You can be amazing in the field, but if you can’t hit, you can’t score.
We’ve been running some home run derbys on WorldGaming this past week, and we just have to say some of you have a stellar swing.
For the rest of you who aren’t so confident in your MLB skills, you’re in the right place.
We have the quick steps you need to become a home run hero and start cranking them out over the crowd for cash.
Depending on the count and the pitcher, you should be using different swings.
Lots of gamers tend to power through all their pitches expecting to hit a homer every time, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
Here are the 3 swings of choice and when you should use them:
– Use this swing for your 3rd, 4th, or 5th batters (power hitters)
– Beware of strike-outs: your contact window is decreased and requires greater accuracy
– Best for when you’re ahead in the count
– Use this swing against a dominant pitcher
– Beware of foul balls or weak infield hits (although can be used strategically to up pitch counts)
– Best for avoiding strike-outs
– Use this swing when a contact or power swing is not ideal
– Beware the myth of not hitting home runs unless you use a Power swing, it actually has the highest success rate
– Best when you’re looking for a strong double or triple
One of the strongest aspects of The Show series is all of the optional features.
They go far beyond difficulty level and allow you to delve as deep as you want into pitch speed, swing type, and a whole slew of other elements.
Here are the settings I always use, I find them best for when I’m trying to improve my game:
Be aware of the pitcher you’re coming up against. (Obvious, but the first thing that gamers forget!)
Just like it is in real life, you’re going to have to alter your swing and your strategy depending on the competition:
There is one key difference between baseball and other eSports you’ve played: PATIENCE.
Waiting for the right pitch and knowing when to swing is your #1 asset as a batter.
If you swing for everything, you’ll rack up your strike-outs in no time. Here are some tips I’ve learned from standing at the plate:
The details I’m talking about here aren’t just your opponent and your count – it’s your own team too.
Each team has utility players that will help you out at the plate, especially when you come up against some of those specialty pitchers.
The most obvious example I can think of is going up against a left-handed pitcher. Always make sure you have a roster of right-handed power batters in that scenario to compensate.
Here are a few other quick tips for you to pay attention to when you’re on deck:
Now that you have the tips, it’s time to start testing them out.
Once you have your MLB game down, use it to make some cash in MLB 14 head-to-head on WorldGaming or in our big MLB 15 tournament (COMING SOON!)