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NBA 2K22 Update 1.09 fixes broken steal mechanics

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It should come as no shock that the NBA 2K22 update was rolled out just days before Season 3 comes to an end.

What shocked players was a change to the steal mechanics that has made it tougher to exploit the system.

Let's talk about this NBA 2K22 update and how it's currently affecting players.

NBA 2K22 Update 1.09 steal update

If you haven't had the chance, we'd suggest downloading the NBA 2K22 Update 1.09 to make sure you have the most up-to-date version.

Steals are a vital part of online play and can give you a leg-up on your competition. A change to the mechanics is giving players a lot of trouble today.

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DEFENSE JUST GOT HARDER: Good luck getting easy steals now

Here is the official change to steals after the NBA 2K22 update:

  • The user is now required to press the steal button in order to successfully intercept a pass.

You might be wondering how much of an impact this has, don't worry we'll explain that below as well. Honestly, this is probably one of the best updates NBA 2K22 has put out.

What does this mean for steals in NBA 2K22?

This NBA 2K22 update has the most impact on online play. Before the update, players were able to wait in passing lanes to trigger steals.

Now, they'll actually have to click on and press the square button just in time to trigger the animation. This makes steals a lot more difficult to consistently achieve.

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ALL ABOUT TIMING: Be careful not to trigger reach-in fouls now

This will also change passing out the paint to the corner. Before, the AI would intercept passes on their own, but not anymore. Users will now have to intercept the pass themselves.

Needles to say, this is a huge change to the online functions of NBA 2K22 and it's being immediately felt across all platforms. To read more about the NBA 2K22 update, head here.

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