Many players picking up NBA 2K14 and jumping into MyTEAM will consider it at first very similar to FIFA’s Ultimate Team, and in essence, it is. You build a team from scratch by collecting cards through packs, which can be purchased using in-game currency. However there are some major differences between MyTEAM and FUT, and it’s important to understand these before diving head-first into the game, because believe me, as somebody who plays a lot of Ultimate Team, it’s a bit of a culture shock. Sportra will introduce you to the basics of NBA 2K14 MyTEAM, and give you some tips along the way.
The first major difference between MyTEAM and Ultimate Team is the lack of a transfer market. The only way to buy new cards in NBA 2K14 is through packs, and the only way to sell cards is back to the game for a price set by 2K, not to other players. This makes the process of getting new cards much more expensive. High quality cards do not sell for anywhere near as much as they should, and if there is a particular player you’re looking for, your only hope is to open a particular team pack and keep your fingers crossed.
The Market is the place to sell cards. The price value of your cards can fluctuate over time, and when you enter the menu, a “value ticker” will scroll across the top of the screen to let you know which cards have dropped or risen in sale value, much like stocks do on news channels. Another major issue with this is the lack of value in items. In FUT, players can earn thousands of coins by selling popular jerseys, badges and stadia to build coins for new players. But in MyTEAM, even gold items are worth less than 200 coins, meaning you’ll end up with a library full of countless items collecting virtual dust.
There are two different currencies in play, Virtual Currency, which is the ubiquitous form of cash present throughout the whole of 2K14. You can earn more currency by playing different modes, buying more with real money, or you can simply unlock thousands of free VC every day by following our guide right here. The second is MyTeam Currency; unique to the mode, and packs cost more if you try to purchase them with this.
In the “Packs” menu, there are dozens of team-centric collections to choose from, as well as legendary packs and ones filtered by quality (bronze, silver, gold). This helps narrow down the type of player you might get, but it’s still random in terms of which player from the team you’ll get. Certain packs are more expensive than others, with the 13′-14′ season Miami Heat being one of the most expensive at 22,500 MyTeam or 10,000 Virtual coins.
You don’t have to worry about the chemistry between your players on the court, but you do have to think carefully about the playbooks you unlock from packs. If you have a line-up full of small players, but only have the Indiana Pacers’ playbook, which focuses on utilising big men, you’ll soon find that the plays won’t utilise the squad.
Similarly to FUT, players use contracts. Each time you play a match, a player uses up one counter from his contract. It doesn’t matter if you win, lose or rage quit, every player involved will have one less on their contract. Another cheap tactic used by 2K is that gold players unlocked in packs have far lower contracts than the rest. I recently unlocked Tony Parker in a pack and he only had a three game contract, while a silver player had a 6-game contract and bronze players were available for a dozen games. Gold level contracts are just five games, so you’ll be running out of them quickly over the course of each of the game modes, especially as, in basketball, you use your whole roster, with substitutions frequently throughout a game.
There are four different modes to play matches in MyTEAM: Domination, Road to the Playoffs, Tournaments and simply play with friends. Competing either offline or online will earn MyTEAM points and completing certain criteria will also unlock packs.
In Domination Mode, you take on each team in the NBA, and by earning a certain number of ‘points’ (judged in game based on the performance of players, not purely based on if you win the match or how many actual match-points you rack up) you’ll be rewarded with up to three stars. For each star there’s a pack reward specific to the team you just played. Only once you’ve played a team and earned at least one star will you be able to play the next team in the division. There are a total of 99 stars available in the mode (three per team, plus the Eastern, Western and MyTEAM All-Stars). Think of it as a ladder match, culminating in the All-Star Battles.
Tournaments mode allows you to compete in matches with set criteria (for example, bronze cards only). You can also view the difficulty of each tournament before entering, shown below its title. Tournaments can be either single or multiplayer and will offer rewards for winning.
Road to the Playoffs is a multiplayer mode where you must work your way through ‘seeds’by winning a certain number of matches to progress. In the earlier stages, you are given more chances to win the required number of matches, but it becomes much more difficult. As a beginner, I would advise staying offline until you have built a solid team. There are plenty of matches available in Domination to build up some MyTEAM coins, or if you choose to invest some of your own money in VC, to try and create a unit made of predominantly gold players. In my time online, most players have legendary players and some of the best players in the league today, though this obviously doesn’t mean that they are good players.
One thing you should be aware of is that, even offline, MyTEAM is very challenging. Most teams will push you to the limit, especially if you only have bronze players. Teams seem to be very effective from three point range and even the poorer line-ups can be laser accurate. Stay tuned to Sportra for a guide in the near future on how to work your way through MyTEAM.
And that’s the basics of MyTEAM. If you find yourself struggling in games, you can read Sportra’s guides to NBA 2K14 Defence and Offence, get in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook and stay tuned as we bring more guides for the game.