NSG 489 Posted March 5, 2022 Share Posted March 5, 2022 Well, for the first time in a long time (Feb 8 2021), I am writing an article for VHL. And since then, a lot of things have changed. Meta has come and (basically) gone, the VHLE happened, and new faces have flooded management positions. And, obviously, Tucker has changed a lot. Once upon a time, he was an underrated, underappreciated right winger who was selected 73rd in the VHLM Draft and 26th in the VHL Draft. Now, though, he's one of the best scorers in the game, continuing to perform in a meta world with a rather un-meta build (yes, 99 SC + DF, but 70 PA, CK, and FG don't quite fit the mold). He's become one of the best Wolves players ever, and, in my opinion, deserves to have his jersey (#88, obviously) retired by the team. He's become the 2nd biggest steal in the S76 draft (his TPE ranking is 19 spots higher than his draft number. His old friend and twice over ex-teammate,Tater Tat, has him beat, with 27). However, with all these records comes old age, and Tucker is to be auto-retired at the conclusion of the S83 season. It'll definitely be a really weird, sad day for me, because he's all I've ever really known, so without Tucker, Imma lowkey feel like I have no identity in the league. And thus, the question I pose myself: Will I leave or stay? What will my new player look like? mma try and write it all out, not just because I need 6 TPE, but because the time for such decisions is nearing. Why I'd Leave VHL: Basically, I'm not super attached to the league. Whereas in a lot of leagues, I feel like I'd be letting someone/people if I left (such as EFL, where I'm a Historian, AD, GM, Updater, Presenter, and am on the BOD), I don't feel like the league would take a big L if I left (I would reappear for Town of Salem but nothing else), nor do I feel like I'd lose a part of me if I were to just disappear into the canals of VHL user history. And without Tucker, what am I? Will I ever become invested in my new guy or will I just be trapped in the aromas of nostalgia for Tucker instead? I have a pretty busy life and I need to try and make room for what's happening out there instead having my head in the Internet. Why I'd Stay: This is the only hockey sim league I have and although not attached with it, I'm familiar with it. I know enough about who the people are, and I want to make some sort of legacy. Tucker is not noteworthy enough for anyone to remember 10 seasons from now, save a few Vancouver homies. I'd love to have a bona fide star, and the way to do that would be to stick around. Additionally, going back down to the VHLM + VHLE would allow me to meet some new people and make some new friends, and perhaps I could get attached to the league like I never was before. Why I'd Create a Forward Again: Tucker was very much a 2-way forward. He could hit, he could fight, and he could score, but there's more types of forwards than that. My next guy could be a defensive forward, focused on hitting and stuff, or I could make a guy who's all about the points. I also don't know if there's a huge difference between right wings, centers, and left wingers, so I could try and figure that out. However, this is not likely going to be what I would do. Why I'd Do Defense: Though it wouldn't be as radical as going from forward to goalie, this would be pretty rad as well. I didn't do defense w/Tucker, obviously, and again, there's plenty of routes to go. Would I be focused on assists, hits, or goals? Maybe all 3? Could shots blocked be the thing I vibe with? I really don't know what makes you good at blocking shots, so we could see about that. I feel like D is the least sought after position, so I might have less obstacles to go through en route to complete world domination. Why I'd Do Goalie: It'd be completely new for me and I'd be going in blind, and that's something I lowkey enjoy. "You're insane, NSG! Nobody likes to not know what they're doing!" you might say. Well, I like it like that, so clearly it's not nobody who likes a challenge. The stats I'm going for are all different, and it'd be pretty cool seeing how it all turns out. However, I hear that there's too many goalies in the league nowadays so I might not do it after all, just because there's no plausible way to be good off the jump. And that will be that for that. Some other things I wonder about: How valued are recreates in the M these days? Would people actually chase after a RC or would they get similar offers? Would the M GM's even know that I had had a successful player previously? Would they see that "NSG has created a player" and actually know that I was a RC, or do they not know of my existence? Being a RC, would I be selected in a logical place in a draft, or would I be FISTED ANALLY BY A CIRCUS MONKEY like last time? Would the GMs overvalue me? If there's any good news about having all these unanswerable questions is that is piquing my interest in the league. If I were to just quit, I'd never be able to figure these out, and though I wouldn't lose sleep over not knowing the answers, I'd never have the satisfaction of knowing the answers. Are these types of things what keep people going back to the VHL? Do other people who are facing these types of decisions in the league also stick around because they want answers? I guess I'll never know. Thanks for reading this weird, weird, article, hope you enjoyed, I guess. Feel free to comment, though I doubt anyone will. 1034 words Nykonax, Spartan, Ledge and 1 other 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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