AFL SuperCoach has finally come back for 2020! With the launch of the 2020 app finally all of us sparkly eyed coaches have come back hungry to improve on our finishes from last year or toppling our rivals.
When I first was drafting my team I wish someone had said the words “Guns ‘n’ Rooks”
This is my third year playing SuperCoach and I’ve come a long way in understanding just how this game works. I’m not an elite performer but as I rope in friends and family to this game I think about the things I wish I knew when starting out.
To the uninitiated SuperCoach is a daunting beast, it’s all numbers, stats and 100 names you have never heard called in a match. You’re given 10 million and pushed into the deep end and researching when you don’t know what you’re looking for can be daunting. When I first was drafting my team I wish someone had said the words “Guns ‘n’ Rooks”. Sounds like a no brainer but honestly not something I ever thought about when faced with the wall of stats.
Premiums are like your super…
Premiums are priced highly because of shown performance. Spending on a big name is to provide your team with a consistently good scorer. Much like an Industry Super fund past performance is not necessarily an indication of future performance but with a good pick you can get a return on your investment.
Trading, sometimes less is more…
There are many ways to play SuperCoach and each coach will have their own approach to when to trade. When I started I would panic a lot if my rookies were dropped, in a bad patch or injured and made a lot of unnecessary trades. It’s cliche but true, you gotta know when to hold ‘em. It’s okay to make trades early if it suits your strategy or you end up with a long term injured player but you don’t have to dump a player just from one bad score.
Being good at footy doesn’t always translate…
One of my biggest struggles as a new SuperCoach player was trying to differentiate between a good supercoach pick and a good AFL player. Particularly when seeing key position players. For example when you think of a forward line, names like Ben Brown, Jack Reiwoldt and Charlie Cameron can spring to mind. While all of these guys are exceptional in the roles they play, this doesn’t always turn into solid super coach scoring. Remember when selecting players to consider their style of play and how their role affects their ability to score.
Back your gut…or your brain!
And Finally, Trust the process. You’ve taken the time, done your research and have all your dominoes set up to execute your strategy for the season. Stick to it, this ties in to my acknowledgement of the panic that can happen when things don’t pan out. Be open to new information and ideas, but you have a plan (hopefully) too much changing of your plan mid season can really hurt you late in the game.
There is so much to consider when starting your SuperCoach journey and while I definitely haven’t covered all the nuances I wish I had someone tell me this years ago. Got any tips for new players ? Or just a reminder tip that other coaches may forget? Leave it in the comments below!