I reckon you guys would consider me a casual. My record in ranked last year was about 61-34, and I never climbed higher than WC.
Here are a few comments on gameplay for me thus far, FWIW to others who maybe have not bought the game yet, or for discussion.
I alternated between pulse and analog last year but defaulted to pulse because I was more consistent with it and it seemed like even good releases at times yielded random outcomes (meatballs) with analog.
So far this year, I have completely abandoned pulse because I cannot consistently hit my spots at all. Tom Glavine’s era online is over 10 after his first outing. I am not particularly great at analog, but have had better results so far and have faced a few of you who throw dots all game.
I still experience random results with good releases, hence the ongoing debate of input vs attributes.
I am on “assist”. I’ve noticed the game selects a fielder further away from the play in the infield sometimes. Usually by the time I select the nearer fielder, the ball is through to the outfield.
I’ve also had a glitch where I camped under an infield fly (not called) and could not catch the ball, pick it up, or choose another fielder. Two runs scored and the play was recorded as a home run.
Outfield has been fine for me. Griffey jr in Center has tracked down just about everything.
I have seen a lot of unforced errors online, both mine, and my opponents.
I am not a great hitter. I bat around .245 on the year last year with an OBP around .320
So far in four RS games, I am hitting .192 with OBP of .252. I am really struggling with the pitch speed. I am early or very early on most pitches. A bunch of my perfect perfects have fallen for hits, and some good squared have died at the track.
Offspeed pitches seem to move a ton.
I heard that SDS was saying input would matter this year and there would be a greater skill gap. I might be proof of this, but overall, I feel like I am having to relearn the game from scratch.