I went to Diamond with about 2.5 mil xp and 5.5 mil cash (Gold stack is 200k+, so gold cost was irrelevant for me). I have the Field Pass, which is crucial, in my opinion. That’s also why I did it during the week, to utilize the 30% leveling discount over the 20% you get on the weekend (for non-bonus players, which applies to all of the players I was leveling). When I jumped, I had all 3 keepers to Plat 10 along with Prime Kershaw. I traded in the rest of my Primes that we’re stuck at Gold 10 because by the time I could get them to Diamond 10, they’d be irrelevant, which is how I even got Kershaw to Plat 10. My theory there is Kershaw at Plat 10 can stay my #4 or #5 starter for awhile and get the job done well enough (he’s my number 3 right now and does fine so far). I only took 5 bats (Wong, Schwarber, Freeman, Santana, and Turner) and 2 pitchers (Roark and Clevinger) to Diamond 10. That left me with a little over 1 mil xp and cash each (though I can gain back a decent amount of cash from club loyalty boxes). I only leveled those players to see how I would fare without a fully capped lineup. If it went well, I’ll execute part 2 of my plan this weekend. My team upgrades were are as follows: all hitting upgrades at 80, all pitching and momentum upgrades at 70, all remaining upgrades at 60.
I went 100-2 while reaching 100 wins via BGs, with the 2 losses to Bryan11 and JTPastor...not bad at all.
Tried a few tourneys, went 16-0 to win all 4 I tried so far...again, not bad at all.
Now that I know I can win well enough for the next few days, I’ll hold off on any more leveling because VIP gifts come Friday, plus it’s a holiday weekend. So, since I don’t mind spending some real $ (hoping for a killer $100 deal this weekend), I may be able to get a handful of better players this weekend and utilize a 40% or 50% discount to cap them at Diamond, which will save me xp, while also increasing the depth of my team - since I’ll still have those remaining Plat 10 Bats (D’Arnaud, both Ketel Martes, Keeper Brett, Perez from WoH yesterday, Keeper Cabrera, Foil Didi, Kepler from weekend WoH, Dickerson, Lourdes Gurriel, and Foil Bichette), all of which are still useful for one or more of WoH, CvC, Target Bash, and Extra Bases.
I’m sure there are even better ways to do it, but that’s what I came up with once I jumped to Platinum last week and knew Diamond was coming soon. Figured there can’t be many better times to go Diamond than with a VIP/Holiday weekend in a few days.
I hope that helps 👊