The NBA 2K series is back with the 2K18 edition. As mentioned in our review of NBA 2K18, the game has added several new features, including the ‘Neighborhood’ and ‘Road to 99′ options, along with a new storyline associated with MyCareer mode.
Since MyCareer is one of the most popular modes in the game, this article will point out a few basic tips on things you should and shouldn’t do to maximize your virtual currency earnings. We hope these tips can assist you in using your time more efficiently and making your “journey to 99” as enjoyable as possible.
1. Don’t earn VC in MyPark
MyPark is probably one of the most fun game modes in the NBA 2K series. However, it is not the best place to earn your VC. You should probably avoid going here early on, especially if your player has a low rating (75 or below).
For one, it will take you a long time to get into a game, as most people are hesitant to tarnish their personal record in the park and avoid playing with lower-rated players. Chances are it may take you as long as 15 minutes just to find a game, and you will likely play on a team with very weak players. In that regard, you will likely lose most matches against much stronger teams, resulting in a very low payout.
For example, if you lose a game and get a teammate grade of C, you will only earn around 40-50 VC. Frankly, it not the best use of your time considering you get less than 100 VC for around 25 minutes of work. As such, you are only making the better players richer by adding to their win streaks in MyPark.
NBA 2K18 MyCareer tip: If your NBA 2K18 rating is low and you want to earn VC fast, stay away from MyPark until you upgrade your player to a respectable level (75 or above).
2) Don’t skip your team practice facility sessions
If you want to earn your badges as fast as possible, don’t skip the practice session drills! These drills take place at the ‘Team Practice Facility’, as per the picture below:
The practice facility is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to grind for your badges early in the game. Some drills like the ‘2 on 2’ allow you to work on multiple badges at once and are quick and easy to do; it takes around five minutes to complete three drills.
Practice sessions also add to your ‘overall level increase’, which will earn you extra slots for your player’s overall upgrade when you reach 100%. As you can see in the picture above, one ‘2 v 2’ drill helped me earn points for six badges and added 695 experience points towards my overall upgrade.
NBA 2K18 MyCareer tip: If you have a low 2K rating, practice sessions are probably the easiest and most efficient way to work on your badges early.
3) Visit the fresh squeezed station for bonus practice sessions
One new trick few may know about is the fresh squeezed station, located just outside of your team’s practice facility. Traditionally, you only get three practice sessions and have to play a MyCareer game before you can unlock the gym again. However, after you have finished your three drills you can quickly get one extra practice session by going to the fresh squeezed station just outside the practice facility.
NBA 2K18 MyCareer tip: Take advantage of this simple feature to help earn your badges faster.
4) Don’t earn VC playing in ‘Play Now’ mode
The ‘Play Now’ mode is rather addictive, especially with its new All-Time team feature this year.
I must admit it’s pretty cool to play with some historic teams like the 1999/00 Toronto Raptors, which includes players like Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry.
Fun aside, it is not the most efficient way to earn virtual currency in NBA 2K18. If you do the math, it takes around 25-30 minutes to complete one game, but sometimes games may take as long as 45 minutes if your opponent likes to go to the line frequently or call plenty of timeouts.
In that time, you are only making around 550-650 in VC for 40 minutes of work. The payout is not bad, but not great either. Instead, your time is probably better spent playing two MyCareer games, which can earn you double the amount of VC and get points for your badges.
NBA 2K18 MyCareer tip: The Play Now mode can fulfill your basketball fantasies but it doesn’t earn you any points for your badges and it’s not the most efficient way to earn VC either.
5) Use the NBA 2K18 app
Finally, this is a must-know for beginners or anyone looking for a simple way to get free VC.
Download the MyNBA2K18 app on Android or iOS! With this app, you get 100 worth of VC for free daily just by logging on and another 500 VC for playing mini-games in the app. You can do this on your phone, on your commute, lunch break, at the gym or wherever you can get Wi-Fi.
NBA 2K18 MyCareer tip: The MyNBA2K18 app is an easy way to earn free VC when you are away from your console.
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