1 year ago

Why I Like Pursuit: Interview with thisistruestory

Today we are discussing the Pursuit format with one of FanTeam's regulars — thisistruestory. He will tell us about why he likes the new format, how it is better than classic daily fantasy, and how he won thousands of pounds with his first daily fantasy team ever.

How long have you been playing fantasy? Which tournaments do you prefer?

I have been playing on FanTeam since 2018. I do have an interesting story of how my daily fantasy journey began. I won probably the biggest fantasy tournament of that time with my first entry ever. Technically, it was my third team ever, but the first two were WC-2018 seasonal games on FanTeam, so we count them out. Of course, I was super lucky to win WC-2018 Day 1 tournament on Fantasybet with a £30,000 guarantee, I understand that. Now I stick to daily fantasy, seasonal games are not my cup of tea at all. 

What do you like Pursuit for? How is it better than the Classic format?

Let us go down to the very roots of things.  Calssic fantasy on FanTeam (before the introduction of Pursuit) was extremely unfriendly towards any player, leave alone a newbie. I have a story about a LaLiga tournament. I usually do not play Spanish daily fantasy, but I got some LaLiga tickets for a deposit or something and decided to enter 5 teams or so. The last time I had been really following LaLiga was a few years back. I managed to pick two teams and simply couldn't pick a third. Players I wanted wouldn't fit and I didn't want the cheaper players whom I could fit. I was short of time, so I ended up just entering those wasting about 20 minutes to draft my third team.

How effective is this kind of an approach to an amateur, new player? How long will a poker room survive if you have to pass a test on poker odds before being able to sit at a poker table? How long will a bookmaker stay in business if they ask you to pass a football rules test before accepting your bet? 

Let's take a different look at the situation. Football is a low-scoring sport with very few chances to get fantasy points for players. This significantly lessens the worthy-to-draft-player pools. It is further lessened by the sheer difference in class between top and bottom teams. The fantasy game becomes easy to calculate and fit for mass multi-entry without a limit on the number of teams a user can enter. This leads to an extremely strong field of competitors compared to Fantasybet, for example. Such setup and level of competition will no doubt lead to different scripts and team-creation automation tools appearing in the future (they might already exist).  The classic fantasy format on FanTeam now is about stacking the right combination of players in as many teams as possible hoping one of the combination clicks.

Why I think Pursuit is better than Classic fantasy:

  • easy to draft a team (very important!)
  • can easily fit all the top players (also important)
  • you may draft more players than before, significantly increasing the pool of players you may have in the squad
  • I believe there are more winning strategies now, there is no certain template (in the Classic format, even after the Stacking penalty there are winning templates). 11-player pursuit is an open book still
  • 1+2+3=4, it is harder to evaluate all probabilities and create a bot
  • a new unique format.

Speaking of being unique; every successful enterprise must have a unique feature.  Also, the tool allows tweaking the gameplay when necessary. For example, in a 7-player team Pursuit, there was a winning strategy emerging by stacking cheap defenders. FanTeam found an elegant solution  — removed team restrictions, allowing a user to draft as many players from one team as possible. That made the strategy obsolete, at least not as effective as it used to be. 

I would go even further and remove position restrictions altogether. If you want draft 11 attackers in your team — fire away! You may field even a team of 11 goalies if you so desire.

The easier the game, the less restrictions there are, the bigger the chance of it being successful.

How easy is it for a new player to play Pursuit daily fantasy?

A newbie, any player really can easily hop right into the game. That is what really matters. How long it takes to master the game, that is a totally different question. I have been playing for about 2 years and only now I am starting to understand to be a winning player. If it weren't for the big win at the very start of my fantasy journey, I might have quit the thing a long time ago. Any change opens up new opportunities, every game is a clean slate. Put your head into it, calculate, analyze, and maybe in one year's time you will be sitting next to TTribL in the top-earners list.

All in all, I see no real arguments against Pursuit. The only viable one was mentioned by Nevermind721 in the German chat — 'if Bayern and Dortmund win 3:0, the player with Mainz and Augsburg will win the tournament. As it turned out, that was not the case.

How did you fare in last week's Bundesliga Pursuit?

It took me a lot of time to prepare and calculate everything before the last weekend, changed my teams around no less than 5 times. Then I decided to draft a team with 2-player stake from the big teams to see the ownership percentage once the tournament starts. it took me less than 2 minutes to do it. This team ended up finishing 5th. It was 2nd falling to 5th only after Dortmund's 6th goal. While things like that are possible, poker, my bad, fantasy, will continue to be fun.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the new format on FanTeam! Good luck exploring Pursuit and may your teams do well this weekend and going forward.

Alexey Bobrov

Alexey Bobrov

Alexey, also known as KJIIOIIIKA, has been playing daily fantasy football since 2015 on various European sites. Scratches his fantasy itch on FanTeam, where he has a net profit of €6000+ with more than 2500 tournaments played and a 30%+ ROI. FanTeam's 2018 World Championship of Fantasy Football finalist. As Head of Content at DraftGym, his mission is to help our young European fantasy community grow. A proud father of two, plays ice-hockey at the regional level, loves board games.