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June 12, 2010 5:44 PM   Subscribe

So, jamesonandwater created a metafilter Fantasy World Cup League. There are nineteen of us signed up now and it seems as though it's still possible to create a team even though the games have begun. If you do it tonight, you can still get in on the scoring in round one!

League code to enter is "326320-117356"

On a side note: Do Do de Do! Ji Sung Park!
posted by 256 to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:44 PM (19 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Super! My Ockham United team ("The Razors") is in second place!
posted by grubi at 6:30 PM on June 12, 2010


Cool.

Question: do players not on your 'pitch' matter? What's the point of having them sit as substitutes?
posted by ageispolis at 1:04 AM on June 13, 2010


Huh. 11th. Maybe I shouldn't have themed my team around players from Communist and ex-Communist countries. Or maybe I should have given France a pass on the basis of the Paris Commune.
posted by him at 5:28 AM on June 13, 2010


ageispolis - yeah, you only get points for the eleven on the pitch. But the subs work two ways. If you're hands off, the eg defender at the top will come on if one of the defenders on the pitch doesn't actully play in that round. Or if you're an obsessed fantasy football player (like me) you can micromanage and take off an underperforming guy who played on the 12th for a sub who you think will get more points when he plays later, on the 13th or 15th or whenever. Hence the note on substitutions on the timeline bar above your team. Er, hope that makes sense.
posted by jamesonandwater at 6:26 AM on June 13, 2010


Ah, thanks for the clarification. Does that mean it would be a better strategy to keep your third-string goalie and your bottom defenders/mids/forwards as 1-point New Zealanders? It doesn't seem likely they'll ever be needed on the pitch and it would give you more points to get better players.
posted by ageispolis at 12:20 PM on June 13, 2010


ageispolis: it's hard to say. There's definite merit to loading up on the best and then filling the bench with 1-pointers, but there's an obvious risk as well. For example, I ended up subbing out Rooney on my team after he failed to shine in the ENG-USA game. I'm glad I have good options to replace him with.
posted by 256 at 1:04 PM on June 13, 2010


In pitch view, I see that it automatically selects formations based upon how many midfielders versus defenders you choose, but I can't figure out how to put specific players at specific positions; how does the computer decide whether to place right or left wingers or right or left wingbacks? Does this even matter?
posted by Dr. Zira at 1:08 PM on June 13, 2010


Dr. Zira: it doesn't matter at all. The positions on the pitch just determine how many players of a given position you can have. The only thing that matters other than who is actually out there is who your captain is (the captain's points count double).
posted by 256 at 1:12 PM on June 13, 2010


When will they do the next points update for those of us latecomers that want to get off the bench?
posted by Dr. Zira at 2:05 PM on June 13, 2010


in 42 minutes!

It happens at midnight South Africa time on each game day.
posted by 256 at 2:18 PM on June 13, 2010


Well, points are calculated after every game, but if you joined after round 1 kicked off, you'll have to wait until round 2, which starts on June 16, 20.30 South African Time.
posted by Bukvoed at 2:49 PM on June 13, 2010


I'm still confused by subs, but I'm just gonna keep my hands off cause I'll probably just fuck it up otherwise. Also can't login from work, but I'm hoping I'm not still 17th!
posted by doublehappy at 12:59 AM on June 14, 2010


doublehappy: As I understand substitutions, they can only be done between midnight SA time (6pm EST) and the start of the first game of the day (usually 7am EST). You can sub out players who have played in the round or who have not played, but you can only sub in players who haven't yet played. So, if you sub out someone who has played and scored points, there is no way to get those points back.

If you don't make any manual substitutions, then the game will automatically make the obvious ones for you (like subbing out players who get badly injured in the first five minutes of the game). But as soon as you make your first manual substitution in a round, the game won't make any more automatic ones for you, so you have to keep on top of it.

If you do want to personally micromanage, then it makes sense to fill the pitch with the players playing earliest and then sub out those who underperform after each day. There's not really THAT much of an advantage to be gained this way though, versus just putting your best players on the pitch and leaving them there. I've made two substitutions so far and it has resulted in me having four fewer points than I would have otherwise.

The one thing I can't figure out is why some of the teams that signed up yesterday are active today and some aren't. Hopefully they'll all make it in tomorrow.

Oh! And you're not 17th anymore! You're 22nd... :(
posted by 256 at 11:04 AM on June 14, 2010


Thanks, 256. Your post was helpful and made me feel good butthen it came CRASHING DOWN ON ME at the end there.

Yeah, most of players have scored 0, which I'm assuming is because they didn't start. Lucky I've still got RORY FALLON who will score a hattrick against Slovakia.
posted by doublehappy at 3:14 PM on June 14, 2010


Score a what now?
posted by grubi at 8:57 AM on June 15, 2010


Doublehappy: Your All Whites did pretty good! hope you had Reid.
posted by 256 at 9:06 AM on June 15, 2010


Dammit, Skrtel, you couldn't defend for another 20 seconds? Try jumping next time.
posted by Errant at 10:19 AM on June 15, 2010


Is anyone interested in creating a league for the predictor challenge in addition to the fantasy challenge?
posted by Dr. Zira at 1:27 PM on June 16, 2010


Sure, done. League code is 298605-14374.
posted by Errant at 2:02 PM on June 16, 2010


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