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MyTeam Season 8 Preview

Season 8 in NBA 2K22 is now upon us, and the following updates were made to the MyTeam game mode, starting with the rewards cards:

  • Level 40 Reward: Endgame C/PG Nikola Jokic
  • “Best Of” Domination Reward: Endgame PG/SG James Harden
  • Unlimited Galaxy Opal Tier: Invincible SF/SG Grant Hill
  • TTO: Invincible PG/SG Pete Maravich
  • 2,000 Triple Threat Wins: Invincible SG/SF Dominique Wilkins
  • Triple Threat Vault: Invincible SG/SF Elgin Baylor
  • Ascension: Invincible C/PF Darryl Dawkins
  • Draft: Invincible PG/SG Jerry West
  • DM Token Reward Market – Invincible SG/SF Julius Erving
  • Level 1 Reward: Invincible PG/SG Isiah Thomas

Some other big changes for this season of MyTeam:

  • 20 Anniversary cards are being released throughout the season that will feature Dark Matter cards with card art from past MyTeam games, with a collection reward of an Endgame option pack.
  • A collection of over a dozen of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal cards will be released throughout the season with card art from past games. They will be Dark Matter cards.

Best Badges to Have on Bronze in Each Category

Many badges are most effective when on Hall of Fame, as they should. But some badges work so well on Bronze that you do not need to spend a lot of your precious points on them.

The following badges are extremely effective for a low cost, allowing you to focus on the more important badges while still having a well-rounded style of play.

Best Bronze Shooting Badges

Corner Specialist: Although this badge should be maxed out for corner spot-ups, other catch and shoot players would find it most helpful on Bronze. That way, you still get a slight boost when you find yourself in the corner, but can spend more badge points on Catch and Shoot or other badges.

Comeback Kid: A badge that will be slept on, but works so well. When you’re losing, this badge gives you some great shooting boosts that help you shot your team back into the game.

Clutch Shooter: Although this badge is great if you can max it out, there are far more important badges your player needs. But on Bronze, Clutch Shooter will give you that little extra boost that can help you in clutch situations.

Deadeye: In many cases, Blinders is the better badge to mitigate shot contests. Therefore, you may not have too many points for Deadeye. But on Bronze, Deadeye will give you the slight boosts when a defender jumps in your face.

Best Bronze Defensive Badges

Chase Down Artist: Chase down blocks are overpowered this year, but you don’t need a high Chase Down Artist badge to get them. While on Bronze, when combined with Rim Protector, you will also be able to get the OP chase down blocks that can change games.

Interceptor: Most guards and wings should have this on a higher level, but big men typically need to prioritize other badges. But big men should have Interceptor on Bronze, as it will allow them to stop passes at a good enough rate to affect games.

Anchor: Big men should have this maxed, but most guards and wings may not think about this badge. However, you get a badge that will unlock the ability to get blocks when you’re forced to guard the paint.

Best Bronze Playmaking Badges

Bail Out: It’s never really worth having Bail Out on a higher level, but almost every shooter should have it on Bronze. At this level, you will be able to pass out of most shots and get key assists to teammates.

Needle Threader: It is not super effective on Bronze for 5v5 games, but Needle Threader can be an effective low level badge to help you turn the ball over less in 2v2 and 3v3 games.

Vice Grip: Spamming the steal button after a rebound is one of the most frustrating part of NBA 2K, but this badge decreases the chances of a turnover. It’s cheap for many players and works OK.

Best Bronze Finishing Badges

Aerial Wizard: Although dunks are a bit difficult this year, this badge on Bronze will unlock the ability to convert the wide majority of your lobs. It is rarely worth it to have this badge on higher levels.

Pro Touch: Timing can be a bit difficult to master on dunks and layups, but this badge will give you a boost if you are able to somewhat time your layups. On Bronze, this will give you enough of a boost to convert many more inside shots.

Playmaking Badges Tier List

S Tier- Necessary for Most Players

Quick First Step: A necessary for any player who will have the ball in their hands, as it allows you to actually move with some urgency with the ball. Should be maxed for most players, perhaps besides big men.

Bullet Passer: Another necessary for the wide majority of players, as Bullet Passer helps you combat the crazy steal animations in this year’s game. Every player should have it, and main ball handlers should think about maxing it.

Handles for Days: This badge needs to be maxed out for ball handlers, or else you won’t be able to do more than a few dribble moves. It’s not necessary out of ball handlers, but it is literally the most important dribbling badge.

Quick Chain: Another necessary badge for dribbling builds, as it will help you quickly transition between dribble moves.

A Tier – Great Badges for Some Builds

Glue Hands: Many scoff at this badge, but playing MyTeam has shown that this badge will help you get great catch animations before shots. You don’t need to max it out, but it works great on even Bronze or Silver.

Hyperdrive: This badge is better for slashing to the hoop, but Hyperdrive helps you speed up individual dribble moves to fool defenders. We recommend it for dribbling moves, but not before Quick Chain.

Tight Handles: Yet another dribbling badge that ball handlers need, as Tight Handles will stun your defender and allow you to get open shots either in the paint or behind the 3pt line.

Unpluckable: An underwhelming badge that most players at least need on Bronze. While we question its ability on higher levels, it necessity puts it on the A Tier level.

B Tier – Good Badges if You Have Extra Points

Dimer: Dimer is one of the most powerful badges in the game, but is really only needed if you have lower rated shooters on your team. Other badges are more necessary, but Dimer can be super powerful in the right situation.

Space Creator: A great badge combined with the Damian Lillard step back dribble move, but the step back is far from the best dribble move available.

Needle Threader: A Rec badge that can counter Interceptor, but is probably best used on Bronze or Silver with your extra badge points. It’s not OP, but it can help you avoid stupid steal animations every once in a while.

Bail Out: Another badge most players should have on Bronze to allow them to pass out of bad shots. It’s not worth having on higher levels, but even Bronze Bail Out will save you countless times.

C Tier – Decent Badges but Limited Usage

Floor General: Like Dimer, Floor General can be helpful in the right situation. However, it is not more powerful than any of the other badges, and should be reserved for those with a ton of playmaking badge points.

Ankle Breaker: This badge can be useful if you chase ankle breakers, but it activates too little to devote serious badge points to it. Tight Handles and Space Creator usually do more to break down your defender.

Stop & Go: Some claim this badge is OP, but we don’t notice much of a speed boost out of quick stops and other stops.

Downhill: With how OP chase down blocks are and also how speed is still unbalanced, Downhill really has limited uses for most builds. It can be helpful in some cases, though, but we don’t recommend it.

D Tier – Avoid These Badges

Post Playmaker: Post Playmaker can work if you mimic Nikola Jokic’s game in 2K22, but given how rare that is, this badge should mostly be avoided.

Triple Threat Juke: We have yet to see consistent results with this badge, and the Triple Threat is still not a great move against anyone but the computer, so we would stay away from this badge.

Break Starter: Full-court passes are still to easy without this badge, so while it may be helpful for rebounding big men on the Bronze level, it is still far from being necessary.

Special Delivery: With how hard lobs are this year, any badge involving them has lost a ton of value. This means Special Delivery, which helps throw lobs, will not see much use outside of players who know how to throw and catch lobs.

Defensive Badges Tier List

S Tier- Necessary

Intimidator: The only badge we recommend to max out for every player, as it helps you defend shots on both the perimeter and in the paint.

Clamps: A necessity to max out for perimeter defenders, as it will help you stop opposing players from getting past you for easy buckets.

Interceptor: Playing passing lanes is overpowered this year, and Interceptor will help you get some crazy steal animations on passes. While every player should have this badge, we only recommend maxing it out for defensive-focused players.

Rim Protector: A necessary badge for every player, but especially needs to be maxed out for big men. Will give you the fire power to block shots and be a top-tier paint defender.

A Tier – Necessary for Some Builds

Rebound Chaser/Box: Both necessary badges for big men, as you won’t be able to get rebounds without both badges. Although big men will need to max Rebound Chaser, Box can typically be equipped one level below Rebound Chaser.

Chase Down Artist: Chase downs are way too OP this year, but you can take advantage of this with Chase Down Artist. You will get some crazy block animations and get some key stops on defense.

Ankle Braces: A good badge to counter the crazy number of dribbling badges this year. It’s only necessary for on-ball defenders, and should be on a higher level in most cases.

Brick Wall: Necessary for builds that set screens, but otherwise useless. Big Men should realistically be the only ones with this badge.

B Tier – Great for Extra Badge Points

Ball Stripper: No one should realistically have this badge on higher levels, but it is great to have on lower levels to get the occasional steal when an opposing player tries to dunk on you.

Pogo Stick: A great badge if you sit paint or defend the rim, and should be close to maxed out in those instances. But otherwise your badge points are better spent elsewhere.

Pick Dodger: Another perimeter defender-specific build, but it is always underwhelming. Honestly it’s probably a good idea to have it, but we are still under the impression there are better ways to defend around picks.

C Tier – OK for Specific Builds

Pick Pocket: Although a bit better this year, you still get too many fouls when trying to use Pick Pocket on-ball. Though it has its uses, we can’t really recommend it for any players at this point.

Menace: This badge looked promising at the beginning of the year, but we have yet to really see it have a noticeable effect in-game. It claims to help you defend on-ball, but we haven’t seen this work in reality.

Tireless Defender: While it does help with your player’s stamina in a game, Park players and even most Rec/Pro-Am players won’t need this badge.

Post Lockdown: While we have seen instances of this badge working very well, it has not been consistent enough in a longer time period to be recommended for most players.

D Tier – Too Specific

Worm: Worm animations can be crazy and help you get some crazy rebounds, but it does not work enough and honestly most players are not good at activating the badge.

Hustler: A good badge to have on MyTeam players, but it isn’t worth having on your player for MyCareer or the online modes.

Defensive Leader: The boosts it gives teammates is nice, but boosts to defensive stats do not have the same effects as boosts to offensive stats. It’s not worth it for most teams.

Off-Ball Pest: Despite claims it helps on Pick and Rolls, Off-Ball Pest is not a strong enough badges when guarding off-ball to justify using badge points.

Shooting Badge Tier List

For NBA 2K23, each category of badges in broken down into three Tiers. These tiers, according to 2K, make players’ badge loadouts more unique than in past years. In this post we list the shooting badges, each Tier, and how many badge points are needed to equip each badge.

Tier 3 – The Highest Tier

Cost for each badge level:

  • Hall of Fame: 8 Points
  • Gold: 7 Points
  • Silver: 6 Points
  • Bronze: 5 Points

The Tier 3 Shooting Badges:

  • Deadeye (All Heights)
  • Limitless Range (All Heights)
  • Agent 3 (6″7″ and under)
  • Blinders (6’10” and under)
  • Catch & Shoot (6’8″ and over)
  • Corner Specialist (6’11” and over)

Tier 2 – The Middle Tier

Cost for Each Badge Level:

  • Hall of Fame: 6 Points
  • Gold: 5 Points
  • Silver: 4 Points
  • Bronze: 3 Points

Tier 2 Shooting Badges:

  • Amped (6’5″ and under)
  • Catch and Shoot (6’7″ and under)
  • Green Machine (All Heights)
  • Space Creator (6’7″ and under)
  • Agent 3 (6’8″-6’10”

Tier 1 – Important but Inexpensive Badges

Cost for Each Badge Level:

  • Hall of Fame: 4 Points
  • Gold: 3 Points
  • Silver: 2 Points
  • Bronze: 1 Points

Tier 1 Shooting Badges:

  • Claymore
  • Clutch Shooter
  • Comeback Kid
  • Corner Specialist
  • Guard Up
  • Middy Machine
  • Slippery Off-Ball
  • Volume Shooter

Coming Soon: The Ratings needed to unlock each level of each badge.

NBA 2K22 City Game Modes

In NBA 2K22 Next-Gen, there are a slew of new game modes that give you more options at different gameplay. This list will explain each game mode in 2K22:

  • Neighborhood: Your typical Park games. There are 3v3 and 2v2 courts that allow you to play in a squad or with random players within your affiliation.
  • City Slam/Rooftop Courts: These are single player games where you take on the computer in 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 games. If you complete the entire mode, you win some decent prizes.
  • Garage Hoop: A multiplayer mode that allows you to choose from a wide array of games, including 2v2 and 3v3. It is a completely walk-on mode in which random players can choose to play together.
  • The Factory: The Factory is a Next-Gen replacement of the Cages. It is a matchmaking mode that allows you to play in squad or by yourself, though it does not get super crowded.
  • The Market: A 1v1 matchmaking mode that pits you against a random player in a head-to-head game. You will get games rather quickly, but you need a build that is specifically built to play 1v1.
  • The Old Gym: A solo player mode that matches you up with random teammates against a similarly random opposition. A great game if your buddies are not on or you just want to run with randoms.
  • The Warehouse: A 3v3 mode that will match you up with teammates against three AI NBA players. Games are tough to find, but it can be a relaxing mode against the computer.
  • Ante-Up: The hyper-competitive mode that makes you put up VC to play, with a much larger prize if you win the game. Of course, you forfeit your VC if you lose, but it is the go-to game mode for hardcore players.

NBA 2K22 Takover Perks

NBA 2K22 introduces a new feature called Perks, which adds special abilities that affect both your Takeover meter and that of your opponents. Here are the Perks in 2K22 and how to unlock them:

  • Decelerator: Slows down how quickly your opponents achieve Takeover if you are guarding them closely. Unlock by completing the Jackson Ellis Weekly challenges.
  • Minimizer: Opponent’s activated Takeovers don’t last as long when closely guarded. Unlock by completing Adidas Daily Stat Challenges.
  • Suppressor: Opponents with an active Takeover receive smaller attribute boosts when you are guarding them. Unlock by completing Gatorade Daily Stat Challenges.
  • Saboteur: When a guarded opponent commits a turnover or bad shot, their Takeover meter gets a larger penalty. Unlock by completing the Mountain Dew Daily Stat Challenges.
  • Second Chance: When Takeover is full but not yet activated, making a mistake won’t completely reset the meter. Unlock by completing the New Balance Daily Stat Challenges.
  • Sponge: When a teammate performs an action to increase their Takeover meter, you get a small boost of your own. Unlock by completing the State Farm Daily Stat Challenges.
  • Extender: Extends the length of time that Takeover stays active. Unlock by winning the first Chris Brickley 3v3 scrimmage.
  • Juice: Gives an extra boost to your attributes when Takeover is activated. Unlock by winning the second Chris Brickley 3v3 scrimmage.
  • Stay Warm: Takeover meters won’t drain as quickly when performing poorly. Unlock by winning the 3rd Chris Brickley 3v3 scrimmage.
  • Accelerator: Takeover meters fill faster when performing well on the court, allowing you to get Takeover quicker. Unlock by winning the final Chris Brickley 3v3 scrimmage.

NBA 2K23 Attributes & Their Descriptions

In this post we break down what each attribute does and how it helps you play in NBA 2K23:

Finishing

  • Close Shot: Determines the ability to shoot when standing still out to 10 feet from the basket. Helps post hooks, and is also used to determine the ability to make standing alley-oop and putback layup attempts.
  • Driving Layup: Determines the ability to successfully complete regular, contact, alley-oop, and putback layup attempts while moving toward the basket.
  • Driving Dunk: Determines the ability to successfully complete regular, contact, alley-oop, and putback dunk attempts while moving toward the basket.
  • Standing Dunk: Determines the ability to successfully complete regular, contact, alley-oop and putback dunk attempts while standing under the basket.
  • Post Control: Helps determine success when performing spins, drives, drop steps, and other moves from the post position. Used along with strength and size to determine the ability to back down a defender.

Shooting

  • Mid-Range Shot: Determines the ability to make shots of all types from mid-range distance, including post fadeaway attempts.
  • Thee-Point Shot: Determines the ability to make shots of all types from three-point distance.
  • Free Throw: Determines the ability of successfully making free throw attempts.

Playmaking

  • Pass Accuracy: Determines the ability to throw the ball on target in all types of passing situations, such as bounce, chest, lob, overhead, flashy, and alley-oop passes.
  • Ball Handle: Determines skill while dribbling the ball, both in terms of moves allowed and securing the ball from steal attempts.
  • Speed with Ball: Affects how fast the player can run or sprint while dribbling the ball.

Defense/Rebounding

  • Interior Defense: Determines the ability for the player to defend the paint both on and off the ball, as well as contest shots near the rim.
  • Perimeter Defense: Determines the ability for the player to defend the perimeter both on and off the ball, as well as contest shots from outside.
  • Steal: Affects the ability to intercept or deflect passes and steal the ball from opposing ball-handlers in all situations.
  • Block: Determines the chance to successfully block shots of all types.
  • Offensive Rebound: Affects the ability to grab offensive rebounds. Along with vertical, unlocks rebound animations to reach the ball more easily on missed shots. Helps determine ability to box out or navigate around box outs.
  • Defensive Rebound: Affects ability to grab defensive rebounds. Along with vertical, unlocks rebounding animations to reach the ball more easily on missed shots. Helps determine ability to box out or navigate around box outs.

Physicals

  • Speed: Affects how fast the player can run or sprint around the court.
  • Acceleration: Affects the speed at which the player can move in short bursts ad when taking off from a stand-still position.
  • Strength: Determines who wins a contact battle and helps dictate how successful a player will be when backing down or being backed down in the post, both with and without the ball.
  • Vertical: Used as a gate for dunk animations, and in combination with attribute counterparts, allows a player to jump higher on rebound and blocks.
  • Stamina: Affects how quickly a player loses energy and fatigues while running, sprinting, taking contact and performing various moves on the court.

MyTeam Season 1 Preview

The beginning of MyTeam in the new game is now upon us, and the following are the updates made to the game mode for the new year. Starting with the Rewards cards:

Level 40: Pink Diamond SF/PF Carmelo Anthony

Domination: Diamond PG/SG Bob Cousy

Unlimited: Pink Diamond C/PF Wilt Chamberlain

Limited: Pink Diamond SG/SF Devin Booker

TTO:

Triple Threat Wins:

Triple Threat Vault:

Ascension: Diamond SG/SF Marques Johnson

Draft: Pink Diamond SF/PF Glenn Robinson

NBA 2K22 Badges: The Complete Guide

The Best Badges in Each Category:

The Complete List of Badges in Each Category:

Other Badge Info: