Fade Ace

Fade Ace is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and replaces Deep Fades from current gen. Fade Ace improves your players’ ability to shoot post fades.

Fade Ace is a decently effective badge that is best equipped on post scorers. Beyond that, there are many other badges to put on your shooter besides Fade Ace.

Deep Threes

Deep Threes is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen that replaces Range Extender. This badge extends the range from which a player can effectively shoot threes.

This badge is pretty much necessary for any shooter to space the floor and shoot for deep, so we recommend maxing it out on your MyPlayer and your favorite MyTeam cards.

Circus Threes

Circus Threes is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and gives boost to stepback and other difficult shots from beyond the arc.

Circus Threes is a great badge if your frequently shoot difficult three pointers. And so far it’s been shown to be pretty overpowered, so its definitely a top badge for any game mode.


Blinders is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next Gen and allows your player to be unfazed by defenders contesting shots from the side.

It replaces and converts from Steady Shooter from Current Gen to Next Gen, and is a positive for any game mode. However, it is far from necessary for Park, though very helpful in MyTeam.


Antifreeze is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next-Gen that makes it harder to get cold and lose your player’s Takeover progress. It is in the shooting category of badges.

This isn’t a necessary badge for the Park unless you are really struggling with shooting. It can be helpful for MyTeam, however, to avoid getting cold in modes like Unlimited or Limited.

Badge Conversions from Current Gen to Next Gen

If you look at our post on all the Shooting badges in both versions of NBA 2K21, you’ll notice there are several new badges in the Next Gen game.

And if you play MyTeam, there are specific conversions from the current gen game to the next gen game. Listed below are these conversions.

  • Showtime = Posterizer
  • Pick and Roller = Rise Up
  • Cross Key Scorer = Heat Seeker
  • Deep Hooks = Hooks Specialist
  • Relentless Finisher = Fearless Finisher
  • Fastbreak Finisher = Highlight Film
  • Flexible Release = Sniper
  • Pump Fake Maestro = Set Shooter
  • Deep Fades = Fade Ace
  • Steady Shooter = Blinders
  • Range Extender = Deep Threes
  • Hot Start = Hot Shot
  • Flashy Passer = Relay Passer
  • Lob City Passer = Special Delivery
  • Lightning Reflexes = Ankle Braces

Removed Badges:

  • Consistent Finisher
  • Contact Finisher
  • Fancy Footwork
  • Pick and Popper
  • Moving Truck

The W: NBA 2K21’s WNBA Game Mode

NBA 2K has slowly been implementing the WNBA into the game since NBA 2K20, and NBA 2K21 features an entire online game mode for the WNBA, dubbed “The W.”

There is a wide variety of modes within the single mode, and we’ll break them all down here:

  • MyCareer: Allows you to Play through a season(s), upgrade your player, and compete for a WNBA Championship.
  • Player Progression: Upgrading your player is done through an XP-like system, meaning you don’t need to buy (or earn) VC to upgrade your player.
  • Popularity: You earn personal fans for on-and-off-court events that help you earn endorsements.
  • WNBA Popularity: You increase the league popularity through events, which help grow salaries and nationally televised games.
  • Wealth: A Bank Account of sorts that grows from events and game, and allows you to unlock and purchase things for online play.
  • Off-day and Offseason Jobs: Choose from Coach, Entrepreneur, Global Icon, Fashion Icon, and Influencer archetypes to add an off-court aspect to the mode.
  • The W Online: An online, matchmaking 3v3 mode that allows you to compete against other players. Like the Neighborhood but without the wasteful walking around.

Overall, the W seems like a cool idea to integrate the WNBA into 2K’s most popular online mode.

How to Win Every Game of Domination in NBA 2K21

Domination can be a pain to play sometimes in NBA 2K21 MyTeam, as there can be little consistency to both your play and that of the computer fairly frequently.

But after completing Domination in 2K21 MyTeam, we have compiled the best and easiest tips to get the necessary wins for each level:

  • The most important thing: Have a Point Guard with at least Gold Quick First Step. We like Diamond John Stockton (for his dunking as well), but a budget option is Doc Rivers.
  • The Method: Rim-Running with your PG off of a 5-out. Switch your freelance to Hawks 2018, call for a “Pass and Screen Away,” and run to the basket for an easy bucket the majority of the time.
  • If that doesn’t work?: If the opposing PG has Clamps, calling for a screen will freeze the defender(s) and allow you to get to the hoop easily. Call the screen around half-court for best results.
  • The Rest of your Team: A 3-and D wing, a Slashing Wing (for Fastbreaks), a decent Defensive PF, and a taller Center with Intimidator is the best lineup for playing Domination with the aforementioned PG archetype.
  • The defensive strategy: Have a good center with Intimidator, set your Settings to Smother On-Ball and Tight Off-Ball, and try to stop the opposing team getting in the paint (most teams spam rin-runs)
  • How to Get the Necessary MT: You’ll need at least 10 free throws and 5 3-pointers to get the 775 or 900 MT for Historic and All-Time. Rim-running and Driving-and-kicking should get you both naturally throughout the game.
  • Other Tips: Using money plays (there aren’t any good ones at the moment), switching defensive matchups to stop the opposing teams’ key players, and taking advantage of all fastbreaks are a few more extremely helpful tips for completing Domination.

Fearless Finisher Badge

Fearless Finisher is a new badge for NBA 2K21 Next-Gen and boosts contact layups and decreases fatigue. It is in the Finishing category of badges.

Fearless Finisher seems like a combination of Contact Finisher and Relentless Finisher (both soon to be defunct), and will be a necessary badge for most builds.

NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Badges

Compiled here is a list of badges in NBA 2K21 Next-Gen (PS5 and Xbox X). The list will be updated as more information is made available:

  • Fearless Finisher – Boosts contact layups and decreases fatigue.
  • Heat Seeker – Boosts takeover progress on inside shots
  • Highlight Film – Boosts teammate takeover progress on flashy dunks
  • Hook Specialist – Boosts hook shot ability
  • Revived Posterizer – Contact dunks!
  • Rise Up – Boosts ability to do standing dunks in traffic
  • Anti-Freeze – Harder to get cold and lose takeover meter progress
  • Blinders – Less affected by peripheral defenders when shooting jumpers
  • Circus Threes – Improved ability to hit pull-up and stepback 3’s
  • Fade Ace – Boosts all post fadeaways
  • Hot Shot – Increases takeover meter faster when knocking down jumpers
  • Deep Threes – Dame and Curry range 3 balls
  • Rhythm Shooter – Boosts shot %’s out of size-ups as well as 1-step pull-ups
  • Set Shooter – Shooting ability gets better the longer you set and wait before pulling
  • Sniper – Boosts the ability to hit shots when using Pro Stick aiming
  • Stop & Pop Three – for the JJ Redicks who want to pull-up for threes in transition
  • Bullet Passer – Gives you the ability to throw laser dots like LeBron
  • Relay Passer – Boosts the shooter on pass to assist situations
  • Special Delivery – Boosts takeover progress for the passer and receiver off a flashy pass assist
  • Ankle Braces – Makes it tougher for ball handlers to break your ankles
  • Clutch Defender – Boosts your defensive ratings in clutch moments
  • Hot Stopper – Boosts takeover meter for good defensive plays like steals, blocks, and good contests