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Job Interviews in 2020
Hello there, since I found it very helpful to see what recruiters ask nowadays, I want to share my experience of looking for a job during covid. So first of all, covid did not influence the recruitment process (well, no on site meetings) and there were enough job offers for me to choose from. I was looking for web dev jobs in Sweden. Specialized myself in Angular, but am capable to fully create a web app from design mockups to database management, CI and hosting. I started in July and wrote approx. 30 applications. Some companies never answered, some politely declined and some were interested in me. The companies that gave me a coding test (like in school) where I had to solve arbitrary matrix and array calculations in any programming language to show them my abstract problem solving skills got a straight meme back and I questioned their interview process and that a company who values such skills is not a company I value. Seriously, those tests show nothing. Not your competence in the web department, nor the skill you need during the job. Then there were the interesting code assessments which I shortly want to summarize:
Create any web app with the GitHub API. Just be creative. Provide a GitHub repo link and describe what the app does. Don't make it a fully fledged app so that during the interview process there is something to work on in a pair-programming session.
Create a movie finder app using any movie db API. Use React. Should have a search field, a table for results. Make it possible to set movies as "watch later" and "favorite". Provide enough tests. Should work on Desktop and Mobile. Include posters and trailers. Provide a demo website and a GitHub repo.
Reddit Clone. This one was super fun to do and complex as well. Create a feed displaying the entries from a sub reddit JSON feed (hardcoding possible) . There should be 10 entries per page and there should also be paging functionality. Optional addons: show comments of post, display them in a threaded structure. Change the limit option. Add a subreddit search field.
In general, those projects showed my skills with the chosen technology. It was fun to work on and in the end it is something you can continue working on, since the solution should be something you are proud of before handing it in. The key "puzzle" during the reddit clone was to implement the pagination, because the reddit API doesn't provide the ordinary page=3&limit=10 functionality but before & after which was quiet tricky to grasp first. Also I had to do quiet a lot of personal questionnaires and IQ tests where you have to identify and recognize shapes and patterns. In the end I settled with a cool company in Stockholm and the Reddit clone did it for me.
Looking for a business idea? Here are three companies that are ready for disruption!
How did you find these companies?
Every week, I find VC-backed or profitable, upmarket companies that bootstrappers can compete with. Here's how it works:
If a multi-million dollar company exists and has significant revenue, then they have proven demand in that market.
However, whether it's due to being funded or just needing to massively grow revenue to appease private shareholders, the company has no choice but to go upmarket and sell to massive enterprises
I've analyzed downmarket niches where VC-backed companies can't play. If the niche can only support a $1-$10 million ARR company, these organizations turn their back, leaving the opportunity wide-open.
For each company below, I've listed
The name of the company and other basic details
An analysis of the company and market
One niche to compete in
A unique selling-point (USP) that beats the big company in that niche
A clear vision of how you could build the MVP, and...
The next steps you should take to get started with the idea
Sound good? Let's get started. (Warning: This is a 15+ minute read. Brace yourself!)
Opportunity 1: ReviewTrackers
"We like ReviewTrackers, but we have also recently started using some other tools that also include review tracking. We plan to evaluate those before renewing our ReviewTrackers contract." Chris H. pic
Background: Estimated revenue range: $10M to $50M Number of employees: 51 to 100 Funding raised: $17.7M Founded: May 25, 2012 Metrics: Monthly web traffic: 129,194 visitors Monthly web traffic growth: 14.91% Price: Custom quote only, but plans used to begin at $49/month. Opportunity Size: Indie Hacker This is an opportunity that is of moderate ambition, relying on a minimum market size to drive out bigger competition.
ReviewTrackers began in 2012 as a VC-backed company focusing on review management and review generation for small and medium businesses.  Their customers love them for their powerful consolidation of different review sites and custom reporting alerts. This product is most frequently used by businesses with multiple locations, such as franchises.
Review management and review solicitation are life-or-death activities in many service industries, including hotels, restaurants, and residential cleaning. Services such as ReviewTrackers are essential for businesses in the service industry, and, by extension, agencies that handle online interactions for these companies. Products in this market tend to have one of two customer audiences:
Directly targeting the business operator, or...
Targeting marketing agencies
Be careful when investigating this area, as the two have notably customer bases, features, and prices.
Competitors targeting agencies include:
Vendasta: Starting at $345/month, plus a $200 onboarding charge 
Vendasta is one of the largest players in the market, offering an all-inclusive experience (including a paid B2B app store), at the most premium price.
NiceJob is a great platform for small businesses who wish to upload to general review sites like Yelp, but struggles with some of the more niche websites. 
The self-serve market is comfortable anchored to the $40 - $50 price range, and another product could fit there comfortably.
This is the classic example of a niche opportunity. The major players in the market reach their size by needing to appeal to all the users in the market. By specializing your positioning to a particular type of service, you would be able to hyper-focus on a specific group of people, find them easily online, and incorporate niche review sites that only their niche will care about. Which market you chose should depend on your own personal connections, which niche you would most prefer to serve, etc. However, I'll use a specific niche for the example: Reputation Management for Chiropractors. (Looking for an example of this strategy in the market? Check out ReviewRight: Reputation Management for Dentists )
Out unique selling point is a simple, traditional niche offer: We are specifically for chiropractic businesses, and we offer review management on niche sites that are specific to the chiropractic industry, as well as the general, more popular ones.
An MVP could look like the following:
Offer a consolidated dashboard for monitoring reviews of all the popular review sites (Yelp, AngiesList, etc.), as well as the following niche review sites:
Note that we don't need to offer integrations yet (where you can reply directly in the application). That can come later
(Bonus): Offer review solicitation via SMS. This has become a "must-have" feature due to how much more likely customers are to leave a review if they can do it on the phone.
a simple implementation: Via SMS, allow the chiropractor to send an automated email that includes a link to review the website on a given platform.
If you want to pursue this idea, you should investigate the following: 1) How can I reach chiropractors? What channels can I reach them through? Likely answers include online communities (Reddit and Facebook), cold email, LinkedIn, organizing online webinars, and paid advertising. You should investigate these channels and see if you are able to get traction in any one. 2) Which service are chiropractors already using, and why? How much do they tend to pay? This allows you to identify any other notable competition, as well as build a roadmap of critical features for beyond the MVP.
Opportunity 2: TapInfluence
"I find the price is a little outrageous for a small agency. The platform has been designed for enterprise level purchasing and re-licensing out to clients - this is really prohibitive when first trying to sell the product to clients as we can't show them results without huge initial investment."  pic Background: Estimated revenue range: $10M to $50M Number of employees: 51 to 100 Funding raised: $22.7M Founded: June 1, 2009 Metrics: Monthly web traffic: 30,624 visitors Monthly web traffic growth: 14.02% Price: $10,000/month .Opportunity Size: Bootstrapper This is an opportunity that is of large ambition, best suited for someone willing to commit over multiple years.
TapInfluence is an Influencer Marketing software, whose main pitch is that it allows you to find and buy influencers for campaigns, all on one proprietary platform. Customers of TapInfluence love the ease of use for finding influencers, while agencies in particular love the ability to sell it to clients. 
TapInfluence, previously named BlogFrog, began to exist in its modern form in 2013.  Their main pitch is that they are able to maintain a list of 100,000 influencers for brands to connect with. (Click the link to see Rustin Banks, the Co-Founder of TapInfluence, on how the influencer market works, and how TapInfluence operates)  The influencer market is huge, rapidly changing, and growing over time. Click the link to take an in-depth look at the influencer market data from 2016. 
There are a large number of competitors that do not offer a self-serve option for agencies. These agencies are all trying as rapidly as possible to move towards the "Holy Grail" in this industry, which is a product that offers the following:
Connect with influencers
Engage with influencers (unpaid)
Recruite influencers for a paid campaign
Display reliable metrics / reporting data
(Want to know more about this? Check out the link here:  ) "Hopefully one day creating an influencers campaign is as easy as setting a facebook ads campaign."
The following companies aim to be the all-in-one solution listed above, and have custom-only pricing:
Join marketing focuses specifically on European influencers and companies, and offers both a brand-based plan and agency-based plan.
The lower-end of the market is wide open for a white-label "Land and Expand" opportunity at the small agency level. Land and Expand is a strategy where you launch a small initial offering to a smaller audience, and slowly grow to compete in a bigger niche. This is a good strategy for when the highest-level of the competition is too stiff to break into, but the lowest-level of competition is quite weak. A white-label product is a product that your customers can customize the logo and branding (as well as the subdomain it lives on) to appear as though it is software owned by the marketing agency. It is then resold to the customer at a premium. By targeting small marketing agencies of 1-5 people who want to add influencer marketing to their services, you can launch a competitor product in the low-end of the market.From there, slowly expand your product offerring to vertically integrate into all five aspects of the influencer campaign management process.
The unique selling point is to explain that you are a company that specifically works with small marketing agencies to enable them to run influencer campaigns for clients via white-label software. Most agency-focused solutions are incredibly expensive, in the range of thousands of dollars per month. Instead, you can offer a more reasonable amount for a small agency, and use that time to grow and expand the project to be able to service larger agencies. (Note: There is opportunity here to run a service-oriented SaaS model, where you offer up-front training and guidance for as a productized service, with the SaaS fee trailing afterwards).
The MVP might look something like: 1)A facetable list of influencers (see "Next Steps" on how to acquire this data) 2) White-label: Ability to customize domain, branding, and logo 3) Profile analysis - Investigate if an influencer's following is real and heavily engaged. Note: This can be done in a more niched way by focusing on one particular medium, such as only YouTube influencers. However, doing this would require you to likely adjust your strategy to target individual brands instead of agencies, which is why this concept hasn't been covered in depth.
1) Create a list of small marketing agencies, either via LinkedIn or through some other curated list. These should be easy to find, since marketing agencies want companies to be able to get in contact with them. 2) Reach out and offer to interview for a company round-up that you will be publishing to your audience. This allows you to do customer research while still offering something of value. (You can mention you will publish the article to IndieHackers, which is home to tens of thousands of entrepreneurs who may be interested in such a campaign). 3) Investigate the following questions:
Do they offer influencer marketing to their clients?
How do they manage their influencer marketing?
Are they happy with the software they use?
4) Acquire the data: The majority of the industry uses a database called Demographics Pro, which offers API access to their information. This is also what TapInfluence uses for thier software (at least, as of 2015.)  You could either utilize this data or find a different source for the list and attributes of influencers.
Opportunity 3: BugHerd
pic "It removes any ambiguity about bugs and feature requests. Being able to annotate a comment directly on a live / staging website, is a huge perk and something that I now cannot live without."
Background: Estimated revenue range: $10M to $50M Number of employees: 11 to 50 Funding raised: $1.5M Founded: 2011 Metrics: Monthly web traffic: 138,468 visitors Monthly web traffic growth: -12.05% Price: $39-189/month Opportunity Size: IndieHacker This is an opportunity that has limited technical complexity, a clear niche with visible channels, and does not involve incredibly stiff competition, making it a great product for an IndieHacker-type entrepreneur.
BugHerd is a visual feedback tool for websites. Their tagline is, "It's like using sticky-notes to capture and pin client feedback directly onto a page." Customers love BugHerd for it's ability to easily get feedback from clients, and some customers are even using it to help generate feedback from QA testing. BugHerd is unique in this list, as it originally was a VC-backed company, having raised almost one million dollars, before their upmarket play crumbled and they were forced to scrap two projects and repay their investors.  As such, this opportunity is not necessarily a downmarket play of a VC-backed company, but an alternative positioning play to a cashflow-positive one.
The user / site feedback market has been around for a while with a wide diversity of tools available. No single product has been able to dominate the market, which makes it unique when compared to the other markets in this analysis. Below are the two main competitors:
Marker.io: $59 - $199/month
Marker.io is a company that came about in 2015, and focuses equally on project managers, QA testers, and agency clients for its feedback tool.They are also a VC-backed company, having raised an undisclosed amount in a seed round in 2016, and have not had to take funding since. 
Usersnap: $79 - 149/month
Usersnap focuses on feedback from users, instead of internal teams. While its customers enjoy the integrations to the platform, there seems to be a lack of flexibility with the automatic ticket that is created. 
There is a strong opportunity for a positioning play here. A strong focus on the QA niche is a promising opportunity for a competing software. Currently, all of the major projects attempt to appeal to multiple niches, notably agencies. The mix of their positioning prevents them from diving deep into what would make the ideal QA experience. The QA market itself is already worth over 5 billion dollars, and is still growing rapidly.  As more and more companies begin to take a OpEx hit in this category, solutions to improve workflow will naturally improve in value as well. As such, a fast follower to BugHerd and Marker.io can quickly reach feature parity by focusing only on the features that QA want/need.
The unique selling-point of this product is simple: You aim to make the manual UI-testing process as efficient as possible. While manual testing is being reduced throughout the industry as a result of increased DevOps practices (such as CI/CD), manual testing remains a large part of the testing process for critical flows. By positioning this product as a solution for QA teams to more easily return feedback to developers, the market and value-add is clear.
Allowing for video, GIF, or multiple screenshot feedback
Additional integrations (Intercom, Slack, etc)
Automatic generation of a QA report for the session (to assist with documentation)
And much more
The next steps for this task is to communicate with software development teams, such as agencies, that have QA departments, and validate this angle of approach. My preferred method to do this is via the "Company Roundup" hack I mentioned in the TapInfluence section above. Once you are in contact with companies, you'll want to ask these questions:
Do they do manual testing?
If so, have they considered one of these tools?
Do the tools offer the integration they need?
If not, what is their workflow for recording bugs from QA?
Based on their responses, you'll gain an understanding on the language, pain, and context around this problem. Then, assuming signs look good, you can either pre-sell the product for increased validation, or go straight to building the MVP. There are likely many channel plays for this product. You can attempt to reach QA directly via inbound marketing, such as content creation and SEO, or you could target agencies directly via an outreach approach. A combination of both will likely be needed in the beginning. If you liked this post, and are an entrepreneur who is serious about finding a viable business idea, I'd love for you to check out my website: softwareideas.io. Every Thursday, I release a newsletter just like this one, available exclusively to those subscribers. I'll also eventually be doing a free version of this newsletter, so stay tuned!
Preface Going into the 2019 season, the Patriots held very high expectations. The defense that had just shut down the high-powered 2018 Rams offense had arguably gotten better. Although the offense had lost Rob Gronkowski, the addition of first-round WR N’Keal Harry and free agent Demaryius Thomas seemed to at least keep their offensive options. Combining this with Sony Michel coming off a successful rookie campaign and 4 of 5 starters of a strong offensive line, with Trent Brown being replaced by 2018 1st round selection Isaiah Wynn, the offensive situation looked optimistic for New England. As the team progressed through the 2019 preseason and into the season itself, things began to look even better. Although N’Keal Harry injured himself in the first preseason game, the team was eventually informed that Josh Gordon would be reinstated, even being allowed to start Week 1. The defense showed its prowess throughout the preseason, especially against the Lions and Panthers, with the only bad game coming against the Giants, when the Patriots mainly played people at the bottom of the depth chart. To add to New England fans’ excitement, they saw their team sign WR Antonio Brown the night before the team’s debut against the Steelers. As New England embarrassed Brown’s former team 33-3, and then the Dolphins 43-0 it seemed almost inevitable that New England would become the first franchise to win 7 Super Bowls. However, that was not how the season progressed. Brown couldn’t handle himself even under Belichick’s control, and his decision to threaten the children of one of his accusers of sexual assault found him released from the team. Josh Gordon was injured Week 6 against the Giants, eventually being medically released and later found to have relapsed when he was on the Seahawks. The rest of the offense was riddled with injuries: Julian Edelman had nagging rib injuries, Philip Dorsett hurt his foot early in the year and also sustained a concussion, Mohammed Sanu sustained an ankle injury in his first game, early kick/punt returner Gunner Olsewski was injured in Week 7, Brady himself reportedly struggled with his elbow. The worst effects of injury came against the Offensive Line, as 4 out of the 5 starters sustained some injury, and this is not including the fact that C David Andrews missed the whole season because of pulmonary embolism. The most impactful injury out of this bunch was LT Isaiah Wynn, as the team had to deploy Marshall Newhouse to replace him, a role that Newhouse did not fill adequately, to say the least. Blocking also suffered when FB James Devlin suffered a season ending injury, followed by his backup Jakob Johnson also being put on IR only a few games later. Matt LaCosse and Ben Watson both missed multiple games, forcing the team to only roll with Ryan Izzo at tight end at some times. These many injuries, as well as a terrible TE corps, not only stunted the passing attack but also crippled the running game. Michel was often met and tackled in the backfield, resulting in a terrible YPC despite being the AFC East’s leading rusher. Despite these offense struggles, the team’s excellent defense performance, in combination with facing many subpar offenses, carried the team to a 12-4 record and the 3rd seed in the AFC. However, the offensive struggles were too great for the team; although the team’s defense held the red-hot Titans offense to 14 points and gave the offense multiple chances to pull ahead, the offense failed to perform when needed, unable to finish drives, even when on Tennessee’s 1-yard line. Sometimes you really do need an offense to win a championship. Pre-draft Notable Losses QB Tom Brady, FA, Buccaneers: The one loss that seemed unthinkable until it really happened. Even though we knew that Brady’s contract voided after this year, many fans thought he was still going to re-sign and finish his career here. However, New England really did not have the cap space to do so and build a satisfactory team around him, causing Brady to decide to sign with the Buccaneers, a team with high offensive potential and has a shot at the super bowl. The Greatest QB of All Time will be missed here in New England, as the team experiences uncertainty at the position for the first time in nearly 20 years. FB James Devlin, Retirement: When it was announced that it was a neck injury that sidelined Devlin for the rest of the season, his future with the team was in doubt. Once the team signed free agent Dan Vitale, it was almost certain that Devlin would announce his retirement sooner or later. James Devlin was an underrated part of the Pats’ success in the 2010s, where he proved to be a reliable lead blocker, bolstering the effectiveness of New England’s run game. His absence for most of 2019 was palpable as the team consistently struggled establishing a run game, and the Patriots have a tall task of finding an effective replacement for him. K Stephen Gostkowski, Released: Gostkowski’s departure represented another long-time Patriot staple leaving the team, although the Patriots had started to live without him as his season ended very early due to an injury that required surgery. The Patriots missed Gostkowski’s leg last year, as the team could not reliably score field goals longer than 40 yards, causing the offense to attempt 4th down conversions deep into enemy territory. LB Kyle Van Noy, FA, Dolphins: One of Belichick’s greatest successes in terms of correctly utilizing players that were previously viewed as ‘busts’ because their coaches could not use them correctly. Van Noy was acquired from the Lions for a measly swap of 6th and 7th picks midway through the 2016 season. Throughout his tenure with the Patriots, especially within the last two seasons, Van Noy became a staple piece in the team’s LB corps with his versatility and great fundamentals. Van Noy now joins his former LB coach Brian Flores in Miami, who will likely maximize Van Noy’s potential. LB Elendon Roberts, FA, Miami: Elandon Roberts joined his teammate Van Noy in joining Miami to be coached under Brian Flores. Roberts was promoted to captain for his final season in New England, and primarily played most of his defensive snaps as a run-defending thumping linebacker. Roberts also filled in as an emergency FB when both Devlin and Johnson were injured, and played decently well for a third-string FB, I guess. Roberts represents another role that the Patriots had to fill through free agency and the draft. LB Jamie Collins, FA, Lions: The Patriots added a familiar face in the athletic freak Jamie Collins heading into the 2019 season. Collins’ athleticism allowed him to flash in the early parts of the 2019 season, when he obtained a pick-six at Miami and almost blocked a Bills field goal attempt by broad jumping over the Bills’ line. Like Van Noy, Collins heads to a former Patriots defensive coach in Matt Patricia in Detroit. Unlike the Dolphins, the Lions front office did not watch the second half of the 2019 season, where Collins tended to lose discipline and become a liability in the defense, showing off some of his former issues. I highly doubt Lions fans will think Collins is worth his $10 million APY contract DT Danny Shelton, FA, Lions: Patriots North scoops up another Patriots player, what a surprise. Going into the 2019 preseason, Shelton seemed like he might be on the outside looking in for the Patriots roster. It looked like other tackles such as Mike Pennel had the ability to replace Shelton. However, Shelton impressed and was able to earn his spot on the team. The nose tackle’s primary role throughout the season was to be a run defender, a role he played quite well. Shelton will help add some strength to a Lions defensive front that played badly last year. DB Duron Harmon, Traded, Lions: Duron Harmon was a long-time player at the safety position, filling in the role of the third safety while working alongside McCourty and Chung. He earned the nickname of “the closer” due to his performances at the end of matches where he would end the game through obtaining an interception. The Patriots quickly found their replacement for Harmon, most notably adding DB/ST Adrian Phillips, so there really isn’t much worry for him leaving the team. OL Coach Dante Scarnecchia, Retirement: Arguably the greatest loss that the Patriots suffered outside of Tom Brady, the OL guru has again decided to retire. Scarnecchia is responsible for the Patriots having great offensive lines throughout his tenure and is a sometimes underrated aspect of their wild success. Unlike Scar’s previous retirement in 2014 where he was replaced by Dave DeGuglielmo, both Cole Popovich and Carmen Briscillo have experience being an understudy of Scarnecchia, which will likely help to soften the blow of his retirement. There were also rumors that Scar was still advising New England on scouting the OL position for the draft, so perhaps you can never keep this man away from this team. Additions, Extensions, Retentions, C David Andrews, Returning from IR: Although this technically does not fit this category, Andrews deserves to be mentioned. Even though Ted Karras played decently as he was thrust into the starting role, the Patriots felt Andrews absence, especially in the run game. Losing Andrews also likely contributed to the rest of the IOL (especially Mason, who played a lot of the season with a foot injury) not performing as well as they could have. Andrews' return will improve Jarrett Stidham’s performance, both through his protection as well as increasing the effectiveness of the Patriots’ rushing attack. OG Joe Thuney, Franchise Tag: Bringing back Thuney was a wise move for the Patriots. The star left guard will be instrumental to protecting young quarterback Jarrett Stidham as well as ensuring the run game operates smoothly. Although some consider IOL to be a low-value position, Thuney will help the team acclimate to the other changes that happened around the offense. Having a solid line is an important element of building a good offense, and Thuney will ensure that the left guard position will work reliably. DBs Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung: With Brady leaving, the Patriots found it valuable to keep long-time veterans around the team to maintain their team morale and culture while acclimating to the personnel change. McCourty has been a captain and locker room leader of the Patriots for quite some time and will be an important leader as the team adjusts to 2020. Both McCourty and Chung will feature in what should be a very strong secondary unit throughout the 2020 season. DB/ST Adrian Phillips, FA: Boy do the Patriots love versatility special teamers! Phillips has played well as a special teamer and also played in many positions in the Chargers secondary, and will bring his veteran experience to the Patriots secondary. He will likely play in the rotation of safeties with Chung and McCourty, filling in a similar role to Harmon, who was traded the day before Phillips was signed. DT Beau Allen, FA: The former Buccaneers DT will likely fill in as a replacement for Danny Shelton, who left the team to play for Detroit. Allen projects to play as a run-stuffing nose tackle that will ensure the Patriots can control the run. FB Danny Vitale, FA: Vitale is an interesting signing. While he is listed as a fullback, he probably will not be a straight replacement for the retired James Devlin. Devlin primarily filled in as a lead blocker and sometimes as a rusher, but very rarely was used as a downfield threat. Vitale has some decent athleticism and pass-catching experience that the Patriots will likely utilize. His versatility may mean the Patriots move him around a lot instead of just using him as a lead blocker, though he has decent experience at that position as well. LB Brandon Copeland, FA: Copeland was a signing the Patriots made to help account for the losses they had in free agency. The veteran LB recently played for the division rival Jets, where he primarily performed off the ball under Gregg Williams. Copeland brings some versatility and leadership as he has had to adapt from playing from the defensive line to off the ball. WRs Marqise Lee and Dameire Byrd, FA: Byrd’s main attribute is straight-line speed, though he really has never been able to convert it into a high amount of production, in part due to injuries. Perhaps it’s because Dorsett was on this team for three straight years, but I am not going to bet on Byrd producing just because he has speed. Lee is much more interesting, as he was able to produce solidly during 2016-17. However, Lee has not performed nearly at all in the last two years because of injuries. If Lee can return to his pre-injury form, (though not very likely), he could carve out a pretty decent role on this New England roster. The Draft: 2.37 Kyle Dugger, DB, Lenoir-Rhyne: It wasn’t a surprise to many Patriots fans that the team elected to trade out of their first round pick, though some that held up hope the Patriots would make a selection might have been disappointed. Many fans wondered where the team would go with their first pick, and when it was announced that the team chose a DB from a division II school, people were initially exasperated. Belichick’s record with 2nd round defensive backs is quite well known such that it has become a meme within the fanbase and around the NFL. His main success with the position in the second round was with Patrick Chung, and even he wasn’t very successful until his second stint. Obviously, we can’t declare a player a success or failure just because of prior trends or draft position and instead should look at the player himself if we are to make a judgement upon him. Coming out of high school, Dugger only received offers from DII schools because he was very undersized. As he eventually grew into his frame in Lenoir-Rhyne, he elected to commit to the school that recruited him. Dugger is a hard-hitting player who most likely will transition to playing in the box as a safety for the Patriots, likely eventually taking over for aging veteran Patrick Chung. What separates Dugger from many other defensive backs the Patriots have selected over the recent years is his athleticism. Dugger running a 4.49s 40, jumping 42 inches in the vertical jump and 134 in the broad jump while being 6’1” and 217 pounds presents a mixture of speed, size, and athleticism that is rare for a safety. The main aspect of his game that the Patriots need to work on is his transition to playing against NFL-level competition. Generally, the jump from a DI school to the NFL is quite large, the difference from DII to the NFL is even larger. It will likely take a year or two for Dugger to be ready to be a significant contributor on the defense as he adjusts to his new system. Adapting to these circumstances, the Patriots have ensured that Dugger will not have a lot of pressure to perform on defense early on through extending Chung and signing Phillips. Interestingly, Dugger’s coaching throughout his years at Lenoir-Rhyne has been inconsistent, he had to play under three different coordinators during his four years at the school. Hopefully with some great coaching and system stability with Bill and Steve Belichick Dugger can carve out his role as a future player in the secondary. Perhaps to the disappointment of some Patriots fans, Dugger’s contributions early in his career will most likely be on special teams. Dugger had experience being a returner in college, and I would not be surprised if that becomes his primary role early on in his tenure. Dugger’s athletic ability gives him the potential to become a future star on the team if he can adapt to the NFL. Only time will tell whether he works out or becomes another player too add to the list of failed second round picks. 2.60 Josh Uche, OLB, Michigan: Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio remarked that prior to day two, the Patriots had three players they had a priority on acquiring: Dugger was one of them, and Uche was the other that the Patriots were able to draft with their selections. Like Dugger, Uche is an explosive athlete with great speed as well as motor. Due to enduring an injury in the senior bowl, he was unable to participate in the combine. However, his athleticism shows up on film. Uche is a very versatile player, being able to play both on the line as well as off the ball and his efforts got him named the most versatile player by PFF in their 2020 draft guide. Michigan DC Don Brown said that he put Uche in nearly every position on the defense. I am sure Belichick was quite happy when he saw the 245 pound linebacker in coverage downfield against Penn State WR KJ Hamler. Amongst his versatility, his pass rush ability is what truly stands out. His 23.2% pressure rate and 28.2% pass rush win rate were second in both categories in the FBS. Uche achieved these great statistics through his incredible getoff off the line as well as good hand placement combined with his fantastic athleticism. Don Brown stated that Uche’s primary motivation was to become the best pass rusher in the country, and the dedication and work that Uche put in to be amongst the best in the country showed throughout the 2019 season. The primary aspect of Uche’s game that he needs to solidify in order to increase his role on the Patriots is increasing consistency with run defense. Uche marked the first of five consecutive selections the Patriots made that addressed pressing needs. Considering the amount of LB talent that left over the offseason, it is possible that Uche will see a decent amount of playing time on the defense, perhaps in a similar role to former Wolverine Chase Winovich, whom Uche now rejoins in New England. I see Uche likely being the second-most impactful rookie to play for the Patriots this season, helping to strengthen the team’s pass rush, resulting in a more effective pass defense overall. 3.87 AnferneeJennings, OLB, Alabama: Jennings’ selection serves as a nice complement to Uche’s. While Uche is this very athletic and undersized linebacker, Jennings better fits into the traditional, big, physical type of linebacker. Coming from Alabama, Jennings offers great fundamentals and football IQ that come from developing under Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. While he may not be the most athletic or flashy player, Jennings will likely cement his role in the Patriots defense as a solid and reliable player, especially against the run. Jennings registered great production during his time at Alabama, leading edge defenders in FBS for run-stop rate at 12.6%. The Alabama product has often been compared to former Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy due to his ability to be a versatile piece across the line. Jennings is a very persevering player as well. In 2018 he suffered a worrying knee injury. Fortunately, the injury did not prevent him from returning to the field, but Jenninngs had to put in a lot of effort in order to return to his previous form. Saban also complimented Jennings’s dedication to improving himself in practice sessions. Jennings likely projects as an edge defender who will play very well against the run while also sometimes dropping into coverage. Jennings will likely see a fair amount of action as a rookie, especially on rushing downs. While he may not have a high ceiling, Jennings will likely be an anchor of the Pats’ defense as he progresses through his contract. 3.91 Devin Asiasi, TE, UCLA: On the offense, New England desperately needed to do something with their TE situation. Matt Lacosse may be a replacement level backup, but Ryan Izzo is not an NFL-caliber player. With very little cap space to address the position in free agency, the Patriots looked to the draft to fill their TE position. By selecting Asiasi in the third round, it is the first time the Patriots have spent a day two or higher pick on a tight end since 2010, when they selected Gronkowski. Asiasi will likely become the Patriots number 1 option at the position. When looking at Bill Belichick’s 1991 scouting notes shared by Daniel Jeremiah, NBC analyst Phil Perry noted that Asiasi seems to fit the bill for the number one role. Devin Asiasi displayed great catching ability throughout his year starting at UCLA, only having one drop throughout the entire year. Asiasi also demonstrated great ability to run after the catch, averaging 5.6 yards in this category. Another ability that Asiasi brings as a TE that the Patriots sorely missed in 2019 is blocking. Even if Asiasi won’t perform as a great blocker (which is best reserved for #2 or #3 TEs anyway), it will most likely be better than the awfulness that was Patriot tight end blocking last year. Asiasi was suspended for three games in the 2018 season for undisclosed reasons by Chip Kelly. However, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are on good terms with UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, meaning that they were able to confer with Kelly and confirm that Asiasi would be a good fit with the team and his suspensions were nothing to.worry about. Asiasi also possesses high football intelligence, being able to run complex concepts such as option routes in Kelly’s TE heavy offense. Even though Asiasi is undersized for what people normally think of a #1 TE , only being 6’3” and 257 lbs., his athletic ability and smooth movement should translate well into the NFL. Although Asiasi will likely be the starting Y-Tight End for the Patriots offense, I would not bet on him to break the trend of rookie TEs having low production, though Asiasi will definitely contribute in blocking. 3.101 Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech: The Patriots also repeated something that they did 10 years ago, which was taking two tight ends in the draft. Dalton Keene is an interesting prospect to project for the Patriots. His playstyle resembles that of an F or move tight end. Even Belichick admitted after drafting Keene that they would have work to do in terms of finding him a role on this team, since the role that Keene played in the Virginia Tech offense is nothing like anything the Patriots run in their offense. If Keene seems to be such a confusing fit for the Patriots, then what made the team trade back up into the third round in order to select him. The most defining feature that Keene exhibits through his play is toughness. He is a very dedicated and ruthless player, oftentimes toughing it out through injury and not playing with high regard to his health while on the field. The aggressiveness that Keene displayed both during practice and games caused his teammates to give him the nickname of “Rambo”. Keene’s offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen called him the toughest player he has ever seen. Keene has never produced that much in the receiving game, only racking up 341 yards in his most productive receiving season. Perhaps given his athletic talent it suggests that Virginia Tech underutilized his ability in the passing game, instead placing more focus upon his ability in the run game instead. Keene will be a versatile player and likely fill multiple roles as the Patriots’ second tight end, primarily being used as that F tight end, move tight end, or perhaps H-back. He may in fact share similar duties to FB Danny Vitale. I would be more than happy if Keene and Asiasi can combine for about 600-700 receiving yards and a few touchdowns in their rookie year. 5.159 Justin Rohrwasser, K, Marshall: Another need that the Patriots needed to fill during the draft or free agency was the kicker position. Many people expected the Patriots to take someone like Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia Southern kicker Tyler Bass, or Chase Vinatieri from South Dakota. When the Patriots selected Rohrwasser, a kicker who was so unknown that he didn’t even have a profile on the NFL’s website many people were confused. What caused the Patriots to select this unknown kicker from Marshall. Rohrwasser displayed great performance throughout the 2019 season, having a statistically better season compared to the other higher profile kickers in the draft. Rohrwasser made 18 of 21 field goals and 35 of 36 XPs. He was perfect on kicks greater than 50 yards out, even hitting a clutch field goal from 53 yards against Western Kentucky after being iced twice. Belichickj stated that the Patriots have watched over 250 kicks and were impressed by his ability to kick in clutch situations as well as poor conditions, something Rohrwasser will have to do often in the AFC East. It is unclear whether Rohrwasser will relieve punter Jake Bailey of his kickoff duties (thought I think it’s more likely than not). If there is any position I trust Bill to evaluate, it’ s the placekicker. Rohrwasser will likely be the most impactful rookie on the patriots, mainly because he is the only surefire starter out of all of them. If Rohrwasser succeeds, the Patriots will be able to not go for fourth downs deep in enemy territory again and have a good kicker on a cheap rookie deal. 6.182 Michael Onwenu, OG, Michigan: After addressing many immediate needs, the Patriots decided to take some shots at reserve linemen. Considering what happened in 2019, it is smart for the Patriots to add some young talent to the Offensive Line in order to account for things not going according to plan. The first thing that strikes people when they look at Onwenu is his size. This man is HUGE, especially for an interior lineman. Coming in at 6’3”, around 350 lbs (he actually weighed closer to 370 during the season at college), Onwenu is a very physically imposing presence. He is very good at doing his job of not letting defenders get by him. During his past two years at Michigan, Onwenu played 1198 snaps, Onwenu only allowed 13 pressures and 2 sacks. He plays with great power and if he is able to get his hands on the defender, then it is over. Onwenu also possesses decent movement ability for his size; he will be able to perhaps do downfield blocking a bit better than people expect him to. Also, according to Michigan’s OL coach Ed Warriner, Onenwu really doesn’t have the ability to go much lower than 345 lbs. Onenwu will start out on the team as a backup in the iOL, though more likely in his natural position of RG. Onenwu is quite different compared to New England’s other iOLs, he is 50 pounds heavier than the rest of our starting interiors. It will be interesting to see how Onwenu is able to execute the Patriots’ offensive scheme considering how physically different he is compared to Thuney, Andrews, and Mason. Either way, Onenwu will be a reliable depth piece that can protect Stidham if any of the starters go down. 6.195 Justin Herron, OG/OT, Wake Forest: The second lineman that the Patriots invested draft capital in was Justin Herron. Herron started 51 games for Wake Forest, exclusively at the LT position. Herron’s experience at the position will likely slot him in as the primary backup to Isaiah Wynn, who has spent a lot of time of his career injured. Herron did suffer an ACL tear in the first week of the 2018 season, but rebounded quite well in 2019. Herron, like Onwenu, is a great pass-blocker. In 2017, the season prior to tearing his ACL, Herron allowed zero sacks. In 2019, when he recovered from his ACL injury, he only allowed four sacks and 13 pressures. Some analysts raise questions about Herron playing tackle at the next level, instead projecting him as a guard. Interestingly, analysts made similar remarks about now-starting LT Isaiah Wynn. Considering that he only played left tackle during his time in college, I think the Patriots evaluated him and will use him as a tackle. If New England wanted an interior lineman, they likely would have selected someone else. Another concern that some have about Herron is his athleticism, which showed up at the combine, especially in his 8.41s three-cone drill. Scarnecchia often said the Patriots don’t care too much about athleticism in the OL, saying that they only needed to be athletic-enough. If the Patriots were that concerned about his athletic ability, he likely wouldn’t have been selected. Even so, it’s a great idea to grab a tackle who played solidly in college and will spend most of his rookie deal as a reserve player. This pick will be a success if Herron makes the team and can competently back up Wynn if he finds himself injured again. 6.204 Cassh Maluia, LB, Wyoming: In the midst of the Patriots grabbing multiple offensive lineman, the Patriots selected another linebacker to increase their depth. During the 2019 season, Maluia went relatively under the radar due to his fellow linebacker and 65th overall pick Logan Wilson. However, those who studied Wilson likely saw Maluia pop out on a few occasions and make great plays. Maluia is an athletic and undersized linebacker, weighing in at only 231 lbs. His athleticism showed up both on tape and on the field, where Maluia displayed versatility across the field being able to both be a thumper as well as a decent coverage player. Maluia’s biggest concern is probably his tackling form, as his aggressiveness caused him to miss a fair amount of times. If Maluia makes the 53 man, he will likely contribute mostly as a special teams player, though his athletic ability might allow him to play a few snaps at defense. 7.230 David Woodard, C, Memphis: With their final selection in the 2020 NFL draft, the Patriots threw a dart at another reserve lineman. Woodard played all across his the iOL throughout his college career, displaying the versatility that is desired in a backup lineman. Woodard does not have athletic testing available, though some analysts expressed concern about his athletic ability and his size, as Woodard only weighs 291 lbs. As detailed earlier, the Patriots generally concern themself more with technique than pure size and athleticism, and Woodard displays great technique. He graded out as the best run-blocking and second best pass-blocking center in 2019 through PFFs metrics. The Patriots will likely have to still improve Woodard’s technique to make him a future part of the team. Woodard projects as a reserve interior guy, particularly backing up C David Andrews if he makes the team. UDFAs Considering that a UDFA has made the New England roster for 16 straight years, I think it is appropriate to talk about some of the more interesting prospects in short. These are not all of the FAs the Patriots signed but some that I think are the most interesting and have the greatest chance to make the team. For the QB position, the Patriots signed Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke and Louisiana Tech QB J’Mar Smith. Lewerke initially showed promise but a shoulder injury he suffered in 2018 really derailed his career. Smith is more interesting, as he displayed his athleticism throughout his career, as well as possessing great arm strength and ability to make flash off-platform throws. He was suspended for a game, but in his 11 starts he went 10-1 and won C-USA offensive player of the year. Neither QB really poses much threat to Stidham, but if one of them shows promise (especially Smith, who reportedly had a few offers from other teams), don’t be surprised if Belichick makes space for them on the 53 man roster. For the WR position, which many people were surprised the Patriots did not take a shot at in the draft, the most interesting players are Auburn WR Will Hastings and Miami WR Jeff Thomas. Hastings was Stidham’s former slot receiver in college, racking up 26 receptions and 525 yards with the QB in 2017. Hastings tore his ACL prior to 2018, and Stidham missed his reliable option during the season. Hastings ran a 4.49s 40 and a blistering 6.64s 3-cone during his pro-day. Hasting’s connection with Stidham may allow for him to sneak onto the team. Thomas, on the other hand, mostly specialized as a deep threat for the Hurricanes. Even though he is undersized at 5’9 and 170 lbs, many scouts said he displayed draftable talent throughout his career. The aspect of Thomas that was more influential in making him a UDFA is his character concerns. Thomas has had an issue with nearly every coaching staff that he has interacted with, and got kicked off the 2018 team for attitude issues. If Thomas can pull himself together and realize that there are no more chances, he could transform into a future weapon for the Patriots. Arizona RB J.J. Taylor is another interesting pickup for the Patriots. He is very short, coming in at only 5’5” tall (never in my life did I think I would be taller than a Pats player), but still manages to pack 185 lbs. Despite his size, Taylor is quite talented, displaying some decent shiftiness as well as the ability to bounce through contact. Perhaps because of his size and elusive playstyle, he has drawn comparisons to former Patriots RB Dion Lewis. If Taylor can show enough ability throughout the offseason, he might be able to get the Patriots to replace a RB, primarily Rex Burkhead, who many Pats fans theorize the team will cut for a few years now. Ohio State TE Rashod Berry is another interesting player the Patriots picked up. He reportedly may change his position to OLB. Berry had some experience playing defense for Ohio State early in his career, though he did some snaps along the defense for a few games in his senior year. Many Ohio State fans say that Berry is a very athletic player who was underutilized by the Ohio State system. Wherever he plays, it will be interesting to see how his skill translates to the next level. On the defensive side of the ball the Patriots were able to sign Auburn EDGE Nick Coe after negotiations between him and the Bills fell through. Coe was one of the top ranked free agents after the draft talent-wise, as he produced well in his first few seasons at Auburn. He is a much more prototypical big edge player the Patriots generally use in their system, but also has the versatility to play off the ball. However, Coe seems happiest playing as an edge rusher off the line. Coe’s main issue is his off-the field issues, where he feuded with his coaching staff over his assignments on the team, and also did not put in as much effort as a result. Coe is a very high-potential signing, but he will have to accept whatever role New England gives him if he wants to succeed. The signing that gave the most guaranteed money went to Arkansas LB De’Jon Harris. Harris primarily plays as a thumping linebacker, which will likely be his role if he manages the Patriots. He has been theorized to fill a similar role to Elandon Roberts did last year (though likely not as a FB on offense). As a thumper, Harris’ best ability is tracking down and meeting the ball carrier, except he does suffer from some tackling issues. The Patriots somehow managed to convince Bill Murray to join the team, where he will slot in on the defensive line. The DT from William & Mary displays good ability to be disruptive along the defensive line, though keep in mind that this was against FCS competition. Murray also managed to block 10 kicks during his tenure, something that Belichick is surely proud of. He reportedly is also a guy who is great at making his teammates laugh, perhaps like his celebrity counterpart. Considering that DL is a weaker position on the Patriots, Murray has a real shot to get on the team with his talent. If I am going to talk about UDFAs that have a great chance of making the team, I am not going to overlook the secondary. The DB that the patriots signed this year was Washington’s Myles Bryant. Bryant is another undersized player, only coming at 5’8” and 183 lbs.. and primarily played free safety in 2019 after playing slot corner for the previous two years. Bryant showed good short-area quickness on the field as well as in athletic testing, running a 6.81s 3-cone. His greatest weakness is tackling, likely worsened by his small size. Bryant will need to improve his tackling if he wants to make the team. I also wanted to shout out 2019 UDFA UNM DB D’Angelo Ross, another undersized corner that showed some promise in the preseason prior to suffering a season-ending injury. I still don’t fully understand why Belichick spends so many premier picks on DBs when he can just pull great ones out of his rear nearly every year in the UDFA market. Roster Projection: Projecting the Patriots roster is especially difficult due to the amount of bodies at many positions such as OL, LB, and DB. This problem is exacerbated by the fact I haven’t seen anyone play yet or have the most recent updates on everyone’s health. I am not confident that this roster will be that accurate to the final roster that appears week 1. QB (2) - Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer RB (5) - Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris FB (1) - Dan Vitale WR (7) - N’Keal Harry, Mohammed Sanu, Julian Edelman, Marqise Lee, Jakobi Meyers, Matt Slater, Jeff Thomas TE (2) - Devin Asiasi, Dalton Keene OL (9) - Isaiah Wynn, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Yodny Cajuste, Justin Herron, Hjalte Froholdt, Michael Onwenu DL (4) - Adam Butler, Beau Allen, Lawrence Guy, Byron Cowart EDGE/LB (9) - Deatrich Wise, Chase Winovich, John Simon, Josh Uche, Anfernee Jennings, Dont’a Hightower, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Cassh Maluia, Brandon King CB (6) - Stephon Gilmore, Joejuan Williams, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Justin Bethel, S (5) - Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Adrian Phillips, Kyle Dugger, Terrence Brooks K - Justin Rohrwasser P - Jake Bailey LS - Joe Cardona KR and PR - Dugger Conclusion? The Patriots enter a time of uncertainty that hasn’t existed in my lifetime. This 2020 squad is very hard to predict because of all the unknowns that exist all over the team, most notably at QB. It is possible that the Patriots perform better on the offense this year due to the sheer amount of players that are now healthy, especially alongside the offensive line. Although it is most likely the Patriots will not be a contender this year, depending on how well Stidham and the rest of the offense perform and develop, the team could bring itself into contention as early as 2021. I anxiously, but optimistically, await this team’s future.
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This post will give recommendations for decks that can generally do well while generally remaining in the $50 to $150 price range.
Estimated pricing includes a sample completed main deck and most or all of an extra deck, but no side.
Pricing is based mainly on singles and you can easily save a lot of money by buying cores for most of these lists all at once.
Decks were chosen usually based on having some degree of success in previous TCG formats. Thus, many of the frequently recommended budget decks like Deskbots and Graydle Kaiju will not be on here.
Many decklists will include some middle-range power cards that might drive the price point up, such as Borrelsword Dragon and Dangers. These can usually be cut for players on an extreme budget.
Conversely, decklists are easily upgraded by adding power cards - replace those Effect Veilers with Impermanence, for example.
Not all decklists are perfect and this post is not an F. Unless there is a particularly offensive deckbuilding error that you want to point out, please don't use this thread to nitpick at the sample decklists provided. Decklists were built prioritizing simplicity and effectiveness on a budget. At the same time, if you want to try one of these decks, don't treat them as if they're perfect, either - you should experiment and play cards that feel comfortable and/or optimal to you. Do feel free to leave suggestions for budget players, whether it's a budget tech choice for one of the decks on this list or whether it's a different deck that you think can compete in the coming months. Shoutouts to gallantron for putting together yugiohdeck.github.io, which I'm now using for the price breakdown links instead of Yugiohdeckbuilder. Note that the site recently switched to display euros instead of dollars, due to an issue with the TCGPlayer API and prices on Speed Duel cards. [Last updated: February 14, 2020] Previous version: November 2019 Post Updated version: June 2020 Post
The best bang for your buck. Decks in this category have the capacity to top premier events, though they're almost always supplemented with expensive power cards.
Spell counter-based deck that easily summons multiple big monsters at once
Losing Electrumite on the January banlist hurt, but this deck continues to adapt. Pure Endymion builds from before the banlist were already quite capable of playing without relying on Electrumite, and that holds true moving into the new format.
The build shown is based on Vladis Baranovskis's Endymion list, which he covers in-depth on his YouTube channel. A popular recent trend has been to prioritize the Spellbook link monster, Crowley, which has good Link arrows and tutors out the Spellbook draw engine, easily generating spell counters while drawing cards.
Pendulum lists in the past have historically incorporated outside engines, with some of the most popular being Pendulum Magicians (for Rank 4 access), Zefras (for their counter trap), and combo pieces for the Guardragons (which summon more disruption). With Electrumite's ban, these are now more awkward to use since you can no longer tutor them out as reliably, but are still viable.
The general lack of handtraps in the main means that this deck can struggle going second against combo decks, particularly when going second against SPYRAL. In addition, Pendulum boards tend to be vulnerable to Super Polymerization and Dark Ruler No More, the latter of which is shaping up to be a popular side card this format. Endymion variants also tend to draw and search a lot, so the prevalence of Droll and Lock Bird can be very irritating.
Control + backrow deck with incredible recursion and the ability to come back from almost no resources
Altergeist's success last year was mixed, as Salamangreat were generally a better deck. Their success included a win at German nationals, as well as two spots in the top cut at EUWCQ, and then several spots in YCS top cuts throughout 2019.
Following the January banlist, Altergeist look to be one of the more promising backrow decks of the format, boasting the ability to play a rather compact engine while still applying immense pressure if they're able to play the game. They lived up to this hype by winning the PPG invitational in late January, despite SPYRAL dominating the top cut in terms of raw representation. They've also taken multiple tops at regionals across the world since then.
Budget players are most hurt by a lack of Pot of Extravagance, as well as Infinite Impermanence, but the deck is still rather potent without these cards. The reprint of Evenly Matched in Duel Power made the card much more accessible to budget players, though its price has been volatile lately - notably, in NA, Evenly has spiked from $12 to around $30 each at the time of writing this post.
The provided version is packed with monster hate, including a whopping 9 Solemns. You can easily include cards like Heavy Storm Duster if you anticipate playing against more backrow decks. Maindeck Evenly Matched has also been very popular lately, if you can afford it.
Can be vulnerable to Evenly Matched, Denko Sekka, and backrow hate in general, including Lightning Storm, a newly released Secret Rare in IGAS
Receiving a minor boost soon in the form of Relinquished Anima, coming in Duel Overload
Aggressive combo deck with arguably the best Rank 4 engine in the game
The deck's easy access to seemingly infinite level 4 monsters lets it toolbox into various Rank 4s such as Abyss Dweller, Evilswarm Nightmare, and Tornado Dragon, as well as tech cards like Utopia Double to push for damage.
Has a niche in the current format as a combo deck that can compete with SPYRAL while being relatively unaffected by Droll and Lock Bird, a very common handtrap right now. However, note that D.D. Crow is also quite common, and can be quite effective against this deck.
Noah Beygelman took top 16 at the PPG Invitational with Danger Lunalight in late January, an event largely dominated by SPY. Luna has also continued to claim top 8 finishes at multiple regionals since January.
The new Time Thief cards in IGAS fit quite nicely into Lunalights. Both Perpetua and Retrograde are welcome additions to the Lunalight turn 1 board, and none of the Time Thief cards are expensive at all. Redoer also combos nicely with PSY-Framegear Lambda, allowing you to search PSY-Framegear Gamma in the end phase and disrupt your opponent with it on their turn. The provided build incorporates a heavy focus on Time Thief cards. NA budget players might dislike this build more since Lambda has been rising lately, going over $20 at one point.
Lunalights have a wide array of tech options, including:
Making Curious to dump a floodgate like Imperial Order, and setting it with Knightmare Gryphon
Dumping a monster like Cyber-Stein or Archlord Kristya instead of a floodgate, and reviving it with Dugares
Playing a small Phantom Knight engine and using the Rank-Up spell to summon D/D/D Duo-Dawn King Kali Yuga on the opponent's turn, completely shutting them out of the game
Playing the Utopia Double package
Players on a stricter budget can opt to cut the Dangers completely and add more Rank 4 enablers or utility cards like Allure of Darkness or Called by the Grave
Strong decks, but limited either by a lack of access to powerful staples or by the natural ceiling of the deck. You could still top a regional with one of these decks on a good day.
Link-based control deck with a lot of recursion and a special in-archetype technique, where 1 Link Monster is used as the entire Link material to summon another copy of that monster, granting bonus effects
The deck is somewhat halfway between control and combo, establishing respectable boards turn 1 with a fairly compact engine, allowing many handtraps to be played. Their real strength comes in turn 3 and beyond, where their arsenal of free summons from the GY, coupled with their stellar resource recycling, easily overwhelm the opponent.
Salamangreat cemented their place in the TCG as arguably the strongest deck for a few months, winning 4 out of the 5 WCQs and taking many EU national wins. They have been hit a few times since then, with both Salamangreat Gazelle and Circle being Limited, and then Miragestallio being banned on the January list. While not as strong as they were before, Salamangreat are still competitively relevant, and proved this by making top 16 at the PPG Invitational in late January, piloted by Joe Bogli. They've also been tearing up the regional scene post-banlist, taking a substantial number of regional top 8 finishes across the globe.
The majority of the deck is dirt cheap and is mostly able to be built with commons from SOFU+SAST supplementing 3 copies of Structure Deck: Soulburner. However, almost all competitive versions of the deck max out on expensive consistency cards like Cynet Mining and Fantastical Dragon Phantazmay. Mining is being reprinted in Duel Overload, but at the time of this post still sits at around $30 per copy. In addition, Lady Debug was unlimited on the January list as well, helping to bring more consistency to budget Salamangreat lists.
You should ideally play this deck with Mining if you have it. If you don't, Pot of Desires is another, cheap option that provides some much-needed draw power, but can feel bad to play since banishing Gazelle is hugely detrimental.
Losing Stallio hurts consistency, and also makes it harder for Salamangreat to out certain monsters. A popular tech recently has been Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Lion Emperor, which lets the player recycle Gazelle and other monsters while also preventing Spinny from being banished too early. Do note that Lion Emperor has recently shot up in price to around $15 each, but is also not essential whatsoever for a Salamangreat deck.
Dinos are a combo deck with consistent access to Evolzar Laggia/Dolkka and Ultimate Conductor Tyranno, a formidable boss monster with incredible OTK power and disruption
Though Dinosaur has never established itself recently as a tier 1 deck, it's consistently performed at a regional level. Post-July 2019 banlist, the deck has continued to consistently show up in regional top 8s, including taking 1st place at Brooklyn regionals earlier in November and claiming multiple regional tops in 2020.
Easily incorporates more power cards/engines:
The Lost World variant oftentimes plays Pot of Extravagance, as it's not as focused on flashy combos and instead greatly appreciates the extra draw power and consistency of Extravagance. However, this card is quite expensive and most likely isn't getting reprinted anytime soon
The True King engine provides speed and power going first or second, but is brickier since it runs True Kings and requires a high baby dino count. This variant has previously seen sporadic success, and recently topped the PPG Invitational in late January, piloted by Stephen Bronder. With True King Lithosagym coming off the banlist, this could be a variant to look out for. The provided decklist is based off of Stephen's list, although he played Extravagance.
The Shaddoll engine gives you strong plays going second against decks that use the Extra Deck, such as SPYRAL and Salamangreat.
Dinos are receiving some excellent support in ETCO, the next main set, in the form of Jewel Beast - Argosaurus. If the deck remains untouched on the next banlist, they could be a tier 1 contender for nats season.
The deck is notoriously bricky, and losing draw power from no Extravagance doesn't help either
Prices for this deck have risen due to recent hype - Oviraptor is sitting at $10, whereas Double Evolution Pill is $15. Fortunately, it's likely that Oviraptor will receive a reprint in Duel Overload.
Like the above category, but generally weaker, less consistent, and/or impacted harder by a lack of access to a certain card(s).
Backrow-heavy control deck that summons its Traps to the field as monsters and pressures the opponent with Toadally Awesome
One of Paleo's biggest strengths was its ability to run both Rivalry and Gozen with basically zero repercussions. Throughout 2019, these were bad floodgates to run due to the big four decks (Striker, Thunder, Salamangreat, and Orcust) all largely being able to play around both floodgates quite easily. With the January banlist neutering the competition, perhaps we'll see a resurgence in Rivalry/Gozen - maybe when SPYRAL leaves the meta.
The last year or so has not been kind to Paleo from a meta perspective, but the deck is beginning to creep back into meta relevance. The provided list is based off of Fox Chudleigh's deck that he used to win an Australian regional in late January.
Fiend Griefing in particular is a very nice option for going first into GY-reliant decks like SPYRAL, Lunalight, and Salamangreat - but note that the lack of Impermanence in the main for budget players means that going second against combo decks could prove troublesome. Consider dropping Demise, the Back Jacks, and Fiend Griefing if this is the case, in favor of handtraps.
Has indirect support in RIRA and CHIM in the form of the Marincess archetype, which holds some potential when combined with this deck - especially Marincess Coral Anemone, which can help spam Swap Frog, but is unfortunately not very accessible for many budget players
Toad's price point has shot up to around $20 each, largely due to hype for how Frogs will perform under the Master Rule Revisions, being able to summon multiple Xyz monsters without needing to Link Summon first. This is irritating for budget players, who will have a hard time accommodating multiple copies of Toad as well as other somewhat pricey cards like Borrelsword Dragon, Trap Trick, and Artifact Sanctum. These prices are also why Paleo is ranked much lower on this post than Altergeist and Subterror.
Aggro deck with big beaters that toolboxes from the graveyard while controlling the enemy's grave
2019 was the most successful year for Infernoid since their competitive debut in 2015. A going-first build took 1st place at New Zealand nationals in early May, playing Trap Trick as well as Pot of Extravagance, as well as top 64 at Euros and top 32 at the Australian nationals. Since October, both YCS Guadalajara and YCS London saw one Infernoid player make the top 4 of each event, despite both tournaments also only seeing one Infernoid player make top 32 at all. Noids also won YCS Japan very recently, and bubbled YCS Milan.
Lair of Darkness gives this deck incredibly powerful disruption by allowing it to tribute your opponent's monsters for cost, on your opponent's turn. This is a powerful disruptive tool against SPYRAL, since a SPYRAL Sleeper backed up by SPYRAL GEAR - Last Resort has absolutely no protection against Lair + an Infernoid.
The list provided is designed to go second, though you may want to run more handtraps depending on how many combo decks you anticipate playing against. Ash, Droll, and D.D. Crow are all effective options against SPYRAL, and Ash + Ghost Ogre are decent options against most combo. Going first builds will max out on Void Feast and probably run cards like Trap Trick, and possibly Artifact Sanctum, though these last two cards are moderately expensive.
Infernoid can be notoriously bricky and you can be dependent on cards like Void Imagination resolving successfully, or on Reasoning / Monster Gate to mill a ton of high-level Infernoids for you to begin playing.
Aggressive OTK deck that swarms the field using Vision HEROs and Destiny HERO - Malicious
When made to go first, it can establish Masked HERO Dark Law (which can be troublesome on its own) and then back it up with Destiny HERO - Plasma
Has a variety of 2 and 3- card combos that output a massive amount of damage to the board
Many of its most powerful cards also restrict you into summoning HERO monsters for the rest of the turn, meaning the deck is usually played very "pure"
Currently hovers on the border of being an affordable deck for budget players, as both Faris and Increase cost quite a lot, and their prices could fluctuate wildly depending on how much success HERO sees in the coming months
Players usually tend to play a small Evil HERO package using Adusted Gold and Malicious Bane, and/or a small Miracle Fusion package involving Liquid Soldier and Sunrise. Neither are anywhere close to viable for budget players, as currently the Liquid Soldier engine runs around $65, whereas the former engine costs nearly $250 for just two cards. You can still build HERO on a budget without these cards, but you might find yourself lacking the extra power needed to close certain games.
Struggles to deal with Nibiru, the Primal Being, as well as Super Polymerization. Dark Ruler No More is also an effective out to the standard HERO board, and is a common side deck card. The same applies to Lightning Storm, newly released in IGAS.
Despite this, HERO topped numerous regionals last format and has continued to do so in the January format, getting top 8 at Folkestone regionals earlier in January.
Control deck with an emphasis on level 4s and normal Trap cards, using their Link monster, Traptrix Sera, to generate constant advantage on both players' turns
Due to how easily this deck accesses Rank 4s, it's capable of bringing out powerhouses like Abyss Dweller, Time Thief Redoer (with a Trap as material) and Utopia Double for easy OTKs
The provided deck is based on Team Bortle's list, which runs an interesting tech in the form of Iron Dragon Tiamaton. Triggering Sera during the opponent's turn lets you summon Myrmeleo under her - then, triggering Myrm's mandatory effect lets you set a Trap Hole from your deck in the same column, instantly making Tiamaton live. It's a fun option that can easily be substituted out for more standard handtraps, if you choose.
Though backrow decks usually want to run Pot of Extravagance, Traptrix lists oftentimes tend to go for Pot of Desires instead, or neither option, as Extravagance is very risky to run in conjunction with the Utopia Double package (although Desires can banish Double or Nothing, there's a smaller chance of that happening)
Sera has shot up to $8 per copy in NA recently, due to hype. If it goes higher, Traptrix will be more difficult to build on a budget, as Sera is an essential card in the deck.
Decks in this category have the capability to be just as good as the ones above at times, but often tend to suffer from multiple problems including consistency and power.
Versatile control-based Graveyard toolbox deck that used to be known for its amazing grind game, but now is generally played more as an aggressive OTK Link spam deck
Gained a notable amount of attention in 2018 after Thomas Rose piloted a Sekka BA list to 1st place at UK Nats. Later piloted to a shocking amount of success post-September 2018 banlist, getting 2nd at the 200th YCS in Utrecht and winning the 200th YCS in Mexico City.
Modern BA plays very few actual Burning Abyss cards, preferring to use Dante + Cherubini to more easily enable Link spam strategies. The provided build is based on Thomas Rose's build for the January 2020 format, which you can watch here. Tom prefers to run very few BA names, no Fiendish Rhino Warrior, no Beatrice, and to go second and OTK. When made to go first, you can pass on Cherubini and El Shaddoll Winda, as Cherubini will protect Winda from being destroyed by Instant Fusion during the End Phase.
Another version, and arguably the most popular version, is EARTH BA or Block Dragon BA. Block Dragon can be summoned multiple times in the same turn and is excellent for Link spamming, searching 2 cards and allowing you to get a lot of value out of cards like Saryuja Skull Dread. This version usually goes first and builds an "unbreakable" board. You can watch a combo video from Ryan Fletcher here, showing off what the deck can do.
This deck is vulnerable to Evenly Matched, Nibiru, and Dark Ruler No More, all of which are common side cards. In addition, it really appreciates having access to Apollousa, which is currently over $100.
Budget players attempting to build BA as a combo deck might struggle. Block Dragon has also been steadily rising recently, and cards like Gallis and the level 3 Dangers may not be accessible for some budget players.
A more old-school version of this deck is Burning Abyss Phantom Knight, nicknamed "PK Fire" by some. The level 3 Phantom Knights have good synergy with the BAs, and milling cards like Silent Boots will let you search Fog Blade to disrupt the opponent. This version is notably cheaper than the others listed, as it plays much more "pure" and usually runs a high BA count, multiple Dante, and doesn't have to play the somewhat expensive Dangers. An example PK Fire list is provided here, without expensive maindeck power cards like Dangers or Gallis.
Fan favorite Ritual deck that features an insane amount of searching and was revitalized by both the release of Impcantations as well as the unbanning of Shurit
Reprints of basically all the Nekroz cards as well as Mega Zaborg and Herald of the Arc Light mean that this deck is a fraction of what it used to cost this time last year, let alone on release
The popular going first build runs Cyber Angel Benten to search out either Vanity's Ruler or Archlord Kristya with Sauravis in hand as targeting protection, shutting the opponent out of Special Summons and oftentimes winning the game outright. Gale Dogra is another commonly run option.
Also playable is a going second version with handtraps and Evenly Matched, as Evenly has wonderful synergy with the Nekroz cards. Evenly is also very powerful in the current meta against both backrow decks and SPYRAL.
Impcantations lend a lot of versatility to the deck and you can adapt the maindeck with other Ritual monsters to have more of a toolbox at the cost of consistency. Cards that have seen play include Saffira, Shinobaroness Peacock, and even Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon.
This deck does not appreciate Droll and Lock Bird being an extremely common card in the current meta, as it searches a TON in order to combo.
Ridiculously aggressive OTK deck that can hit for over 10,000 damage with one attack
Focuses on Link climbing into Crusadia Equimax, which can reach ludicrous amounts of ATK and have all battle damage it inflicts be doubled
The core itself is dirt cheap, with every Crusadia card costing under $1
The given list simply sticks to the gameplan: remove the opponent's monsters and swing for a massive amount of damage to win the game in one turn
Can break established boards with surprising ease - for instance, the SPYRAL board can be demolished by many combinations of a Kaiju, Slumber, and Crusadia Testament to effectively turn off the opponent's Apollousa.
The deck can also be built as a very scary going first wombo combo deck that uses Crusadia monsters to access Guardragons. On a budget, the most common strategy is to make multiple Saryuja Skull Dread and to try to draw into Kyoto Waterfront, eventually setting up a 5-counter Gameciel that is very difficult to out. An example decklist might look like this.
Debuting in Rising Rampage, Tenyi are a Wyrm archetype that play around controlling non-effect monsters. They can put out negates with their archetypal counter trap, and usually have a fairly conservative turn 1 before exploding onto the field afterwards with their Link 2 and cards like Mare Mare
Received further support in Chaos Impact in the form of Tenyi Spirit - Adhara and Draco Berserker of the Tenyi, both of which increase the power ceiling of this deck
Taken to a 1st place regional finish in Medellin earlier in November 2019 by Andres Torres - you can watch his deck profile here. More recently taken to another 1st place finish at Columbia regionals by Cristian Barbosa in early February.
The decklist shown runs some staple cards that are a few dollars each, including Pot of Desires, Ash Blossom, and a one-of Borrelsword Dragon to close games. The Tenyi cards themselves are generally all just a few cents, with the most expensive maindeck Tenyi card (Shthana) sitting at just over $2
Decks here are in limbo until I decide where to put them, and their descriptions won't be nearly as detailed as in the other sections. Nothing here is finalized.
People tell me this deck is still alive but even if that's the case, I don't see it functioning on a budget level without Apollousa or I:P Masquerena.
I've seen people play this with a high count of Chaos monsters like Levianeer, which is another barrier for budget players
Gets Predaplant link in DUOV I guess
Decks here will usually be decks that recently started seeing success, or upcoming decks that might become viable budget decks, oftentimes due to new support or even new reprints. This section used to be for super budget decks only, but there were growing complaints about the same decks being showcased on this post every time. For more info on those super budget decks such as Cubics, Phantasm, and Chain Burn, take a look at previous versions of the budget post!
Classic Fusion-based archetype from 2014, debuting in Duelist Alliance
Somewhat of a midrange combo deck that can slow the game down with El Shaddoll Winda or be very aggressive with El Shaddoll Construct
Received very decent support in the newly released Structure Deck: Shaddoll Showdown
Winda is a troublesome floodgate that many decks struggle to out, including SPYRAL - even Tough can't deal with it, since Winda can't be destroyed by card effects.
The provided list runs the Performage cards as another LIGHT engine that generates consistent advantage, but you can experiment with a bunch of different things. For example, Trickstar cards are a fairly common tech in OCG Shaddolls, although they have more copies of Light Stage than we do.
The deck's biggest problem has always been its inability to consistently resolve a fusion spell on turn 1, and the structure deck doesn't completely solve this problem. Pure Shaddoll are somewhat prone to bricking on all monsters or all spell/traps.
An Insect based deck that revolves around its titular field spell, Giant Ballpark, to snatch OTKs by summoning 3 level 4 normal Insects for free from the Deck during the Battle Phase
Gokipole and Resonance Insect both provide some much-needed consistency for this deck, while Inzektor Picofalena can recycle your normal Insect monsters so that Ballpark is always live
Has been a viable deck at a locals level for a while but got a great boost with Utopia Double allowing for very cheesy OTKs. The deck thrives when going second but also has a fairly decent rank 4 toolbox when made to go first, as cards like Abyss Dweller and Bagooska are strong in the meta right now
Another boost came in IGAS with the import of Shiny Black "C" Squadder as a common! He powercreeps the other normal Insect you used to play, Neo Bug, by 200 whole ATK points!
Can incorporate outside engines such as Shaddolls or even a Tenyi engine, since the deck so frequently summons non-effect monsters
Got top 8 at a New Zealand regional in August 2019, with fairly humble results apart from that
Still, this deck is absolute pennies, with the actual Insect cards rarely ever costing over a dollar each - and the way the deck plays is incredibly fun
Orcust, Magical Musketeers, Cyber Dragon, Trains, Gren Maju/Gizmek OTK, and Mekk-Knight Invoked - Decks that are pretty good but are sorta in limbo due to some expensive individual cards, such as CaspaStarfire, Cyber Emergency, Urgent Schedule, and Gizmek Orochi.
ABC, Prank-Kids, SPYRAL - Decks that were featured here before but were removed. ABC and Prank need to produce more results on the regional level before they're re-added to the post, and I've chosen to feature newer decks instead. SPYRAL is barely buildable on a budget, but the deck struggles to function, especially with every single deck out there packing tons of hate for SPYRAL, so I opted to leave it off the post.
Cubics, Phantasm, Chain Burn, Evilswarm, Yosenju, Graydle Kaiju, Dinomist, Monarchs, and much, much more - Unfortunately, there is not enough room to cover every single decent, super-cheap deck. A bunch of decks were added to this post due to the 2019 Mega-Tins, and I am actually pretty close to the 40,000 character limit, so several ended up being cut. Some of them may have been covered in previous versions of the budget post!
That's basically it, I hope to keep this post updated for the foreseeable future. Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions and remember to smash that fuccin upvote button if you enjoyed this content
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Seattle went into the free agency with 50 million in open cap and an eye on DE Jadeveon Clowney as our priority. Despite a 22.5 APY contract offer which included the first two years guaranteed, Clowney chose to sign with Dallas at 25APY. So, with that money freed up, we decided to put together the deepest defensive line group that we possibly could. Two early signings of swing tackle T George Fant and DL Quinton Jefferson gave us our starting point for free agency; Fant can play both sides of the line as well as a 6th lineman, while QJeff can likewise play literally every position on the defensive line. With this versatility we felt reduced pressure to buy for need, and were more free to pursue on convergence of talent and price. To free up even more space, we let go of TE Ed Dickson and sent C Justin Britt to the Giants with a 4th for DE/OLB Lorenzo Carter and 7.75 million in cap savings. At this point, we had roughly 60 million in cap to work with if we cut players on futures contracts. We missed on Clowney, and while waiting on his decision Quinn and Armstead signed elsewhere. For these players, we did not feel that it was critical to sign them to the extent that it would bust our cap. So, pivoting, we went for depth over high end talent, and signed DL Mario Addison, Leonard Williams, and Ndomukong Suh. Adding that to QJeff and young players like Rasheem Green, LJ Collier, Poona Ford and the newly-acquired Lorenzo Carter has us feeling like we’ve nearly got 2 starting defensive lines: it will not only fuel fierce competition for playing time, but it will allow us to keep our pass rush and run defense fresh late in games, and hopefully is what we need to get our defense back into the top-10. We also added several other players to round out the roster before the draft and do our best to ensure we didn’t have gaping holes which would force us into unfavorable draft selections. Those signings included TE Luke Willson, RT Germain Ifedi, C Joey Hunt, LG Xavier Sua’Filo, and WRs David Moore and Paul Richardson. We extended offers to OLB Jordan Jenkins, DE Stephen Weatherly, CB Akeem King, and others.
Offense: QB Geno Smith, 1 year, 2m, 1m gtd TE Luke Willson, 1 year, 2m OT George Fant - 2 years, 10m, 8m gtd OT Germain Ifedi - 1 Year, 5m, 2m gtd OG Xavier Sua’Filo, 1 year, 3m, 1m gtd WR David Moore - 2 years, 5m, 3.5m gtd WR Paul Richardson, vet minimum C Joey Hunt - 1 year, 1m, 750k gtd Defense: DE/OLB Lorenzo Carter (Trade) DL Leonard Williams - 3 years, 33m, 21m gtd DE Mario Addison, 3 years, 26.5m, 19m gtd DL Ndomukong Suh, 2 years, 20m, 11m gtd DL Quinton Jefferson, 3 years, 16.5m, 12m gtd
1(27) - Cesar Ruiz, C - Michigan 2 (59) - Isaiah Wilson, RT - Georgia 2 (64) - Darrell Taylor, DE - Tennessee 3 (100) - Devin Duvernay, WRET - Texas 4 (143) - Lamar Jackson, CB - Nebraska 5 (154) - Kindle Victor, CB - Georgia Southern 6 (214) - Darrion Daniels, NT - Nebraska 7 (241) DeeJay Dalls, RB - Miami 7 (253) Charlie Taumoepeau, TE/FB - Portland State We went into the draft very ready to move down, but unwilling to force it. The end result is that we stayed put at all of our picks. We would have moved down a couple of times, but ultimately decided we didn’t want to risk losing our targets. We had a very active war room, which in some ways probably made us less aggressive overall (in terms of both risky trades and risky players), but the flip side of that is that these picks are pretty well representative of how draft-invested Seahawks fans see our team needs. 1 (27) - Cesar Ruiz, C - Michigan. This wasn’t the first choice, as there were some offers to trade down as well as some pass rushers on the board. Within the warroom, it came down to DE Yetur Gross-Matos or Cesar Ruiz, and YGM was taken a few picks before. Earlier, we traded away our incumbent C Justin Britt to the Giants as part of a package which brought us OLB Lorenzo Carter - who, realistically, is probably about as good a bet to give us production at LEO (at least in 2020) as any other option still on the board. That left us with a hole at C, though Britt missed most of 2020 without feeling like his absence derailed our offense. The position certainly wasn’t good, however, as Joey Hunt is really more of a career backup and our other options are unproven. Enter Cesar Ruiz: He has everything you want from a C prospect. He’s smart, fits the physical benchmarks for C of size, length and strength, and on top of that is a fluid and athletic mover. He’s great at seeing the field, recognizing blocking opportunities as they arise, and is capable of reaching and executing difficult blocks in space. He can move and he can anchor, and our hope is that we’ve solved the position with a potential Pro Bowler for at least the next 5 years. Side note: For as much as the war room loved Ruiz, we would have taken Yetur Gross-Matos if he had gotten to us. 2 (59) - Isaiah Wilson, RT - Georgia. Isaiah Wilson is a huge, long, strong and very raw offensive tackle prospect. We brought back both of our exiting FA tackles on short, midrange deals (swing tackle George Fant for 2 years, and RT Germain Ifedi for 1), which allows us some time to bring along a prospect like Wilson. We think it’s unlikely he starts for us in 2020, but ideally he allows us to move on from Ifedi in 2021. There are some big similarities between the two, as like Ifedi, Wilson can struggle with speed, but also like Ifedi, if he locks on - it’s over. He packs a really powerful punch and I’ve seen him actually throw defensive ends off their feet if they expose their chest to him. He’s an upside pick with some questions, but our FA moves allow some transition time and the upside is in line with what we like from our RT. Side note: Our war room really wanted Jonathan Taylor with this pick, but HOU took him just before he got to us. We maybe should have tried to trade in front of them, as we thought there was a good chance that would happen, but our official GMs were afk at the time and that made us slow on the draw. 2 (64) - Darrell Taylor, DE - Tennessee. Very similar to Wilson, Taylor is a bit of a gamble on upside. He’s not consistent on tape, but that’s about par for the course with Tennessee these days - you see a lot of talent but not a lot of polish coming out of their program. We knew going in we wanted to try to add at least one more player who’d be mainly expected to contribute as a pass rusher, and saw Taylor as the last player in his tier. He looks on tape to have all the tools you would ask for - he has sufficient length, plus power, and good flexibility and get-off. What he doesn’t have is a refined skill set or consistency on a play-to-play basis. For now, that’s fine. I’m not going to go as far as to say we’re going to ‘redshirt’ him in 2020, but he’s going to be expected to refine his skills as he works into the rotation. To start with, he’s a backup whose first opportunities will come in pressure packages - but long term, we hope he can fill a role similar to Frank Clark. 3 (100) - Devin Duvernay, WRET - Texas. After double-dipping on the offensive line and taking a project pass-rusher, our mindset going into our next pick was that we wanted to take the most explosive playmaker available. That ended up being Duvernay. His physical profile as well as his play style are both strikingly similar to Golden Tate. He’ll be a threat to chase down deep passes, as well as someone who can pick up YAC. He’s got good hands and is extremely physical after the catch, looking like a running back with the ball in his hands. He needs quite a lot of work with his route running, having mostly runs streaks, hitches and crossers at Texas, but we think he can contribute early on as a returner and outlet receiver. Tate needed some developmental time as well, but even as a complimentary player Duvernay adds a home run-threat to our offense - he may not get a lot of targets early on, but the combination of his long-speed and tackle-breaking ability are the ingredients of house calls if defenses are leaving him in single coverage to focus on our other weapons. That’s all we need from him at this stage - someone who can break a tackle and pick up a chunk play as a 3rd or 4th option. Side note: we were very close between Duvernay and Iowa CB Michael Ojemudia, but went Duvernay because we thought there was a higher chance he’d make an earlier impact. 4 (143) - Lamar Jackson, CB - Nebraska. With Ojumedia going off the board, Jackson became a priority as the next-best fit to our physical benchmarks for outside corners. We don’t expect him to replace Tre Flowers in year one, but we needed to add some young blood to the position group to develop and challenge down the road. Jackson doesn’t have the best speed or COD, but seems to have just about everything else - length, ball skills, intelligence, and physicality. 5 (154) - Kindle Victor, CB - Georgia Southern. We’d talked about going nickel earlier, but our favorites were gone by pick 143. (We’d specifically had our eye on Amik Robertson.) Kindle showed better-than-expected long speed at the combine, and also measured out very well - he’s not tall, but has enough length for us to consider him outside as well as in the nickel spot, where he’ll provide competition for Ugo Amadi (barring other acquisitions). He could stand to benefit from a bit more tenacity as a run defender, but otherwise his confidence and aggression to make plays on the ball fit our defensive mentality, and are also backed up by good ball production. 6 (214) - Darrion Daniels, NT - Nebraska. As much as we liked our DL additions in free agency, we felt we could still stand to add another true nose tackle. Daniels has struggled to stay on the field, but appears to have most of the physical tools you could ask for - good size, great length, and pretty decent athleticism for a big man. He lacks refinement, however. With some NFL coaching to help him play with more of a plan, we think there’s a good chance he can contribute as a hold-the-point man in our DL rotation. 7 (241) DeeJay Dallas, RB - Miami. There were a few times we were ready to go RB in this draft, but just didn’t seem to be picking in the right spots to get the guys we wanted. That said, Dallas continues a trend for us - players with unexplored upside. We think he’s a bit better of an athlete than how he stacks up simply in terms of combine metrics, as he shows good body control, field awareness, and his WR background shows up with good hands and RAC ability. He’s not as explosive as CJ Prosise, but will be used in a similar way. He’ll play for us around 220 lbs and if he wants to stick with the team, will need to show some promise as a pass protector and special teams contributor. There may be a shorter-than-assumed road to the initial 53 as well, as there’s a good chance Rashaad Penny begins the year on the PUP list. He’ll have the preseason to compete with former 'Canes teammate Travis Homer for third down reps and the backup spot behind Chris Carson. 7 (253) Charlie Taumoepeau, TE/FB - Portland State As the draft wound down, our GM decided to trade back in. Taumoepeau doesn’t fit what we normally look for in a traditional tight end, but we thought there were some intriguing similarities to another former FCS standout with a difficult-to-spell name who also plays in the NFC West - former Harvard TE Kyle Juszczyk. Taumoepeau has a similar build and skillset; 6’2” 240, with soft hands, a high football IQ, and a detail-oriented, ‘blue collar’ approach to blocking and positioning. We like what he offers as a move blocker - whether you want to call that a tight end, an H-back, or a fullback. He’s not quite the type to “run through a mothaf***a’s face” as a run-blocker, but his flexibility, strength and athleticism allow him to create and sustain favorable angles that runners can exploit. He’s also well-suited to catch passes off of playaction and as a check-down option, which is something that we’ve lacked in our offense since the days of Michael Robinson. As with any 7th round pick, it’s still a long way to the 53 - but we thought the upside here was enticing enough that we wanted to make sure we had him in training camp.
This represents about a week and a half of dedicated work. Thank you to the GM LittleBigness, caulibflower, myfedoraismlg, Otto_Graham, Leviathan102, and others for helping out in the warroom. We’ll be around to answer any questions you might have about rationale, Seahawks draft tendencies, and other topics.
Best datasource to get 30-120 days of intraday equity options bid/ask quotes?
Looking for a source to get intraday bid/ask option data (even 30 days is enough) for SPY and a few other equity tickers. Timeframe of 30 second bars or even 1 minute bars would be enough for my testing. Does anyone know if the TD Ameritrade API or Interactive Brokers API provides it? Also I read that IQ Feed has 180 days of tick data, does that mean trades only? Would quotes be part of the data also?
I've done what feels like a lot of research trying to find the perfect home security system and I think I've narrowed it down to either Nest or Abode + Arlo. First a little info about the home. It's a 2,788 sq feet, 4 bedroom home with 6 windows on the ground floor. The doors include a front double door (single deadbolt Kwikset), a side door attached to the garage (Schlage), a door from the garage to the home interior (Schlage), and a rear sliding glass door. It has a previously installed ADT system (panel scw9057g-433), but I'm looking to go with a different system since it seems I can't convert this with alarmdecoder. I run home assistant and like tinkering with tech stuff. I have lots of automations for lights etc in my current apartment. So ideally, this alarm system would be able to be integrated with home assistant, but not rely on home assistant as a security system. Nest seems like a great option. It has great cameras, can get 24/7 monitoring through brinks. The apps are good, and doorbell + smart locks are part of the system. I think I could get everything I need (or at least a really good set to build off of) for around $2300. The cons are, it isn't immediately able to be integrated with home assistant. Might be able to get some of it working with the badnest plugin (currently works with my nest thermostat). But eventually should be able to when google opens their API. From what I found, it doesn't seem like a garage door sensor can be integrated with the security system. I'm unsure of the monthly cost. If I do get the 24/7 monitoring, do I still have to pay for Nest aware? Also, there's no monitoring for fire with Nest. Monthly Cost ~ $30 Nest aware $100/year (10 days continuous recording storage) Brinks $240/year (3 year contract) The other option is abode. Seems like a good alternative I could get the hardware for around $600. But it seems like their cameras suck. Especially the outdoor cams. For that I was looking at arlo. 2 Arlo ultra cams is another $600. And I'd also need to buy a video doorbell and smart locks. So really not that much cheaper than the nest when all said and done. And on top of that, I'd be paying for 2 subscriptions. The good news is the system should work out of the box with home assistant, and I'd be able to add to the system using supported 3rd party devices. The arlo cams seem great, but don't have the same smart features as nest IQ, and they're battery powered. So that means I'm probably changing batteries monthly or even more frequently. Monthly Cost ~ $30+ Abode Pro plan $240/year Arlo 4k plan 2 cam $120 (30 day motion only storage) + doorbell plan? Is there another option I should be looking at? Any thoughts on what I've outlined so far? Seems like I'll be making a compromise regardless of which system I choose, but is there anything I'm overlooking? Good/Bad experiences with either of the systems? Thanks in advance for any input and sorry about the wall of text.
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I thought I would post about some of my experiences so far with my Ecobee "SmartThermostat With Voice Control" now that it's been installed for a few weeks. I installed it just before Christmas, and have since been slowly learning the ins and outs of the device and associated Smart Sensors. My first impression, when trying to purchase the device: I noticed one of my utility companies had a sale going on for the holiday season on thermostats, and several smart ones were on sale, including the Ecobee4, Nest, Nest Mini, Ecobee3 lite, and some Honeywell ones. I saw this one and was unsure what version it was, so I tried to ask a sales rep via web chat. They seemed to think it was the Ecobee4 and not the... Let's just call it the Ecobee5, ok? The name for this thing is absolutely awful. Sorry, Ecobee. Your marketing team blundered here. Obfuscation or generalization of a product name/version sucks and makes it harder for customers, sales reps, support reps, and everyone else trying to say which one they have. /rant Installation was simple and pretty easy (for someone who does a lot of tech work). I was happy to be able to get rid of my ugly, independent control for my humidifier and stick the line going to that on Acc+/-. Configuration started off okay, but after a little while, the thermostat automatically rebooted on me before I could finish the initial setup and registration. I'm not entirely sure I was able to get through everything I should have, or if everything is set up correctly for my furnace, or even if what I did set up got saved. It just went black and rebooted without warning. Maybe this was a firmware update? I don't know. Note to developers: don't update and reboot automatically when someone is in the middle of the setup process. Thanks. Initial registration worked just fine via WiFi connection to the internet, though trying to log in via the app (via OpenID Connect I believe behind the scenes) kept giving me an error because I wasn't logged in or my password had been changed (because I couldn't log in...) and the landing for the OIDC connection simply gave no indication about what was wrong or what I should have been doing to fix it. Eventually I was able to clear all data, log out of everything, change my password and log in via the website to ensure it was the correct password, and finally authenticate via the Android app. After that, everything seemed to "just work" finally. A decent amount of features available, though some things simply seemed non-functional (like reports) though I wasn't sure if that was my setup, or not having it for long enough to let Home IQ work, or what. (It seems that's a problem with a lot of people, not just me.) I also went a bit overboard and bought two additional 2-packs of the Smart Sensors... Adding them was pretty simple, although one in particular kept saying it could not pair for some reason. Mysteriously, it ended up working after taking the battery out and waiting a bit, then it finally popped up as being registered. Over all, the Ecobee5 seems to work okay, with some weird inconsistencies and quirks. The Smart Sensors/info update incredibly slowly in the dashboard, whether it's online or via app. I understand there's an algorithm for how long rooms report they are "Occupied" after sensing motion, but maybe this should be applied to when a room is entered too if it's going to be this way? All too often I'm in one room, head to the kitchen for a drink, then go back, and for 10-30 mins my dashboard says the kitchen is occupied (thus throwing off the temps elsewhere) because I walked in and out of the room. Also, occupancy seems to be hit or miss in general. For example, in my front room I use one of the Smart Sensors as my main sensor, because the thermostat itself is in an area affected by temperature fluctuations (behind and above a TV, game systems, and my main gaming PC). Frequently the thermostat says the room is occupied, but the sensor says it is unoccupied, even though I'm basically smack dab in the center of both field of view. Similar issue for my Bedroom sensor - it'll detect occupancy for an amount of time, then not detect anything for a while, and go back and forth (admittedly while sleeping in my bed, but shouldn't the sensors still sense someone snoring? 🤔) The geofencing feature in the app works, but is flaky as hell. Often it either doesn't recognize I've entered/left the fenced perimeter and I have to update the thermostat manually. Or it will notice a change, like when I enter my Home fence, and then go back to "Away" inexplicably, even though I'm still at home and connected to the same network as the thermostat. As such I've just stopped using this feature entirely. At least once or twice since my install, I was absolutely unable to control the thermostat via app. Once it was upon arriving home and attempting to cancel the "Away" mode because it seemed the geofencing feature did not work. No matter what I did it would not connect and I finally had to go to the thermostat itself and cancel the mode. This is worrisome to me. I've also added it to a new Home Assistant install for home automation purposes, however I haven't quite been able to figure out much on this front other than setting up integrations. (Yes, much of that is outside of the scope of the Ecobee itself, but it has an impact on usage so I'm mentioning it here.) The main integration seems to work pretty well, although changing presets via API presents new issues - particularly holding. If I understand correctly, the thermostat, when holding, ignores many of the "smarter" algorithms that help save money and instead acts more as a traditional thermostat - keeping a certain mode and temperature until changed. (If this is incorrect, please advise.) Also, I had added my Ecobee to Home Assistant via "Homekit" integration for local control, but removed it, and now the thermostat cannot be found again via Homekit. I am not sure if there's a way to force it to unpair or remove itself from Homekit, but this seems problematic. Also, I noticed that the Homekit updates and features were often different than standard API updates and features. Whether this is because of Homekit being local and API being internet-based, I don't know. I DO know that some of the functions weren't available via Homekit that are via API, but again this might be the built-in Home Assistant integrations and not the thermostat itself. I also added it to my Google Home and Alexa environments, but I really didn't see much I could do with either of those that wasn't already supported by Ecobee itself or Home Assistant. I likely won't be using either much. They seem a bit lacking in features to me. Finally, I've noticed some odd heating/furnace control related quirks(?) through my time using it so far. Sometimes, the fan will kick on for 10-30 seconds before the heat does, for apparently no reason but to push air around. It doesn't happen all the time though, so I'm not sure if that's the thermostat trying to save money on gas by not heating the air until a certain point or what. Also, over all, the house just seems to be "chillier" than with my old "dumb" Honeywell Mercury thermostat, particularly in the front room. Maybe the thermostat is still learning, or maybe it's not completely set up right. Not entirely sure. A gripe I have is not being able to automatically set a "sleep" preset when particular rooms are occupied. I do not sleep on a regular sleep schedule, so the built in scheduling features are basically worthless to me. It would be nice if the thermostat knew when to set what presets or allowed advanced configuration. Unfortunately I think for now I'll have to rely on external automation software to do this. I still have one Smart Sensor to install, but I'm not sure where yet. Possibly the (very small) bathroom, if only to track temperature and occupancy... Or perhaps in the basement even though it's rarely used and much colder down there as there's only one vent. I also would like to tinker a bit with temperature ranges and comfort presets and see if any of them will work a bit better than how things are set up currently. But that'll happen as I learn more and use the thermostat more. Aside from the issues, quirks, and complaints I have, over all the Ecobee5 (I'm not calling it The official name anymore, sorry) is a pretty great device. I think I've actually touched the thermostat itself only 3-4 times total, but the glass is a nice touch. I'm not sure whether I like the bezel that comes with it or not, but it covers up some unsightly holes so it works well enough for me. The app is a little slow to update but works well, even if some of the design ideas are confusing (quick-set presets shouldn't be in sub-menus, guys). I've only used the Alexa and Spotify features a bit, but they seem to work pretty well. The speaker is a bit "tinny" for my taste for regular music playing (it's not exactly a sound system), but it's not nearly as bad as some PC or TV speakers I've had the displeasure of using in the past. It gets the job done. Changing temperature and presets and such are relatively responsive, even via app control (my primary method of control). The one thing I'm a bit leery on and worried about is: can this be used completely offline? That is to say, without registration, without the cloud interface/service, without the Ecobee app? Simply local control on the unit and local control via Homekit or some other integration? The servers being down or having issues is a major point of failure for a device of this kind that controls your basic heating and cooling functions. I also worry about potential data privacy issues, but that's not really for this post. I honestly wonder how this device compares to others of its kind (like the Nest), but I went with Ecobee because of its wide platform support (Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT, Homekit, etc). I really hope more support and better integration becomes possible down the road. Maybe more advanced mode/preset triggering, options for holding (not just until the next change?), occupancy triggering features, etc. All in all, not a bad thermostat at all so far. Keep up the good work and improvements, guys!
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