What to expect for the first bounce of the 2024 Aussie Rules Season! The team has been hard at work creating more additions and improvements ahead of the new season to make this one the best season yet!
Some of the big gameplay changes for 2024 include:
Updated Player Pool:
In December we will launch the updated 2024 player pool update that will include team changes, position changes, player additions, draftees and the latest removals. Check out our 2024 player position reveal found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QNU54qi60LOPSsBOA3HTsqeEarWV2UIL/edit#gid=2145446208
Increase to Squad Size:
In preparation for the 2024 Aussie Rules season, coaches will notice a change to their playing squads! Bench players will now be considered scoring players, and their scores will count towards the overall round score. 2024 Aussie Rules squads: 7 Defenders (up 1 from 2023) 6 Midfielders (up 1 from 2023) 2 Rucks (up 1 from 2023) 7 Forwards (up 1 from 2023) Total Scoring Players = 22
Amended Card Tier Costs:
Card tier costs for some rarities will also change for the 2024 Aussie Rules season. This change will match the salary cap costs of our newly added sports codes to the GameDay Squad platform and our future direction for increased simplicity and strategy when building your winning squad. 2024 Breakdown:
Bronze: 500k Silver: 600k (up from 550k) Gold: 700k (up from 650k) Platinum: 800k (up from 750k) Diamond: 900k (up from 800k) Legend: 1 million
Adjusted Classic League Salary Cap:
To match the card cost tier changes and the squad changes heading into the 2024 GameDay Squad Aussie Rules season, the Classic Competition salary cap will be changed from: $12 million in 2023 to $12.5 million in 2024
The change is expected to make bronze cards more valuable in the classic competitions, will make it easier to play higher rarity cards while eliminating the likelihood of the same strategy being played by all coaches. ( We are looking at you 17 silvers and 1 gold).
Special Card Restrictions (Classic only):
Coaches will only be allowed a MAXIMUM of TWO special cards if they wish to play in the classic competition. The restriction is not position-bound meaning users can use up to two special cards in any position they like, I.e.; Two midfielders, a defender and a forward, a midfielder and a ruck, any combination of positions is allowed. Coaches who exceed the restriction will receive a zero for the round.
Special cards include: All Star cards and Prize cards
Lockouts will no longer occur 10 minutes before the start of each game. Rolling lockouts in 2024 will continue however will now be out at the commencement of each game giving more time for coaches to get their squads ready before the first bounce.
Slated For Future Seasons!
GameDay Squad is constantly looking to improve the platform in all facets, while these features won't make the start of the 2024 season, they will continue to be worked on as the season progresses to ensure they become part of the game’s future. These Include:
Ability to enter multiple competitions:
Going forward the platform’s vision remains to create the ability for coaches to enter more than one competition at a time. The introduction of this feature will allow coaches greater opportunity to show off their coaching skills, show squad depth and have a greater chance at winning prizes!
New competition types:
While not included in the launch for our 2024 season, the introduction of new season-long competitions that have a salary cap focused on an average of gold and platinum cards, Bronze-only competitions, as well as stand-alone competitions for events like Gather Round, continue to be in the future roadmap of our Aussie Rules game.
Captains, Vice Captains and other Special Bonuses:
Captains and vice-captains seen in other fantasy platforms will not be included at the beginning of the 2024 seasons. It is expected these features will be included in the 2025 version along with exciting new additions that will change the way users participate over a season.
As the 2024 game does not include a non-scoring bench, emergency players will not be an available feature in 2024. Emergency players will be revisited and reviewed as the season progresses with added player card slots.
From everyone at the GameDay Squad team, good luck for the 2024 Aussie Rules season!