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Become a MLB 14 Home Run Hero

2 Apr , 2015  

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.


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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.


Step One: Use Different Swings

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:


1. The Power Swing

– 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


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2. The Contact Swing

– 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


3. The Normal Swing

– 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



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Step Two: Adjust Your Settings

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.


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Here are the settings I always use, I find them best for when I’m trying to improve my game:

  • Difficulty Level: “All Star” for Hitting and “Hall of Fame” for Pitching (if you’re a beginning, I’d use “Veteran”)
  • Swing Type: “Timing” (you can upgrade to “Analogue” for a more natural, realistic feel – but it’s also more difficult)
  • Guest Pitch: “Disable” (I don’t use this option since it penalizes you for incorrect guesses and you can become a better hitter by learning the movement of the ball than randomly guessing, in my humble opinion)


Step Three: Know Your Opponent

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:

  • An amazing pitcher is going to put up a great fight – up his pitch count with foul balls and get him out of the game quicker.
  • A speciality pitcher like infamous knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is obviously going to lean on his best move to get you out – adjust your strategy and settings accordingly.
  • Regular pitchers will throw more consistently into your strike zone – use the first inning to learn their speeds and styles, then dominate them from there!


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Step Four: Understand the Count

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:

  • If you’re 0-2 early on, expect an impossible-to-hit pitch – avoid this situation as much as possible
  • Once you’re leading the count, you’re more likely to be thrown a home run worthy pitch
  • Know which pitches you like and look for them – if they’re not in your sweet spot, don’t swing
  • Unless you’re desperate for runs late in the game, DO NOT swing on a 3-0 count (adding a few pitches here and there can prove really valuable in an early removal from the mound)


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Step Five: Pay Attention to Details

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:

  • Substitution is KEY  in baseball, both real and animated
  • Know which of your batters are good with same-handed pitchers
  • Watch for specific pitcher arm movements on fastballs and breaking balls
  • Pick a focus point in the stadium to judge the release by
  • Pay attention to the pitchers head and the infielders positions
  • Don’t let cutters, change-ups, and splitters get you down – they trick us all from time to time 


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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!)


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