If you play AFL Dreamteam (or AFL Fantasy as it will now be known) in 2013 you will be able to make 44 trades.. that’s 2 trades every week of the season. A critical component of the game has been removed. Discipline. And the art of timing your limited trades throughout the duration of the season.
The other announcement is that, unlike in AFL Supercoach in 2013, there will be no rolling lockout. This means that Fantasy coaches will need to lock their teams in by Friday night… the old fashioned way.
AFL Supercoach announced late last year that it will allow a rolling lockout for each and every game of the season. This means that coaches can change their selections right up until the opening bounce before each game of the round.
Why have they done this?
AFL Dreamteam has been progressively losing market share to Supercoach over the past 3-4 years. It seems that AFL Fantasy (Dreamteam) is pitching itself as a clear and distinct alternative to Supercoach in the wake of public outcry at the added burden that Supercoach coaches need to take on in dealing with the rolling lockout each weekend.
If you play Dreamteam you can also have yourself a weekend outside of Fantasy Footy… if you want to win your Supercoach league you’ll need to be glued to your smartphone all weekend to check for late changes.
As the widely acknowledged Father of Fantasy footy in this ripping country of ours I believe that both forms of the game have gotten a bit bloody carried away this season.
I reckon our great games should be left alone. What are your thoughts on the changes – and which is your preferred game format in the lead in to 2013?
I’m Jock Reynolds