The Next Batch of Playoff Moments 👀
The First Mint
Featuring New Playoff Moments, Dime Quest, Mitchell Mishap and More
Good Morning, NBA Top Shot team! Happy Thursday! Hope you’ve got your cold brew ready for some playoff packs tomorrow (and a Bored Ape Kennel Club dog reveal)! Let’s get into all the action from the last few days:
It’s Thursday, which means we’ve got The First Mint Live Show tonight at 8 PM EST / 5PM PST! Guests include Top Shot sleuth Taylor Stein, My F*cking Pickle co-founder @ColeThereum, the finalists of our freestyle rap contest, and more!
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Quick Hits 👊
🔹The new playoff moments have arrived. We’ve got a big list of new moments for tomorrow’s second playoff pack drop, with each pack including 1x second round moment, 1x first round moment and 3x common base moments.
🛡️New Playoff Moments🛡️
♦️x44 New Moments
♦️Likely 1st Round + 2nd Round Moments (judging by the player names)
🔻Common Moments List🔻 https://t.co/7r4VTcnVks
Full details on the drop, via the NBA Top Shot blog:
Pack Drops: Friday, June 25 at 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Queue Eligibility: Collector Score of 100+*
Pack Cost: $19
Max Packs Per Collector: 1
Total Packs: 185,000**
Rebound Packs: Not this time around
A personal favorite? This John Collins dunk, which he wore on a t-shirt in his postgame press conference after Game 7. What a power move!
🔹 Did you complete your ‘Dime Quest’ yet? Get your Showcase created by 2 PM PST today to qualify for a potential reward. What you’ll need:
🧙♂️NEW PLAYOFF QUEST🧙♂️
Tonight's Game: @ATLHawks vs @Bucks
✅Make a showcase with 3 of the 5 assist leaders
✅Any moments will do, but must be different players
✅Name it "Dime Quest"
✅Hold until 2pm PT tomorrow
🎁100 entries win a Playoff Pack https://t.co/RqLKTxD56n
Full requirements (and the assist leaders from last night) here. Follow the rules closely, as you’ll need to have the exact showcase title (Dime Quest) and three of the qualifying players.
Mitchell Mishap 🆘
If you haven’t been plugged in this week, there was some drama Wednesday regarding the distribution of the Donovan Mitchell Throwdowns Challenge.
After rewards were sent out, users across the community started noticing a strange correlation between the date a user joined and serial number for the lowest (best) serials.
Everyone rushing to analyze the past challenge data:
Top Shot quickly released a statement regarding the issue, and followed up later with a full debrief on what went wrong:
Regrettably, we discovered an issue with the randomization step of this new process after prizes were distributed, which resulted in the randomized order for our prize recipients being re-sorted by an internal ID associated with the recipient’s account. This was an isolated incident with this edition of Quests, and randomization for Challenges and other in-product features have been thoroughly battle tested.
The quick and transparent response was a welcome sight, and all users who completed the challenge were given $250 in Dapper credit and a rare pack as compensation.
I highlight ‘all users’ because this is where things got a bit polarizing within the community. For many, rewarding everyone (even those that got high serials) echos a ‘rich get richer’ sentiment that has been frequently felt among lower-end collectors.
However, it’s a tough situation without an easy solution — how do you find an acceptable cutoff point? Should the #15 serial not get compensation, but the #25 should?
Overall, despite the compensation structure above, it was a quick and decisive response from Dapper, which is a step in the right direction. But the trust of a community is fragile, and it only takes a few issues like this for people to lose faith in the system.
For a deeper dive into the snafu and the data side of things, check out Taylor Stein’s most recent post from yesterday:
Cracking the Code: Showcase Quest Snafu - Minted Moment
Are Challenge Rewards truly random?
Around The First Mint 🗣
Yesterday’s challenge rewards for the Donovan Mitchell moment were released with some errors; older collector accounts were given many of the low serials, which prompted a response and then compensation from NBA Top Shot. But is that enough to regain trust from the Top Shot faithful? On today’s show, we’ve got LG and Producer Quad on to give both sides of a very contentious issue. And yes, we’re breaking routine here - this Wednesday’s episode is NOT about other NFTs, as has been the norm.
🎧 The Next 60 Days on Top Shot
🎧 Can Sports Go Full Crypto? (Feat. Jack Settleman)
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