Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.

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I was originally planning on skipping The Show 20, but with it being on sale today for $10 I decided to download and play around with it a bit leading up to 21.

My question is...where should I start? Obviously I'm starting out with a team of mostly bronze and common cards so I'm not jumping into ranked yet. I assume moments are the way to go to get some starter diamonds based on my experience with 19, but which ones should I focus on to put together a passable team? I tried the Corey Seager program moments (or whatever they were called), and after completing the first one I got one diamond from that. I've also got no stubs to my name, so the market isn't a viable option yet.

I knew installation would be quick with the SSD on the PS5, but I was shocked at how quickly the 50 GB file size downloaded from the server. I was actually in the game's menu and past that painful opening game you usually get stuck playing within minutes of purchasing.

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I'd cherry pick through the Player programmes and the monthly programmes (& TOPPS NOW). Doing some of these may get you close to 150 stars in some of the earlier innings programme. Some of these are decent squad fillers and some are now rare and worth selling.

If you can handle the showdowns, Team Affinity is also worth looking at. There are some quality low diamonds easily available that route too.

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Running through Conquest will net you a smorgasbord of goodies.

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I would personally start with Run it Back Showdown. Its repeatable, fairly easy even for a player of even my caliber, and should get you some quick diamonds to do the Conquests. Run it Back conquest is repeatable as well.

Player programs should get you some stubs, there are a lot of good 97-99 diamonds very, very cheap.

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The Showdowns cost stubs per entry , right? Kind of like BR? If so, I would imagine it wouldn't make sense to start those until I have some stubs to spare.

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@PennStateFencer said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

The Showdowns cost stubs per entry , right? Kind of like BR? If so, I would imagine it wouldn't make sense to start those until I have some stubs to spare.

True, true.
If you don't have any stubs at all, definitely work the player and monthly programs to build up your stubs first.

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@SaveFarris said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

Running through Conquest will net you a smorgasbord of goodies.

Agree with this advice. The maps are littered with packs, and many have choice packs that will upgrade your starter squad.

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Conquests all day. Packs for days and you can use the diamonds to play with until you sell for upgrades

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@PennStateFencer said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

The Showdowns cost stubs per entry , right? Kind of like BR? If so, I would imagine it wouldn't make sense to start those until I have some stubs to spare.

Usually if you beat 2-3 missions in showdown you get your stubs back immediately

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Start with the Topps Now, monthly missions and Player Programs and stack up on the free juiced cards.
Do Conquests to get lots of free packs.
Then, work on the Finest Showdown (incredibly easy) and grind the best Team Affinity programs.

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@the_dragon1912 said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

@PennStateFencer said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

The Showdowns cost stubs per entry , right? Kind of like BR? If so, I would imagine it wouldn't make sense to start those until I have some stubs to spare.

Usually if you beat 2-3 missions in showdown you get your stubs back immediately

That's good to know. I may wait until I have at least a few conquest games under my belt so I can get a feel for the hitting and pitching, but if it's relatively low risk then I'll give it a shot sooner rather than later.

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@lazy_toast said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

Conquests all day. Packs for days and you can use the diamonds to play with until you sell for upgrades

I think I remember seeing that there was a map similar in pack quality to the Shark Map from last year. Is there a specific map I should check out first?

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@PennStateFencer said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

@lazy_toast said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

Conquests all day. Packs for days and you can use the diamonds to play with until you sell for upgrades

I think I remember seeing that there was a map similar in pack quality to the Shark Map from last year. Is there a specific map I should check out first?

Any of the newer ones are very good. As you go backward, they get a little worse with each one. If I were doing conquests en masse at this point, I'd start with the 10th (or 11th today) and go back through the innings. Probably stop around 4th/5th since the rewards taper off a lot, if I remember correctly.

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@taco_truck_face said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

@PennStateFencer said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

@lazy_toast said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

Conquests all day. Packs for days and you can use the diamonds to play with until you sell for upgrades

I think I remember seeing that there was a map similar in pack quality to the Shark Map from last year. Is there a specific map I should check out first?

Any of the newer ones are very good. As you go backward, they get a little worse with each one. If I were doing conquests en masse at this point, I'd start with the 10th (or 11th today) and go back through the innings. Probably stop around 4th/5th since the rewards taper off a lot, if I remember correctly.

Great, thanks. That's very helpful.

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@SaveFarris said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

Running through Conquest will net you a smorgasbord of goodies.

^ this. Just simulating will get you hundreds of packs

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@PennStateFencer said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

@lazy_toast said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

Conquests all day. Packs for days and you can use the diamonds to play with until you sell for upgrades

I think I remember seeing that there was a map similar in pack quality to the Shark Map from last year. Is there a specific map I should check out first?

All the TA conquest maps contain 6-8 hidden packs, stubs and XP. Upon completion, you get a 5 pack bundle, and a Finest pack.

There is also a shark map that contains a lot of choice packs hidden in them too.

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Do the duck conquest map. Loaded with choice packs like HRD,Prospects I think i even remember a beach ball pack. Then yeah RIB showdown/Conquest. You can earn your entry back pretty easy in the RIB showdown so I wouldnt worry about that. If you can bare running thru the topps now n playoffs you can really load up but its probably going to take you a few days but you will be loaded with cards for it dont sell any playoffs cuz you will need to collect just about all of them to get seager but tbh he really isnt worth it. Id focus on aug topps/monthly awards

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I would start with Conquest Maps by Simulating all games avoid taking over strongholds get all the hidden rewards. You will pick up packs for days. You can use the diamonds to build a good squad. The rest sell on market for stubs or exchange for team collection. There is really no need to do the team collection this late into the game.

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@PennStateFencer said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

@lazy_toast said in Just picked up The Show 20...late to the party.:

Conquests all day. Packs for days and you can use the diamonds to play with until you sell for upgrades

I think I remember seeing that there was a map similar in pack quality to the Shark Map from last year. Is there a specific map I should check out first?

If you dig really deep into what every conquest map has to offer then almost every map after the 3rd inning is better than last year’s shark map. The original shark map seems alot better than it was because it was the first to have good hidden rewards

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Do all the Team Affinity conquest maps. You get a ton of packs plus a finest pack every map. It won’t take you long to build a competitive team.

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