Changes for next season

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Hattrick.png This is an official Hattrick Editorial
originally published 2006-04-21 11:00:00 by HT-Jonas

It's that time of year again - time for a couple of changes to Hattrick. Read on for a detailed description.

The multi-season league reform project is at its peak as you read this. A significant number of changes to one of Hattrick's basic elements have been made, and it has been a major undertaking. Hopefully the confusion and uncertainty about the league system is gone now. Hattrick has gained a new foundation that will prepare us for further growth, while also making the league system more interesting and challenging for users in lower divisions.

Next season, all transferred players will be paid salary from the first day in their new club. The salary will be added to the club's temporary expenses for that week. This change will take place from 2006-04-24 20:00:00 (HT-time).

The unnecessarily complex bankruptcy system will be reformed - you will have two weeks in which to regain sound economical status, with no login limits. The five-login limit is scrapped.

A minor change regarding players' *-rating: a Forward Towards Wing will receive a lower rating compared to today. This means that you cannot compare a rating received in the upcoming season with a rating earned in earlier seasons.

In one area, the match engine has been sorely lacking in intelligence; when determining the scorer of a goal it has neither taken into consideration repositioned players nor players' scoring ability. Now scoring, position, form, health and experience will influence who becomes a great goal scorer, adding more realism to the match engine.

To make match reports more interesting and varied, your LAs have worked very hard on expanding the reports. We think you'll like them.

We are also introducing a new Flash-based match orders form that gives you direct access to the skills of each player, and the possibility to sort players according to skills. The new orders form supports drag-and-drop, and will give you a more accurate view of the current formation. All valid setups and some special ones are supported; however, for very special formations you will need to use the old form which will still be available. You can select your default orders form in the Preferences section (My Hattrick -> Preferences -> Other settings).

All in all, these changes represent a mixture of rule changes and new features. During this season we have worked very hard on the league reform and improving Hattrick's stability and we are very pleased to be able to present these other changes and improvements as well.

Happy Hattricking and the best of luck in the upcoming season!