Sneak Preview: New PPM Tool Surpasses Expectations

Those who have been reading my content for some time may remember a review I did a long time back about a PPM tool that helped you determine your players true strengths via the EOR and EQ calculations.  Well, I am very pleased to announce that the creater of that tool, Wessel, has been working on a brand new, updated version of the tool, and let me tell you, it’s really good!

A little bit of history first though.  Wessel has been in the process of creating this tool and it’s previous versions for the last few years.  Originally the tool was developed as a WordPress plugin, which allowed you to import your players data and it would tell you the results.  Following that came a Greasemonkey script, which gave the tool direct access to many features on the PPM website itself.  This tool has been one of my favorites for a long long time.  The newest version breaks the chains of Greasemonkey, and delivers a knockout punch directly via the Firefox Addons system.

Functionality

Let’s get straight to the things you want to hear… what the heck does this tool do, and why should you be interested?

The primary feature of the tool (right now) is to display your team in a way that highlights which players are best for which positions.  As you know, having a successful player on PPM takes more than just offense, defense or goalkeeping, it requires a ratio of different attributes all working together to create the “perfect player”.  Over exagerated I know, but you get the point.  The basic player display screen of course doesn’t give you this magic number, it only lists each of your players attributes.  But the PPM Tool does.  Using a combination of mathematical calculations the tool will convert your players attributes and display them using their EOR (Effective Overall Rating) and EQ (Effective Quality) figures.  Not sure what EOR and EQ are?  I direct you to an older post of mine which can be found here.

Current featues in the preview version of the tool:

  • Display your players strenghts based on EOR/EQ
  • Select which multiplyers to use in EOR calculations (Energy, Chemistry, Experience, etc)
  • Set and adjust your training rations directly from your team settings page.
  • Turn the tool on and off which a click of a button (on your team page).
  • Export your team directly to a CSV file.
  • Currently the tool ONLY works in the soccer version of the game.  Others coming.

Other than the requirement that you use the Firefox browser, there are no issues with the tool.  As a regular Firefox user myself, this of course did not bother me at all.

The Design & Style

The best way to describe the style of the tool is to say it’s seamlessly built into your PPM team page, so it looks like it’s part of the page. 

Players page with the tool turned off.  Notice the button to switch it on.

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Players overview page with the tool turned on.

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With the tool turned on, the columns now have all new headings to display the EOR figures.

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The team settings page now contains your ratio settings.

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Release Details

Right now the tool is in development (hense the sneak preview) and is currently unavailable for download / install.  It is being worked on and hopefully a full release date is just around the corner!

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PPM Tool: The Extreme EOR and EQ Tool For PPM

I am pleased to present to you all another fantastic PPM Tool that can be used to help manage your team. This tool was created by PPM Manager “Mr Orange” and is quite possibly the best EOR/EQ tool I have seen.

You can access the tool at http://ppm.wesselvanderveen.nl.

Here is a simple breakdown of the features:

  • It will List your teams EOR and EQ (taking into account experience and chemistry!)
  • Provides recommended training based on your ratios
  • Allows you to customize your ratios and create custom ratios (ie. PP Point, etc)
  • It will work with both your soccer and hockey teams at PPM (training is soccer only)

Before I go into any details, I want to explain one thing this tool does which makes it stand out in the crowd. Most EOR and EQ math are based simply on attribute figures. While this is a rather good indicator of a players strength it lacks one vital bit of information; experience and chemistry. Mr Orange has cleverly written these into his EOR math, so the figures you see actually include the boost your players get from their experience.

For this reason, the figures you see are in many ways more accurate than the traditional attribute based EOR math. Furthermore, you may be shocked to find that your players whom you considered the best are not actually the “best” based on this EOR. I only mention this as both a warning against confusion and an explanation of the math.

Your Player Data Pages

First, you need to log in. If you’re not yet a member join from the front of the site.

The tool is used by uploading particular pages from your PPM team. The tool will take the content on those pages and pull the relevant information out to display on the screen.

Those 4 pages are:

  • Hockey EOR Calculation:
    http://hockey.powerplaymanager.com/en/edit-line.html?data=2-4
  • Hockey EQ Calculation:
    http://hockey.powerplaymanager.com/en/players-practice.html
  • Soccer EOR Calculation / Training:
    http://soccer.powerplaymanager.com/en/lineup.html
  • Soccer EQ Calculation:
    http://soccer.powerplaymanager.com/en/players-practice.html

Note: You MUST use the URLs above, or the system may not parse the information correctly.

To save those pages, simply load the pages in your browser and then right click on the page and select “Save Page As”. Choose somewhere on your system to save the page.

Setting Your Player Ratios

Before you want to go and add your content you need to setup your ratios. In the settings / ratios menu you will see options to adjust your hockey and soccer ratios (see below).

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As you can see from the image below (soccer ratios), you simply adjust the ratios as you see fit, making sure that the primary attribute is 100. The ratio system works the same as the PPM Automatic Practice ratios work. Make the relevant changes and hit save. Note, you can include things like shooting if you see fit.

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Uploading Pages & Viewing Data

PPM Tool 3Now that you’re ratios are set, you can go ahead and upload your first player data page. In this case I am going to view my Soccer teams EOR figures. So in the information menu, go to the upload page (see below) and then following the instructions on that page, select the saved file for soccer EOR (lineup.html) and upload it.

Once uploaded you can now head over to the Soccer EOR page.

Again, in the information menu, this time browse to Soccer, then to Effective Overall Rating and then the first option “EOR PER POSITION”. (see below)

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All going well, you will now see a page that displays your Soccer team, including all their attributes sorted into columns for each position similar to the image below. The figures you see are the EOR figures for each position. The highlighted EOR for each player is their highest EOR position, which in 99.9% of cases, should be the position you play that player in.

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As i mentioned at the top of this article, don’t be surprised if the EOR of some players is higher than you thought it would be, or even if some players are considered “better” than others on your team. These figures include experience, which does have an incredible affect on your team strength.

Note: To view your PPM Hockey EOR Data simply follow the same steps above but instead upload the edit-line.html page and select the hockey EOR data in the relevant menu.

Viewing Training (Soccer Only)

The player training screen can come in very handy if you’re not sure how to train your players. Once the page loads, you will need to click on the player name in the left column, and this will drop down a new section similar to that below. The data shows your current players attributes and your desired attributes based on your players primary attribute and the ratios you set for your team. In the case of the player below, as my desired are all lower than my primary, it is the primary i need to train.

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Why Use This Tool?

Possibly the biggest question, right? The most powerful feature off this tool is its ability to help you setup strong lines based on EOR. Not only that, but if you set up custom ratios for positions such as point play on the powerplay (hockey) or center midfield attack (soccer) you can work out which players are best used on special teams. The set piece tool also gives you a HUGE bonus when managing your soccer team.

But even if you don’t want to use it for those reasons, it’s still a fantastic tool for simply viewing your teams growth over time.

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