(SOLUTION) Bring back 3 Man Minimum to Arena Pro-Am & match teams w/ the same # of humans

(SOLUTION) Bring back 3 Man Minimum to Arena Pro-Am & match teams w/ the same # of humans

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Cash Carti started this petition to NBA 2K and

Pro-Am was first introduced as a game mode in NBA 2K16, and it brought so much joy in the community. People could finally take their MyPlayers online with their friends and create their own team with their own jerseys, court, and logo, improving the former mode known as Crew back in 2K11. There was a 3-man minimum requirement to play as a team, and the rest of the team would be filled with AI depending on how many you had (i.e., if you had 4 players, you would have one AI teammate, and if you had 5 players, there would be no AI). The customization of this mode and the ability to have team pride made it one of the most fun game modes 2K has ever introduced. However, in NBA 2K19, a drastic change was made: You could only play as a team if you had 5 human players at all times, changing an option that has been available since 2K11.

With this implementation, the Pro-Am scene was completely changed. The waiting times to find a game were ridiculous. Teams who can't always get 5 online were completely alienated from the mode. Squads who would've competed in the Pro-Am in 2K16-18 instead took their talents to the Jordan Rec Center, where they blew out teams filled with randoms by 30. 2K, if competitive teams (that would and should be playing Pro-Am) are turning their backs on the mode and are instead running through teams in the JRC, a mode meant for casuals who don't play Pro-Am, there is a problem. Also, I am sure that the Pro-Am numbers were at an all-time low since its introduction in 2K16, contributing to the very long load times, and thus, teams abandoning the mode and running through randoms in the JRC.

3-man minimum has been a feature since 2K11. I completely understand your idea of wanting the game mode to be competitive, and I understand that teams with 5 don't want to play AIs - if they wanted to play AIs, they would play MyCareer, right? However, there is a way to keep the mode competitive and keep the teams with 5 who don't wanna play against AI satisfied, while also allowing people with only 3 or 4 to play the mode they all love.

My solution: Add the 3-man minimum back to Pro-Am, and MATCH TEAMS WITH THE SAME NUMBER OF HUMAN PLAYERS. This way:
- Teams with 3 human players and 2 AI only play teams with 3 humans and 2 AI.
- Teams with 4 human players and 1 AI only play teams with 4 humans and 1 AI.
- Teams with full 5-man lineups only play other teams with full 5-man lineups - NO BOTS.

This satisfies both sides of the coin. People with 5 who want to play competitive matches don't have to play AIs, ever. However, those who don't have 5 can also play the mode they've been playing since 2K11, with their own court, logo, team, and jerseys. Running through teams filled with randoms in The Rec does not provide even close to the satisfaction that winning in Pro-Am does. They don't want to play outdoor 3v3 Pro-Am because it alienates those with 4 and it isn't even close to Arena Pro-Am.

Please 2K, on behalf of the Not-Always-Able-To-Get-5-Online-But-Still-Want-To-Play-Pro-AM community (trust me, there is a lot of people with this mindset), implement this perfect change that satisfies everybody. <3

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