rtj45 wrote:Stomalomalus wrote:No, I'm still not sold on this Rich, sorry. I think scouting just needs a bit more in the way of tweaking, rather than this.
At the moment, as I understand it, the averages are just a representation of what you might get and the player is not generated until you press the button.
And the averages only really represent the current ability, which means you can pick a 54 average bat, 112 average bowl, and get a player with 12 current, 20 potential batting, and 7 current, 40 potential bowling.
You weren't trying to pull a bowler, it just happened because the averages have no relation to the actual role of the player.
In real life, coaches will judge whether a player is a bat, bowl or keeper at a young age. Sometimes they get it wrong (Steve Smith, Kevin Pietersen), but most of the time they either get it right or get it so wrong that player will never play at the highest level.
I'd suggest something similar, and I feel it'd be much more useful.
Alongside the averages, the youth coaches give a description of what role they feel the player will turn out best as. So a player might read:
50.44 bat, 42.91 bowl, 1.08 catches - Bowling AR
37.16 bat, 112.19 bowl, 0.84 catches - Batsman
12.15 bat, 19.00 bowl, 0.24 catches - Bowler
28.19 bat, 99.82 bowl, 2.23 catches - wicketkeeper
Now we can see that the first scout's average might not quite represent his potential ability. He might end up being a 15 current, 29 potential bat with 11 current, 41 potential bowling.
Whereas pick 2 might have 9 current, 42 potential batting.
Most players will end up choosing player 2 in this list. That's not because suddenly having this description is bad, but because there are actually a shortage of batsmen in the game. Over time, this will even out and it will stop the situation like many of us have where we just consistently pull bowlers when looking for batsmen because the averages have no representation of what role the player has. And we're all trying to pull batsmen.
Yeah this works too!
I guess broadly speaking we have a similar idea, more of a kick in the right direction from the scout to allow us to actually get something that we want and of a decent enough level to compete with managers who get lucky (this was me once).
I've been relatively lucky on pulls, but more often than not I've not pulled the player I thought I'd get. I know you don't think there's a problem with pulling bats, Rob, but there is.