Back so soon? Welcome to another edition of the VHLM newsletter!
I kept my promise! Newsletters every Monday/Tuesday from now on, to give you guys the most time possible to learn about and claim all of the TPE that's out there. This week is actually a special one in that regard, because you'll be able to earn some extra uncapped TPE for partaking in the festivities of the S64 World Junior Championship! What's that, you say? I'm glad you asked!
S64 World Junior Championship *NEW*
This year's WJC tournament is finally upon us! For those who haven't been a part of one before, this is your chance to don your country's uniform and compete in the name of international glory! These games won't slow down the VHLM schedule, but will act as a fun, bonus set of sims for players under 350 TPE to partake in. For more info, feel free to stop by the official discussion thread to ask questions, make your predictions for who's going to win, or discuss the tournament in general!
Now of course, it wouldn't be an official newsletter without plugging our Discord server, which you can join by clicking this link here! This is the best place to go to chat with other members of the league and get help with anything you might need around the site.
With this week's introduction concluded, we'll get into the real meat of the newsletter. As always, I'll mark anything that changed with a shiny *NEW* if you're just looking for updates.
1) Uncapped TPE Opportunities- Any time an opportunity for some TPE arises, we'll make note of it here. Everything in this section can be claimed apart from your weekly 12 capped TPE, so if you're looking to push your player to greater heights, this section will be of high interest to you.
2) League Recap- Each week, we'll take a look at the shape of the VHLM and talk about some of the outstanding news and performances from around the league.
3) TPE Earning Guide- If you're new to the site, this will really help you get into the swing of things. We have a detailed guide on how earning and claiming TPE works, which will be provided toward the bottom of the newsletter every week.
4) Trivia Help- To help you guys learn how to navigate the site, the very bottom of the newsletter will contain some hints on where to find answers for each week's trivia questions! This can be turned in every week for 2 capped TPE, and will also be worth some extra uncapped TPE in the offseason!
1) Uncapped TPE Opportunities
World Junior Classic Participation *NEW*
This week, if you theme either your media spot, graphic, podcast, or VHL.com article around the VHL's World Junior Championship, you can claim an extra 1 uncapped TPE! See this post for more specific details!
Weekly Reddit Threads
Replacing the old "advertise on another website for TPE" is the new "upvote this Reddit thread for TPE" activity. Reddit is one of the most important recruiting tools we have, and that's largely in part to our users getting some upvotes in on our posts. In order to properly thank you guys for helping us bring in new members, we're offering 1 Uncapped TPE for simply upvoting the provided post and replying as per the given instructions. For full details, you can click the link here and get started on earning 1 free uncapped TPE per week!
Every week, players in the VHLM are granted 2 free TPE every week for simply posting in the practice facility thread. If you haven't already, go post your player name and "+2" here.
The VHL Fantasy Zone
Every week, players are given the chance to guess the results of upcoming VHL games. This comes in two different forms- the weekly Pick 'Em's (which are worth 2 uncapped TPE for getting all of them correct), and the weekly Score Prediction (which is worth 3 uncapped TPE for getting correct). Even if you don't get it right, it's worth a shot to take a look at the games and give it your best guess! If you want, you can even cheat and copy the guesses of a member that's already posted. These will be posted in this subforum every week.
The VHLM Fantasy Zone
The VHL Fantasy Zone's younger brother allows you to earn even more uncapped TPE for guessing the correct winners and scores. However, these predictions are only available to players within the VHLM, so make use of them while you can! The VHLM Fantasy Zone differs in its TPE rewards, in that the weekly Pick 'Em's are only worth 2 uncapped TPE, but guessing the correct score is worth 4! These will be posted in this subforum every week.
The VHL Lottery
Every week, you can vote on a poll to submit an entry for a weekly VHL lottery drawing. Simply vote on the poll in the thread and you're entered to win both a weekly prize of 3 uncapped TPE, as well as a variety of monthly prizes! You can cast your vote at the link provided here for this week's lottery.
The First Generation Bonus
As a thank you to the newer members for sticking around and participating in the league, we're offering 10 free uncapped TPE for your first player, once they cross the 100 TPE milestone! If you've passed that mark, or are about to pass that mark, make a post in this thread and use it to submit an update. To make the job of the updaters easier, please select "Other" when applying the update and fill out the box as seen below:
2) League Recap
It's only been a few days since the last newsletter, so there really isn't too much to look over since the last recap. We are, however, seeing the Las Vegas Aces and the Halifax 21st pull away int he standings after some big winning streaks from both teams. Las Vegas still leads the league with 52 points, but Halifax sits only 3 behind. The next highest team is the Ottawa Lynx, who currently rest 8 points behind the Halifax 21st.
Since 5 teams make the playoffs, it's normal to see a hot race for that 5th seed in the VHLM. In order to make it to the playoff bracket, the 4th and 5th seed every year play a shorter wild card series, the winner of which moves on to play the 1 seed. This year, it looks like Saskatoon and Yukon are battling it out for that spot, with Saskatoon leading 25 points to 18. Though the Wild have a big lead, will the Yukon Rush be able to find their stride and make up some lost ground?
Lastly, one of the bigger stories of the week played out earlier this Monday. Trifecta, GM of the Oslo Storm, seems as if he's come to a decision about the team. Stars Carles Puigdemont and Dallas Jones were both traded away to Ottawa, and depth players Josh Harris and Rocky LaGarza were sent to Las Vegas. In return, Ottawa collected a number of draft picks, which signals an incoming rebuild for the team. Though they currently sit 4th in the standings (in a spot for the VHLM playoffs), it seems their management is parting ways with some of its better players in order to give them a better shot at winning the Founder's Cup.
3) TPE Earning Guide
Each week, you can earn up to 12 capped TPE for submitting Point Tasks, or PTs. The following guide should help you learn what to do in terms of creating, submitting, and claiming a PT! Personally, this is my favorite part of the newsletter, because it's the same copy+paste every week
I've included everything in a spoiler box here to reduce some of the clutter, so if this part of the newsletter is relevant to you, jut open the spoiler below!
4) Trivia Help *NEW*
And of course, one of the main attractions of the newsletter- weekly trivia help! As you know, trivia is worth 2 uncapped TPE per week, and is also eligible for uncapped rewards at the end of the year. This week's trivia can be found here.
1) What VHLM team did Gabriel McAllister play for?
This one's pretty easy if you know where to look! The VHL Portal happens to have a handy player search tool that you can use to look up almost every player in the VHL. Give McAllister a search, and after pulling up his page, try looking through his career stats. You'll notice that they're divided between his VHL and VHLM totals, the latter of which will give you the answer to the question.
2) Which of the following trophies, past or present, was not named after a Hall of Famer?
This one is made much easier by the multiple choice answers. The VHL Portal hosts an entire section devoted to the Hall of Fame, including a page that lists every player that's been inducted into the Hall. Head on over to the "Inducted Players" page, and note that in the top right corner, there's another handy search bar! Try searching for all of the players mentioned in the multiple choice answers, and select the one that doesn't show up after typing them into the "Inducted Players" search.
That does it for this week's edition of the VHLM newsletter. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to respond to this post or contact either me or @McWolf personally. See you guys next week!