t need to know everything.
But here’s what really gets me: the only reason this league gets away with it is because it’s the AFL. If this were some other website trying to start a draft version of Dream Team, everyone would have abandoned it by now because it’s crap. I’m sorry. But it is. No, I can’t write a program and I have very little clue as to how servers work but I can execute a project and I would not have let a website like this debut like this. Honestly? Next year, I’m going back to playing classic. At least the AFL has that one right.